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New Net access plan offers 5 free hours

An ISP with points of presence throughout Australia has launched a new pricing plan which it believes is the first of its kind in Australia: five free hours per month and $1 for each hour thereafter.

Fax for free

US software company GFI has released a freeware version of its fax server software, FAXmaker. Available as a free download at the company's site, the version comes with a five-user licence.

Prayers at a price

Prayers may be free in the traditional world but for those time-strapped individuals looking to simplify their daily routine, the PrayerWheel may be the answer. From 10 US cents a day, a computer will say a prayer on your behalf.

A mouse made for gamers

If the joystick is not your game controller of preference, Logitech's new WingMan Gaming Mouse may be of interest. Specifically designed for gamers, the new mouse features a fast report rate and design enhancements for game play.

Fix-It Utilities 99

A new utilities package has hit the Australian software market, Fix-It Utilities 99. The $89.95 program covers the gamut of PC problems from file recovery to crash and antivirus protection.

Funnel Web upgrades, launches into Unix

A new upgrade of the Australian-made Web analysis tool Funnel Web has been released. The new version brings a 1000 per cent speed increase in DNS resolution and four new reports, claims its maker Active Concepts.

Lycos launches online music station

Lycos has launched its own online radio station -- Lycos Radio. It's not all altruistic though -- whilst listeners are viewing streaming video and still-images with the music, they'll be presented the opportunity to purchase related merchandise.

AAPT rejects takeover bid

AAPT yesterday announced its Board of Directors are recommending its shareholders reject the $1.49 billion takeover bid proposed by Cable & Wireless Optus.

Lexmark launches new laser

Lexmark has released a new compact business-class laser printer, a new addition to its Optra range, and featuring a sub-$1000 price tag.

FrontPage 2000 trial to be offered

Microsoft will offer a 45-day trial version of FrontPage 2000, the company has confirmed. The Web authoring package, designed to integrate with the next version of Microsoft Office, will be released to market in June.

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