Tripod Data Systems (TDS) announced the next generation of its TDS Recon rugged handheld computer. The new Recon X-Series gives users the option of integrated Bluetooth and 802.11g wireless capabilities and comes with Windows Mobile 5.0. The Recon 200X features a 200 MHz Intel XScale processor and 128 MB of Flash memory while the Recon 400X features a 400 MHz processor and 256 MB of Flash memory. The Recon X-Series meets the MIL-STD-810F military standard for drops, vibration and temperature extremes. The units are impervious to water and dust with an IP67 rating. The X-Series retains the Recon's two CompactFlash (CF) slots, allowing users to add GPS, GPRS, digital cameras, bar-code scanners and other devices. Windows Mobile 5.0 software includes comprehensive persistent storage that saves all programs and data to nonvolatile Flash memory, eliminating the need for a RAM file system or system backups. Windows Mobile 5.0 also features Mobile versions of familiar Microsoft applications. Word Mobile provides improved retention of original Word document information, Excel Mobile enables users to create, view and modify common types of Excel charts, and Outlook Mobile features improved inbox navigation and E-mail account setup. Mobile versions of PowerPoint and Windows Media Player 10 are also included. (TDS Corvallis, Ore.)