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Gateway Debuts Solo Notebooks

Gateway Inc. has added new models to its Solo line of notebook computers:

* The Solo 5300 weighs 4.9 pounds and is about1.4-inches thin. It offers a choice of 12.1-inch or 14.1-inch displays and a variety of processors including the Intel Celeron 550/600MHz and the Intel Pentium III 650/700/750 MHz.All processors come with battery-saving SpeedStep technology, the company says. The unit can be configured with 6/10/20GB Ultra ATA hard drives, and comes standard with 32 MB of SDRAM. Its modular two-spindle bay design supports a CD-ROM, floppy disk drive, a DVD player, a second battery, a second hard disk drive or a CD-RW drive.

* The Solo 1150 is available with a V.90 modem and integrated CD-ROM and floppy drive. Its input/output port consists of two USB ports, VGA port and microphone and headphone jack. Two models of the 1150 are available:

The 1150CL features a 550 MHz Intel Celeron processor, 32 MB of SDRAM, 5GB hard drive, CD-ROM and a DSTN 12.1-inch display. The 1150CS features an Intel Celeron 550MHz processor, 64MB SDRAM, AND 6 GB hard drive.

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Itronix X-C 6250 Pro

Traveling attorneys may want to check out the latest "rugged" computer from Spokane, Wash.'s Itronix Corp.

The X-C 6250 Pro features a "Nitevue" keyboard that enhances the viewing capacity of the keyboard in dark environments, such as airplane cabins.

It is available with an industrial grade 300MHz GXm processor, DVD support, 64 MB RAM, a 6GB hard drive and Windows 95 and 98. It also features a Colorvue SVGA display. A magnesium alloy casing with rugged designed internal components protects the unit from exposure to rain, dust, shock, vibration and extreme temperature fluctuation, the company says.

Other operating features include integrated wireless data communications via CDPD/Cellular, Motient (ARDIS), or Bell South Wireless data radio networks, and a conference quality speakerphone.

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Panasonic Toughbook

Also of interest to the road weary and battered is the new Panasonic Toughbook rugged notebooks. The units' hard disk drives are mounted in shock-absorbing polymer compounds insulating the drives from vibration and shock.The notebooks also feature a full or partial magnesium case, which resists exterior effects like, bumps, drops and knocks.

Seven models offer high speed processing thanks to a choice of processors starting with an Intel Celeron 300 MHz up to Pentium III 600 MHz.

Windows 98 is the standard operating system, but Windows 95/NT are also available. Storage and memory includes 64 MB SDRAM standard and from 4.3 GB to 12 GB on the hard disk drive.

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LAW DIRECTORY

Martindale Online

Researchers and others in need of attorneys can now use their Palm handheld computers access the entire Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, reports the company, based in New Providence, N.J.

The new search service uses a Palm Query Application that is available for download from www.xnow.com.

The application provides users with wireless connection via the Palm.Net service directly to the Martindale-Hubbell database, the company reports.

Using the service, researchers can conduct a search for a lawyer or law firm based on name, location and area of practice.

Results are displayed in full-text on the handheld screen, advises Martindale Hubbell.

Information: Reader Response: 215.

GPS SERVICES

Garmin's eMap

Gadget-loving road warriors and vacationers who wander new terrain will want to check out the new eMap from Garmin Corp. The handheld mapping device that contains a 12 parallel channel GPS receiver.

Its large display screen shows roadway information on North and South America, including state and county boundaries, lakes, rivers, streams, airports, cities, towns, coastlines, and U.S., state and interstate highways.

EMap provides exit information for the federal interstate highway system. It even lets a user know which exit to use for food, lodging and service stations.

The unit is five-inches tall and weighs only six ounces.

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MESSAGING DEVICES

Motorola T900

The Motorola Talkabout T900 is a new "personal interactive communicator" -- i.e., a handheld, two-way messaging device that allows users to send and receive text messages and Inter-net e-mail. A built-in address book can store up to 250 e-mail addresses, pager and mobile phone numbers. An "Info-on-Demand" feature lets users request and receive customized information from the Internet via wireless carrier. Private Time feature hides incoming message notices so as not to distract the user if engaged in a chat. Incoming messages can be announced in one of 13 different ways including a vibrating alert.

The unit's flip-top has a four-line 80 character display. The Talkabout T900 comes in black, or three colors: "aqua ice," "raspberry ice" or "mystic blue."

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STORAGE DEVICES

Digital Wallet

The Digital Wallet is a handheld, portable storage device that has a six GB storage capacity and a 2.5-inch Toshiba hard drive.

It weighs less than 12 ounces and can hold up to 6,000 photos, 110-plus hours of digital audio, 100 music CDs, 6,000 novels (of 200 pages each), or 10 CD-ROM games, says Minds@Work.

It has a USB port for connecting to a PC, Mac, digital camera or camcorder. A rechargeable NiMH battery pack provides more than 200 minutes of continuous use.

Information: Reader Response: 218.

VIDEO EDITOR

Dazzle DV-Editor

Fremont, Calif.'s Dazzle Multimedia Inc. has released its DV-Editor for Notebook Computers software, which lets mobile users capture, edit and share videos on their home computer or while on the road.

The software guides users step-by-step, from capturing clips, and arranging them into a story, through final production and output. An IEEE 1394/Firewire/iLink Cardbus PC Card and a six-foot FireWire cable are included to allow for the transfer of video from a DV camcorder to a notebook computer. Ulead VideoStudio 4.0SE video editing software offers advanced editing functions such as special effects, scrolling titles, etc..

Information: Reader Response: 213.

CAMERA

Pen Cam Trio

The Pen Cam Trio is a highlighter-size device than can perform as a PC or standalone digital camera, and a video camera. When connected to a PC, and using NetMeeting or other videoconferencing software, the device can be used for accommodating a video conference. Unplugged, and using a pair of AAA batteries, it can take still digital photos, or be used to capture short clips of streaming video, says Aiptek Inc.

It comes with eight MB of internal memory and can store up to 80 snapshots at its top resolution of 352 by 288 pixels, or it can hold up to 320 shots at a resolution of 176 by 144 pixels. A two-digit display shows users how many shots they have left.

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COMPUTING TABLET

Qbe Vivo

The Qbe Vivo is a nine-inch by twelve-inch, four-pound computing tablet from Aqcess Technologies Inc. that can travel with the user or dock in a battery station and be used instead of a full-size desktop computer. It can accommodate processors ranging from a Celeron 500MHz up to a Pentium III 850 MHz. Users can choose memory starting with 64 MB RAM up to 128 MB, and a hard drive that starts at five GB and can go up to 20GB. It has a 10.4-inch XGA TFT display and includes a 56K modem. 10/100 Ethernet connection, two USB ports and a built-in 802.11b wireless radio card are also installed.

Other features include software support for Windows ME or 2000, voice recognition software, and a built-in digital CMOS camera for taking photos, shooting a video or video conferencing via the Internet.

Information: Reader Response: 220.

ACCESSORIES

Finger Tip Stylus

The FingerTip Stylus is a writing tool that fits on the tip of an index finger and is used in place of ordinary stylus pens when working with a Palm or other type of personal digital assistant, says Fellowes Manufacturing Co. The device is made of sterling silver and can be adjusted according to the size of the user's finger. It supports all touch-sensitive, handheld computer screens, the company says.

Information: Reader Response: 221.

PHONES

Polycom Inc.

Polycom Inc. has three models of phones for audio conferencing:

* The SoundPoint Pro is a traditional desktop-style phone that can handle up to four online participants in one conference call. It has front and rear located speakers for a 360 degree coverage for group conferencing.

An optional headset, with built-in amplifier and volume controls, allows for hands-free usage.

The phone also features Caller ID and Caller ID on call waiting. It has a 20-number programmable speed dial and a 99-number caller history for Caller ID.

A 32-character LCD display shows number dialed, length of call and time and date.

* The SoundStation is a handset-free unit that offers three microphones and digitally tuned speakers providing 360 degree coverage. The EX model is designed to accommodate two additional external microphones. The unit plugs into a power outlet and standard analog telephone jack.

* The SoundStation Premier features a 16-character LCD for Caller ID, time of day and length of call. The Satellite model provides the option of up to two speakers and eight microphones, including an integrated 900MHz wireless microphone.

Information: Reader Response: 275.

DIGITAL CAMERA

Panasonic ipalm

The Panasonic ipalm Digital Camera PV-DC3000 comes with an SD Memory card the size of a postage stamp.

The Sd Memory card was developed by Matsushita Electric in collaboration with SanDisk Corp. and Toshiba Corp.

The camera has a vertically-oriented design that Panasonic says fits more naturally into the palm of the user's hand.

It has a built-in 1.5-inch color LCD that allows the photographer to see the image before and after the picture is taken.

It is equipped with a 2x optical zoom for close up shots, and a 3x digital zoom for far away images.

The camera can be hooked up to a PC or Mac via USB cable for transferring images for editing, storage or e-mailing. Other features include the ability to record a 12-second mini movie with audio, and recording a five-second narration to go along with still images.

Information: Reader Response: 276.

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