Stories by Peter Sayer

French consumer group sues Google, Facebook and Twitter over privacy policies

French consumer protection group UFC-Que Choisir has issued Facebook, Twitter and Google with a summons to appear before the Paris High Court, which it has asked to strike out what it says are unfair or illegal clauses in the companies' user agreements.

Unify sets timetable for launch of its Project Ansible unified communications service

Unify has set a timetable for the launch of its Project Ansible unified communications product, with beta testing scheduled for May.

Secusmart puts its BlackBerry encryption chip to work on the desktop

At around €2,000 (US$2800) each, the secure smartphones that SecuSmart showed at Cebit last year were out of reach of many businesses -- although three governments have since bought them to secure mobile phone calls between senior officials, according to CEO Hans-Christoph Quelle. Now the company has developed a less expensive and more flexible system intended for the enterprise, and has extended the reach of its mobile system to secure VOIP calls on desktop phones.

Robot project aims to help doctors diagnose human stroke victims

The creators of the Roboy robot wanted it to move as much like a human as possible, using a skeleton of 3D-printed bones and joints, tendons -- and coiled springs in muscles.

Cosinuss in-ear sports monitor tracks your heart rate, no chest band required

Some Bluetooth headsets are designed to get beats into your ear: The C-SP 01 from Cosinuss is there to get them out.

Startups vie to evaluate credit risk using Facebook profiles

Two companies using Facebook profiles to generate credit scores, their stands side by side at Cebit, are chasing different customers -- although they are competitors in the trade show's Code_n startup contest.

Intel puts its energy into smart grid development in Germany

Intel is putting its energy into the development of smart grid standards and monitoring systems in Germany, with company executives announcing a number of initiatives at the Cebit trade show Monday.

Researchers hope to secure development of mobile apps with faster code scans

Fraunhofer Institute researchers are working to speed up the scanning of mobile app code for security flaws, aiming to offer developers in a few milliseconds the kind of analysis that once required an all-night scan of code.

Fujitsu says its all-in-one PC-phones cut power consumption for UC

Unifying communications (UC) by replacing separate PCs and telephones with a PC equipped with a headset and some telephony software can sound like a great idea until the first electricity bill for those always-on PCs comes in. Fujitsu hopes to end that bill shock with an always-on multimedia PC for businesses that features a special power-saving mode.

At Cebit opening ceremony, leaders evoke need to protect private data

Protecting privacy was on the minds of almost all the dignitaries assembled in Hanover, Germany, on Sunday night to open this year's Cebit trade show, the theme of which is "datability," or big data with responsibility.

Bidding war could lead to consolidation in French mobile telecommunications

French mobile operator SFR is the target of a bidding war between construction giant Bouygues, which hopes to merge the network with that of its own Bouygues Telecom subsidiary, and Altice, owner of French ISP and cable TV company Numéricable.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire in September, handing over to Luca Maestri

Apple CFO Peter Oppenhiemer will retire at the end of September, handing his duties over to the company's corporate controller and vice president of finance, Luca Maestri, from June.

STMicro could enable touchless gesture control of smartphones

Using an infrared laser, ST Microelectronics' new proximity detector for mobile phones can measure distances to within a centimeter or two.

Mirrorlink 1.1 protocol brings third-party apps to in-car screens

Allowing drivers to access more mobile phone apps on a dashboard display while at the wheel sounds like a recipe for disaster -- but at Mobile World Congress members of the Car Connectivity Consortium showed how they plan to do this while limiting distractions with a technology called MirrorLink.

Graphical language aims to do away with proprietary digital styluses

Wacom has grand designs for a new graphical language that, it says, will allow input and sharing of writing movements across multiple platforms, with or without one of its trademark digital styluses.

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