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The WEATHER on FRIDAY (12 Jul 2002): Showers with thunder are expected over many areas in the predawn hours and morning.     WEATHER OUTLOOK:  SATURDAY: Late morning and afternoon showers.  SUNDAY: Morning showers.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   1.33am  2.5m   -      SUN Sunrise  7.05am    Sunset 7.16pm   MOON  Moonrise  8.40am   Moonset   9.12pm    PSI: 37 (good)   TEMPERATURE: 25-32 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Is Information-Mode a new beginning?

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An article by Jayan C. Kurian, Visiting Lecturer, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Information &
Communications Technology

Today’s world of communication has condensed the frontiers of the global village using the incredible innovation called i-Mode.

Mari Matsunaga invented i-Mode; a smart phone weighing around 59gms that can exchange up-to-date information at your fingertips with the push of a button.

I-Mode or Information Mode is one of the world's most successful Mobile Internet access system offering web browsing and e-mail from Mobile phones. Japanese wireless carrier NTTDoCoMo first introduced this service in February 1999.

A voice system is circuit switched i.e. user needs to dial up for connection.  I-Mode is packet switched i.e. always on.  This packet data transmission technology, which is an overlay over NTT's (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) ordinary mobile voice system enables for constant connectivity.

I-Mode that is built onto NTTDoCoMo’s main network is based on TCP/IP, is always on and hence does not require a dial in connection.  The users are charged only for how much information they retrieve and not for how long they are online.  It means that your connectivity to a single website for hours is not charged as long as no data is transmitted.

I-Mode service components include a cellular phone capable of voice and packet communications with a browser installed, a packet network, information providers and an i-Mode server.  The Smart phone has a 100 MHz processor with memory, a colour display with 256 colours and a graphical user interface.

The transmission protocol of i-Mode is CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) that enables several subscribers to use the same line at once.  I-Mode designed for low memory applications are encoded in an html variant named Compact HTML (C-html) that focuses on text and simple graphics and are also accessible via regular Internet browsers.

The newly introduced access key attribute makes it easier to browse the net at the touch of a button.  Moreover XSLT (Extensible StyleSheet Language Transformation) can be used to transform an XML document into C-html.

Since 80 million mobile users are in Japan 99.99% of i-Mode users are Japanese.  I-Mode users can do online stock trading, online banking, purchase air tickets, e-mail, look for new friends, order concert tickets, look for restaurants, look at sports results, look at weather forecast, play games, load ringing melodies, download cartoons and images etc.

I-Mode phones are increasingly becoming tools for checking stock market news, for banking as well as other Mobile financial transactions.  Credit card companies use i-Mode to enable customers to check their account balances.

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NEW WEBSITES  is an online travel service launched on 30 May 2002. Travellers who use it can slice an average of 20 per cent, and up to 30 per cent, off regular air ticket and hotel prices. But customers cannot pick a specific airline or hotel as this will be selected by Priceline from its pool of partners - 25 airlines and more than 8,000 hotels around the world., has brief details of men and women on the market for a spouse. There is no limit to how many people they can choose, but the other party must consent before they meet. The web site is run by the Social Development Unit's Choice Match dating service.

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