A new PAQ of handhelds

Packing more iPAQs
HP has expanded its mobile offerings with four new or enhanced iPAQ Pocket PCs.

The introductions include the iPAQ rx1950 series, an enhanced iPAQ hx2000 series and upgrades to Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 on select iPAQ models. The iPAQ rx1950 combines integrated wireless technologies, music, photo and digital video capabilities. The upgraded iPAQ hx2000 series includes the hx2790 with a biometric fingerprint sensor, and the hx2490 and hx2190, which deliver strong data and device security. All series models include powerful processors and up to 144 MB of user available memory, integrated Wi-Fi for the hx2490 and hx2790 series and built-in Bluetooth wireless technology.

Bands on the run
Sony Ericsson Canadaís new quad-band GC89 PC Card is designed to provide wireless Internet access for laptop and notebook users. Available in Canada through Rogers Wireless dealers, the GC89 is the only card of its kind that delivers connectivity through EDGE, GPRS, CSD and SMS over the GSM 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 bands worldwide, according to Sony. And for those areas covered by wireless local networks, such as homes, offices, and hotspot locations including airport lounges, coffee shops and hotels, the GC89 provides 802.11b and g connectivity.

Highly hub-able
The Color imageRUNNER C2620 printer from Canon combines light-production colour capabilities with the companyís MEAP development architecture. Using a four-drum, single-pass engine technology for drive speeds of up to 26 ppm in both colour and black-and-white, the product can print both text and graphics at up to 2400 equivalent x 600-dpi output resolution. It is designed for use with existing networked environments, as a central communications hub. The device supports digital copying and mailbox features, network printing and scanning functions, plus the ability to distribute information across diverse digital environments.

Getting to know you
The OptiCard 820 micro photo and business card scanner from Plustek Inc. offers high-resolution scanning of four-inch by six-inch colour photos and business cards. The product’s 600-dpi resolution scanning is also designed to help users digitally convert business cards into readable contact databases. Once scanned, the Cardiris 3.5 OCR software helps users organize their business cards. The I.R.I.S. software is designed to recognize business cards from up to 50 different countries.

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