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NavTrac RTV10

The new LiveView GPS NavTrac RTV10 combines three business functions in one GPS device. It has the conventional GPS navigation controls, but it also can provide critical tracking of the vehicle in which it's operating and two-way communication to the driver as well. You get detailed maps and turn-by-turn navigation, and you can see your fleet of delivery vehicles in real time using a website interface. In the event you need to contact any of the drivers, there's two-way messaging that allows managers to communicate with drivers through the same Web interface. Lost or stolen vehicles can be located. NavTrac updates vehicle position, speed, and direction every 10 seconds. The month-to-month subscription service is maintained without contracts, provides unlimited messaging and live tracking, and is available for $39.99 per month. The RTV10 has a 4.3-inch TFT LCD with 480 x 272 resolution. The overall dimensions are 5" x 3" x .5". The screen is a resistive-type touch panel, and there's a built-in speaker. The unit has built-in 4GB resident flash memory, and the RAM is 64MB of DRAM. The NavTrac comes with a 12-volt DC power adapter and mounting cradle with bracket. The operating system is Windows CE .Net 5.0 Core Version.

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www.liveviewgps.com

Nikon D5000

First released in the middle of last month, the Nikon D5000 is categorized as an upper-entry-level DSLR--that is, a digital single lens reflex--that sells for about $700. The nomenclature hardly begins to cover it. The camera also captures high-definition video, has a very flexible Live View shooting system, in-camera image processing, 19 auto-exposure scene modes, and even an optional GPS unit that will Geo-tag every image's latitude, longitude, and altitude, with satellite time-of-day. The D5000 has imported a number of the features of Nikon's D90 at a lower price. The 2.7-inch LCD color monitor on the back is vari-angle and can be positioned to flip up, down, and sideways to let you see what you are shooting over your head or around the corner. Picture quality is controlled by the 12.3-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor. The D-Movie mode with sound records 720p HD movie clips. There are 19 auto-exposure scene modes that qualify the camera as "entry level"--these include portrait, silhouette, landscape, sunset, candlelight, beach/snow, and so on. There are four auto-focus modes, including Face-priority, which looks for face fleshtones on which to focus. There's even an auto mode to restore lost shadows and highlights in high-contrast images. In-camera retouching includes red-eye correction, straighten, perspective control, image overlay, soft filtering, color outline effect, switch to black-and-white, and more. Shooting lag is eliminated with continuous shooting speeds as fast as four frames per second without delay. A family of additional Nikkor lenses and accessories extend the camera's possibilities.

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www.nikonusa.com

Dell Vostro A90

The Dell Vostro A90 is the company's latest ultra compact designed for "the on-the-go professional or frequent business traveler." Closely resembling the Dell Mini 9, the A90 is a netbook with a matte-black finish. It's small and lightweight, 9.13" x 6.77" x 1.07" with a base model weight of 2.36 pounds. The screen is an 8.9-inch wide-screen WSVGA (1024 x 600 resolution) TrueLife[TM]. The processor is a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270. Memory is configurable up to 1GB DDR2 Single Channel 533MHz with on-board storage in the form of a solid-state drive capable of up to 16GB. The basic operating system is Windows XP Home Edition, or you can opt for factory-installed Ubuntu Linux 8.04. Network connections include integrated Ethernet interface, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi[R], and optional integrated Bluetooth module. There are two speakers and an optional 0.3 megapixel cameral with integrated microphone. The A90 has three USB 2.0 compliant four-pin ports, a 15-pin VGA video connector, a memory-card reader that can handle SD/SDIO/MMC, microphone and headphone jacks, and a security card slot. For security, there's a built-in Kensington cable lock slot. The basic A90 is $349 from Dell.

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www.dell.com

Kensington Accessories

With the rush by so many manufacturers to release their own netbooks (ultra-compact notebooks), it's not surprising that the peripheral suppliers are creating lines of accessories designed especially for these smaller computers. In April, Kensington Computer Products Group introduced a line of what they call Five Essentials for Net-book Enthusiasts. Because these computers are so "pocketable," one of the most interesting Kensington offerings is its security lock for netbooks. It consists of a four-wheel combination lock that fits into the security slot on the computer and is connected to a six-foot self-coiling steel cable that retracts down to three inches. The lock can be set with up to 10,000 different roll-wheel combinations. Kensington also has two small mice, one wired and one wireless, and a power adapter for netbooks that has an additional USB power port built in. Finally, the reversible sleeve is a cushioned cover for seven- to nine-inch netbooks.

www.kensington.com

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Date:May 1, 2009
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