LINX Mauls Spam

The London Internet Exchange, responsible for routing much of the UK’s internet traffic, launched a clampdown on spam this month when its members, which include leading ISPs, agreed to close down any ecommerce sites owned by known spammers. It is hoped that this will remove the financial benefits of spamming and thus reduce the temptation of online stores to use unsolicited email as a sales tactic.

Microsoft, Polycom Partner
Videoconferencing specialist Polycom has formed a strategic alliance with Microsoft which will see the two companies collaborating on marketing and product development. Initial offerings are scheduled for late 2004 and will see the integration of Microsoft’s instant messaging technologies with various Polycom videoconferencing systems.

Workers Want Spam Action
According to a survey of 1000 small to medium business workers by security vendor Sophos, over 50 per cent of staff want their employers to take action to prevent spam containing offensive material reaching their inboxes. Just 13 per cent of staff said they did not think their employers were responsible for blocking spam. Sophos believes that spam now accounts for over 50 per cent of all email traffic.

Kyocera Green Conference
Printer manufacturer Kyocera Mita will hold its annual Green Card Conference later this month to help corporate and public sector organisations determine environmentally responsible purchasing and disposal practices. The conference will take place at CentrePoint in London on the 30th of September. Delegate fees are £50 for non Green Card members with proceeds going to the woodland trust.

Mobile Phone Navigation
ALK Technologies this month announced the release of its CoPilot Live GPS Navigation system for mobile phones. The system works on any Microsoft Windows Mobile based smartphone that features built in Bluetooth, such as the Orange SPV C500, and costs £299. The kit includes all necessary software and a Bluetooth GPS receiver.

Digital Signage Card
Imagine Graphics has launched a new graphics card designed specifically for use with digital signs. The Pixel Perfect PC graphics card works with a standard PC and is intended for use with public information display systems, featuring hardware screen rotation and other capabilities useful for computer controlled electronic signs. The card is priced at £250 and is available now.

Vodafone Boosts 3G Datacard
Users of Vodafones 3G/GPRS mobile connect data card will now be able to access BT Openzone public Wifi Hotspots through the devices dashboard. Providing your PC has a WiFi adapter the updated dashboard software will now offer you the option of connecting to the internet via a BT hotspot if one is available, offering a cheaper and faster connection than 3G. Connection fees are added to your existing contract bill.

dMail Beats email
A Dorset based company is offering an alternative to email which eliminates spam and allows for fast sending of larger files. dMail is essentially a private electronic messaging system in which only subscribing members can communicate with each other, and then only with permission. It does not allow users to communicate with external email addresses and is therefore quite limited in scope, but the benefit of this is that spamming is made impossible.

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