PC Briefs: Lako Pacific, Bell Labs

PC Briefs: Lako Pacific, Bell Labs

Lako Pacific tuned in

TwinHan Technology has appointed Lako Pacific as the exclusive distributor of its digital TV tuner product for the PC. Victoria-based Lako Pacific (formerly Pineapplehead Distribution) will distribute Twin Han’s digital terrestrial TV tuners and satellite and cable TV tuners under the VisionPlus brand name. TwinHan claims VisionPlus is Australia’s first range of PC DVT cards to be high definition TV (HDTV) compatible. There are four tuners available, all of which can receive standard definition (SD) and HDTV. Prices start from $199 for the terrestrial free-to-air PCI card. There are also two internal PCI cards for satellite and cable TV reception, and one portable, external USB box solution for terrestrial free-to-air reception.

Bell Labs privacy for mobiles

Bell Labs has unveiled new software aimed at ensuring greater privacy for mobile phone users. It allows users to specify what location information they wish to share, when, who with and under what criteria. Numerous providers offer a range of location-based services, enabling them to track customers and feed them relevant local information about restaurants, movie theatres and retail stores. While some users appreciate such services, others prefer not to expose themselves to constant surveillance.The technology, according to Bell, could appeal to many users, particularly in the corporate sector. For instance, equipment vendors might want to know the location of their technicians during regular working hours. In the evening, however, the technicians may prefer to disable location sharing with their boss. Others may see a need to enable important customers to see their location at anytime within a geographic area.

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