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Done roam­ing

A fea­ture was de­voted to the ex­or­bi­tant charges for us­ing a mo­bile to make calls from abroad. Yet it wasn’t un­til 2017 that mem­bers of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment suc­cess­fully forced phone com­pa­nies to charge the same (low) prices any­where in Europe.

Smart phone?

A CD-ROM was fas­tened to an ad­vert in­side the is­sue to tempt read­ers to ex­plore the Nokia 9210 Com­mu­ni­ca­tor, a state-of-theart mo­bile phone with a novel QWERTY key­board that could send and re­ceive faxes.

Air­port se­cu­rity

Am­s­ter­dam’s Schiphol air­port was tri­alling iris recog­ni­tion to im­prove se­cu­rity and speed up bor­der checks; the Priv­ium sys­tem still op­er­ates to­day. In con­trast the UK’s iris scan­ning scheme, pi­loted at Heathrow in 2004, was aban­doned in 2013.

Nav­i­gat­ing the web

On­line search en­gines were still rudi­men­tary. “There are use­ful travel por­tals on the in­ter­net. It’s just find­ing them that’s the prob­lem,” sum­marised one pun­dit at “Won­ders of the Web” travel sem­i­nar.

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