Dell will this week announce enhancements to its Latitude Xpi notebook PC line, beefing up the system's processor, memory and CD-ROM drive. The Xpi CD M166ST includes a 166MHz Pentium MMX, 256Kb of Level 2 cache, a 1.6Mb hard drive which can be upgraded to 3Gb, 16Mb of RAM and a 10-speed CD-ROM drive.
Hewlett-Packard will also expand its notebook line this week with a range of machines aimed at the corporate market. A midrange notebook, the Omnibook 2000, is designed to fill what HP sees as a gaping hole in its line-up. Rich Archuleta, general manager of HP's mobile computing division in the US, said: "We were ignoring the biggest part of the market, the $2,500 (#1,600) to $3,500 range." The 2000 line includes either a 133MHz or 150MHz Pentium MMX, a 1.2Gb or 2.1Gb hard drive, a 12in screen and 16Mb of RAM.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has awarded a five-year contract worth #250,000 to RAM Mobile Data for mobile data carrier services. The brigade will use the RAM network for wireless communications across the county. Previously, control operators had to dictate typed messages via radio, a system which was prone to error. The installation of the RAM network should ensure that accurate information is transmitted from the command and control centre to fire stations and fire appliances. Crews then use an in-vehicle mobile data terminal to update incident logs and liaise with the command and control centre.
Lotus and Collaborative Groupware have signed an agreement to integrate the Jot-IT electronic sticky notes product with Lotus' Domino.Application family. CGI's Jot-IT adds a layer of functionality to Domino.Application - Lotus' add-on modules that enable companies to create web applications - by providing the ability to share messages, comments or reminders. The Jot-it-down utility works just like paper reminders. For example, users working on an organisation's web site created by Domino Action, can attach messages and reminders on web pages as they are under development. The utility will be available separately or free with the Domino 4.6 server, due next quarter.
Eurodollar has awarded Digital a contract worth #500,000 for PC servers and desktop computers. The order was won against competition from Compaq, ICL and Apricot. The car rental firm has purchased a range of Digital PC servers, including 72 Digital Prioris XL and LX serves and several Prioris HX models to run office and reservation systems throughout its 110 outlets worldwide. The contract also included 70 Digital Venturis desktop PCs as well as a number of HiNote VP500 notebooks for Eurodollar's sales force and senior managers needing to log into their office systems or the Internet from other Eurodollar sites or remote locations.
According to a US survey, the advent of mobile phones, PCs and other technologies has levelled the playing field in the battle of the sexes.Women are no longer afraid of technology, according to the findings, and are exploiting it as a career "leveller". Of 400 women surveyed, 80% saw technology as a useful way to get into traditional male roles and 75% thought recent promotions were due, in part to their understanding of technology. Almost three quarters said the availability of technology in the workplace had helped them achieve professional goals they would not have attained otherwise.
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