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Meanwhile, our 17-year-old Manila Metro Rail Transit System also known as the MRT Line 3, MRT-3 or Metrostar Express, which only has one line and 13 stations, is finding it hard to keep up with the rapid backwards acceleration towards the Middle Ages this country has recently been so adamant to pursue. Remember: murder bad, progress good. It shouldn’t take a historical piece of literature to state that basic, obvious, moral tenet incontrovertible to any civilized species. </donvy>
“During the construction of the first line of the Manila Light Rail Transit System in the early 1980s, Electrowatt Engineering Services of Zürich designed a comprehensive plan for metro service in Metro Manila. The plan—still used as the basis for planning new metro lines—consisted of a 150-kilometer (93 mi) network of rapid transit lines spanning all major corridors within 20 years, including a line on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, the region’s busiest road corridor.” –Wikipedia
Google has ended its “Hands Free” payment scheme, which let you live the retail dream of paying wirelessly with no need to pull out a card or phone. The program, which ran only in San Francisco’s South Bay area, first detects if you’re in a participating store using your smartphone’s location services. If you say you’re “paying with Google,” it then completes the transaction over Bluetooth LE or WiFi, with the cashier verifying the purchase using your photo ID.
After trying it for a year, however, Google has stopped the program, telling users in a letter seen by 9 to 5 Google that it’ll wrap up on February 8th. However, it did say that “we’ve learned so much from you and our other early adopters,” and that “we’re now working to bring the best of the technology to even more people and stores.” That vague statement could mean that it’s planning to bring some kind of wireless option to Android Pay.
Sharp plans to ship its Linux-based Zaurus SL-6000 PDA early in 2004. It will have 64MB of protected Flash memory along with 64MB of SDRAM, a high-powered Intel XScale 400MHz processor, and extra long battery life with a rechargeable, replaceable 1500 mAh Lithium polymer battery. The 4-inch 640×480 VGA display will be switchable from landscape to portrait mode at the touch of a button, and the high-end model will come with built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Also in Brighthand and The Register.
Hagiwara Sys-Com, a Japanese semiconductor company, have announced they are developing four wireless cards for Palm OS devices. The company plans to release both Secure Digital (SD) and Memory Stick (MS) Bluetooth and WiFi cards this summer.
Starbucks Begins to Offer Wireless Access: Starbucks and Microsoft team up with MobileStar to offer wireless (802.11) access in a test market of Seattle, San Francisco, and Dallas.