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Daily Computer News and Rumors

August 08-15 2003

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Aug 15 Symantec Sees Decrease in New W32.Blaster.Worm Infections
Aug 15 Google Adds New Features to Search Toolbar
Aug 15 AT&T Wireless Offers New Color-Screen BlackBerry Handheld
Aug 15 Block Windows Messenger Service Pop-up Ads With a Free Download
Aug 15 interMute Introduces SpySubtract to Detect and Destroy Spyware
Aug 14 Samsung Takes the Lead in the Ultra-Wideband WPAN Technology
Aug 14 DivX Certified KiSS DP-500 Networked DVD Player Now Available
Aug 14 Zone Labs Introduces Essential Security Tool for Instant Messaging -- New IMsecure Pro
Aug 14 UPnP Implementers Corporation Certifies First Product
Aug 14 Home Audio Video interoperability Consortium Announces New Technical Initiative
Aug 13 AMD Launches New AMD64 Logo Program
Aug 13 Transmeta Unveils Efficeon Brand for TM8000 Microprocessor
Aug 13 Voodoo PC Launches New Notebook -- Envy M:460
Aug 13 Hynix Announces DRAM Industry's First 1GB DDR2
Aug 13 HDMI Expected to Overtake DVI in Consumer Electronics
Aug 12 World-Capable Color BlackBerry 7230 From RIM Arrives In United States
Aug 12 Riptide Wireless to Provide Revolutionary Fixed and Mobile High Speed Wireless
Aug 12 Go Wireless with Concord Camera Corp.'s Bluetooth Digital Camera
Aug 12 America Online and Edmunds.Com Announce New Marketing and Technology Alliance
Aug 12 MacLinkPlus Deluxe Version 14 Now Available
Aug 11 Minolta Introduces Next Generation Single Lens-Reflex 5 Megapixel Digital Camera
Aug 11 Minolta Introduces New 3.2 Megapixel DiMAGE Z1
Aug 11 FirewireDirect Unveils Ultra III FireWire 800 Storage System
Aug 11 Serious Internet Security Incidents Predicted for 20% of Companies
Aug 10 Sunday Shopping Watch
Aug 08 AMD To Acquire Assets of National Semiconductor's Information Appliance Unit
Aug 08 SBC Communications to Deploy Wi-Fi Hot Spots in 6,000 Venues
Aug 08 Komodo by ActiveState Wins ''Best Development Tool'' at LinuxWorld
Aug 08 Simple Star Announces PhotoShow Deluxe
Aug 08 Bitstream Releases Thunderhawk Version 1.08

 

Aug 15 - Symantec Sees Decrease in New W32.Blaster.Worm Infections.Symantec, the world leader in Internet security, today announced that it has seen an initial peak in the number of new W32.Blaster.Worm infections.

In fact, Symantec Security Response experts have noted a 30 to 40 percent decrease in infected systems from Monday, August 11 PDT to Tuesday, August 12 as monitored by the Symantec DeepSight Threat Management System.

"The W32.Blaster.Worm, which propagates via the Microsoft Windows DCOM RPC Interface Buffer Overrun Vulnerability, has been spreading worldwide at a much slower rate than CodeRed, Nimda or Slammer," said Alfred Huger, senior director Symantec Security Response. "The potential for infection with W32.Blaster.Worm, however, is much greater than previous worms due to the overwhelming number of machines that are affected by the MS RPC Buffer Overrun vulnerability."

Of the 188,000 hosts infected, the top five countries currently affected are the United States (48 percent), United Kingdom (15 percent), Canada (5 percent), Australia (3 percent) and Ireland (2 percent).

Although the number of new infections is declining, the first variant has also been identified. W32.Blaster.B.worm, a variant of W32.Blaster.worm, differs only in that it renames the executable as Penis.exe. Symantec Security Response has rated this worm as a Level 2 threat. In addition, Symantec has discovered a new Trojan, W32.Randex.E that also takes advantage of the vulnerability. This Trojan allows its creator to control a computer by using Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and is also rated a Level 2.

The Symantec DeepSight Threat Management System, part of Symantec's Early Warning Solutions, tracks security threats and provides quick analysis countermeasures to protect against malicious threats on a global basis. The most extensive data network in the world, the solution gathers data from firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS) of more than 20,000 partners in more than 180 countries -- offering the most comprehensive view of what is happening on the Internet.

Symantec Security Response encourages network administrators to implement the following:

-- Ensure that all available patches and feasible mitigating
strategies provided in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-026
have been applied. The patch is available at
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/ technet/security/bulletin/MS03-026.asp

(Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy
and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL
address field.)

-- Ensure that the following ports are filtered at the network
perimeter and between all untrusted network segments: udp/135,
udp/137, udp/138, tcp/135, tcp/445 and tcp/593.

Symantec Security Response encourages home users to immediately install the latest patch from Microsoft and update their virus definitions to protect against W32.Blaster.Worm.

W32.Blaster.Worm Removal Tool

Symantec Security Response has posted a removal tool for W32.Blaster.Worm. The removal tool is available from: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/ w32.blaster.worm.removal.tool.html.

(Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field.)

Aug 15 - Google Adds New Features to Search Toolbar. Google, developer of the award-winning search engine, today announced the latest version of the popular Google Toolbar is out of beta and available for download at http://toolbar.google.com.

Google's free browser utility enables users to search from any page on the web and offers pop-up blocking, web form filling, and a new Blogger button that makes posting to Blogger.com weblogs quick and easy.

"The Google Toolbar demonstrates our commitment to developing search products that make information more accessible and useful to people worldwide," said Jonathan Rosenberg, vice president, Product Management, Google. "Whether it's searching for content, blocking pop-ups, or automatically filling in forms, the Google Toolbar makes accessing information on the web fast, easy, and convenient."

The Google Toolbar is a powerful search and web surfing utility that seamlessly integrates with users' web browsers. New features of the Google Toolbar 2.0 include:

-- Pop-up Blocker: Blocks distracting pop-ups while users surf the web.

-- AutoFill: Completes web forms with information that's saved securely on a user's own computer.

-- BlogThis: Makes posting links to Blogger.com weblogs quick and easy.

Additional features include:

-- Google Search: Access Google search from any web page.

-- Search Site: Search only the pages of the site being viewed.

-- PageRank: See Google's ranking of any page on the web.

-- Highlight: Highlight search terms as they appear on the page

-- each word in its own color.

-- Word Find: Find search terms wherever they appear on the page.

Today's announcement follows several recent Google search enhancements that demonstrate the company's ongoing efforts to create new and innovative technologies. These new features include:

-- Calculator: Enables users to solve mathematic problems by
entering numeric expressions into the google.com or the Google
Toolbar search boxes. More information on the calculator can
be found here:
http://www.google.com/help/features.html#calculator.

-- Google News Alerts: An automatic news alert system that
notifies subscribers via e-mail about the latest Google News
listings related to a specified subject.
(http://www.google.com/newsalerts)

-- Tilde Operator: A new search command that enables users to
search not only for a particular keyword, but also for its
synonyms. This is accomplished by placing the tilde character
directly in front of the keyword in the search box.
(http://www.google.com/help/refinesearch.html)

-- Advanced News Search: An easy-to-use Google News feature that
enables users to more accurately pinpoint news-related
searches. (http://news.google.com/advanced_news_search)

For more information, visit www.google.com.

Aug 15 - AT&T Wireless Offers New Color-Screen BlackBerry Handheld. Expanding its portfolio of BlackBerry(R) handhelds, AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) is now offering customers the BlackBerry 7210 Wireless Handheld(TM) -- a new color-screen handheld with international roaming capabilities. The new handheld developed by Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) runs on AT&T Wireless' Next Generation GSM(TM)/GPRS network, providing wireless phone, text messaging, email, Web browsing and organizer access in dozens of countries across the globe.

The BlackBerry 7210 Wireless Handheld provides customers with wireless access to their personal and corporate email, including attachments, for users of Microsoft(R) Outlook(R), Lotus(R) Notes(R) and popular Internet Service Provider (ISP) email accounts. AT&T Wireless' extensive network of global roaming partners provides business travelers with the ability to check email in thirty-two countries and place phone calls in more than one hundred nations using the new BlackBerry handheld. The new BlackBerry 7210(TM) is priced at $449.99.

AT&T Wireless' data plans for BlackBerry handhelds start at only $39.99 per handheld per month, and optional voice calling plans start at only $19.99 per handheld per month. Customers can purchase the BlackBerry 7210 directly through AT&T Wireless' sales channels. Additional details can be found at www.attwireless.com/blackberry.

Aug 15 - Block Windows Messenger Service Pop-up Ads With a Free Download. In an effort to protect home and small business users from the growing number of Windows Messenger Service pop-up ads, web browser security provider Winferno offers a free download, StopMess, that will eliminate these advertisements with one mouse click. The Window Messenger Service pop-up ads appear on users' computers as a way to solicit advertisements, lead users to another web site or possibly enter a user's computer unauthorized.

"Our users are asking us, at an alarming rate, for assistance in removing these pop-up windows that are controlled by a PC's operating system," said Jon Lal, President of Winferno Software. "Since our mission is to deliver web browser security to all users, we thought it was best to provide a free tool and offer it immediately to any user."

To complement the free download and provide web browser security, Winferno recently updated Secure IE 2003(TM), which eliminates security threats while web browsing. Secure IE 2003 offers features like a one time, automatic set-up for zone-based security settings, which can then automatically be updated with Secure IE's Internet Security Advisor.

Other security features include intercepting all file downloads and then routing authorized files through a virus scanner; there is also built-in blocking of undesirable pop-ups, Flash and ActiveX commands, and many other security features. Along with security, Secure IE 2003 offers productivity features like easier search, faster downloads, highlighting and sticky notes and the ability to save web pages as a single file or use a tab view for multiple web pages.

How to Access the StopMess Free Download

The StopMess free download designed to block Windows Messenger Service pop-up ads is now available to all users and can be downloaded from www.secureie.com/stopmessenger.asp.

Separately, Secure IE 2003 is available on a 15-day free trial. Its retail price is $29.95. Secure IE 2003 may be purchased from www.secureie.com. Secure IE 2003 is also available through McAfee's website. All Winferno software comes with a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee.

Aug15 - interMute Introduces SpySubtract to Detect and Destroy Spyware. interMute, Inc., developer of award winning AdSubtract Web-preference software, today announced SpySubtract, an easy to-use, powerful PC software solution that detects and safely removes spyware and security threats.

Already, SpySubtract is protecting users from the malicious Blaster worm attacking Windows PCs. Known by a variety of names -- including W32.Blaster, MSBlast and W32/Lovsan -- the virus-like program, called a worm, first appeared on Monday. Thousands of PC users have downloaded SpySubtract for protection, at the rate of one download per minute.

interMute received advanced warning of the malicious Blaster worm because it infects a PC by using the same port as interMute's AdSubtract product. When a PC is infected with the worm, it causes AdSubtract to report an error. interMute took immediate action to protect its users and also make SpySubtract available to the general public, to stop the worm from spreading.

"When we learned the worm was crashing our customer's computers and spreading like wildfire, we quickly responded by providing SpySubtract to our user base to detect and destroy the worm," said Ed English, CEO, interMute. "interMute is dedicated to providing simple, effective tools for Internet privacy and security. SpySubtract is the latest addition to interMute's arsenal of powerful Web-preference solutions."

By downloading SpySubtract - available for free at www.spysubtract.com - users can halt the Blaster worm's attack before damage is done. SpySubtract immediately detects and removes the worm, preventing possible PC harm and averting the spread to others. Microsoft disclosed the vulnerability and offered a protective software patch on its Web site to safeguard vulnerable computers. However, many users neglected to install Microsoft's patch and already have the worm present on their computers.

Ongoing Protection

interMute's SpySubtract software protects web users' not only from the Blaster worm, but from all sorts of malicious spyware. Spyware is a major threat to privacy and security, affecting anyone who uses a computer. Such programs can monitor computer activities while gathering and transmitting your personal information. Some popular freeware and music programs quietly install spyware along with their software. interMute's SpySubtract continuously monitors for such invasive software and alerts users when spyware is detected, allowing them to easily and quickly destroy it.

Pricing and Availability

Available now at www.spysubtract.com, SpySubtract's free version allows users to continually scan and remove spyware. For $29.95, users can upgrade to the PRO version, which provides spyware database updates to protect against newly discovered spyware and worms.

Aug 14 - Samsung Takes the Lead in the Ultra-Wideband WPAN Technology. Samsung Electronics and Staccato Communications of San Diego, Calif., today announced an agreement to jointly develop Ultra-wideband-based (UWB) technology for the Wireless Personal Area Network (WPAN) market and to collaborate on application development. The result of the collaboration will be an accelerated time-to-market advantage for both companies to introduce standards-based UWB chipsets and end products based on Multiband OFDM technology.

"Samsung was among the very first companies to invest time, money and resources in ultra wideband," said Dr. Yong Suk Kim, UWB project manager, Samsung Electronics (SAIT). "With our experience in building radios, in designing and manufacturing semiconductors, and with our presence in consumer electronics and personal computers, Samsung is in an excellent position to bring UWB products to market successfully. The relationship with Staccato signals our commitment to offer consumers cost-effective, high-speed wireless connectivity."

"UWB is the most exciting wireless technology to come along in years, and Staccato has already built a wealth of expertise in the field," said Dr. Roberto Aiello, CEO, Staccato Communications. "With Samsung's leadership in the digital entertainment and consumer electronics markets coupled with our experience, we will be able to make the vision of UWB connectivity into a reality."

Samsung and Staccato intend to leverage each other's expertise to offer a new generation of high-performance, low-power and cost-effective UWB solutions for consumer, mobile and computing applications by accelerating the development of UWB-based products for very high bit-rate networks, up to 480 Megabits per second (Mbps).

Staccato will benefit from Samsung's leadership in developing memory chipsets, CDMA mobile phones, consumer electronics and Radio Frequency (RF) technologies. Samsung will benefit from Staccato's years of experience in developing UWB wireless communication technology, including advanced UWB Multiband OFDM technology, and its unique CMOS implementation capabilities.

Samsung and Staccato are actively involved in standards activities. In fact, Samsung is one of the founding members of WiMedia Alliance and engaged with every organization associated with UWB to date, including IEEE 802.15.3a, IEEE 802.15.4SGa, USB-IF, Multiband Coalition and most recently, the newly organized Multiband OFDM Alliance. "No other company can make this claim," said Dr. Yong Suk Kim.

Availability of initial chipsets will be in conjunction with emerging IEEE 802.15.3a standard.

An FCC ruling on February 14, 2002, approved use of the UWB spectrum. UWB is a high-speed, short-range wireless technology and is ideal for transferring broadband digital content between PCs and PC peripherals, and devices in different entertainment clusters in the home, such as digital video recorders, set-top boxes, and televisions.

For more information, please visit the web sites http://samsungelectronics.com, and www.staccatocommunications.com.

Aug 14 - DivX Certified KiSS DP-500 Networked DVD Player Now Available. The first officially DivX Certified(TM) DVD player, the KiSS DP-500, is now available for sale on www.divx.com. The DP-500, powered by the EM8550 DVD processor from Sigma Designs (Nasdaq: SIGM), is a revolutionary network-connected DVD player from KiSS Technology that is capable of playing back DivX video, including versions 3.xx, 4.xx and 5.xx. DivX.com is the first retail channel in the United States to offer the DP-500 for sale at the price of U.S. $299.

The "DivX Certified" badge ensures consumers that a device will play back DivX(R) video content (including DivX 3.11) at the highest possible level of visual quality. The KiSS DP-500 is the first network-capable DVD player to offer DivX playback, enabling users to download DivX content from the Internet and then play it directly on a television.

"We're very excited to bring our users the first DivX Certified DVD player on DivX.com in the form of the KiSS DP-500, which is the kind of next-generation connected device that will help shape the future of consumer electronics," said Jordan Greenhall, CEO and co-founder of DivXNetworks Inc.
"We created the DivX Certified process to bring consumers, content providers and CE companies together to facilitate real convergence and meet global demand. Devices like the DP-500 will empower our users to create, distribute and enjoy their video content on a variety of devices and platforms throughout the connected home."

In addition to supporting DivX video technology, the DP-500 offers a number of cutting-edge features, including progressive scan, Ethernet 10/100, Internet radio streaming, PC-Link, support for DVD, SVCD, VCD, CD, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, CD-RW & DVD-RW/+RW playback, and a photo album feature that enables users to view digital photos on a television.

"We are excited to work with DivXNetworks as our first retail channel for the U.S. market, which highlights the significance of our DP-500 as the first DivX Certified DVD player," said Peter Wilmar Christensen, CEO of KiSS Technology. "Our team has worked diligently to create an innovative next-generation DVD player that sets a new standard for networked consumer products, and we look forward to bringing that device to the worldwide community of video enthusiasts and early adopters in the DivX community."

"The KiSS DP-500 is an ideal device for consumers who have been anxiously awaiting high-quality products that will enable them to bring their DivX content beyond the PC to their living rooms," said Ken Lowe, vice president of strategic marketing of Sigma Designs.

To learn more about the DivX Certified program, visit www.divx.com/divxcertified. For more information on the KiSS DP-500, visit http://www.divx.com/hardware.

Aug 14 - Zone Labs Introduces Essential Security Tool for Instant Messaging -- New IMsecure Pro. Zone Labs Inc., a leading creator of endpoint security solutions, today announced the immediate availability of a new product, Zone Labs IMsecure Pro, the first comprehensive instant messaging (IM) security solution for any program that accesses the most popular IM services such as AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger.

IMsecure Pro ensures that IM conversations are private and secure, protecting PCs and valuable personal information from spammers, identity thieves, hackers and predators who exploit vulnerable IM connections. IMsecure Pro protects the PC transparently, regardless of service or client used, requiring no change to existing habits or software.

A recent study conducted for the National Cyber Security Alliance by America Online discovered that 86 per cent of users store sensitive personal information such as credit card numbers, bank account information and social security numbers on their PCs, making any unprotected PC an attractive target for hackers and online predators. Highlighting this expanded risk is the rapid growth of instant messaging for both personal and business use; Ferris Research predicts that instant messaging will grow from 54 million unique consumer users in 2002 to 341 million unique consumers in 2007.

"Instant messaging is quickly becoming a key communication tool, equal in importance to email and the telephone," said Frederick Felman, vice president of marketing, Zone Labs. "Because instant messaging provides a persistent and direct connection to the outside world, it can be exploited by hackers to gain entry to a PC. IMsecure Pro was built based on Zone Labs' core philosophy that security must be both powerful and easy to use for maximum protection."

By design, IM programs seek any open PC communications port to communicate, which can put individual PCs and any network to which they are connected at risk if the user has selected an IM security solution that relies on traditional methods like monitoring specific ports or IP addresses. While the IM clients are regularly updated, the client protocols that they use are rarely changed. Because IMsecure Pro secures by protocol, it offers always-current, dependable and flexible protection for the most popular IM clients.

Universal, Client-Independent Protection

IMsecure Pro secures the three major IM services --AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger -- which carry the majority of IM traffic. In addition, IMsecure Pro secures the most popular third-party clients such as Trillian, EasyMessage, Imici and Meca. Unlike competitive products, IMsecure Pro secures IM protocols rather than specific IM clients' ports or IP addresses, thereby protecting all IM traffic. As a result, users can continue to communicate with their existing IM product while gaining the benefits of increased security.

Instant Protection

With pre-configured Smart Default settings, IMsecure Pro offers 'out of the box protection'. A Security Log records IM security events as they occur and displays them in a configurable view so users are aware of IM-related security events that occur on their PCs and can take follow-up actions, if necessary.

Inbound Threat Protection

IMsecure Pro follows Zone Labs' "guilty until proven innocent" security philosophy, protecting against both known and unknown IM vulnerabilities. It guards the PC from infiltration by hackers introducing malicious code through invalid messages, buffer overflow attacks or dangerous IM-borne scripts. An additional benefit of Zone Labs' "guilty until proven innocent" approach to security is the Spam-Blocker, which shields users from inappropriate content and wasted time by blocking unsolicited messages.

Outbound Threat Protection

ID Lock prevents users from inadvertently sending personally-identifiable information such as a social security number, bank account or credit card information. This is especially useful for families who wish to ensure that their children do not share sensitive information, like their home or school address, to strangers. In addition, Message Encryption protects IM traffic from being intercepted and read by others so that IM conversations remain private and free from monitoring. IMsecure Pro encrypts IM communication between any two IMsecure Pro-protected client programs that are communicating via the same service, e.g., a Yahoo! Messenger user communication with a Trillian user over Yahoo!.

IMsecure Pro 1.0 is available immediately for purchase and download from the Zone Labs web site at www.zonelabs.com for $19.95, including one year of security updates. A 15-day trial version of IMsecure Pro also is available on the Zone Labs site.

For those users who want only basic IM security, IMsecure 1.0 is available from the Zone Labs web site at no cost for personal and non-profit use.

Aug 14 - UPnP Implementers Corporation Certifies First Product. The UPnP(TM) Implementers Corporation (UIC) today announced that the organization has certified the first product in the new AV device category -- a UPnP Digital Media Receiver for OEM customers. The Digital Media Receiver allows consumers to wirelessly transmit content from their Personal Computer (PC) to their home A/V entertainment center using standard Wi-Fi technology. Users can listen to MP3s and stream video and photos in the comfort of their living room.

"We're pleased to certify this Philips device, which will be provided to OEM's by the new Philips and Accton joint venture, Arcadyan. OEM customers can leverage the UPnP(TM) certification under their own brand in multiple market segments. We expect it to be the first of many networked audio/video products that feature UPnP technology," said Karen Stash, President of the UIC.

"This is a tremendous achievement," said Engelbert van Pelt, Executive Vice President, Arcadyan Technology Corporation, the newly formed joint venture between Royal Philips Electronics and Accton Technology Corporation. "By including UPnP(TM) technology, we're creating the first of many products for the home that consumers can just plug in and use to transmit digital content from the PC and Internet into the living room. In fact, consumers will be able to buy the first branded product as early as this summer."

"The certification of a product in this new AV Device category represents a very significant step. In just 18 months the standards have been extended to include new categories and many new products," said Stash. "The members of the UPnP Forum are enabling simple and robust connectivity between stand-alone products and PCs from many different vendors today, and will continue to develop standards to help make sure that home and business networks just work."

There are now more than 44 UPnP(TM) certified products and 33 UIC member companies. Products authorized to display the UPnP certification mark provide an easy way for consumers to recognize those items that have been developed with a simple method for connecting to home and corporate networks. All certified products implement the UPnP device standards as defined for specific product categories developed and published by the UPnP Forum, an industry association of over 600 companies.

About UPnP Technology

UPnP(TM) technology makes home networking simple and affordable so the connected home experience becomes a mainstream experience for users and a great opportunity for the industry. Published in 2000, version 1.0 of the UPnP architecture offers pervasive network connectivity between PCs of all form factors, intelligent appliances, and wireless devices.
UPnP architecture leverages TCP/IP and the Web technologies to enable seamless proximity networking in addition to control and data transfer among networked devices in the home, office, and everywhere in between. UPnP technology can be supported on essentially any operating system and works with essentially any type of physical networking media -- wired or wireless -- providing maximum user and developer choice and great economics.

For more information about the UPnP Forum, visit: www.upnp.org and www.arcadyan.com.

Aug 14 - Home Audio Video interoperability Consortium Announces New Technical Initiative. The Home Audio Video interoperability (HAVi)(TM) Consortium, today announced the formation of a new technical working group, The File Management Working Group. It will be lead by the Technical Steering Committee's chairman, Fernando Matsubara of Mitsubishi Electric. The new working group will focus on extending and enhancing the HAVi specification.

The File Management Working Group is responsible for defining facilities to manage private data content over the HAVi network. The new facilities will further enhance existing HAVi content management by supporting retrieval and storage of content material such as photos, movies, and songs in devices connected to the HAVi network.
The envisioned new File Manager will support multi-format digital items with diverse QoS requirements, ranging from simple text or still pictures files to high definition A/V clips. The new facilities will complement current HAVi services which concentrate in playback and recording of digital streams. The unparalleled technical features of the IEEE 1394 FireWire(C) bus will continue to play a fundamental role.

The addition of a File Manager will offer consumers and easy and friendly way to globally manage the content of the home entertainment network. The working group is expected to deliver specifications for new APIs or extensions to existing APIs in order to provide content management facilities to applications by the end of 2003.

About HAVi, Inc.

HAVi is a not-for-profit association comprised of leading consumer electronics, software, semiconductor and computer manufacturers who have formed to promote a network architecture for Home Audio Video interoperability.

Further information about HAVi may also be downloaded from the organization's website www.havi.org.

Aug 13 - AMD Launches New AMD64 Logo Program. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the AMD64 Logo Program to help consumers and IT decision makers identify hardware and software products ready for AMD64, a new class of computing technology that can run current and next-generation software on the same processor at the same time.

"The AMD64 Logo Program allows leading software and hardware developers to signify their support for the extraordinary value of simultaneous, native 32- and 64-bit computing on the AMD64 platform," said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "The AMD64 logo indicates that end users can continue using their software and hardware today and migrate to next-generation technology at their own pace."

AMD64 is a new class of computing that directly follows the evolutionary path of the industry-standard x86 architecture. The AMD Opteron(TM) processor, for servers and workstations, and the upcoming AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processor, for desktop and mobile PCs, are the first AMD64 processors. By maintaining compatibility with today's 32-bit solutions, AMD designed these processors to enable a seamless transition to pervasive 64-bit computing. For the first time, hardware and software developers can create a unified 32- and 64-bit computing infrastructure compatible with the x86 architecture.

"Hardware and software compatibility is an essential element of any successful technology migration, and is a tenet that we take extremely seriously," said Drew Henry, senior director of platform business at NVIDIA. "The AMD64 Logo Program lets our customers, developers, and end users know that their NVIDIA-based graphics and platform solutions are designed to work flawlessly out of the gate with all of the current and next-generation hardware and software solutions based on AMD64 technology."

"The AMD64 logo tells you that you're getting the best of both worlds," said Tim Sweeney, founder and president of Epic Games. "Epic Games' port to AMD64 gives you the ability to run 64-bit applications that can take advantage of an incredible amount of memory, virtual address space, and double the number of registers of previous CPU's at the same time you get high-performance compatibility with existing 32-bit applications."

AMD also introduced new logos for its AMD64 processors, the AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations and the upcoming AMD Athlon 64 processor for desktop and mobile computing. Both processors deliver outstanding performance on today's 32-bit software while running more advanced 64-bit software.

"The AMD64 logo enables end users to make a visual connection between AMD64 processors and vendor-validated software and peripherals," Heye said. "It links the new AMD64 logo to AMD's well recognized product logos and helps communicate the compatibility of today's and tomorrow's computer products with AMD64 technology."

Software and hardware developers interested in the AMD64 Logo Program can find program requirements and the AMD64 logo license and usage guidelines at the AMD Web site, www.amd.com or www.amd.com/logos.

About AMD64

AMD64 defines a new class of computing by extending the industry-standard x86 instruction set architecture across 32- and 64-bit platforms. AMD64 is an AMD innovation designed to deliver compatibility with existing 32-bit x86 solutions and simultaneous industry-leading 64-bit performance.
The AMD Opteron processor for servers and workstations is the first processor in this new class of computing. AMD plans to launch the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processor for desktop and mobile personal computers on September 23, 2003, which is designed to enable pervasive adoption of the AMD64 architecture. AMD64 replaces terms such as "Hammer" (now, "AMD64 technology") and "x86-64 ISA" (now, "AMD64 ISA").

Aug 13 - Transmeta Unveils Efficeon Brand for TM8000 Microprocessor. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today unveiled Efficeon(TM), the brand name and logo for its new, high performance TM8000 microprocessor family. Efficeon ushers in a new era (eon) of efficient computing for users of ultra-portable and mainstream notebook computers. Likewise, Efficeon enables innovation and new classes of devices such as tablet PCs, ultra-personal computers, silent desktop computers, blade servers and embedded systems.

The Efficeon microprocessor offers an unmatched combination of power efficiency, design flexibility, performance-on-demand and low cost, and will be a leader in delivering best-in-class performance, per watt, per dollar.

"The Efficeon name and look communicate the ideal of efficient computing that the market is embracing as we enter into this new era of smaller, more powerful, and cooler running devices," said Arthur L. Swift, senior vice president of marketing, Transmeta Corporation. "As major computer manufacturers evaluate Transmeta's new microprocessor for a variety of applications, they can rest assured that a strong and memorable brand is behind the product."

The Efficeon processor is an intelligent and sensible alternative to competitive offerings, as Transmeta promotes freedom of choice for computer makers looking to select complementary chipsets. Efficeon's dynamic LongRun power management features and integrated architecture give system designers and marketers a wide range of choices in creating products that deliver added value, functionality, security, comfort, reliability, and cost-savings to end users.

"We are promoting the Efficeon brand with our system partners to convey the promise of a distinctive, efficient user experience," noted Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO, Transmeta Corporation. "Efficient computing is what the mobile market is demanding -- uncompromising application performance, extended battery life, low heat, appealing ergonomic designs, ultra-small form factors, fully integrated functionality, and more dependable products with fewer components. Naturally, all of this has to come at an appealing price point."

Transmeta was the first x86 microprocessor company to focus on energy efficient processors and the resulting design benefits for small, thin, light and fanless computers in a wireless world. First with Crusoe processors and now with higher performance Efficeon processors, Transmeta continues to generate innovation and meaningful end user benefits, such as lower priced computers and increased productivity by extending the battery life of mobile devices.

"Until Transmeta released the Crusoe processor in 2000, the mobile computer market was stagnating with repurposed desktop technology, oversized and overweight hardware, and disappointing growth," said Rob Enderle, emerging technology expert for the Enderle Group. "Crusoe showed the computer industry what was possible and helped build the excitement that the market now enjoys. Efficeon has the potential to take advantage of that growth, and we've been told by laptop OEMs that this new Transmeta chip provides positive differentiation and positions well against Intel's Pentium M. With Efficeon, Transmeta is positioned to take advantage of what should be a very lucrative mobile opportunity through 2004."

The Efficeon's ability to execute up to eight instructions per clock enables typical, real-world applications to run about 50 percent faster per clock cycle, and multimedia applications up to 80 percent faster per clock cycle, than the current Crusoe TM5800 processor. Many computer makers, including major names in the industry, have been evaluating the Efficeon processor for a wide range of applications. These companies have provided positive feedback to Transmeta and initial customer product announcements are expected in the fourth quarter of this year.

"Transmeta made the computer industry recognize the narrow-minded nature of the megahertz race, which did not properly balance the changing needs of end users in the emerging wireless computing era," said Tim Bajarin, mobile computing expert and president, Creative Strategies. "The Efficeon processor should be considered by computer makers looking to build small, thin and light designs that require minimal power budgets."

Transmeta will provide additional information about the Efficeon processor in the coming months, including detailed specifications and benchmark data. Dave Ditzel, the company's co-founder and chief technology officer, will make a presentation about the new processor at Microprocessor Forum in San Jose, October 13-16, 2003.

To learn more about Transmeta's Efficeon processor, visit www.efficeon.com.

Aug 13 - Voodoo PC Launches New Notebook -- Envy M:460. Voodoo PC, a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance personal entertainment systems, announced today the availability of the new Envy M:460, the world's first and fastest DirectX 9, Cinematic Gaming Notebook. The M:460 is equipped with ATI's MOBILITY(tm) RADEON(tm) 9600 mobile visual processor modular graphics subsystem, which provides the notebook's cinematic-quality imagery.

In unveiling the new M:460, Voodoo PC has received tremendous support for the notebook by the PC industry, particularly early adopters. Voodoo also announced strong initial sales of the M:460, a product that sparked a rush of innovation across the entire PC manufacturing industry.

"The appetite of gaming consumers worldwide for innovative PC and notebook technologies is stronger than ever," said Ravi Sood, CEO of Voodoo PC. "In just the two weeks since the global launch of the M:460, we have already sold out of our first two shipments, which we are incredibly excited about."

Because of the significant rise in numbers, computer gaming -- now an ascendant culture -- has had a profound affect on the way people think, play, learn, communicate and work. Voodoo PC caters to that culture. And as the PC end user becomes more tech savvy and the mobile gaming market rapidly expands, Voodoo PC brings the power of desktop systems into the laptop's substantially smaller, flat footprint.

Voodoo Envy M:460

Voodoo Envy M:460 Cinematic Gaming Notebook offers Intel Pentium 4M Processor 2.6GHz, 512MB of DDR 333 Memory, the world's first 60 Gigabyte Hitachi Travelstar 7200PRM laptop hard drive, ATI Radeon Mobility 9600 Video Card featuring 64 Megabytes VRAM Video Card --Daughter Card Upgradeable, a 15" SXGA 1400X1050 Display Wireless Ethernet and a battery that lasts three to four hours. Voodoo is the first company in North America to introduce this chipset.

Roughly 1.1 inches thin and customizable with tattoo and color options, the M:460 will empower users with the ability to experience dramatic visual effects, unmatched performance and vibrant cinematic realism. With the M:460's real-life rendering, hardcore gamers will be completely blown away by the astonishing images in their games.

About Voodoo PC

VoodooPC is a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high-performance personal entertainment systems. An industry pioneer since 1991, Voodoo is the world's foremost PC gaming system provider and is dedicated to delivering leading-edge performance, style and craftsmanship to the discerning PC enthusiasts.

Those seeking the customization experience that Voodoo has become well known for in the PC industry can indulge further at www.voodoopc.com.

Aug 13 - Hynix Announces DRAM Industry's First 1GB DDR2. Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Hynix, www.hynix.com), announced today that it has successfully completed development of its 1GB DDR2. Hynix will begin sampling its 1GB DDR2 in early 4Q 2003 and will begin its full-scale volume production by early 2004 to coincide with the release of Intel's DDR2 chipset.

Hynix will utilize its Golden Chip 0.11-micron process technology for production of its 1GB DDR2 and 512Mb DDR2. By effectively utilizing existing equipment, Golden Chip technology allows mass production of 0.11-micron technology products with minimum additional investment in capital expenditures. The company estimates the use of its 0.11-micron technology will reduce overall investment requirements by 50% compared to its competitors and will increase the number of die per wafer by 40% in comparison to its .13-micron Prime Chip technology, maintaining Hynix's competitive position in cost and technology.

Hynix's 1GB and 512Mb DDR2 will be offered in 68-Ball, and 60/84-Ball Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array (FBGA) package and fully complies with JEDEC specification and standards.

Aug 13 - HDMI Expected to Overtake DVI in Consumer Electronics. With the ability to add High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection and deliver high-bandwidth, uncompressed video, Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is continuing its foray into the Consumer Electronics (CE) market.
However, according to In-Stat/MDR, DVI's successor, High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI), is expected to overtake DVI in CE products in the near future. The high-tech market research reports that the PC market will continue to adopt DVI, and PC peripherals like business projectors and LCD monitors will continue to their strong support of the interface. Yet, HDMI will overtake DVI in CE products such as digital televisions, set top boxes and DVD players, within 2-4 years.

"Developed principally by major CE vendors, HDMI addresses the shortcomings of DVI in the consumer electronics market by adding audio support, as well as a smaller connector," said Brian O'Rourke, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "As a result, HDMI should be adopted rapidly in the consumer electronics segment, with the first HDMI-enabled products being released in late 2003."

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

-- PCs generally handle audio and video separately, so they
cannot use HDMI without a product redesign, which is not expected.

-- Among PC makers, Apple has been the leader in implementing
DVI. Apple has included a native DVI port in all
configurations of its Power Mac G4 desktop line, as well as in
both configurations of its Titanium PowerBook G4 notebook
model. Apple is moving ahead with its transition from CRT to
flat panel displays. So it makes sense for it to be among the
first PC manufacturers to embrace DVI, the leading digital
connection from PC to LCD monitor.

-- PC peripherals are the best current market for DVI, with a
2002 penetration of 27.4 percent, rising to 71 percent in
2007. Displays and signs should be the fastest growing market
for DVI over the forecast period, though they are starting
from a very low base point. DVI in LCD monitors should grow
rapidly, along with the market as a whole. DVI has already
achieved solid penetration in business projectors, and the
growth of that market will benefit DVI.

In-Stat/MDR (www.instat.com) offers a broad range of information resources and analytical assets to technology vendors, service providers, technology professionals, and market specialists worldwide.

Aug 12 - World-Capable Color BlackBerry 7230 From RIM Arrives In United States. Businesspeople hoping for an affordable, world-traveling, do-it-all device need wait no longer as T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM) (TSX:RIM) are introducing the tri-band BlackBerry(R) 7230 Wireless Handheld(TM) with high-resolution color display -- available nationwide today exclusively from T-Mobile.

From large enterprises to prosumers, T-Mobile business customers can now enjoy the T-Mobile Get More(R) benefits average consumers have long appreciated: more included device features for the money and unparalleled pricing on the nation's largest all-digital GSM/GPRS network. Selling for $399.99, T-Mobile customers who buy the BlackBerry 7230(TM) can add, to most voice plans, unlimited email and mobile content for $29.99 a month -- making wireless email affordable and billing easy-to-understand.

For many business travelers, the ability to use the same device for wireless voice and email connectivity while traveling globally has only been a dream. The BlackBerry 7230's GSM/GPRS tri-band functionality coupled with T-Mobile's strong international presence is the perfect solution for simple "one number," "one email" communication for global business travelers. T-Mobile offers the most seamless wireless coverage on the planet so BlackBerry 7230 customers can make and receive phone calls in more than 100 countries worldwide, with email and Web roaming already supported in many European countries.

"When we say you Get More(R) minutes, features and service from T-Mobile, our exclusive BlackBerry 7230 offering is one of the ways we bring that promise to life for business customers," said Scott Ballantyne, vice president of business services marketing for T-Mobile USA, Inc. "We make this exclusive T-Mobile offering affordable for businesses of all sizes because we offer plans that respond to the needs of businesspeople for easy and affordable flat rate pricing."

The BlackBerry 7230, expanding on T-Mobile's broad line-up of BlackBerry handhelds, is the ideal voice and email integrated solution for consumers, small businesses and corporate enterprise alike as the handheld supports both corporate email and Internet Service Provider (ISP) email with the recent introduction of BlackBerry Web Client(TM).
With always-on, push-based access to existing email accounts, a built-in phone and integrated support for SMS, Web browser and organizer applications, the BlackBerry 7230 is designed to keep mobile professionals connected, informed and communicating on the go. The BlackBerry 7230's design is sleek and lightweight and delivers superior battery performance -- even while adding support for color and tri-band features.

"The BlackBerry 7230 follows the longstanding BlackBerry tradition of delivering leading wireless features and performance. We think customers will be very impressed with the combination of this hi-res color screen and outstanding battery life," said Mark Guibert, vice president, corporate marketing at Research In Motion. "Whether you're talking, listening, sending, receiving, viewing or typing on the BlackBerry 7230, the quality of this product and service delivers a first-rate experience."

Wireless Email

BlackBerry 7230 incorporates exceptional wireless email features enabling customers to manage their email, including attachments, quickly and easily. T-Mobile customers can wirelessly access up to 10 corporate or personal email accounts, including popular ISPs, to stay connected to both business and personal email on the BlackBerry 7230. The BlackBerry "push" architecture means email is automatically delivered to the handheld and users receive emails automatically -- no effort required.

Mobile Phone

The feature-rich, tri-band phone offers excellent voice clarity and supports features such as call waiting, conference calling and call forwarding (where available). The BlackBerry 7230 can be held to the ear in the same manner as a standard phone or used with a hands-free headset (included) allowing customers to type notes or access information while speaking.

SMS

The BlackBerry 7230 supports Short Messaging Service (SMS) enabling customers to send short text messages that can be quickly exchanged between SMS-enabled wireless devices without adding email messages to an inbox. The full QWERTY keypad on the BlackBerry 7230 is ideal for typing SMS messages.

Organizer

Customers can stay organized with the full-featured calendar, address book, memo pad and task list applications that can be synched with their desktop personal computer for maximum productivity.

International Roaming (i)

The BlackBerry 7230 is a tri-band wireless handheld, operating on 900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS networks. Coupled with T-Mobile's strong international presence, via the T-Mobile family of companies and more than 200 roaming agreements, T-Mobile customers can enjoy the benefit of staying in contact via wireless voice and email, at consistent rates while traveling abroad.

Application Integration

The BlackBerry 7230 features exceptional software integration. Customers can use the same integrated address book and inbox to access all email, voice and SMS applications. Additionally, BlackBerry 7230 users can even click on an email address, telephone number or URL inside an email message to automatically compose a new message, call a telephone number or connect to a URL.

Expandable

The BlackBerry 7230 incorporates Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME). The modular J2ME application development environment opens the handheld to a large and growing developer community writing productivity-enhancing wireless applications that can extend back-office resources to mobile professionals.

To purchase a BlackBerry 7230 or find the nearest sales representative go to www.t-mobile.com/business/products. For more information, visit the company Web site at www.t-mobile.com.

Aug 12 - Riptide Wireless to Provide Revolutionary Fixed and Mobile High Speed Wireless. Riptide Wireless, a local Fixed and Mobile Wireless Internet Services Provider, is now providing its Next Generation High Speed Internet Service that works in the office, home and on the go.

Riptide is building the first commercial Physical Wireless Mesh Network in the United States. Using equipment from vendors in both the licensed and license-exempt frequency spectrums, Riptide's Mesh Network offers both dedicated, fixed service up to 20Mbps and local roaming service via WiFi. Best of all, pricing for this dual mode service starts at only $29.95 a month.

A Mesh Network is the latest wireless technology available and works by removing the direct line of sight issues and other problems with today's legacy Point to Multipoint (PMP) wireless networks. Due to obstructions like tall buildings and trees, today's PMP networks are only able to offer about 40% coverage in an area where a Base Station is established on a tall building.

A Mesh Network however, does not require a Base Station (or a tall building) and actually works by routing its signal from customer to customer around obstructions allowing up to 100% coverage in the company's service areas. It actually parallels the wired Internet in its design and deployment. As more users are added to the Mesh, the more robust and resilient it becomes.

Superior to a T1, DSL or Cable services, Riptide's Mesh Network allows users to take their broadband connection to another level. "Our vision is to create a ubiquitous Wireless Broadband Network that will offer service wherever you are," stated Andra Sachs, president and chief operations officer. "DSL is great but try to walk out of your office or home and use it. Riptide users can save lots of money by using one service for both their fixed and roaming needs at home, at the office and on the go."

In the July 2003 issue of PC Magazine, Mesh Networks were named one of the '20 Hot Technologies to Watch.' Initial target users for the Riptide Mesh service in Southern California include Mobile Sales Professionals, Media and Real Estate Industries, Government Agencies, T1/DSL Resellers and WiFi Hot Spot Operators/Integrators.

For more information, visit www.riptidewireless.com.

Aug 12 - Go Wireless with Concord Camera Corp.'s Bluetooth Digital Camera. Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord") (NASDAQ: LENS) No cables. No fuss. The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is the first 2 Megapixel Bluetooth(TM) enabled digital camera in the market. Designed with convenience in mind, the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless transmits images to compatible Bluetooth(TM) devices such as mobile phones, PDAs and computers and as the name implies, no wires or cables are necessary for transmission.

Technology.

Sending images has never been easier. The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless can beam an image to most Bluetooth(TM) devices that support OBEX and are able to receive, process and display a JPEG image. With over 1,800 members in the Bluetooth(TM) consortium, the number of Bluetooth(TM) devices in the market is increasing. The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless camera transmits pictures from as far away as 30 feet and no direct line of sight is necessary. It is even possible to transmit an image through office walls. The camera can detect up to seven Bluetooth(TM) devices at a time allowing the user to select the device to which to transmit.

Easy to use. Easy to send.

"Our customers asked for quick and easy transfer of photos from the camera to a computer, mobile phone and PDA. Our answer is the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless. What can be quicker and simpler than a digital camera that can transmit images without cables in as little as six seconds?" commented Urs W. Stampfli, Senior Vice President and Director of Global Sales and Marketing at Concord Camera Corp. ("Concord").

Sending images to a Bluetooth(TM) enabled device requires just a few button presses and no cable connections. Bluetooth(TM) technology combined with a simple and intuitive user interface provides consumers with the simplicity they demand.

Ready to go.

The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is packaged with a Bluetooth(TM) adaptor which will allow the user to transform their Microsoft (R) Windows (R) based laptop or computer into a Bluetooth(TM) device. It's simple. Just install the Bluetooth(TM) driver and plug the adaptor into the USB port and the computer is now able to receive pictures from the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless.

Feature rich.

The camera can store over one hundred images in its 7MB of internal memory but also has an SD/MMC card slot for additional storage options. The camera also features a 4x digital zoom and preset scene selections for flexible picture taking. The camera offers three focus modes to insure great pictures at any distance, macro for close-up images, portrait for group photos and infinity for scenic views. Video clip capability allows users to capture special moments while the web camera feature is perfect for business and personal activities. The user can select between 2 Megapixel, 1 Megapixel or VGA resolution images.

Compatibility.

The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless digital camera is compatible with Microsoft (R) Windows (R) 98SE, 2000 Professional, ME, XP Home and Professional. Images can be transmitted to specified Bluetooth(TM) compatible devices. Please visit Concord's web site at www.concord-camera.com for an up to date list of compatible devices.

Weighing in at only 4.5 ounces and having a compact 3.44 inch length, the Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is pocket-sized and easily accessible any time you would like to snap a picture.

Pricing and Availability.

The Concord Eye-Q Go Wireless is available now at a suggested retail price of $179.99.

Aug 12 - America Online and Edmunds.Com Announce New Marketing and Technology Alliance. Just in time for new car season, America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, and Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive information, have formed an alliance that will provide AOL members far greater control over their new-car buying process.
Edmunds.com is now powering the new cars areas of the relaunched AOL Autos Channel, allowing users to research the make, model and trim options on new vehicles, read reviews written by leading auto industry critics, compare options from one model to another, read about new dealer incentives and get free price quotes from the nearest qualified dealer.

The new alliance is integral to the new Autos areas across AOL, CompuServe and Netscape, also announced today. AOL Autos offers a convenient and intuitive car buying experience that makes it virtually effortless for consumers to find the exact new or used car they want, while helping save both time and money. The agreement will also help enable America Online to directly build and expand on its existing relationships with many of the leading car manufacturers, as well as finance, insurance, and warranty partners.

Researching automobile purchases and sales is one of the most popular activities in the world of online commerce. According to a study from Forrester Research, 68% of consumers who used non-car company Web sites say they were important for helping them make decisions about their vehicle purchase, exceeding the number who relied on advice from friends (61%), car company Web sites (59%), or auto dealership personnel (57%).

The new Autos areas of America Online's brands will tap into that growing interest by offering AOL, CompuServe and Netscape users such valuable services from Edmunds.com as:

** All-new car research and comparison tools, such as new Buying Guides where users will be able to find and read reviews of the top-rated current-model year cars;

** New pricing tools, where members will be able to research a model with options and find the latest dealer incentives;

** Edmunds' expert reviews for all available current-year vehicles;

** Convenient free-quote pricing from qualified local dealers to help members get the best deal.

Chris Croll, Vice President of E-Commerce, America Online, said: "By forming an alliance with one of the most-trusted brands in the Automotive space, AOL members will have a convenient, one-stop shop that offers virtually every resource a consumer might need to buy a new car from Buying Guides to a price quote service that brings the local car dealers directly to the car shopper. AOL Autos is about putting our members in control of the car buying process."

For more information, visit www.aol.com or www.edmunds.com.

Aug 12 - MacLinkPlus Deluxe Version 14 Now Available. In a recent stream of new product announcements for the Macintosh platform, DataViz has updated its flagship Macintosh product MacLinkPlus Deluxe 14.
Since 1991, over ten million users have depended on MacLinkPlus Deluxe for reliable, accurate file conversion. This latest version streamlines the conversion process, adds new translators for Office 2003 for Windows, Office X for Mac, and more. It also includes a simple way to translate and e-mail documents.

"DataViz's roots are in its Macintosh products and we are very excited about the newest version of MacLinkPlus Deluxe," said Kristen Garvey, DataViz. "MacLinkPlus Version 14 highlights our recent efforts to update and extend Macintosh product line including SmartList To Go Handheld Edition, Passwords Plus, PDA Playground and Documents To Go."

New features in Version 14 include:

-- New translators for Word and Excel 2003, X, and WordPerfect 10 and 11

-- New Quick Tips for using unrecognized files, including easy steps to use when translating any file

-- The ability to translate and e-mail files to Windows users inone simple step (Entourage or Mail e-mail client required)

-- Contextual menu support for OS X

-- Additional AppleScripts to automate tasks such as using dropfolders to automatically translate and email files todifferent recipients.

-- Updated MacLinkPlus Deluxe interface

Pricing and Availability

MacLinkPlus Deluxe is available immediately from DataViz at www.dataviz.com. It sells for $79.95. Customers who own a previous version can upgrade to MacLinkPlus Deluxe 14 for $39.95.

Aug 11 - Minolta Introduces Next Generation Single Lens-Reflex 5 Megapixel Digital Camera. Building upon the success of Minolta Corporation's highly acclaimed DiMAGE 7 series of digital cameras, Minolta introduces the new 5 megapixel SLR-type DiMAGE A1 digital camera. The DiMAGE A1 was designed with today's creative digital photographer in mind.

Featuring the world's fastest AF speed among 5-megapixel SLR-type digital cameras, a fast built-in f/2.8 - 3.5 7x optical zoom lens, a top shutter speed of 1/16,000 of a second, dual-focal macro system, extra-fine image-quality option, Minolta's new CxProcess II and 3-D Predictive Focus Control, Subject Tracking AF, Anti-shake function, and compatibility with portable and studio flash systems, the Minolta DiMAGE A1 exploits the power of digital imaging by providing the tools photographers need to express their creativity and solve visual problems. In addition, Minolta has also introduced new remote imaging software for use with the DiMAGE A1, the new DiMAGE Capture software, for enhanced creative capabilities.

"The new DiMAGE A1 digital camera represents the next generation in quality and performance from Minolta," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "The DiMAGE A1 is built for creative digital photographers who demand the highest quality images and versatility in a compact, easy-to-use camera."

The new DiMAGE A1 is built around a high-precision electro-optical system designed to maximize image quality. The system starts with a 5.3 megapixel 2/3-type progressive primary-color CCD with 5.0 million effective pixels for fine high-resolution images. The DiMAGE A1 uses 14-bit A/D conversion to record the richness and infinite subtleties of light.

The Minolta DiMAGE A1's fast f2.8 - f3.5 7x optical zoom lens is an advanced apochromatic (APO) lens employing anomalous dispersion (AD) glass to minimize chromatic aberration at all focal lengths and produce sharp, contrasty images. With a focal range of 7.2mm to 50.8mm, it is equivalent to a 28mm to 200mm 35mm zoom lens. The DiMAGE A1 zoom has a dual-focal macro system that allows the lens to be set at the wide-angle or telephoto position to take advantage of different focal lengths.

For photographers who demand high-quality images, new image-quality and image-size settings have been added to the Minolta DiMAGE A1. The extra-fine image-quality option produces a high-quality JPEG file with little compression or loss of detail. And the new 2080 x 1560 image size gives photographers the ability to switch between 5 megapixel, 3 megapixel, and 2 megapixel images smoothly.

Featuring continuous AF, the Minolta DiMAGE A1 uses Minolta's new 3-D Predictive Focus Control to track the subject from when the shutter-release button is pressed all the way down until the exposure is made ensuring optimum focus. Subject Tracking AF uses the 3-D Predictive Focus Control system to lock on to and track a subject as it moves through the frame. And, Minolta's Flex Focus Point adds unlimited versatility to the DiMAGE A1's AF system. Flex Focus Point is a single crosshair sensor that can be placed anywhere within the field of view. With the camera on a tripod, photographers simply use the four-way key of the controller to position the Flex Focus Point on the subject; the AF system will use that point for each exposure.

The DiMAGE A1 incorporates Direct Manual Focus (DMF). After the AF system has focused and locked on the subject, the focus can be fine-tuned manually. The camera's new Flex Digital Magnifier (FDM) can enlarge a section of the live image by two or eight times so sharpness can be judged in manual focus or when using DMF.

This is Minolta's first digital camera to employ CxProcess II, Minolta's new image-processing technology. CxProcess II controls the essential image qualities of color, contrast, and sharpness while minimizing noise.

The camera's new Anti-shake function minimizes the effect of camera shake, a slight blurring of the image when the camera is handheld, to provide the sharpest image possible. The continuous-advance drive modes make it possible to record action as it unfolds. Three JPEG or five 5-megapixel RAW images can be captured at a rate of 2 frames per second. And, at the heart of the DiMAGE A1 is a new high-speed image-processing LSI for increased performance. Power consumption has also been greatly reduced.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

Aug 11 - Minolta Introduces New 3.2 Megapixel DiMAGE Z1. Minolta Corporation introduces the stylish new 3.2 megapixel DiMAGE Z1 - the first in a series of easy-to-use powerful Single Lens-Reflex (SLR)-type digital cameras. Designed around and the first digital camera to include Minolta's new built-in 10x Mega-zoom lens, the DiMAGE Z1 possess advanced technology and the world's fastest autofocusing among digital cameras with a built-in 10x or greater optical zoom.* In addition, the DiMAGE Z1 is capable of recording TV-quality 30 frames per second VGA movies.

"The new Minolta DiMAGE Z1 possesses advanced technology and powerful optics so photographers can capture the pictures they want, even high-quality VGA movies. This camera's ease-of-use makes it perfect for the soccer mom on the go and its manual operation and even histogram display appeals to the serious photographer in the family. This compact, stylish digital camera has the imaging tools needed to capture images in virtually any situation," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "And the DiMAGE Z1's breakthrough design and engineering reflects the sophistication and future of digital technology."

The new Minolta 10x Mega-zoom is a fast f2.8 - f3.5 lens allowing fast shutter speeds for sport or natural-light photography. With a focal range of 5.8mm to 58mm, it is equivalent to a 38 - 380mm 35mm camera lens. When combined with the seamless 4x digital zoom, it has an amazing 40x zoom range, equivalent to a 38 - 1520mm lens. To extend the versatility of the powerful 10x Mega-zoom, an optional 0.75x wide-converter is available. And close-up photography is possible with just the press of a button. The camera's Super Macro mode lets photographers focus down to 1.6 inches from the front of the lens.

Such powerful optics combined with a high-resolution 3.3 megapixel 1/2.7 interline primary-color CCD sensor requires a powerful autofocus (AF) system. The new Minolta DiMAGE Z1 employs Rapid AF to ensure sharp images with minimum delay. Rapid AF uses a passive AF sensor to instantly estimate the distance to the subject and the camera's CCD to determine the precise focus point.
The CCD uses a 60 frame per second sampling rate to determine the optimum focus giving the Minolta DiMAGE Z1 the world's fastest AF among digital cameras with a built-in 10x or greater optical zoom. CxProcess II, Minolta's new image-processing technology, is employed to bring out the best in the 3.3 megapixel 1/2.7 interline primary-color CCD.

Although the new DiMAGE Z1 uses complex AF technology, focusing the camera couldn't be easier. Simply place the subject anywhere within the focus frames and the camera will do the rest; an AF sensor is briefly displayed so the subject can be confirmed.

Minolta's new drive mode, Progressive Capture, makes sure photographers never miss a shot. When the shutter-release button is pressed and held down, Progressive Capture begins saving images in the buffer memory.

The DiMAGE Z1 is equipped with Minolta's unique Switch Finder. This unique system allows the camera's LCD monitor to be viewed directly or through the viewfinder. The Real Motion LCD monitor uses a 60 frames per second frame rate. This Real Motion frame rate brings the live image to life by the ability to show action smoothly.

Every aspect of the DiMAGE Z1's performance is pushed to the limit. Startup time is 2 seconds and shutdown time is 2.4 seconds. After focus has been locked, the shutter-release time lag is 0.06 second, comparable to a 35mm SLR film camera. The camera will be ready to capture another image in 1.2 seconds after the exposure.

Significantly smaller than a compact 35mm SLR camera with a built-in flash and zoom lens, this powerful imaging system can easily slip into a fanny pack or hip bag.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

Aug 11 - FirewireDirect Unveils Ultra III FireWire 800 Storage System. FirewireDirect.com Inc. today announces the introduction of the Ultra III 800, the newest in their long-established and popular Ultra Series of FireWire 3.5" desktop hard drive systems and the first in this line to employ the new, faster FireWire 800 data interface.

It is the second announcement of an 800Mbps hard drive product from FirewireDirect in as many weeks, propelling the company to a position as the early frontrunner in the transition to consumer FireWire "B" products. FirewireDirect was the first FireWire dedicated company when they debuted over 3 years ago, and with the release of their FireWire 800 PCI card and a series of cables became the first company to ship FireWire 800 products to consumers two months ago.

FireWire 800, or 1394b, is a new, faster FireWire standard rolling out in highly anticipated new products from FirewireDirect. The improved standard offers dramatically increased speeds and enhancements that will be immediately attractive to digital video and audio producers, multimedia creators and every personal computer user demanding cost-effective and speedy storage for the digital life style.

FirewireDirect now offers two desktop hard drive systems capable of the new performance standards.

The new Ultra III 800 employs the Oxford 922 FireWire 800 chip, and has a dual USB 2.0 and FireWire interface. It boasts a sleek, Titanium styled chassis, ships with FireWire and USB cables, installs easily with no special drivers, includes drive formatting software for both Windows and Mac, and is available and shipping now in Enclosures and a series of high-performance drives up to 320GB.

The StingRay 800, another 800 Mbps FireWire drive (also with USB 2.0) was announced last week and has already become a popular seller for FirewireDirect.

Both drives are providing speeds of up to an over 50MB/s, even on modest machines, and are visible at the company's Web site: www.firewiredirect.com.

Aug 11 - Serious Internet Security Incidents Predicted for 20% of Companies. With more than 600 million individuals worldwide now on the Internet, cybercriminals are taking advantage of users, enterprises and unsecured systems to usher in a new era of high-profit, low-overhead crimes, according to Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).

Gartner analysts said that through 2005, 20 percent of enterprises will experience a serious (beyond virus) Internet security incident. These crimes are targeting information and intellectual property. While the majority of enterprises will not face such an attack, companies must still take the proper precautions. Being a victim of one of these security incidents could be much more costly for enterprises if they don't protect themselves.

"It takes only one unsecured machine on a network to create potential risk for everyone else," said Richard Hunter, vice president and Gartner Fellow. "The risks and the costs of defenses are high, and the trend is moving both upward."

Gartner's assessment is that, at its highest level within the enterprise, information security's top vulnerabilities are:

-- Fundamentally insecure commercial software

-- An inadequate patch update model

-- Misguided users who believe crime happens to "someone else"

While companies try to address those security issues, a number of new technologies will add to their challenges. Web services will produce discontinuities in new application security. Unsecured wireless LANs represent a serious point of potential failure for enterprise networks, and instant messaging is creating worrisome holes.

"As enterprises turn their collective attention away from tactical security issues stemming from homeland security initiatives and back to infrastructure security, they will witness an evolution from after-the-fact improvements to more secure and thus more expensive products," said Victor S. Wheatman, managing vice president for Gartner.

For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

Aug 10 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.

Weekly Comparison. Another very good weekend to go out and buy a new desktop or laptop computer.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

Best Buy is offering 24 month no-interest financing on all desktop and laptop purchases, and $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages and laptops.
Circuit City is offering $150 mail-in rebates on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
CompUSA has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete 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 computer manufacturer. 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).

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.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.4 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$429
+$10
Best Buy
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz system with 15" flat panel, and DVD-R/W
$899
-$60
Circuit City
2. Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.4 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel, DVD-CD-R/W, and HT Technology
$999
-
Circuit City
3. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.6 GHz complete system with 17" monitor, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
$1039
-
Best Buy
4. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.6 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
$1499
-
CompUSA, Circuit City
5. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.8 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
$1759
-
Best Buy
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines 2400+ complete system
$389
Best Buy
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq 2800+ complete system with 17" monitor and DVD-RW
$869
Best Buy
3. Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq 3000+ system with 17" monitor and DVD-RW
$899
CompUSA
1. Best Low-cost Laptop

HP Athlon XP 2200+ with DVD/CD-RW

$850
Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA ($899)
2. Best Low-cost Laptop

HP Athlon XP 2400+ with DVD/CD-RW

$999
Best Buy
3. Best Low-cost Laptop

Compaq Athlon XP 2400+ with DVD/CD-RW

$1049
Best Buy, Circuit City, CompUSA ($1099)
1. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
HP 2.6 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD - RW
$1549
-
Circuit City
3. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Widescreen 2.8 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1849
-
Best Buy, CompUSA ($1899)
4. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Intel Centrino 1.3 GHz Widescreen with DVD/CD-RW
$1449
-
Best Buy, CompUSA ($1499)
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$59
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 160 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$99
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 250 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$199
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9600 128 MB DDR
$149
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Verto GeForce FX 5600 128 MB DDR
$179
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X multiformat DVD-RW
$269
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA

 

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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 local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

Aug 08 - AMD To Acquire Assets of National Semiconductor's Information Appliance Unit. Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire substantially all of the assets of the Information Appliance (IA) business unit of National Semiconductor (NYSE: NSM) to enhance AMD's Personal Connectivity Solutions group's (PCS) product portfolio. Financial terms of the sale, which is expected to be completed by the end of August, were not disclosed.

Under the terms of the acquisition, AMD would acquire certain intellectual property and assets from National Semiconductor, consisting primarily of the Geode(TM) family of microprocessor products. In addition, it is anticipated that approximately 132 personnel from the IA business unit would join AMD's PCS group.

"With this acquisition, AMD would be the only company with the assets, dedicated resources and strategic vision to deliver a common, industry standard architecture from embedded applications to mobile, desktop and servers," said Hector Ruiz, president and chief executive officer, AMD.

The acquisition would allow AMD to offer the Geode product line in thin client, smart display and set-top box markets among others. The Geode product family includes an integrated silicon and system solution set designed with embedded x86 processors optimized for power and performance.

"With this acquisition we intend to expand our commitment to our current customer base and markets, while creating new opportunities for AMD to extend the x86 architecture into new low power and high performance applications as the market demands, " said Billy Edwards, vice president and general manager, Personal Connectivity Solutions group, AMD. "Customers are asking us to simplify their options - and our vision is to deliver a single industry-standard architecture that can be optimized for all form factors. We look forward to warmly welcoming the IA team to AMD. The addition of the talented IA team is expected to accelerate our ability to deliver value to our existing customers and in new markets."

"This deal makes sense for both companies," said Brian L. Halla, National's chairman, president and CEO. "This allows National to focus on growing our core analog business and improving our returns. At the same time, AMD will be able to leverage the Geode technology through their existing manufacturing and marketing infrastructure. We intend to work with AMD to ensure a rapid and successful transition for our customers."

For more information about AMD products, visit www.amd.com.

Aug 08 - SBC Communications to Deploy Wi-Fi Hot Spots in 6,000 Venues. SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE:SBC) today announced a groundbreaking initiative to deploy more than 20,000 Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) hot spots in 6,000 venues over the next three years and create an integrated Wi-Fi and third-generation (3G) wireless service to deliver unprecedented coverage that enables customers to enjoy a comparable broadband experience at home, in the office and on the road.

The new Wi-Fi service, to be called FreedomLink(SM), will be available by the end of 2006 in more than 6,000 hotels, airports, convention centers and other venues throughout the SBC 13-state region. SBC companies plan to augment this extensive deployment through a roaming agreement with Wayport, Inc., a leading Wi-Fi service provider. The roaming agreement will give SBC customers access to Wayport services in more than 650 locations nationwide, including 565 hotels, eight airports and 75 restaurants. Wayport will also provide services that include Wayport's access control and customized SBC splash pages. To give subscribers access to additional hot spots, SBC companies will also pursue roaming agreements with other Wi-Fi service providers.

"SBC companies have a legacy of aggressively deploying important emerging technologies that our customers want, and our Wi-Fi deployment continues that tradition," said Edward E. Whitacre Jr., SBC chairman and CEO. "What sets us apart from other companies currently offering Wi-Fi is the breadth of our deployment strategy, the pricing flexibility and our history of reliable service that we'll bring to consumers and businesses. With our existing network infrastructure, Cingular assets, brand awareness and large base of DSL customers, SBC companies are in the best position to meet the growing demand for a consistent, wireless broadband experience."

Leveraging Existing Network Infrastructure

To address customers' need for access to corporate LANs, the Internet and broadband applications, SBC companies will use their various assets to deploy the Wi-Fi hot spots. Where possible, the companies plan to use their public telephone infrastructure to establish access points and use SBC DSL or T1 service to transport data from the access point to the network.

Capital costs and fixed expenses associated with deploying the hot spots will be relatively low. By using the existing SBC network infrastructure, the companies will be able to deploy Wi-Fi quickly and cost-effectively.

SBC companies plan to deploy more than 1,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in several hundred venues by year-end, more than 9,000 hot spots in 2,000 venues by the end of 2004 and more than 20,000 hot spots in 6,000 venues by the end of 2006. The company will continue deploying hot spots after 2006, and the availability of an integrated Wi-Fi and 3G service will further enhance the customer experience.

Building Upon Current Wi-Fi Success

SBC companies are already a significant player in the Wi-Fi market, and the public hot spot deployment will build upon the success they have experienced with enterprise and residential customers. Today, SBC companies provide wireless LANs to businesses and colleges, and home Wi-Fi gateways to SBC Yahoo! DSL customers.

"We're currently selling 2,000 home Wi-Fi gateways a day," said Wilkins. "Our aggressive efforts to enable SBC Yahoo! DSL and enterprise customers to enjoy the benefits of wireless broadband access have paved the way for the FreedomLink service. Now, customers can come to one source to get a single, consistent broadband experience in the home, office or on the road."

SBC Communications Inc. (www.sbc.com) is one of the world's leading data, voice and Internet services providers.

Aug 08 - Komodo by ActiveState Wins ''Best Development Tool'' at LinuxWorld. At the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo this week, ActiveState(TM) was honored with a Product Excellence Award for Komodo, the company's professional integrated development environment (IDE) for open source languages.

Named "Best Development Tool" by IDG World Expo, in conjunction with the UniForum Association, Komodo provides a powerful workspace for editing, debugging, and testing applications on Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl, XSLT, and numerous other languages.

The Product Excellence Awards recognize major areas of innovation in the Linux and open source community. Komodo was selected over products from finalists including Sun Microsystems, Zend Technologies, BUGOPOLIS, and Trolltech. PureMessage(TM), the company's anti-spam and content filtering solution, was also recognized with the "Best Sys Admin Tool" award.

"The Komodo development team works hard to ensure that Komodo runs as well on Linux as it does on Windows, and it's gratifying to see Linux users value our efforts," said David Ascher, Komodo Technical Lead, ActiveState. "Long-time Linux users are among our most valuable customers, because they realize the impact they can have on product evolution. At the same time, some of our most avid customers are ex-Windows users in search of an intuitive development environment on Linux, or cross-platform users who appreciate that Komodo looks and feels the same on all platforms. Komodo will continue to evolve to meet the individual development needs of these groups."

Komodo's key features include an advanced, language-aware editor with features such as background syntax-checking and auto-completion; an easy-to-use, yet powerful debugger; Source code control; CGI emulation; and templates. The program runs on Linux and Microsoft Windows. More information is at www.ActiveState.com/Komodo.

Aug 08 - Simple Star Announces PhotoShow Deluxe. Simple Star, Inc., creators of easy to use consumer software, announced today the availability of PhotoShow Deluxe. This new digital photography software suite for PC users makes it simple for anyone to get control of their digital photos, get creative with their memories, share photos with the people that they care about and order prints online.

With PhotoShow Deluxe, even new digital camera owners and novice computer users can quickly organize their photos, edit and print with ease. In addition, PhotoShow Deluxe allows users to easily create musical shows with their digital photos and music. Users can either choose songs from their own MP3 collection or select from 100 licensed songs included in the application.

"Digital photography should be fun for everyone," said Chad Richard, chief executive officer of Simple Star, Inc. "PhotoShow Deluxe presents an ideal balance of powerful features and ease of use for today's digital photographer. This complete photo suite makes it easy for anyone to edit, print at home, order prints directly through online photo services such as Snapfish, create musical slideshows set to their favorite music, share their creations online and much more."

Raj Kapoor, president of Snapfish, a leading online photo service, noted, "Using PhotoShow Deluxe to order prints of your favorite digital photos from Snapfish couldn't be easier. Simple Star truly understands how to make software that is powerful, innovative and at the same time very user friendly."

When a user installs PhotoShow Deluxe, the photos on their computer are automatically placed into albums within PhotoShow Deluxe, eliminating the often confusing process of getting started.

PhotoShow Deluxe is available for $49.99 and can be downloaded at www.simplestar.com.

Aug 08 - Bitstream Releases Thunderhawk Version 1.08. Bitstream Inc. (Nasdaq:BITS) announced today the availability of version 1.08 of ThunderHawk(TM), its wireless Web browsing technology. This release adds support for all members of the iPAQ family of personal digital assistants (PDAs) to date, including the h1900, h2200, and h5000 series, for the new Toshiba e350 device, and for supported devices now running the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 operating system.

"Lately Pocket PC users have been discovering the wireless potential of their PDA. Whether you use a wireless connection at home or on the road, a good Internet browser is a must. Even though Pocket PC comes with Internet Explorer, you'll see only a portion of most Web pages," said president of Executive Databases and personal technology writer William Hungerford.

His bottom line is, "If you want a true Web experience like you get on a PC, try ThunderHawk. This is definitely a Pocket PC surfer's dream product."

"ThunderHawk lets users work quickly and easily with Web-based e-mail and applications," explained Anna Chagnon, president of Bitstream. "And our large virtual 800x600 screen size emulates the view people are used to on desktop machines. As the PDA market evolves and our ThunderHawk development progresses, we will continue to add aggressively to the portfolio of handheld devices we support," she added.

How It Works

ThunderHawk is available for a free 30-day trial and for purchase by monthly or annual subscription. Customers who have a Pocket PC can download, test-drive, and purchase ThunderHawk from the Bitstream Web site. To take full advantage of new features, existing customers can also upgrade versions on the site, located at www.bitstream.com/wireless.

 

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