Ofcom makes new spectrum license available -- and more tech news briefs

Short takes from this week's technology news

Short takes from this week's technology news

Ofcom opens spectrum for broadband train links
Telecoms regulator Ofcom is making available a new spectrum licence that will allow train operators to offer passengers broadband access via satellite links.

Survey reveals multiple password security risk
The use of multiple passwords continues to pose security risks and encourages bad user behaviour, according to RSA Security’s annual Password Management Survey. The survey of more than 1,300 staff found that 18% had to manage more than 15 passwords and 36% had between six and 15 passwords.

Location-based mobile system to aid deaf users
UK undergraduates working at IBM’s Hursley laboratory have developed a mobile system designed to improve communications for hearing impaired people when they enter locations such as railway stations,  airports and places of work. The system can send a location-specific information to users’ phones. 

Microsoft to release Ajax platform this year
Microsoft plans to release a full version of Atlas, its Ajax-based web development platform by the end of the year. Atlas 1.0 will be released as an add-on to Visual Studio 2.0. The tool supports Microsoft’s ASP.net 2.0 application programming interface.


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