Valentine's Day is one of the largest dining-out nights of the year -- chocolates and candies abound -- which can be difficult for those trying to watch their weight. However, eDiets.com, a weight-loss and fitness Web site, has launched a "Diet Curbs to Keep Your Curves" guide to help navigate the holiday. The online company, which claims more than 980,000 subscribers since 1997, gives dieters five major suggestions when facing the holiday: indulge ... in moderation; be discriminating about your champagne; pass on free appetizers; don't use shrimp and lobster as a vehicle for butter; and have dessert at home. The site also has a guide to non-candy Valentine's gifts, suggesting non-food and non-high-calorie alternatives.
INTEL: INDUSTRY'S FIRST 'WIRELESS INTERNET ON A CHIP'
Leading chipmaker Intel Thursday announced the development of a new microchip it says combines the key components of cellular phones and handheld computers onto a single chip, the first in the industry. Intel's sportily named PXA800F cellular processor combines computing, memory and communications functions to provide Internet access for cell phones, the company says. It also says the microchip will bring advanced functionality, longer battery life and more innovative phone design to mainstream cellular phones. "As the industry transitions from voice-only phones to advanced devices that combine voice and data, the ability to effectively and efficiently combine advanced processing, memory and communications technologies will be required to drive the next-generation of cell phones," said Intel Vice President Hans Geyer in a statement. The company expects the chip to be available later this year or early next year.
INTERNET MUSIC SERVICE SLASHES PRICES
A major online music subscription service Thursday announced the launch a promotional offer letting subscribers mix and burn CDs for just 49 cents per track, the latest step in the ongoing war with pirate Internet music sites. The offer by the Rhapsody service, available both through Listen.com and Lycos Music, is the lowest price currently available online, the companies say. It is good through March 31, and is available to new and existing subscribers to Rhapsody. Subscribers will be able to download from more than 285,000 tracks and 20,000 albums of material from all five major music companies and more than 100 independent labels. Listen.com also is offering a week of free access to Rhapsody, from Feb. 13-21. These rock-bottom prices reflect intensifying efforts to get subscribers for legitimate Internet-based subscription music services.
FBI: LOOK OUT FOR INCREASED CYBER-ATTACKS
The FBI this week issued a warning about cyber-security in the face of the current U.S.-Iraqi conflict. The notice, released Tuesday by the bureau's National Infrastructure Protection Center, says attacks can come from both sides of the conflict, including from self-proclaimed "patriot" hackers, and warns any such activity is illegal and punishable as a felony. The NIPC encouraged owners and operators of computers and networked systems to review their defensive postures and procedures, adding "security best practices" can help limit potential problems. The best practices outlined by the NIPC: increase user awareness, update anti-virus software, stop potentially hostile/suspicious attachments at the e-mail server, utilize filtering to maximize security, and establish policies and procedures for responding and recovery. More information is available at nipc.gov.
AMERICANS FAVOR ANTI-SPAM LEGISLATION
Nearly nine out of 10 e-mail users, faced with the continuing deluge of Spam, favor federal legislation to stem the tide of unwanted e-mail at work, political and public affairs research firm Public Opinion Strategies reported Wednesday. According to a POS survey, 88 percent of those polled said they would support legislation to strengthen restrictions on pornographic spam and to establish criminal penalties for spam that contains misleading information regarding the identity of the spam sender. The study, commissioned by e-mail filtering company SurfControl, found the findings were the same across party lines and whether or not respondents received large volumes of spam. "American businesses are ready for Congress to act against spam," said Bill McInturff, partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies. "We talked to the people who care about this kind of law because they're living the problem every day. The research clearly shows American workers want spam off their desktops and out of their lives." And the legislation might not be far behind. Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont., said in January he was optimistic about the chances for passing a spam bill in 2003.
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