Commission to set out mobile phone strategy

first_imgThe big question to be answered by Industry Commissioner Martin Bangemann is whether the institution should take an interventionist or a hands-off role in paving the way for UMTS. Key issues include whether it should lay down the law on providing radio frequencies for the services and licences for the operators.One clear consideration will be paramount for the Commission in deciding its position – the aim that users of the new UMTS services should, like GSM, be able to send and receive information throughout Europe.Another will be whether UMTS should be treated as a completely new technology or should, in part at least, build on what already exists. With millions of ecu having been poured into GSM networks, the latter option would appear to be more likely.The deadline for European companies to submit comments on the issue has been extended for a few weeks beyond the original target of mid-July.For once, officials will also be driven by the challenge of maintaining a European lead in a key information technology sector. GSM has imposed itself as the world’s leading technology for mobile phones after European manufacturers and telephone companies supported it.The US and Japanese, Europe’s main rivals in the mobile phone sector, have set a deadline of the start of the millennium to put their strategies on UMTS in place. “Europe appears to have given itself enough time to get its act together and should not be playing the usual game of catch-up on this one,” said a telecoms industry analyst. Comments from EU industry and governments about Universal Mobile Telephone Systems (UMTS) – the next generation of mobile phone technology – will be sifted over the next month so that the Commission can begin drawing some conclusions about its role in introducing the new service in the autumn.UMTS is a more powerful version of the existing GSM phone technology and will allow users to tune into a multi-media world as well as making ordinary phone calls from their handsets.New features made possible by the technology include connecting to the Internet and sending and receiving images and faxes.last_img read more

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The Visual Side of Pain

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal:Perceptions of pain can be changed by distorting the view of the affected body part, a new study finds, opening a fresh window onto the psychological side of pain.Researchers affixed a heat-producing device to the left index fingers of 18 volunteers. A mirror was set up so that when the subjects looked toward their left hand what they saw was really a reflection of their right hand. (To complete the effect, the right index finger got its own non-functioning thermode.) Then they started turning up the heat, slowly.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journallast_img

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OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?

first_imgNPR:Take a look at this question: How do modern novels represent the characteristics of humanity?If you were tasked with answering it, what would your first step be? Would you scribble down your thoughts — or would you Google it?Terry Heick, a former English teacher in Kentucky, had a surprising revelation when his eighth- and ninth-grade students quickly turned to Google.“What they would do is they would start Googling the question, ‘How does a novel represent humanity?’ ” Heick says. “That was a real eye-opener to me.”For those of us who grew up with search engines, especially Google, at our fingertips — looking at all of you millennials and post-millennials — this might seem intuitive. We grew up having our questions instantly answered as long as we had access to the Internet.Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Diaspora owned technology companies assisting Jamaican students

first_imgMEMBERS OF THE JAMAICA DIASPORA TECHNOLOGY TASK FORCE The Jamaica Diaspora Technology Task Force based in the United States is offering practical job experience to 12 Jamaican engineering students.The project is being facilitated under the Calico Open Source Software Development Project. The project is the responsibility of the Diaspora Technology Task Force in partnership with Jamaica’s Palisadoes Foundation.The initiative was first introduced in 2016. It matches the Jamaican students with a Diaspora mentor. Seven students benefitted last year.The task force works with the University of the West Indies Computing Society to select students each summer. The students are provided with a stipend to work on an open source software development project.The students are permitted stay in Jamaica while they work on the projects.The project was inspired by a member of the Diaspora who studied computing at the University and recognized the need for Jamaican students to gain practical experience to be relevant for the global environment.The most successful students are offered internships and jobs from Diaspora-owned companies. The jobs sometimes require the awardees to stay in Jamaica or in some cases to migrate.Applications for the project usually opens in March each year and selection takes place in May and June.last_img read more

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Spurs rally to keep Lakers winless with LeBron

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left) falls as San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan drives toward the basket during their game Monday, Oct. 22 in Los Angeles. AP LOS ANGELES – LeBron James hit the tying 3-pointer late in regulation. He led a Lakers lineup of three second-year pros and a rookie making his NBA debut to a 142-136 lead with 55 seconds left overtime.James was then reminded in spectacular fashion that nothing will be easy in this West Coast chapter of his career.Patty Mills hit a go-ahead jumper with 6.8 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs kept the Lakers winless with LeBron, rallying from a 6-point deficit in the final minute of OT for a wild 143-142 victory Monday night.James tied it on a magisterial 3 with 2.4 seconds left in regulation, and he finished his second Lakers home game with 32 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds. But the superstar missed two free throws with 12.8 seconds to play before Mills coolly put the Spurs ahead. James then missed a step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, thoroughly deflating Staples Center as the Lakers fell to the first 0-3 start in James’ career since his second season with Cleveland in 2004-05.After cooling down, LeBron did not seem discouraged by the Lakers’ last-minute failure against a quality opponent – and while Los Angeles was missing suspended starters Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram.“It’s not” discouraging, James said.“I know what I got myself into,” he added. “It’s a process. I get it, and we’ll be fine. I didn’t come here thinking we were going to be blazing, storming right out of the gate. It’s a process, and I understand that.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 10 rebounds, and DeMar DeRozan added 32 points and 14 assists before Mills made the biggest shot. The Australian guard did it while playing Tony Parker’s traditional role on a familiar San Antonio play.“It’s always good when you make shots or make an impact,” Mills said. “Other than that shot, it was a team victory. It was a gutsy win. Everyone participated.”Kyle Kuzma had 37 points and eight rebounds for the Lakers, and Josh Hart added 20 points and 10 rebounds.James’ dramatic 3 from a full step beyond the arc capped the Lakers’ improbable rally from an 8-point deficit in the final 1:04 of regulation. The Lakers then took a 142-136 lead late in overtime with huge contributions from unsung rookie big man Johnathan Williams, who played important minutes in his NBA debut after JaVale McGee fouled out.But the Lakers sputtered and the Spurs rallied. Rudy Gay’s 3-pointer cut the Lakers’ lead to 142-141, and James missed his free throws before the jumper by Mills, who had 12 points.“It’s always fun to play close games and have them be that type of atmosphere, and overly competitive,” Aldridge said. “It was nice to get a close win. It just builds character and makes guys be more confident.” (AP)last_img read more

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Chelsea get home draw, QPR face Pompey and Brentford play Barnet in FA Cup

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Chelsea will be at home to Sheffield Wednesday or Luton in the fourth round of the FA Cup, while QPR and Brentford will be away to Portsmouth and Barnet respectively.The winners of the replay between Wednesday and Luton will be rewarded with a trip to face the holders at Stamford Bridge.QPR were in the draw after winning an FA Cup tie without the need of a replay for the first time in 22 years, after beating Leeds.AdChoices广告They will take on Pompey – managed by former R’s assistant boss Kenny Jackett, whose right-hand man Joe Gallen spent several years on the coaching staff at Loftus Road – for a place in round five.last_img

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