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AN ADVISORY group has been set up by the Government to look into the safety of mobile phones in response to widespread public concern.

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SYMBIAN, the alliance led by UK palm-top computer maker Psion, further solidified its lead in setting a standard for the next generation of mobile phones yesterday when the Japanese conglomerate Matsushita agreed to pay pounds 22m for an 8.8 per cent stake.

Cellphones cancer scare `not proved'

BRITAIN'S OFFICIAL radiation safety watchdog yesterday rejected suggestions that new research has demonstrated a link between mobile phones and brain cancer.

E-mail; Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac inspect the tiny tools of global communication. Photographs by Phil Ward

One of the features of our (post)modern age is the abundance of information. So much information is released, stored and shared that people are spending more of their time just sorting what is relevant. Recently a US general claimed that national security was threatened not by terrorists or spies, but by the military releasing too much information. Ovation Communications (0800 376 8603; www.vivao.com) has introduced Vivao, a service which looks after all your messages in one universal mailbox. E-mail can be accessed, deleted or even read back to you over a phone. There are now more products than ever which manage information - capturing it, storing it and letting you share it with the rest of the world

CRICKET: S Africa take the two-way option

CRICKETERS HAVE never been quick to exploit technology and much of the equipment in use today is much as it was 20 years ago. All that may be about to change, with news that South African players have been experimenting with microphones inside batting helmets.

War in Europe: Congratulations, but no celebration, at Nato's 50th party...

THE CHANDELIERS sparkled, the Pimm's flowed, and the socialites' plastic surgery glistened. While their husbands debated ground troops for Kosovo at this weekend's Nato summit, Cherie Blair and Hillary Clinton mingled with the great and good of Washington in the British Embassy's marble-lined drawing room. It was a long way from the refugee crisis in the Balkans.

Hacker strikes a deal on sentence without trial

THE WORLD'S former "most wanted hacker", Kevin Mitnick, is understood to have done a deal with prosecutors which will mean he faces one more year of imprisonment - after four years without trial.

Japanese boost for Psion

PSION, the hand-held computer maker, received a welcome boost yesterday when Symbian, its software joint venture, signed a wide-ranging agreement with the Japanese mobile phone giant NTT DoCoMo to develop mobile telecommunication devices and services.

MONEY: NAME THAT COMPANY

This Japanese company has grown to become one of the most famous brands in the world. It was traditionally an electronics business and the company that launched the Walkman. Over the last decade it has moved into other markets.

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Fast forward: Mobile phones - From yuppie status symbol to must- have accessory, Martin Skegg and Michael Oliveira-Salac chart the rise and rise of the mobile

As one in five of us now owns a mobile phone, they are no longer an exclusive luxury for business people but have become a tool for everyone, and, in some cases, a necessity. The introduction of pre-payment plans has stimulated the market considerably, as users do not need a contract or have to meet monthly rental charges. New phones are being bought for occasional calls and emergencies, quite a shift from the days of the yuppie doing deals in restaurants.

Psion warns that downturn in modem sales will hit profits

PSION, the handheld computer maker, yesterday issued a blow to shareholders when it warned that Dacom, its data-communications division, had suffered a sudden downturn that was likely to hit profits this year.

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