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Sony battery woes continues

Fujitsu revealed this month it is recalling 287,000 Sony-made batteries while Hitachi became the sixth notebook vendor to undertake a replacement programme, stating it was recalling 16,000 batteries.

Both have denied that there are any problems with their batteries and said they were just cooperating with Sony following its launch of a global replacement programme on September 28.

Fujitsu announced at the end of September that it was issuing a recall, but did not specify how many.

These latest figures, combined with those of Toshiba, Lenovo, Dell and Apple, put the total number of batteries affected to date at over 7.6 million.

HP is yet to recall its Sony-made notebook batteries, but has issued a joint statement with Sony claiming that they are not prone to overheating.

Batelco teams up with Cisco

Bahrain telecommunications service provider Batelco has teamed up with Cisco, a leader in networking for Internet, to develop Bahrain's telecom infrastructure.

The companies have announced an agreement to deliver improved service, cost and operational efficiency for Batelco's corporate, SMBs and individual consumers.

"Our collaboration with Cisco is part of Batelco's commitment to providing world class service and technological capacity throughout its network," said Peter Kaliaropoulos, chief executive of Batelco.

"By joining forces and aligning our market knowledge with Cisco's global expertise, we can ensure the rollout of cutting-edge services and solutions tailor-made to our market.'

Gitex to attract record crowds

Approximately 127,000 participants from more than 60 countries are expected to attend this year's edition of Gitex, according to organisers Dubai World Trade Centre.

Last year's event attracted 116,000 exhibitors from 2274 companies spanning 61 countries.

Gitex 2006, the 26th edition of the annual show, will for the first time feature GulfComms, an event dedicated to telecommunications.

Gitex is from November 18-22.

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