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Jan 15 AMD Announces Mobile AMD Duron Processor
Jan 15 Acer Laboratories to Unveil Next Generation DDR Graphic Integrated Chipsets
Jan 14 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jan 13 LaCie Unveils Flexible Ultra 160 SCSI RAID Tower
Jan 13 Earthlink comments on AOL-Time Warner Merger
Jan 13 Telmax Releases Next Generation Broadband Intelligent Home Gateway
Jan 12 MacWEEK.com Announces Macworld Best of Show Awards
Jan 12 Sprint Offers Sprint PCS Wireless Web in Southern Markets
Jan 12 America Online and Dell to Provide AOL@SCHOOL to K-12 Schools in the United States
Jan 12 Reba McEntire Keeps Her Fans Closer with RebaNet and Her New Mega Browser
Jan 11 Apple Delivers New Power Mac G4 with 733 MHz PowerPC G4 Processors
Jan 11 Apple Unveils One Inch Thick Titanium PowerBook G4
Jan 11 Apple’s Mac OS X to Ship on March 24
Jan 10 SmartDisk Introduces Portable, Bus-Powered VST FireWire CD-R/W
Jan 10 Symmetricom's GoLong Is Confirmed To Double The Effective Distance Of DSL
Jan 10 Miramar Now Connects All PCs and Macs Any Time, Anywhere, Any Place
Jan 10 Cisco Supports New V.92 and V.44 Modem Standards
Jan 10 Novatel Ships Minstrel 540 Wireless Modem for HP Jornada 540 Series Pocket PC
CES Wrap-up
Jan 09 TechTV Announces Winners of 'Best of CES'
Jan 09 EleTel Ships Revolutionary New Pocket PC Voice Mail
Jan 09 Crusoe Processor Receives Consumer Electronics Show Award
Jan 09 Cellport Announces Availability of Universal Wireless Hands-Free System for Vehicles
Jan 09 MINOLTA-QMS announces affordable Magicolor 2200 DeskLaser
 
More News from CES 2001
Jan 08 CMi unveils their new and improved iCEBOX Appliance
Jan 08 Sharp introduces eight-inch LCD screen portable DVD player
Jan 08 AIWA showcases new MP3 products
Jan 08 Cidco announces new E-mail Net Appliances
Jan 08 Fujifilm introduces FinePix 40i MP3 Audio/Digital Camera
Jan 08 JVC's Audio Division Introduces New Digital Products
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Jan 08 Belkin announces FireWire 6-Port hub
Jan 07 Sunday Shopping Watch
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January 15 - AMD Announces Mobile AMD Duron Processor. AMD today announced the immediate availability of the Mobile AMD Duron(TM) processor for notebook PCs. The Mobile AMD Duron processor is the first seventh-generation processor to enter the notebook market, and is available in volume today at speed grades of 700 and 600MHz.
Based on the current AMD Duron processor core, the Mobile AMD Duron processor runs at a lower core voltage than the desktop version, and consumes less power. The Mobile AMD Duron processor is the first in the line of seventh-generation mobile processors that AMD plans to introduce in 2001.
The AMD Mobile Duron processor is a derivative of the award-winning AMD Athlon(TM) and AMD Duron processors and is designed to provide an optimized solution for value-conscious business and home users. Employing an innovative design, the Mobile AMD Duron processor features a sophisticated cache architecture with 192KB of total on-chip cache; a high-speed 200MHz front side bus, and a superscalar floating point unit with enhanced 3DNow!(TM) technology.
The Mobile AMD Duron processor offers value-conscious buyers access to technology that stands out among other processors in its class. It reflects AMD's 30 years of design and manufacturing expertise and sales of more than 150 million processors. Mobile AMD Duron processors are manufactured on AMD's 0.18 micron process technology in Fab 25 in Austin, Texas.
The 700MHz and 600MHz Mobile AMD Duron processors are priced at $123 and $75 respectively, each in 1,000-unit quantities. AMD can be found on the Web at www.amd.com.

January 15 - Acer Laboratories to Unveil Next Generation DDR Graphic Integrated Chipsets. Acer Laboratories (ALi), the first chipset vendor to deliver DDR-enabling technology for desktop and mobile platforms in the volume PC market, will be discussing its second generation DDR chipsets next week in San Jose from Jan. 23-24, at the Platform Conference, Silicon Valley Conference Center.
Patrick Yu, director of strategic marketing at ALi, will address the future of DDR technology as well as the benefits of DDR technology for the end user. This session will also formally unveil the CyberAladdin and CyberMAGiK, the industry's first DDR graphic integrated chipsets, recently announced by ALi.
ALiMAGiK 1and MobileMAGiK 1 its new core logic chipsets which bring together for the first time support for AMD AthlonTM processor, the Mobile AMD AthlonTM processor, and the AMD DuronTM processor, PC 1600/PC 2100 DDR and 133 SDRAM memory, and AMD’s PowerNow! TM technology.
The ALiMAGiK 1 chipset, designed for desktop PCs, includes the M1647 Northbridge and the M1535D+ Southbridge and it supports the AMD Athlon processor or the AMD Duron processor. The MobileMAGiK 1 chipset is designed for portable systems utilizing the Mobile AMD Athlon processor, and includes the M1647 Northbridge and the M1535+ Southbridge. Both chipsets interface with AMD's 100/133MHz double data rate S2K front side bus. The memory controller in the M1647 supports PC1600/PC2100 DDR, as well as 66/100/133 SDRAM to provide flexibility in targeting systems utilizing the chipset to specific price/performance segments of the market.
Utilizing PC-2100 DDR, the M1647 enables 2.1 GB/second peak bandwidth between the system memory and the Northbridge to boost system performance to the next level. Total system memory supported is 3GB to meet the demands of higher-end workstations. When used in power-conscious systems such as mobile PCs, the M1647's support for AMD's PowerNow!TM technology allows CPU operating frequency to be changed and lowers voltage to save power. The chipset supports 4X/2X/1X AGP providing flexibility to system designers in choosing that particular graphics controller which provides the best solution in a given market segment.
Find out more at http://www.ali.com.tw.

January 14 - Sunday Shopping Watch.
Special Discounts and Financing.

Best Buy
is advertising no interest financing for one year on all HP desktop computer packages and notebooks.
Circuit City has a 2 day sale with specific items on sale and a $100 instant discount on all computer packages and notebooks..
Office Depot
has no store-wide specials this Sunday.
Staples has no store-wide sales this Sunday.

CompUSA is offering no interest, no payment, 6 month financing with computer purchase of $299 or more.

Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer the 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete system is defined as a computer with monitor and printer.
A built-to-order system is customized and ordered from a Vendor's store. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.

Best Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description Price* (see above) Store
Best Low Cost Celeron Deal None advertised    
Best High-End Celeron Deal HP 700 MHz complete system $799 Best Buy
Best Low Cost Pentium III System Compaq 850 MHz complete system $1200 Staples
Best High End Pentium III System HP 933 MHz complete system $1349 Best Buy
Best Low Cost Athlon System Compaq 700 MHz Duron complete system $579 Staples
Best High End Athlon System HP 1.2 GHz complete system $1699 Best Buy
Best Pentium 4 System HP 1.4 GHz complete system $2089 Best Buy
Best Low Cost Notebook Toshiba Celeron 600 MHz $999 CompUSA
Best High End Notebook Compaq 800 MHz with DVD $2400 Best Buy

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store have the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

January 13 - LaCie Unveils Flexible Ultra 160 SCSI RAID Tower. LaCie launched the TX12000, a new high-speed RAID system, at Macworld SF/2001, Booth 416 today. Specifically designed for applications where fault-tolerance, high data throughput, extensibility and economy are prime requirements, the TX 12000 is a complete, turnkey solution.
With a 2ms average access time and a capacity of up to 1.7TB, the powerful TX12000 can be attached to virtually any SCSI host computer with no special device drivers or software required. In addition to providing a huge storage capacity and data security, the TX 12000 also inaugurates a new modern design for the LaCie RAID product line. Key features of the design include modules with rounded, easy-to-grab handles and an attractive dark blue enclosure.
Equipped with an Ultra 160 connection, the fastest SCSI interface on the market, the LaCie TX12000 delivers the outstanding performance required for environments such as Server Attached Storage (SAN), NT clustering and applications such as e-commerce, databases and data warehousing, imaging systems and Internet services. The U160 interface also offers backward compatibility with legacy SCSI drives or hosts.
The controller supports up to eight concurrent RAID sets, allowing custom configuration to provide either blinding speed or unrivalled data safety. For desktop video, editing and transferring giant Adobe PhotoShop files, or searching massive databases requiring high- speed processing, the RAID 0 configuration can be used.
Other RAID configurations (1, 0+1, 3 and 5) offer fault-tolerant data redundancy--the ability to recover data that would otherwise be lost by a failed drive. The array automatically rebuilds the data from the failed drive on a spare drive--without any system downtime.
The LaCie TX12000 comes with standard 160MB/sec SCSI host connectivity, dual ingress power architecture and 12 hot-pluggable disk drive modules that can accommodate 10k rpm hard drives with capacities ranging from 18GB to 73GB.
The LaCie TX12000 will be available in mid-January 2001 through LaCie’s authorized VAR ONE resellers and is backed by a 3-year warranty. Visit LaCie’s Web site at www.lacie.com.

January 13 - Earthlink comments on AOL-Time Warner Merger. The following statement may be attributed to Dave Baker, vice president for Law and Public Policy at EarthLink Inc. (Nasdaq:ELNK).
"EarthLink is pleased that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted unanimously to approve the America Online and Time Warner merger. Like the earlier approval by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), this decision will help ensure that consumers have choice in broadband Internet providers. The guiding principle of the Internet has always been choice -- in access, in content and in applications. We are also pleased that the FCC has concluded that `residential high-speed Internet service constitutes a discrete market that must be considered separate from the residential narrowband market."
"This approval clears the way for EarthLink to offer service to Time Warner Cable customers pursuant to the agreement signed by EarthLink and Time Warner Cable on November 14, 2000. Time Warner Cable customers will very soon have choice in broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs). We now look to the FCC in its pending Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding high-speed Internet access to extend this choice to customers of all cable systems throughout the country."
Information about EarthLink and its services can be obtained at www.earthlink.net.

January 13 - Telmax Releases Next Generation Broadband Intelligent Home Gateway. Telmax Communications today announced the release of the Xtreme200 Broadband Intelligent Home Gateway. The Xtreme200 is a 3 in 1 product enabling the user to share the ADSL Broadband access via auto sensing Ethernet & USB ports with all attached resources.
The Xtreme200 can be configured to be a simple bridge for home user wanting high speed Internet access or a router for the SOHO user with multiple PCs, printers, and FAX and using POTS splitters and inline filters phone service is supported.
Key features of the Xtreme200 include:
-- Standard ADSL G.DMT and G.Lite technology brings "always on" data, voice & video access up to 150 times faster than a 56K modem.
-- 3 products in 1: DSL bridge/router "modem," simple bridge or local switch between Ethernet and USB
-- Auto sensing Ethernet & USB ports providing greater flexibility for simultaneous sharing of local resources & the ADSL line.
-- Plug-and-Play installation for instant connectivity.
- Firewall and VPN enabling the delivery of secure multi-user access to broadband services
-- Remote administration & maintenance
-- Investment protection for both the Service Provider and the End User

The Xtreme200 is available TODAY. List price is $349. More information on the Xtreme200 can be found on the Telmax web site: www.telmaxcom.com.

January 12 - MacWEEK.com Announces Macworld Best of Show Awards. MacWEEK.com, the premier Macintosh news analysis Web site, today announced the winners of the "Macworld Best of Show Awards," representing the most exciting new hardware and software products announced at Macworld Expo. The awards were presented by Stephen Beale, Editor of MacWEEK.com.
"Obviously, the big news at this year's expo is Apple's new hardware and software. But we were also impressed by many of the other product introductions. There are some particularly cool 3-D graphics products here," reported Beale. The Macworld Best of Show awards winners are:
Apple PowerBook G4 The new PowerBook G4s, combine style--with a sleek titanium enclosure--and performance, thanks to a low-power version of the G4 chip. And the new 15.2-inch screen isn't just for watching movies--the wide format makes it easier for pros to work in a single-monitor setup.

Apple PowerMac G4 Apple closes much of the megahertz gap in the 733MHz model, while adding a fourth PCI slot and built-in CD-recording capabilities. The high-end version includes the new SuperDrive, combining DVD and CD recording capabilities.

iTunes Expo attendees were buzzing about Apple's new MP3 encoding, playback and jukebox software, which also records CDs and generates visual representations of the music being played.

Epson Expression 1680 This flatbed scanner offers a great combination of price and performance, with 1,600 x 3,200-dpi hardware resolution, 48-bit color depth and 3.6Dmax, in configurations starting at $799.

Maya Complete At $7,500, this 3-D animation package from Alias 5/8Wavefront isn't for everyone, but it signals that the Mac has become a serious platform for professional 3-D work.

Electric Image Amorphium Pro The 3-D sculpting software from Electric Image has evolved from a novelty to a robust production tool with new timeline-animation and Flash-export capabilities.

Maxon BodyPaint 3D This program, from the creators of Cinema 4DXL, offers sophisticated 3-D painting and texture-generation functions for 3-D graphics professionals, especially those using the companion product.

NetLINE Wireless Broadband Gateway This $399 gateway from Proxim/Farallon, aimed at schools and SOHO users, combines wireless and wired networking functions, allowing AirPort and Ethernet users to share a single Internet connection.

Mimio This innovative product from Virtual Ink mounts on any whiteboard, turning it into an electronic medium by translating what's written onto your computer screen. A new software update lets users produce QuickTime movies from Mimio output--a great tool for educators.

Iomega Peerless Drive This new modular hard drive technology uses compact, removable 5GB, 10GB and 20GB disks that plug into an equally compact base station. You can add interface modules for FireWire and USB. The system will sell for $249 when released mid-year; disks will sell for $129, $159 and $199 respectively.

To be eligible for Best of Show consideration, products were either making their public debut at Macworld Expo or were recently introduced and likely to generate excitement on the show floor. In addition, MacWEEK.com editors had to see the products in action, although some evaluations were based on beta versions or prototypes. The "Macworld Best of Show Awards" represent a highly coveted honor within the Macintosh industry and are presented exclusively at the twice yearly expo. The Mac Publishing sites include: www.Macworld.com, www.MacworldPriceFinder.com, www.MacWEEK.com and www.MacCentral.com.

January 12 - Sprint Offers Sprint PCS Wireless Web in Southern Markets. Sprint PCS (NYSE: PCS), the fastest growing all-digital, all-PCS nationwide network, announces the availability of the Sprint PCS Wireless Web in Southern markets, locally managed by US Unwired (NASDAQ: UNWR), a Sprint PCS Network Partner. The Sprint PCS Wireless Web connects customers to information, entertainment and m-commerce when and where they need it.
The Sprint PCS Wireless Web is a suite of user-friendly wireless data products and services which allows customers to incorporate all their wireless voice and data communication needs into one simple, versatile tool. Users can browse the Wireless Web, read and send e-mail, or chat with buddies - all from any of more than 15 Internet-ready Sprint PCS phones.
Sprint PCS Wireless Web offers the ability to customize and receive important news, e-mail and information updates. In addition, customers can dial into a corporate Intranet or the Internet using a Sprint PCS phone in place of a modem connected to a laptop, personal digital assistant (PDA) or other handheld computing device.
Sprint PCS Wireless Web requires an Internet-ready Sprint PCS Phone such as the TP 3000, which features a large display, PDA functions and design, and trackball. Contact any local Sprint PCS store or select retailer for information on software updates and connection kits.
For more information visit the companies' web sites at www.usunwired.com and www.sprintpcs.com.

January 12 - America Online and Dell to Provide AOL@SCHOOL to K-12 Schools in the United States. America Online Inc. (NYSE:AOL), the world's leading interactive services company, and Dell (Nasdaq:DELL), the number one provider of computer systems to the education market in the United States, today announced an agreement under which Dell will provide the free AOL@SCHOOL service preloaded on all computers that it sells to K-12 schools in the United States.
Dell will be the first hardware vendor in the industry to provide AOL@SCHOOL factory-installed to its customers. The companies made the announcement at the Florida Educational Technology Conference.
AOL@SCHOOL is a free online learning tool designed to help schools make the Internet a more effective part of the classroom experience. While 95% of schools in the United States are now wired to the Internet, studies have shown that educators are not certain of how to best make use of the Web's vast educational resources.
Preloaded on Dell computers, AOL@SCHOOL offers schools the ability to provide students with such communications features as e-mail and instant messaging, at the discretion of school officials. The service also features an education-focused search engine, AOL's unique safety controls to protect students from inappropriate Internet content, and special portals for teachers and administrators.
To view a demonstration of AOL@SCHOOL, please visit www.school.aol.com. Information on Dell and its products can be obtained on the World Wide Web at www.dell.com.

January 12 - Reba McEntire Keeps Her Fans Closer with RebaNet and Her New Mega Browser. Fans of country music legend Reba McEntire are now never more than a click away from Reba when they access the Internet. UltraBrowser, the world's `mega browser', announced today a new custom affinity browser developed exclusively for Reba McEntire fans.
To download the new, free browser, go to www.reba.com, and then click on the download browser icon. When Reba's fans download the browser they can use it every time they surf the Internet instead of using other browsers like Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator.
There will be special places for Reba's fans to go that can only be reached by going through the Reba Browser. There is also a special section called My Ultra where fans can save their favorite links and even see Reba's favorite places on the Internet by signing in with her username and Reba's shared password.
"I hope my fans enjoy what we have put together for them on my web site. We've tried to make it fun and entertaining, as well as informative. RebaNet is filled with all kinds of exciting extras like message boards, Ask Reba and email updates... Isn't modern technology just amazing? I still find it hard to believe that I can write you a letter, hit send, and you have it waiting in your e-mail box just minutes later! This is a great way for me to keep in touch and let my fans know what's going on with me," Reba said.
Reba's UltraBrowser provides a full-featured, enhanced browser compatible with Microsoft's Internet Explorer standard, state of the art search and navigation tools, multilingual content translation capabilities, media center with access to worldwide news, radio and TV, chat, instant messaging and a customizable place for users to maintain their favorite sites and access them globally from any computer. Fans never have to leave Reba to conduct any Internet quest.
More information on UltraBrowser as well as free downloading of the browser is available at www.ultrabrowser.com.

January 11 - Apple Delivers New Power Mac G4 with 733 MHz PowerPC G4 Processors. Apple® yesterday introduced a new Power Mac™ G4 line with PowerPC G4 processors running up to 733 MHz, a new high-performance architecture featuring 133 MHz system and memory buses and five slots for increased expandability. The new Power Mac G4 line features CD-RW drives in all models.
In addition, Apple unveiled its revolutionary new SuperDrive, a combination CD-RW/DVD-R drive that can read and write (“burn”) DVDs which can be played in consumer DVD players. The Apple SuperDrive comes standard in the top Power Mac G4 model.
“With the new Power Mac G4s, Apple has created the first complete solution for CD and DVD authoring,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s revolutionary SuperDrive, which can ‘burn’ both CDs and consumer player-compatible DVDs, combined with Apple’s new iTunes and iDVD applications, creates a solution that is years ahead of everyone else.”
iDVD is a breakthrough new application that lets professionals and consumers quickly and easily create professional-looking DVDs for playback on consumer DVD players. iDVD shields users from the complexity of DVD authoring by offering professionally designed themes and drag-and-drop simplicity. With one click, iDVD automatically converts iMovie™, Final Cut Pro® or any QuickTime™ video file into the required format, compresses them into the MPEG-2 compression standard required to make DVDs, and burns the DVD-R disc with Apple’s revolutionary new SuperDrive.
The new Power Mac G4 line includes:
- faster 466, 533, 667 and 733 MHz PowerPC G4 processors with up to 256K of Full-Speed level 2 cache and 1MB of half speed level 3 backside cache on some configurations
- high performance 133 MHz system bus with over one gigabyte-per-second of system throughput, with 128 to 256MB of DRAM expandable to 1.5GB
- four high-performance 64-bit 33 MHz PCI slots with write-combining to provide up to 215 megabyte-per-second of sustained throughput—double that of previous generations
- AGP 4x slot with new graphic card options including the new NVIDIA GeForce2 MX graphics card with 32MB of SDRAM
- new digital audio sound system featuring built-in amplifier for support of multiple audio output capabilities and Apple Pro Speakers based on powerful Harman Kardon technology providing a frequency range of 70 hertz to 20 kilohertz
- Ultra ATA/66 hard drives to 60GB.
The new 466 and 533 MHz Power Mac G4s are available immediately and the 667 and 733 MHz Power Mac G4s will be available in February through The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers.

January 11 - Apple Unveils One Inch Thick Titanium PowerBook G4. Apple® today redefined mobile computing with the new Titanium PowerBook® G4 featuring PowerPC G4 processors with Velocity Engine™ running up to 500 MHz, a 15.2-inch (diagonal) mega-wide display, slot-loading DVD drive and 5 hour battery—all in a one inch thick Titanium enclosure weighing just 5.3 pounds.
“The all new Titanium PowerBook G4 is the most revolutionary portable computer ever created,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Its a ‘supercomputer to go’ in terms of performance, yet it’s thinner and sexier than the best subnotebooks.”
The super light yet incredibly powerful Titanium PowerBook G4 outperforms Pentium III-based notebook systems by up to 30 percent* with key new features including:
- PowerPC G4 processors with Velocity Engine running up to 500 MHz with a 1MB L2 cache;
- 1-inch thick; 5.3 pounds;** Titanium metal body; stunning 15.2 inch (diagonal) TFT widescreen active-matrix display; - slot-loading DVD-ROM drive;
- up to five hours of battery life on one Lithium-ion battery;
- 128MB to 256MB of SDRAM, expandable to 1GB;
- AGP 2X Rage Mobility 128 with 8MB SDRAM;
- built-in 10/100 Ethernet, USB, FireWire®, VGA and S-video output;
- and AirPort™ ready with integrated antennas.
The new PowerBook G4 line will be available in January through The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and Apple Authorized Resellers in two standard configurations:
- PowerBook G4 with a PowerPC G4 400 MHz processor with 1MB level 2 backside cache, 128MB PC-100 SDRAM, a 10GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive, ATI RAGE Mobility 128 featuring AGP 2X support and 8MB SDRAM of video memory, built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, FireWire™ and USB ports, VGA and S-Video ports, AirPort ready, built-in 56K V.90 modem, iTunes and iMovie 2 for a suggested retail price of US$2,599;
- and PowerBook G4 with PowerPC G4 500 MHz processor with 1MB level 2 backside cache, 256MB PC-100 SDRAM, 20GB Ultra ATA/66 hard drive, ATI RAGE Mobility 128 featuring AGP 2X support and 8MB SDRAM of video memory, built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet, FireWire and USB ports, VGA and S-Video ports, AirPort ready, built-in 56K V.90 modem, iTunes and iMovie 2 for a suggested retail price of US$3,499.

January 11 - Apple’s Mac OS X to Ship on March 24. Apple® today announced that Mac® OS X, the next generation Macintosh® operating system, will ship on March 24, 2001 for a suggested retail price of US$129.
Mac OS X is the world’s most advanced operating system, combining the power and openness of UNIX with the legendary ease of use and broad applications base of Macintosh. Mac OS X features:

- an open source, UNIX based foundation called Darwin;
- Apple’s new Quartz™ graphics engine based on the PDF standard for stunning graphics and broad font support;
- OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and gaming;
- integrated QuickTime™ for streaming audio and video;
- the Classic API, which runs most existing Mac® applications “as is”;
- the Carbon™ API, which runs “tuned-up” Mac applications with the full Mac OS X features;
- the Cocoa™ API, which runs advanced object-oriented applications, providing developers the fastest and most powerful way to create applications for Mac OS X;
- the full Java 2 API, providing developers the most advanced Java 2 client available; and
- the Aqua™ user interface, an entirely new user interface with superior ease of use, amazing new functionality and a stunning, elegant new appearance.
Mac OS X is built upon an incredibly stable, open source, UNIX based foundation called Darwin and features true memory protection, preemptive multi-tasking and symmetric multiprocessing when running on the dual processor Power Mac™ G4. Mac OS X includes Apple’s new Quartz 2D graphics engine (based on the Internet-standard Portable Document Format) for stunning graphics and broad font support; OpenGL for spectacular 3D graphics and gaming; and QuickTime for streaming audio and video. Mac OS X also features an entirely new user interface called Aqua. Aqua combines superior ease of use with amazing new functionality such as the Dock, a breakthrough for organizing applications, documents and document windows.
Mac OS X is the first operating system designed from the ground up for the Internet and includes a number of key Internet applications including Microsoft Internet Explorer:mac 5.1 Preview Release; Apple’s new, easy-to-use Mail client compatible with the most popular Internet email accounts; QuickTime player; and Sherlock® Internet search tool. Apple’s innovative suite of Internet Services will be fully integrated into Mac OS X, providing all users with an automatic iTools account and access to new features such as quick access to their iDisk Internet storage folder.
Mac OS X will be available through The Apple Store™ (www.apple.com) and through Apple Authorized Resellers for a suggested retail price of US$129 beginning March 24, 2001. Mac OS X will be preinstalled as the standard operating system on Macintosh computers beginning this summer.

January 10 - SmartDisk Introduces Portable, Bus-Powered VST FireWire CD-R/W. SmartDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SMDK), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of advanced consumer electronics products, today introduced the VST FireWire(TM) CD-R/W, a portable, high-performance drive designed for on-the-go "road warriors" who need to quickly store digital data on CDs while traveling or when away from the office.
The VST FireWire CD-R/W is the only portable CD-R/W that does not require a battery or AC adapter for power. The unit derives its power from a computer's FireWire bus via a standard two-foot FireWire cable. In addition, the unit features "plug & play" support, which allows immediate use upon plug-in without the need to shut down or reconfigure the computer.
With minimal wires, a compact size (approximately 5.6" x 7" x 1") and a front-loading/ejection CD tray, the SmartDisk VST FireWire CD-R/W is ideal for use by busy professionals, including photographers, musicians and business people, on airplanes, in cars or in other restricted work spaces.
VST FireWire CD-R/W comes preloaded with Adaptec's Easy CD Creator(TM) software (for Windows PCs) and Toast(TM) software (for Macintosh computers) for transferring digital images, video, data, audio and music files to CDs. It also includes MusicMatch Inc.'s MusicMatch(R) Jukebox(TM) for Windows and Macintosh, a leading all-in-one digital music program that lets users play, record, organize and discover music in an interactive listening environment.
The VST FireWire CD-R/W is priced at $429.95 MSRP and is available now through SmartDisk's Personal Storage Systems Web site at www.vsttech.com.

January 10 - Symmetricom's GoLong Is Confirmed To Double The Effective Distance Of DSL. Symmetricom(R), Inc. (NASDAQ:SYMM), the leading provider of network and broadband access solutions for converged voice, data and video networks, today detailed results of the first successful field trial by an independent telephone company for a new technology that effectively doubles the distance of high-speed ADSL internet service.
Chester Telephone confirms that Symmetricom's GoLong ADSL Loop Extender enables carriers to double the serving distance of their ADSL networks far beyond the three-linear-mile. The company has previously indicated that it expects its GoLong technology to eventually extend residential ADSL service to 30,000 feet. This would extend high-speed broadband access service to 95 percent of the average teleco's market, compared with 65 percent reached through limited services available today.
In the GoLong field trial, Chester used a single ADSL GoLong repeater, installed mid-span at 12,000 feet into the communications loop. The GoLong repeater met and exceeded all expectations for performance by delivering 3072 kbps downstream and 406 kbps upstream data rates with a single repeater in a 24,000-foot loop. The loop was only able to qualify at 96 kbps downstream prior to installation of the GoLong repeater (a greater than 30 fold improvement).
"Testing in both an independent lab and the field have now confirmed GoLong's ability to effectively double the serving distance of ADSL networks," said Barry Dropping, director of engineering at Symmetricom. "When GoLong becomes commercially available this quarter, hundreds of telecom service providers will be able to reap the benefits of reaching a larger customer base and eliminating the broadband divide."
For more information, please visit Symmetricom's web site at www.symmetricom.com.

January 10 - Miramar Now Connects All PCs and Macs Any Time, Anywhere, Any Place. Miramar Systems Inc. today announced the release of its most complete and comprehensive PC-to-Mac connectivity software solution ever with the release of PC MACLAN for Windows 95/98/Me, now including IP Client, IP Server and bi-directional printer support.
Whether at home, in the office or on the road, the multi-award winning PC MACLAN for Windows 95/98/Me is the most powerful and complete cross-platform networking suite available. PC MACLAN connects Windows 95, 98 or Me PCs to a network of Macs for bi-directional integration between the two operating systems. Now users can seamlessly share files of any size, from anywhere, at any time, over IP or AFP-based networks, via LAN, WAN or dial-up.
PC MACLAN for Windows 95/98/Me retails for $199 USD. Upgrades from any previous version of PC MACLAN range from $69-$99 but must be purchased direct from Miramar Systems. Visit Miramar at www.miramarsys.com.

January 10 - Cisco Supports New V.92 and V.44 Modem Standards. Cisco Systems, Inc. today announced its Cisco AS5x00 remote access products will support V.92 and V.44, the latest industry standards for modem technology. With this announcement, Cisco brings a "Broadband-lite" experience to users accessing the Internet with dial-up/modem technology. V.92 and V.44 enable Internet users to experience the qualities usually associated with broadband for the price of dial-up or modem access.
With V.92 and V.44, Internet dial-up access users can more quickly download web pages, establish faster connections to the Internet, and use a new feature called Modem on Hold , which enables users to suspend an Internet session, accept or place a phone call, and then re-establish the Internet call without losing the original dial-up connection. For service providers, V.92 and V.44 offer dial-up customers a better Internet experience, which translates to increased customer retention. In addition, service providers gain enhanced revenue opportunities with new services, such as Modem on Hold.
Modems supporting the standards have been successfully tested with existing Cisco remote access platforms. To gain complete functionality of both standards, both the user's computer and the server it dials into must be equipped with V.92 and V.44 modem technology.
About V.44 and V.92 The new V.44 standard enables more efficient data compression, allowing throughput to the end user to be significantly increased --reducing the download time of web pages. The new V.92 standard represents three significant modem enhancements including Quick Connect, which reduces the amount of time required for a modem to connect to the Internet. In some instances, a user may see a 50% reduction in connection time. Secondly, the V.92 standard includes Modem on Hold allowing users to accept an incoming phone call without terminating their existing Internet connection. For users with only one phone line in their home or office, Modem on Hold enables them to handle both data and voice calls over the same telephone line. Third, V.92 supports PCM Upstream, which allows for faster uploading and sending of large email messages, photos and documents. With PCM Upstream, users gain faster upstream communication with speeds reaching up to 48,000 bits per second, as compared to 31,200 bits per second with the previous technology.
Cisco AS5x00 series remote access platforms supporting V.92 and V.44 will be available in Q1 2001. All future AS5x00 remote access platforms will also support these new standards. Visit Cisco at www.cisco.com.

January 10 - Novatel Ships Minstrel 540 Wireless Modem for HP Jornada 540 Series Pocket PC. Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:NVTL), today announced the commercial availability of the Minstrel 540(TM) Wireless Modem for the HP Jornada 540 series Pocket PC.
The Minstrel 540 in conjunction with the HP Jornada Pocket PC becomes a virtual office users can take with them anywhere. The Minstrel 540 modem is compatible with the HP Jornada's bundled Pocket Inbox and Pocket Explorer applications, delivering wireless access to email, the Internet, and corporate LANs to users on the go and on the road.
Because the Minstrel 540 operates at 19.2kbps full duplex using the Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) network, the modem delivers impressive functionality at considerable speed with low usage costs. The CDPD network sends and receives packet data over existing analog cellular voice networks, which keeps usage rates low. CDPD is currently the fastest wide-area wireless network available nationally.
"The Minstrel 540 retails at $369, which puts the Minstrel 540 at a cost that is far below other wireless WAN modems," said Greg Hill, product manager at Novatel Wireless. "When used with flat rate CDPD service plans, the Minstrel 540 creates a very affordable wireless computing solution for mobile users, and CDPD technology ensures that transmissions are fully secure at all times. In a phrase, the Minstrel 540 gives HP's Jornada 540 series Pocket PC access to the business world."
Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) is a method of transmitting data over the cellular voice network at speeds up to 19.2 kbps and is deployed in most U.S. metropolitan areas and some international markets. Most CDPD service providers, including AT&T Wireless Services, Verizon Mobile, GoAmerica Communications, and Omnisky, offer a fixed, monthly rate for unlimited data access ranging from $25-65 per month.
V visit the Novatel Wireless web site: www.novatelwireless.com.

January 09 - TechTV Announces Winners of 'Best of CES'. TechTV, the on-air and online network dedicated to the digital lifestyle, announced the winners of TechTV's 'Best of CES,' the inaugural awards program to recognize and honor the most outstanding new consumer technology products on show at the 2001 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
The TechTV appointed panel of product evaluators selected winners in each category according to their innovative appeal, usability, usefulness, and affordability. In addition to the ten categories, two Best of Show honors were given for 'Best Workstyle' and 'Best Lifestyle' products. The winners, selected from the below group of finalists, are as follows:

TECHTV'S 'BEST OF CES' WINNERS

BEST WORKSTYLE
Hughes Network Systems-Satellite Return DirecPC

BEST LIFESTYLE
DataPlay Inc.-DataPlay Digital Media


Winner: Home Automation and Networking
Home Automated Living-HAL Deluxe

Finalists
Home Automation Living-HAL Deluxe
Ucentric Systems-Home Networking Platform-Home area network connects all electronics
Qubit-Home Gateway Interface-Webpad access Internet and ADT security


Winner: Mobile Devices: PDAs and Other Personal Mobile Technology
DataPlay Inc.-DataPlay Digital Media

Finalists
DataPlay Inc.-DataPlay Digital Media-Quarter sized digital media costs $5 for 500 megabytes
Xircom-Rex 6000 MicroPDA-Credit card sized PDA
Motorola, Inc.-Accompli A009-PDA and phone together with color screen


Winner: Audio: Mainstream Audio Devices
American Acoustic Development-AAD E-Series Lifestyle System

Finalists
American Acoustic Development-AAD E-Series Lifestyle System - Great sounding 5.1 speaker system
Midwives-The Madplayer DB-4-Interactive digital music player
TDK Electronics Corp-TDK Termor S-150-Great sounding very inexpensive speakers


Winner: Video: Television, Video Recorders, Personal Television
Nokia-Media Terminal

Finalists
Nokia-Media Terminal-Internet enabled set-top box
Snapstream-Snapstream Media Personal Video Station-Turns your PC into a personal video server
AccessDTV-DTV-1003-Turns your PC into a HDTV receiver


Winner: Internet: Dedicated Internet and Email Devices
Hughes Network Systems-Satellite Return DirecPC

Finalists
Hughes Network Systems-Satellite Return DirecPC-Two way satellite-based Internet access
Sony-E-Villa-Internet Appliance
Qubit-Orbit-Wireless webpad


Winner: Digital Imaging: Digital Cameras, Scanners, Photo Paper, Etc.
SmaL Camera Technologies-Ultra Pocket Digital Camera

Finalists
SmaL Camera Technologies-Ultra Pocket Digital Camera - Credit card sized 640X480 digital camera
Digitech Products - LLC Digiviewer - Digital binoculars with LCD display
Ceiva-Internet Connected Digital Picture Frame LF2001-Digital picture frame
DigitechProducts-LLC Digiviewer-Digital binoculars with LCD display


Winner: Telephony: Cell Phones, Home Phones, Internet Phones, Etc.
Seiko Instruments Inc.-Wearable Mobile Phone

Finalists
Seiko-Wearable Mobile Phone - A cell phone you wear on your wrist
Nokia-3390 Wireless Phone - Well made inexpensive cell phone
Motorola Inc.-V Series V60 Phone - Very sleek clamshell cell phone


Winner: Auto, Marine, and RV: If it's For Your Car, Truck, or Boat
XM-Satellite Radio System

Finalists
XM-Satellite Radio System -Satellite Radio System
Donnelly Corporation - VideoMirror with BabyVue and ReversAid-In vehicle camera system to spy on baby and back of car
Sirius Radio - Sirius Satellite Radio


Winner: Specialty Audio: High End Audio Hardware
Sonigistix-Monsoon FPF Series Speakers

Finalists
Sonigistix-Monsoon FPF Series Speakers - Great sounding flat panel speakers
Linn Products-Limited Linn Knekt Kivor music system-hard disk based CD player
S.A.P.-Relaxa 1-Magnetic Levitation based vibration isolation system


Winner: Accessories and Personal Electronics: Everything Else
Path Group/IXOS-CaP 280-easy to install coax cable

Finalists
Path Group/IXOS-CaP 280-easy to install coax cable
Acer NeWeb Corp.-Phaser AA001-Turns IR remote into RF Remote
Gemini Industries-PROmote PRO100-Universal Remote you program with your PC

"The competition was truly fierce", said Jim Louderback, TechTV's on-air host, editorial director, and coordinator of the contest. "I was very impressed with the overwhelming number of truly impressive and innovative products. 2001 is going to be a great year for anyone that loves consumer electronics. There are some great new products coming soon. The judges decisions were difficult, but in the end, they came through, selecting the most outstanding consumer technology products."

The winners were announced yesterday evening, at a gala awards ceremony at the Las Vegas Convention Center, where the show is taking place. CES participants, entrant representatives, TechTV talent and representatives, and a host of media gathered at the event to witness the unveiling of this year's winners. Additional information on each of the winners can be found at www.techtv.com/ces.

The 'Best of CES' awards ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on TechTV starting Tuesday, January 9th, at 7.00 p.m. (PT). TechTV can be found at www.techtv.com.
About CES and the CEA The 2001 International CES-Your Source for Workstyle and Lifestyle Technology will be held Saturday, January 6 through Tuesday, January 9 in Las Vegas, Nev. For more news on CES before, during and after the show, visit www.CESweb.org, the interactive source for CES information.

January 09 - EleTel Ships Revolutionary New Pocket PC Voice Mail. EleTel Corporation (CDNX:YLE.U.) today announced that the Company has begun shipping Callex(R) PocketPC with ETPlayer(TM), a voice mail product designed specifically for Pocket PC users today.
Callex PocketPC with ETPlayer enables Pocket PC users to simply record voice messages and send them to any email address or phone number. Recipients can easily send a voice or text reply that appears in the Pocket PC or desktop email. ETPlayer users can receive voice replies by telephone as well.
Pocket PC users have a great need for data mobility, yet prior to ETPlayer, there was no realistic handheld-computer solution for messaging," said Dr. George Krucik, CEO of EleTel. "Typing email messages on a handheld device is cumbersome. These devices are better suited to voice. Now, with ETPlayer, sending voice messages with a Pocket PC is as easy as using the telephone and more flexible than email. ETPlayer is versatile enough to satisfy the needs of today's busy mobile lifestyle."
ETPlayer works on Windows Powered Pocket PCs such as the Casio Cassiopeia E-125, Hewlett Packard Jornada 540 series, and Compaq iPAQ 3600 series. With ActiveSync, messages can be recorded on a Pocket PC and transmitted from a desktop computer. Using a Pocket PC with the appropriate CDPD modem, ETPlayer provides wireless communications, sending and receiving voice mail from any location.
ETPlayer pricing begins at $39.95. ETPlayer works in conjunction with EleTel's Callex Pocket PC voice messaging services available through www.poctalk.com. For more information, visit EleTel at www.eletel.com.

January 09 - Crusoe Processor Receives Consumer Electronics Show Award. Transmeta Corporation's Crusoe processor has been named as a Best of Show award winner in the Innovations 2001 Computer Hardware and Software category at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Transmeta is at the Consumer Electronics Show displaying new products utilizing its software-based Crusoe processor, including a newly announced integrated computer display from Philips Components. The product, called the Net Display Module, is targeted for Web slates, tablets, pads and other mobile computing devices. It will be used in Philips' products and will be offered by Philips for use in computer devices from other manufacturers.
"Last year we introduced the Crusoe processor and began securing major computer manufacturers as customers," said Jim Chapman, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Transmeta Corporation. "This award is an acknowledgment of the innovation that Crusoe is enabling in these emerging mobile computing products."
To learn more about Transmeta, or the Crusoe processor, visit their Website at www.transmeta.com.

January 09 - Cellport Announces Availability of Universal Wireless Hands-Free System for Vehicles. Cellport Systems, a world leader in providing in-vehicle wireless communications and telematics systems, today announced general availability of the Cellport(R) 3000 Universal Hands-Free System for wireless phones in vehicles.
The system uses a patented Universal Docking Station and phone-specific Pocket Adapter to accommodate different manufacturers and models of phones. Other features include intelligent battery charging and an external antenna connection, which improves signal strength and reduces dropped calls.
Typically there have been three barriers to customer acceptance of other hands-free systems: poor sound quality, safety concerns and a lack of upgrade options with single-phone platforms. Cellport 3000 removes all these barriers by providing a universal solution that accommodates a multitude of popular phone models, allowing customers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road, and greatly reducing noise and echo through advanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP) audio enhancements.
The company also demonstrated its next generation of hands-free systems at CES. The Cellport 3000 VR, which will be introduced later in 2001, incorporates voice recognition functions, such as voice dialing and a voice-driven phone book. Unlike other voice-recognition systems that have to "learn" the caller's voice, the Cellport 3000 VR is speaker-independent and understands simple commands spoken in English.
Suggested retail pricing is $199 for the Cellport 3000 (currently available for Motorola(R) and Nokia(R) model phones). Additional Pocket Adaptors are available at the suggested retail price of $59. Pocket Adapters for many other popular phones will be available for shipment in 2001. Visit the Cellport Systems Web site at www.cellport.com.

January 09 - MINOLTA-QMS announces affordable Magicolor 2200 DeskLaser. MINOLTA-QMS Inc. today announced the arrival of its newest color laser printer, the magicolor(R) 2200 DeskLaser.
Affordably priced at $1299, it's like buying a black-and-white printer and getting color for free. The magicolor 2200 DeskLaser comes with standard 10/100BaseTX Ethernet interface for instant networking capability and is designed to make printing more productive for workgroups who primarily use Windows(R) applications.
The magicolor 2200 DeskLaser doesn't sacrifice quality for performance. The printer offers 1200 dpi resolution for impressive documents -- from general reports and letters to presentations and brochures.
The magicolor 2200 DeskLaser has an automated color control system that includes automatic ICC-based color matching and AIC (Automatic Image Calibration). A closed-loop color correction system, AIC optimizes the printer to produce the most consistent, high-quality output every time.

Specs:
-- 32 MB SDRAM
-- 1200 dpi standard resolution
-- Ethernet (10/100BaseTX) and Parallel interface
-- 500-sheet standard cassette, 150-sheet multipurpose tray
-- CrownView Status and Management Tools

The magicolor 2200 DeskLaser is available immediately through MINOLTA-QMS' worldwide network of authorized distributor and reseller partners. To locate the reseller nearest you visit the MINOLTA-QMS Web site at www.minolta-qms.com. All prices are in U.S. dollars.

January 08 - CMi unveils their new and improved iCEBOX Appliance. Today CMi Worldwide proudly unveils their new and improved iCEBOX(TM)CounterTop and FlipScreen models with advanced features. The iCEBOX – Information Communication Entertainment Box – is the only web-enabled multimedia device designed specifically for the kitchen.
A simple Internet only appliance it’s not. In addition to its standard features of TV, Internet access, home video monitoring, and washable keyboard the new features include an untethered portal option, a DVD drive, a 600x800 monitor display, and an upgraded browser. The new iCEBOX(TM) is now even more attractive to consumers who want TV, Internet, DVD and multimedia capabilities in one simple to use device.
Much like the last revolutionary product for the kitchen, the microwave oven, the iCEBOX(TM) will forever change the lifestyles of Household CEOs and their families. The iCEBOX(TM) is scheduled to ship in Q1 of 2001 and will be distributed through Salton – the distributor of other well known kitchen appliances including the hugely successful Juiceman(TM) and George Foreman Grill(TM).
The iCEBOX(TM) is incredibly easy-to-use, includes a washable, greaseproof and shockproof wireless keyboard and remote, and will change the way the family works, plays and plans while in the kitchen. To further enhance the Web experience, the advanced iCEBOX(TM) now comes with either flat screen or CDT display. The new CDT display makes viewing the Web easier and avoids problems associated with Web translation onto the TV. The addition of a video camera enables the iCEBOX(TM) to act as an eye to any room in the house, watching the front door or infants sleeping upstairs.
For more information visit www.cmiworldwide.com.

January 08 - Sharp introduces eight-inch LCD screen portable DVD player. Sharp Electronics Corporation is setting a new standard for the DVD market with the world’s first eight-inch LCD screen portable DVD player.
The DV-L80U raises the bar for portable DVD players by delivering home theater quality features housed in a sleek, compact design that boasts a 13 percent larger view than any other portable. Also being launched at CES 2001 is the DV-L78U, a seven-inch screen portable DVD player with outstanding functionality.
The portable DV-L80U measures just 8.2" (W) X 6.1" (H) X 1" (D) (only slightly larger than a paperback book) and weighs less than two pounds without the battery (2 pounds, 13 ounces with battery). This lightweight design, combined with an easy-to-use graphical user interface, enables consumers to experience high quality entertainment virtually everywhere – from home to the office to the car, to the beach or even camping.
The DV-L80U also boasts up to an incredible 3.5 hour battery life*, a built-in Dolby® Digital Audio Decoder (5.1 channels and Dolby Pro Logic), DVD-RW integrated technology, easy-to-use function controls and an ultra-thin, unified remote control.
The DV-L80U and the DV-L78U are available now at a suggested retail price of $1,599.99 and $1299.95, respectively. Visit the Sharp Web site at www.sharp-usa.com.

January 08 - AIWA showcases new MP3 products. In an aggressive expansion of its MP3 player lineup, AIWA introduced a new product line that offers MP3 playback in portable, car audio and home products. The new products, to become available beginning this spring, include dedicated portable MP3 players plus car audio, portable CD and home audio products that play MP3-encoded CDs.
In flash memory portables, AIWA will field four players this year. The new MM-RX400 includes a built-in AM/FM tuner and offers 64MB of memory, USB interface, SDMI compliance and supports both the MP3 and WMA music formats. It will be available in April at a suggested retail price of $400.00. It joins the recently introduced MM-VX200, which continues in the line. It is an SDMI-compliant player with 32MB of memory and an included 32MB memory card. It has a suggested retail price of $299.00.
In the summer, AIWA will expand its line-up with two new multi-codec flash memory players, one with a built-in AM/FM tuner. Model numbers and pricing will be announced at that time.
Other options for listening to MP3 files on the go include the AIWA XP-MP3 portable CD player that plays audio CDs and MP3-encoded CD-R/RW discs. It displays ID3 tags, and offers a fixed/variable bit rate (32k-320kbps), E.A.S.S. Plus on audio CD playback, three-point LED battery indicator, multi-bit dual D/A converter, rechargeable battery compatibility, and comes with a car kit that includes DC and cassette adapters. It will be available in February and carry a suggested retail price of $240.00.
Boombox fans who want their MP3 can choose a new AIWA unit [model number to be announced] that plays both audio CDs and MP3-encoded CDs. The new boombox features four-speaker front surround, full logic cassette section controls, full-function remote control, AM/FM digital synthesized tuner, 2.5 watts per channel power output, QSound for surround sound effects, auto-reverse and bass reflex speakers. It will be available in June at a suggested retail price of $175.00.
In home audio products, AIWA is offering a system with a three-CD changer that will also play MP3-encoded CDs. The new XS-V30 sports AIWA’s new design concept, with a gently curved front panel and a motorized portion that conceals secondary controls. It also features AIWA’s exclusive new D.I.N.A. (Dynamic Integrated Neo Amplifier) technology that delivers greater dynamic range, increased headroom, lower distortion and a wider soundstage. Power output is 60 watts per channel, and in addition to the CD changer there’s an AM/FM digital synthesized tuner and a pair of two-way bass reflex speakers. The XS-V30 will be available in June at a suggested retail price of $350.00.
In car audio, AIWA is expanding its MP3 options, adding the new CDC-MP32 while continuing to offer the CDC-MP3, both of which offer playback of MP3-encoded CDs. The CDC-MP32 is a step-up model with an internal amplifier with a power output of 50 watts X 4. It will be available in April at a suggested retail price of $400.00.

January 08 - Cidco announces new E-mail Net Appliances. Cidco Inc. [NASDAQ:CDCO] is ringing in the 21st century with an even better way to stay connected by introducing its new Mivo 200ä, which will be showcased at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 6–9, 2001 in Las Vegas.
The Mivo (rhymes with “five-oh” ) generation of e-mail Net appliances from category leader Cidco builds on the popularity of Cidco’s MailStationä, the original affordable, personal, “one-touch e-mail without-the-PC” appliance that works anywhere, anytime. With integral keyboard and screen (Cidco provides the Internet connection), MailStation and the more feature-rich Mivo 200 simply plug it into a phone jack, and are ready to use.
The Mivo 200 offers the same simplicity, convenience, portability, and ease of use as MailStation, but takes it to the next level. Along with e-mail, the Mivo 200 will deliver personal Internet content, as well as a new design, larger keyboard, and 56K modem.
MailStation retails for $99.99 plus $9.95 per month for e-mail service. The Mivo 200 will retail for $129.99, with a monthly service fee of $12.95. Annual service plans are also available for MailStation as well as for the new Mivo models.
In the April/May period, Cidco will launch the new flagship of the Mivo product line — the Mivo 300(TM), which will retail for $179.99, with a monthly service fee of $14.95. The Mivo 300 will deliver flexible communication, an ample serving of Internet content, personalized Web channels, personalized HTML Web pages, an improved display screen, and picture attachment capabilities — PC-like functionality without the hassles of the PC. Boasting a full-size keyboard, enhanced graphics display, and increased memory to accommodate larger e-mail messages, the Mivo 300 also will provide users with a digital photo album as well as an enhanced electronic calendar and address book.

January 08 - Fujifilm introduces FinePix 40i MP3 Audio/Digital Camera. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. combines three of today’s most popular mobile platforms – digital imaging, MP3 audio and digital video – into the Fujifilm FinePix 40i Digital Camera, which is available at retailers nationwide for an estimated street price of $699. Fujifilm is the first manufacturer to pair MP3 audio technology with a high-resolution digital camera.
The credit card-sized (3.4” W x 2.8” H x 1.1” D) FinePix 40i captures sharp and colorful pictures. It has an equivalent ISO sensitivity of 200, built-in flash, five programmed exposure modes, a USB port for quick and easy transfer of images and a generously sized 1.8-inch LCD, considering the size of the camera. Compatible with wafer-thin SmartMedia(TM) cards, the removable storage media of choice for many digital camera and portable MP3 player users, the FinePix 40i also can capture 80 seconds of continuous AVI video with sound.
Just like other MP3 audio players, users can download music to the FinePix 40i via its USB port and playback near CD-quality music. All MP3 controls (play/stop, forward/back, volume) are on a tethered remote into which the FinePix 40i’s provided headphones - or the user’s own - can be inserted for private listening. As an added bonus, the remote control can be used with the camera to take and then view captured pictures, along with controlling the camera’s digital zoom.
In addition to Fujifilm’s traditional silver, magnesium alloy housing, a limited supply of metallic blue FinePix 40i digital cameras are also available to consumers. Bundled along with the camera are two, high-powered, nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries, a charger, Adobe ActiveShare® photo editing software and RealJukebox® digital audio software. Visit the company’s web site at www.fujifilm.com.

January 08 - JVC's Audio Division Introduces New Digital Products. JVC's Audio Division continues to provide innovative and stylish digital products that "Excite Your Senses" by providing a remarkable listening experience for its customers. These hot new products will be showcased at the annual Consumer Electronics Show, January 6-9, 2001 in the Las Vegas Convention Center.
DVD Audio leads a strong new product line-up.
JVC is exciting the crowds with the launch of the XV-D9000 DVD Audio/Video Player, a versatile performer designed for use with DVD Audio, DVD Video, CD, and Video CD. The XV-D9000 offers compatibility with leading DVD Audio formats, and is packed for performance with JVC's algorithmic Extended K2 processing that scientifically "fills in" the absence of higher musical frequencies, along with Progressive Scan Output. It is armed with the latest technologies to perform to with zero interference, zero vibration and zero resonance.
JVC'S new CD and CD-R/CD-RW combination deck.
JVC is taking dubbing and programming to a whole new level of performance and fun with its new CD-R and CD-R/W Combination Decks. The cutting-edge, full-featured XL-R5010BK offers a triple tray CD Changer with a single CD-R/RW, while the XL-R2010BK offers one tray each of CD and CD-R/RW combination recording. With the XL-R5010BK CD/CDR Multiple Compact Disc Recorder, users have ultimate control with the ability to program from up to three CDs in a triple-tray changer, mix in voice from a microphone, optical digital or line jacks, and record the results on an extremely versatile, built-in CD-R/RW recorder. A K2 Interface provides higher-quality sound than ever before.
New TH-A9 DVD Digital Theater System.
"Excite Your Senses" with the new TH-A9 DVD Digital Home Theater System. The TH-A9 thunders with powerful sound and delights the senses with beauty and simplicity in a compact size and classic, sleek design. The sleek futuristic design and uncluttered single-wire connections whisper elegance. But don't let the beauty and charm of this impressive performer lull you; 200 Watts of power flowing through the six-channel amplifier are sure to keep your attention. The built-in DVD Video with CD/CD-R/CD-RW/VCD playback capability and FM/AM tuner highlight its versatility. And Dolby Digital/DTS Surround Decoder ensure that the compact TH-A9 never falls short on performance.
G-Max GIGA-TUBE.
JVC will be turning heads on college campuses across the country with its newest and coolest audio shelf system: the G-Max GIGA-TUBE Audio System. Two variations, the MX-GT90 and MX-GT80 are offered, each designed with a wild new look and sweeping labyrinth pipe system that amplifies the heart-thumping bass and gives the unit a dynamic look that excite the senses. With superior sound and drop-dead good looks, JVC's GIGA-TUBE system is sure to be the hottest choice on college campuses this spring!
JVC Debuts MX Series.
JVC introduces DVD to its popular MX Series with the launch of the top-of-the-line MX-DVA9 and MX-DVA5 DVD Compact Component Systems, booming with 400 Watts of Power and Dolby Digital Surround Sound. Each of these superb new MX Component Stereo Systems offer outstanding power, superior audio technology for precision sound reproduction, and the versatility of triple-tray DVD/CD or CD Changers. With JVC's newest MX Series, having your own home theater sound system is as simple as plugging in the MX-DVA9.
JVC Go Portable Systems.
JVC's new PC-X250 and PC-XC350 Home and Go Portable Systems are convenient for travel but never skimp on the crisp, powerful sound quality that consumers expect from JVC. The consumer can choose between the PC-XC350 with dual cassette and a triple-tray CD changer, or opt for just the single CD in the PC-X250. Either way, these exciting next generation portables literally let you take all the comforts of home stereo with you anywhere. At the same time, JVC is setting the trend on the streets and at schools, playgrounds, college campuses, and beaches across the nation with the introduction of the coolest personal audio equipment ever -an ultra-hip audio system built-into a backpack! JVC's revolutionary RS-WP1 Sports Portable System offers high-quality CD and audiocassette playback and an AM/FM tuner that will literally "Excite Your Senses." Just slip your arms through the straps, plug in your favorite music and move to the groove!
Fulfilling a promise made at CES 2000, JVC announces the debut of the XA-SD1 Portable Secure Digital Audio Player with MP3 capabilities, which makes it easy to enjoy music downloaded from the Internet, a PC or CD ripping. JVC's compact new XA-SD1 responds to increased demand for high-quality sound in the widening world of SD (Secure Digital) audio playback. SD is a next-generation memory card jointly developed and promoted by Panasonic, Toshiba and SanDisk. The size of a postage stamp, it has the capacity to store up to 64 MB of data with 1 GB projected by 2003.
Visit JVC's Web site at www.jvc.com.

January 08 - Belkin announces FireWire 6-Port hub. Belkin Components, the leading manufacturer of FireWire digital video editing and connectivity products, today introduced its highly innovative and extremely stylish FireWire 6-Port hub (F5U526).
The Belkin FireWire 6-Port hub, at a speed of 400Mbps, connects multiple FireWire peripherals through a single port. Additional Belkin hubs may be stacked vertically or horizontally enabling up to 63 devices to be connected. To access your peripherals quickly and easily, the hub also features 1 port on the front of the hub, in addition to the 5 on the inside of the connector bay.
The new FireWire 6-Port hub from Belkin will be available in March 2001 and will have an MSRP of $99.99. Visit the company’s website at www.belkin.com.

January 07 - Sunday Shopping Watch. Special Discounts and Financing.
Best Buy
is advertising no interest financing for one year on all desktop computers and notebooks.
Circuit City is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on all Celeron desktop computer packages and notebooks.
Office Depot
has no store-wide specials this Sunday..
Staples has no store-wide sales this Sunday.

CompUSA has $100 instant savings on any advertised complete system or notebook, and no interest, no payment, 6 month financing with computer purchase of $299 or more.
Comment on CompUSA advertised prices. CompUSA has stopped its somewhat questionable practice of showing a picture of a complete system with the price of the computer only, exclusive of the cost of the monitor and printer (additional charges applied to monitors and printers). Let's hope this continues.
Internet Rebates. All stores continue to offer the 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete system is defined as a computer with monitor and printer.
A built-to-order system is customized and ordered from a Vendor's store. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.

Best Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description Price* (see above) Store
Best Low Cost Celeron Deal HP 667 MHz complete system $550 Circuit City, Staples
Best High-End Celeron Deal None advertised    
Best Low Cost Pentium III System HP 850 MHz complete system $1200 Staples
Best High End Pentium III System HP 900 MHz complete system $1450 CompUSA
Best Low Cost Athlon System Compaq 750 MHz Duron complete system $650 Best Buy
Best High End Athlon System Micron 1000 MHz DDR complete system $1499 Best Buy
Best Pentium 4 System None advertised    
Best Low Cost Notebook Toshiba Celeron 600 MHz $899 Circuit City
Best High End Notebook Sony 700 MHz with DVD $2400 CompUSA

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of the highlights of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store have the same items, this article should help you to make informed buying decisions.

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