Four of Europe's top telecom equipment manufacturers have announced they are backing the UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) standard to succeed GSM for mobile phones. Ericsson, Nokia, Siemens and Alcatel are supporting UMTS to become the standard adopted by the European telecoms standards body, ETSI, which will decide later this year whether to ratify it. If it does, services based on the standard will begin in 2002.
Bruce McNaughton has quit as VP of CompuServe, a second high ranking executive to do so in less than a month. McNaughton's departure, comes only two weeks after that of Scott Kauffman, VP of interactive services, and has increased rumours that CompuServe will be acquired. According to sources, company employees are convinced that H&R Block, which owns 80% of CompuServe, has a buyer. Just six months ago, CompuServe's chief executive, Bob Massey, quit amid poor earnings reports.
Chris Stone (inset) is relinquishing his role as CEO of the Object Management Group to join Novell. Stone, who founded the OMG, will join Novell on 2 September as senior VP of strategy and corporate development. He will be responsible for object technology for NetWare network services. Stone will stay on as chairman of the OMG. Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO at Novell, said: "Chris is one of the industry's foremost visionaries ... his vision of object technology enabling a world where everything is connected, is perfectly in synch with our vision at Novell."
Thomas Cook is planning to become the first travel agent in the UK to sell foreign currency over the Internet. Next month, it will also become the first UK high street travel agent to sell holidays over the Internet when it adapts its web site (www.thomascook.com/). Customers will be able to order foreign currency through Thomas Cook's web site and pay for it by credit card. The money will then be delivered by registered post to the customer's address for a #5 fee. Researcher Datamonitor predicts that the value of travel booked on-line in the UK will rise from less than #1 million a year to more than #1 billion by the year 2002.
Denby Pottery, the Derbyshire-based manufacturer of stone-ware and tableware, has embarked on what is believed to be the first installation in Europe of Oracle Manufacturing running on Windows NT. The contact is worth #500,000. Denby Pottery will begin with the rollout of Oracle Financials in October and follow with Oracle Manufacturing next January. The Oracle applications will run on HP NetServer LX PC servers.
It's official - the Internet can damage your health. Last week at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association in Chicago, the new disorder, Pathological Internet Use (PIU), was presented by Dr Kimberly Young. Young, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, coined the phrase for those who are addicted to surfing the net. Young said Internet addiction starts when the rest of the person's life starts to fall apart. "It is a fine hobby or work tool, until it causes problems with social partners, work, or school," warned Young.
Digital's new HiNote, launched today, will boast the largest screen ever available on a notebook, said company officials. The HiNote Ultra 2000 will feature a 14.1-inch XGA active matrix display. Weighing just over 6lbs, it comes equipped with an Intel 166MHz Pentium processor with MMX, a 512K L2 cache, 32Mb of RAM and a 2.1Gb hard drive as standard and is priced at around #4,500.
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