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New Notebooks from Toshiba

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. has introduced several computers.

The Satellite 2775XDVD and Satellite 1600 series now include Toshiba's e-support tool, VirtualTech. The 2775XDVD model offers a Mobile Intel Pentium III 650MHz processor featuring Intel SpeedStep Technology. It includes an 8X DVD-ROM and a 12 billion byte hard disk drive, and features multimedia functions such as a TV-out connection, stereo bass reflex speakers and DVD/CD playback function keys for skip/search and play/stop capabilities.

The Satellite 1695CDT has an Intel Mobile Celeron 600MHz processor and the Satellite 1675CDS is powered by an Intel Mobile Celeron 550MHz processor.

The Satellite Pro 4300 series offers a choice of Mobile Intel Pentium III 700/650/600 MHz processors and feature a 15-inch TFT display.

The Portege 3480CT is less than an inch thick and weighs 3.4-pounds. It comes with a Mobile Intel Pentium III 600MHz processor and an 11.3-inch Poly-silicon TFT color display.

The Portege 7200CTe and 7220CTe notebooks weigh 4.8-pounds, have a 13.3-inch display and offer a full-size keyboard, the company says. Both models offer a choice of combination operating systems, either Windows 98/95 or Windows 2000/NT. These units offer up to Mobile Intel Pentium II 640MHz.

The Tecra 8100 series offers Mobile Intel Pentium III 750/700/600 MHz processors.

They are 1.4-inches thick and weigh 5.4-pounds. They come with either 14.1- or 13.3-inc TFT displays; up to 256 MB of PC100 memory; 12 and 18 billion byte hard drives; and 6X DVD-ROM or 24X CD-ROM.

Information: Reader Response 236.

NOTEBOOK COMPUTERS

Fujitsu S Series

LifeBook S Series notebooks weigh less than four pounds and are encased in a magnesium alloy for protection, according to Fujitsu Ltd.

All models come with a Low Voltage Mobile Pentium III 600 MHz processor featuring Intel SpeedStep Technology, and 12.1-inch XGA TFT displays. They are also equipped with an external USB 3.5-inch floppy disk drive; a built-in 56K V.90 modem; and a built-in 10/100 Ethernet.

The units can be configured with either 64MB/128MB/256MB of memory; 6GB/12GB/20GB hard drive; and either a modular DVD or CD-ROM drive. The operating system for all models is Windows 98 Second Edition.

Information: Reader Response 237.

PROJECTORS

Proxima UltraLight

The UltraLight DX3 projector from Proxima Corp. weighs five pounds and offers 1100 ANSI lumens. Its manual control zoom lens allows for set-up anywhere in a room, the company says.

It offers an XGA resolution of 1024 by 768 and also features Digital Light technology from Texas Instruments, which Proxima Corp. says produces photo-realistic images and film-like video.

Digital Visual Interface allows for connection to PCs and laptops. A USB port offers hot mouse connection, or users can utilize a remote control with laser pointer.

Information: Reader Response 238.

Scout XL

The Scout XL projector from Lightware weighs 5.2 pounds and can work with both Windows and Macintosh computers and laptops. It offers 700 lumens and an SVGA resolution of 800 by 600. It is also XGA compatible, the company says.

The Scout XL comes with a 150-watt UHP lamp, which lasts for 2000 hours, according to Lightware. The unit also comes with a one-touch auto setup button that allows for automatic configuration of pictures.

Information: Reader Response 239.

Notevision LCD

Sharp Electronics Corp. has released two new LCD projectors. The Notevision C30 is a compact LCD projector offering 1700 ANSI lumens, while the Notevision P10 offers 3000 ANSI lumens and is designed to perform in both stationary conference room applications as well as portable use, the company says.

The Notevision C30 is 11.7-pounds and measures 9 by 4.75 by 12.2 inches. The Notevision P10 offers compatibility with data and video signals, including DTV/HDTV compatibility

Both projectors feature monitor out ports, a computer RGB output, two data inputs and one video input for composite video or S-video.

Information: Reader Response 240.

HANDHELDS

SmartPad

The SmartPad from Seiko Instruments U.S.A. Inc. transfers handwritten notes and drawings from paper to a Palm organizer via an infrared port.

The SmartPad is a note pad portfolio that measures 7.25 by 10.5 by 1.5 inches, with space for a standard 5 by 8 inch note pad and Palm organizer. Notes and drawings are created with the SmartPen and instantly transferred to the Palm, the company says. They can then be copied to a notebook or desktop PC via the Palm HotSync operation. They also can be e-mailed directly from the Palm via modem or cellular phone.

The SmartPad is compatible with Palm II series or later models. System requirements include an IBM-compatible Pentium or faster computer running Windows 95 or later, 16 MB RAM, 16 MB hard disk space and a CD-ROM drive.

Information: Reader Response 241.

McAfee Security

McAfee.com has released three new security products for wireless devices:

Guard Dog for Palm prevents users from unknowingly allowing rogue applications to view, steal or delete data from their Palm devices.

The program lets user decide what applications are trustworthy and prevents those that are not from accessing the sensitive information that is stored in handheld devices.

File Transporter can be used to transfer files from PC to PC or PC to PDA. It uses a specially designed "wrapper" for PC files to cut down on conversion processing, the company says.

Performance Optimizer for Windows CE/Pocket PC improves memory usage and access to data. It scans handheld device components, checks for problems, and offers automatic fixed when available, the company says.

Information: Reader Response 242.

CLIE

The Sony CLIE is a handheld device that offers digital imaging features in addition to standard personal organizer functions, says Sony Electrics Inc. It runs on the Palm OS 3.5 and comes with 8MB of memory. It features a Jog Dial/navigator for scroll-and-select menu access, and also comes with a stylus for the touch screen LCD display.

Information: Reader Response 243.

Newsletter

A new formatted version of the LawMarketing Newsletter has been created so it can be viewed on a Palm or Windows CE handheld device as well as on WAP-enabled cell phones, says LawMarketing.com. The online newsletter can be accessed by downloading software from AdvantGo.com. AdvantGo Inc.'s software allows users to access the Web directly from their mobile devices. It is now bundling its software with the new Palm m100 handheld computer and limited edition Palm Vx handhelds, the company says. Using a wireless, real-time connection, AdvantGo users can access the Web directly from their mobile devices or they can select from over 400 content channels that have been optimized for mobile devices.

Information: Reader Response 244.

Royal DV3

The DV3 Personal Digital Assistant includes 2MB of memory and handwriting recognition software, according to Royal Consumer Business Products.

It features a phone book, priority-based-to-do list, calendar, schedule planner with alarm, memo and calculator functions. The DV3 also comes with FlashNotes, which allows users to store handwritten text and graphics by writing directly on the DV3 screen, the company says.

CompanionLink synchronization PC software allows users of Microsoft Outlook and Schedule+, Lotus Organizer, Act!, GoldMine or Palm Desktop PC software to synchronize their existing personal information stored in these programs with the DV3, the company says.

A PC docking cradle and three styluses are also included.

Information: Reader Response 245.

WIRELESS SERVICES

Sprint PCS and eFrenzy

Sprint PCS has formed an alliance with eFrenzy to offer access to eFrenzy services via the Sprint PCS Wireless Web. Sprint PCS customers nationwide can now access eFrenzy's service marketplace to call a tow truck or locksmith, or schedule shuttle transportation, directly from their Internet-ready Sprint PCS phones. EFrenzy can be access from the shopping category on the Sprint PCS Wireless menu.

Information: Reader Response 246.

Punch WebGroups

Punch Networks Corp. has announced the availability of Punch WebGroups for Wireless, a service that allows users to receive file update notifications on their Web-phone.

The browser-based Punch WebGroups service offers Internet users a secure place for file storage and collaboration, the company says. Features include automatic version tracking, audit trails, access controls, change notification and anytime, anywhere access to files from any Web-enabled machine. WebGroups for Wireless allows users many of the features available in the browser version including creation of a new WebGroup, member management, change/update notification, version and member audit and basic file management.

Information: Reader Response 247.

THINKCONNECT

Business Phone Book

Business Phone Book USA is a two-volume directory that includes in-depth contact information for businesses, including full mailing addresses, phone, fax, and toll free numbers, as well as e-mail and Web addresses.

Businesses are listed alphabetically, by city, and by subject. Users can also find travel information such as airports, taxi services, hotels, media, and restaurants. The 2000 edition also includes new features such as Canadian listings, stock symbols and exchanges, and expanded coverage of online resources, published by Omnigraphics Inc.

Information: Reader Response 248.

Palm Cam

The PV-SD5000 PalmCam SuperDisk from Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co., is a 3.3 million-pixel digital camera that uses both 120 MB SuperDisk Diskettes and traditional 1.44MB floppy disks to save high-resolution images in either JPEG or TIFF format.The 120MB SuperDisk Diskette can hold up to 1,000 images, and the 1.44MB floppy disk can hold up to 12 images, the company says. Both disk formats are computer compatible.

The digital camera can also be connected to the USB port of a PC or an Apple Macintosh for data transfer, reports the company.

When connected to a computer, the camera can also function as an external drive to backup data, says Panasonic. The camera includes such features as a Rapid Fire function that lets users take continuous shots without waiting for the camera to refresh between images. A multi-erase feature lets users mark, then erase certain images. The PV-SD5000 can also record up to a 12-second mini video with audio.

Information: Reader Response 249.

Digital Camera

The DC5000 and DC4800 digital cameras both feature a 3x optical zoom and 2x digital zoom lens for wide-angle or telephoto pictures, says the Eastman Kodak Co.

The DC5000 is housed in a rugged, weatherproof body and offers two-megapixel resolution on prints up to eight by ten-inches.

The DC4800 offers 3.1-megapixels on prints up to 11 by 14-inches.

Both cameras utilize a COMPACTFLASH card for image storage and can be connected to either a PC or MAC computer via the USB port for data transfer.

The DC4800 also features an image color mode allowing the user to select between saturated, neutral, black-and-white, or sepia modes to obtain a desired special effect, the company says.

Information: Reader Response 250.

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