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New PDAs from Palm (800/881-7256, ): The $199 Palm m105, the $399 Palm m500, and the $449 Palm m505 completely support Macs. The handhelds ship with a USB cradle; Mac users don't have to buy a separate PalmConnect kit.

New color printers from Lexmark (888/539-6275, ): The C270 laser printer prints 6 color and 24 black-and-white pages per minute in 2400 Image Quality mode. It comes in three models that sell for $1,999, $2,399, and $2,799. The J110 ink-jet printer features a resolution of 2,400 by 1,200 dots per inch. It prints 10 color and 16 black-and-white pages per minute. The J110 sells for $899; the J110tn sells for $999.

A serial adapter from Keyspan (510/222-0131, ): The $149 Keyspan USB 4-Port Serial Adapter lets four serial devices connect to a single USB port.


Wireless-networking software from Apple (800/692-7753, ): AirPort 1.3 adds Point-to-Point over Ethernet (PPPoE) and DHCP client-ID support, giving the software functionality required by some ISPs. The free download requires Mac OS 9.0.4 or later.

RealBasic from Real Software (512/263-1233, ): RealBasic 3 adds OS X support, a new animation engine, revamped database features, and enhancements to the Code editor and debugger. The standard edition of the object-oriented development software sells for $150; the professional edition sells for $350.

Cross-platform software from Miramar Systems (800/862-2526, ): PC MacLan for Windows 95/98/Me adds IP client, IP server, and bidirectional printer support. It sells for $199. Existing users can upgrade for $69 to $99.


A redesigned Web-tools site from Apple ( iTools features a new interface with remodeled navigation bars, additional fonts and images for iCards, and added support for Japanese. The site has dropped iReview, Apple's online Web-site review service.

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