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LG's VX7000 cell phone features a rotating lens with embedded flash that captures VGA still photos and 15-sec. video clips (along with sound).

The phone features both internal and external displays. The external display shows the date, time, battery life and caller ID, as well as photos of callers. The bright 2-in.-diagonal internal screen displays phone/contact menus when it is not displaying your photos. A five-way navigation control lets you browse menus and acts as a shortcut to the calendar, the phone book and the camera menu. You also get voice dialing, three-way conference calling, a WAP 2.0 wireless Web browser, text and multimedia messaging, and other features.

The phone is available from Verizon Wireless for $200 with a two-year customer agreement. Contact Verizon Wireless at 800/922-0204, visit or, or circle 195.



NEW CAMCORDERS record video images on a miniature hard drive instead of on a tape, CD or mini-DVD. Recording the images on a hard drive helps keep the Everio GZ-MC100 and GZ-MC200 camcorders small (smaller than your fist).

The camcorders' tiny removable micro-drives record one hour of high-quality video before they must be downloaded to a computer for editing and/or burned to a DVD.

Additional micro-drives cost $200. Suggested retail prices are $1,200 for the GZ-MC100 and $1,300 for the GZ-MC200. Contact the JVC Customer Care Center at 800/252-5722, visit or, or circle 194.



THE SWISS MEMORY U.S.B. knife adds a flash storage drive, along with a ballpoint pen and a red LED light, to the normal complement of blades, files and scissors you expect in a Swiss Army knife.

Available with memory capacities of 64 to 512 MB, the flash storage knife enables the storage of data of any kind — business projects, photos, mp3 audio files, and video files. When plugged into a computer's USB port, the LED light signals if the memory is being written to or read from. The USB drive can be detached from the main body to facilitate data exchange, to upgrade the device to another capacity or as a security measure when traveling by plane.

The suggested retail price for the 128 MB model is $82. Contact Swiss Army Brands at 800/442-2706, visit or, or circle 193.



FARM READERS will be interested in a new paperback book that is a reproduction of a popular book first published in 1864. Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming is a simple chronicle of farming told by the author Edmund Morris.

Morris left the Philadelphia business world and bought a small farm in New Jersey. He was so pleased with the results of his move that he wrote this guide to farming. In the book, he writes about choosing the farm location, selecting crops, contrasts between city and country life, and the despairs of farming. Ten Acres Enough became one of the most popular books of the 1860s. Dover Publications republished the 170-page book this year for Americana enthusiasts, farmers and others who enjoy agrarian life.

Price is $7.95, plus shipping and handling. It is available in bookstores, online at, and through direct order from Dover Publications, 31 E. 2nd St., Mineola, NY 11501.

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