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Daily Computer News and Rumors

February 01-07 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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Feb 07 Apple Unveils Faster and More Affordable Power Macs
Feb 07 Apple Unveils Spring iMacs
Feb 07 Broadband Could Cost AOL Billions, Says Strategy Analytics
Feb 07 Security Biometrics Provides Heightened Security for Microsoft Windows Users
Feb 06 Smallpox Research Grid Project to Link More Than Two Million Computers
Feb 06 Applied DNA Sciences Introduces DNA-tagged Anti-counterfeit Label Technology
Feb 06 Industry Leaders Launch Desktop Linux Consortium
Feb 06 Nokia Introduces N-Gage Mobile Game Deck
Feb 06 Worldwide Broadband Modem Revenues Fall 11 Percent in 2002
Feb 05 AMD Ships Athlon MP Processor 2600+
Feb 05 Fujitsu Unveils Multimedia Notebook Featuring DVD-RW Drive for $1,399
Feb 05 Fujifilm Introduces 256MB xD-Picture Card for Digital Photographers
Feb 05 ``PictBridge'' Industry Standard Adapted for Direct Printing From Digital Still Cameras
Feb 05 Panicware announces Pop-Up Stopper Free v3.0
Feb 04 Sharp Adds Two New Monitors to Its LCD Line-Up
Feb 04 Canon Announces Two-Picoliter Six-Color Photo Printer
Feb 04 Kano Technologies Launches Retail DVD+RW/R USB 2.0 Packages
Feb 04 Canon Announces Desktop Performance in New i70 Portable Printer
Feb 04 Global Chip Sales Up 1.3% in 2002
Feb 03 AMD Announces April Launch Date For Opteron Processor
Feb 03 JVC Introduces World's First Consumer High Definition Camcorder
Feb 03 Home Networks in Demand by Broadband Users
Feb 02 Sunday Shopping Watch



Feb 07 - Apple Unveils Faster and More Affordable Power Macs. Apple® today announced the fastest and most affordable Power Mac® G4 line ever featuring a choice of a single 1 GHz, dual 1.25 GHz or dual 1.42 GHz PowerPC G4 processors with prices ranging from $1,499 (US) to $2,699 (US).
The new line also features FireWire® 800 and has internal support for 54Mbps AirPort® Extreme and Bluetooth wireless networking.

Apple also unveiled its stunning new 20-inch Cinema Display®, priced at just $1,299 (US), and announced significant price reductions to its entire flat-panel display line.

“With dual 1.25 GHz performance priced at only $1,999 plus our new 20-inch Cinema Display priced at just $1,299, Apple is delivering unprecedented value to our professional customers,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. “With Firewire 800 and support for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth, the new Power Macs are the ultimate systems for the digital professional.”

Based on Apple’s advanced Xserve™ architecture, including up to 2MB of fast Double Data Rate (DDR) Level 3 cache and 333 MHz DDR memory, the new Power Mac G4 line harnesses the power of Apple’s UNIX-based Mac OS® X “Jaguar” with symmetric multiprocessing capabilities to deliver an incredible 21 gigaflops (21 billion floating point operations per second) of performance.

The Power Mac G4 provides incredible expansion capabilities with five slots, including four open high-performance 64 bit 33 MHz PCI slots and two external drive bays for optical drives. Apple’s SuperDrive™ (DVD-R/CD-RW) optical drive for burning and playing DVDs and CDs, standard on the top configuration, now lets customers record DVDs, CD-R and CD-RW discs up to twice as fast as with previous models.

The new faster Combo (DVD-ROM/CD-RW) optical drive for watching DVDs and burning CDs enables customers to record CD-R discs twice as fast as previous models as well. Offering four 3.5-inch hard disk drive expansion bays with either a 60GB, 80GB or 120GB Ultra ATA/100 hard drive running at 7200 rpm, the Power Mac G4 now has a 180GB drive option.

The new Power Mac G4 also adds a new high-speed FireWire 800 port, the next generation high-speed serial interface, in addition to two FireWire 400 ports and four USB 1.1 ports.
With a dedicated 4x AGP slot for graphics, the line offers the ATI Radeon 9000 Pro or NVIDIA GeForce4 MX, both with 64MB DDR SDRAM graphics memory and dual display support; optional graphics cards include the NVIDIA GeForce4 Titanium and the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro, both with 128MB of DDR SDRAM. With the industry’s first eight pixel pipelines, the ATI Radeon 9700 Pro is the world’s leading graphics card.

The new Power Mac G4 line also offers the latest in communications with support for high-speed 54Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking, offering speeds up to five times faster than previous wireless technologies, and optional built-in Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to a range of peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs.
Apple’s new iSync software is included, so customers can automatically synchronize address books and calendars between Macs and Bluetooth capable cell phones. The line also offers 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet built-in for the ultimate in Ethernet performance.

Every Power Mac G4 includes Apple’s iLife™ applications, an integrated suite of award-winning software including iTunes™ 3 for managing digital music, iPhoto™ 2 for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie™ 3 for digital movie-making, and iDVD™ 3 for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs (SuperDrive models only).

Pricing & Availability

The single 1 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,499 (US), and dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $1,999 (US), are available now. The dual 1.42 GHz Power Mac G4, for a suggested retail price of $2,699 (US) will be available starting next month. All Power Mac G4 systems are available through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple Retail Stores and through Apple Authorized Resellers.

Feb 07 - Apple Unveils Spring iMacs. CUPERTINO, California—February 4, 2003—Apple® today announced its Spring line of iMac® computers, featuring two new models.

The new 17-inch widescreen model features a 1 GHz PowerPC G4 processor and 133 MHz system bus; 256MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory; a faster 4x SuperDrive™ for playing and burning CDs and DVDs; and internal support for AirPort® Extreme and Bluetooth, for just $1,799 (US). The new 15-inch flat panel model features an 800 MHz G4 processor and is now priced at just $1,299 (US)—$200 less than its predecessor. Apple also announced lower pricing on its line of eMac™ consumer and education computers.

“The 17-inch widescreen iMac is Apple’s top selling consumer desktop, and we’ve just made it faster and more affordable,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of Hardware Product Marketing. “Apple’s new iLife applications are bundled with the new iMacs, making them perfect for digital photography, music, moviemaking and DVD creation.”

Designed around an ultra-compact base, the iMac’s flat panel display appears to float in mid-air, allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch. The 17-inch widescreen and 15-inch flat panel iMacs also offer two FireWire® 400 and five USB ports for fast, simple, plug-and-play connections to digital devices such as digital cameras, DV camcorders and iPods.

The 17-inch widescreen iMac offers the latest in communications with internal support for optional high-speed 54Mbps AirPort Extreme 802.11g wireless networking, offering speeds up to five times faster than previous wireless technologies, and optional internal Bluetooth for wireless connectivity to a range of peripherals such as cell phones and PDAs. Apple’s new iSync software is included, so customers can automatically synchronize address books and calendars between Macs and Bluetooth capable cell phones.

Created for education and consumers, the eMac features a 17-inch flat CRT in a remarkably compact design. Starting at just $999 (US), the eMac is Apple’s most affordable PowerPC G4 system, and the $1,299 (US) model is Apple’s most affordable SuperDrive-equipped computer.

Both flat panel iMac models include Mac OS X “Jaguar,” Apple’s next-generation operating system and Apple’s iLife™ applications, an integrated suite offering iTunes™ 3 for managing digital music, iPhoto™ 2 for organizing and sharing digital photos, iMovie™ 3 for digital movie-making, and iDVD™ 3 for creating and burning Hollywood-style DVDs (SuperDrive models only). Also included is a collection of productivity and entertainment titles such as Quicken 2003 Deluxe, Microsoft Office v.X Test Drive and World Book 2003 Edition.

Pricing & Availability
iMac and eMac desktops are available immediately through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

Feb 07 - Broadband Could Cost AOL Billions, Says Strategy Analytics. A new report, from technology research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics, says that an exodus of top executives, crushing debt, and the biggest annual loss in U.S. business history are only the beginning of the problems facing America Online.

The report, titled, "Can AOL Bridge Its Broadband Gap?" predicts that the world's leading Internet service provider faces potentially huge revenue losses in the next few years as broadband becomes the predominant form of Internet access in the U.S.

"Broadband subscribers account for only about a quarter of the U.S. online audience today," notes James Penhune, a director of the Strategy Analytics Global Broadband Practice. "But by 2005, we expect that half of all online homes will be using broadband connections, most of them provided by cable and telephone companies. AOL may be able to maintain a commanding share of the dial-up audience, but the overall size of this market will have declined significantly."

Competition from broadband service providers isn't the only problem for AOL. Even if it succeeds in upgrading its current customers to broadband, the result will be hundreds of millions in lost subscription revenue.
The company's new "Bring Your Own Access" plan lets consumers who get broadband access from cable or telephone companies add a high-speed version of AOL for an additional $14.95 a month. But since AOL's standard fee for dial-up service is $23.90 a month, each time a customer trades up to broadband it could cost the company nearly $9.00 in monthly revenue. The report speculates that the combination of a shrinking dial-up market and the diminished margins produced by broadband subscriptions revenue could cost the company nearly a billion dollars by 2005.

AOL hopes to create new revenue by selling new premium services to its dial-up and high-speed subscribers. But so far few specifics have been revealed, despite the company's access to print, music and video content owned by the AOL-Time Warner media empire.

"Broadband may be the future, AOL first needs to fix its core dial-up business," Penhune suggests. "Management should make the most of the service's huge base of subscribers by rebuilding ad revenues and establishing more premium services. They may also experiment with prices by adding less expensive options for new customers while boosting rates for the flagship service."

For more information, see www.strategyanalytics.com.

Feb 07 - Security Biometrics, Inc. Provides Heightened Security for Microsoft Windows Users. Security Biometrics, Inc. (OTCBB:SBTI), a technology and acquisition company focused on the rapidly developing field of biometrics, today announced the launch of BIOSign(TM), a biometric signature authentication solution developed to replace text-based password and PIN logon systems in Microsoft Windows 2000 and XP Platforms.
Powered by Security Biometrics' PenFlow(TM) technology, BIOSign(TM) is easily administered and provides greater security than password and PIN-protected systems.

BIOSign(TM) is a highly accurate and secure personal authentication solution. Only the user's unique biometric signature will allow logon access. In addition to increasing security and reducing fraud, BIOSign(TM) maximizes efficiency since users are not required to remember a password or re-key incorrectly typed characters. It is also less invasive than fingerprint identification and not vulnerable to the theft or fraud activity experienced with digital signature identity solutions, PINS, and passwords.

"IT managers have been asking for a product that is specifically designed to offer a biometric signature authentication security solution for Windows Active Directory," according to Robert Solomon, Chief Technology Officer of Security Biometrics. "Additionally, companies continue to focus efforts on preventing unauthorized access to networks and files. BIOSign(TM) is the solution that directly meets all of these needs."

Solomon added, "Organizations are discovering that traditional password-based systems are frustrating for users and are costly to administer. BIOSign(TM) provides a complete and scalable password replacement solution that fully integrates with Active Directory."

Security Biometrics' - PenFlow(TM) technology can almost instantaneously validate an individual's identity to near absolute certainty via biometric signature analysis. Instead of visually examining the written signature itself, PenFlow(TM) analyzes the way in which it is signed.
Pen forces, speeds, and directional vectors are compared against profile data to validate a signature. PenFlow(TM) provides highly accurate identity verification that is critical at airports and border crossings; in financial transactions, such as credit card, ATM and e-commerce purchases; and, as part of the BIOSign(TM) solution, in protected computer access.

About Security Biometrics

Security Biometrics Inc. (OTC-BB:SBTI) www.sigbio.com develops, markets and distributes biometric signature authentication solutions powered by PenFlow(TM), a system based on proprietary patents in which signatures are validated in a quick, non-invasive accurate manner.

Feb 06 - Smallpox Research Grid Project to Link More Than Two Million Computers. IBM, United Devices and Accelrys today announced a project supporting a global research effort that is focused on the development of new drugs that could potentially combat the smallpox virus post infection.

The project will be powered through a massive computing "Grid" that will enable millions of computer owners worldwide to contribute idle computing resources with the goal of developing a wide collection of potential anti-smallpox drugs.

Results from the Smallpox Research Grid Project will be delivered to the United States Department of Defense's Office of the Secretary of Defense.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no specific treatment for smallpox post infection, and the only prevention is vaccination; however, routine inoculation was discontinued following the WHO effort to eradicate smallpox. The Smallpox Research Grid Project will provide leading researchers at Oxford and Essex Universities in the UK and smallpox experts at the Robarts Research Institute, Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and The University of Western Ontario with the computing horsepower needed to identify new anti-viral drugs.

The Smallpox Research Grid Project is based on technologies and services from IBM, United Devices, Accerlys and Evotec OAI. These commercially available technologies and services are currently used by many pharmaceutical and biotechnology drug companies to improve and accelerate their drug discovery and development processes. An emerging technology called Grid computing allows researchers to pool computing resources such as processing, network bandwidth and storage capacity for large research projects.

The project employs computational chemistry to analyze chemical interactions between a library of 35 million potential drug molecules and several protein targets on the smallpox virus in the search for an effective anti-viral drug to treat smallpox post-infection.

"IBM and the other project leaders encourage computer owners worldwide to consider joining in and donating their spare processing power for this worthwhile project to develop a new generation of drugs to combat smallpox," said Tom Hawk, general manager, Grid computing for IBM. "Grid computing is poised to launch a revolution in businesses, with life sciences being one of the key areas that will benefit through faster and more efficient drug modeling and development."

Individuals can participate in the Smallpox Research Grid Project by downloading a screensaver at www.grid.org. The screensaver will unobtrusively donate the computer's idle processing power and link it into a worldwide Grid that will act as a virtual supercomputer capable of analyzing billions of molecules in a fraction of the time it would take in a laboratory.
Once processing is complete, the program will send results back to United Devices' data center, powered by an IBM infrastructure, and will request new data to analyze. The new data will then be analyzed by the individual machine and the results returned the next time the computer user connects to the Internet.

This project falls under the PatriotGrid category of research projects at www.grid.org. PatriotGrid is the world's first public research Grid dedicated specifically to counter bio-terrorism. Participants who sign up at www.grid.org will be able to take an active role in all research projects that fall into this category.

"We've had great success using our massive Global MetaProcessor Grid to target anthrax and cancer research," said United Devices CEO Ed Hubbard. "Helping to identify inhibitors for these targets that could lead to a cure for smallpox in this time frame is only possible using leading applications, an existing infrastructure and a proven grid solution. We're extremely proud to take part in this effort."

Feb 06 - Applied DNA Sciences Introduces DNA-tagged Anti-counterfeit Label Technology. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB:APDN), a provider of proprietary DNA-embedded biotechnology solutions that protect corporate and intellectual property from counterfeiting and fraud, today announced the introduction of the first DNA-tagged label security system in the Northern American and European markets.
With applications for a wide range of consumer and industrial products, DNA-tagged label technology promises to be an effective deterrent to the ever-increasing number of sophisticated worldwide counterfeiters. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (ADNAS) is the exclusive Northern American and European licensee and partner of Biowell Technology, Inc.

This patented biotechnology combines specially processed DNA with anti-counterfeit ink, which can be applied to paper, cloth or plastic labels, garment labels, printed onto logos or on any other surface. Labels are printed with proprietary ink containing a unique authentication DNA code for each manufacturer.
The labels can then be easily tested for manufacturers' authenticity and traced to the authorized point of origin. In addition, these labels can be instantly identified as containing DNA-tagged label technology imprinting with a second level of a proprietary embedded DNA-instant authentication feature. Virtually any item that can be duplicated can be protected with the DNA label technology offering from ADNAS.

DNA anti-counterfeit ink can be applied to labels, and printed onto logos or on any other surface which can then be easily and instantly tested for authenticity. A simple real-time field test can instantly authenticate the presence of the ADNAS's tag. Using a specifically coded and proprietary activation solution stored in a handy one-use swab, a simple wipe of the solution will induce a predetermined color change in the DNA tagged ink used to print the label.
This proprietary biochemical reaction only occurs in the presence of the DNA tag, and cannot be replicated in a fake label product. For further verification, a piece of the label can also be sent to the lab for complete forensic DNA sequence analysis. Other anti-counterfeit features are also added to labels to provide multiple levels of protection, including copy protected pantographs, tamper proof die-cuts, florescent printing, and microprinting.

This cost-effective solution can be adapted to any company's current branding, product tracking, or anti-counterfeiting program. The demand for the proprietary, DNA ink-infused label technology transcends an expansive range of industries, including but not limited to textile, fashion, pharmaceuticals, art, memorabilia, supermarket, drug, and mass merchandised products.

By using bio-engineered DNA as an invisible and highly specific identification tag, forensic-level authentication of a tagged item verifies the manufacturer and source of the product. DNA tagging has the ability to protect brand name products from counterfeiters' tools of the trade, such as precision computer scanning and printing equipment. DNA tagging provides an extremely high counterfeit barrier, because a counterfeiter can never replicate the unique DNA sequence that identifies a tagged object.

"We are eager to introduce the first DNA biotechnology for counterfeit protection into our markets. There is an overwhelming demand for instant detection of counterfeit products, and our true DNA tagged security technology is fool proof," said Larry Lee, chief executive officer of Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. "Our partnership with Biowell could enhance US economic security via state-of-the-art-biotechnology which can authenticate products at point of purchase, certify manufacture origin, and provide supply chain management solutions for tracing goods and materials."

For mor einformation, visit www.ADNAS.com.

Feb 06 - Industry Leaders Launch Desktop Linux Consortium. Responding to the overwhelming interest in Desktop Linux, representatives from key firms and organizations today announced the formation of the Desktop Linux Consortium, or DLC.

The vendor-neutral association is comprised of both commercial companies and open source organizations that are developing and shaping GNU/Linux desktop technologies.

Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, said "We already have all of the tools, in Open Source software, necessary for 80 percent of office workers in the world: an office suite including spreadsheet, word processor, and presentation program; a web browser, graphical desktop with file manager, and tools for communications, scheduling, and personal information management. The Linux desktop is inevitable!"

Companies and organizations supporting today's announcement include ArkLinux, CodeWeavers, Debian.org, DesktopLinux.com, KDE, Linux Professional Institute (LPI), Lycoris, The Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), MandrakeSoft, NeTraverse, OpenOffice.org, Questnet (Support4Linux.com), Samba.org, theKompany, SuSE, TransGaming Technologies, TrustCommerce, Xandros, and Ximian.

Bruce Perens, interim executive director and well known open source community leader said, "The Desktop Linux Consortium will assure that there is fairness in all Desktop Linux-related issues and events. All vendors will be fully represented and the open source ethos will be respected."

Targeting the needs of corporate, institutional, and home users, the DLC will help shape the future of Linux on the desktop. Group initiatives will include trade shows, conferences, and participation in Consortium-sponsored public relations activities and programs.

"The initial intentions for the DLC are very clear," said interim chairman Jeremy White. "Linux is firmly established in the server space, and now desktop Linux is coming of age. The ultimate beneficiary of the Consortium is the computing public, which will be assured a vibrant, open, stable alternative to closed proprietary systems, and an end to ever-escalating licensing fees."

The Desktop Linux Consortium will be incorporated as a non-profit association. The DLC has established a formation committee, appointed interim leadership, and adopted an aggressive timetable to institute the group's governing body. Membership dues will be scaled to assure broad participation by both commercial firms and open source organizations.

Additional details can be found at the DLC website www.desktoplinuxconsortium.org.

Feb 06 - Nokia Itroduces N-Gage Mobile Game Deck. Nokia today showcased its new Nokia N-Gage(TM) game deck at "Get Ready to N-Gage" events in London, UK and Sydney, Australia.

The Nokia N-Gage game deck enables an enriched interactive gaming experience by introducing an innovative wireless multiplayer platform for both local and remote gaming. The Nokia N-Gage game deck allows users to play the latest high quality titles in a new way, multiplayer games connected locally via Bluetooth wireless technology, or over-the-air games over mobile networks.
Enabling new business models, the Nokia N-Gage is a unique platform that also provides opportunities for game developers and publishers, network operators and other service providers to generate new revenue streams and develop new games and service concepts.

"The Nokia N-Gage brings the start of a whole new gaming experience to the market, with an ergonomic design optimized for playing games. Nokia is working with world-renowned game publishers, including Activision, Eidos, Sega, Taito and THQ, and developers to provide an appealing and balanced catalogue of high quality games to the marketplace. Titles will include both the latest blockbuster games and a variety of titles across game genres," said Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Nokia Mobile Phones.

"The game experience can further be enhanced when network operators and service providers enter the value chain by providing game related mobile services such as downloadable game levels, additional features and game characters or even running online multiplayer games and communities. With these building blocks in place, the Nokia N-Gage platform will help to unleash the creative and innovative spirit of the games industry."

The high performance games for Nokia N-Gage game deck are sold separately on game cards (using the MultiMediaCard standard). Game card distribution enables a new kind of mobile gameplay experience with richer graphics, enhanced sound and more extensive game worlds in which to play. Nokia will also act as a game publisher to create branded N-Gage game titles and develop an evolving games portfolio.

Nokia N-Gage game deck devices and game titles will be available in major retail outlets, game-specific and video game retail outlets, as well as in regular mobile phone delivery channels in all major markets.

Besides gaming, the Nokia N-Gage mobile game deck also features a digital music player (MP3/AAC) and stereo FM radio, as well as a tri-band GSM 900/1800/1900 mobile phone. The Nokia N-Gage game deck is planned to be available in volume across five continents in the 4th quarter 2003 well in time for the holiday shopping season.

Nokia welcomes the games industry to publish and develop innovative new concepts for the Nokia N-Gage game deck. Game developers interested in learning more about the Nokia N-Gage game deck, including submitting information about applications for the Nokia N-Gage and other Nokia devices and platforms, can find more information at www.forum.nokia.com/games.

Feb 06 - Worldwide Broadband Modem Revenues Fall 11 Percent in 2002. According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, revenues from sales of broadband modems and gateways fell by 11 percent in 2002, as a result of a collapse in prices. The report, "Residential Broadband Modems and Gateways: Global Market Forecast," found that sales of broadband modems in 2002 actually increased by 52 percent to 26.3 million units. It also predicts annual sales of 60 million units a year by 2008, representing an average growth rate of 15 percent.

In spite of this, the report recommends that device manufacturers must continue to budget for negative revenue growth, since prices will continue to fall. Industry revenues will decline on average by 5 percent a year until 2008. Attempts to introduce higher value gateway devices with integrated wireless networking and other technologies will meet with only limited success.

"The pressure on operators to reduce costs will continue to outweigh the need for more advanced consumer devices," notes Peter King, Director of the Strategy Analytics Global Broadband Practice. "Intense competition between manufacturers to win contracts will ensure that price erosion continues for the foreseeable future."

Strategy Analytics reports that DSL took an increased share of the market in 2002. Sixty-two percent of the broadband modems sold in 2002 were DSL, up from 57 percent in 2001. Thirty-three percent were cable, with fiber, fixed wireless and other technologies accounting for the remainder. DSL will continue to dominate the market over the next five years, although some growth in emerging platforms is expected.

For more information, see www.strategyanalytics.com.

Feb 05 - AMD Ships Athlon MP Processor 2600+ . AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced the AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor 2600+, the newest in its line of multiprocessors for servers and workstations that run mission-critical business applications. The AMD Athlon MP processor 2600+ joins the AMD processor lineup as the company's highest performance multiprocessor.

The AMD Athlon MP processor 2600+ builds on the tradition established by previous AMD Athlon multiprocessors by emphasizing comprehensive compatibility that can help lower a company's total cost of ownership. AMD continues to work closely with leading software and hardware companies to help ensure all AMD processors provide optimal performance, resulting in efficient and highly productive computing for the end user.

"Enterprise-level computing requires enhanced compatibility as well as leading-edge performance," said Marty Seyer, vice president of server business segment, Computation Products Group, AMD. "AMD took each of those needs into consideration with the AMD Athlon MP processor line. We work in concert with our infrastructure partners so that end users get a smooth platform integration and outstanding productivity. The result is that a variety of Fortune 1000 companies use systems with AMD Athlon MP processors to meet their business computing needs."

JAK Films, the production company for the new Star Wars trilogy, uses high-powered AMD Athlon MP processor-based workstations to create fully animated digital storyboards that pre-visualize what a final scene will look like when complete.

"AMD processor-based systems allowed us to develop an accurate picture of what 'Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones' would look like long before filming even started, and their speed and reliability allowed us to focus on the creativity our job demands," said Daniel Gregoire, Pre-Visualization Effects Supervisor for JAK Films. "We rely on our AMD Athlon MP processor-based systems to run the high-end software we need for the compute-intense work Star Wars requires and we're excited about the future of AMD and the AMD Opteron(TM) multiprocessor because it will allow us to take our work even further than we did on Episode II."

ConocoPhillips, one of the world's leading gas and oil companies, uses AMD Athlon MP processors as a part of their multi-teraflop computing program for seismic imaging. "From our experience, AMD Athlon MP processors provide good value with respect to performance and price," said Bill Menger, Manager, Geophysical Applications, of ConocoPhillips. "We're looking forward to leveraging AMD's customer-focused approach to design and development in future multiprocessing offerings."


Systems featuring the AMD Athlon MP processor 2600+ are expected to be available immediately from 49 system builders worldwide. For information on where to buy an AMD Athlon MP processor 2600+-based system see www.amd.com/us-en/Processors/ProductInformation/0,,30_118_1278_809^3885,00.html.

Feb 05 - Fujitsu Unveils Multimedia Notebook Featuring DVD-RW Drive for $1,399. Fujitsu PC Corporation (FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702), today released the next generation of the LifeBook(R) C Series notebook, the company's popular, all-in-one multimedia desktop replacement.
The LifeBook C Series notebook is stylishly designed for students, business professionals and aspiring movie directors with a starting price point of $1,399 and features several multimedia enhancements, including an optional DVD-RW drive.

Fujitsu is one of the first manufacturers to offer a notebook with an integrated DVD-RW drive enabling users to write or rewrite on the spacious 4.70GB DVD-R and DVD-RW media as well as traditional CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Users can download home movies from their digital video camera and burn them onto a DVD or they can burn music and data onto a CD.

This new iteration of the LifeBook C Series notebook features the latest Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor - M running at 2.0 GHz. In addition to the high-performance processor, the LifeBook C Series notebook also includes the ATI(R) Mobility RADEON(TM) IGP340M graphics chip with up to 64MB of selectable-shared UMA graphics memory.
This combination offers the ideal amount of resources to tackle video editing, computer gaming and general business applications. A large and bright 15-inch display adds to the experience, bringing multimedia to vivid life whether the user is in the office developing presentations or at home surfing the Web.

Increasing its multimedia functionality and versatility, the LifeBook C Series notebook is uniquely equipped with a MemoryStick(TM) / SecureDigital (SD) slot, four USB 2.0 ports and an IEEE 1394 port, enabling users to connect a wide variety of portable devices and transfer photos, music and home movies in record time. The notebook also includes an S/PDIF (Sony/Philips Digital Interface) optical port, which allows users to connect the LifeBook C Series to a home theater system and listen to MP3 files with high-fidelity sound quality.

No matter what environment users happen to be in, they can stay connected with the LifeBook C Series notebook's built-in modem, Ethernet port and optional wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b). Four programmable one-touch buttons get users up on the Web, checking email and opening other applications quickly and easily. These same buttons can also be used to control the CD player whether the notebook screen is up or down.

The system comes preinstalled with Microsoft Windows XP Home, Windows XP Professional or Windows 2000 Professional. It is available through various retail and online outlets as well as direct at www.fujitsupc.com.

Feb 05 - Fujifilm Introduces the 256MB xD-Picture Card for Digital Photographers. Fuji Photo Film Co. U.S.A., Inc., a leader in innovative imaging and information products and services, today introduces the 256MB xD-Picture Card(TM), a high-capacity flash memory format for digital cameras. The new 256MB card began shipping to consumer electronics, photography and other retailers in January.

At a capacity of 256MB, and under optimum conditions, the xD-Picture Card can store up to 444 digital images, captured at 3 megapixels and recorded at normal resolution (average file size of 590KB).
Currently the smallest storage format of its kind on the market, the xD-Picture Card is comparable in size to a penny, measuring just 0.79" x 0.98" x 0.07" and weighing less than one-tenth of an ounce. The xD-Picture Card, developed by Fujifilm and Olympus and announced last July, is expected to meet the capacity demand for greater storage, with an eventual storage limit of 8GB in a single card.

"The small size and high-capacity of the xD-Picture Card allows manufacturers to develop smaller, lighter digital cameras to meet consumer demand," said Frank Bulzomi, senior marketing manager, Magnetic Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "Now, digital photographers and other customers who are looking to supplement images with digital video will have added flexibility with the availability of the 256 MB xD-Picture card. Customers can store a greater quantity of images, and at higher resolutions."

The xD-Picture Card also minimizes power consumption to save battery life and provides fast read/write capabilities for smoother digital camera operation. Capacities of 64MB and higher read at a rate of 5MB/sec and write at a speed of 3MB/sec. PCMCIA and CompactFlash adapters are also currently available at local retailers or at www.fujifilmmall.com, allowing the use of xD-Picture card in a variety of cameras and other devices from multiple manufacturers.

For more information on Fujifilm products, consumers can access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.

Feb 05 - ``PictBridge'' Industry Standard Adapted for Direct Printing From Digital Still Cameras. The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) announced today the establishment of PictBridge, an industry standard enabling a range of digital photo solutions, including the direct printing of photos from a digital still camera without the need to use a PC.

Originally proposed last December as "DPS" by Canon Inc., Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd., HP, Olympus Optical Co., Ltd., Seiko Epson Corporation and Sony Corporation, the specification was then adopted by CIPA for formal standardization (CIPA DC-001-2003).

Until now, each company had its own proprietary solution for direct printing between digital still cameras and printers. This situation has proven to be limiting to consumers, as they are unable to achieve the same convenience and ease of use when using different product combinations and brands.

The unified and open specification ensures compatibility across PictBridge-enabled digital cameras and printers, affording consumers the convenience of producing high-quality photos effortlessly using the controls of their camera. Moreover, the formal announcement of the specification as a CIPA standard is expected to further promote the broad adoption of PictBridge throughout the digital imaging industry.

Details on how to obtain the specification, logo certification guidelines, and other PictBridge-related information can be found online at www.cipa.jp/pictbridge.

Feb 05 - Panicware announces Pop-Up Stopper Free v3.0. Panicware, Inc., a Seattle developer of PC pop-up control technology, announces the newest update of Pop-Up Stopper Free v3.0. This one-of-a-kind ad-blocking product is the first and only product to stop the new Windows Messenger spam windows, as well as GAIN spyware ads. In addition, all Panicware products are currently bundled with a free spyware scanner to remove any new ads installed by ad serving companies.

Panicware's patent-pending XA technology leads the way to a more enjoyable surfing experience on the Internet by allowing users to immediately update the current product whenever Panicware releases new ad-blocking technology or new browser support. Live updates are optional and allow users to download updates without visiting a web site or installing any new software.
The newest update includes advanced ad-blocking for Internet Explorer and Netscape, as well as new support for the Mozilla browser. Pop-Up Stopper also includes many new visual and audio notifications to notify users when a pop-up window has been blocked.

"Our new XA technology works like a virus scanner for ads, providing continued live updates to protect users from Internet threats, which are often presented in pop-up ad windows that try to trick consumers into clicking," said Matina Fresenius, CEO of Panicware.

Pop-Up Stopper is free for personal use, and is available for immediate download from www.panicware.com. Panicware is proud to be the only ad-blocking software to block AOL and MSN ads -- a feature just added to the new Professional version of Pop-Up Stopper, also available from Panicware. Pop-Up Stopper Free is supported by Windows 98, ME, 2000 and XP. Panicware continues to provide free 24-hour tech support via email.

Feb 04 - Sharp Adds Two New Monitors to Its LCD Line-Up. Sharp Systems of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, today announced two new additions to its LCD monitor line-up: the LL-T17D3 and the LL-T18A1.

The full-featured LCD monitors, 17 inches and 18.1 inches, respectively, deliver professional performance at budget prices, providing a great opportunity for businesses to economically provide their workforce with high-quality displays that respond to a wide range of needs.

"Sharp is pleased to be able to produce professional-quality monitors at lower costs," explained Greg Nakagawa, senior vice president and general manager of Sharp Systems of America. "These two new LCD monitors are great examples of Sharp's leadership in the pricing arena. Corporations and professionals alike can take advantage of Sharp's price leadership knowing that they are getting the most in quality and value for their dollar."


Equipped with stereo speakers, and compatible with both analog and digital video inputs, the LL-T17D3 is a high-resolution 17-inch SXGA (1280 x 1024) monitor that responds to a wide range of needs. With its 250-nit brightness and incredible 500:1 contrast ratio, the price performance of this monitor is exceptional. The LL-T17D3 LCD monitor also features a 17ms response rate, making it perfect for video games and other video applications.

The LL-T17D3 is available in white or black and features a long life (approximately 50,000 hours) backlight, making the unit an excellent investment for the long term. Available immediately, the LL-T17D3 has an estimated street price of $499.


Economical price and professional performance distinguish the Sharp LL-T18A1. This dual-input LCD monitor (both analog and digital) is equipped with a high-performance TFT LCD that achieves a wide viewing angle of 160-degrees, both horizontally and vertically. A high contrast ratio of 350:1 and a high brightness of 250 nits make the LL-T18A1 monitor ideal for professional applications such as CAD and desktop publishing.

Available in black or white, and compatible with VESA-standard free mount for wall or arm mounting, the Sharp LL-T18A1 is available for an estimated street price of $699.

Sharp monitors are available through Sharp Systems of America's network of resellers or direct from Sharp at www.sharpplace.com.

Feb 04 - Canon Announces Two-Picoliter Six-Color Photo Printer. The Canon i950 Photo Printer is the successor to the award winning Canon S900 Photo Printer and is aimed at the digital photographer who wants fast, high-quality printing capabilities at home or work. With the new i950 Photo Printer, Canon introduces even higher print resolution and smaller ink droplet size, setting new standards for professional photo printing.

The i950 doubles the maximum print resolution to 4800 x 1200 dpi from the S900's maximum resolution of 2400 x 1200 dpi. Additionally, the ink droplet size of each of the 3,072 nozzles is now twice as small at a mere two-picoliters in volume. The use of two picoliter ink droplets in all modes allows for better photo printing in the mid-range tones with ink drops that are virtually undetectable by the naked eye. The i950 Photo Printer has an MSRP of $249.99 and is available immediately.

"With the i950, Canon again is demonstrating a relentless commitment to providing the finest photo printers available to consumers," said Ryoichi Bamba, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Personal Imaging Systems Group. "As the successor to the award-winning S900, the i950 raises the standard even further for fast, super high-quality photo printing that today's advanced digital photographers demand."

The Canon i950 Photo Printer features fast photo printing speeds of approximately 37 seconds for a 4" x 6" borderless photograph and approximately 1 minute for an 8" x 10" photo. The i950 supports borderless photo printing in both 4" x 6" and letter sizes as well as new support for 5" x 7" borderless printing all without the need to trim the borders or tear off perforations.
Other features include Exif Print for smart photo processing, individual ink tanks for efficiency and Canon's advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology(TM). Canon will introduce Canon branded Photo Paper Plus Glossy 5" x 7" paper along with the printer.

For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Feb 04 - Kano Technologies Launches Retail DVD+RW/R USB 2.0 Packages. Kano Technologies (www.kanotechnologies.com), a new DVD+RW/R storage solutions company, introduced its first retail products today.

The K2XTREME DVD+RW/R 2.4x internal and external drive packages tout "on-the-fly" video recording, enabling easy conversion of personal videos into DVDs -- in the shortest possible recording time.
The K2XTREME DVD+VR support allows the user to edit parts of a recorded DVD+RW disk without re-recording the complete disk, while maintaining the renowned DVD+RW playback compatibility. Also featured is Roxio's new Easy CD Creator 5.3 DVD Edition with its popular easy-to-use interface. Additionally, award-winning NTI Backup NOW! Combo software provides complete desktop backup and restore.

Richard Young, president of Kano, stated, "The combination of the full feature versions of Roxio, NTI and the WIN DVD video playback software included in our retail packages is an $80 value. We believe we have provided the most easy-to-use and robust software package available for DVD+ users -- and at the best value."

Young added, "What is great about this version of Roxio is the addition of a DVD button to the popular Easy CD Creator interface, so users have a single common interface for selecting CD or DVD recording. Users will find the NTI Backup Now! Combo extremely easy to use and feature-rich, with a wide array of backup choices to meet virtually every user's needs. In fact, it's the only software that provides full-image backup and specific-file backup to CD or DVD."

Young also noted that the 4.7 GB storage capacity of DVD+RW/R media provides a very cost-effective backup solution. Worldwide support of the DVD+RW/R format ensures that archived data will be accessible for generations to come.

The K2XTREME's internal drive package comes complete with ATAPI cable, audio cable, drive mount screws, DVD+R and DVD+RW media, and an instruction manual. Suggested retail price is $399.99.

The external drive comes in an attractive, fan-cooled enclosure with a built-in universal power supply and standard AC power cord. The package also includes the media and manual and is available in USB 2.0 or FireWire 1394 interface versions. Suggested retail price is $499.99.

All packages are available now from D&H Distributing (www.dandh.com).

Feb 04 - Canon Announces Desktop Performance in New i70 Portable Printer. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today announces the i70 Color Bubble Jet Printer, the next generation portable printer with desktop performance.

The i70, which replaces the award-winning and class-leading BJC-85, will benefit from the latest Canon Bubble Jet technology such as fast printing speeds, up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi, Bubble Jet Direct printing from select Canon digital cameras and digital video camcorders, true borderless printing and advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology(TM). The i70 will have an MSRP of $299.99 and will be shipping in February 2003.

"With the introduction of the new i70, Canon builds on a very successful history of leadership in portable Bubble Jet printing solutions," said Ryoichi Bamba, senior vice president and general manager of Canon U.S.A.'s Personal Imaging Systems Group. "The i70 combines the printing power of a desktop with the convenience of portability, and its high-tech, stylish design will appeal to a very broad market of users with diverse needs."

Major features on the i70 fall into three categories - Quality, Speed, and Bubble Jet Direct printing. Quality is delivered by using a maximum 4800 x 1200 dpi color resolution with Canon's advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology and a five-picoliter ink droplet. Advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology is an ink ejection process that separates and ejects prescribed-volume ultra-fine ink droplets from the nozzles with precise accuracy. Five-picoliter drop size provides excellent photo quality.

Printing speeds will rival many desktop printers at 13 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 9 ppm in color. This is a dramatic increase from 5 ppm black and 2 ppm color on the BJC-85 and makes the i70 the fastest portable printer available today. Canon achieved the jump in speed by using the current award-winning S330 Color Bubble Jet printer and miniaturizing the engine and printhead to fit into a portable package. In addition to the fast text speed, the i70 will print borderless 4" x 6" photos in approximately 88 seconds.

For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Feb 04 - Global Chip Sales Up 1.3% in 2002. Global semiconductor sales reached $12.5 billion in December 2002, bringing total revenue for the year to $140.7 billion, a 1.3% increase from the 2001 level of $138.9 billion. During the year's final quarter, revenue rose 1.9% sequentially to $37.6 billion from $36.9 billion, following increases of 5.6%, 5.8% and 8.2% in the first three quarters of 2002, and was up 23% over the corresponding quarter of 2001.

"The recovery that began in the final quarter of 2001 continued throughout 2002, producing 1.3% growth in this turnaround year," stated SIA President George Scalise. "This is remarkable performance, in the face of lackluster demand in the Information Technology market. We expect further improvement across broad product sectors, positioning the industry for 19.8% growth in 2003, increasing revenues to $169.3 billion."

Throughout the year, the worldwide wireless sector recorded the most vigorous growth. Unit sales of handsets grew by double-digits in the fourth quarter, producing growth of 13.2% in Flash and 6.8% in Digital Signal Processors. New subscribers continue to set records in Asia, particularly in China, which is adding some 5 million new users each month.

PCs continue to be the single largest end market for semiconductors, accounting for 30% of total chip consumption. There is some evidence that the corporate buyer is returning to the market. During the December quarter due to increased PC demand, Microprocessors and DRAMs were up 10.1% and 7.6% respectively.

"We expect the momentum built throughout 2002 in both cell phones and PCs to increase in 2003," stated Scalise. "As a result, for the first time since 2000, we believe IT spending on hardware will register an increase."

The consumer sector, including DVD's and digital cameras, continues to drive new growth, especially in Application Specific Products.

WiFi (802.11) has emerged as another brisk growth driver for semiconductors, as Wireless Local Access Networks (WLAN) sweep across the country, giving consumers the ability to connect almost seamlessly to the Internet from their offices, at home, in coffee houses, or in transit at the nation's airports. The compound annual growth rates of WLAN IC's expected to exceed 35% over the 2000-2005 forecast period.

Asia Pacific continues to be the world's fastest growing market, recording a 29% increase in chip sales for the year, pushing it past the Americas as the world's largest market, with a 36% share. For the year 2002, chip sales declined 13% in the Americas, 8% in Japan and 8% in Europe from 2001 levels, as electronic equipment production continues an unprecedented migration to facilities in the Asia Pacific region.

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

Feb 03 - AMD Announces April Launch Date For Opteron Processor. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that the worldwide introduction of its next-generation, 64-bit AMD Opteron(TM) processor for servers and workstations will take place on April 22 in New York City. AMD plans to follow up with the introduction of the AMD Athlon(TM) 64 processor for the desktop and mobile markets in September 2003.

AMD also announced today that it will introduce the AMD Athlon XP processor 3000+ on February 10 and the AMD Athlon XP processor 3200+ in mid-2003. These processors, based on the core code-named "Barton," feature additional integrated cache memory for industry-leading performance.

"With the enhanced features of the AMD Athlon XP processor, AMD will extend its leadership position in high-performance PC processor solutions," said Rob Herb, executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer for AMD.

AMD expects that the AMD Opteron processor will be the highest-performing server and workstation processor in its class, will expand our competitive position in these markets, and will help establish AMD's leadership role in 64-bit computing for the enterprise.

"AMD believes the future of computing, from high-end servers to mainstream desktop and notebook PCs, will be based on pervasive 64-bit computing. We expect to work with our customers and partners to bring the benefits of 64-bit computing to end users worldwide," Herb said.

For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Feb 03 - JVC Introduces World's First Consumer High Definition Camcorder. JVC Company of America has solidified its position as the leading U.S. supplier of high-definition consumer electronics by announcing the introduction of its Digital Hi-Def Camcorder, GR-HD1, the world's first consumer high-definition camcorder.

With this introduction, JVC is now the only manufacturer to supply the U.S. market with a way to shoot and edit real ATSC standard HD content (Digital Hi-Def Camcorder GR-HD1 and MPEG Edit Studio(R) Pro LE), record and save that HD content (D-VHS with D-Theater(TM) HM-DH30000), and view the content on a variety of HD digital televisions, including CRT, rear projection, front projection and plasma models.

"For the consumer who demands HD quality in their home entertainment, JVC is the only complete solution," said Jerry Barbera, Vice President Consumer Video Division, JVC Company of America.

"Finally, professional and amateur videographers have a high-definition camcorder choice," said Rob Payesko, Merchandising Manager Consumer Video Division. "Previously, only broadcasters had that option. Now, because of our advances in progressive scan technology we are able to deliver a consumer HD solution. A first look at this product and our complete HD solution will be at the PMA Show in Las Vegas, booth L92, March 2-5. There we will have several working samples and some compelling demonstrations."

The Digital Hi-Def Camcorder GR-HD1 records in both NTSC and U.S. ATSC HDTV Standard video on a standard Mini DV cassette. Recording can be done in 4:3 480i (DV compression) as well as 16:9 480/60p and 16:9 720/30p (MPEG-2 compression). In analog component it plays back in 480i (NTSC) and 480/60p, 720/60p, 1080i (ATSC), making it compatible with virtually all display devices. Its digital i.Link outputs 480i (NTSC) and 480/60p, 720/30p (ATSC) to D-VHS or computers via the ubiquitous FireWire(R) connection.

Availability: May MSRP: $3499.95. For further product information, visit JVC's Web site at www.jvc.com.

Feb 03 - Home Networks in Demand by Broadband Users. Almost one-third of all U.S. broadband households are interested in purchasing a home networking product this year, according to Parks Associates' Broadband Access @ Home III, a survey of 10,500 U.S. Internet households. This trend reflects a growing appreciation among U.S. consumers for the value of a home network.

"There is little doubt that demand for home networking is finally ramping up," said Michael Greeson, senior analyst and director of broadband research for Parks Associates. "At least three million U.S. Internet households will purchase data-centric home networks in 2003, thanks in large part to the aggressive marketing efforts of service providers and retailers alike, as well as strong consumer interest in networking content."

Sharing an Internet connection continues to be the most significant driver for home networking. Two-thirds of Internet households with a home network state that sharing an Internet connection among multiple home PCs was the top reason for network adoption.

Parks Associates can be found online at www.parksassociates.com.

Feb 02 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. Computer prices were lower this week. All retailers were advertising this week and there were many more systems to choose from.

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 has 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages. In addition they are giving mail-in rebates of $100 on all desktop packages.
Circuit City is offering $100 instant savings on all Intel processor desktop packages and Toshiba laptop purchases. They also have 12 months no-interest financing on all Intel processor desktop packages, and on all laptops.
Office Depot has 6 months no payment, no interest financing for new computer purchases over $298.
CompUSA has 12 months no-interest financing on all laptops $799 and higher. They are also giving 3 free months of AOL with all computer purchases.
Staples has no store -wide sales 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
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best Celeron Deal
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz complete system with DVD-RW and Video Recording Software
Circuit City
1. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ complete system
Best Buy
3. Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ complete system
Circuit City, CompUSA
1. Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2400+ complete system
Circuit City, CompUSA
2. Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2600+ complete system
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq 1.6 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City
3. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1800+ with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City
1. Best High-end Notebook
HP 2.0 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
HP 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
3. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.8 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Asylum GeForce 4 Ti 4200 128 MB
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 60 GB Hard Drive
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 120 GB Hard Drive
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 200 GB Hard Drive
(after rebates with online ad)
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro
(after rebates)
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 52X CD-RW
(after rebates
Best Buy


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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.


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