Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Clock on to Laptop Rogues

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Clock on to Laptop Rogues

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When Nissan introduced its latest vehicle, the excellent new Note, a couple of weeks ago, the company said it was aimed primarily at families with young children.

Asked if it would come with the option of DVD screens in the backs of the head rests to keep youngsters happy, the company said that such things were now pointless.

Technology has moved on so quickly that hand-held DVD players are now 10-a-penny and most youngsters have their own.

They simply hold the DVD player to watch a film and shut themselves off from everyone else by using headphones. This means that each child can watch something completely different while their parents listen to the radio if desired.

Small wonder then that this week Nissan has announced some incentives to shift stocks of its costly Micra in-car DVD player that, presumably, suddenly seems rather pointless.

The price has been slashed from a whopping pounds 540 to a still significant pounds 415 and there is a year's subscription to the online DVD rental service from Screenselect.

However, consider that three children strapped into the back of a Micra could each be bought their own DVD player with more than pounds 100 left over to rent discs for the same money, and you appreciate how quickly personal technology is evolving.

Soon mobile phones will do everything, replacing in-car satellite navigation systems, traffic information services, car radios and CD players.

We will carry mobile phones that cater for our every need and all of the information they either hold or are able to receive will be transmitted to personal computers, loud speaker systems and a vehicle's electronic management control centre.

The only problem with this dramatic advance in technological wizardry is that it always appears to open up new and easier avenues of crime.

When remote central locking was first introduced, computer-literate crooks devised electronic grabbers that cloned the pulses sent out by key fobs. …

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