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Easier Browsing; Nextel's New Phone; Cops Surf Web To Catch Criminals

Posted April 11, 2001 8:47 a.m. EDT

— WRAL looks at a simpler way to browse the web, a new cell phone and how police are using the Web to investigate crimes.

Simpler Way To Browse The Web If typing in complicated Internet addresses or Universal Resource Locators (URLs) frustrates you, there is a free software program called CommonName, which can help.

CommonName'sWeb sitedemonstrates how the program works. Just type in a question mark and the subject of your search, and the program calls up several search engines.

This is useful for those new to the Web and those who are simply tired of typing arcane things like "http", dot com and the "@" sign.

Nextel Offers New Phone Nextel now offers Motorola's newest java powered phone, the i85s. You can use it as either a phone or a digital two-way radio service.

Nextel's packet data network offers "always on" service, and java developers offer thousands of applications to fit specific needs.

Customers will have the ability to download applications from the Internet directly to their phone in much the same way as the capability you have today with a personal digital assistant.

Police Use Video Technology To Pursue Criminals April Fools Day on the University of Maryland campus following the Terrapins loss to Duke in the NCAA tournament was a riot - literally. Fires and vandalism destroyed a lot of property.

The university police are using their Web site to identify the fire bugs.Forty-four picturesare online, and digital photography makes it tough to be anonymous. Police said three arrests have been made as a result of the on-line snapshots.