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Sony handheld to give driving directions

Sony Electronics announced a car cradle accessory on Tuesday that will enable some Clie owners to get directions and listen to music. Owners of Clie PEG-NX80V, -NX73V and -TG50 devices will be able to place their products into the $300 Clie PEGA-CC5 car cradle and use the built-in global positioning system to find the car's location. Consumers will also be able to get directions using the mapping software.

The accessory will also be able to transmit digital audio files from a Clie to a car's speakers and read back e-mail message stored in Clie Mail. The accessory plugs into a car's cigarette lighter socket, which also recharges the device. The accessory will be available at the end of August.