Six countries have signed up to the European Internet Services Providers Association (EuroISPA), formally established in Brussels, and a seventh is expected to do so this week. Its first president is ISPA UK's Jim Dixon. EuroISPA has been on the cards for more than a year, according to a spokesman, who said talks had "moved along seriously over the last three months". The founding members include the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, with Belgium expected to join once minor formalities have been settled. Austria and Ireland have also expressed an interest in joining.
Psion is recalling UK versions of mains adaptors used with its Series 5 and PC Card Modem Adaptor following one reported instance of usage failure.
According to Psion, while the product fulfils the required British and European standards, the Austrian manufacturer supplying the product has discovered that there is a chance of one or both of the plug pins braking.
As a safety measure, the company is recalling all stocks of the units from both retailers and consumers. Any readers affected should call Psion on 0800 018 6637 to arrange for a replacement unit.
Compaq has bought an unspecified stake in Silicon Valley start-up Ramp, which specialises in web connection software. The company creates a product called web Ramp, which provides a way for small to medium-sized enterprises to connect to the web simply. Compaq is expected to sell the product with its range of servers as part of its campaign to target the SME sector.
Dell replaced Compaq as the number one supplier of desktop PCs to US companies last quarter, according to figures from IDC. The figures showed that in the second quarter of this year, Dell achieved a market share of 18.4% compared to Compaq's 16.4%. Compaq held on as number one for sales of all PCs - desktops and servers - in this market, with Dell's share rapidly increasing. In the second quarter, Hewlett-Packard was the third largest supplier with a 13.8% market share, IBM fourth with 9.3% and Gateway 2000 fifth with 6.6%. The IDC report was based on shipments to large and medium-sized businesses in the US.
Cheshire County Council has installed Hypertec's memory chip tagging system in a bid to combat chip theft. The system, known as Retrieve, has been installed as part of an order to upgrade the memory in a large proportion of the Council's finance department PCs, which have each received a 16Mb upgrade with the system attached. The Retrieve solution also includes visual deterrents to warn thieves that the machines are security tagged. Retrieve uses a "source tagging" system which identifies the memory chip on a Hypertec Multi-module board at the time of production with a PIN number that the board carries throughout its life. If removed, the memory chip is rendered unusable. According to the Association of British Insurers, chip theft costs the UK economy more than u1 billion a year.
Philips last week announced it is one of the companies which has licensed Psion's operating system (PC Week 9 September). The company's consumer division plans to use Psion's EPOC32 operating system in a range of pocket-sized data and messaging products including a smart phone, which is due to be launched in the US later this year and Europe in 1998.
Intel, Microsoft, Compaq and Digital last week asked Sun to relinquish control of Java. In an open letter to Sun chief technology officer Jim Mitchell, the four companies have petitioned Sun to give up stewardship of Java by turning over the technology en masse to the International Standards Organisation. The companies also urge that Sun allow any "interested party" to be able to freely use the Java name. The letter addresses compatibility testing, maintenance and evolution of the Java technology.
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