writes "the register has put together a rather good piece on the history of the Psion Series 5 computer which is 10 years old this week. It highlights the influence the company has had on other mobile devices since and the story of how the project came together as a ground up piece of engineering and how it's was the last of it's kind in a generic, off the shelf component based world we now live in.
I for one miss the keyboard on my Series 5 and never forget the first time I popped my mobile internet cherry at a crazy 9600bps via infrared modem on my phone in my lecture hall at uni, for i was truely a gadget god that day..."
writes "You may want to take pause next time you pay at the pump with a credit card, or any point-of-sale (POS) system for that matter, states this article. POS terminals have emerged as a weak security link, according to Gartner, Inc. "It's almost more dangerous to go to the gas station than it is online," said Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president. Poor network configurations are partly to blame, and Garter predicts that the situation isn't going to improve anytime soon. By next year, most attacks against retailers will be directed at their POS terminals, and only 30 percent of POS software will be compliant with the security standards by 2009."
writes "Apple have released some of the details of the price plans for the iPhone, and it's not pleasant reading. If you choose a top-spec iPhone with all the options (and let's face it, that's what you'll want to get), plus the top price plan, it will set you back $3,515 over the life of the contract. Ouch."Link to Original Source