March 23, 2006



Posted: 11.01.05

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Rugged and Connected

The Windows Mobile 2003–powered Trimble Ranger handheld comes with built-in wireless connectivity, Bluetooth and a full alphanumeric keyboard. Two CompactFlash slots allow the user to add supported GSM, GPRS or CDMA cards for back-office connectivity. Trimble Ranger handheld's sealed casing is dust, shock and water-resistant. This handheld gives you plenty of on-board memory for your data, with the option to add more via the CF and SD (Secure Digital) slots. Price: N/A.

Lightweight Champion

When you need to carry gobs of data on the go and don’t want to lug around a portable harddrive, Memina’s new 4GB Rocket USB Flash Memory drive is a one-ounce wonder that will fulfill all your transient data storage needs. The device boasts 200x transfer speeds of 30 Mbps and enough storage to hold eight hours of compressed digital video, 2,000 music files as well as large software packages. All Rocket models feature Samsung’s SLC memory, a gold (bling! bling!) USB connector and a rotating never-lose cap that protects against damage. With the Rocket USB Flash Memory drive in tow, who needs an iPod? Price: $469.00

Loyal Assistant

The Symbol MC50 Enterprise Digital Assistant combines a PDA, scanner and voice-over-WLAN. This durable device offers real-time access to people and information, advanced data capture, enterprise-class functionality and on-campus, real-time communication. It also includes a bar code reader, a 1-megapixel camera, a 65k color, 240 x 320 QVGA TFT LCD screen, SDIO port, 64MB of RAM and ROM and a 520MHz XScale CPU. Oh, and it’s one tough little bugger. Price: Varies.

Plug It All In
UniXpress USB Port Replicator with VGA and dual-PC support from Addlogix connects VGA, USB and non-USB peripherals to the computer using only one USB cable. Simply plug in your VGA displays, Ethernet, speakers, microphones, USB printers and even a second monitor to UniXpress, and use them all without searching for any remaining orifices on your computer. You will only be connecting and disconnecting one cable, instead of 12, and no video graphics card is needed for the 1280 x 1024 XGA resolution. Price: $179.00.

Super Planner

Service Planning and Optimization (SPO) 5.0 software suite from MCA Solutions allows planning managers to design differentiated service that includes varying equipment uptime agreements by location, customer and equipment type. Users can analyze a range of business scenarios and rapidly determine the business impact of changing parameters in the service supply network. SPO 5.0 lets planners view all relevant information about a part in one place. In addition, it allows the generation and prioritization of optimal new buy, repair, trans-shipment and allocation orders to meet service level objectives at lowest possible order cost. Price: Varies.

The Media Phone

The LG VX8100, a sleek and stylish new phone, runs on Verizon Wireless’ high-speed EV-DO network and is optimized for V CAST, a wireless broadband multimedia service that allows users to view high-quality video clips from major news, sports and entertainment outlets, play 3-D games and download rich multimedia content. The VX8100 also offers advanced Bluetooth wireless technology and comes with removable MiniSD memory. The handset also features a mega-pixel digital camera and all other features every self-respecting cell phone should have. Price: $149.99.

Compact Access, an online car rental booking company, has launched its mobile version, allowing PDA and smartphone users to navigate, compare prices and quickly make reservations from their mobile device. automatically detects the mobile device and redirects users to, a site with a resolution and design created specifically to accommodate the LCDs of mobile devices. Price: Free.

Only a Click Away

Radvision’s Click to Meet is a fully interactive voice and video conferencing client-server solution offering new options for gathering far-flung employees. Click to Meet makes it easy to invite new participants, users can choose from nine languages, and the inclusion of special tools and well-known applications makes it easy to communicate. And, through streaming clients such as QuickTime and RealPlayer, conference users can join in on Macintoshes and even PDAs. Price: Varies.
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