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‘WikiReader’ Handheld Debuts

Taipei, Taiwan
– A new “WikiReader” palm-sized device at $99 embeds 3 million Wikipedia
articles in a handheld, so users can access information on the go without the
need for a cellular connection.

Offered by
Openmoko, the handheld became available Tuesday at and It is expected
to be carried by other retailers in 2010, said a spokeswoman.

The device turns
on instantly and has a touchscreen allowing users to scroll through articles
with a finger stroke. Users can update the device through a connection to a PC,
or through a biannual subscription to MicroSD card updates for $29.

“We created
the WikiReader to be fun, easy, informative and entertaining for all
ages,” said Openmoko CEO Sean Moss-Pultz.