Aug 26 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific
items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase.
They are also offering $150 mail-in rebates on in-store AMD processor
desktop packages, $100 mail-in rebates on all advertised notebooks,
and 12 month no interest financing on all Pentium 4 desktop packages.
City is offering $100 instant
rebates on all desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has no store-wide
sales this Sunday (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA has no ad this Sunday.
Staples is giving away 1 year of free
MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering no payments
or interest for 6 months on purchases over $499.
Rebates. All stores continue to offer 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates.
Please see our article, What You Need
to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion
of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete system/package is defined
as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's
stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you
order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store,
you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers
typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price.
We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate,
however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices.
When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make
sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example,
many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor,
and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.
Best Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 800 MHz complete system
Best Pentium III System
HP 1 GHz complete system
Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2 GHz build-to-order complete system
Best Duron System
Compaq 900 MHz complete system
Best High End Athlon System
Compaq 1.3 GHz DDR complete system
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 800 MHz Celeron with DVD
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium III 1 GHz with DVD
Additional Information. For additional technical
information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor
and manufacturer links, please see our Computer
Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears
every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our
News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of local
(Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not
guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article
should help you to make informed buying decisions.
Aug 24 - Fujifilm Introduces
Three Affordable Digital Point-and-Shoot Cameras. Fuji Photo Film
U.S.A., Inc. today reaches out to first-time digital photographers
with the unveiling of the FinePix A101, FinePix A201 and the FinePix
2600 Zoom digital cameras - its largest entry-level category introduction
True to the Fujifilm FinePix brand, these pocket-size, go-anywhere
cameras are stylish and easy-to-use while offering the color, sharpness
and overall picture-quality typically associated with more expensive
The introduction of the new FinePix A101 and A201 models also signifies
the birth of a new series of Fujifilm FinePix digital cameras, the
A-Series. Designed specifically for picture-takers looking to take
their first steps into the world of digital photography, the A-Series
offers simple, streamlined functions, sure to make a beginner's digital
experience fun and pleasant. In addition, the new FinePix 2600 Zoom
expands Fujifilm's existing mid-range line up by offering the same
streamlined operation as the A-series with additional picture-taking
features and the same outstanding color.
The three models feature conventional CCD sensors and varying zoom
capabilities. The FinePix A101 has a 1.3 million-sensor CCD and 2x
digital zoom; the FinePix A201 has a 2.0 million-sensor CCD and 2.5x
digital zoom; and the FinePix 2600 Zoom offers a 2.0 million-sensor
CCD with 3x optical and 2.5x digital zoom capabilities. All three
models also offer advanced image capture abilities for e-mail photo-sharing
and exceptional print-quality results.
The FinePix A101 will be available late August 2001 at $179. The FinePix
A201 and FinePix 2600 Zoom, priced at $249 and $299, respectively,
will be available in September 2001.
For more information on Fujifilm products, access the Fujifilm USA
Web site at www.fujifilm.com.
Aug 24 - IBM Launches New Logo
for Consumer Products. IBM said today it will complement its global
brand by introducing a new logo for the makers of a variety of consumer
electronics devices that use IBM technology.
Nintendo's soon-to-be-released NINTENDO GAMECUBE(TM) will be the first
to carry the logo on the external packaging. The engine inside the
product is a PowerPC processor custom-designed and manufactured by
"By carrying this new mark, the public clearly sees we are including
the latest in IBM technology in our legendary product --technology
that enhances the overall gaming experience," said Genyo Takeda,
General Manager of Integrated Research & Development Division
of Nintendo Co., Ltd. of Japan.
The unique identifier will soon start appearing on products such as
personal digital assistants, cellular phones, set-top boxes, digital
cameras, game systems and a host of other electronic devices made
by companies that purchase technology or intellectual property from
IBM, a way for those companies to show IBM innovation is adding value
to their product.
"IBM's growing business of selling and supplying technology to
makers of consumer devices in the post-PC era has come of age,"
said Lee Green, IBM's corporate director of identity and design. "And
Nintendo, a valued partner of ours for many years, will be the first
company to use this logo on a consumer product packaging."
IBM launched its OEM business in earnest in 1993. Since then the company's
OEM sales have grown from virtually zero to more than $10 billion
last year. The OEM effort, seen within the corporation as an important
engine for revenue growth, is driven in part by IBM's extensive patent
portfolio. The company has been granted more patents than any other
company for eight years in a row and through 2001 has announced further
breakthroughs in chip technology, hard disk drives, displays and other
In addition to this branding effort, the company also is expanding
its distribution and developer support programs for its OEM products
and it plans to offer the new OEM logo to other companies.
IBM can be found on the Web at www.ibm.com.
Aug 24 - Nintendo Boosts U.S.
NINTENDO GAMECUBE Launch Shipments. Nintendo of America today
announced it will increase U.S. shipments of its innovative NINTENDO
GAMECUBE(TM) home video game console to 700,000 systems, and deliver
them to store shelves on Sunday, November 18th, directly in advance
of the key Thanksgiving shopping week.
In addition, continuing flow of NINTENDO GAMECUBE hardware will push
total North American shipments to 1.1 million units by December 31.
At a news conference in advance of the Nintendo SpaceWorld video game
exhibition, Nintendo also announced that five exclusive first- and
second-party games and 12 independent third-party games are scheduled
for U.S. launch this year to meet the game play appetites of all video
In addition, Nintendo unveiled new forms of connectivity between NINTENDO
GAMECUBE and Game Boy(R) Advance. By linking the two systems, the
Game Boy Advance can be used as more than a controller. For instance,
players can transfer a character trained on NINTENDO GAMECUBE to Game
Boy Advance to continue game play while away from home. Or, transport
characters or items via Game Boy Advance to trade with friends. And,
with innovative technology such as "tilt control," players
can maneuver a character just by tilting a Game Boy Advance controller.
Nintendo expects to introduce the first NINTENDO GAMECUBE title to
take advantage of the Game Boy Advance connectivity later this year
in Japan and in 2002 for North America.
"Our industry has learned the dangers of arriving at a launch
party without enough gifts," explains Peter Main, executive vice
president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "By
increasing our day one shipments to almost three-quarters of a million,
we not only should come close to meeting total demand at launch, but
also assure a virtually uninterrupted restocking through the holiday
"We strongly applaud Nintendo's move to reduce the anxiety of
customers who can't find the video game products they want,"
says Wayne Yodzio, vice president, Divisional Merchandise Manager,
Toys R Us, Inc. "While there is still no guarantee supplies will
fully meet demand, at least we can promise them we'll effectively
be restocking Nintendo's new console on a constant basis through the
holiday and beyond."
NINTENDO GAMECUBE remains on track to launch in Japan on September
14, 2001, and in Europe in early 2002.
NINTENDO GAMECUBE, the most efficiently designed home video game system
in history, will initially be available in two console colors, Indigo
and Jet Black. In addition, at launch consumers will be able to separately
purchase: additional controllers in four colors, Indigo, Indigo/transparent
configuration, Jet Black, and Spice (orange); memory cards; Nintendo
Power(R) Player Guides, and other accessories.
The integrated architecture of NINTENDO GAMECUBE's processing and
graphical chips, memory and controller offers the easiest development
environment to date for game creators. Coupled with the exclusive
game creations of the world's most successful first and second party
design teams, and connected in unprecedented ways with Nintendo's
handheld Game Boy Advance, NINTENDO GAMECUBE delivers all-new forms
of interactive fun.
For more information about NINTENDO GAMECUBE, Game Boy Advance or
any other Nintendo product, visit the company's Web site, www.nintendo.com.
Aug 24 - Turbolinux Releases
EnFuzion 7.0, Makes Supercomputing Affordable. Turbolinux(R),
Inc., the leader in high-performance Linux for Internet infrastructure
solutions, today announced the release of EnFuzion 7.0, a clustering
technology that transforms a company's existing network of Linux,
Unix, and Microsoft Windows servers or workstations into a supercomputer.
No dedicated servers or workstations are necessary as EnFuzion integrates
transparently into a business' current operating environment.
EnFuzion is typically used for modeling complicated problems, from
portfolio risk management assessment by investment banks to the calculation
of frames for animated films by digital content creators to protein
modeling by bioinformatics companies. EnFuzion allows users to take
advantage of the processing power of their existing servers and workstations
without needing to invest in specialized and dedicated systems or
expensive supercomputer alternatives. In addition, EnFuzion runs existing
customer applications without modification, and provides node failover
and automated job scheduling that takes advantage of idle CPU cycles
on cluster nodes.
The concept behind EnFuzion is relatively simple and is sometimes
referred to as grid computing or extreme clustering. Specifically,
EnFuzion links computers within a company's network and emulates a
supercomputer by drawing on the idle processing power of multiple
desktop computers and servers connected to the company network. Companies
can take advantage of the aggregate computing power without compromising
their network security.
"Businesses today face incredibly complex problems and need highly
flexible computing solutions to help maintain their competitive edge,"
said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux. "By creating pools of
flexible processing power that can be accessed any time, anywhere,
EnFuzion allows companies to free up supercomputing horsepower that
already resides in their systems and leverage it for business results."
Dynamic Workload Prioritization, Higher Throughput Means Faster
Through the power of parametric execution, EnFuzion's dynamic prioritization
capabilities automatically match workload to existing computing resources.
Specifically, EnFuzion splits user jobs into separate, discrete components
for parallel execution. This allows multiple resources to simultaneously
process the information for significantly reduced compute time and
maximized resource utilization. Furthermore, no special coding is
required so any application can be inserted into the EnFuzion network
for parallel processing.
AMP Asset Management, Australia's largest insurance company, is using
EnFuzion to turn hundreds of its idle NT workstations at night into
a clustered supercomputer. AMP uses artificial intelligence in financial
modeling to uncover secrets hidden in vast amounts of data stored
in its databases from markets worldwide. In one example, EnFuzion
allowed AMP to run a financial model in a week that used to require
100 CPU days on a fast computer.
According to AMR Research, a company that provides business application
and technology research, grid computing technology is able to perform
functions that are typically impossible in a standard desktop computing
environment. The group predicts that grid computing will create huge
cost-savings for business merely by effectively using existing computer
Latest Version Includes New Security Feature
With SSL-based host authentication, EnFuzion allows only authorized
hosts to use its capabilities. In addition, EnFuzion already supports
the SSH protocol, user password encryption and user specified trusted
hosts and executables.
Specific EnFuzion features include:
-- Support for clusters with up to 1000 nodes
-- Support for Linux, Solaris, and Windows platforms
-- Seamless integration with workstations and servers already deployed
to take advantage of spare CPU cycles
-- Speeds application calculations by up to 1000 times
-- Integration with existing applications without need for modifications
-- Automatic failed job rescheduling for node fault tolerance
-- Automatic load balancing and resource sharing
For more information, visit the Turbolinux Web site at www.Turbolinux.com.
Aug 24 - Survey reveals new details in
AOL vs. Microsoft Instant Messaging Battle. As the battle between
Microsoft and AOL heats up, a new survey by Gartner, Inc. (NYSE:IT
and ITB) shows many consumers have a higher level of distrust for
According to the new survey of online adult consumers, AOL Time Warner
is the least trusted company on the Internet when compared to banks,
brokerages, credit card companies, Amazon.com, large retailers, and
AOL earned very poor trust marks with 37 percent of all online consumers
claiming a high level of distrust for the company. Microsoft fared
better, with 29 percent who are highly distrustful of the software
On the flip side, 17 percent of consumers say they have very high
levels of trust in Microsoft while 15 percent say the same about AOL.
Microsoft's consumer trust ratings are equivalent to the ratings earned
"The added trust that consumers have in Microsoft gives the company
an important leg up in its battle with AOL for online services. Consumers
will be more likely to try new Microsoft features embedded in Windows
XP, such as Microsoft Messaging," said Avivah Litan, vice president
and research director for Gartner. "AOL has always viewed itself
as the 'consumer's advocate' but this survey clearly dispels that
The survey also points to online privacy and security as the two largest
concerns of online users when using the Internet; consequently the
trust factor is a pertinent barometer of future consumer adoption
of new Internet services. Other consumer attitudes and dynamics discovered
by the survey also seem to work in favor of Microsoft and to the detriment
-- Microsoft received higher consumer satisfaction ratings than
AOL did on its ISP and e-mail services. AOL got higher marks on its
instant messaging service but loyalty among AOL's Instant messaging
users is limited.
-- Nearly one-third of all non-Microsoft instant messaging users said
they were "not sure" if they would switch to it once the
service started popping up on their screen when they tried to connect
to the Internet. Another 4 percent of the online consumers said they
would in fact switch to the Microsoft service. Just less than two-thirds
said they would stick to their current service.
"In its attempt to capture more of the instant messaging market,
Microsoft is not facing as an entrenched and loyal AOL instant messaging
customer base as one would imagine," said Litan. "Consumers
tend to follow the path of least resistance, and if it's easier for
them and their buddies to make the move to Microsoft Messenger, they
More information on Gartner is available at http://www.gartner.com.
Aug 23 - AT&T and Road Runner
are voted as best ISPs. AT&T WorldNet ranks highest in overall
customer satisfaction among 13 national and regional dial-up Internet
service providers (ISPs), according to the J.D. Power and Associates
2001 Internet Service Provider Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM
released today. Road Runner ranks highest among customers evaluating
11 national and regional high-speed ISPs.
AT&T WorldNets leading position among dial-up ISPs (22
index points above industry average) is driven by high scores on four
of the five factors determining overall satisfaction in the segment.
AT&T WorldNet has a significant lead over its nearest competitor,
EarthLink, in three of the factors: cost/value/integrity; capabilities/privacy
protection; and e-mail. Among the other two factors, AT&T WorldNet
performed significantly above industry average in connection/reputation
and at industry average in customer service/technical support.
Road Runners top position among high-speed ISPs in overall
satisfaction (15 index points above industry average) is driven by
its above average scores on all five determinants of satisfaction.
Road Runners greatest strength is its performance on the most
important driver, connection. It also excels in the other four areas
of the study¾ reputation/cost/value; privacy protection/features;
customer service/technical support; and e-mail.
"We separated the dial-up and high-speed segments in our 2001
study because we saw substantial differences in determinants of overall
satisfaction between the product offerings," said Grady Gibbs,
study director at J.D. Power and Associates. "This resulted in
substantially different factors and factor weightings, because underlying
attributes of these segments grouped differently between markets.
This will greatly complicate the development of future market strategies
for ISPs that plan to compete effectively in both markets."
The 13 dial-up ISPs included in the study account for 67 percent
of the residential subscriptions in the United States. The 11 high-speed
ISPs included in the study account for 60 percent of the residential
high-speed ISP subscriptions. The remainders of each segment are comprised
of smaller service providers, including local telephone and cable
"Industry convergence is apparent from the responses we received
from both dial-up and high-speed subscribers," said Steve Kirkeby,
senior director of telecommunications at J.D. Power and Associates.
"Fifty-eight percent of subscribers in each segment indicate
at least some interest in obtaining all of their telecommunications
services from a single provider. Weve also determined that among
dial-up subscribers, local telephone and cable TV are nearly tied
in preference as to providers that will obtain this larger share of
the customers wallet. High-speed subscribers more strongly prefer
cable television providers."
More than one in five dial-up subscribers (22 percent) and more than
one in four high-speed subscribers (27 percent) are "extremely"
or "very likely" to bundle all their telecommunications
services if given the opportunity.
Among dial-up subscribers who express interest in convergent services,
local telephone service providers are mentioned most as the preferred
provider for convergent services (26 percent), followed closely by
cable TV providers (24 percent). ISPs are mentioned as often as long
distance telephone (16% each) as a preferred convergent services provider.
Among high-speed subscribers who express an interest in convergent
services, cable TV providers are mentioned most often as the preferred
provider (44 percent), followed by local telephone service providers
(17 percent) and Internet service providers (16 percent).
Other highlights from the study include:
High-speed ISP subscriptions account for 13 percent of all residential
ISP subscriptions in the United States. This penetration increased
significantly from 5 percent in 2000. Among current dial-up subscribers,
10 percent state that they are "extremely" or "very
likely" to switch to a DSL and/or cable modem connection in the
next six months.
High-speed subscribers tend to spend more time online than their dial-up
counterparts. On average, dial-up ISP respondents report personally
spending about 13 hours per week online, with their household spending
about 18 hours in aggregate. However, high-speed respondents report
personally spending about 16 hours per week online, with others in
their household spending about 23 hours per week online.
E-mail and surfing the World Wide Web or Internet remain the top two
daily activities among both dial-up and high-speed ISP subscribers.
An increasing number of search engines is apparent. However, when
asked to cite their top search engine preference, Yahoo! again received
the most mentions among both dial-up and high-speed subscribers.
More information about the survey can be found at http://www.jdpa.com/studies_jdpower/pressrelease.asp?StudyID=548&CatID=3.
Aug 23 - ALi Declares Support
for HyperTransport Technology. Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi), one
of the world's leading integrated circuit solutions providers, today
unveiled its plan to incorporate HyperTransport(TM) data bus technology
into its future southbridge offerings. In attempts of balancing the
ever-increasing system bandwidth requirements, mounting demands for
system throughput, and faster CPU speeds, ALi is rallying behind the
HyperTransport(TM) Technology Consortium by announcing its plans to
incorporate this new high-speed I/O link technology in its next-generation
"As one of a growing number of members to the HyperTransport(TM)
Consortium, ALi believes that HyperTransport(TM) technology will become
an industry standard and lead the next technology wave," said
Dr. Chin Wu, President of ALi. "By combining ALi's chipsets with
HyperTransport(TM) technology, we're providing paramount system performance
with a design that is guaranteed to prevail."
"AMD is proud to be working with ALi once again to bring new
high-performance, innovative technologies to market," said Richard
Heye, Vice President, Platform Engineering and Infrastructure for
AMD's Computation Products Group. "HyperTransport technology
makes significant strides in solving the bandwidth problems associated
within systems and lays the foundation for future high-speed connections
"The HyperTransport Consortium welcomes and applauds ALi's vision
for adopting HyperTransport technology and expanding into new markets,"
said Gabriele Sartori, President, HyperTransport Consortium. "The
inclusion of HyperTransport technology into future ALi southbridge
offerings will help consumers take advantage of the latest cutting-edge
technologies without having to worry about the underlying architecture.
We are pleased that ALi will be working with the other members of
the Consortium to ensure that HyperTransport technology continues
to grow as a free, open and evolving industry standard."
About HyperTransport(TM) Technology
HyperTransport interconnect technology is a new high-speed, high-performance,
point-to-point link for integrated circuits, developed to enable the
chips inside of high-performance compute devices, networking and communications
devices to communicate with each other faster than with existing technologies.
HyperTransport technology's bandwidth of 12.8GB/sec represents up
to a 48-fold increase in data throughput, compared with existing system
interconnects that typically provide bandwidth up to 266MB/sec. HyperTransport
complements externally visible bus standards like the Peripheral Component
Interconnect (PCI), as well as emerging technologies like InfiniBand
and 10Gb Ethernet.
For more details at the www.hypertransport.org.
ALi can be found on the web www.ali.com.tw.
Aug 23 - Bell Labs Scientists Find Remarkable
Optics in Marine Creatures. Scientists from Lucent Technologies'
(NYSE: LU) Bell Labs have discovered that chalk-like calcite crystals
in the skeletons of marine creatures known as brittlestars have a
remarkable dual function, acting as armor as well as optical receptors
for an all-seeing compound eye.
They say that studies of this novel multifunctional biomaterial may
lead to better-designed optical elements for telecommunications networks.
The surprising discovery that brittlestars use calcitic crystals to
act as optical detectors, in addition to providing skeletal support,
was made by an international multidisciplinary team of researchers,
comprising scientists from Bell Labs, the Weizmann Institute of Science
in Israel and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and
will be described in an article to be published in the August 23rd
issue of Nature.
"This is an excellent example of something we can learn from
nature," said Federico Capasso, physical research vice president
at Bell Labs. "These tiny calcite crystals are nearly perfect
optical microlenses, much better than any we can manufacture today."
Brittlestars, also known as serpent stars, are marine invertebrates
that usually have five thin long arms emanating from a small, disk-shaped
body. They belong to the phylum of echinoderms, which also includes
starfish, sea urchins and other related classes of marine organisms.
The analysis of bony structures in the arms of the brittlestar Ophiocoma
wendtii showed the presence of a regular array of spherical microstructures
that look like lenses. Experiments subsequently showed that these
microstructures, which are absent in closely-related but light-indifferent
species of brittlestars, were indeed sophisticated optical elements
that have the optimal design for focusing light.
The lenses focus light about 5 microns below their surface. Nerve
bundles running through the skeleton underneath the lenses are thought
to pick up the light signal. Acting together, thousands of calcite
crystals form a kind of primitive compound eye that covers much of
the organism's body, and researchers think this must be useful in
detecting and escaping from predators.
The calcite microlenses expertly compensate for birefringence and
spherical aberration - physical effects common in lenses that distort
light - and scientists hope to mimic nature's success and design microlenses
based on the brittlestar model. Such biomimetic lenses may prove useful
as components of optical networks, and in chip design, where they
could potentially improve optical lithography techniques.
"Biomimetics builds on nature's expertise," said John Rogers,
director of nanotechnology research at Bell Labs. "In this case,
a relatively simple organism has a solution to a very complex problem
in optics and materials design."
For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at www.bell-labs.com.
Aug 23 - Matrox announces Millennium
G550 Graphics Card with "HeadCasting" Technology. Matrox
Graphics Inc. today announced that the new Millennium G550 graphics
card is now available retail from Matrox's online store at www.shopmatrox.com
for US $125.
With the Millennium G550, computer users can create realistic 3D clones
of their own heads and communicate to family and friends over the
Internet via their digital twins.
"The Millennium G550, with its unique HeadCasting technology,
takes voice over IP to the next level by letting you both see and
hear a life-like 3D clone of your partner's talking head," says
Dan Wood, vice president of marketing, Matrox Graphics Inc. "The
G550 offers an exceptional alternative to video conferencing and it
doesn't require a high-speed Internet connection or use up huge amounts
of bandwidth the way video conferencing does."
Online communication continues to be a rapidly growing trend, but
according to Forrester Research, only about 20 per cent of American
home Internet users have access to broadband connections such as a
cable modem or DSL connection. Strategis Group also points out that
a 56K modem is still the standard connection for approximately 57
per cent of business users in the US. What this means is that there
are still a large number of Internet users who are not able to take
full advantage of recent online communication applications, which
are often bandwidth intensive.
Now, thanks to Matrox's HeadCasting technology and partnerships
with LIPSinc and Digimask, visual online communication is accessible
to nearly all Internet users, even those using a 56K modem. The G550
comes bundled with three user-friendly packages: LIPSinc's HeadFone
for real-time online communication; Digimask, which creates a 3D replica
of a person's head from just two photographs; and Matrox's exclusive
application, the Matrox Virtual Presenter for Microsoft PowerPoint(R),
which allows the user to create a PowerPoint slide show accompanied
by his or her own photo-realistic 3D head.
The recommended system requirements for the Millennium G550 are
a 450 MHz processor, 128 MB RAM, 56K modem, Internet Explorer 5.5
and a microphone.
More information about this Matrox product, including a demo headcast,
can be found at http://www.matrox.com/mga/archive_story/aug2001/virtual_presenter.cfm.
Aug 23 - Study reveals Consumers Hate Web
Pop-up Ads. More and more, travelers on the World Wide Web need
to bring along a swatter as pop-up (or pop-under) screens jump onto
their monitors and sometimes even spawn offspring while the exasperated
user tries valiantly to close them.
Although some marketers claim that pop-up screens increase subscription
rates, psychologist Susan Weinschenk, Ph.D., reports that they annoy
users in ways that are bound to backfire on the sites that inflict
them on visitors.
"In our lab, we see users closing pop-up screens as quickly as
possible, even before the pop-ups finish loading," says Weinschenk,
who heads Weinschenk Consulting Group (www.weinschenk.com), a firm
that studies people's responses to Web sites and software. "They're
definitely annoyed, and annoyed people leave a site sooner and are
less likely to return. Furthermore, the pop-up screen distracts them
from their task. They might have been trying to purchase something."
Weinschenk points to the well-established principle of human behavior
that people do not like getting things that they didn't ask for. She
says the pop-up screens differ from other forms of advertising that
annoy some people, such as radio jingles or ads in toilet stalls,
because only pop-up screens force the user to take action to make
the ad go away.
"People who feel pestered at a Web site transfer their annoyance
onto the company that appears responsible for it," says Weinschenk.
"Consequently pop-up screens are not a plus for your image."
For companies wishing to please users rather than harass them, Weinschenk
Consulting offers a free Online Usability checklist at http://www.weinschenk.com/knowledge/online_checklist.asp.
Aug 22 - Sony Introduces Five-Megapixel
Cyber-Shot Camera. Now all digital photographers can achieve professional
results with the introduction of Sony's Cyber-shot® DSC-F707 digital
still camera, featuring new technologies that make previously difficult
pictures a whole lot easier to shoot. Priced at about $1,000, the
five-megapixel (MP) camera is the first of its kind to be aimed at,
and priced for, the broad consumer market.
new Cyber-shot model offers numerous options for both manual and automatic
controls, so photographers can do as much, or as little, as they want
to achieve extraordinary images. Built-in photo quality comes with
a 5.24 MP CCD (5.02 MP effective), Carl ZeissTM optics, and an advanced
automatic flash system. Other controls have been added to enhance
focus, exposure and composition.
"We're establishing a new benchmark with this camera for all
photography - not just in the digital realm," said Takashi Kondo,
senior vice president of Sony Electronics' Digital Imaging Product
Division. "Not only does it take better pictures, it also offers
new tools to challenge the creativity of even the most experienced
Among its features are:
Resolution - Sony's new 5.24 MP CCD image sensor (5.02 MP effective)
provides the Cyber-shot DSC-F707 camera with a maximum image size
of 2560 x 1720. At this resolution, photographers can capture images
with the detail required for vibrant, lifelike photographs.
Zoom - To catch high-resolution images from afar, the camera has a
pivoting Carl ZeissTM Vario Sonnar 5X optical zoom lens with F2.0
aperture, giving it extraordinary light gathering capability.
Two LCDs - Photographers can compose shots with either the 1.8-inch
LCD screen or a new eye-level electronic viewfinder they can hold
up directly to their eye.
High-speed AutoFocus and Manual Focus Ring with LCD Magnifier
Hologram AF - Ideal for photographing a smooth beach on a moonless
night, Hologram AF is a Sony-exclusive laser focusing system designed
to achieve accurate focus on subjects with little contrast in dark
conditions. It projects a visible Class 1 laser hologram pattern directly
onto the subject so the camera can detect the contrast between the
edge of the laser pattern and the subject itself.
Multi-Pattern Metering - To get accurate exposure in uneven lighting,
like a scene with the sun in one corner and a shaded hammock in the
other, a multi-pattern metering option is included for the first time
in a Sony digital still camera. By dividing the scene into a matrix
of separate cells, each which can be metered independently, it accurately
calculates exposure when highlights and shadows exist outside the
center of the frame.
Pre-flash Metering - To get the best shots with the flash, the camera
incorporates Sony's new pre-flash metering system. Unlike other flash
metering systems, pre-flash metering actually measures the light from
the flash as it passes through the lens to calculate correct exposure.
At the time of exposure, the flash fires twice - once to illuminate
the subject and calculate correct exposure, then a second time to
record the image with the best exposure possible.
Spot Metering and Center-Weighted Averaging - Also available when
NightShot® - Sony's DSC-F707 makes it easy to take pictures in
low- and no-light situations. With the flip of a switch, the infrared
NightShot mode is activated, which defeats the flash and an infrared
picture is captured with no visible light at all. NightShot makes
it possible to take pictures or MPEG movies of sleeping children and
nocturnal wildlife in a way that is impossible with all other digital
NightFraming® - In order to compose pictures in a dimly lit restaurant
or other settings with challenging light, NightFraming, another Sony
exclusive feature, integrates NightShot technology, Hologram AF and
TTL pre-flash metering. This seamless system enables the photographer
to properly frame the subject, attain accurate focus and achieve correct
flash exposure for consistently excellent flash shots.
Clear Color NR - The DSC-F707 model introduces this new noise reduction
tool for the first time. Clear Color NR reduces noise in the color
signal, which is useful when the subject includes areas of similar
color, such as blue sky backgrounds.
Slow Shutter NR - In order to capture strikingly natural night scenes
with available light, Slow Shutter NR overcomes the problem of CCD
noise in long time exposures. The camera first captures the image.
It then closes the iris while it captures a black frame - just the
noise pattern of the CCD. The camera then subtracts the noise pattern
from the image and leaves it virtually noise-free.
Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-F707 camera captures the moment in a variety
of formats, including: JPEG, TIFF, voice memo, e-mail and text. It
also has MPEG-HQ and MPEG-EX video modes, Clip Motion animated GIF
modes and in-camera editing functions. The camera ships with a 16MB
Memory Stick® media card, an InfoLithium M battery, an AC adapter/in-camera
charger, an A/V output cable, a USB cable, a shoulder strap and a
For additional information about Sony products, visit Sony's web site
Aug 22 - Motorola Researchers
are the First to Combine 3-D and Panoramic Video. Motorola Labs
researchers have discovered the key to what could be the ultimate
video viewing experience - announcing today that they are the first
to successfully combine 3D video and panoramic video.
The result, which the company is calling Virtual Video Reality, won't
just improve the entertainment experience for viewers, it will place
them right in the middle of the action and allow them to control the
view they see in the 360-degree panorama.
The system consists of unique video and audio capture equipment and
sophisticated offline processing. The one-of-a-kind 32-camera system
developed by Motorola Labs is capable of recording stereoscopic video
in 360 degrees while a microphone on top of the mobile system captures
the acoustic field. The panoramic source material is processed offline
and sophisticated algorithms developed by Motorola Labs enables a
parallel processing system to generate the final stereoscopic panorama.
A user, wearing head gear that includes a display and motion tracker,
is immersed into a virtual video world with the ability to pan 360
degrees to view the entire scene in 3D and control the view direction.
Integrated audio, under development within the Acoustic Technology
Center of Motorola's Personal Communications Sector, will allow the
user to experience the acoustic environment in the same way.
Motorola (NYSE:MOT) demonstrated the technology using images captured
of TEAM MOTOROLA at the CART FedEx Championship Series race weekend
in Cicero, Illinois and in the TEAM MOTOROLA pit area. In cooperation
with CART, Motorola Labs captured everything from crowd scenes to
TEAM MOTOROLA and driver Michael Andretti. In the future, the video
will be used to showcase the technology to potential partners.
"We recorded the race environment because it is so action-packed,"
said Steve Levine, director of information processing and communications,
Motorola Labs. "It's fantastic in person and great fun to watch
on TV. But imagine if watching the race in your living room felt like
you were actually at the track surrounded by the sights and sounds
and you were able to control the 360-degree 3D video view from your
Virtual Video Reality is one of a number of research projects within
Motorola Labs focused on developing technologies to provide consumers
great new multimedia experiences. Rich multimedia will be critical
to future electronic products, particularly as the industry moves
toward next generation wireless communications that will enable such
services as video-on-demand and streaming video to cell phones.
"This is still a lab project with a great deal of research to
do, but we believe that Virtual Video Reality has the potential to
begin reaching consumers in the next five years'" said Levine.
Motorola can be found on the Web at www.motorola.com.
Aug 22 - Ontrack announces
Fix-It Utilities 4.0. ONTRACK(R) Data International, Inc. (Nasdaq:ONDI),
a provider of data availability software and services, today announces
the launch of Fix-It Utilities(TM) 4.0, a utility software program
that provides the complete optimization, maintenance and repair solution
for all current Windows desktop operating systems, including the much-anticipated
New tools and enhancements, such as one-stop solution wizards, were
added to Fix-It Utilities 4.0 to improve function and make PC maintenance
a simple task for even the most novice users. Fix-It Utilities 4.0
allows users of all abilities to perform such critical maintenance
tasks as defragmenting the hard drive to improve PC performance, diagnosing
and repairing system and hardware problems, protecting their system
from viruses, performing preventative maintenance, recovering lost
data, and restoring a system if it will not boot to Windows.
"As PC environments continue to grow in complexity with new applications
and peripheral devices, so does the need to tune up your system,"
said Jon Eisele, director, Ontrack PC utility software. "Over
time PCs degrade in performance and problems arise. With Fix-It Utilities
4.0, computer users have a rich resource of tools that can keep a
PC performing at optimal levels with fewer conflicts, with an easy-to-use,
award-winning user interface."
Like its predecessor, the new version provides extensive hardware
diagnostics, crash prevention and protection, virus protection, hard
disk imminent failure warning and repair, registry repair and optimization
tools, a "do-it-yourself" data recovery tool, and more.
Fix-It Utilities 4.0 also includes these new and improved features:
-- Improved Disk Defragmenter - Defragments even faster than before.
-- One-Step Maintenance Wizards--Four easy-to-use wizards allow users
to speed up, fix, or clean their systems, or perform a complete all-in-one
-- AutoUpdates--Automatically alerts the user when new updates are
available for download through the Ontrack website. This feature ensures
that users will always have the most current version of the program
and the most up-to-date virus definitions, 24 hours a day, 7 days
-- Clock Synchronizer--Synchronizes the PC clock with a known, accurate
Internet time source.
-- Windows Error Message Tracker--Collects and logs all Windows error
messages, along with detailed information on what caused the errors.
-- Emergency Response Manual--Provides step-by-step instructions on
how to restore a non-bootable system and recover critical data that
has been lost.
Fix-It Utilities 4.0 is compatible with Windows(R) 95, 98, Me, NT,
2000 and XP and sells for an MSRP of $49.95. This new software package,
as well as Ontrack's other software applications, is available online
Aug 22 - Sony Unveils World's
Smallest, Lightest Dye-Sublimation Digital Photo Printer. Combining
the art of miniaturization with the practical benefit of outstanding
printing technology, Sony Electronics has introduced the diminutive
DPP-MP1 digital photo printer. With this new device, beautiful, borderless,
full-color photos can be made anywhere in less than two minutes.
Weighing in at less than one pound, including battery and paper tray,
the miniature dye-sublimation printer can be used with either the
supplied AC adapter or an optional battery pack. The printer and battery
pack will be available in November for about $280 and $70, respectively.
"Not only can this printer provide long lasting memories of social
gatherings, it can also be a helpful tool for professionals in real
estate, insurance and law enforcement who need to print their pictures
right on the spot," said Mark Viken, senior vice president of
Sony's Information Technology Products Division.
The new DPP-MP1 printer can be driven by a personal computer via USB
or directly from Memory Stick(R) media. It uses durable business card-size
paper, made popular by a variety of current devices. Paper is available
in packs of 24 and is sold with a print cartridge for about $20.
The printer is supplied with paper tray, AC adapter, USB cable and
test printing pack. For additional information about Sony products,
visit Sony's web site at: www.sony.com/vaio.
Aug 21 - HP to Ship Its First
Combination DVD+RW/CD-RW Drive. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP)
today announced plans to ship its first combination DVD+RW/CD-RW drive.
The drive allows novice to expert users to easily create personalized
rewritable DVDs and CDs from digital or analog video, data and photos
at home or in the office.
Easy to install inside a PC, the HP DVD-writer dvd100i drive enables
users to create DVDs from their own videos using the DVD+RW format.
Users also can transfer analog or digital video directly from a camcorder
or VCR to a DVD disc, create and play digital music CDs and store
large amounts of data safely and securely on both CD and DVD media.
"Using the premier DVD+RW standard, this drive will change the
way people create and share their precious video memories," said
John Spofford, vice president and general manager, HP Personal Storage
Solutions. "With this drive, consumers can safely store large
amounts of information, explore new ways to create custom video and
music discs and share those discs with almost anyone who owns a DVD
video player or DVD-ROM drive. And unlike videotape, the quality will
last up to 100 years."
The HP DVD-writer dvd100i drive is bundled with HP MyDVD Video by
Sonic Solutions, a direct-to-DVD solution for DVD recording and editing
that provides consumers with an easy, step-by-step method to transform
home videos into interactive DVDs. Also included is HP Recordnow by
Veritas to quickly and simply make custom music and data CDs and DVDs;
HP DLA to drag and drop files to CD or DVD directly from any application;
Power DVD by Cyberlink to play DVD movies on PCs; and, HP Simple Backup
to store critical data reliably.
The HP DVD-writer dvd100i drive offers the following technical specifications:
-- IDE/ATAPI DVD+RW/CD-RW drive with buffer underrun protection
-- 2.4x DVD (re-write), 8x DVD (read) speeds; and
-- 12x CD-R (write), 10x CD-RW (re-write) and 32x CD (read) speeds.
Availability and Pricing
The HP DVD-writer dvd100i drive is expected to be available in the
United States in September at Best Buy, Circuit City, Comp USA and
other retail outlets at an estimated U.S. street price of $599. HP
also plans to include DVD+RW/CD-RW combination drives in selected
configure-to-order and HP Pavilion home PCs later this year.
HP DVD+RW discs also are expected to be available in September at
an estimated street price of $15.99.
Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide
Web at www.hp.com.
Aug 21 - MicronPC Standardizes On Intel
Processors for Business Computers. MicronPC, a leading direct
manufacturer of award-winning personal computers, today affirmed its
commitment to offer Intel microprocessors for its business desktop,
notebook and server computers in the commercial and government market
This decision was based on customer requirements and MicronPC's desire
to streamline its product line.
"We are delighted to have been selected as the supplier of microprocessors
to MicronPC for government and small/medium business," said Paul
Otellini, Executive VP of Intel Corporation. "MicronPC is a long-term
customer of Intel's, and their products are a great choice for customers
in government and small/medium business. MicronPC has an excellent
reputation for building robust products that fit their customers'
"This move is really a win-win for MicronPC and our customers,"
said Mike Adkins, president and CEO of MicronPC. "Intel technology
is the leading choice among our customers in small/medium business
and government. Selecting Intel as our supplier of microprocessors
for these markets enables us to deliver the advanced technology customers
demand. Plus, we simultaneously streamline our product line, simplifying
our customers' buying decisions and reducing our engineering and product
MicronPC is owned by Gores Technology Group and can be found online
Aug 21 - Handspring Lowers
prices on Full Line of Handhelds. Handspring, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAND)
today announced price reductions off of its latest MSRP on its popular
Visor handhelds, discounting the 2MB Visor by $20 to $129, the 8MB
Visor Deluxe by $30 to $169, the high performance 8MB Visor Platinum
by $50 to $199 and the slim, elegantly designed Visor Edge by $100
to $299. All price drops are effective immediately, and products may
be purchased directly from Handspring.com or at select retail stores
across the country. Canadian customers will also see price reductions
on par with the ones made for the U.S. market.
"Handspring continues to provide quality handheld computing products
to a broad range of consumers, and these new prices on our line of
handhelds make it more attractive for people to own a Visor handheld,"
said Greg Woock, vice president of North American sales for Handspring,
Inc. "With the end of summer nearing we are offering consumers
one of the most featured-packed, expandable handheld computers on
the market today."
Handspring.com is also offering special promotions on select handheld
accessories and modules. The VisorPhone is currently $49 when bought
with simultaneous service activation in the United States.
The innovative GameFace, which turns any Visor, Visor Deluxe, Visor
Platinum, or Visor Prism, into a fully functional gaming machine adding
a joystick and fire buttons, is now only $24.95 and includes the game
Zap! 2016 (for Visor Prism) and Zap! 2000 (for all other Visor handhelds).
A full list of these and other promotions is available at Handspring.com
in the "Special Offers" section.
Aug 21 - Latest Research Indicates
Strong Interest in Video-on-Demand Services. Almost one-half of
all U.S. households have an interest in receiving video-on-demand
services (VOD), with almost one-fourth indicating a compelling level
of interest. The strong appeal of VOD, determined by Parks Associates'
recent survey for Bundled Services and Residential Gateways, should
please many cable operators, who are investing on the belief that
U.S. consumers will pay to have on-demand access to movies and other
streaming video content.
"Most cable operators have been slowly upgrading their networks
to support two-way, interactive television services for some time,"
says Michael Greeson, senior analyst with Parks Associates, a Dallas-based
market research and consulting firm. "Video-on-demand will be
the first of many new services that these network upgrades will enable,
and it's reassuring to know that consumers find these services compelling."
Additionally, 56% of consumers indicated that they would prefer a
subscription-based video-on-demand service (SVOD) as opposed to a
pay-per-use model where they would be charged for each movie they
Parks Associates can be found online at www.parksassociates.com.
Aug 20 - AMD announces 1.1GHz
Mobile Athlon 4 Processor and new Durons. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today
marked the second anniversary of the award-winning AMD Athlon(TM)
processor by announcing that its new 1.1GHz mobile AMD Athlon 4 and
900MHz mobile AMD Duron(TM) processors, featuring AMD PowerNow!(TM)
technology, will be used by Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ)
in its best-selling home and small office notebook, the Compaq Presario
Since the introduction two years ago of the AMD Athlon processor,
AMD's unit market share for x86 processors has risen from 12.6 percent
in the third quarter of 1999 to more than 22 percent in the second
quarter of 2001, according to Mercury Research. AMD, traditionally
strong in the retail market, has also experienced significant x86
processor market share gains in the small and medium business, government
and education markets. According to Dataquest's latest unit share
figures, AMD desktop processors commanded 37 percent of the North
American small business market, as well as 32 percent of government
and 21 percent of education markets in the first quarter of 2001.
In the second quarter of 2001, AMD had record unit sales of the award-winning
AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processors, enabling AMD's OEM partners to
sell more AMD processor-based systems than ever before in the company's
The AMD Athlon processor also achieved widespread industry acclaim.
For example, the processor and systems based on it have won more than
90 awards worldwide, including Microprocessor Report's Analyst's Choice
Award for Best PC Processor in 2001; PC World's World Class Award,
Product of the Year in 2000, and Maximum PC's CPU of the Year in 1999
AMD plans to capitalize on the success of the AMD Athlon processor
with today's introduction of three new family members: the 1.1GHz
mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor, the 900MHz mobile AMD Duron processor
and the 1GHz AMD Duron processor for desktop PCs.
Notebook PCs powered by the new mobile processors will be available
from the Compaq Computer Corporation.
Compaq is continuing its commitment to provide home and small office
customers a combination of exceptional value and powerful, leading-edge
performance with the introduction of Presario 1200 series notebooks
powered by the 1.1GHz AMD Athlon 4 and 900MHz mobile AMD Duron processors.
"By combining the sleek all-in-one design of the new Presario
1200 series with the cutting-edge power of the new mobile AMD Athlon
4 and AMD Duron processors, Compaq delivers the performance, design
and affordability our customers are looking for," said Lorena
Kubera, Director of WW Mobile Product Marketing, Compaq's Access Business
"Our mobile processors' unparalleled power management system
allows customers up to 30 percent more computer time with AMD PowerNow!
technology before battery recharging," said Pat Moorhead, vice
president of Desktop and Mobile Marketing for AMD's Computation Products
Group. "In addition, the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor provides
the high productivity that a customer using a performance notebook
requires, while the mobile AMD Duron processor offers an outstanding
combination of performance and features for everyday computing."
The 1GHz AMD Duron processor for desktop PCs is based on the new core
codenamed "Morgan." The enhancements to the new AMD Duron
processor, which supports the forthcoming Microsoft(R) Windows(R)
XP operating system, means that users can immediately enjoy the benefits
of additional multimedia instructions for better performance on photo,
music and Internet applications. Like all AMD processors, the new
1GHz AMD Duron processor supports AMD's Socket A platform, a stable
infrastructure which can help IT managers lower the cost of ownership.
The Presario 1200 can be purchased through Compaq's "Built
for You" kiosks located in participating retailers, through the
Web at http://www.athome.compaq.com.
Other OEMs are expected to announce new mobile AMD processor-based
systems at a later date.
AMD is currently shipping AMD Duron processors for desktops to customers
and expects system availability later in the third quarter. Widespread
availability in U.S. retail channels is expected in conjunction with
the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP launch in October.
The 1.1GHz AMD mobile Athlon 4 processor is priced at $425, the
900MHz mobile AMD Duron processor is priced at $130 and the 1GHz desktop
AMD Duron processor is priced at $89, all in 1,000-unit quantities.
For complete pricing information, please see www.amd.com.
For additional information about the new 1.1GHz AMD Athlon 4, 900MHz
mobile AMD Duron, and 1GHz AMD Duron processor for desktops, please
Aug 20 - Sony Unveils Full Line of 24X
CD-RW Drives With Power-Burn Technology. Sony Electronics today
introduced four ultra high-speed CD-ReWritable (CD-RW) drives with
interfaces and software for PC and Mac(R) system users. The new drives
support 24X maximum write, and incorporate Sony's Power-Burn(TM) technology.
Designed to prevent buffer under-run errors, Power-Burn ensures reliable
and accurate digital recording.
Sony's premium line of 24X/10X/40X CD-RW drives offers all necessary
options and features for those looking to manage and burn their digital
images, video, data and original music onto CDs. The new drives are
available with internal ATAPI (EIDE), as well as external USB 2.0
and i.LINK(R) (IEEE1394/FireWire(R) compatible) interfaces, and are
ideal for those who demand exceptional performance and reliability.
The external models provide users of i.LINK or USB-equipped computers
the convenience of plug-and-play connectivity. The 24X maximum write
speed saves time by allowing users to create a full 700MB CD in about
four minutes. In addition, Sony's Power-Burn technology ensures trouble-free
background recording at up to 24X speeds.
As part of the new line-up, Sony will offer the first CD-RW drive
with a Memory Stick(R) media slot in the CRX175M/A1 internal model.
Available in 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB capacities, Memory Stick
media allows consumers to seamlessly transfer digital images, videos,
data and original music onto a CD-R/RW disc from dozens of different
electronics devices including digital cameras, handheld devices and
personal computers. The new Sony CD-RW drive is an addition to more
than 10 million Memory Stick media compatible products worldwide,
enabling consumers to take advantage of the interoperability that
the Memory Stick media format offers across a broad range of products
"With a complete software package and cool features like the
Memory Stick media slot, our new drives offer the most options for
connecting a high-quality, high-speed 24X CD burner to a computer,"
said Toshi Naito, vice president of data storage for Sony Electronics'
Core Technology Solutions Company.
The Sony CD-RW ATAPI (EIDE) internal drive (CRX175A/A1) will be available
in October while the Memory Stick model (CRX175M/A1) will be available
in November with estimated U.S. retail prices of $179 and $229 respectively.
The USB 2.0 (CRX1750U/A2) and i.LINK (CRX1750L/A2) external drives
will also be available in November. The CRX1750U/A2 will be offered
at an estimated U.S. retail price of $279, while the CRX170L/A2 will
retail at an estimated $299.
For additional information about Sony CD-RW products, or visit Sony's
World Wide Web site at www.sony.com/news
Aug 20 - Disney Online is No. 1 Destination
for Kids and Family. Disney Online, part of the Walt Disney Internet
Group and creator of the No. 1 entertainment destination online for
kids and families (www.disney.com), maintains
its position as the leader in kids and family online entertainment,
according to the July 2001 Media Metrix survey.
The results show that Disney Online generated a record high of nearly
8.3 million unique users in July 2001, a 6.1% increase from June 2001,
representing a 14% year over year increase.
"Our continued growth over the past year is due in great part
to our television convergence properties that are driven by the Disney
Channel brands," said Ken Goldstein, executive vice president
and managing director of Disney Online. "Sites such as ZoogDisney.com
and PlayhouseDisney.com complement Disney Channel's programming and
also provide children and parents an innovative online experience."
"New media and technology are vital extensions of Disney Channel's
programming, as kids have shown by making Disney Channel's Web site
their leading online destination," said Rich Ross, general manager
and executive vice president, Disney Channel. "One of the best
examples of this is our ZoogDisney.com Lizzie McGuire subsite, which
has received more than five million emails from fans since the series
premiered in January 2001. This demonstrates the power of our online
outlet for Disney Channel's viewers to expand their relationship with
their favorite characters, including Zoog's Lizzie McGuire and Playhouse
Disney's newest show, 'Stanley.'"
Furthermore, Disney Online's impressive growth pattern and sustained
leadership role in the kids' Internet market has greatly contributed
to the success of the Disney Kids Network, a multi-platform promotional
program for advertisers.
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