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Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 31, 2003 at 11:29 p.m.

Headphones with a flair

Sony has turned up the amperage on performance and audio styling with a new line of lightweight clip-on headphones called Elements of Style.

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Maptech, a company that distributes digital copies of government maps on CDs, is making its collection available for downloading by subscription. There is, however, a significant catch: the maps can be viewed only on the small screens of some hand-held devices.

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The headphones cost $29.99 and come in three styles, each meant to enhance a particular kind of music and to reflect the taste of the wearer. Information is available at www.sonystyle.com.

Maps by the thousands

Even if you could afford to buy 62,000 topographic maps and nautical charts, storing them might pose problems. Now Maptech, a company that distributes digital copies of government maps on CDs, is making its collection available for downloading by subscription.

The Outdoor Navigator service has several subscription options. At the basic level, $100 for the first year and then $30 for a second year, users can download maps that can be kept indefinitely on a computer hard drive or in a hand-held device. The maps will work with global positioning system units.

For a subscription of $300 for the first year, users receive a GPS unit that fits into the expansion slot of four Palm models.

Internet video for under $200

The Veo Observer (www.veo.com), introduced in November, is the first Internet camera to sell for under $200. Yet Veo, which changed its name last year from Xirlink, doesn't skimp on features despite the low price.

The Observer has a high-quality CCD sensor for sharp, colorful video. There are also built-in motors for pan and tilt control, so viewers can move the camera from side to side as well as up and down by sending commands through the Net.

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