Jul 16 - AMD Ships Athlon(TM) XP Processor 1800+
for Notebooks. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced the high-performance
mobile AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor 1800+ with QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture.
With AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology, the newest mobile AMD Athlon XP
processor gives business and home consumers a dynamic power management
tool for performance on demand and enables a cooler, quieter notebook
"Notebook PC enthusiasts trust and depend on AMD to deliver
an exceptional computing experience with leading-edge software application
performance," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for
AMD's Computation Products Group. "AMD is dedicated to excellence
and continuously innovates with the customers' needs in mind. The
newest addition to the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor family gives
business and home consumers greater choices in the notebook PC market
with solutions they can rely on for true, high-performance computing."
Notebook PCs powered by the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+,
based on 0.13 micron technology, are available today from Hewlett-Packard
Company and ACER Europe.
"AMD mobile processors offer the ultimate price performance
and are consistent with HP product offerings that serve our consumer
and small office notebook PC users," said Jonathan Kaye, notebook
product marketing manager, HP Personal Systems Group. "The introduction
of the newest mobile AMD Athlon XP processor will provide customers
who rely on HP notebook PCs a broad range of performance and features
for their specific computing needs."
"The introduction of the new notebook Acer Aspire 1300, featuring
the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+, provides users with a powerful
platform designed to deliver exceptional performance for a wide range
of applications, from office work to personal entertainment,"
said Gianfranco Lanci, president ACER EMEA.
AMD's high-performance mobile processors enable infrastructure partners
to jump-start system performance by offering notebook PCs based on
the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor and double data rate (DDR) memory.
Systems featuring DDR memory can provide business and home consumers
performance gains on memory-intensive applications such as Internet
content creation, gaming and office productivity. With QuantiSpeed
architecture, the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor 1800+ also enables
extreme performance for the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system.
Visit AMD on the Web at www.amd.com.
Jul 16 - TDK Introduces 48X veloCD ReWriter.
In a move that redefines CD burner performance, value and functionality,
TDK today announced the introduction of its 48X veloCD ReWriter (Model
number AI-481648)--the world's fastest CD burner.
The new veloCD internal ATAPI/EIDE drive comes with a versatile software
suite including utilities that make creating video slide shows and
movies easier and more fun than ever before--and delivers unprecedented
48X read, write, and audio ripping along with 24X rewrite speeds (upon
Randall Rosenbaum, TDK's Product Manager noted: "As CD burning
and digital photography have become well established among computer
users, more and more consumers are starting to create more complex
projects like photo and video CDs, which can then be played back in
VCD compatible DVD players or DVD-ROM drives. The new 48X veloCD makes
creating customized CD slide shows and movies super-easy and intuitive--it's
the perfect burner for first-time users as well as experienced computer
The TDK 48X veloCD dramatically raises the bar in CD burning performance,
flexibility and ease of use. It's remarkable 48X write speed enables
a full CD-R to be burned in less than two and a half minutes, and
because veloCD utilizes the Constant Angular Velocity (CAV) method
of writing to disk, unlike drives that use Constant Linear Velocity
(CLV) technology, CD recording performance is smoother, with less
chance of write errors.
The TDK 48X Internal ATAPI/EIDE veloCD (Model number AI-481648) will
be available in July 2002 at a suggested retail price of $109. For
more information, visit www.tdk.com.
Jul 16 - HyperTransport Technology Consortium
Announces New Products. HyperTransport(TM) Technology Consortium,
founded to develop, promote and manage specifications of the HyperTransport(TM)
I/O link, today reached the 51 member milestone with the announcement
of eleven new members including: Actel Corporation, American Megatrends,
ATI Technologies, Cavium Networks, Dolphin Technology, Multinode Microsystems,
PLX Technology, Primarion, Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS), Tektronix,
and VIA Technologies.
In addition, Cavium Networks' NITROX Plus family of multi service
security processors, NVIDIA's nForce2 processing platform architecture,
SiPackets' SP1011 HyperTransport to PCI Bridge and Xilinx's 800 Mbps
Single-Ended Slave Intellectual Property core for the Virtex-II Platform
FPGAs were also announced today.
These products join a HyperTransport product portfolio that includes:
programmable devices, cores and design services, bus functional models,
protocol monitors, bus checkers, logic analyzer and test solutions.
With over 30 HyperTransport-based products already announced, the
consortium has established an extensive ecosystem of products and
services to enable designers within the computer, networking and telecommunications
industries to seamlessly integrate HyperTransport technology into
their next-generation system architecture. For a full product listing,
"We are excited and proud to be reaching such significant milestones
in less than one year of existence," said Gabriele Sartori, president
of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. "Working together,
the consortium has been able to develop HyperTransport technology
and address the new requirements of the computer, networking and telecommunications
industries, while preserving the software investment that exists in
AMD, Apple Computers, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, NVIDIA, PMC-Sierra,
SGI, Sun Microsystems and Transmeta are the charter members that comprise
the Executive Committee of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
Visit the consortium online at www.hypertransport.org.
July 16 - Canon Introduces New Bubble Jet
Photo Printers. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc.
(NYSE: CAJ) today introduces two new Bubble Jet Direct photo printers
and one entry-level Color Bubble Jet printer for the consumer and
SOHO markets - the Canon S530D, S830D and S330.
The four-color S530D and six-color S830D provide fast, high-quality,
borderless photo prints directly from a removable memory card, through
a PC or from Bubble Jet Direct-enabled Canon PowerShot digital cameras.
The entry-level S330 Color Bubble Jet printer features borderless
printing and Advanced MicroFine Droplet Technology(TM) for exceptional
All of the new printers offer Exif Print support for easy, smart
processing of digital images. To ensure optimal results from Canon's
full line of Bubble Jet printers, the Company is also announcing today
new Photo Paper Plus Glossy and Matte Photo Paper.
"With the introduction of the S530D, S830D, and S330, Canon
combines its unique expertise in photo and printing technology to
make it easier than ever for users to achieve optimal results, whether
at home or in the office," said Ryoichi Bamba, senior vice president
and general manager, Canon U.S.A. Personal Imaging Systems Group.
"These models address the critical speed, connectivity, software,
media type, and borderless print capabilities customers are looking
for when buying a photo printer."
The S830D will be shipping in August 2002 with a Manufacturers Suggested
Retail Price (MSRP) of $399. The S530D will ship in August 2002 with
an MSRP of $249.00. The S330 will be shipping in July 2002 with an
MSRP of $99.00. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.
Jul 16 - Socket's Bluetooth Card is Now
Available for Windows Notebooks. Socket Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:SCKT)(PCX:SOK),
the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, announced it is now shipping a
Windows notebook version of its Bluetooth Connection Kit for Nokia
Bluetooth mobile phone customers.
The Kit is a result of the agreement with Nokia to supply their customers
with a notebook solution as part of Socket's acquisition of Nokia's
CompactFlash Bluetooth Card business in March of 2002. The Kit, which
also works with Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones from Ericsson, Motorola,
NTT DoCoMo and Sony, creates a cable-free connection to exchange email,
browse the Internet, fax, or access a company network using the phone
as a modem, even when the phone is tucked away in a purse, backpack
or briefcase. Multiple language support is included for English, German,
French and Japanese.
"Our objective is to efficiently service the connectivity needs
of today's mobile professional with Mobility Friendly products, and
the addition of a Windows notebook version of our Bluetooth Kit to
our family of Bluetooth offerings is an important step forward in
accomplishing this objective," said Patti Cassalia, Product Manager,
The Kit includes a PC Card adapter to enable the Bluetooth card to
be used in the PC card slot of a notebook computer in addition to
its fitting into the CompactFlash slot of a Pocket PC or other Windows
CE device. The card is designed to be Mobility Friendly(TM), being
energy efficient to minimize the battery consumption of a mobile computer,
and easy-to-use, install and maintain. It is the only Type 1 non-extended
CompactFlash Bluetooth card in the market today.
Registered customers of Socket's Bluetooth Connection Kit for Pocket
PCs may obtain the new Windows version of the software for their notebooks
from Socket at no charge through the end of August. Bluetooth Connection
Kits for either Pocket PC or Pocket PC and Windows may also be purchased
through Socket's website. Suggested retail prices for the Kits are
$159 for the Pocket PC version and $179 for the Windows version which
includes Pocket PC software and PC card adapter.
Socket is headquartered in Newark, California, and can be reached
on the Internet at www.socketcom.com.
Jul 15 - Adobe Ships Photoshop
Elements 2.0 for Digital Cameras. Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE),
the leader in network publishing, today announced Adobe(R) Photoshop(R)
Elements 2.0 software, with new features that simplify the process
of editing digital photos. Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0 is designed
specifically for photo hobbyists and amateur photographers who want
to enhance their digital images for printing, emailing or posting
to the Web.
As digital camera sales increase and technology becomes more affordable,
photo enthusiasts are looking for new ways to improve their digital
photos. According to the April NPD Intelect report on retail software,
Photoshop Elements is emerging as the leading mid-range photo-editing
software, with more than 60 percent unit share in the United States.
Based on extensive customer research and feedback, key enhancements
to Photoshop Elements 2.0 give users easier access to the tools they
need to be more efficient and creative with their photos. Users can
apply common lighting and color correction in a single dialog window
while viewing the original side-by-side with the modified version.
Instant access to help files and "how to" recipes is readily
available by typing key words such as "red-eye" into a help
window on the toolbar. With one-step to resize and attach images,
sharing photos via email is now much easier; and a new file browser
lets users preview, sort and organize images in thumbnail form --
all without opening the files.
Photoshop Elements 2.0 gives users superior editing capabilities with
new color correction, compositing and creative tools. The Color Variations
feature now includes helpful tips and an updated design, giving the
user a preview of real-time color adjustments prior to applying. The
new Selection Brush masks unwanted areas of a photo for precise editing.
New paintbrush options simulate oils, watercolors, charcoal, pastels,
and different canvas textures so users can add creative touches to
their photos. Also, users can capture individual frames from video
clips, which are saved as still images for editing and sharing electronically.
Photoshop Elements solves the common problem of sharing multiple photos.
Users can now create slideshows in Adobe Portable Document Format
(PDF) that can be displayed on any device that supports the Adobe
Acrobat(R) Reader(R) software. This includes Palm handhelds, Pocket
PC and any system running the Windows(R) or Mac operating system.
Photoshop Elements 2.0 supports the leading operating systems, including
Windows XP and Mac OS X.
Pricing and Availability
In the United States, Canada, and Europe, Adobe Photoshop Elements
2.0 is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2002. The estimated
street price is US$99 for all platforms.
For more information, visit www.adobe.com.
Jul 15 - Eagle Broadband and Warner Bros.
Sign VOD Content Deal. Eagle Broadband, Inc. (AMEX:EAG), a leading
supplier of broadband products, services and content, and Warner Home
Video announced today that they have entered into a formal contract
whereby Eagle has access to first-run feature movies, library content
and live events for Video-on-Demand (VOD) distribution over Eagle's
IP-based fiber network.
This contract represents one of the first pure fiber content deals
for VOD with a major Hollywood studio and is the culmination of several
months of negotiations. Eagle Broadband is now able to deliver Warner
Bros. content to Eagle Broadband's residential and Multiple Dwelling
Unit (MDU) subscribers throughout the United States.
Dr. Steven Newstat, video network architect for Eagle, in cooperation
with Dennis Sullivan, an industry content acquisition consultant,
jointly remarked, "The studios have been very cooperative throughout
the entire negotiation process. We did our research and were able
to answer their questions and address their security concerns in a
Manny Carter, president and COO of Eagle Broadband, said, "Warner
Bros. was the top-grossing studio in 2001 and has one of the largest
content libraries in the world. We're very proud to have the quality
of Warner Bros.' content like Ocean's Eleven and Harry Potter and
the Sorcerer's Stone, the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time
available to our subscribers."
"We were impressed with Eagle Broadband's approach to VOD and
it was clear they had done their homework prior to approaching us
about a VOD content relationship," said Jeff Calman, executive
vice president, Pay-Per-View and Video On Demand, Warner Home Video.
"We look forward to supporting Eagle throughout their deployment."
Further information on Eagle Broadband, is available at www.eaglebroadband.com.
Jul 15 - New Report Details Home Video's
Record-Breaking Usage. The home video industry experienced its
best year ever in 2001 with U.S. spending totaling $18.7 billion.
Home video consumers spent $7 billion renting VHS tapes and an all-time-high
$1.4 billion renting DVDs. Consumers spent an additional $5.4 billion
purchasing DVDs and $4.9 billion purchasing VHS tapes. DVD hardware
penetration rose to one-quarter of all U.S. television households,
and is expected to climb ten percentage points to 35% by the end of
this year. New video game platforms from Microsoft (Xbox) and Nintendo
(GameBoy and portable Game Boy Advance) spurred competition among
the game publishers and, in turn, $6.9 billion in platform, accessory
and software sales.
The data was presented today by Bo Andersen, president of the home
video and entertainment industry's international trade group -- the
Video Software Dealers Association (VSDA).
The new data, released today, is part of VSDA's sixth consecutive
Annual Report on the Home Entertainment Industry. The 2002 report
is a year-end recap of 2001 and includes a view-from-the-top analysis
of the rapidly changing landscape of home entertainment. Main areas
of the report include domestic and international DVD and VHS rental
and sales data, domestic video game rental and sales data, hardware
penetration rates, video retailer information, video control and piracy
issues, the effects of the peer-to-peer networks on music sales, and
the future of Internet video-on-demand.
"Home video is in an enviable position," said VSDA President
Bo Andersen. "It is a $19 billion/year industry and growing;
it enjoys a 95% hardware saturation of consumer households, new DVD
technologies are reinvigorating the market, exciting new video products
are released every week, video rental and retail outlets are good
neighbors in virtually every community in America, and a competitive
retail market drives innovation and customer service. Renting and
buying movies on VHS and DVD are still the movie delivery options
most preferred by consumers, and the value-for-the-dollar equation
for rental and ownership will maintain these strong preferences."
Some highlights from VSDA's 2002 Annual Report include:
DVD Rentals and Hardware
-- Video consumers in the United States spent an unprecedented
$1.4 billion renting DVDs in 2001.
-- In 2001, consumers bought 16.7 million DVD players.
-- The DVD console is the fastest-selling consumer electronics
product ever, having reached sales of 30 million units within five
-- Japan, the first country to adopt DVD technology, spent an
impressive $187.7 million renting DVDs.
-- Buena Vista Home Entertainment's "Unbreakable" was the
DVD in 2001.
VHS Rentals and Hardware
-- U.S. video consumers spent $7 billion on VHS tape rentals in 2001.
-- Universal Studios Home Video's "Meet the Parents" was
#1-renting VHS title for the year.
-- By year-end 2002, VCR hardware penetration will rise to 94% of
U.S. television households.
Video Game Rentals and Sell-Through Markets
-- U.S. consumers spent $633.6 million renting video games in 2001,
and a record-breaking $6 billion buying video game software
(including PC software).
-- PlayStation 2 -- "Grand Theft Auto 3" was the #1-selling
game of 2001.
-- Consumers spent $5.4 billion buying DVDs and $4.9 billion on VHS
tapes in 2001.
-- "Shrek" (DreamWorks/Universal) was the #1-selling DVD
and VHS tape
of the year.
-- Blockbuster beat out Wal-Mart as the nation's #1 U.S. video
revenue generator by more than a half-million dollars.
-- Best Buy was the #1 seller of video among music/consumer
-- "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" (Lost Highway Records)
#1-selling film/video soundtrack of 2001.
-- Just over 10% of the 103 million U.S. television households, or
10.9 million homes, have high-speed Internet access (cable,
satellite, DSL, fiber and wireless), while 39%, or 43.2 million,
are running on dial-up modems.
-- The three most significant online content providers by 2006 will
be audio and video entertainment, adult entertainment, and
financial and business news.
More information can be found at www.vsda.org.
Jul 14 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - Almost all categories that
we follow had lower prices, or more features for the same price. See
our Best Sunday Ad Deals Table below for
specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. Prices were down this week
in all computer categories that we follow.
Notebooks - Prices went down this week on notebooks.
Virtually no Celeron notebooks were advertised. The Toshiba Pentium
4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW for $1389 went down $60 compared to last
Desktops - This week's 1.3 GHz Celeron system for $629 is $30
above the lowest price seen on this system.
Prices went down on Pentium 4 desktops and AMD Athlon XP systems.
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 10% off all desktop packages, notebooks,
and PDAs (the 10% off has been subtracted in our Best
Sunday Ad Deals below).
City is giving 12 months
of free CompuServe on any in-store computer purchase and is offering
no interest financing for desktop packages and notebook purchases.
has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering 6 month no
interest, no payment financing for purchases over $198 and 3 months
of free AOL with notebook or desktop purchases.
Staples has no store-wide computer promotions
this week. Individual items may be on sale.
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices
to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made
by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
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
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.
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
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
Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.3 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 1800+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2100+ complete system
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP Athlon 1400+ with DVD
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
HP Athlon 1400+ with DVD/CD-RW
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Pentium 4-M 2.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best Sunday Deal
Sony 40X CD-RW
$69 (after rebates)
Office Depot, CompUSA
2. Best Sunday Deal
$400 (after rebates)
3. Best Sunday Deal
Gainward GeForce 4 TI 4200 64 MB
$149 (after rebates)
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 12 - Best Buy Unveils
Private Line of ``vpr Matrix'' Computers. Nearly seven months
after Best Buy Co., Inc. started to test a house brand in all of its
stores, the company is set to debut the highly-anticipated designer
look and latest technological innovations of its "vpr Matrix"
line of personal computers. Beginning Sunday, July 14, new models
of vpr Matrix, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co., Inc., will
be available exclusively at all Best Buy stores and online at BestBuy.com.
The vpr Matrix line - vpr for value, performance and reliability
-was created specifically to address the needs of the Best Buy customer.
After consulting with both its customers and retail employees, Best
Buy set out to deliver an option for better connecting Best Buy customers
to the "digital lifestyle."
A Fresh Appearance
The newest line of vpr Matrix features a strikingly elegant and angular
exterior by Porsche Design GmbH, the Austrian firm founded by F.A.
Porsche, grandson of the legendary engineer. Porsche Design is world-renowned
for its distinguished aesthetic that refines objects down to their
basic function, brings out a clarity and timelessness of form, and
incorporates the most suitable, advanced materials and workmanship
in order to combine traditional skills with high-tech.
New Line Offers Choice and Expansion Capabilities
Inside, vpr Matrix still insists on using only components from established
and trusted industry leaders. Every vpr Matrix comes with 512MB of
DDR RAM, six USB 2.0 ports for increased ease of connecting multiple
digital devices, CD-RW capabilities, a DVD-ROM drive, and an Intel(R)
Pentium 4(R) processor, with speeds ranging from 1.8 to 2.53GHz. Additionally,
all vpr Matrix PCs come with a total of five PCI expansion slots,
with four open slots available in most models (the high-end model,
the 253R, comes with a Sound Blaster Live 5.1 card, leaving three
available PCI slots).
The 17" (16" viewable) flat panel CRT monitor, designed
by F.A. Porsche, has a 120Hz refresh rate, the highest available to
consumers. A higher refresh rate, which refers to how many times per
second an image is redrawn, translates into less flicker and reduced
eye strain. Additionally, vpr Matrix is the only computer brand offering
a monitor with three "Application Brightness" settings,
with one-click pre-sets optimized specifically for doing work, enjoying
interactive games, or watching movies.
The vpr Matrix line sets a new mark by becoming the first computer
brand in the retail industry to standardize commercial-grade technology
in a consumer PC. All vpr Matrix machines will feature server-class
Western Digital 7,200 RPM hard drives built to standards of only 1,500
DPPM (defect parts per million), a commercial file server-level standard
that is up to four times higher than most consumer hard drives.
Moreover, all vpr Matrix PCs will come enabled with a standard integrated
controller for RAID (Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks), a sophisticated
multiple hard-drive system incorporating technology that is mostly
associated with commercial file servers.
The on-board RAID controller allows consumers to easily add additional
hard drives to their vpr Matrix PC for faster and more secure computing.
With a second hard drive, the RAID system can be configured either
to constantly and automatically back up or "mirror" data
to a second hard drive, or to enhance and improve system performance
and speed by splitting or "striping" data between two hard
"In many ways, you could say that we are totally obsessed with
a commitment to quality," said Steven Lee, Best Buy's vice president
of strategic development, and the person behind the "vpr Matrix"
brand. "We wanted to deliver a PC that Best Buy could proudly
stand behind and the serious user would appreciate for the dedication
to detail. I think people are going to be very surprised to see how
we really extended the capabilities of a home PC in every way and
still offer a competitive price."
Visit www.vprmatrix.com for more
Jul 12 - Wafer Fab Equipment Spending
Poised for Growth. Worldwide wafer fab equipment spending is showing
signs of rebounding, and the market is forecast to show growth from
the third quarter of 2001 to the third quarter of 2002, according
to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
In the third quarter of 2002, worldwide wafer fab equipment spending
is projected to reach $5.2 billion, a 5.3 percent increase from the
third quarter of 2001. While the market will show year-over-year quarterly
growth in the second half of this year, Gartner Dataquest analysts
said the year-end totals will still show an overall spending decline.
Worldwide wafer fab equipment spending is projected to total $18.9
billion, a 20 percent decline from 2001 revenue of $23.7 billion.
Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is on pace to reach $35.3
billion in 2002, a 20.9 percent decline from 2001 revenue of $44.6
"Those regions that cut little and late in 2001, such as some
Japanese companies, continue to cut deep this year, while regions
such as Asia/Pacific that cut early and deep last year are the first
to increase this year," said Klaus Rinnen, chief analyst and
director of Gartner Dataquest's semiconductor manufacturing group.
"Technology buys for leading-edge devices have been the key
drivers for equipment purchases in the first half of 2002," Rinnen
said. "In 2003, we will begin to see the transition to investment
into upgrading established capacity to investment into new capacity."
Given the fact that the industry will enter 2003 significantly underinvested
and that the demand outlook is much rosier, next year will be a positive
year for the industry. Worldwide semiconductor capital spending is
forecast to reach $47.3 billion in 2003, a 34 percent increase from
2002, while wafer fab equipment spending will total $26.9 billion,
a 42.1 percent increase.
"We expect 2003 to be a transition year in several aspects:
the transition from foundry-driven to broad-driven spending recovery,
the transition from technology buys to capacity buys, and to investment
into new capacity," Rinnen said. "We believe 2003 will finally
be the year we see the transition from spending contraction to expansion
in the annual revenue outlook."
More information on Gartner Dataquest's semiconductor research can
be found in the Gartner Semiconductor Focus Area at www.gartner.com/1_researchanalysis/focus/semimkt_fa.html.
Jul 12 - MainConcept Announces EVE --
``Easy Video Editing''. MainConcept, a leader in multimedia technology,
today announced the upcoming release of EVE ("Easy Video Editing").
The consumer-oriented Windows application will feature MainConcept's
professional features, including exceptional rendering speed and quality,
in a user-friendly interface.
EVE will include a wide variety of features including:
-- Streamlined, drag-and-drop interface with storyboard and timeline
-- Over 100 creative transitions and effects
-- Easy animated titles
-- Unique trimmer, allowing users to adjust three clips without opening
a separate window
-- Native DV, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 editing
-- Smart rendering in all formats -- only changed frames are rendered
-- Background rendering for tremendous time savings
-- MainConcept's renowned DV and MPEG codecs, offering fast, high-quality
"EVE offers many advantages over other consumer applications,"
said Markus Moenig, MainConcept's founder and CEO. Many offer an easy
interface, but none offer all of our professional features such as
background rendering and our codecs. With EVE, users don't have to
sacrifice quality for ease of use."
EVE is ideal for OEM customers, as the interface can be custom-skinned
to match clients' branding. The application is scheduled for release
in August, followed in October by a realtime DV version that will
eliminate the need for expensive hardware to achieve realtime performance.
EVE will be the predecessor to MainActor 5, the upcoming new release
of MainConcept's flagship professional editing application.
Additional information is available at www.mainconcept.com.
Jul 11 - Bell Labs Celebrates
40th Anniversary of Modern Telecommunications. Today marks the
40th anniversary of the launch of Telstar I, the world's first communications
satellite, which was designed by Bell Labs, now the R&D division
of Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU). Bell Labs also achieved significant
milestones in the development of three other key communications technologies
in 1962, making that year a major watershed in the history of modern
"With important achievements in digital, mobile and intercontinental
transmissions, 1962 can be viewed as the year the modern communications
revolution began," said Bill O'Shea, president of Bell Labs and
executive vice president of corporate strategy and marketing for Lucent.
The concept of a communications satellite was first proposed in 1945
by engineer-turned-science-fiction-writer Arthur C. Clarke. Nine years
later, John R. Pierce, a Bell Labs research director (who also dabbled
in science-fiction writing), unaware of Clarke's earlier proposal,
discussed a similar concept in a talk to a group of engineers at Princeton
University in 1954.
In 1960, Bell Labs and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA) launched into orbit Echo, a large plastic balloon that served
as a "passive" reflector and relay for communications traffic.
Telstar I, launched two years later, became the world's first active
communications satellite. Active satellites process, re-transmit and,
most importantly, amplify the signals they receive from the ground;
passive satellites simply reflect the original signals.
A sphere roughly a yard in diameter and weighing 175 pounds, Telstar
was a technology tour de force, incorporating dozens of seminal innovations
from Bell Labs. It was powered by 3,600 solar cells (invented at Bell
Labs in 1954), for example, and used a new traveling-wave tube (invented
in Europe during World War II, but improved by Pierce at Bell Labs
in the 1950s) as its microwave radio source. The satellite had a capacity
of 600 voice channels or one television channel. Telstar I was in
service for only about a year, but was followed by a long succession
of increasingly sophisticated satellites that also carried the Telstar
"Telstar demonstrated the feasibility of using satellites to
provide voice, data and video communications between continents, which
was a giant leap forward in the creation of the global communications
village we enjoy today," said O'Shea. "Telstar erased any
distinctions between phoning around the corner and phoning around
the world, in terms of the speed and quality of the connection. It
also ushered in the era of transcontinental television transmission,
adding the phrase 'live via satellite' to the common vernacular."
On July 11, 1962, a day after the satellite's launch from Florida's
Cape Canaveral by a Delta rocket, the first transatlantic broadcast
transmission of a television signal occurred via Telstar. U.S. network
television viewers saw a picture of the American flag waving from
Telstar's U.S. earth station in Andover, Maine. Then, similar images
from earth stations in Pleumeur-Bodou, France and Goonhilly Downs,
Cornwall, England were sent to American television networks.
A video clip of Telstar's development, launch and the July 11, 1962
events can be seen on the web at http://www.lucent.com/minds/telstar.
For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at http://www.bell-labs.com.
Jul 11 - Fujifilm Introduces USB Flash
Drive. To underscore the universal ease of use of data storage
technology, the Computer Products Division of Fuji Photo Film U.S.A.,
Inc. today expands its complete line of data storage products with
the introduction of its new USB (Universal Serial Bus) Drive, Fujifilm's
new driverless, portable storage device.
Operating without AC or battery power, the new Fujifilm USB Drive
is currently available in 8, 16, 32, 64, 128 and 256 MB storage capacities.
Fujifilm will ship the USB Drive in a 512 MB capacity in the fall.
The USB Drive can store current Windows and Macintosh files together
with ease, while allowing users the flexibility to move the product
through different day-to-day situations and business applications.
"From storing high resolution digital images to easily transporting
essential business data, the need for high-capacity storage products
is increasing in both the consumer and business marketplace,"
said Scott McNulty, Director of Marketing, Computer Products Division,
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "The Fujifilm USB Drive fits on
a key chain, is durable and easy to access, and can store up to 256
MB of data for universal access and true mobility. The USB Drive makes
an excellent addition to Fujifilm's complete line of storage products
and this innovative technology enables Fujifilm to offer its customers
the perfect, personal storage solution."
The Fujifilm USB Drive contains no moving parts, enabling it to be
lightweight and smaller than the size of your palm. It offers an onboard
CPU for driverless operation via a computer's USB port. By incorporating
a powerful 32-bit processor, the Fujifilm USB Drive is capable of
running additional applications and includes Win logon as well as
automatic boot functionality.
The Fujifilm USB Drive is shipping this month. The USB Drive, which
weighs less than 1 ounce, will be available in different storage capacities,
and priced based on capacity. The 128 MB USB Drive will list for $149.99.
For more information visit www.fujifilmmediasource.com/usbdrive.
Jul 11 - BSI Announces Portable Video
Editing Studio. Broadax Systems Inc. today introduced the i-Link
Workstation, the latest addition to their dynamic hardy multi-slot
This portable system is designed specifically for movie and video
editing, yet as with the product line, it still meets the hardy nature
of fault tolerant/resilient server computing.
The i-Link portable workhorse is a high-end workstation with dual
Intel P3 or AMD K7 processors, GeForce 4 Ti 4200 or Ti 4600 graphic
cards, up to 4GB DDRAM, full RAID compatible drives, USB 1.1/2.0 and
IEEE1394 FireWire interfaces prepackaged with Microsoft Movie Maker
and other leading editing software -- creating a rugged mobile editing
studio that can be used in harsh outdoor environments.
The i-Link is ideal for many personal, commercial and government
applications including field editing of music videos, weddings, location
shots, commercials, personal videos, independent films, intelligence
and military videos, field tests videos, as well as scientific expeditions.
The i-Link is a uniquely designed rugged, all-aluminum portable workstation
configured with all the tools necessary for in-field as well as in-house
editing of digital video. Four 32-bit and two 64-bit PCI slots offer
users the flexibility to meet today's requirements while providing
the scalability for tomorrow's applications.
Its FireWire and USB (1.1 and 2.0) interfaces as well as built-in
10/100 LAN directly links the i-Link with most common professional
and amateur digital camcorders while an optional, inexpensive adapter
imports video footage from older analog camcorders.
Pre-load with Windows(TM) 2000 or XP, the systems come standard with
Microsoft Movie Maker video editor. This software allows fast storage
and editing of video in the field or in the studio. Storing up to
20 hours of video per giga-byte of memory, the software lets you store,
arrange and catalog videos and clips for quick recall, replay and
Fully loaded with Movie Maker and Windows XP, dual processors, 4GB
of DDRAM and one 20 to 120GB removable drive, the i-Link starts at
$3,965. Prices vary with additional drives, more or less memory, all
weather options and others. Delivery is from stock to two weeks ARO.
GSA and quantity discounts available.
The company is on the World Wide Web at http://www.bsicomputer.com.
Jul 11 - CenDyne Ships Portable 40x USB
2.0 CD-RW Drive. CenDyne, Inc. today introduces its Arsion portable
40x12x40 USB 2.0 CD-RW drive, fast and reliable enough to be used
as a primary CD burner, yet portable enough to go between locations
or PCs. Weighing only 1.25 pounds, the new 40x12x40 drive is the perfect
choice for consumers and business users who want great speed and reliability
in a design that can be easily moved. Plus, the drive's easy-access
top-loading design and no-installation USB 2.0 set-up make the drive
convenient and easy-to-use.
"The new Arsion drive provides the power and robustness home
and business users want for their primary CD burner," said Mo
Vahdati, CEO, CenDyne, Inc. "Plus, its compact design means that
it can be easily moved between PCs, or to an entirely different location.
The USB 2.0 is plug-and-play ready, so switching the drive between
PCs is a snap."
The drive was designed from the ground up to be powerful, dependable
and reliable. The CenDyne Arsion portable CD-RW drive provides super-fast
speeds: 40X CD-R write, 12X CD-RW rewrite and 40X CD-ROM read. The
drive's high writing speed enables it to burn a full 650MB disc in
about three minutes. The USB 2.0 interface lets users take advantage
of the fastest transfers with a simple connection to computers with
a built-in USB 2.0 interface. Plus, it is even compatible with USB
1.1 connections, so users can connect to a range of existing computers.
The new CenDyne Arsion 40X12X40 portable external USB 2.0 CD-RW drive
comes complete with everything necessary to begin recording data right
away, including CD-R media, USB 2.0 interface cable and power cable.
It is available now at leading technology retailers across the U.S.
at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $179.00.
For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.cendyne.com.
Jul 11 - Online Sales Growth Accelerates
With 51% Yearly Gain. Retailing online took another great leap
forward as ecommerce sales grew by 51% in the just-ended second quarter
2002 versus the same quarter, 2001, according to recent numbers from
BizRate.com, the leading comparison shopping site and e-commerce research
firm. Sales of $11.92 billion eclipsed last year's second quarter
revenues of $7.91 billion by $4 billion.
"Ecommerce is clearly reaping the rewards of a steady acceleration
in the online migration and adoption rate," said Chuck Davis,
President and CEO for BizRate.com. "What is especially exciting
is to see the growth rate continue to grow, as consumers swear by
the 24x7 convenience of buying from work and home. Furthermore, consumers
love the power of comparison shopping online, especially since the
offline mall-to-mall experience is much more cumbersome and costly."
The 51% growth rate for the second quarter 2002 versus the same quarter,
2001 is in stark contrast to the 21% increase in Q2 2001 versus Q2
2000. Furthermore, this is the third consecutive quarter in which
the growth rate has accelerated. Last year's third quarter grew at
a 20% sales clip over Q3 2000. The fourth quarter, which includes
the holidays, increased at a 35% clip. This year's first quarter grew
at a 41% pace versus the first quarter of 2001.
Overall, BizRate.com now projects the full year 2002 to grow at a
45% pace versus 2001, to $51.98 billion of online sales. Last year's
$35.87 billion of online sales was only 24% higher than the 2000 figure.
Contributing to the increased sales is both a greater volume of orders
and higher purchase amounts per transaction. Online orders grew 45%
from 67.39 million in Q2 2001 to 97.77 million orders in this year's
second quarter. The average purchase amount also increased - to $122,
a 4% jump from Q2 2001's $117.
"With the average shopper visiting 3.2 sites before making a
purchase, comparison shopping sites make it faster and more convenient
for shoppers to find what they need in a single visit," continued
Davis. "With this influx of savvy consumers combing the Web for
the best online shopping deals, we can only expect this accelerating
online growth rate to continue onwards and upwards."
Founded in 1996 and based in Los Angeles, BizRate.com (www.bizrate.com)
is a leading comparison shopping site on the Web.
Jul 10 - Toshiba's New Satellite
Notebook Has Wireless Keyboard and Mouse. To meet the needs of
today's mobile PC users who are demanding power, performance and added
sophistication, Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) today announces
the introduction of the Satellite(R) 1955-S801, a unique portable
PC featuring a super-size display and innovative wireless technology.
Delivering an unparalleled mobile computing environment, the Satellite
1955-S801 combines a detachable wireless keyboard and a wireless mouse
with a stunning 16.0" diagonal SXGA display to create a perfect
balance of power, flexibility and engineering expertise for less than
"Toshiba is an innovator and will continue to drive the industry
by bringing to market new mobile and wireless products that keep our
customers productive and on the cutting-edge of mobile computing,"
said Oscar Koenders, vice president of product marketing and worldwide
product planning, Toshiba CSG. "The Satellite 1955 combines wireless
technology, with powerful performance and a stunning display for a
one-of-a-kind mobile computing experience."
A Formidable Foundation
The power behind the Satellite 1955-S801 is the Intel(R) Pentium(R)
4 processor, 2.0GHz, a 40GB(a) hard disk drive and 512MB of SDRAM
ready to handle any application with ease. As a result, users can
take desktop power on the road, while remaining productive with the
Satellite 1955's high capacity Lithium-Ion battery, which gives users
ample time to work on a presentation. To maximize the theater experience
of the 16.0" diagonal display, the Satellite 1955 comes outfitted
with a detachable wireless keyboard. Users can easily detach the keyboard
while watching a DVD movie, and a wireless mouse complements the keyboard
for additional flexibility.
Multimedia and Productivity Features for Work and Play
The Satellite 1955-S801 includes the NVIDIA(R) GeForce4(TM) 440 Go,
32MB graphics processing unit (GPU), to deliver breakthrough 3D performance,
to enhance the notebook's multimedia experience. With a DVD-ROM/CD-RW
multi-function drive, three USB ports and a built-in i.Link(R) (IEEE
1394) port for fast data transfer, the Satellite 1955-S801 is the
ultimate notebook for people who need desktop performance in a mobile
Pricing and Availability
Priced at $2,499, the Satellite 1955-S801 is now available via www.csd.toshiba.com
or through retail channels.
Jul 10 - Belkin Introduces
USB Flash Drive. Belkin, the leading manufacturer of computer
peripherals and accessories, today introduced its new line of Universal
Serial Bus (USB) Flash Drives.
With the Belkin USB Flash Drive, users can move and
store data with ease. A simple connection to the USB port on a laptop,
PC, or workstation allows users to start saving and transporting important
business and personal data. With enough room to store documents, presentations,
downloaded music and videos, high-resolution photographs, etc., users
can begin reading, writing, copying, deleting, and moving data back
and forth from their hard disk drive to their USB Flash Drive-all
without a mechanical drive.
The Belkin USB Flash Drive takes advantage of USB Plug-and-Play capability,
so all users need to do is plug the unit into the USB port and their
computer will automatically detect it as a removable disk drive. A
write/delete protection switch ensures no data will be lost accidentally.
The USB Flash Drive does not require a battery or special software
and is fully compatible with Windows® Me and 2000, Linux®
kernel version 2.4, and all Mac® OS programs. Drivers for Windows
98 and 98 SE are also included.
The line features a number of storage capacities: 16MB (F5U025-16MB
- ESP $49.99), 32MB (F5U025-32MB - ESP $69.99), 64MB (F5U025-64MB
- ESP $89.99), and 128MB (F5U025-128MB - ESP $124.99). Sleek in design,
all are set to start shipping in North America on July 23, 2002.
For more information, visit the company's website at www.belkin.com.
Jul 10 - PowerLeap Announces 1.4GHz Upgrade
for Pentium II and Pentium III Systems. PowerLeap is pleased to
announce the release of two new 1.4GHz CPU upgrade solutions for existing
Pentium II and Pentium III computers.
The PL-iP3/T(TM) is PowerLeap's very popular slot-1 upgrade solution
and the PL-370/T(TM) is for socket 370-based systems. Both solutions
are now certified and available with the high-performance Intel Celeron
"These products have appeal to just about every consumer, business,
school, non-profit, and government office that has Pentium II and
Pentium III computers. In many cases, you can double the performance
of your computers for a fraction of the cost of a new PC -deferring
the replacement for another 12-24 months," comments Steve Nash,
Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
In addition to providing cost-effective performance enhancement products
for home and office PCs, PowerLeap also is actively promoting the
upgrade concept as a solution to the growing environmental concerns
surrounding the more than 63 million computers expected to be "retired"
in the US by 2005, according to National Safety Council estimates.
By extending their useful life, PowerLeap's processor upgrades help
keep more PCs on the desktop and out of landfills.
PowerLeap is now shipping the PL-iP3/T 1400C and the PL-370/T 1400C.
The retail price for both solutions is $169.95 (USD).
PowerLeap has a full line of CPU upgrades for 486, Pentium, Pentium
II, Celeron, Pentium III, and Pentium 4-based systems. More information
can be found at www.powerleap.com.
Jul 10 - Average Base Salary for IT Professionals
Has Increased 5.1 Percent. A new study by people3, a Gartner,
Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB) company, reports that the average base salary
for all IT jobs in 2002 is $67,900 (a 5.1 percent increase over 2001)
and total cash compensation is $72,900 (a 6.1 percent increase over
The findings in people3's 2002 IT Market Compensation Study are based
on research compiled from survey data submitted by 153 organizations
and represent detailed compensation data for 33,771 IT employees within
the United States.
"Quite often leadership is confronted with the conflicting goals
of cutting costs, while at the same time providing their employees
with competitive pay," said Diane M. Berry, vice president of
research at people3. "While controlling compensation costs might
provide a short-term financial benefit, the ramifications of losing
top talent, especially people who possess skills or knowledge critical
to the operation of a particular enterprise, far outweigh the monetary
The study cited competitive market-based pay as the most effective
retention practice in 2002 (it ranked fourth in 2001), while a competitive
benefits package came in second with strong IT leadership and vision
coming in third.
Other findings from the study include:
-- 1. The positions that take the longest average time to fill
are Database Administrator and Security Manager, requiring an
average of 3.2 months to fill.
-- 2. The skills for which companies reported the greatest
difficulty in recruiting is Unix, with Microsoft SQL Server
coming in second and Java coming in third.
-- 3. 69.3 percent of surveyed companies experienced a turnover
rate of 5 percent or less in their IT department.
-- 4. Employees with less than two years of service accounted for
40.9 percent of turnover, and employees with less than three
years of service accounted for a total of 59.3 percent of
For more information on people3, visit www.people3.com.
Jul 10 - Growth of Wireless Internet
is Stagnant. There has been little or no growth in the number
of users of wireless Internet over the past year, according to Solomon-Wolff
Associates, a New Jersey-based market research firm, specializing
in personal communications issues.
In Solomon-Wolff's latest study, conducted in January 2002, only
six percent of Internet users report that they use Wireless Internet.
This number has remained about the same across three consecutive semi-annual
The stunted growth may result from a declining interest level, the
study suggests. Consumers have reported declining interest levels
in each of the past three studies. In January 2002, 22 percent of
Internet users indicated that they had interest in Wireless Internet,
down from 39 percent in January 2001.
"Declines like this are not usually associated with rapidly
growing products or services," explains Ms. Joey Wolff, partner,
Solomon-Wolff Associates. "The declining interest level may be
due to the perceived cost of wireless Internet. Although it is possible
to obtain wireless Internet service for a low price, there is a perception
of high prices. And the current subscribers of the service are paying
more than three times the amount non-users are willing to spend."
The Solomon-Wolff survey indicates that current wireless Internet
users report that they spend an average of $30.33 per month for the
service, while non-users who are interested in the service are only
willing to spend an average of $9.44 per month.
According to Wolff, the stagnation of wireless Internet may also
be due to the fact that it is a secondary business for major service
providers. The leading companies providing wireless Internet service
offer it in conjunction with other services, such as wireless telephone
Of the five companies with the largest market shares of Wireless Internet
users, four are wireless telephone companies -- Sprint, AT&T,
Verizon Wireless and Cingular, and the other is an Internet company
-- AOL. According to Wolff, these companies may be focusing marketing
efforts on their primary business, not on wireless Internet.
"Is the lack of interest in wireless Internet due to the fact
that it is seen as an e-mail service?" said Wolff.
Of current wireless Internet users, 59 percent report that they use
the service mostly for sending and receiving e-mail messages. In addition,
of those who do not have wireless Internet but report interest in
the service, 62 percent would use it primarily for sending and receiving
"People are already paying for Internet service and have access
to e-mail through this service. They do not want to pay for their
e-mail twice," explained Wolff. "As a result of the dot-com
meltdown, there are less product offerings and new innovations. Perhaps
if there were companies presenting a new application or a new product
that was unique to wireless Internet, interest would be increasing
rather than declining."
Jul 09 - MicronPC Introduces
the TransPort T1000 Notebook Computer. MicronPC, a Gores Technology
Group company, today introduced the TransPort(R) T1000 notebook computer.
Weighing just over 5 pounds, the TransPort T1000 is among the fastest,
lightest fully-featured notebooks on the market today. Based on Intel's
mobile Pentium(R) 4-M processor and supporting a blazing 400MHz Front
Side Bus, the TransPort T1000 offers speed and mobility to customers
looking for a cutting-edge notebook computer, without sacrificing
performance, features or screen size.
Designed with both functionality and portability in mind, the TransPort
T1000 is ideal for customers looking for a portable notebook computer
as their primary computer. Unlike other desktop replacement notebooks
that sacrifice either functionality or portability, the TransPort
T1000 is a full-featured, expandable notebook computer in a small,
light package. Delivering the best in mobile computing performance,
the TransPort T1000 integrates the latest processor technology with
Intel's Pentium 4-M processor, support for PC2100 DDR memory, and
ATI's Mobility Radeon 7500 graphics solution. The TransPort T1000
is also flexible and expandable, offering a variety of peripheral
options and expansion sockets.
"The TransPort T1000 is MicronPC's primary mobile notebook solution.
With its combination of performance, flexibility and compact size,
it is a perfect notebook computer for customers looking for a complete
solution in a small, portable package," said Paul Petersen, vice
president of product marketing and development for MicronPC.
More information can be found at www.micronpc.com.
Jul 09 - Argus Announces Affordable 2.1
Megapixel Digital Camera. Now everyone can afford a multi-megapixel
digital camera. The new DC3510 from Argus Camera, a leading provider
of quality digital, 35mm, Advanced Photo System (APS) and Power Zoom
cameras, has broken the $200 price barrier bringing high-quality digital
imaging to the average consumer.
This menu-driven, 2.1 megapixel digital camera has all the features
you would expect from a high-quality device including a 2X digital
zoom lens, burst capability of two to five pictures per shot, eight
megabytes of internal memory, an SD Card memory expansion slot, a
macro setting for phenomenal one-to-one close-ups, a built-in 1.5-inch
LCD monitor and a built-in flash.
In addition, the DC3510 is one of the few digital cameras on the
market that provides date and time stamping on every picture, so you
have a chronological record of your latest expedition. This feature
can also be useful for businesses that need to know when a photo was
taken, such as photos of damage to cars or cargo for insurance purposes.
"This is an exciting new era in photography and should be open
to anyone that wants to jump on board," says Bill Pearson, president
of Argus Camera. "There is no reason why the average consumer
shouldn't have the opportunity to experience what was once only available
to those with $600 or more to spend."
The DC3510 can also be attached to any computer with an available
USB port and has video and audio out capabilities, which allow it
to be used as a PC or Web cam for video conferencing or chatting on
Priced at $179, and expected to sell for as little as $149, the DC3510
comes with an extensive software package from MGI Software and will
be available at most major retailers.
Visit the company's Web site at www.arguscamera.com.
July 09 - Mac Community Rallies for Largest
Ever Macworld New York. IDG World Expo, the leading producer of
world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets around
the globe, today announced that next week's Macworld Conference &
Expo/New York will be the largest ever, occupying nearly 100,000 net
square feet of exhibit space with nearly 250 exhibitors. Macworld
Conference & Expo, New York City's largest annual technology event,
will feature dozens of new product announcements by the industry's
most influential, cutting-edge companies.
Macworld Conference & Expo, the world's most comprehensive Macintosh
OS event, will take place July 15-19, 2002 at New York City's Jacob
K. Javits Convention Center. The expo floor will open on July 17.
Consumers, creative professionals, educators and Mac enthusiasts will
have hands-on access to the newest hardware and software for the Macintosh,
including a number of new products unveiled recently by Apple. Among
the companies announcing new products at the event are:
-- 21st Century Media (booth 1837) will introduce cast:stream 1.5,
which allows users to broadcast fully interactive, rich media presentations
synchronized with live and on-demand video and audio.
-- El Gato Software (booth 1651) will showcase EyeTV, a digital video
recorder that allows users to watch and record television shows on
their Mac. With Eye TV, users can pause live television and then resume
watching whenever they're ready.
-- Extensis, Inc. (booth 466) will announce the release of Portfolio
Server for OS X, which allows large workgroups to efficiently share,
organize and distribute digital photos, images and other files in
a cross-platform environment.
-- Matterform Media (booth 1541) will introduce Spamfire Pro, a new
anti-spam utility to delete unwanted email that comes with hundreds
of built-in filters and automatic Internet updates.
-- M-Audio (booth 674) will announce Sonica, an external USB audio
upgrade that adds professional-quality, crystal clear 24bit/96kHz
audio to a laptop or desktop. Sonica also outputs true 5.1 surround
sound from the Mac.
-- Pixologic (booth 1446) will unveil Zbrush version 1.5, a digital
art creation program that enables digital artists to create high-quality,
original artwork in a highly creative and interactive environment.
-- Runtime Labs (booth 1347) will introduce MacSQL Framework, a Mac
OS X dynamic shared library that enables seamless integration between
Applescript Studio or Cocoa applications and SQL databases.
-- STEP inside design (booth 1643), formerly Step-By-Step Graphics,
will launch its inaugural issue, revealing the stories behind the
projects created by leading designers, illustrators and photographers.
-- Stone Design (booth 573) will announce the immediate free availability
of new versions of StampInStone(TM) and all seven applications included
in Stone Studio, featuring PStill(TM) and TimeEqualsMoney(TM).
Macworld attendees will also have the opportunity to network with
their peers and learn from scores of educational sessions and forums
held at the event. For complete information about Macworld Conference
& Expo, or to register for the event, visit www.macworldexpo.com.
July 09 - X-traFun, Inc. Offers Low Cost
Bluetooth Internet Appliance. You can now wirelessly access the
Internet with a plug-n-play USB Bluetooth(R) communicator that connects
to any Windows(R) based PC or laptop computers with an established
X-traFun(TM)'s wireless communicator is about the size of your thumb
and will retail for less than $49. You can simultaneously connect
up to six additional Bluetooth wireless-enabled devices within 100
meters of the access appliance. The wireless communicators bandwidth
is 724Kbps and includes 128-bit security encryption. Mobile Internet
web surfing at the home or office is one of several applications besides
This product will provide the customer an alternative choice before
spending $300 and more dollars on the traditional embedded wireless
access appliances on the market or purchasing a new computer with
Bluetooth already built in. "The beauty of this wireless product
is it provides a low-cost interim solution for those individuals that
want the benefits of wireless Bluetooth without spending a lot of
money on new hardware platforms," says Mark Kramer, President
and CEO of X-traFun, Inc. He goes on to add, "This was originally
identified as a key market barrier in selling our Bluetooth wireless
Game Boy Cartridge in the customers home."
X-traFun Inc., of Castle Rock, Colorado, has already designed and
developed the wireless cartridge interface for the Game Boy family
of products that will enable mobile edutainment for children of all
ages. Besides interactive game playing, kids can receive and send
e-mails, perform chat messaging, e-book reading, and print. Parents
can even send messages to their children while away from home. The
company plans to offer additional benefits before it launches to the
public, including a small folding wireless keyboard. The company is
focusing on communication functions that support entertainment, education,
remote control, medical and television broadcast markets.
For more information on X-traFun, Inc., visit their website at:
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