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News: PalmOne's Latest Zires

PalmOne recently introduced two new PDAs, the Zire 31 ($149) and the Zire 72 ($299). The Zire 31 has a 160-by-160 passive color screen and is the least expensive PalmOne PDA so far with a Secure Digital expansion slot. The Zire 72 features a built-in 1.2-megapixel, 2X digital-zoom camera that can also record short bursts of video. This replacement to the Zire 71 has a 320-by-320 active-matrix color screen.

Our Product Finder has the latest prices on the Zire 31 and the Zire 72.

Review: Motorola's GPS Phone

With Motorola's ViaMoto Global Positioning System navigation service for Nextel's cellular service, you can call a live ViaMoto Advisor for assistance, have directions downloaded to your phone, and listen to turn-by-turn prompts. The directions PC World reviewer Grace Aquino received weren't always the best, however.

In addition to Nextel's cellular rates, the GPS service costs $11 monthly and eats into your data plan and voice minutes. But the service is probably worth it if you get off track easily, Grace concludes.

News: A Spreadsheet That Promises Power, PorTab ility

While Microsoft's Pocket Excel for Pocket PCs is a stripped-down version of its desktop application, German software company SoftMaker's PlanMaker 2004 offers the same features on Pocket PCs as it does on Windows and Linux PCs, according to the company. The program, in beta as of this writing, works with "minimal RAM" and can open and save files in the Excel format. PlanMaker 2004 retails for $50.

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