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Nokia and 3Com set to hold hands

Nokia and 3Com are combining expertise to come up with a range of handheld wireless products for data, video and voice transmission and reception.

The partnership with 3Com follows an announcement from Nokia in May this year of its Global IP Mobility vision, a plan to use wireless technology to access the Internet through mobile devices.

The 3Com agreement is the next step in seeing Nokia's global vision materialise. The phone company intends to license the Palm Computing operating system so it can run the interface on the mobile phone operating system called Symbian.

The new devices, utilising WAP and Bluetooth technology, will run Symbian and Palm applications and be Internet and wireless network capable.

It has been reported that Nokia hopes to release the range of handheld pen-based products in the US first, then later in other markets.

Ingram Micro widens distribution range

Ingram Micro Australia is joining its overseas counterparts in distributing Kensington mice trackballs, computer security products and Gravis game controllers under a new agreement with ACCO Australia.

Ingram Micro and Kensington are old friends in the US and other countries so the Australian agreement is an extension of that relationship, according to Mark Griffiths, national marketing manager of ACCO Australia.

Kensington is the technology sector of ACCO, a supplier of stationery, computer accessories and office products.

Mega-drives hold wealth of information

IBM has recently launched three rock-steady, temperature-protected server hard drives. The 10 000 PRM Ultrastar 72ZX stores 73GB of information while the 10 000 PRM Ultrastar 36LZX and the 7200 PRM Ultrastar 36LP each store 36GB.

The drives use IBM's new tech- nology called Active Damping which the vendor claims insulates against changes in temperature and vibrations.

IBM's director of server hard drives, MS Bhat, said the high-speed and capacity drives can be used for music recording, video, graphics, animation, digital video editing, data mining, databases, and for servers supporting online credit transactions.

The 36LZX and the 36LP drives are available now with the 72ZX on sale early next year.


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