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■ Software

Phone system can run a PC

Japanese high-tech giant Toshiba said yesterday it has developed the world's first software to enable users to operate their computers remotely via mobile phones. Existing mobile phone services only allow users to view files in their computers but not edit them, Toshiba said. The new system compresses data in a computer so that it could be shown on a small mobile phone screen and allow users to make changes, it said. Toshiba plans to make the system commercially available by the end of March for third-generation (3G) mobile phone services.

■ Airlines

Comair chief steps down

The president of Delta subsidiary Comair Inc resigned on Monday, weeks after the failure of an overloaded computer system shut down the carrier's flights in the US on Christmas. Randy Rade-macher made a personal decision to leave, Comair spokesman Nick Miller said. Miller said an internal memo from a Delta executive says Rademacher stepped down to pursue other unspecified opportunities. The memo's contents were reported on Monday by The Cincinnati Enquirer. Comair's approx-imately 1,100 flights were canceled on Christmas. The company blamed numerous passenger sched-uling changes because of an ice storm for overloading the computer system.

■ Oil

Shell to recruit engineers

Troubled energy giant Royal Dutch/Shell, still reeling from the revelation that it massively overstated its proven reserves, is to recruit more than 1,000 new engin-eers in a bid to recover some credibility, a report said yesterday. The new jobs would come in Shell's core exploration and production business in an attempt to help the Anglo-Dutch comp-any catch up with its rivals in reserve replacement, the Financial Times said. How-ever, analysts were cited by the paper as saying it would be a challenge to recruit so many experienced engineers in an industry where they were in short supply.

■ Currencies

US dollar rises

The US dollar rebounded from five-year lows against the yen in Asian trade yesterday on hopes the US central bank will hike interest rates more aggress-ively to counter inflation, dealers said. The US dollar firmed to ?102.56 in Tokyo afternoon from ?102 in London on Monday. New York markets were closed on Monday for a national holiday. The US currency had dropped to a fresh five-year low of ?101.68 on Monday London trade on speculation Europe was pushing for stronger Asian currencies to help offset the impact of a weak US dollar on eurozone economies. The euro fell to US$1.3041 from US$1.3077 in London but rose to ?133.79 from ?133.50.

■ Cellphones

New phone detects motion

Pantech Co, South Korea's third largest mobile phone maker, yesterday began selling the world's first motion-recognition mobile phone, the firm said. The PH-S6500 "sports-leisure" phone is equipped with six-axis sensors that enable it to detect movement of the handset, it said. "When you jog along the street with the phone attached to the waist or wrist, it will show the speed, calories consumed and the distance you have covered," said Koh Eun-Sil, spokeswoman of Pantech said. Samsung Electronics has also said it had developed a mobile phone with a motion-discerning capability.

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