IT Business Elsewhere — Low-tech paradise

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If you’re thinking of dating a Brit, pick one without a cell phone. According to a recent survey, one out of 10 Brits admitted dumping their partners

via SMS.

Saving us from our software
Christian Science Monitor

Just when you thought you’d heard enough about environmentalists condemning gas-guzzling SUVs, another type has emerged: the information environmentalist.Says the story: “”Their aim: to reclaim quiet mental space from the chirping persistence of cell phones, personal digital assistants, instant messaging, niche cable channels, and a virtual landscape littered with news, entertainment, and sales pitches.””

Let us surf

A cyber church called, created by the developers of online Christian magazine Ship of Fools, is the first 3-D online service launched in Britain. The ministers’ sermons appear as cartoon-style “”thought bubbles,”” and visitors can digitally contribute to the collection box.

The other cybercrime

It was only a matter of time. These days, businesses and consumers aren’t the only ones taking advantage of the Internet to conduct their business — gangs are using it too, to arrange their rumbles.

Cell phones settle bar bets
Reuters/Yahoo! News

By now, you’re probably resigned to the fact that if you want a question answered, you’d better look for it yourself online. Not anymore. A new service has brought humans back into the equation. For one pound, a U.K. cell phone service will answer a specific question like the number of steps in the Empire State building.

Just how many ears do you have?

German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had designed a carrying case to transport multiple iPods. The case is expected to sell for US$1,500. Apparently one iPod isn’t enough to cover all music tastes. According to the story, Lagerfeld had a dozen of the devices at last count.


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