Microsoft axes Private Folder app -- and more tech news briefs

Short takes from this week's technology news

Microsoft withdraws Private Folder app

Microsoft has axed an application that lets end-users encrypt personal data just days after its launch. Microsoft described Private Folder 1.0 as "a useful tool for you to protect your private data". But business users voiced concerns about the effect on corporate data recovery.

New printer could halve cost of RFID tagging

Toshiba Tec has developed what it claims are the first printers able to print label information directly onto RFID tags. The company said the technology would cut the cost of RFID tagging by up to 50%.

BSI launches software standard for websites

The British Standards Institution has published a software engineering standard to help developers build user-friendly websites. ISO/IEC 23026 covers recommended practice for the internet, website engineering management and lifecycle.

3.5G mobile broadband subscribers set to boom

The number of 3.5G mobile broadband subscribers worldwide will increase from 2.5 million in 2006 to more than 300 million in 2011, but market growth in 2006-2007 will be restrained by a lack of compelling devices, according to a report from Informa Telecoms & Media.

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