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Personal Tech Guide

Sony Ericsson's W800i Walkman phoneFour In One

Combining multiple functions into a single device usually means either trimming back on features or increasing the size of the device. That said, Sony Ericsson's W800i Walkman phone does something pretty amazing: It merges an MP3 player, a digital camera, a mobile phone, and even an FM radio into one small, comfortable $499 device, while maintaining full functionality of the components. Now that's convergence.

Live TV On A PC

Sling Media's Slingbox Bring live TV to your laptop with Sling Media's Slingbox. The $249 unit, no longer than a standard ruler, connects to your home TV system and delivers to your Internet-connected laptop programming from your cable or satellite connection in real time, anywhere. Just download the software onto your laptop and flip on your favorite show.

Sony's VaioFree To Roam

You've seen one laptop, you've seen them all, right? Not so with Sony's Vaio TX610P/B ($1,999). Never mind that it weighs just 3 pounds, this notebook's wireless LAN and WAN capability via Cingular Wireless' national Edge network lets you roam well beyond your local Starbucks.


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TiVo On The Go

Ever wish your laptop had a DVR built in? With TiVoToGo, your wish has been granted. The updated version 2.1 lets you download recorded shows to your laptop or Pocket PC and watch them at your leisure. The price: $99 for the device and $12.95 for a monthly subscription.

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