SanDisk's new $199 4-Gbyte SD High Capacity card comes bundled with its MicroMate USB 2.0 reader and is capable of storing more than 2,000 high-res pictures, 1,000 digital songs, and up to eight hours of MPEG-4 video. Few manufacturers support the new SDHC standard, but SanDisk says that will change because the 2.0 spec was developed by the SD Association and will become more popular.
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Scott eVest's Performance T ($30 short sleeve, $35 long sleeve) isn't your father's T-shirt. Made of 3M Quick Dry moisture-wicking fabric, this T keeps you cool even in the summer heat. The shoulder pocket has a nice deep well to accommodate a cell phone or music player. A weight management system--a panel across the shoulders spreads the load--keeps you comfy.
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The Archos 104 digital audio player offers lots of bang for the buck. A 4-Gbyte model with a crisp, 1.5-inch color display runs just $160. It features Windows-like navigation and balanced and clear sound quality. Another admirable feature is the ability to listen to changes in how the music sounds as you select the preset equalizer settings or create custom equalizer settings. The device supports subscription sites, including Yahoo Music Unlimited and AOL Music Now.
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Picture a device the size of a large paperback book that replaces your PDA, MP3 player, media player, portable game device, notebook computer, and even your phone. This is what the designers at Samsung had in mind when they created the $1,099 Q1 Ultra Mobile PC. The Q1 has a nice feel and measures about 9 by 5-1/2 by 1 inch. It's fully loaded, with a generous 40-Gbyte hard drive, a 7-inch WVGA touch LCD screen with an auto-scale feature, two USB ports, and more.
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Yahoo's Trip Planner lets you document your travels with photos, journals, ratings, reviews, and interactive maps. The tool includes personalized formats for journals with text and photos, simple search functions, and an interactive map with top trip plans. Other features include Web clipping and tagging, a recommendation engine from Yahoo Travel Guides, community feedback, and collaborative editing.
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Sprint's new GoComics service lets subscribers paying $3.99 a month choose from several comic book titles they can download through a mobile reader onto their cell phones. Among the featured titles: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Five Fists Of Science."
Casio's new EX-Z1000 is a 10.1-megapixel pocket camera that's easy to use, and it looks cool, too. All setup features are done by easily navigable menus. The camera boasts a hefty 2.8-inch LCD screen and a superfast shutter. There's virtually no lag time between pressing the shutter button and actually taking the picture. Two other perks: extraordinary battery life and a $399 price tag.