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Daily Computer News and Rumors

December 01-08 2002

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.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Daily Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news. Previous Daily Computer News articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Dec 08 Sunday Shopping Watch
Dec 06 AMD Raises Fourth Quarter Sales Expectations
Dec 06 Despite Flat Spending, 2003 Will Be a Battle for PC Dominance
Dec 06 PDAs Will Challenge Tablet PC Sales
Dec 06 U.S. Robotics Announces Commitment to 802.11g Standard Technology
Dec 06 ADS Technologies to Demo New DV Capture & Storage Solutions
Dec 05 AMD Announces AMD Assured Motherboard With ASUS, NVIDIA
Dec 05 Hitachi Introduces "Reduced Size MultiMediaCard"
Dec 05 EZQuest Offers 52x CD-RW Drives for PCs and Macs
Dec 05 TDK Systems Improves Free Bluetooth Mobile Phone Software
Dec 05 Toshiba Develops Nano-Scale Random Number Generator
Dec 04 Intel Compilers Pave the Way for Hyper-Threading Technology
Dec 04 Canon Introduces PowerShot S45 Digital Camera
Dec 04 PGP 8.0 Announced for Windows and Macintosh
Dec 04 Best Buy Survey Shows Popularity of Technology Gifts
Dec 04 America Online Brings McAfee Anti-Virus Services To AOL Members
Dec 03 ATI Announces PCI ALL-IN-WONDER VE
Dec 03 Worldwide Chip Sales Continue Growth
Dec 03 Black Friday Rings-Up 4th Highest Sales Amounts for 2002
Dec 03 Symantec Survey Reveals Growing Concerns Over Spam
Dec 03 Other World Computing Releases Faster CD and DVD RW Drives
Dec 02 ATI Ships RADEON 9500 PRO
Dec 02 HP Claims No. 1 Worldwide Position for UNIX, Windows and Linux Servers
Dec 02 ATI's MOBILITY RADEON Processors Available in Apple Notebooks
Dec 02 Visioneer Announces 2 Megapixel Digital Cameras Starting At $99
Dec 01 Sunday Shopping Watch

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Dec 08 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. It's another very good weekend to go out and buy a new computer. Prices were even lower this week than last week. Details follow.

Laptops - Low-end and high-end laptops prices were lower than last week.

Desktops - Prices on almost all desktop PCs were lower.

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 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They also have 12 month no-interest financing on all laptops. In addition, they are offering mail-in rebates of $100-$200 on all desktop packages and laptops.
Circuit City is offering $100 instant gift cards for all Intel processor desktop packages and laptop purchases.
Office Depot has 6 months no payments, no interest financing for new computer purchases over $298.
CompUSA is giving 12 month no interest financing for desktop complete systems and laptops $749 and higher. They are also offering $100-$150 mail in rebates on AMD XP processor laptops, Intel Pentium 4 processor laptops, and Intel processor desktops with monitors.
Staples is offering $100 mail-in rebates an all desktops and laptops..
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
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.7 GHz complete system
$699
+$100
Best Buy, CompUSA
1. Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.0 GHz system with 17 inch monitor
$799
-
Staples
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.40 GHz complete system with 17 inch LCD
$999
-
CompUSA
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.53 GHz complete system
$1199
-
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 2200+ complete system
$999
-
Office Depot
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Sony 2400+ complete system
$1149
CompUSA
Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1500+ with DVD/CD-RW
$749
-
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-$150
CompUSA
2. Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
-$400
Best Buy
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex DVD+R/CD-RW
$229
(after rebates)
+$29
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 48X CD -RW
$59
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Linksys Powerline Router
$79
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 8500 LE 64 MB
$69
(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.

Dec 06 - AMD Raises Fourth Quarter Sales Expectations. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced it is raising its financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2002 based on stronger than expected PC processor demand and continued strength in AMD high-density Flash memory products.

AMD is currently projecting fourth quarter sales to approach $700 million, an increase of approximately 35 percent over third quarter 2002 sales of $508 million. AMD had previously stated an expected sales increase of 20 percent or more in the fourth quarter of 2002 compared to the third quarter ended September 29, 2002.

The company said its Flash memory product sales, particularly in the high-end mobile phone market, continued to be strong. AMD also forecasted better than expected sales across its PC processor line, the result of a more competitive and richer product mix and increased seasonal demand for personal computers.

AMD will report its fourth quarter 2002 results on January 16, 2003. For more AMD news, visit www.amd.com .

Dec 06 - Despite Flat Spending, 2003 Will Be a Battle for PC Dominance. World economic conditions and the threat of war in the Middle East may be keeping technology markets down, but the top PC vendors are gearing up for a serious battle in 2003 to gain dominance and make up for a lackluster year, according to new PC vendor and market research from Giga Information Group, Inc. (OTCBB: GIGX).

According to the recent report, "Quarterly PC Vendor and Market Update: Fourth Quarter 2002," the current tier-one vendors -- Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM and Toshiba -- are all aggressively going after the few buyers our there. And with the successful execution of the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger to date, gains made during the merger proceedings by Dell and Toshiba may be vulnerable. IBM, meanwhile, is banking on utility computing through its On Demand initiative, which could emerge as a strong move against Dell and Microsoft.

"There has been no major event that will drive money back into the PC segment, but on the positive side, recent financial results from HP and Dell are better than expected, indicating there are grounds for an improved financial outlook for 2003," said Giga Vice President and Research Fellow Rob Enderle.

Dell continues to drive hard in the PC segment and remains best in class in terms of financial performance, making it the company against which all other PC companies are measured, according to Enderle. It also has the strongest small form-factor desktop PC in terms of industrial design showing new and surprising strength in this area.

"This may be enough to eliminate much of the marginal design advantages, if this new focus on design transitions to the laptop space, enjoyed by IBM, HP and, in some cases, Toshiba," said Enderle. "The only real risk is one of fighting on too many fronts. Dell has entered the handheld computer segment, printer segment and networking equipment segment in the same time period, which could become an issue for it since two of these markets require skills it has yet to demonstrate."

HP's financial performance was significantly better than expected in the third quarter, showing better than expected merger execution so far. "It lost the market share lead to Dell in this segment but appears to be slowing the erosion," said Enderle. "Like Dell, HP is expected to roll out a new hardware line early next year and if its market-leading tablet is any indicator, this could be an attractive product set."

According to recent market share numbers, Toshiba is an even bigger success than Dell and has once again taken over the lead in laptop mindshare if not market share.

"In what can be described only as a massive recovery still in process, Toshiba arguably has the strongest designs in the notebook computer space in the current quarter," said Enderle. "With both Dell and HP slated to renew their lines early next year, it is not clear if Toshiba can hold this leadership position but we don't expect it to be overwhelmed either. However, one thing is certain -- Toshiba is back, and back with a vengeance."

IBM, meanwhile, has just rolled out its On Demand computing initiative, which elegantly positions IBM as the leader in a future where computing technology is delivered as a utility.

"This is one of the more likely futures and we believe it could emerge as a strong move against Dell and Microsoft," said Enderle, adding that it also appears to forecast a period when IBM will be out of the PC business -- around 2008 -- if the future it anticipates becomes the norm. So while next year looks to be a heated battle among the top-tier PC vendors, longer term the future of personal computing looks to be much different as economic recovery takes place and technologies such as modular and utility computing take hold.

"In that potential future world, most of the other vendors would likely have to drop out as well," said Enderle. "We see a much stronger emergence of desktop equipment from large-scale equipment manufacturers that are not at all similar to the mostly private-branded PCs of today."

For additional information, visit www.gigaweb.com.

[InfoHQ Comment: Not sure what all of this means, e.g. "Toshiba is an even bigger success than Dell and has once again taken over the lead in laptop mindshare...", but I thought most of it was interesting reading. Ed]

Dec 06 - PDAs Will Challenge Tablet PC Sales. New Tablet PCs have been introduced to take on the corporate market. Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) projects the IA (Internet appliance) market value to increase to $14 billion in 2002, up from $13 billion in 2001. Over the longer term, the IA market is forecast to grow to $32 billion by 2007.

Many devices in the IA market suffered from misdirected marketing at the outset. As vendors try to re-position products to compliment PCs in the home, rather than replace them, their acceptance and use will catch on.
Microsoft's Tablet PC re-invents pen-based computing in the workplace and may be the needed boost in the arm to lagging PC sales. Wireless solutions will gain attention as broadband access becomes more widespread. Although IA devices will experience faster growth rates, they will not overtake PC shipments over the forecast period.

"Microsoft's commitment to the Tablet PC will bring mobile computing to a new class of corporate users. These corridor warriors will account for revenues of nearly $10 billion by 2007" said Laraine Tunick, Analyst and report author. "However, handwriting recognition and form factor issues will need to be addressed in future releases after road testing. The Tablet PC will also have to fend off advances being made by personal digital assistants (PDA) as devices with mobile and wireless functionalities proliferate."

IAs also represent a point of convergence for PC technology and consumer electronics. Home entertainment systems and home appliances will increasingly incorporate functionality allowing Web surfing and communications. Price constraints will be an issue until vendors find a way of either reducing their costs or subsidizing them with additional services.

Allied Business Intelligence Inc is an Oyster Bay, NY-based technology research think tank Details can be found at www.alliedworld.com.

Dec 06 - U.S. Robotics Announces Commitment to 802.11g Standard Technology. U.S. Robotics(R) announced today its commitment to forthcoming IEEE 802.11g standard-based wireless local area network (WLAN) products. Ratification of the 802.11g standard is scheduled for March 2003, when U.S. Robotics' 54 megabits per second (Mbps) 802.11g wireless family will be available for purchase through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners worldwide.

"In continuing its legacy of providing first-class industry standard products, U.S. Robotics will deliver the most technically advanced products that meet the IEEE 802.11g specification," said Kevin Goulet, director of product management for U.S. Robotics. "We will not rush to market before the IEEE 802.11g standard is ratified in the March 2003 timeframe, because pre-standard products cannot be guaranteed to be fully compliant with the final 802.11g specification."

Goulet added that U.S. Robotics upcoming 54 Mbps industry standard equipment would remain fully compatible with all 802.11b Wi-Fi devices and interoperable with its current 22 Mbps family.

U.S. Robotics comprehensive wireless networking suite includes products designed for quick and easy installation and allows users to securely share Internet access, files and printers. Its products are capable of networking multiple PCs without the hassle of running cables or wires, expanding an existing 802.11 wireless network or creating a new WLAN.

U.S. Robotics is privately held and headquartered in the Chicago area. For further information regarding the company and its products, visit www.usr.com.

Dec 06 - ADS Technologies to Demo New DV Capture & Storage Solutions. ADS Technologies, Inc., a leader in FireWire/IEEE 1394 devices, today announced that it will demonstrate three new PYRO 1394/FireWire products at DV Expo West, Los Angeles: PYRO DV Drive, PYRO DV RaidRT, and PYRO A/V Link.

PYRO DV RaidRT

PYRO DV RaidRT is a hardware-based FireWire RAID array enclosure designed for DV content designers who edit, create and store large mission-critical video projects. The PYRO DV RaidRT provides more reliable storage and faster speeds than a single hard drive alone.
PYRO DV RaidRT is a four-bay RAID enclosure that accommodates Ultra ATA 100 hard drives; these drives are converted to FireWire/IEEE 1394 using internal dual channel RAID controllers. PYRO DV RaidRT utilizes an Intel i960(R) RM RISC Microprocessor and also includes 64 MB SDRAM for cache memory.

Availability

PYRO DV RAID will be available through ADS Technologies' network of online and retail channels worldwide late December at an estimated street price of US$1500 without drives. For more information, visit (URL) http://www.adstech.com.

PYRO A/V Link

PYRO A/V Link is a 1394/Firewire-based universal video capture device designed for both analog and digital video. Video projects are no longer limited by incompatible video formats. With the PYRO A/V Link, users can now combine their older analog collections with newer digital videos, then output to either analog or digital format.
The external 1394/FireWire device captures analog video through RCA, S-VHS or Component Video to DV video format. Video can then be transferred to a computer where it can be edited and then output to DV or analog tape, or saved as MPEG2 then burned in DVD format. PYRO A/V Link includes Ulead VideoStudio 6 DVD (Full Version) for editing, adding video filters, transition effects, video overlays, narration, background music and more.

PYRO A/V Link also enables users to connect analog and digital devices without a computer. Users can record from a digital video camera to a VHS recorder and tape to make distributing and sharing video simple. Users can convert between devices (from DV to Analog or Analog to DV) without using a computer.

Pricing and Availability

PYRO A/V Link will be available through ADS Technologies' network of online and retail channels worldwide in late December 2002. Pricing for the complete hardware/software package will sell for an ESP of US$249.

PYRO DV Drive

With the push of a button, the ultra-portable PYRO DV DRIVE enables videographers to capture digital video files directly from their DV camcorder to its hard drive via 1394/FireWire without having to connect to a computer. PYRO DV Drive features a 20 GB high performance hard drive and a built-in lithium ion rechargeable battery enclosed in a sleek silver and charcoal grey case about the size of a PDA.

PYRO DV DRIVE features a 20 GB 2.5" IDE hard drive and the Oxford 911 chipset from Oxford Semiconductors. With a record/stop button, users can transfer digital video to the drive via FireWire while the DV camcorder is either in record or playback mode. This simplifies the process and eliminates the need for software-based video capture. It can accommodate up to one hour and 40 minutes of digital video, which can be imported via FireWire to any non-linear editor for PC or Mac.

PYRO DV DRIVE Pricing and Availability

PYRO DV DRIVE will be available through ADS Technologies' network of online and retail channels worldwide late December 2002 at an ESP of US$599.

For more information, visit www.adstech.com.

Dec 05 - AMD Announces AMD Assured Motherboard With ASUS, NVIDIA. AMD (NYSE:AMD) has teamed with ASUS and NVIDIA to offer the ASUS A7N266-VM/AA motherboard, a mainstream micro-ATX motherboard certified in the stringent AMD Assured(tm) Program.

The ASUS motherboard will offer customers enterprise class performance with NVIDIA's nForce platform processors and GeForce(tm)-based graphics processing unit (GPU).

The AMD Assured Program classifies a select group of AMD processor-based motherboards to help ensure long-term availability of motherboards that provide reliable components, planned technology transitions, and manageable platforms for use in commercial desktop systems. AMD Assured motherboards have passed AMD's stringent manageability and validation tests, and are available for use in commercial offerings.

"The AMD Assured Program ensures that system builders have a reliable source for commercial components enabling them to deliver quality systems that will provide ongoing stability, longevity and compatibility that business customers demand," said Ed Gasiorowski, director of AMD developer relations, Computation Products Group. "The new ASUS motherboard shows AMD's commitment to bringing our commercial customers world-class technology and enhanced value."

"ASUS is committed to delivering stable, manageable platforms to our commercial system builders," said Cathy Yu, Marketing Director of ASUS Computer International. "We designed the A7N266-VM/AA platform with our customers' needs in mind, helping them build systems that lower their total cost of ownership by providing a mainstream solution with outstanding components."

"The NVIDIA nForce platform processors incorporate high-level features, including the GeForce2 MX GPU, that are integral to commercial computing environments," said Drew Henry, senior director of platform product management at NVIDIA. "Businesses using the ASUS A7N266-VM/AA motherboard benefit from a system that can drive the high-resolution displays required for today's advanced corporate applications, including complex spreadsheets, graphic-heavy documents, and live Internet/Intranet Webcasts."

AMD Assured motherboards comply with Microsoft's System and Device Requirements 2.0, incorporate the essential management elements of Wired for Management 2.0, and provide an interoperable solution in any networked environment. In addition, the AMD Assured Program requests motherboards be available in the market for at least 12 months.

For more information, visit www.amd.com.

Dec 05 - Hitachi Introduces ``Reduced Size MultiMediaCard ''. Hitachi Semiconductor (America) Inc. today announced the Reduced Size MultiMediaCard , approximately half the size of the existing MultiMediaCard, while boasting the same level of data storage capacity. The small, rugged removable cards are an ideal data storage medium for mobile devices including next-generation mobile phones and PDAs, and portable imaging products such as digital cameras.

To meet the growing demands for smaller size memory devices with large data storage capacity and high speed processing performance, Hitachi built the compact size cards in 16-, 32- and 64-Megabyte (MB) densities, using Hitachi's unique multi-level cell (MLC) AND flash technology. The RS-MMC only weighs 0.8 g, with dimensions of 18 mm x 24 mm x 1.4 mm. The size advantages also enable the cards to be used as ultra-compact built-in memory modules that can be easily added or replaced.

The RS-MMC devices achieve write speeds of 1.0 MB/sec, equal to Hitachi's current industry-leading MultiMediaCards. At the same time, the new cards achieve very low power consumption, with a read current of 28 mA (typ.) and a write current of 33 mA (typ.) to help extend the battery life of power sensitive mobile devices. By snapping on a simple mechanical adapter, the RS-MMC can be used for products designed for standard-size MultiMediaCards.

Specifications for the RS-MMC were approved by the MultiMediaCard Association (MMCA), the MultiMediaCard standardization body recently. (http://www.mmca.org/). Hitachi's cards are the first commercial models of RS-MMC, featuring the world's smallest flash card in response to the needs of downsizing end products and the future advent of even smaller, wearable devices.

Hitachi plans to release 128- and 256-Mbyte models in the latter half of 2003.

MultiMediaCard is a trademark of Infineon Technologies AG of Germany, and is licensed to the MMCA (MultiMediaCard Association). Hitachi is an MMCA board member. www.mmca.org. For more information, visit: www.hitachi.com.

Dec 05 - EZQuest Offers 52x CD-RW Drives for PCs and Macs. EZQuest is now shipping its new, super-fast Boa 52x24x52 external CD-RW drives for Macs and PCs.

The FireWire version can burn a 74-minute CD in 90 seconds. The USB 2.0 version can match this speed when used with a USB 2.0 enabled computer. Both drives can re-write a CD in 3.08 minutes, and their 52x read speed is the fastest available on a CD recorder.

In addition, they feature a 2MB buffer size and buffer under-run technology to eliminate under-run errors in fast-write modes. These high-speed drives can be moved from computer to computer without restarting or rebooting -- and are ideal for data archiving and desktop publishing, and for MIDI and recording studio applications.

The Boa 52x drives are housed in light-gray, streamlined cases and are fully shielded with 0.6 metal. They come ready to use, and include a built-in universal 50-watt auto-switching power supply, a cable and software (Charismac for Mac and Nero for PC burning software).

The drives are compatible with Mac OS 8.6 plus later (9.2) and OSX versions, as well as WIN 98SE and later versions, including XP. They have a one-year warranty and are priced at $189 MSRP. A downloadable Boa 52x spec sheet and a list of dealers is available at www.ezq.com.

Dec 05 - TDK Systems Improves Free Bluetooth Mobile Phone Software . TDK Systems has introduced software that allows Bluetooth devices to exchange voice, images and data. This enables a wide variety of new applications such as Internet Telephony. The software's Audio capability allows users to make international phone calls at local ISP rates by using a Bluetooth headset with their PC and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

TDK Systems' Bluetooth application, version 1.3, supports the latest MMS mobile handsets, allowing users to wirelessly transfer images between picture phones, laptops and PCs. By transferring pictures via Bluetooth from a phone to a PC - free of charge - the new generation phones immediately evolve from being the source of larger bills to a convenient and ubiquitous digital camera.

A Personal Area Networking (PAN) profile also allows users to set up an ad hoc network incorporating up to eight devices, simultaneously. This enables users to exchange files, graphics and pictures without cables, or even set up a small wireless network in a small office/home office (SoHo) environment.

"Ease of use and presentation are very important - TDK Systems' R&D team has worked long and hard to ensure that people don't have to be technical wizards to use Bluetooth technology," said Nick Hunn, managing director at TDK Systems. "In fact, we've installed a 'wizard' in the software that prompts users with straightforward questions to allow them to do whatever they want to do with wireless connections."

TDK Systems has also improved the Bluetooth pairing process so that users can connect devices more easily. A Bluetooth Hardcopy Cable Replacement Profile (HCRP) enables users to print on Bluetooth-enabled printers in the same manner as any other printer.

The software is packaged with new TDK Systems Bluetooth PC Cards and USB Adapters. The thousands of users who have already invested in these devices can obtain a free download of version 1.3 from www.tdksystems.com.

Dec 05 - Toshiba Develops Nano-Scale Random Number Generator. Toshiba Corporation today announced development of an ultra-compact real random number generator (RNG) that is dramatically smaller and more power efficient than other real RNG, and that can be used in small mobile equipment that transmits and receives encrypted information.

Hacker-proof encryption is essential for e-commerce and secure information exchanges. The most effective encryption algorithms rely on random numbers, and on a high quality random number generator that assures non-periodicity and non-reproduction of the numbers generated.
However, real random number generators, which rely on random physical phenomenon, are so large and consume so much power that their use has been limited to large-sized computers and PCs. Mobile terminals have had to rely on pseudo-RNG, which require additional circuitry to assure the quality of random number generation. Such circuitry impedes miniaturization.

Toshiba developed its ultra-compact real RNG through development of a nano-scale structure that uses the phenomenon of the characteristic appearance of a single electron in a semi-stable location. In practical terms, this achieves a real RNG that is only one hundred millionth of the size of conventional real RNG. Reduced size is complemented by a significant reduction in power consumption, to a level of only one ten millionth that of other real RNG.

Toshiba's random number generator

The new RNG circuit is shrunk down to one square micron (1 micron x 1 micron), approximately 1/100,000,000 that of current real physical phenomenon RNG. Power consumption is 1.5nanowatt, approximately 1/10,000,000 of that of current high-quality real physical phenomenon RNG.

Note: 1 nanometer = one billionth of a meter

1 nanowatt = one billionth of a watt

Toshiba can be found online at www.toshiba.com.

Dec 04 - Intel Compilers Pave the Way for Hyper-Threading Technology. Intel Corporation today introduced updated tools to help software developers optimize applications for Intel's expanding family of architectures with key innovations such as Intel's Hyper Threading Technology.

Version 7.0 of Intel(R) C++ and Intel(R) Fortran compilers for Windows* and Linux* can improve the performance of applications for Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2, Intel(R) Xeon(TM) and Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor-based systems up to 40 percent when compared to compilers currently available from other vendors.**

Software developers use compilers to translate a programming language, such as C++ or Fortran, into the machine language understood by the processor. A more efficient compiler results in better application performance. Intel's compilers are designed to help software developers deliver improved performance for their applications running on Intel-based computing and communication systems.

"Intel compilers enable software developers to make their applications more competitive with improved performance," said Jon Khazam, director of Intel's Software Products Division. "Intel's high-performance tools are also compatible with leading development environments for Windows and Linux."

Because of Intel's expertise in processor architecture, its compilers have been highly optimized for the Intel Itanium 2, Intel Pentium 4 and the Intel Xeon processors, resulting in a better compiled application for faster operations. Types of applications that will achieve enhanced performance when built using Intel compilers include commercial, transaction-oriented computing, computationally intensive financial, engineering and scientific applications, digital media, gaming and special effects.

Intel's compilers also help developers produce multi-threaded applications and take advantage of Intel's Hyper-Threading technology. Threading is a software development technique that identifies tasks that can be done simultaneously. Intel's Hyper-Threading technology enables a single physical processor to create a simulated logical processor to run multiple tasks at the same time.

Version 7.0 of the Intel C++ Compilers for Windows and Linux are now available for the suggested list prices of $399 each. Version 7.0 of the Intel Fortran Compilers for Windows and Linux are now available for the suggested list prices of $499 and $699 respectively. The compilers are available today from Intel and resellers worldwide for download and will be available on CDROMs by the end of the month.

More information is available at www.intel.com/software/products.

Dec 04 - Canon Introduces PowerShot S45 Digital Camera. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon, Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), continues to strengthen its position in the digital camera marketplace with the introduction of the new PowerShot S45.

The PowerShot S45 is the successor of the award-winning PowerShot S40 and is aimed at the advanced user who wants full photographic control in a compact digital camera. The new model joins one of the largest branded selections of digital cameras in the industry ranging from the economical PowerShot A200 to the feature-packed PowerShot G3.

The 4.0 megapixel Canon PowerShot S45 features a high-resolution 3X f/2.8 optical zoom lens and a compact, silver-toned aluminum exterior for a rich and elegant appearance.
In addition, the S45 includes Canon's exclusive "DIGIC" Imaging Processor to help improve overall image quality, increased processing speed and enhanced camera features including a 9-Point AiAF autofocus system for faster and easier focusing; 9-position White Balance; selectable metering modes for precise exposure in almost any shooting condition; selectable Second-Curtain sync flash; an improved Movie Mode that captures clips up to 3 minutes apiece with sound; and Direct Print capabilities with Canon's CP-100 dye-sublimation printer and several Canon Bubble Jet Printers.

"The new PowerShot S45 is an excellent example of Canon's philosophy of offering unique digital camera features and outstanding performance at every price point," says Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A. "Canon will continue to provide consumers with the most attractive selection of digital cameras on the market."

The PowerShot S45 will be available in December and have a suggested retail price of $649. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Dec 04 - PGP 8.0 Announced for Windows and Macintosh. PGP Corporation, the recognized worldwide leader in secure messaging and data storage solutions, today announced the release of PGP Enterprise 8.0, PGP Desktop 8.0, and PGP Personal 8.0 for Windows and Macintosh. These new products offer significant advancements to current PGP offerings, including substantial new features.

PGP Desktop 8.0 for Windows includes Windows XP and XP Office support; new enhanced user interface, directory integration with Microsoft Active Directory, iPlanet Directory Server, Novell NDS, OpenLDAP Keyserver, Novell GroupWise 5.5 and 6.0 messaging client.

PGP Desktop 8.0 for Macintosh includes full support for Mac OS X (10.2 and later); new enhanced user interface; plug-in for Apple Mail that supports PGP/MIME (RFC 3156); Microsoft Entourage integration; dock and services integration; expanded Unicode support for multiple language and country support in keys and data; PGP Disk format compatibility between Mac OS X and Windows; encrypt using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in PGP Disk

PGP Enterprise 8.0 includes additional decryption key (ADK) management for safe enterprise data encryption; automatic key setup/generation, certificate request, approval, retrieval, smart card integration; silent pre-configured installs for easy mass deployment; automatic LDAP policy and keyring synchronization; extensive policy integration between PGP Keyserver and PGP Desktop.

PGP Personal 8.0 includes PGP Disk and PGP Mail for individual users that do not require such enterprise features as integration with Exchange, Notes, or GroupWise servers, access to higher levels of Support, or Upgrade Insurance.

PGP Freeware 8.0 includes PGP Mail only, without plug-ins for use with email or instant messenger clients, for personal non-commercial use only.

"When we announced the formation of PGP Corporation just 16 weeks ago, we focused on three things: technology continuity, building customer relationships, and innovation," said Phil Dunkelberger, President and CEO of PGP Corporation. "In our announcement today, we are delivering PGP 8.0, a significant technology update and expansion of our product line for both businesses and individuals. We remain committed to building what our customers need to protect their confidential information."

Pricing and Availability

PGP 8.0 is available and is shipping immediately. Subscription pricing for PGP Enterprise (PGP Disk, PGP Mail, PGP Admin, PGP Keyserver) begins at $125 per seat. Subscription pricing for PGP Desktop (PGP Disk and PGP Mail) begins at $80 per seat. A promotional price of $39 is available for PGP Personal (PGP Disk and PGP Mail) through the holiday season. More information is available at www.pgp.com.

Dec 04 - Best Buy Survey Shows Popularity of Technology Gifts. Technology will play a large role in the holidays this year -- from family bonding to gift giving. According to a national Best Buy survey, this season, people will use technology to bond with loved ones by watching holiday movies together on DVD players/VCRs (72 percent); listening to holiday music together on CD players (68 percent); talking to friends and family on wireless phones (64 percent); and capturing special moments via digital cameras/camcorders (57 percent). So it's no surprise that tech gadgets top America's holiday gift wish list this year. The No. 1 most-wanted tech gifts are digital cameras/camcorders (33 percent), followed by laptops (30 percent), DVD players (28 percent) and TVs (21 percent).

All in the Family

For many, the best holiday memories involve watching classic films with family. And according to the survey, movies can reflect real life. Thirty percent say the movie "It's a Wonderful Life" best represents what their family is like during the holidays. Others say their holidays are full of chaos and humor as in "Christmas Vacation" (23 percent); all about the perfect gift as in the movie "A Christmas Story" (16 percent); and a mixture of "ba-humbug" and enjoying family time as in "The Grinch" (15 percent).

Shop `Til You Drop

It will be a movies and music holiday for shoppers, as nearly 70 percent will buy DVDs and CDs as gifts. More than half of people (52 percent) hope to give or receive a DVD player, with many likely purchasing some of this year's new movie titles, including: "Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and "Austin Powers 3: Goldmember." Twenty one percent want to create their own "movies" by receiving digital cameras/camcorders.

One out of four gift givers (25 percent) plan to wrap up MP3 players/CD players, and hot-ticket tunes from Paul McCartney's latest CD and the new "James Bond Die Another Day" soundtrack are sure to make "must-have" lists. Also notable, 35 percent plan on buying stereo equipment and gaming systems for loved ones.

Holiday Spending

Sixty percent of people plan to spend the same amount of money on holiday gifts as in 2001. More than any other age group, 25 to 34 year olds plan to spend more this year than last year (32 percent). In 2002, more than half (54 percent) of people will spend up to $600 and 20 percent will spend more than $1,000.

However, for those looking to save money, purchasing one large family gift instead of individual gifts may be the best solution. Top gifts people consider purchasing for the whole family include: flat/big screen televisions (32 percent), DVD players (20 percent), laptops (16 percent) and gaming systems (8 percent).

Something Fun for Everyone

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be stressful, even with "hard-to-buy-for" people on the list. According to the survey, the following tech toys are perfect gifts for people of all ages: DVD players (28 percent), digital cameras/camcorders (24 percent), digital TVs (17 percent) and notebook computers (16 percent).

For more information about Best Buy, visit www.bestbuy.com.

Dec 04 - America Online Brings McAfee Anti-Virus Services To AOL Members. America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, and Network Associates (NYSE: NET), a leading provider of network security and availability solutions, today announced that America Online will offer online anti-virus services to AOL members and users of AOL web properties. These new services will be powered by Network Associates' world-class McAfee(R) anti-virus technology and research.

There are two main components of the agreement, designed to extend computer security for AOL members and users of AOL web properties. The first is a "Basic" service that will deliver free virus scanning of all emails that will be integrated into the AOL service (domestic and international), as well as CompuServe(R), Netscape(R) and AOL.com(R). The email service will automatically scan attachments to incoming and outgoing emails and attempt to fix any attachments found to have known viruses.

The second component is a new "Premium" subscription service that extends the virus protection beyond e-mail to the user's personal computer (PC) system. This heightened level of security will offer AOL subscribers an additional layer of protection while keeping with AOL's hallmark ease of use. While the "Basic" service will secure the e-mail that travels through AOL, the "Premium" service will scan the user's PC system for viruses and attempt to repair and/or remove infected files that originated from the Internet, disks and CD ROMs.

Because several new viruses are discovered every month, up-to-date virus protection is critical. In keeping with AOL's ease of use, both services will be regularly and automatically updated, in an effort to create a safer and more secure computing environment -- all the while saving users the burden of manually downloading anti-virus updates themselves.

Both services are scheduled to launch in the first half of 2003. Pricing details for the premium service will be available at that time.

McAfee's managed Web security services employ a patented system and process of delivering software through an Internet browser to provide these services to users online through its Web site www.mcafee.com.

Dec 03 - ATI Announces PCI ALL-IN-WONDER VE. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) announced the new ALL-IN-WONDER(R) VE, now shipping to retail outlets across North America.

ATI's newest value multimedia video card, ALL-IN-WONDER VE, is available for USD$129.00.

"There are many low cost PCs available on the market today for well under $1000, many without an AGP port. The ALL-IN-WONDER VE enhances any low cost PC by drastically improving the graphics performance and giving the PC the richest multimedia capabilities on the market today," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc.

"According to NPD Intelect, sales of PCI video cards in September 2002 accounted for 36 percent of the total card volume. ALL-IN-WONDER VE is designed to deliver a variety of multimedia TV and game graphics features for this PCI upgrade market."

ALL-IN-WONDER VE provides the following value-packed features:

-- ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER version 7.9 is backed by ATI's
industry-leading multimedia software expertise and offers a
full range of critically-acclaimed multimedia functions
including improved DVD playback, new Tranquility 'skin',
MULTIMEDIA CENTER Library, support for SVCD compliant video
capture, and more;

-- 125-channel stereo TV-tuner;

-- Enhanced TV-ON-DEMAND(TM) PVR for instant replays, pausing
live TV or recording live broadcasts for later viewing;

-- Gemstar's GuidePlus+ provides an intelligent free integrated
program guide (North America only) allows user to view and
search TV listing by category, actor/performer, or date.
Schedule and record programs at the click of a mouse - all the
benefits of a PVR without the monthly fees;

-- Pinnacle Studio 8 (ATI Version) is a full-featured product
with additional ATI-based bonuses and delivers powerful
features for consumer video editing;

-- ATI's THEATER(TM) 200 for exceptional video and stereo audio
quality viewing during live TV and video input and capture -
all based on technologies from ATI's digital television
research and development;

-- 64MB (megabyte) DDR (double date rate) memory for quality 3D
graphics and gaming;

-- Analog Video capture and editing including DVD authoring
compatibility;

-- Security/monitoring camera functionality (using attached
separate camera);

-- Video output to NTSC/PAL TV or VCR as an independent display
within Windows;

-- Support for the ATI's REMOTE WONDER(TM) (sold separately);
and,

-- Backed by quality ATI customer support and a 3-year limited
warranty.

For more information, visit www.ati.com.

Dec 03 - Worldwide Chip Sales Continue Growth. Global semiconductor sales reached $12.5 billion in October 2002, a 1.8% sequential increase from the $ 12.3 billion in revenue reported in September 2002 and a 20% increase from the $10.4 billion total recorded in October 2001.

"If there are any doubts remaining about the strength of the global chip industry, a healthy recovery continues as we move into the fourth quarter," stated SIA President George Scalise. "Having achieved three quarters of continually rising growth, including 5.6% in the first quarter, 5.8% in the second and 8.2% growth in 2002's third quarter, our forecast calls for moderation in the year's final quarter, consistent with normal year-end patterns - steady but sustainable growth across broad product sectors."

The wireless sector is growing the most briskly. New subscriber growth continues to break previous norms in Asia, and replacement units now account for more than half of all cellular handset sales, as consumers seek to replace older units with new phones offering additional features and functionality. Flash and Digital Signal Processors were up 6.9% and 4.4% in the month.

PCs continue to be the single largest consumer of semiconductors and currently account for 30% of total chip consumption, making this a closely watched sector. In the month, DRAM sales were up 1.2%, while microprocessor revenue rose 6.5%.

"The price of a bit of DRAM fell by more than 99% between 1995 and 2002, to the tremendous benefit of the consumer," stated Scalise. "An average, retail desktop PC that cost $1800 in 1995 cost $950 in 2002, yet had 50 times the power, 20 times the speed, and the added functionality of a modem, graphics, CD ROM and DVD."

Chip sales rose 1% in October in the Asia-Pacific market and sales were up 2% in Japan. Semiconductor sales in Europe grew 6.2% led by a strong wireless market, while sales in the Americas rose .5%, as electronic equipment production continues to migrate from US-based facilities to the Asia Pacific region.

The SIA's Global Sales Report (GSR) is a three-month moving average of sales activity. The GSR is tabulated by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization, which represents approximately 66 companies. The moving average is a mathematical smoothing technique that mitigates variations due to companies' monthly financial calendars.

More information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.

Dec 03 - Black Friday Rings-Up 4th Highest Sales Amounts for 2002. The traditional first day of the holiday shopping season, Black Friday, or the day after Thanksgiving, produced one of the highest online retail sales days for the year according to BizRate.com.
Black Friday produced a spike in online sales as $234.2 million was spent, a 61% increase over November 23, 2001 which was last year's Black Friday, according to BizRate.com's feedback monitoring network of over 2,000 online retailing merchants.

Online spending has been brisk in November, with month-to-date (November 1-29) sales up by 37% to $5.4 billion, compared to the same period last year. This year's gain is even more impressive considering that Thanksgiving occurred six days earlier last year. Therefore, the online holiday shopping period had six more days last year when compared to this year.

"Consumers in this ho-hum economy are ho-ho-ho-ing about the number of deals and special offers made available to them this year," said Chuck Davis, president and chief executive officer of BizRate.com, the leading comparison shopping site on the Web. "All over the Internet, consumers are finding better prices, free shipping, and more retailers wooing consumers' limited budgets this season." BizRate.com's site alone has over 140 free shipping sites featured this week, about 20% more than the same time last year.

The virtual shopping aisles have been abuzz as Computer Hardware, Electronics, and Toys & Games categories were among the top growth categories on Black Friday. The most searched for products in those categories on Black Friday included Digital Cameras, Camcorders, and Action Figures.

While Monday November 25th was the busiest online shopping day this year, ringing-up $263.4 million in sales, BizRate projects that Monday December 9, 2002 will be the peak online shopping day with sales of $387.7 million. Last year, the peak shopping day was December 10, 2001 with $253.8 million in sales. The second and third busiest shopping days this year were Tuesday November 26th and Monday November 20th, with $260.9 million and $245.9 million in spending respectively.

BizRate.com forecasts holiday sales of $8.0 billion this year versus 2001's holiday sales of $6.4 billion. For the fourth quarter, BizRate.com projects a 35% increase to $16.8 billion versus the same quarter last year.

BizRate.com can be visited at www.bizrate.com.

Dec 03 - Symantec Survey Reveals Growing Concerns Over Spam. According to a recent survey of 1,000 consumers conducted for Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, by InsightExpress, spam is a growing problem at home and work and is considered offensive, time-consuming, and difficult to control.

"At best, spam is annoying; at worst, it's objectionable and a real threat to productivity and resources," said Steve Cullen, senior vice president, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "As consumers face a steady increase in spam e-mails every day, it is clear that unsolicited e-mail is a problem that must be addressed if users are to continue to enjoy the benefits of online computing."

The survey measured consumers' experience with spam as well as their general and specific concerns about receiving unsolicited e-mail. According to the survey, 37 percent of respondents receive more than 100 spam e-mails each week at home and work, with 63 percent receiving more than 50 spam messages weekly.

Sixty-nine percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that spam is generally harmful to e-mail users. Another 77 percent of respondents with children under the age of 18 noted that they are concerned or very concerned about their children reading spam. Eighty-four percent agreed or strongly agreed that spam places a burden on their individual time. In addition, 65 percent of respondents reported spending more than 10 minutes each day dealing with spam; 24 percent reported dealing with it for more than 20 minutes per day.

Respondents also ranked their specific concerns about spam. Pornographic or otherwise inappropriate spam content was considered the primary concern by 38 percent of respondents. Thirty-six percent responded that it takes too much time to delete or unsubscribe to spam messages. Tying for the third-most prevalent complaint about spam, with 18 percent of respondents each, was that it takes up limited computer and e-mail resources, it is difficult to unsubscribe to or block, and it is unsolicited and unwanted.

Respondents also indicated that the volume of spam they are receiving is on the rise; 74 percent reported that it is increasing while only 4 percent said it is decreasing. While agreeing that spam is a current and growing problem, 42 percent of respondents also reported that they didn't use a spam filter.

Norton Internet Security 2003 includes Norton Spam Alert, which filters out incoming junk mail from Microsoft Outlook Express, Eudora, Netscape Messenger and other POP3 e-mail clients. It detects spam messages and flags them as spam in the subject field. Users can then set a rule to automatically file spam messages in a specified folder or simply delete the message.

For more information, visit www.symantec.com.

Dec 03 - Other World Computing Releases Faster CD and DVD RW Drives. Other World Computing (OWC) today introduced six new models of its popular Mercury-brand external optical storage line. Offered with FireWire and USB/FireWire compatibility options, add-on software, writable and re-writable media, and complete one-year warranties, these drives are more than hardware devices -- they are high-value, high-speed information storage solutions.

The CD Read/Write (R/W) solutions come with Roxio Toast 5.2.x Lite, 25 pieces of CD write once/read many media, and one piece of rewritable media and all necessary cables. The 44x24x44 CD/RW models also come with Yamaha Safe-Burn & Exclusive Disc T@2 Labeling Technology, while the 48x12x48 models come with Lite-On SMART-BURN technology.

The Mercury DVD R/W solutions ship with CharisMac Discribe 5.x, five pieces of DVD-R 2X Media in Jewel Case, 25 pieces of CD-R media, one piece of CD-RW media, and all the necessary cables.

"Our new Mercury optical storage drives make data and file management more efficient and more affordable than ever before," said Larry O'Connor, president and chief executive officer of OWC. "These drives have started selling at a pretty good clip before we even had a chance to formally announce them. This validates both the high-value/performance level of these drives, as well as the fact that people are doing more and more with their computers, increasing the need for faster file transfer rates and larger data storage capacities."

Designed to work with both Macintosh and Windows-based personal computers, the OWC Mercury and Mercury Pro drives weigh approximately 7 pounds, have the speed to transfer large quantities of data very quickly and the capacity to store thousands of MP3 files, hundreds of large digital images, and/or backup an entire internal hard drive.

Pricing for the new drives is as follows:

-- OWC Mercury Pro 48x12x48 CD-RW External FireWire Solution - $139.99

-- OWC Mercury Pro 48x12x48 CD-RW External FireWire & USB 2.0/1.1 Combo Solution - $159.99

-- OWC Mercury Pro 44x24x44 CD-R/W FireWire Solution - $229.97

-- OWC Mercury Pro 44x24x44 CD-R/W FireWire/USB 2.0+1.1 Solution - $249.97

-- OWC Mercury DVR-105 DVD-R/RW + CD-R/RW FireWire Solution -$439.95

-- OWC Mercury Pro DVR-105 DVD-R/RW + CD-R/RW FireWire & USB 2.0/1.1 Combo Solution - $459.95

The Mercury and Mercury Pro optical storage solutions are available exclusively from OWC at www.macsales.com.

Dec 02 - ATI Ships RADEON 9500 PRO. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced that the RADEON(TM) 9500 PRO is now shipping to leading retailers and add-in-board partners worldwide. Based on the highly acclaimed RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO visual processing unit (VPU), the RADEON 9500 PRO brings many high-end features, including Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 support, to the performance mainstream market.

"ATI is dominating in every market segment with the addition of RADEON 9500 PRO to the holiday line-up," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "Over the past couple of months, ATI has revolutionized the graphics industry with the sheer power and performance of the RADEON 9700 PRO. Now, ATI is continuing to lead the industry by bringing DirectX(R) 9.0 to the performance mainstream market."

Microsoft's DirectX(R) 9.0 is the platform for which many game developers are creating their new titles. ATI's RADEON 9500 PRO, RADEON 9500 and RADEON 9700 are the only products that allow performance mainstream users to access high-end DirectX(R) 9.0 features this holiday season.

With DirectX(R) 9.0 support, eight rendering pipelines, 275/540 clock speed, and 128-bit memory architecture, the RADEON 9500 PRO crushes the nearest competing product in performance and visual quality - making it the best graphics card for the performance mainstream market.

The RADEON 9500 PRO is available from ATI and from the company's add-in-board partners.

For more information about the RADEON 9500 PRO and ATI's award-winning holiday product line, visit www.ati.com.

Dec 02 - HP Claims No. 1 Worldwide Position for UNIX, Windows and Linux Servers. HP (NYSE:HPQ) has taken the No. 1 position in total worldwide UNIX(R) server revenue and has maintained the No. 1 position in Standard Intel Architecture Servers revenue for the third quarter of calendar year 2002, according to figures released today by market research firm IDC.
HP also is No. 1 in total worldwide server shipments (30.3 percent), shipping more than twice as many servers as IBM. In addition, HP leads the emerging Itanium(R)-based server market with 80 percent of market revenue.

HP took the No. 1 spot over a dropping Sun in total worldwide UNIX servers with 32.9 percent market share. Additionally, it gained 15.8 market share points sequentially (35.6 percent) to take the No. 1 position in high-end worldwide UNIX server revenue, demonstrating the success of HP Superdome servers and AlphaServer supercomputers over competitive high-end offerings.
HP's high-end worldwide UNIX revenue increased by 33.9 percent from Q2 to Q3 2002 as compared with Sun's revenue, which decreased by 44.8 percent, and IBM's, which was down by 57.9 percent in the same period.

In the high-volume worldwide market for Standard Intel Architecture Servers (SIAS), industry-standard HP ProLiant servers continue to hold a commanding No. 1 position with 32.2 percent of market shipments, more than 10 percent over its nearest competitor. In the United States, HP remains No. 1 in customer revenue market share for industry-standard servers with 33.3 percent.

HP continued its leadership in Windows(R)-based server shipments, with HP ProLiant servers holding 35 percent customer revenue market share worldwide. In the important emerging category of blade servers, the HP ProLiant BL family held 53.9 percent unit share worldwide, setting the pace for competitors trying to enter this segment. HP also maintained its long-standing No. 1 position in the rapidly growing Linux server market across all server platforms with 31.7 percent customer revenue market share worldwide.

"HP continues to dominate the highly competitive industry-standard server category in both unit and revenue market share worldwide," said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager, HP Industry Standard Servers.
"We are showing solid gains in unit share sequentially in EMEA, where we hold No. 1 market share in every country, and in Latin America as well. With our commitment to leadership worldwide in four-way, eight-way and the emerging blade server market, we are well-armed to continue to drive the success of ProLiant servers further in the data center."

HP maintained its dominant No.1 position in worldwide midrange UNIX servers, again gaining share with 42.5 percent of worldwide market revenue and shipping more than half of all servers in this segment. By comparison, Sun lost 40.4 percent revenue sequentially in this market segment. In the entry-level worldwide UNIX market, HP maintains a No. 2 position, narrowing the gap for the No. 1 spot with Sun, which lost 7.4 percent market share sequentially.

"HP's strength in the UNIX market is shown by our No. 1 positions in total, high-end and midrange worldwide UNIX revenue," said Scott Stallard, senior vice president and general manager, HP Business Critical Systems. "At this critical time in the market, HP's results, in contrast to some of our competitors', show solid customer acceptance and a positive trend for the future."

More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

Dec 02 - ATI's MOBILITY RADEON Processors Available in Apple Notebooks. ATI's (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSE:ATY) award-winning, industrial-strength mobile visual processor, the MOBILITY(TM) RADEON(TM) 9000 with up to 64MB of integrated DDR RAM is now available in Apple's elegant and powerful Titanium PowerBook G4 notebook, and the powerful MOBILITY(TM) RADEON(TM) 7500 with up to 32MB DDR RAM is now available in the world's most popular consumer and education portable, the Apple iBook.

"The MOBILITY RADEON 9000's version 1.4 pixel shaders bring exciting new special effects to Apple's mobile users, while the MOBILITY RADEON 7500 accelerates 3D visual effects and enables crisp full frame-rate DVD video to deliver a truly immersive multimedia experience to consumers" said Reuven Soraya, Director of Marketing, Mobile Business Unit, ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI is delighted to be working closely with Apple to deliver impeccable 3D graphics and an outstanding overall visual experience to Apple's PowerBook G4 and iBook customers."

"The Titanium PowerBook G4 and the new iBook deliver cutting-edge features in stunning, thin and light portable designs," said Greg Joswiak, vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. "By choosing the world's fastest, most feature-rich mobile graphics processors for both the PowerBook and iBook, we're delivering best-in-class graphics performance to our professional and consumer portable customers."

The MOBILITY RADEON 9000 is the world's most powerful mobile visual processor, and is the first and only mobile visual processor to support version 1.4 pixel and vertex shaders, which deliver breathtaking realism to the latest 3D games.
The MOBILITY RADEON 7500 graphics processor brings all the features and performance of a desktop PC to the notebook space, including lightning-fast 3D acceleration, superior video editing capability, smooth DVD (digital versatile disc) playback, integrated TV-out, multi-monitor support, and the ability to run the industry's most graphics-intensive applications.

All of the new Titanium PowerBook G4 and iBook models take advantage of Quartz(TM) Extreme in Mac OS X Jaguar. Quartz Extreme uses the OpenGL-based graphics engine rather than the G4 processor to accelerate the compositing and rendering of 2D, 3D, and QuickTime content. The entire desktop becomes a fully accelerated OpenGL scene to dramatically improve overall system performance and make the graphical user interface more responsive. For all-day mobile use, the new notebooks also offer industry-leading battery life.

For more information, visit www.ati.com.

Dec 02 - Visioneer Announces 2 Megapixel Digital Cameras Starting At $99. Visioneer, Inc., a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced three new entry-level digital cameras -- the Visioneer MX 200, Visioneer MX 230 and Visioneer LX 200. The lightweight and easy-to-use cameras are designed specifically for the entry-level digital photographer desiring to take digital pictures affordably.

"Not everyone who wishes for a digital camera is ready to spend hundreds of dollars, especially with visual technology changing so fast," said Murray L. Dennis, Visioneer's president and CEO. "Our new digital cameras offer a great value for someone who takes pictures casually or who wants to venture into digital imaging for the first time. It also will make a great second camera for your spouse or kids."

All three cameras offer multi-megapixel resolutions capable of generating sharp, richly colored photos and prints up to 8 x 10 inches. The MX 200 and LX 200 are true 2.0 megapixel cameras with digital zoom for $99.99 after instant rebate, while the MX 230 is a true 2.0 megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom for $179.99 after instant rebate.

The Visioneer MX 200 is available immediately at OfficeMax. The Visioneer LX 200 is available at Tiger Direct, PC Connection and from Visioneer's Web site at www.visioneer.com.
The suggested retail price of the MX 200 and the LX 200 is $99.99 after $30 instant rebate through the holidays. The Visioneer MX 230 will be available in the next 30 days from Visioneer's Web site and through authorized retailers, computer superstores, on-line services and mail order catalogs. Its suggested retail price is $179.99 after $20 instant rebate.

Dec 01 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. It's another very good weekend to go out and buy a new computer. Prices were even lower this week than last week. Details follow.

Laptops - Low-end and high-end laptops prices were lower than last week.

Desktops - Prices on almost all desktop PCs were lower.

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 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They also have 24 month no-interest financing on all Pentium 4 desktop packages and 12 month no-interest financing on all laptops. In addition, they are offering mail-in rebates of 100-$150 on all desktop packages and laptops.
Circuit City is offering 12 month no-interest financing for all laptop and desktop package purchases. They are also offering instant $100 gift cards for all Pentium 4 processor desktop packages and for all laptop purchases.
Office Depot has 6 months no payments, no interest financing for new computer purchases over $298.
CompUSA is giving 12 month no interest financing for desktop complete systems and laptops $749 and higher. They are also offering $100 mail in rebates on AMD processor desktop packages and $200 mail in rebates on AMD processor laptops.
Staples is offering 12 month no interest financing for purchases over $798.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

New Oct 27 ** Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Celerons. The 1.7 GHz Celeron has replaced the 1.4 GHz and slower Celerons in the low-end retail market. As the 1.7 GHz Celeron is socket compatible with the Pentium 4, it is potentially upgradeable to faster Pentium 4 processors. The older 1.4 GHz and slower Celerons cannot be upgraded without a conversion kit.
Again, most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot, no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade, and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have integrated video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another 3 years.
If you choose the $600 Celeron system to save a few bucks, keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Laptops - AMD Duron, AMD Athlon 4, and Intel Pentium III laptops should only be purchased at significant discounts. These processors have been superseded by the newer mobile AMD Athlon XP+ and the Intel Pentium 4-M processors.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 12 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. 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 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
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.7 GHz complete system
$599
-$100
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.0 GHz system with 17 inch monitor
$799
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Staples
2. Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.0 GHz complete system
$999
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CompUSA, Circuit City
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.40 GHz complete system
$1099
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Best Buy
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system
$1249
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Circuit City
3. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system with DVD+RW
$1349
-$150
Best Buy
4. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 3.06 GHz build-to-order system with 17 inch monitor
$1349
-$150
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 2000+ build-to-order system with 17 inch monitor
$649
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Staples
Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2200+ build-to-order complete system
$899
Staples
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Sony Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1049
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Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba Celeron 1.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1049
-$100
CompUSA
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1449
-$50
Circuit City
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1549
-$50
CompUSA
3. Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1999
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Circuit City
Peripherals
Worst Sunday Deals
Older Laptop Models
Many stores are dumping older laptops at new prices
All Stores
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex DVD+R/CD-RW
$199
(after rebates)
Staples
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 60 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

$59
(after rebates)

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Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 48X CD -RW
$45
(after rebates)
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Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 52X CD -RW
$59
(after rebates)
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Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Raptor 64 MB GeForce 4 Ti4200
$99
(after rebates)
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CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4600 128 MB DDR
$279
(after rebates)
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Circuit City

 

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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.

 

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