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SEPTEMBER 22 , 2000 VOL. 26 NO. 37 | SEARCH ASIAWEEK

Cutting Edge

Flash:
But Can It Darn My Socks?

If you're absent-minded, forget about the Siemens SL45. Misplace it, and you've lost not only your WAP phone, but also your MP3 player, your calendar, your address book and your digital voice recorder. If you can keep your hands on it though, you've got a very nice, 88-gram all-in-one. You can even swap out its 32-MB memory card so you can store not only voice and music but also Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. Look for it in stores later this year, going for about $520.

Mobile Phones: Are You Listed?
Anxious mobile phone users by the thousands are clicking onto www.sardata.com/sardata.htm to check the first ever list of specific absorption rates (SAR) for particular phones. The SAR measures the amount of radio-frequency absorbed by human tissue and is noted in watts per kilogram. The maximum allowed by the U.S. government is 1.6. But cruise this site with caution. Just because you're carrying around an Ericsson KF788 (SAR of 1.56 — the highest listed) doesn't necessarily mean you are going to get a tumor the size of Tokyo. There is no evidence that cellphone radiation is harmful. And SAR is a very complicated concept. A lower number doesn't necessarily mean a safer phone. The jury is still out on this one.

TEN LOWEST SAR CELLPHONES
TEN HIGHEST SAR CELLPHONES
  1.Qualcomm PDQ-1900
0.2634
  1.Ericsson KF788
1.56
2.Mitsubishi Trium Galaxy g-130
0.35
2.(tie) Motorola ST7868
1.53
3.Motorola I1000plus
0.43
3.(tie) Nokia 6185
1.53
4.Motorola GSM3682 & g250
0.457
4.Motorola SC-3160
1.52
5.Motorola Startac 7860 & st7860
0.54
5.Motorola IHDT-5ZRS1
1.51
6.Motorola Startac 7762
0.58
6.Ericsson T-28
1.49
7.(tie) Ericsson I888 World GSM-900
0.69
7.Audiovox PCX-1100XL
1.48
8.(tie) Motorola i500(550,700)
0.69
8.Samsung SCH-411
1.4785
9.Audiovox HGP2000e
0.7496
9.Audiovox 3300
1.4514
10.Motorola i2000
0.79
10.Nokia 5160
1.45


Cyber- Squatting: New Rules for Domain Name Game
The days of easy money may be over for Chinese cyber-sqatters — people who register company or brand-names as Internet domains and then try to sell them to the trademark owner. The Beijing Higher People's Court has issued guidelines indicating anyone deemed to have maliciously registered famous brand-names will be legally liable. Lawsuits against cyber-squatters are on the rise in China. A court ruling in favor of Swedish furniture-maker IKEA earlier this year was seen as a milestone in Chinese law.

Internet: Hello Kitty, Goodbye Old Media
Newspapers are fine for litterbox lining, but they'd be more useful if they were as interactive as the Internet. Enter CueCat, a feline-shaped scanner that attaches to PCs, letting users link to interesting webpages by passing the device over barcodes printed in periodicals. Developer Digital Convergence Corp. thinks the cat/mouse will bridge a gap between new and old media. Maybe so. Major U.S. magazines including Forbes are shipping CueCats to readers.

MP3
: MP3.com Sings the Litigation Blues
Zomba Recording, the company that unleashed Britney Spears on the world, says it's suing online music distributor MP3.com for copyright infringement. The news came only days after a U.S. judge ruled against MP3.com in a similar suit brought by Universal Music. Damages from that case could reach $250 million.

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