Bluetooth, eat your heart out
MicroMedical has patented a heart-monitoring system that uses Bluetooth technology to allow patients to leave hospital, while the hospital still has a live feed of the heart's condition.
Although no final products are expected to be available until 2002, the three-way system would work with any Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone or PDA. This would act as a base station, receiving the signal from the heart monitor and sending it to a device at the hospital equipped with MicroMedical's back-office monitoring software. ...more
Apple uses DMCA to close down hacker sites
Two websites that report on efforts to make Mac OS X run on non-Apple computers were closed down on Friday after receiving legal notices from Apple, citing violations of the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). One of the sites was later restored after removing posts from its forums
According to the Associated Press (via The Washington Post, the sites featured links to information explaining how to hack the Intel-compatible version of Apple's operating system.
Under a controversial clause of the DMCA it is illegal to circumvent or provide information about how to circumvent digital rights management technology designed to prevent the unauthorised use of copyright-protected material. ...more
Nokia announces mobile PIM service
Nokia has announced its One Mobile Connectivity service, that offers mobile access to corporate email, calendar and phone directories.
As access to the service is possible via voice, SMS, WAP and HTTP, it can be quickly deployed by network operators across existing networks. The resources can be accessed from most connected devices - from GSM phones to PCs. ...more
Less than half of UK households on the net
Four in ten households in the UK have Internet access according to figures published by the office of National Statistics.
For the period January to March 2002, it is estimated that 10.7m UK homes had some form of Internet access. ...more
Eidos not for sale
It looks as if time is running out for Eidos to find a buyer as long-running takeover talks flounder.
The British software, which brought you the Tomb Raider series of games, had been in talks with Infogrames of France after the company expressed an interest in June. But four months later, the directors of Eidos found the all-share offer not to their taste and the talks collapsed. ...more