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Lexar hopes its USB FlashCard will be used in a range of computing and consumer-electronics devices.
Texas Instruments is introducing StudyCards Creator, software that allows students and teachers to create electronic flashcards. The application can be used with the TI-Navigator wireless LAN (local area network) that lets the teacher interact with and monitor TI-83 Plus and TI-73 graphing handhelds. StudyCards Creator allows students and teachers to build subject-specific cards on computers and then download the lists to the TI-Navigator system or to the handhelds. TI has also jointly developed electronic flashcards with educators and online education companies such as Quia.com and FreeVocabulary.com. The flashcards cover a number of subject areas, including history, geography, science, art, English literature, economics and music. Titles include "Capitals of European Countries," "Plant Cell Vocabulary," "A Feast of Homonyms," "World Currencies" and "100 Most Common SAT Words."