Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Tech Talk

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Now Keep Track Of Free Minutes On Cell Phones

A new cellular phone accessory is designed to help cell phone users keep track of those rapidly mounting - and expensive - minutes.

Time Tracker, from St. Louis-based Ultradata Systems Inc., answers the burning question: How many free minutes do I have left? The device keeps a running tally of how many peak and off-peak hours accumulate per month.

The wristwatch-size, wireless device fits onto the cellular phone with Velcro. It has a visual alarm when free minutes are used up, automatic display of peak and off-peak use and automatic reset on the first billing day of each month.

Time Tracker is due in early October nationwide in consumer electronics stores. For information, call (800) 747-2605. On the Internet, Ultradata Systems' Web site is Send e-mail to


Gateway Selling In Retail Stores

Gateway 2000 Inc., breaking away from its traditional business of selling personal computers over the telephone, will offer its new big-screen PC through retailers, the company said.

The move is designed to get the new PC, which is equipped with a 31 -inch screen and called Destination, in front of more people. The machine, which has a starting price of about $4,000, will be offered in Nobody Beats the Wiz and CompUSA stores.

Destination is the system that can function in a living room as both a PC and TV. Other home electronics also can be connected through the system.

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New Software Battles Mac Viruses

Macintosh owners once enjoyed much greater security against computer viruses than did owners of IBM-compatible PCs.

However, viruses aimed at the Macintosh are increasing. And there's a second problem. Some of the newest viruses masquerade as word processing files or documents. These viruses, which often are aimed at users of Microsoft Word, can infect a Macintosh. …

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