Gateway Debuts Two New Series
Gateway has released two new series of portable computers: the Solo line and the Profile.
All are loaded with Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition and Microsoft Works Suite 2000 Software. (The Profile offers the Works Suite '99.)
* Gateway Inc. Profile 2 CX offers a 15.1-inch XGA TFT color display; an Intel Celeron 500MHz processor; 64 MB SDRAM; 20 GB hard drive, the company says.
* The Solo 1100 has a 12.1-inch DSTN color display; Intel Celeron 433 MHz processor; and 4.8GB hard drive, the company reports.
* The Solo 2150CL comes equipped with a 14.1-inch XGA TFT color display; an Intel Pentium III 500 MHz processor and 6GB hard drive.
* The Solo 9300CL includes a 15-inch XGA TFT color display; an Intel Pentium III 600 MHz processor; 64 MB SDRAM; and 12 GB hard drive.
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San Jose, Calif.'s Acer America Corp. has released two new series of "all-in-one" notebook computers:
* The 520 Series units weigh 6.1 pounds and are designed with the small to medium-sized business user in mind, the company says. The units offer a 14.1-inch active matrix XGA screen; Mobile Pentium III processor; a modular bay accommodating a floppy disk, and a 20X CD-ROM or 6X DVD drive. Also included: 10/100 Ethernet and a 56K V.90 modem; Windows 98 2nd Edition, Microsoft Works 2000, and support for Windows 2000.
* The 600 series offers a Mobile Pentium III 600MHz processor; and comes equipped with a CD-RW drive that can hold up to 640 MB of data on one CD. They include two USB ports and a parallel/serial port adapter; 10/100 Ethernet and a 56K V.90 modem.
The 600 units feature a magnesium alloy chassis; and include Windows 98, MS Works 2000. They can support Windows 2000.
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The EyeModule digital camera allows users to take snapshots from the palm of their hands using a Handspring Visor handheld computer.
Developed by IDEO Product Development Inc., the module snaps into the Visor using a springboard expansion slot. Images can be categorized, annotated, or beamed to other Visor handhelds or PalmOS devices. Images also can be transferred to a PC (using the bundled software).
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Eastman Kodak Co. says its PalmPix Camera is a small, 1.5 ounce attachment that is compatible with the Palm III, IIIe and IIIx, IBM Workpad, Palm IV platform and TRGpro devices. With it, users can take pictures and transfer them to a desktop PC via a HotSync cradle.
The Palmpix features a fixed focus lens, 2X digital zoom and a self-timer. Pictures can be previewed on the Palm's LCD screen as grayscale images.
The images can be stored in the Palm organizer, each file using 100K of memory.
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Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems has debuted a new series of lightweight portable projectors.
Each projector comes with a large-diameter, extra-short throw lens that shortens the necessary projection distance, and is HDTV compatible.
They are equipped with two RGB input terminals for simultaneous connection to two computers. Other features include digital zoom and focus, card-size remote control, two built-in one-watt stereo speakers, seven-language on-screen menu and a universal AC power supply.
The PT-L711U XGA offers 1,400 ANSI lumens of brightness and a high contrast ratio of 300:1, the PT-L701U XGA offers 1,000 ANSI lumens.
The PT-L501U SVGA has 1,100 ANSI lumens.
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OmniSky Corp. has introduced a new Wireless Service that lets users access the Internet via handheld mobile devices, such as the Handspring Visor. Users can plug an OmniSky wireless modem into the Handspring Springboard expansion slot and access the Internet using the Cellular Digital Packet Data Network.
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Sprint Voice Command
Sprint PCS Voice Command is a new network-based, voice-activated dialing and information service, for use with any Sprint PCS phone, the company says.
Users receive a Web page to manage, organize and enter up to 2,500 numbers in an address book. By giving a voice command, users can then dial the phone, access their Web page, search for directory names, and/or modify address book entries.
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The Pendaflex Mobile File, from Esselte, is a mobile filing system that comes with its own carrying case that functions as an expanding file.
It can be used as a hanging vertical filing system or stored in a standard filing cabinet. The mobile file includes six color coded, removable pockets with index tabs that can be written on for identification.
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The MST IV portable thermal printer, from Extech Instruments' Data Systems Division, can be powered by disposable AA size alkaline or lithium batteries, or rechargeable AA NiMH cells, the company says.
The printers can be used by application service providers (ASPs) in conjunction with Palm and Pocket PC computing devices.
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American Systems has released PC Remote software for accessing computers across a local area network (LAN), over a modem, using the computer serial ports, and across the Internet.
PC Remote lets users decide who can access their computers and what files, if any, can be viewed and/or moved, the company says. It also allows users to control the keyboard and mouse functions on the remote computer. Data can be copied from the remote computer onto a clipboard and appear on the clipboard of the controlling computer.
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Compaq M Series
Compaq has released a new line of portable notebook computers:
* The M700 models weigh 5.1 pounds and are 1.1 inches thick. Users can choose a Mobile Pentium III processor with speeds up to 750 MHz. The computer includes a 14.1-inch CTFT display in a magnesium alloy display case. The models are available with multiple bay support for standard CD-ROM or DVD-ROM.
The M700 series also offers a choice of operating systems and modems: Windows 98/95 dual installation or Windows 2000/Windows NT Workstation 4.0 dual installation; a 56K V.90 modem or 56K V.90 modem plus 10/100 Ethernet.
* The M300 models weigh 3.2 pounds and are less than one inch thick. They feature a 12.1-inch CTFT display.
Available processors include Intel Mobile Pentium III with SpeedStep Technology, Intel Mobile Pentium III, or Intel Mobile Celeron. A standard floppy drive and full set of system ports are also included. Users also have a choice of modem: a Mini-PCI 56K V.90 modem or a 56K V.90 modem plus 10/100 Ethernet.
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The Itronix Corp.'s Husky fex21 handheld wireless computer features military standard data security protection against environmental (rain, snow, temperature variation) and accident (drop or liquid spill) risks.
It uses Microsoft Windows CE OS 2.11 and includes handheld editions of Pocket Explorer, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook (Inbox, Calendar, Contacts and Tasks).
A multi-card system allows the device to be used as a mobile phone and modem for faxing, and connection to the Internet, Intranet, local and wide area networks.
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