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May 2005

Last December, Armenia's prime minister asked the Ministry of Transport and Communication to draft rules for de-licensing Wi-fi in that country. David Sankduchyan writes from Yerevan that these rules have been approved: "Both commercial and non-commercial use of low power (up to 1W) data transmission devices" are now allowed without permission or registration in the 2.4 GHz band, he says.

The Pepper Pad

UK firm Pepper Computer has unveiled an innovative portable Internet access device midway between a laptop and a PDA. The Pepper Pad uses Wi-fi, Bluetooth and the Linux operating system to support a web browser, email client, Instant Messenging, and a media-player for sound, video and photo-viewing. Quoting BIOS Online, the Gadgetry Blog says it will retail for $799.