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Computer News and Rumors

July 17-23 2002

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
Every Sunday, News and Rumors features "Sunday Shopping Watch", which is a comparison and analysis of Sunday computer store advertisements.
The Computer News and Rumors is an archived column, so feel free to review previous week's or month's computer news by clicking here. Previous computer news articles can also be searched, by using our site search feature found in the top and bottom menu bar.

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Jul 23 Plextor Introduces Ultra-Portable CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive
Jul 23 Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 has Rich Feature-Set and Reasonable Price
Jul 23 Planar Announces New Line of Flat-Panel Monitors
Jul 23 Transmeta Corp. Reports Q2 Revenue Up 82%
Jul 23 Broderbund to Launch MovieShop Deluxe
Jul 22 eBay Inc. Announces Transaction Revenue Growth of 66%
Jul 22 Americans Opt for E-Work
Jul 22 Mediafour Launches MacDrive 5
Jul 21 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jul 19 ATI announces Radeon 9000 for PCs and Macs
Jul 19 Apple announces new iPod MP3 players for Windows and Macs
Jul 19 Apple Unveils 17-inch Flat Screen iMac
Jul 19 IBM Reports 2002 Second-Quarter Results
Jul 19 Apple Reports Third Quarter Results
Jul 18 NETGEAR Announces Powerline Networking Products for the Home
Jul 18 Fujitsu Unveils 60GB 2.5'' Hard Disk Drives
Jul 18 ADS Enables DVD Video Creation for Legacy Mac Powerbooks
Jul 18 Palm Digital Media Unveils New eBook Application for Desktops
Jul 18 One-Billionth DVD to Ship This Month
Jul 17 Intel Reports Second Quarter Profit
Jul 17 AMD Announces support for NVIDIA® nForce2 Platform
Jul 17 Dell Introduces Two New SmartStep Notebooks
Jul 17 PKWARE Announces Security-Enabled PKZIP 5.0
Jul 17 Corel Corporation Announces WordPerfect Family Pack 4

 

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Jul 23 - Plextor Introduces Ultra-Portable CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo Drive. Plextor(R) Corp., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance CD-related equipment and software, today announced the immediate release of the PlexCombo(TM) 8/8/24-8U optical disk drive with Hi-Speed USB(TM) 2.0 interface.
The new PlexCombo drive offers four different functions in one ultra-portable package: 8X CD-Recording, 8X CD-Rewriting, 24X-max CD-ROM playback, and 8X-max DVD-ROM playback.

The PlexCombo 8/8/24-8U is lightweight, compact -- almost pocketsize -- and housed in a highly stylish yet durable graphite-and-gold enclosure. The ultra-portable drive measures just 5.55-inches by .87-inches by 6.73-inches and weighs only 1.1 lbs. Mobile professionals and other users-on-the-go benefit from the ease-of-use and versatility of having CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives combined into a single portable device.

The drive connects via Universal Serial Bus (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 or USB 1.1) to any laptop or desktop computer (PC or Mac). The new PlexCombo is also Plug & Play compatible with Windows(R) 98SE/ME/2000/XP(TM) for easy setup. Users can typically begin recording custom CDs or watching DVD movies within minutes of opening the box.

"The new PlexCombo gives customers everything they want in an optical disk drive -- Hi-Speed USB 2.0 data transfer rates, unparalleled reliability, extreme portability, and design flair," said Howard Wing, vice president of sales and marketing for Plextor. "This second-generation product expands our family of ultra-portable drives, adding DVD capability for the mobile warrior."

The ultra-portable PlexCombo 8/8/24-8U (CD-RW/DVD-ROM drive) with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 is scheduled for shipment to distributors and resellers immediately. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $279. All retail packages include unlimited toll-free technical support and one-year full warranty.

More information can be found at www.plextor.com.

Jul 23 - Toshiba Satellite 1100-S101 has Rich Feature-Set and Reasonable Price. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group today announced the new Satellite(R) 1100-S101.

Priced at only $1,249, the Satellite 1100-S101 is designed for students, families and small businesses looking for a feature-rich notebook at a value price.

The Satellite 1100-S101 is an affordable hardware solution that small businesses can use to enhance productivity and mobilize their workforces. With a 20GB hard disk drive (HDD), DVD-ROM and a built-in floppy drive, the Satellite 1100-S101 is a full-featured notebook PC at an affordable price.

Adding power and performance, the Satellite 1100-S101 is packed with an Intel(R) Celeron(R) 1.33GHz processor, 256MB of RAM and a 14.1-inch diagonal TFT display, giving users the capabilities they need to handle any memory-intensive application with ease.

For additional information about the Satellite 1100-S101, visit www.csd.toshiba.com.

Jul 23 - Planar Announces New Line of Flat-Panel Monitors. Planar Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: PLNR) has launched a new family of ultra-thin desktop monitors that set new standards for price-for-performance, sleek design and ease-of-use, raising the bar in the flat-panel display industry.

The new slim-bezel displays have 30 percent smaller frames thanother comparable models on the market, and offer top visual performance characteristics at prices that make them the best value in the industry. A variety of mounting and viewing options, coupled with color-coded cables and one button auto-adjust for easy set-up, address the needs of both demanding professionals and first-time buyers.

New Monitors Set Price-for-Performance Standards

The new 15-inch models have a stand with a pivoting base that mounts to the wall or sits on the desk and folds flat when not in use. Aimed squarely at the highest-volume segment of the flat-panel monitor market, Planar's 15-inch monitors support resolutions up to 1020 x 768 (XGA), weigh less than eight pounds and are available with or without speakers. Estimated street prices for the 15-inch monitors start at $380.

Planar's first 16-inch monitors address a growing retailer need: a high-performance product that fills the current price gap between 15-and 17-inch flat-panel displays. This attractive, thin-bezel model offers a viewable area equivalent to an 18-inch CRT monitor and delivers the performance of a 17-inch flat-panel monitor for just $599.

Planar's new 17-inch monitors also set the pace in their class for value and visual performance, with a 170-degree viewing angle in horizontal and vertical directions. Thin, lightweight and space saving like the rest of the line, Planar's new bezel design lets the company pack a 17-inch screen into the same external dimensions as current 15-inch flat-panel monitors, maximizing viewing area for the user while minimizing desktop footprint. Estimated street price for the new 17-inch models starts at $645.

For more information visit www.planar.com.

Jul 23 - Transmeta Corp. Reports Q2 Revenue Up 82%. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq: TMTA) today reported net revenue of $7.5 million for its second quarter of fiscal 2002, ended June 28, 2002, which represents an increase of $3.4 million or 82 percent over first quarter revenue of $4.1 million.

"We are very pleased with the company's progress in the second quarter, and believe we will continue to see increased customer adoption of the TM5800 product in the third quarter and beyond," said Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO. "In the past few months, we have announced several important customer design wins, including Hewlett-Packard's new Compaq Evo Tablet PC, which is scheduled to ship later this year. With the demand for mobile computing devices growing faster than desktop PC's, Transmeta is extremely well positioned to increase market share and revenue in the quarters to come," Dr. Perry said.

Restructuring Actions/Profitability Goal

Transmeta announced that it is taking restructuring actions today to streamline the company and accelerate its path to profitability, including reducing its workforce by approximately 40 percent or 200 people. The company's goal is to lower operating expenses to approximately $20 million per quarter beginning in the fourth quarter, and to reach profitability in the fourth quarter of 2003.

The company also said that it has decided not to productize the TM6000, but will work with customers to develop future system-on-a-chip solutions that will address their design requirements. "Our flagship product, the TM5800, provides customers with the balance of long battery life, high performance and low cost that they require. We will continue to improve the features and capabilities of the TM5800, addressing evolving customer needs for next generation designs," Dr. Perry said.

To learn more about Transmeta visit www.transmeta.com.

Jul 23 - Broderbund to Launch MovieShop Deluxe. Broderbund(TM) will ship MovieShop(TM) Deluxe, a powerful video editing product that combines the ease-of-use and quality consumers have come to expect from Broderbund with next generation features, such as video CD burning and DVD authoring and recording.

Expected to ship this August, MovieShop Deluxe will enable users to take their video files, capture them into MovieShop Deluxe and then edit and enhance their favorite clips by adding titles, music, special effects and transitions. Next, they can take their movie masterpieces and output them in popular formats including MPEG 1 & 2, QuickTime(R) and AVI and then save the movies to videotape, CD or DVD.

Perfect for sharing and saving video memories, movies can be posted to the Web or shared online via email. The product even includes CD/DVD authoring and burning. It's easy to include friends and family in the fun with MovieShop Deluxe. This Windows based title will have an estimated retail price of $89.99.

MovieShop Deluxe was developed in partnership with Adamation, Inc. of Oakland, Calif. and represents more than 5 years in combined engineering efforts. Broderbund, the leading publisher of productivity software, according to NPD Intellect Market Tracking, will ship MovieShop Deluxe the same day it ships The Print Shop(R) Deluxe 15 and will feature the two lines together at leading retailers.

More information about Broderbund and its products can be found at www.broderbund.com.

Jul 21 - eBay Inc. Announces Transaction Revenue Growth of 66%. eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), the world's online marketplace, reported financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2002.

Online net transaction revenues in Q2-02 increased 66% year-over-year to a record $235.3 million, driven by 48% year-over-year transaction revenue growth in the U.S. and 152% year-over-year growth internationally. This transaction revenue growth was partially offset by an 11% year-over-year decrease in third party advertising revenues. As a result, consolidated Q2-02 net revenues increased 47% over the $180.9 million generated in Q2-01.

"The strength of our transaction business allowed us once again to deliver record revenues and record profitability," said Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay. "These results demonstrate that our continued focus on expanding the eBay marketplace is accelerating the company's growth around the world."

Key Financial and Operating Metrics

Listings -- eBay hosted a record 145.2 million listings during the quarter, representing a 47% year-over-year increase from the 98.7 million reported in Q2-01.

Registered Users -- eBay added 4.4 million new confirmed registered users, offset by approximately 700 thousand user IDs eliminated as part of the company's enhanced trust and safety policies at Internet Auction Company, its South Korean subsidiary. Cumulative confirmed registered users at the end of Q2-02 totaled a record 49.7 million, representing a 46% increase over the 34.1 million users reported at the end of Q2-01.

Key Category Performance -- The company achieved double-digit year-over-year growth rates in gross merchandise sales across virtually all top-level categories. Globally, eBay's ten largest categories in Q2-02 were: eBay Motors, Computers, Consumer Electronics, Book/Movies/Music, Sports, Collectibles, Toys, Clothing & Accessories, Jewelry & Gemstones and Photo.

Jul 21 - Americans Opt for E-Work. Given a choice between working from home and additional pay, a significant percentage of Americans would say good-bye to their daily commute.

A new survey and white paper released today find that e-work, sometimes referred to as "telecommuting," is widely recognized by most adults as a fast track to a better life.

"Until it fits the way we live, work and play, broadband is little more than bland-land," said Harris N. Miller, President of the Information Technology Association of America and a leading spokesman for the campaign. "Almost 20 percent of Americans spending an hour or more commuting every day, and I would suspect that virtually everyone who does so is sick of it. That is why we think e-work is one of the applications with the power to catapult broadband to the next level."

At the same time, Miller said broadband stands to make e-work a more realistic option for employers and employees alike. "Studies show the frustration of slow speed network connections is one of the biggest show stoppers to widespread adoption of e-work. If employers feel that their employees are losing productivity at home, they will shun this option. The good news is that high speed Internet access is now widely available. Putting broadband and e-work together is a winning combination."

Among the most important survey findings:

-- A majority of Americans (54 percent) think that telecommuting
would improve the quality of their lives. Among those that
commute an hour or more a day, this view jumped to 66 percent.

-- Many Americans believe that being able to telecommute would
provide more time to be a better parent or spouse. Forty-three
percent of respondents indicated that they would be a better
spouse or parent if they were able to telecommute.

-- Among those who commute, about one-third would prefer the
option of telecommuting over a higher salary. Additionally, a
significant portion of the population (46 percent) thought
their quality of work would improve if they were able to
telecommute.

-- Americans do have concerns about e-work, but the study shows
that even these can be overcome. Twenty percent of respondents
feared that they would not have enough contact with their
fellow workers. However, 60% of those with this concern said
they would be more likely to telecommute if, through
technology, they could have immediate face to face contact. In
addition to the survey findings, the white paper explores the
issues involved in using broadband as the springboard to a
more robust e-work program. While dial-up networking from home
or the road is largely a means of web-surfing and reading
e-mail, broadband connectivity opens the door to large-scale
file-sharing, working in collaborative teams,
videoconferencing, webcasting and other applications that make
physical location irrelevant to getting the job done.

A copy of the survey results and new white paper are available on the web at www.positivelybroadband.org.

Jul 22 - Mediafour Launches MacDrive 5. Mediafour Corporation announced today the debut of MacDrive 5, the newest version of its cross-platform file sharing software. MacDrive 5 provides an easy and seamless way for PCs and Macs to exchange documents. It incorporates a great many enhancements, including a new set of advanced options, without sacrificing the ease-of-use to that makes MacDrive appealing to so many users.

One of the most significant features of MacDrive 5 is Windows XP compatibility, as well as continued support for Microsoft Windows Me, 98, 95, NT 4.0 and 2000. MacDrive 5 complements the Windows XP focus on improving the user experience by offering a more navigable "XP-style" interface and by adding a tutorial section to the help file for easier troubleshooting. New advanced options include a read-only mode and a taskbar notification icon, which provides shortcuts to the most popular MacDrive features.

MacDrive 5 includes faster copying of multiple files, the display of Mac icons on property pages, new extension maps supporting software such as Office X, and support for Mac OS X long file names. In addition, MacDrive 5 bundles the full version of the latest release of Aladdin Systems' popular StuffIt product (a $30 value), which enables users to create, open and e-mail both Zip and StuffIt files quickly and easily.

"MacDrive has long been quality software," said Mediafour president Brian Landwehr. "This particular release of MacDrive, however, has a mix of new features, improvements and a slick new interface that all work together to make it something special. This is what modern Windows users expect from software."

Mediafour Corporation can be reached on the World Wide Web at www.mediafour.com.

Jul 21 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - Best Buy has an HP Athlon XP 2000+ complete build-to-order system for $947. Circuit City had an Athlon XP 1400+ notebook with CD-RW/DVD for $1199.

Weekly Comparison. This week we had a very mixed bag of prices. (See our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.)

Notebooks - Prices went up this week on notebooks. No Celeron notebooks were advertised. The Toshiba Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW for $15499 went up $200 compared to last week.
Desktops - There were no low-end Celeron systems (Celeron systems slower than 1.7 GHz) advertised this week. High-end Celeron prices stayed about the same.
Prices went up on Pentium 4 desktops. AMD Athlon XP system prices were mixed.

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.)

BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages, $150 mail-in rebates on all notebooks, and a $50 gift card with any Pentium 4 desktop package. They are also offering 12 months of no interest financing on any computer purchase over $298.
Circuit City is giving 12 months of free CompuServe on any in-store computer purchase and is offering no interest financing for Pentium 4 desktop and AMD notebook purchases.
Office Depot has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA has no store-wide computer promotions this week. Individual items may be on sale.
Staples has no store-wide computer promotions this week. Individual items may be on sale.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated before purchase.
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot, no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade, and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another 3 years.
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.

Note on the "Loaded Celeron" : Intel Celerons at speeds of 1.7 GHz or faster are potentially upgradeable to a Pentium 4 processor. Slower Celerons are not socket compatible with the Pentium 4.
These faster Celeron systems are more like a low end Pentium 4 system as they usually include: 400 MHz bus speed, DDR RAM, CD-RW or DVD drives, and flat screen monitors.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 9 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

Internet Rebates. Most stores are no longer advertising 3 year Internet rebates. Check with your local store before you buy. Please see our article, What You Need to Know About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion of Internet Rebates.

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

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 Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.8 GHz complete system
$959
Office Depot
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
$1249
Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz complete system
$1599
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
$1099
Office Depot
Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2000+ complete system (build-to-order)
$947
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon 1400+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
Circuit City
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1549
Best Buy
Peripherals
Worst Sunday Deal
AMD Athlon 4 1.2 GHz Notebook with DVD/CD-RW
$1249/1299 (after rebates) Can buy newer 1400+ for less
Office Depot, Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 60 GB, 7200 RPM, U133 hard drive
$99 (after rebates)
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 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.

Jul 19 - ATI announces Radeon 9000 for PCs and Macs. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced its groundbreaking new RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO and RADEON(TM) 9700 visual processors.

The impressive list of features found in the RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO include:

-- Quad-pipe architecture: Four parallel rendering pipelines to
power the most challenging applications with amazing speed;

-- Programmable pixel and vertex shaders: SMARTSHADER(TM)
technology takes advantage of the advanced new features in
Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 8.1 and means even the newest and most
advanced 3D games will be fully supported;

-- Flexible multiple display architecture supported by
HYDRAVISION(TM) ATI's desktop management software enabling
productive and effective use of multiple displays; and

-- Industry-leading video playback: New FULLSTREAM(TM) technology
leverages pixel shaders to accelerate video and improve the
quality and scalability of streaming video.

"To successfully drive the visual experience revolution, we need to leverage our technology innovations in lower priced, mainstream products as quickly as possible," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "The RADEON 9000 products feature technology innovations first introduced in the highest-end segment of the market less than 12 months ago, combined with the best performance of any mainstream graphics product. It is the only choice for mainstream gamers this year."

ATI is immediately shipping a RADEON 9000 PRO graphics card, featuring 64MB of DDR memory and flexible dual-display support including DVI-I, VGA and TV-out with a suggested retail price of $149. ATI's board partners will ship products based on the RADEON 9000 and RADEON 9000 PRO chips immediately at very affordable prices.

ATI Radeon 9700

ATI's groundbreaking new chip boasts many industry firsts and revolutionizes the graphics industry with features including eight parallel rendering pipelines, complete Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9 support, AGP 8X support and a fully programmable floating point architecture, leading the industry into a new era of cinematic-quality real time graphics.

The RADEON 9700 has a completely revolutionary architecture focusing on performance, precision and programmability. Its eight parallel rendering pipelines provide the brute force to process over 2.5 billion pixels per second. Four parallel geometry engines process greater than 300 million transformed and lit polygons per second. The performance of this new architecture is staggering, doubling the performance of anything on the market today. In addition, HYPER Z(TM) III reduces overdraw by detecting and discarding hidden pixels and reduces memory bandwidth consumption by over 50 per cent. The RADEON 9700 incorporates a new high-performance 256-bit DDR memory interface, providing over 20 GB/second of graphics memory bandwidth.

The RADEON 9700 is the first to fully support the AGP 8X specification, allowing increased volumes of texture and vertex data to be transferred quickly. The AGP 8X interface was designed to double the graphics processing bandwidth over today's current AGP 4X and the RADEON 9700 has been selected as the validation platform for many motherboard chipset manufacturers. ATI's commitment to AGP 8X ensures that the RADEON 9700 is at the forefront of the latest advancements in chipset technology.

The RADEON 9700 VPU features dual integrated display controllers, dual integrated 400MHz DACs, an integrated TMDS transmitter, and integrated TV-out and HDTV-out support, which enable a variety of display configurations.

Pricing and availability

ATI and its board partners will have RADEON 9700 series products available in August. ATI's retail product will ship with 128 MB DDR memory, DVI-I, VGA and TV-out display connectors with a suggested retail price of USD$399.

Visit ATI online at www.ati.com.

Jul 19 - Apple announces new iPod MP3 players for Windows and Macs. Apple® today extended its lead in the portable digital music market with the introduction of the next generation iPod™, available in three configurations: a 5GB model that now starts at just $299 (US); a 10GB model that is 10 percent thinner for just $399 (US); and a new 20GB model that can hold 4,000 songs for just $499 (US).
Both the 10GB and the 20GB models feature the industry’s first solid-state touch wheel for incredible precision, accuracy and durability, and include a new Apple carrying case and wired remote. The new iPods will be available for the first time to both Mac® and Windows customers.

“The award-winning iPod now comes in models that are more affordable, thinner and hold up to 4,000 songs in your pocket,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “But the biggest news is that we’re bringing the iPod to Windows users, so they can join this amazing portable digital music revolution.”

iPod is the only portable digital music player with Auto-sync, an innovative feature that automatically downloads an entire digital music library into an iPod and keeps it up-to-date whenever the iPod is plugged back into a Mac. With iPod’s built-in FireWire® port, a massive 4,000 song library can be downloaded in just over 30 minutes verses the more than 13 hours it would take to transfer 4,000 songs with USB-based devices.
The iPod’s battery provides up to 10 hours of continuous music and recharges automatically whenever iPod is connected, using power supplied over the FireWire cable. For Mac users, the new iPod will include the new iTunes™ 3, Apple’s award-winning digital music software.* iTunes 3 adds dozens of new features including Smart Playlists that automatically and dynamically update playlists based on simple rules set by the user, Sound Check for consistent volume playback and support for audio programming from Audible.com.
With these new features, Mac users can easily transfer audio programming and sound quality adjustments to their iPod to use wherever they go. Users can now sync information back to iTunes to bookmark where they left off listening to Audible programming, or to update song play-counts or last-played dates for iTunes’ Smart Playlists. iPod’s new digital clock adds the necessary time and date stamp to individual songs.

For Windows users, the iPod now works seamlessly with MUSICMATCH Jukebox, the number one selling music software for PCs. iPod is the only MP3 player to provide Windows customers with Apple’s exclusive Auto-sync technology, to keep their iPod automatically updated every time it is plugged into their PC. Users also have the option to manually transfer individual songs or playlists from their MUSICMATCH library to their iPod. iPod for Windows will ship with MUSICMATCH Jukebox.

iPod for Mac or Windows comes with improved headphones that offer enhanced bass response, smoother transitions and more accurate high-end sound reproduction. iPod also features a redesigned and more portable thin FireWire cable; 20GB and 10GB iPod models include a built-in protective cover for the FireWire port.

Pricing & Availability
The new iPod will be available for a suggested retail price of $299 (US) for the 5GB iPod, $399 (US) for the 10GB iPod and $499 (US) for the 20GB iPod through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers. iPod for Mac will be available in early August and iPod for Windows will be available in late August. Laser engraving is available for $49 (US) and can include two lines of text with up to 27 characters per line.
For additional information visit Apple’s website www.apple.com.

Jul 19 - Apple Unveils 17-inch Flat Screen iMac. Apple® today unveiled its new top-end iMac® featuring a stunning 17-inch widescreen LCD that floats in mid-air, allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch. The 17-inch LCD flat screen iMac also features an 800 MHz PowerPC G4 processor, NVIDIA GeForce4 MX graphics, a SuperDrive™ for playing and burning CDs and DVDs, and a large 80GB hard drive that can hold more than six hours of video, 15,000 songs and 73,000 digital photos. The new 17-inch iMac also includes Apple’s amazing iTunes™, iPhoto™, iMovie™ and iDVD applications, making it the ultimate Digital Hub for digital music, photos and movies.

“The best consumer desktop just got even better,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Having this gorgeous 17-inch flat screen floating in mid-air right in front of you is simply breathtaking. There’s nothing like it in the PC world.”

Designed around an ultra-compact base, the flat-panel iMac’s spacious 17-inch widescreen LCD appears to float in mid-air, allowing users to effortlessly adjust its height or angle with just a touch. At just one inch thin, the 17-inch widescreen display has a wide aspect ratio of 16:10, allowing users to watch DVDs in letter-box format, easily view multiple windows at one time or enjoy the ultimate computer gaming experience. With approximately the same viewing area as a 19-inch CRT, the new display has a resolution of 1440 by 900 pixels—64 percent more pixels than the 15-inch flat screen iMac.

The new 17-inch widescreen LCD iMac is expected to be available early next month, and three 15-inch flat screen iMac models, with a new lower price on the high-end model, are available immediately through the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

Jul 19 - IBM Reports 2002 Second-Quarter Results. IBM today announced second-quarter 2002 diluted earnings per common share of $.03, including $.81 per diluted share of incremental charges associated with the realignment of the Microelectronics Division, the agreement to sell the hard disk drive business, and workforce reductions, compared with diluted earnings per common share of $1.15 in the second quarter of 2001.

Personal computer revenues declined year over year. Revenues from Microelectronics decreased from a year ago, reflecting the ongoing weakness in demand for semiconductor products.

Software revenues increased 8 percent (7 percent in constant currency) to $3.3 billion compared to the prior year's second quarter. Middleware products, which include WebSphere and DB2 and which comprise 80 percent of IBM's software revenues, grew 10 percent at constant currency in the second quarter. WebSphere, IBM's leading e-business middleware product, grew 17 percent from a year ago. IBM's leading database management software, DB2, grew 11 percent, helped in part by the acquisition of Informix. Revenues from Tivoli continued to rebound year over year. Operating systems revenues declined.

Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM president and chief executive officer, said: "I'm proud that the IBM team generated $20 billion in revenues in the second quarter -- one of the most difficult capital spending environments we've seen in decades. Our performance, even in this difficult market, reaffirms the strength of our portfolio and that our strategies are on target. At the same time, we took aggressive actions in the quarter that will strengthen IBM for long-term industry leadership and further improve our cost and expense structure. These actions will immediately strengthen our overall results.

"Our software business achieved solid growth, gaining share across the middleware portfolio. We recorded our ninth consecutive quarter of new services signings of $10 billion or more. Also, we held overall share in server and storage systems in the face of pricing and demand pressures. Our margins improved sequentially, and the balance sheet remains strong.

"As we look forward, we remain confident that IBM will continue to gain or hold share in our high-priority growth areas of our industry."

IBM can be found online at www.ibm.com.

July 19 - Apple Reports Third Quarter Results. Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2002 third quarter ended June 29, 2002. For the quarter, the Company posted a net profit of $32 million, or $.09 per diluted share. These results compare to a net profit of $61 million, or $.17 per diluted share, in the year ago quarter.

Apple shipped 808 thousand Macintosh® units during the quarter, down 2 percent from the year ago quarter.

“Even in this extended worldwide downturn, Apple is continuing to be profitable and continuing to innovate,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We’re working hard to attract new customers with our ‘Switchers’ advertising campaign and our 31 retail stores, and we’re continuing to invest in a strong slate of new products, some of which we’ll talk more about at Macworld New York tomorrow.”

“Despite the slowdown in the market, our operational efficiency was excellent,” said Fred Anderson, Apple’s CFO. “Our balance sheet is very strong, with $4.3 billion in cash, and we achieved a very efficient cash conversion cycle of -36 days. We expect September quarter revenues to be approximately flat with the June quarter, and expect a slight profit for the quarter before any non-recurring items.”

More information can be found at www.apple.com.

Jul 18 -NETGEAR Announces Powerline Networking Products for the Home. NETGEAR Inc., a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high performance networking products at prices affordable to homes and growing businesses, today announced the availability of its new line of industry standard, HomePlug(TM) compatible Powerline networking units, further expanding the NETGEAR's Platinum family of easy-to-use home networking solutions.

NETGEAR's Powerline home networking solutions allow families to share Internet access, such as broadband cable or DSL, using existing electrical outlets. Customers can now extend the Internet anywhere in the home by simply plugging into their 110V electrical outlets, eliminating the need for additional wiring. NETGEAR's Powerline products include the NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet Adapter (XE602) and the NETGEAR Powerline USB Adapter (XA601).
The units offer plug and play installation for multiple PCs and other Internet enabled devices and come in a stylish new platinum color design that looks good in any room in the house, distinguishing NETGEAR as a leader in home networking.

Like other NETGEAR products, such as routers and hubs, NETGEAR Powerline units can be used to provide a connection for on-line gaming over the Internet as well as to create a network for Local Area Network (LAN) gaming parties. For example, NETGEAR Powerline products are useful for bridging between Microsoft Xbox(TM) game consoles to create a system link that allows multi-unit, multi-player games.

"NETGEAR is once again expanding the possibilities of home networking with our new Powerline networking products. Home users can now set up a home network by simply plugging into an electrical outlet," said Patrick Lo, chairman and CEO of NETGEAR.

"This is the perfect product for a first-time network user or someone who does not want to install expensive wiring. It's fast, easy and extremely simple. Also, on the horizon we see a need for Powerline based solutions in a multitude of applications in the home such as connecting game consoles, Personal Video Recorders, and audio equipment to the Internet and to each other."

NETGEAR's Powerline products provide the best connection with 14 Mbps speeds with automatic rate fallback. The products are robust and rate-adaptive in order to minimize interference from household appliances. All of the products are HomePlug certified and are simple to install and configure.

The NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet Adapter supports Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. The expected street price is $99.
The NETGEAR Powerline USB Adapter (XA601) enables customers to easily connect desktop systems to the Powerline network without the hassle of opening the PC. It will work with USB-enabled PCs running Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. The expected street price is $99.
Both products will be available through electronic retail chains throughout the United States. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.

Jul 18 - Fujitsu Unveils 60GB 2.5'' Hard Disk Drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, one of the world's leading suppliers of hard disk drives and computer peripherals, today introduced its MHS Series of next-generation 2.5-inch hard disk drives (HDD), a family of three 9.5mm-height HDD products that feature the highest-ever areal density in the 2.5-inch HDD class.
Moreover, the new products are standardized on Fujitsu's fluid dynamic bearing (FDB) motor technology, which renders the drives virtually silent. The new drives are available immediately worldwide with volume shipments to follow.

Fujitsu's new mobile MHS Series drives offer a best-in-class areal density of 53.2Gb/in2, enabling 30GB of storage to be provided on a single 2.5" disk. The new drives come with capacities of 60, 40 and 30GB at speeds of 4,200 RPM.

A 60GB capacity point is equivalent to about 1.2 million emails, 60,000 digital photographs, 900 CD-quality MP3 music files, or 15 DVD-quality full-length motion pictures. Together, the large capacity, low form-factor, and 2.5-inch configuration make Fujitsu's new drives well suited not only for intensive mobile computing applications, but also for emerging markets that include digital home appliances, MP3 players, and portable HDD systems.

For more information about Fujitsu products and services, visit www.fcpa.fujitsu.com.

Jul 18 - ADS Enables DVD Video Creation for Legacy Mac Powerbooks. ADS Technologies, a leader in consumer video editing solutions, today announced a new real-time DVD video capture device, USB Instant DVD for Macs.

While DVD creation was once limited to the latest model Power Mac G4's with Apple Superdrive and iDVD software, USB Instant DVD for Macs provides similar features and benefits to older Power Mac G3's and G4's. They can now quickly and easily record their home movies in full resolution DVD-quality video, then author on DVD or CD recordable discs to share with family and friends.

Available October 2002 and priced at about $449 (US), the external USB 1.1 device enables even inexperienced users to easily transfer videos from any analog or S-VHS source such as VHS tapes, camcorders, or DVD players to their Mac. USB Instant DVD for Macs utilizes hardware-based MPEG-2 compression (the same format used in DVD movies) for smooth video at full 720 X 480 NTSC (720 X 576 PAL) resolution and stereo sound. Because the MPEG-2 encoding is done on the fly, render time is eliminated and the process can be done in a relatively short amount of time.

The captured video can be trimmed, authored and burned to a CD or DVD recordable disk with bundled software from Pixela. The software bundle also includes a plug-in for DVD Studio Pro.

"Mac users have always been on the forefront of video editing," said Mike McCoy, ADS Technologies president. "And since the current G4's offer the leading DVD authoring solutions available, we wanted to give the millions of users with older Power Macs a quick, plug and play way to capture DVD-ready video."

Pricing and Availability

USB Instant DVD For Macs will be available through ADS Technologies' network of online and retail channels worldwide in October 2002. Pricing for the complete hardware/software kit will sell for an ESP of $449. For more information, visit www.ADStech.com.

Jul 18 - Palm Digital Media Unveils New eBook Application for Desktops. Palm Digital Media, the leading publisher and distributor of eBooks for handhelds, and a division of PalmSource, provider of the world's leading operating system for handhelds and smart phones, unveiled new versions of its award-winning Palm Reader eBook application for Mac and Windows today at Macworld Expo. The announcement opens the Palm Reader library of nearly 5,500 titles to millions of desktop and notebook computer users.

"For the first time, eBook readers can build a library of eBooks that they can read on-the-go, at work or from home on their platform of choice," said Jeff Strobel, director of Palm Digital Media. "Although Palm Reader was originally designed for handhelds, users will be instantly comfortable and familiar with the features and navigation tools no matter which platform they choose."

Computer users with an Internet connection can purchase, download and start reading Palm Reader eBooks in almost every category of literature and move easily between desktops, notebooks and handhelds. For example, the new versions make it easy to start reading an eBook on a Mac desktop at home or work, and finish it on a Palm Powered handheld while on-the-go.

System Requirements:
Palm Reader for Desktops works with Mac OS 8.6 or later, using CarbonLib 1.5 or later or Mac OS X 10.1 or later; Windows 98, ME, NT 4.0, 2000 or XP. It is available for download immediately at no cost from www.palmdigitalmedia.com.

Jul 18 - NETGEAR Announces Powerline Networking Products for the Home. NETGEAR Inc., a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high performance networking products at prices affordable to homes and growing businesses, today announced the availability of its new line of industry standard, HomePlug(TM) compatible Powerline networking units, further expanding the NETGEAR's Platinum family of easy-to-use home networking solutions.

NETGEAR's Powerline home networking solutions allow families to share Internet access, such as broadband cable or DSL, using existing electrical outlets. Customers can now extend the Internet anywhere in the home by simply plugging into their 110V electrical outlets, eliminating the need for additional wiring. NETGEAR's Powerline products include the NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet Adapter (XE602) and the NETGEAR Powerline USB Adapter (XA601).
The units offer plug and play installation for multiple PCs and other Internet enabled devices and come in a stylish new platinum color design that looks good in any room in the house, distinguishing NETGEAR as a leader in home networking.

Like other NETGEAR products, such as routers and hubs, NETGEAR Powerline units can be used to provide a connection for on-line gaming over the Internet as well as to create a network for Local Area Network (LAN) gaming parties. For example, NETGEAR Powerline products are useful for bridging between Microsoft Xbox(TM) game consoles to create a system link that allows multi-unit, multi-player games.

"NETGEAR is once again expanding the possibilities of home networking with our new Powerline networking products. Home users can now set up a home network by simply plugging into an electrical outlet," said Patrick Lo, chairman and CEO of NETGEAR.

"This is the perfect product for a first-time network user or someone who does not want to install expensive wiring. It's fast, easy and extremely simple. Also, on the horizon we see a need for Powerline based solutions in a multitude of applications in the home such as connecting game consoles, Personal Video Recorders, and audio equipment to the Internet and to each other."

NETGEAR's Powerline products provide the best connection with 14 Mbps speeds with automatic rate fallback. The products are robust and rate-adaptive in order to minimize interference from household appliances. All of the products are HomePlug certified and are simple to install and configure.

The NETGEAR Powerline Ethernet Adapter supports Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. The expected street price is $99.
The NETGEAR Powerline USB Adapter (XA601) enables customers to easily connect desktop systems to the Powerline network without the hassle of opening the PC. It will work with USB-enabled PCs running Windows 98/ME/2000/XP. The expected street price is $99.
Both products will be available through electronic retail chains throughout the United States. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.

Jul 18 - One-Billionth DVD to Ship This Month. As DVD celebrates its fifth year in the marketplace, the one-billionth DVD software unit is anticipated to ship to retail this month according to an announcement made by the DVD Entertainment Group (DEG) today at the Video Software Dealers Association conference (VSDA) in Las Vegas.
This milestone heralds DVD as the most successful format launch in history for the industry, with prerecorded videocassettes taking nearly 10 years to reach this benchmark (Adams Media Research).

According to figures compiled by Ernst & Young on behalf of the DEG, more than 272 million DVD movies and music videos shipped in the first six months of 2002, an 80 percent increase over the same period last year.

Since the inception of the format in 1997, software shipments in North America have reached more than 947 million units, according to the DVD Entertainment Group.

Hardware Continues Record Growth

In the first half of 2002, 8.1 million DVD players shipped to retail, a 53 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the DVD Entertainment Group (DEG), bringing the total players shipped since the format's launch to 40 million. The DEG estimates that 20 million DVD players will ship to retail this year alone.

The DVD Entertainment Group can befound online at www.dvdinformation.com.

Jul 17 - Intel Reports Second Quarter Profit. Intel Corporation today announced second-quarter revenue of $6.3 billion, down 7 percent sequentially and approximately flat year-over-year.

Second-quarter net income excluding acquisition-related costs(1) was $620 million, down 39 percent sequentially and down 27 percent year-over-year. Earnings excluding acquisition-related costs were $0.09 per share, down 40 percent sequentially and down 25 percent from $0.12 in the second quarter of 2001. These results include the impact of the $106-million charge related to the online services business.

Acquisition-related costs during the quarter consisted of $14 million in one-time charges for purchased in-process research and development, and $229 million in amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, write-off of intangibles and other costs. Intel expects to continue to report earnings excluding acquisition-related costs through the end of the year to provide a consistent basis for financial comparisons.

"In a tough environment, we continued to execute well," said Craig R. Barrett, Intel chief executive officer. "Our investments in technology and manufacturing are delivering processors with clear performance leadership, resulting in market segment share gains across the board. We also saw growth in our communications businesses, led by solid flash memory revenue and share growth.

"Although an overall industry recovery has been slow to materialize, we still expect a modest seasonal increase in demand in the second half," Barrett continued. "In this environment, our strategy remains the same: Focus on execution, take prudent cost cutting measures, and invest to further improve our competitive position and long-term growth prospects."

BUSINESS OUTLOOK

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking, and actual results may differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of any mergers, acquisitions, divestitures or other business combinations that may be completed after June 29, 2002.

Continuing uncertainty in global economic conditions makes it particularly difficult to predict product demand and other related matters.

-- Revenue in the third quarter is expected to be between $6.3
billion and $6.9 billion.

Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jul 17 - AMD Announces support for NVIDIA® nForce2 Platform. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced support for NVIDIA® nForce2 - NVIDIA’s upcoming family of highly integrated core-logic platform processors. NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors will be optimized for systems with AMD Athlon™ XP and AMD Duron™ processors.

Enterprise and individual customers can expect to benefit from an AMD and NVIDIA nForce2 platform. High-speed PC3200 DDR memory will provide enterprise customers optimized execution of multi-threaded, mission-critical applications, and the 128-bit architecture can reduce memory latency enabling faster system and content creation performance. Individual users can expect to realize exceptional audio and gaming performance with real-time audio encoding of up to 256 simultaneous audio streams, and outstanding graphics and streaming audio and video with NVIDIA StreamThru™ technology featuring HyperTransport™ technology.

“The exceptional performance achieved by coupling the latest AMD Athlon and AMD Duron processor technologies with the upcoming NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors is continued proof that significant performance breakthroughs can be achieved using open, industry standards,” said Rich Heye, vice president platform engineering and infrastructure, Computation Products Group, AMD. “With support for both AGP-8X and HyperTransport technology, the AMD and NVIDIA platform will deliver fast and efficient processing power and overall system performance.”

“AMD processors provide the best complement to our new highly integrated nForce2 Platform Processors,” said Drew Henry, senior director of platform product management at NVIDIA. “We have worked closely with AMD to fine-tune our engineering designs to ensure that nForce2 Platform Processors take full advantage of the architectural innovations of AMD’s desktop processors.”

For more information , visit www.amd.com/8thgenerationnews.

Jul 17 - Dell Introduces Two New SmartStep Notebook Computers. For mobile computer users who are looking for notebook computers with high processor speeds at an exceptional price, Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today expanded its easy-to-buy SmartStep product family with two new portable systems, the SmartStep(tm) 200N and the SmartStep 250N.

Priced at $1,499 and $1,899 respectively, the new Ion Silver-colored systems bring the power of the desktop to an affordable, all-in-one notebook, featuring Intel(R) Pentium(tm) 4 processors, bright 15-inch displays and DVD movie drives.

The 200N, priced at $1,499, comes with an Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2.0 GHz, 256 MB system memory, a 15-inch XGA display, 32 MB ATI Video graphics, 30 GB hard disk drive and 8X max. DVD drive.
The 250N, priced at $1,899, features an Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2.2GHz, 256 MB system memory, a higher resolution 15-inch SXGA+ display, 32 MB ATI Video graphics, a bigger 40 GB hard disk drive and a multi-function DVD/CD-RW optical drive.

Both the SmartStep 200N and 250N also come with an integrated modem, 10/100 Ethernet port, IEEE 1394 and S-Video out ports, five EasyLaunch keys and a dedicated hardware volume control.

Information on Dell and its products can be obtained at www.dell.com.

Jul 17 - PKWARE Announces Security-Enabled PKZIP 5.0. PKWARE, Inc., the leader in secure data compression, today announced PKZIP(R) 5.0, the only data compression software that uses the new extended .ZIP file format introduced by PKWARE to provide both certificate-based and traditional password-based encryption and authentication.

Additionally, this latest version of PKWARE's award-winning data compression application incorporates strong encryption algorithms (up to 3 DES 168-bit encryption) to deliver an even greater level of security than has previously been available. With the release of PKZIP 5.0, PKWARE addresses the pressing need for advanced data security capabilities across enterprises, government organizations, developers and individual users who employ data compression technology to compress, store and transfer data and applications by significantly increasing the ease and extent to which they can digitally sign and encrypt their files.

PKZIP 5.0 provides an easy-to-use solution that is affordable, accessible and requires no custom application development or specialized technical resources. PKZIP 5.0 integrates support for standard X.509 v3 digital certificates with Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to sign and encrypt compressed files. When an individual compresses a file, PKZIP gives the user a choice of assigning a password and/or a digital certificate (when available) to encrypt the files. The user may also choose to digitally sign every file in a .ZIP file archive.

In essence, PKZIP turns a traditional .ZIP file into a secure .ZIP file for the purpose of storage or transmission. There is minimal overhead because while PKWARE is compressing a package of files, it is also simultaneously applying access control (with passwords) and security (with encryption). PKZIP 5.0 also offers integration with Microsoft Outlook to seamlessly provide automatic compression, digital signing and encryption of files that are attachments to email messages.

PKZIP 5.0 Standard Edition with compression and basic security is immediately available and may be purchased directly from PKWARE's Web site for the next 30 days for a special promotional price of US$24.95.
PKZIP 5.0 Professional Edition, which combines compression with multi-level security, is immediately available and may be purchased directly from PKWARE's Web site for the next 30 days for a special promotional price of US$39.95.
For additional information, visit www.pkware.com.

Jul 17 - Corel Corporation: WordPerfect Family Pack 4. Corel Corporation (NASDAQ:CORL)(TSX:COR) today announced the availability of WordPerfect(R) Family Pack 4, the latest version of the popular suite of easy-to-use software applications for home computing. Featuring the renowned word-processing application, WordPerfect, this suite is friendly enough to help the whole family get organized, get creative, and get the job done.

WordPerfect Family Pack 4 includes many applications that are specifically designed to meet a wide variety of home computing needs from writing essays to touching up digital images to keeping track of personal finances. The suite includes WordPerfect 10, Quattro Pro(R) 10, Picture Publisher(R) Digital Camera Edition, and the Task Manager - the headquarters of WordPerfect Family Pack 4. In addition, several third-party applications are included to help an entire family get the most out of their home computing experience.

"Families are looking for inexpensive, quality software for their home computing needs," said Annette McCleave, executive vice-president of marketing for Corel Corporation. "WordPerfect Family Pack 4 delivers a whole lot of great technology for an ideal price. Our goal was to satisfy parent's concerns that their children's educational needs are being met and their creative minds are being nurtured."

What's Included in the Pack

WordPerfect(R) 10 is an award-winning word processing application that helps create high-quality, high-impact documents with ease. Create professional-looking letters, brochures, book reports, resumes, and much more.

Quattro Pro(R) 10 is a comprehensive and versatile spreadsheet application that can help track household inventory, plan budgets, track expenses, track vehicle maintenance, or organize information about CDs or other collections.

Picture Publisher(R) Digital Camera Edition is the perfect companion to a family's digital camera. It lets you create, correct, enhance, manage, and publish your digital pictures quickly and easily.

The Task Manager is the headquarters of WordPerfect Family Pack 4. It serves as a launching pad to introduce you to the applications included in the suite, to guide you through the creation of various projects, and to organize the suite's vast collection of ready-to-use templates.

WordPerfect Family Pack 4 also includes the following third-party applications:

-- Dragon NaturallySpeaking(R) Essentials - speech recognition

software that allows you to communicate with your computer by

speaking and includes a free microphone headset

-- McAfee(R) VirusScan - provides comprehensive virus protection

for your computer by detecting and removing known viruses

-- Avery(R) DesignPro(TM) - creative design software that helps

you create, format, and print many Avery laser and ink jet
projects, including postcards, t-shirt transfers, and greeting
cards

-- Britannica(R) Ready Reference(TM) Encyclopedia - CD-ROM that
condenses 25,000 articles from the renowned 32-volume print
set.

Pricing and Availability

WordPerfect Family Pack 4 is available now at a suggested retail price (SRP) of US $89and CDN$149. For more information about WordPerfect Family Pack 4, visit www.wordperfect.com/family.

 

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