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‘Watch’ that next phone call to see who’s on the line

Next time someone rings your cell phone, just glance at your watch to see if it’s worth picking up. No more digging the phone out of your pocket or purse and possibly send a message to those around you that they’re not as important.

In a partnership with Sony Ericsson, Fossil Inc. is introducing a line of watches that will show you who’s calling. The system uses the Bluetooth wireless standard to beam a phone’s caller ID information to the watch.

The watch vibrates to alert users to an incoming call, and a quick press of a button can send the call to voicemail.

You can’t answer a call with the watch, but it will be compatible with Bluetooth headsets.

The technology is currently compatible only with some phones from London-based Sony Ericsson.

Nation’s libraries face Internet access challenges

The nation’s public libraries have significantly expanded wireless and high-speed Internet access but face budget and space constraints in continuing to meet demand, a new study finds.

Nearly all libraries have Internet access and offer it to the public, and branches average 11 public-access terminals, comparable to findings in a 2004 survey.

The new study, sponsored by the American Library Association and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found a doubling of wireless access, to 37 percent. High-speed access — defined as 769 kilobits per second or faster, though that can be shared among many terminals — grew to 63 percent in the latest survey, up from 48 percent.

CA offers warranty on security products

Security vendor CA Inc. is so confident in its products, it is offering up to $1,500 for computer repairs should users of its anti-virus software get infected.

Warranty coverage applies to home buyers of CA Internet Security Suite 2007 and CA Anti-Virus 2007 and includes costs for technical support, repairs and hardware replacement. The guarantee, however, does not extend to data loss or damage to software other than the Windows operating system.

Using a personal laptop to log onto a network domain at work also voids the warranty, as does turning off settings for automatically downloading updates to detect newer viruses.

Over 100 million in United States view online video

More than 100 million Americans, or three out of every five Internet users, viewed video online in July, a new study finds.

Yahoo Inc. was tops with 38 million unique users, followed by News Corp.’s MySpace.com at 37 million and YouTube Inc. at 31 million, according to comScore.

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