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Wednesday, August 20, 2003
Smartphones "to eclipse handheld computers
: "Handheld devices, such as the Palm Pilot and Research in Motion's Blackberry, will suffer an 8.4 per cent drop in sales to 11.35m units this year, according to technology forecaster IDC. In contrast, smartphone shipments from companies such as Nokia, Siemens and Sony Ericsson will jump 260 per cent to 13.1m units in 2003, the strongest year of growth for the technology category." 10:36:26 AM
Good thing our PM doesn't have more power: Criticism of anti-semitic comments by Malaysia's Mathahir: "Perhaps someone should take some time to explain to our dear Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that a Jew is not necessarily a Zionist by birth, just as all Muslims are not terrorists. While he blows hot in every interview about how collective judgement by the west and the subsequent categorisation of all Muslims as terrorists is wrong, Mahathir proves yet again that he is all talk, and nothing else:
"There only about 13 million Jews worldwide but they want to control the world, not because of their religion but because of their Zionist inclination; and they do it by capturing the most powerful nation, that is, the United States."
.. I shudder that while the west is in control militarily and politically, there are many who are against bigotry towards Muslims and Arabs - and as such, temper the inclination of their own hawks. In the case of Mahathir, there are no Arabs or Muslims who speak out against such blind hatred and bigotry. Perhaps then, the neutrals are right, that the status quo of the western might should prevail, so that the likes of Mahathir and his brethren should never be given international power over others." 8:58:32 AM
Saudis flooding into Iraq 'preparing for jihad'
: "Saad al-Fagui, a UK-based Saudi dissident, said the Saudi authorities were concerned that up to 3,000 Saudi men had gone "missing" in the kingdom in two months, although it was not clear how many had crossed into Iraq. Saudis who have gone to Iraq have established links with sympathetic Iraqis in the northern area, where they have hidden in safe-houses, a Saudi Islamist source said yesterday. Pressure on Islamists in Saudi Arabia has grown since the bombing of an expatriate compound in May killed 35 people. The subsequent arrest of many Islamists has forced some underground while others are trying to flee to Iraq. "If all the avenues are closed and there is a huge gate to Iraq and it's their life wish to fight jihad, they don't have to go far," said Mr al-Fagui. He said he had been told of the 3,000 "disappeared" by a security official inside the kingdom. "Part of this movement of people has been individual, but it is getting more organised now." 8:54:57 AM