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Kelly's I: KEEPING YOU UP TO SPEED ON THE NET.

Byline: with MATT KELLY

DESPITE our efforts to wise you lot up about virus hoaxes, plenty of readers were sufficiently taken in by the June 1 virus hoax to delete the harmless SULFNBK file from their hard drive.

If you did, don't worry too much - if you do want to restore it, visit www. mcafee.com for a simple(-ish) guide.

While you're there, now may be a good time to invest in some anti-virus software - www.sophos.com also has a full range of downloads.THE world's first working 3G service has run into trouble just days after launch.

Email was blocked for 18 hours on the DoCoMo 3G network in Japan and a software bug means video-phones - seen by many as 3G's killer application - won't be available for at least another month.

The software on the phones is also prone to freezing.

DoCoMo is running a limited trial service for now, with a full roll-out planned for October. If nothing else goes wrong, that is.

INTERESTING take on car satellite navigation from NavTrak. Instead of reading directions from a little LCD screen, users call an operator (hands free of course) who tells them which way to go.

How do they know where you are? This little black box fitted to your motor pinpoints your location on their screen. They'll also call you to alert you to any traffic problems up ahead.

A standard sat nav system is much simpler, but you're looking at upwards of a grand for installation. The NavTrak box can be fitted for pounds 200, with subscription to the service from a tenner a month on top.

Calls for directions are a steep 99p a minute but the system will also track down your car if it's nicked.

NET NEWS

LET THE PRICE GAMES BEGIN..

SONY has fired off an early volley in the games console price war, slashing 30 quid off a PlayStation2 eight months before its main rival even goes on sale.

A PS2 will now set you back pounds 270 - apologies if you bought one full price at the weekend.

Sony execs insist the price cut is simply designed to keep UK prices in line with the rest of Europe as exchange rates fluctuate. But they clearly have one eye on Microsoft's XBox, out in the States in time for Christmas and here early next year for an expected pounds 300.

Nintendo's GameCube, due at the same time, will cost just pounds 200, so expect rather more drastic cuts from rivals if it looks like being a hit.

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Our thanks to Les. Keep your email funnies coming to kellysi@ mirror.co.uk

LATE entry in the race for the funniest election site - www.mtv.co.uk/stereomps is a Westminster version of the brilliant Dancing Paul.

Pick a tune, background and dancing style and watch Blair, Hague and Widdecombe strut their funky stuff.

www.survivor-sucks.co.uk

SITE Of the DAY

INSPIRED reality TV spoof - 16 pensioners split into two tribes and marooned in a caravan park on Canvey Island, Essex. Slogan - Trust Nan.

Contact me or my colleague SHIRAZ LALANI at kellysi@mirror.co.uk or phone 020 7293 2412 or 2413
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