News@10: iPads In The Lords, Egypt Hijacks Vodafone's Network & Supreme Court Allows Tweeting

Peers should be allowed to use iPads and smartphones inside the House of Lords, a new report has recommended. In a move could give members of the upper house a real technological edge over their colleagues in the Commons, the Lords Administration and Works committee has proposed changes to the “incomplete, outdated and contradictory” regulation of the use of electronic devices in the Chamber

The Supreme Court has ruled that it is happy for “live text-based communications” to be used in the courtroom. As cases heard in the court do not involve interaction with witnesses and jurors, the Justices of the Supreme Court have agreed to allow the use of text-based communications like e-mails and tweeting from micro-blogging platform Twitter from the courtroom.

Vodafone has accused Egyptian authorities of using its network to send out pro-government texts to its customers. The telecoms giant said that, under the emergency powers provisions of the Telecoms Act, the Egyptian government has instructed Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone to send messages to their respective subscribers, and has been doing since the start of the protests against President Hosni Mubarak’s rule.

Vodafone has confirmed that it will be selling the Nokia E7, a business-oriented smartphone with a keyboard, without giving more details about the pricing. The device, not to be confused with the C7, was unveiled last year at the Nokia World in London and is essentially a slightly watered down version of the Nokia N8 with a full QWERTY keyboard.

Google has yet to officially confirm that Honeycomb, Android 3.0, will not be available on touchscreen smartphones leaving it wide open to speculations that the tablet-optimised operating system might come to other form factors soonish.