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November 17, 2013 by

Asian firms should trust no one but the tech

Concerns over U.S. surveillance are apparently leading to a "de-Americanization" of IT environments in Asia-Pacific, specifically China, as governments ban the use of U.S. technology. Is the paranoia necessary?

March 1, 2011 by

PS3 imports blocked in Europe over patent dispute

An ongoing patent dispute between Sony and LG over Blu-ray technology has resulted in a 10-day import ban of the popular gaming console, according to reports.The import ban — in addition to "tens of thousands of PS3s seized by customs officers last week in the Netherlands" — could mean that suppliers begin to run out of consoles in approximately two to three weeks, the Guardian said on Tuesday.

November 28, 2010 by

SA Health lifts iPad ban

The South Australian Department of Health has lifted its nearly half-year ban on the Apple iPad after a review of the device by its technology staff.

April 15, 2010 by

Progress on the e-waste recycling front

For those of you following the toxics footprint, as opposed to carbon footprint, that your technology creates, there's some news this week out of the Basel Action Network (BAN), the proponents of the e-Stewards global electronic waste recycling certification. My prediction is that you will see hear more about an alternative certification, R2/RIOS, which is being developed by a group including the U.

September 24, 2009 by

Ban that (ink) spot: HP develops technology to speed paper recycling

Have you ever been on the beach reading a magazine and wound up with smudgy, inky hands because of how the ink reacted to your sunscreen?I never really thought about it before, but getting the ink out of paper is actually pretty hard, and as companies look at ways to recycle paper cost-effectively, figuring out a way to make it easier seems to make sense.

April 5, 2006 by

eWeek Biz Bytes: The Absurd Crackdown on Free Internet Services

Dan Briody comments on an article in theWall Street Journal discussing companies which ban public communicationservices:I'm not going to argue that these technologiesare often used for personal reasons. They are. But so are phones, and e-mail,and water coolers, and bathrooms. And they do come in handy. Instant messagingis a far quicker way to communicate than e-mail. Personal Web e-mail accountsare great backups for corporate server outages. And any company that'snot looking hard at switching their entire telecommunications system overto the IP network is already behind the game. Bandwidth concerns? Please.Within 10 years every piece of business communication will be running throughthe IP network.Now what's the technology direction forbathrooms and water coolers? On the other hand, perhaps the reason some of the companies mentioned havelocked up public communication services is that they have business-qualityproducts deployed or in plan, and are going to use enterprise connectionslike those in the new Sametime 7.5 to manage the connectivity for theirenterprise. Still, I think open and available is the way to go.  I really appreciatethat IBM acknowledges that some personal use of corporate resources isbound to happen, and not to make us punch codes into the copier/FAX touse it, not to block, and not to turn off ports for AOL/Skypeetc. Link: eWeekBiz Bytes: The Absurd Crackdown on Free Internet Services> (Thanks, boss)

March 20, 2006 by

Coonan backs PC-based porn filters

Communications and IT Minister Senator Helen Coonan has attacked Labor's election policy of forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to filter Internet content, backing instead PC-based filtering technology. Under Labor's new policy, announced today by Opposition Leader Kim Beazley, the nation's communications regulator could ban Web sites containing graphic sexual or violent material rated R or higher.

May 12, 2005 by

Democrats tackle spyware

The Australian Democrats have introduced legislation to parliament that would see anyone convicted of installing spyware or cookies without permission on a users' computer face imprisonment of up to two years.The Democrats' information technology spokesperson, Brian Greig, said today the Spyware Bill 2005 was not designed to ban spyware or other unauthorised installations but to require companies to obtain permission from the owner of the computer before proceeding.


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