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Pogo bounces users to GPRS

Update Pogo, the UK wireless PDA maker, today told subscribers that it was withdrawing GSM connectivity: from here on in it's a GPRS-only world. Fair dos, but the company is making the switch with just one day's notice.
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Orange SPV MS smartphone cert security cracked

The Orange SPV has achieved the dubious distinction of being the first Microsoft smartphone to have its security cracked. Orange as set the phones up so they will only run Orange-certified applications, but as yet hasn't got much further than promises when it comes to telling people how you develop for it, get apps certified, get development systems and so on.
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Nokia picture phone IDs lurking villains

Police in Italy have recorded what is thought to be the world's first conviction thanks to a tip-off using an image sent by a mobile picture phone.
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Opera's phone browser goes live on the S-E P800

Review During the months and months of build up to the release of the Sony Ericsson P800, quite a few reviews of the early pre release devices stated that it would include the Opera browser in the final release. Many people, myself included, were relieved to hear this - finally, a mobile device that will have full support for frames, great I thought I'd finally be able to view my Hotmail account without going through the troublesome and tedious mobile msn WAP site, which never really worked for me that well.
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Motorola gambles big on Linux, Sinocapitalism

3GSM Inspired or insane, you'll have to decide, but Motorola yesterday vowed to make Linux the mainstay of its low and midrange phones.
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Symbian takes charge at Symbian

3GSM Symbian will remain in the user interface business, despite giving every indication over the past 20 months that user interfaces weren't really what it was all about. Last autumn Symbian confirmed that it had in fact ceased developing UIs business in 2001. (See Symbian pulls out of UI business, doesn't tell anybody
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Microsoft explains (inaudible) phone behavior

3GSM Microsoft VP and smartphone honcho Juha Christensen says that a third party transcription service was to blame for censoring references to his former employer Symbian at a trade show a couple of years ago.
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Symbian phone content tech flies via Magpie spin-off

Symbian's Magpie content delivery technology, which has been lurking in the wings for some considerable time, looks in severe danger of going live soon, via Magpie Mobile Technologies (MMT). Magpie is pitched by Symbian as part content embedding, part delivery system, its overall objective being to deliver small amounts of relevant information directly into a phone's UI via the relevant applications on the phone.
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PocketPC reshuffle ousts celeb blogger

Another reshuffle at Microsoft's PocketPC team has seen lead evangelist Beth Goza redeployed to the Windows division after a turbulent year with Pocket PC marketing.
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Nokia on Linux, Symbian and NGage

3GSM Nokia senior VP Niklaus Savander submitted himself to a Register grilling this morning. Vendors have been making these interviews increasingly difficult for us at 3GSM by refusing to make the kind of grandiose statements that have characterized past mobile phone shows. It's all very subdued, because as one component vendor said to us, "No one wants another WAP."
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Bluetooth problems plague the Nokia 6310i

Bluetooth compatibility issues with the Nokia 6310i is likely due to flaky software.
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Cognima demos self healing, self updating mobile phone

London-based start-up Cognima has received plenty of press in the financial pages since it was founded in 2001, by attracting VC money and top talent with roots in Symbian, Apple and Palm. But until today it was extremely secretive about what it was up to.
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BenQ preps Symbian phone

BenQ, the company which used to be Acer's contract manufacturing arm, is prepping a Symbian OS phone for Q3, 2003 -"or later", says Digitimes. The newswire notes that BenQ is the first Taiwanese phone maker to commit to Symbian.
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The Beast, MS Office 2003, and the Big Nada

Microsoft had a big surprise for The Register on Monday. After an 11 hour flight to San Francisco to attend the Microsoft Office 2003 Reviewer's Workshop (no, we don't know why either) the Beast hit us with the Big NDA. Surprise...!
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Popup Senator debuts cellphone rights bill

Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has introduced a bill to ensure that your cellphone number belongs to you, rather than your greedy carrier.
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Vodafone mops up Portuguese minorities

The Vodafone minorities "squeeze out" juggernaut has landed in Portugal. The mobile network operator today publishes the terms of its offer to buy out the 38.6 per cent in Portuguese sub Telecel, or Vodafone Telecel-Comunicacoes Pessoais, S.A. to give it is proper name, that it does not already own.
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WS-I consortium: candidates revealed

After several weeks of leaks and rumours, the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) consortium has officially released the final list of candidates for the two coveted empty seats on its board. SeeBeyond Technology and Nokia are the latest companies to be revealed as contenders, joining Verisign, Cape Clear Software, webMethods and Sun in the attempt to gain a seat.
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Windows Update keeps tabs on all system software

Evidence obtained by German hardware site tecChannel suggests a list of software installed on an XP machine is sent to Microsoft when users run Windows Update.
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Dixons has ‘scale monopoly’ in extended warranties

The Competition Commission today set out the terms of reference of its investigation into the UK market for extended warranties on domestic electrics. Worth an estimated £800m a year, EWs cover the UK PC retail business as well as the white and brown goods sectors.
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Microsoft, EA may make bid for Sega

Troubled videogame company Sega, which had announced plans to merge with Sammy Corporation, may have two new suitors: Microsoft and Electronic Arts.
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Game loses EB royalty case

The Game Group has lost its battle to overturn a one per cent royalty on UK sales to Electronics Boutique, after the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier court decision.
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Klez-H tops monthly virus charts. Again

The infamous Klez-H was the most common virus circulating on the Internet this month. Again.
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NTT Verio ‘deletes’ AOL flower scam site

A big pat on the back for Reg Reader Alexander Burke, of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, a self-confessed "hardware hacker and all-around technogeek".
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Lexmark wins Round 1 in DMCA chip case

Lexmark has gained an early success in its Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) case against an obscure maker of toner cartridge chips.
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Snack companies fined $185,000 for violating kids' online privacy

American snack companies Hershey Foods and Mrs Fields Cookies have been fined $85,000 and $100,000 respectively for violating children's privacy on their websites.
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Total Poindexter Awareness tech spooks – a Who's Who

INSECURITY LEVEL: PINK One of the great post-War technology trends has been reversed since 9/11, almost without any noticing. For many years now technology that was developed for military use, or with the help of military funding, has found a commercial civilian use. Think of the Internet, or CDMA. But what we're seeing now …
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Google in paedo censorship debacle

Google has found itself at the centre of a censorship row after it removed a link to a "sickening paedophile site" after pressure from councillors in the lovely UK city of Chester and frothing lead stories in local newspaper The Chester Chronicle.
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The Great Year 2003 Bug

A chain letter being distributed via email today bizarrely predicts that the Internet will stop working on Monday.
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BT cuts IT contractor rates. Again

BT is to impose a 12.5 per cent pay cut on contractors employed by its BT Computing Partners division from the start of April.