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Thursday, November 06, 2003

Thursday November 6, 2003.
From Google News:

Malaysia bans tales of the supernatural
Independent Online - 1 hour ago
Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, which strictly censors foreign movies and books, has decided to ban tomes with "ghostly" tales and those touching on the supernatural, reports said on Thursday.
Malaysia bans importation of 'unhealthy' horror books Times of India
No more 'ghostly tales' in book ban NEWS.com.au
and 6 related

Yukos: Berlusconi, Almost 100% Of Russians Approve
Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (English Version) - 10 minutes ago
(AGI) - Rome, Italy, Nov. 6 - "Almost 100 pct of the Russian citizens are in agreement with the magistracy's handling of Yukos, said Premier Silvio Berlusconi during the press conference with Russian president Vladimir Putin. "This is - said the premier ...
EU, Russia Discuss Chechnya at Summit Guardian
Berlusconi accuses European press of telling tales over Chechnya EU Business
Pravda - Channel News Asia - Gateway 2 Russia - Newsday - and 149 related

[Berlusconi, president of Italy, 1) controls 95 percent of Italian television and 2) complains about media bias against him. There are other reasons why many Italians find him an embarrassment. If there was a button with the Italian equivalent of "Don't blame me, I voted for Bozo the Clown," it would probably sell quite well.]
From BBC News http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/technology/3246433.stm
Let your fingers do the talking
Throw away your earpiece, soon your finger could be helping you make and take calls via your mobile phone.

Japanese phone firm NTT DoCoMo has created a wristwatch phone that uses its owner's finger as an earpiece.

The gadget, dubbed Finger Whisper, uses a wristband to convert the sounds of conversation to vibrations that can be heard when the finger is placed in the ear.

So far NTT has given no date for when a commercial version will go on sale.

Very handy

The wristband for the watchphone is key to the device's many features.

According to reports the Finger Whisper phone is answered by touching forefinger to thumb and then by putting the forefinger in the ear to hear who is ringing.

The call is ended by again touching forefinger to thumb.

Some of the latest earpieces for mobile phones also use sound induction via the bones of the skull to let people hear who is talking to them.

The sound converting wristband on the watch phone is also fitted with a microphone that the phone owner can talk into.

The phone has no keypad but users can make a call by saying out loud the number they want to reach.

Voice recognition electronics built in to the wristband decipher what has been said and dial the number.

None of the early reports about the phone mention if it is possible to use the wristphone to send text messages.

The gadget has been developed by NTT DoCoMo's Media Computing Laboratory.

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