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Bootcamp Best of 2000

Boot Camp feature for Monday, December 18, 2000

The best of 2000. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bloomberg Bootcamp. Time for a wrap up of some of the best products we've seen over the last year. I like to give credit to companies that aren't afraid to take chances with cutting edge products. Apple may have made some mistakes with the introduction this year of The Cube... ..but the silent little computer that sits on a desk is visionary. So are a host of products from Casio. It makes watches that take pictures, play MP3 music... and soon it will have a GPS navigation watch on the market. Casio also gets our nod for the most useful innovation in a digital camera. It's three megapixel QV 3000 Plus stores hundreds of digital photos on a tiny 340 megabyte IBM Microdrive. Network appliances are being introduced left and right. The design and connectivity of 3Com's Audrey shows a lot of promise. When it comes to digital music... it's not the smallest or snazziest... by Iomega's HipZip will give you the most music for your money... using economical PocketZip discs and a rechargeable battery. When it comes to practicality in a pocket computer or organizer... the RIM Blackberry 957... is hard to beat. Lightweight, pocket-sized... and wirelessly connected. Look for lots of innovations in the year to come in wireless phones. For now the best we've seen is Motorola's graphic color display TimePort The list continues with more products... including fun and games... in our next report. And you can check out all of our favorites, on the Web. Bootcamp, I'm Fred Fishkin, Bloomberg Radio.