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Science Update: Deals on wheels

EVEN while quaffing champagne in City wine bars or driving their Porsches home to Essex, ambitious young financiers need no longer be separated from their dealing screens and electronic updates on share and commodity prices. Sprintel Communications has launched RadioCard, a radio modem card that plugs into a lap-top computer, allowing it to receive electronic mail over the airwaves.

The system is being launched in the City of London, where subscribers to Sprintel's financial information services can use it to convert their lap-top computers into quote screens. The company says the card will insert information directly into Windows-compatible applications.