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PC Product Briefs

Olympus Introduces PDA Equipped With Via-Voice
Olympus introduced its second-generation digital-voice recorder, which offers speech recognition and is the first in the industry to provide USB download capability, company officials reported. The DS-150 Digital Voice Recorder has a play time of over 2.5 hours and ships with IBM Via Voice ’98 speech-recognition software for easy speech-to-text conversion through a PC. At an estimated street price of $199, the unit has 8MB of built-in memory for up to 160 minutes of recording time. To download speech files the recorder is connected to a PC with a provided serial kit or an optional USB data transfer kit.

Also new from Olympus is the mini 1.6-ounce V90 Digital Voice Recorder, which can store up to 90 minutes of voice recordings. At an estimated street price of $99, the V90 measures 4.5 x 1 1.5 x 0.5-inches.

LandWare Bows PDA Add-on
LandWare is debuting a second-generation PDA keyboard. The new GoType! Pro doubles as both a docking station/keyboard and battery recharger for the Palm V organizer. Users can now perform touch typing on the keyboard for data entry to the Palm V. The new keyboard adds an external serial port so users can hotsynch to a PC directly from the keyboard. The GoType! Pro ships this month at an estimated street price of $89.