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You can have your Wi-Fi and extra memory, too.

By Amanda C. Kooser

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Wireless technologies are supposed to make business life easier,and new wireless-equipped storage gadgets are designed to do justthat. The $119 (all prices street) Soyo ( Flash Combo is a small USB device that combines 802.11bWi-Fi with 128MB of flash memory. The similar SMC Networks( EZConnect 2.4GHz 11Mbps Wireless USB Flash Drive clocks in at $69 for32MB of storage. Both support WEP security standards. Theirportability and storage capacity are a good fit for entrepreneurswho need to add wireless to a laptop. USB flash drives are becomingpopular as floppy replacements, so you might as well kill two birdswith one piece of hardware.

Pocket PC owners can take advantage of this convergence withSanDisk's ( Connect Plus card. For $99, you get802.11b wireless connectivity and 128MB of storage in aCompactFlash format card. With limited expansion slots available onPocket PCs and Wi-Fi hot spots popping up all over, the ConnectPlus has arrived at the right time. Having enough storage memory isalways an issue for Pocket PC users. Getting Wi-Fi and extra memoryin one package is a cost-effective way to go.

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