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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 (www.soyousa.com)Wireless Flash Combo is a small USB device that combines 802.11bWi-Fi with 128MB of flash memory. The similar SMC Networks(www.smc.com) 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 (www.sandisk.com) 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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