Singapore Bars Muslim Divorces by Text Messages


Muslim authorities in Singapore have turned their backs on a precedent set in Dubai by barring men from using mobile phone text messages to divorce their wives. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS), the Syariah (Islamic) Court and Registry of Muslim Marriages issued a joint statement saying divorce through short message service (SMS) was unacceptable. An MUIS spokesman told ...

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Liquid Audio Selected By Palm to Bring Digital Music to Palm Handheld Users


Liquid Audio, Inc., today announced it has been selected by Palm, Inc. to provide Palm™ handheld users with a solution for accessing digital music. Palm is licensing both Liquid Audio’s Secure Portable Player Platform (SP3) and the Liquid™ Store. Liquid Audio’s SP3 enables third party hardware developers to build digital music devices that will work with the full line of ...

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Toshiba MEA210 Personal Digital Audio Players Features Advanced SD Memory Technology


Toshiba, a prime developer of SD memory card technology, is demonstrating its commitment to this breakthrough digital audio medium with the introduction of its newest ultra-portable Digital Audio Player, the MEA210. Noted Tony Ikeda, Toshiba’s Assistant Vice President, Portable Digital Products: “Thanks to its secure digital memory and unsurpassed convenience, SD memory card technology is truly the format of the ...

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D-Link’s New 802.11b CF Card


802.11b networks give you wide-range, high-speed wireless access at an affordable price – and D-Link’s new DCF-650W Compact Flash Type II card lets you get your PDA hooked up. Having wireless access to information on a PDA can at times be very useful – be it for connecting to the company network in a business meeting to get a hold ...

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First All-In-One Still and Video Digicam Unveiled


Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., best known for its Panasonic brand of consumer electronics and digital communications products, today announced that it will introduce the Panasonic NV-EX21, a dual-use DV-format digital camcorder with a detachable network-ready digital still camera. The new camera also features an extra large capacity CCD, 1.08 -megapixel recording capability, and built-in Leica Dicomar lens with a ...

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Pontis Releases a New Multi-Format Stylish MP3 Player


The PONTIS SP600 is the first MP3-portable on the market to handle different formats of memory cards. PONTIS – inventor of the portable MP3-player – presented their latest product in May 2001 . With its versatile ability, compatibility to store different music formats, almost unlimited expandability and great sound quality, this smartly designed device has placed well and sucessfully in ...

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NTT to Offer Bluetooth-Enabled Wireless Terminal Adapter


NTT East Corp. and NTT West Corp. announced that they plan to market a Bluetooth terminal adapter, named “INS Mate FT80bt Wireless Set.” Its set price of $290 USD, without tax, includes a core adapter and an extension. One additional extension is $130 USD. They will be available from Aug. 7. The set is an Internet-accessible terminal adapter composed of ...

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Coca-Cola, NTT DoCoMo and Itochu Unveil i-mode-Compatible Vending Machine


Coca-Cola Co., Ltd., NTT DoCoMo, Inc. and Itochu Corp. today announced the trial launch of a unique consumer service employing cutting-edge computer software that transforms a soft drink vending machine into an information station and services terminal offering fun, excitement and entertainment. The new service, named “Cmode”, links a specially developed Coca-Cola vending machine equipped with a printer, sensor and ...

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Canon Introduces Optura100 MC Digital Camcorder


By incorporating a state-of-the-art megapixel CDD image sensor with over one million pixels into a digital camcorder, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. has introduced a single camera that performs like two cameras in one – a digital camcorder that records high-resolution video and a digital camera capable of high-resolution digital photos. The Canon Optura100 MC has a ...

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Spring and Airprime Deliver First Wireless CDMA Phone and Data Module for the Handspring Visor


Sprint, which operates the largest 100-percent digital, nationwide PCS wireless network in the United States, and AirPrime, Inc., a leading provider of (CDMA) wireless data and voice products to the OEM market, today announced an agreement to deliver the first CDMA Springboard ™ module for Handspring™ Visor™ handheld. The Sprint PCS Wireless Web Digital Link instantly transforms any Visor handheld ...

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TDK to Launch Multi-Level-R New Media with Capacity of 3 CD-Rs


TDK Corp. exhibited a sample of a new media device called “ML-R” or Multi-Level-R, with a storage capacity equal to three CD-Rs, at the optical-technology exhibition “InterOpto2001″ held July 16-July 19 at the Makuhari Messe convention center. TDK announced its plan to commercialize the new media within fiscal 2001. The technology underlying the ML-R was developed by Calimetrics Inc. of ...

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ART’s Voice Recognition Engine Included in Panasonic Cellular Phones


ART, Advanced Recognition Technologies Inc., a global leader of Voice and Handwriting Recognition technology, today announced the signing of an agreement with electronics giant, Matsushita Communication Industrial Co., Ltd. According to the agreement, ART’s software will be integrated into Matsushita’s new TDMA cellular phones to be marketed under the Panasonic brand name in the US. The choice of ART as ...

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Nextel To Offer First Full-Size Portable Keyboard for Wireless Phones


Nextel Communications Inc., today announced that it will be selling the first portable keyboard to enhance mobile office applications with Nextel i85s and i50sx wireless phones by Motorola. The portable keyboard, called the Motorola iBoard(TM), provides the convenience and utility of a full-size, laptop keyboard for composing e-mail messages, managing address books and calendars, and using Java(TM) applications, such as ...

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Computers Of The Future: Made Of Glass?


”Engineers in Japan have moved one step closer to their goal of building a personal digital assistant directly onto a sheet of glass. If they are successful, your handheld computer could look just like a small glass panel, possibly as early as 2003. That could be possible because engineers at Fujitsu Laboratories have developed a new manufacturing process for thin-film ...

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NTT DoCoMo Debuts Data-Card PHS with Mobile Phone Connectivity


NTT DoCoMo Inc. debuted a new CompactFlash card-type PHS, the “P-in m@ster,” on July 27. “P-in m@ster,” featuring connectors for a mobile phone and for an earphone microphone, is a high-end model of the present “P-in Comp@ct.” The price is open, and on the market it will be priced at about $55 USD. The new data-card PHS is capable of ...

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