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Nokia S60 users to get Lotus email - Hardware - iTnews Australia
Nokia has confirmed that S60 smartphone users will have access to Lotus email from December following a new deal with IBM, which owns the majority of Symbian.
Nokia said that S60 users, which the company estimates to be 80 million people, will be able to connect to corporate email accounts using Lotus Domino Server software called Lotus Notes Traveler.
"People need to be connected to their email, information and network when they are out of the office, and that has to be done conveniently and on their terms," said Nokia senior vice president Soren Petersen.
Internet Explorer 8 inches closer to release - Software - iTnews Australia
Microsoft has announced that Internet Explorer 8 will be released in the first half of 2009.
Developers said in a blog posting on Wednesday that the browser is slated to enter its final beta stages in the early months of next year, and that a release candidate will follow shortly after.
"We will release one more public update of IE8 in the first quarter of 2009, and then follow that up with the final release," wrote IE general manager Dean Hachamovitch.
"We want the technical community of people and organisations interested in web browsers to take this update as a strong signal that IE8 is effectively complete and done."
ACMA response to Hyarchis alleged spam breach - Telecommunications - iTnews Australia
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has released a detailed response to claims by Hyarchis that its formal warning over alleged spam activities was unfair.
ACMA received a number of complaints from consumers regarding the sending of SMS messages by Hyarchis Ltd allegedly without the consent of these consumers.
Following these complaints ACMA conducted an investigation into Hyarchis Ltd.
As part of the investigation Hyarchis made written submissions to ACMA in relation to the complaints and its compliance with the Spam Act 2003. ACMA assessed the evidence, including the submissions made by Hyarchis Ltd and found that there were reasonable grounds to believe that Hyarchis Ltd had sent commercial electronic messages without consent in contravention of section 16 of the Spam Act, which is a civil penalty provision.
ACMA issued a formal warning to Hyarchis Ltd on 31 October 2008. The warning set out the particulars of the contravention and ACMA's view that, in relation to one electronic address (mobile number), Hyarchis had sent unsolicited commercial electronic messages in contravention of section 16 of the Spam Act. ACMA has not made a finding in relation to the other complaints received.
Telstra baits Government with NBN ‘detail’ carrot - Telecommunications - iTnews Australia
Telstra will hold the government to ransom by submitting a ‘proposal’ to build a $9.7 billion National Broadband Network but withholding more detailed bid documents.
The telco’s chairman, Donald McGauchie, called a last-minute press conference 45 minutes after the RFP deadline to dangle the ‘detailed bid document’ carrot in front of the government.
“While Telstra has devoted very considerable resources to preparing a fully detailed bid, a number of fundamental issues have not been resolved,” said McGauchie.
“Each of these unresolved issues causes unacceptable risk at a time of significant economic uncertainty, resulting in the Telstra Board deciding it is not in the interests of shareholders for Telstra to put forward a fully detailed bid at this time.”
McGauchie said the NBN proposal was ‘essentially an upgrade of Telstra’s fixed network’.
It will cost around $9.7 billion to build - $4.7 billion in the form of a concessional loan from the government, and ‘up to $5 billion' of Telstra's own capital’.
BBC - Newsbeat - Technology - US Army warns of Twitter danger
US intelligence agencies are worried that terrorists might start to use new communication technologies like the blogging site Twitter to plan and organise attacks.
A draft of a US Army report posted on the internet identifies a number of mobile and web technologies that could be used in the future.
A chapter on Potential for Terrorist Use of Twitter notes that first reports of the Los Angeles earthquake in July appeared on the service before established news outlets.
Activists also used Twitter to organise protests at the US Republican National Convention in September.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Google strikes book search deal
Google's reach into the world's libraries looks more assured following a deal struck today.
The agreement with the Authors Guild and Association of American Publishers will resolve a number of lawsuits from the last three years.
Google will establish a non-profit Book Rights Registry to ensure copyrighted works receive compensation via subscription services or ad revenue.
The registry and settlements will cost Google $125m (£80m).
However, the deal still needs approval from a US district court to resolve the pending lawsuits.
If approved, the agreement will provide much wider access to out-of-print books and a great many in-print, in-copyright works.
BBC NEWS | Americas | US 'cyber-bullying' case begins
Initial jury selection has begun in the trial of a Missouri woman alleged to have used a fake MySpace profile to bully a girl who later killed herself.
Lori Drew, 49, allegedly posed as a boy on the website to befriend Megan Meier, 13, who hanged herself after the "boy" broke off the virtual relationship.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft to offer free security
In a surprise move, Microsoft has announced it will offer a free anti-virus and security solution from the second half of next year.
It will stop selling OneCare, its all-in-one security and PC management service, from the end of June 2009.
The new software, code-named Morro, will be a no-frills program suited to smaller and less powerful computers.
The software will be free to download and will support Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Google unveils customised search
Google has unveiled a tool that will allow users to customise and refine their search queries.
The company's SearchWiki lets users re-order, remove or add specific web search results.
This means the next time they perform the same search, the personalised version will pop up.
"I would call this revolutionary. It's a huge step, not a baby step in the world of search," Google's product manager, Cedric Dupont, told the BBC.
BBC NEWS | Technology | Mobile internet usage on the rise
Mobile internet use is growing while the number of people going online via a PC is slowing, analyst firm Nielsen Online has found.
Some 7.3m people accessed the net via their mobile phones, during the second and third quarters of 2008.
This is an increase of 25% compared to a growth of just 3% for the PC-based net audience - now more than 35m.
It also found that the mobile net audience was younger and searched for different things.
HandBrake 0.9.3 accepts any files, boosts encoding quality (Updated)
Simple consumer options for quickly encoding video on the Mac have ridden a roller coaster lately. The demise and later rebirth of VisualHub, a leading app in the space, left many Mac users in need of video conversion feeling uneasy. Fortunately, a new version of HandBrake brings a long list of new features, as well as a new option for getting from point A to B in video formats.
Detailed on HandBrake's site, the cross-platform DVD conversion app is now capable of accepting video files already existing on your computer. This brings HandBrake into holy grail territory, as it is now a great one-stop shop for converting just about anything you need, thanks to the incorporation of the FFmpeg project.
HandBrake 0.9.3 brings so many other enhancements, though, that it could really have been called 1.0 due to the 600+ items on this version's changelog.