Stories by Bob Brewin

  • Bluetooth group downplays security risks

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has dismissed security fears about the technology, claiming any flaws in it are limited to a small number of mobile phones - although it has detailed measures that concerned users can take to secure a wide range of Bluetooth devices.

  • Cisco releases WLAN security protocol

    Cisco Systems announced the availability of a protocol that's designed to defeat brute-force dictionary attacks that capture users' passwords in its wireless LAN products. The company urged end users and systems administrators to download the related patch from its Web site.

  • Cisco develops WLAN protocol to defeat password attacks

    Cisco Systems has developed a new wireless LAN security protocol designed to defeat brute force dictionary attacks that capture a user's passwords and has submitted a draft of the protocol to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

  • Cisco warns its WLAN security can be cracked

    The proprietary security system used by Cisco Systems to protect wireless LANs widely deployed by enterprises can be defeated by a "dictionary attack" designed to crack passwords. To counter the security threat, the company is warning customers to institute strong password policies.

  • Palm Introduces widescreen handheld

    Palm has introduced three handheld computers, including a Tungsten T3 that includes a 320-by-480-dpi color screen that can be used in landscape or portrait mode, Bluetooth short-range wireless capabilities and improved personal information management software.

  • Broadcom introduces single-chip Wi-Fi client

    Broadcom is unveiling what it claims is the world’s first 802.11b Wi-Fi LAN client contained on a single, low-power chip suitable for use in mobile phones, handheld computers and consumer electronic devices.

  • MS phone software gets boost with Motorola deal

    Motorola and Microsoft have announced plans to co-operate on the development of mobile phones based on the Windows Mobile 2003 operating system. Mobile carriers in the US, Europe and Asia are due to start selling the devices next month.

  • Dell yanks Axim patch after hackers crack it

    Dell posted - and then yanked - a fix on its support Web site for its Axim handheld computers loaded with the Pocket PC 2003 operating system after some users hacked the software to obtain a free copy of the operating system instead of just a patch, according to Dell spokesperson, Jess Blackburn.

  • UN pushes Wi-Fi to bridge digital divide

    The Wireless Internet Institute, the United Nations and major Wi-Fi technology vendors kicked off a global effort in Boston on Thursday to use wireless LANs and other inexpensive and unregulated wireless technologies to bridge the digital divide in developing nations.

  • Microsoft releases upgraded mobile OS

    Microsoft has officially unveiled an upgraded version of its Pocket PC mobile operating system that's designed to provide users with improved support for accessing Wi-Fi wireless LANs.

  • Intel, Sun to optimise J2ME for mobile devices

    Intel and Sun Microsystems have put aside high-level rivalries to pursue the smart phone and mobile computing device market by working to optimise Sun's Java software for the Intel XScale processor, which powers advanced voice and data phones and handheld devices.

  • Intel's Centrino may crash Windows when used with VPNs

    Notebook and laptop computers based on Intel's new mobile and wireless Centrino chip architecture can experience a "blue screen" crash in Windows XP when running widely distributed virtual private network (VPN) security software from Nortel, according to Mike Schexnaydre, a Nortel software engineer.

  • European Space Agency OKs Galileo satnav system

    The European Space Agency (ESA) has reached an agreement with its member states and the European Union for the development of the Galileo satellite-based navigation system, which will rival the US Global Positioning System (GPS). The agreement comes just weeks ahead of an international conference where frequencies for the EU system and power levels for the next generation of GPS satellites will be determined.

  • Final 802.11g draft standard throttles data rates down

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has approved a new and final draft standard for 802.11g wireless LANs that will have a true throughput for Internet-type connections of between 10M and 20Mbps far lower than 54Mbps raw data rate initially billed for the standard.