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A portable CD-R/RW drive from Sony (800/352-7669, www.sony.com ): Besides backing up files and burning CDs, the battery-powered, USB-ready CRX10U-A2 doubles as a stand-alone CD player. The drive, available in April 2001, sells for $399.

An MP3 player from Rio (800/468-5846, www.riohome.com ): the Rio 800 offers up 64MB of storage, a voice recorder, and remote control. It works with other Rio accessories such as an FM tuner, a car cassette adapter, and the Backpack expansion product. The Rio 800 sells for $280.

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Rewind, from Power On Software (800/344-9160, www.poweronsoftware.com ): Version 1.0.3 of the file-recovery utility extends compatibility to Mac OS 8.1 and later; eliminates compatibility issues with Graphic Converter, Adobe Photoshop, Netscape Navigator, and Microsoft Internet Explorer; and adds support for disks and partitions as small as 200MB. {imageRef("dot")}A browser from iCab ( www.icab.de ): iCab Pre2.3 lets users select which JavaScript code iCab should execute, improves cookie management, and pre-caches the HTML links on displayed pages.

ANNOUNCED

A management change at Adobe Systems (800/833-6687, www.adobe.com ): Company President Bruce Chizen will serve as CEO, succeeding John Warnock. An Adobe cofounder, Warnock assumes the newly created position of chief technology officer while remaining cochairman of the company.

The sale of 3dfx's assets to Nvidia (408/615-2500, www.nvidia.com ): 3dfx makes the Voodoo4 and Voodoo5 graphics processors and introduced its first Mac products in 2000. But poor financial results forced the company to sell off core assets to Nvidia, which plans to expand its GeForce2 MX processor beyond the PC market.

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