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Sony has launched its latest Clié Palm OS-based PDA, the PEG-NX73V, in the UK. Sony's touting the device as a wireless unit, and while it has Bluetooth built in, Wi-FI support comes via an optional CF Card - an interesting expansion option to offer given Sony's keenness on promoting its own card format, Memory Stick.

The NX73V runs Palm OS 5 on a 200MHz CPU. Unlike older NX-class Cliés, the new model sports a flip-and-rotate 320x480 colour screen which can swivel through 180 degrees. The device also contains a 310,000-pixel digicam with 2x zoom.

Optional extras - beyond Wi-Fi cards - include a game controller and an alternative recharge/sync cradle that doubles up as an audio playback system courtesy of a built-in speaker.

The Clieé NX73V will ship at the end of the month for around £384 excluding VAT.

Graphics

Crucial has begun shipping its rebranded ATI Radeon 9800 Pro graphics card in the US, UK and Europe.

The new card replaces Crucial's Radeon 9700 Pro offering, which it beats in performance tests by 22 per cent, the company said.

The Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro video card features a 400MHz core clock speed, 128MB 2.86ns DDR SDRAM across a 256-bit memory interface. The card supports DirectX 9 and AGP 8x. Its dual-display capability and DVI-I output and backed with bundled six-foot S-video and RCA cables, a DVI to CRT converter and an S-video to RCA converter.

Crucial is selling the card for £243.99, €339.99 or $399.99, depending on which territory you order it from, including Crucial's limited lifetime warranty. Shipping is free. ®

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