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Daily Computer News and Rumors

July 09-16 2003

About News and Rumors. InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors is a daily column. It features news coverage of new PC and Mac computer hardware and software, Internet news, and other technical news items.
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InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Jul 16 Intel Celebrates 35 Years Of Innovation
Jul 16 Intel Announces Second Quarter Results
Jul 16 SanDisk Introduces Cruzer Mini Flash Drive
Jul 16 Newly Introduced HP iPAQ h5550 to Facilitate Wireless Communication in Space
Jul 16 Microtel to Bundle SuSE Linux for Walmart.com
Jul 16 Fellowes, Inc. Unveils SecureTouch Optical Mouse
Jul 15 New Intel® Xeon™ Processor Boosts Performance
Jul 15 SOYO Announces VIA KT600 Chipset Motherboard
Jul 15 AOpen Introduces 4X DVD+RW/+R Drive
Jul 15 AMD and Fujitsu Launch New Flash Memory Company
Jul 15 Other World Computing Announces 800MHz G4 Processor Upgrade
Jul 14 Rambus, Toshiba and Elpida Announce XDR DRAM
Jul 14 Other World Computing Ships Its First 7200RPM Portable Drives
Jul 14 CTX Launches Video Conferencing Monitor With Built-In Camera and Microphone
Jul 14 American Power Conversion Announces Low Cost Broadband Power Protection
Jul 14 FireWire 6-Port Hub from Belkin Offers Repeater Capability
Jul 13 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jul 11 AT&T Wireless And Intel Offer Mobile Computing Solutions To U.S. Corporations
Jul 11 Intel To Develop 802.16a Silicon For "Last Mile" Wireless Broadband Solutions
Jul 11 Verbatim Takes USB Drive Market to Next Level with New Store 'n' Go
Jul 11 Kano Introduces SLIM-K2Xtreme Dual-Interface DVD+RW Portable Drive
Jul 11 Apricorn Introduces EZ Writer Portable Optical Drives
Jul 11 Dell Offers More Secure Desktop and Notebook Computers
Jul 10 Toshiba Launches Next Generation DVD/CD Recordable Drive
Jul 10 Verbatim Delivers Industry's First 4x-speed DVD+RW Media
Jul 10 Pelham Sloane Introduces Space Efficient Desktop Computer
Jul 10 InterVideo Announces WinDVD Creator Platinum 2
Jul 10 Eliminate Security Threats While Web Browsing Using Winferno's New Secure IE 2003
Jul 10 McDonald's Offers High-Speed Wireless Access in the San Francisco Bay Area
Jul 09 Dell Desktop Maximizes Features, Flexibility and Value with a Starting Price of $499
Jul 09 Toshiba Adds Extra Storage and Intel Centrino Mobile Technology to Portege Series Notebooks
Jul 09 AirCell Advances Toward Inflight Cell Phone Service
Jul 09 ArcSoft Delivers Easy-to-Use DVD Authoring and Video Editing Application
Jul 09 Staples and Educators Nationwide Launch 'Staples Recycle for Education'

 

July 16 - Intel Celebrates 35 Years Of Innovation. Intel Corporation kicked off the first of several worldwide events celebrating the company's first 35 years by preserving state-of-the-art technology products in a "time capsule" ceremony at its headquarters here today.
Two of the company's founders, Gordon Moore, Intel chairman emeritus, and Andy Grove, Intel chairman, addressed employees to mark the 35th anniversary of the company that began as a Silicon Valley startup, created the microprocessor, and went on to become the world's largest chipmaker. They were joined by Craig Barrett, Intel chief executive officer, and Paul Otellini, Intel president and chief operating officer.

Founded in 1968 by the late Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore and Andy Grove, Intel has grown to 78,000 employees, operating in more than 40 countries. Employees across the globe will celebrate their tenure this week at Intel, including long-term employees Paul Metrovich, a 34-year Intel veteran who knew Intel's first 150 employees personally, employee #177 Logan Sage and employee #227 Tony Martinez.

"We have a 35-year foundation of excellence that has set the stage for the ideas and innovations that will keep Intel at the top of a very competitive, worldwide industry," said Barrett. "We have literally changed the world and we will continue to change the world. That's what we are celebrating."

The time capsule contains items submitted from Intel sites from around the world, including a state-of-the-art 300-millimeter wafer from Oregon, a microprocessor package from China, and a newspaper from Costa Rica. A wooden box carved from an olive tree comes from Israel -- home to one of the principal design centers for Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology -- and contains a metallic dove, symbolizing Israel's hope for a future of peace. The time capsule will be opened in 2018 to mark Intel's 50th anniversary.

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

July 16 - Intel Announces Second Quarter Results. Intel Corporation today announced second-quarter revenue of $6.8 billion, up 1 percent sequentially and up 8 percent year-over-year.

Second-quarter net income was $896 million, down 2 percent sequentially and up 101 percent year-over-year. Earnings per share were $0.14, flat sequentially and up 100 percent from $0.07 in the second quarter of 2002.

"Overall, the quarter came in slightly better than we expected led by good demand in our computing-related business, which posted solid year-over-year results," said Craig R. Barrett, Intel chief executive officer. "We continued to see strength in emerging markets, and our Asia-Pacific region set an all-time revenue record.

"Our investments in R&D and manufacturing continued to generate strong products," Barrett said. "We saw excellent market acceptance for new, more powerful versions of the Pentium® 4 processor for desktops and for Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology for notebooks. In addition, we recently launched our latest Itanium® 2 processor for high-end enterprise computing with broad industry support. On a day when Intel celebrates its 35th anniversary, our continued focus on product and technology leadership remains the right strategy for long-term success."

Key Product Trends (Sequential)
** Intel Architecture microprocessor units and average selling prices were approximately flat.
** Chipset units were approximately flat.
** Motherboard units were higher.
** Flash memory units were lower.
** Ethernet connectivity product units were slightly higher.

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

July 16 - SanDisk Introduces Cruzer Mini Flash Drive. SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today introduced Cruzer(TM) Mini, an embedded USB 2.0 hi-speed "key chain" flash drive about the size of a lipstick case. Cruzer Mini is one of the world's smallest flash memory drives and uses the latest USB interface technology to achieve the maximum data transfer rates possible today.

Cruzer Mini already has started shipping to major retailers in the United States and Canada and SanDisk also expects to ship the product in August to many of its 50,000 retail outlets around the world. The portable storage devices initially are being sold in two capacities -128 and 256 megabytes (MB) - with suggested retail pricing of $49.99 and $79.99. SanDisk plans to introduce higher capacity Cruzer Minis later this year.

USB flash drives are replacing floppy disks partly because of the limited capacity of floppies. A 256MB Cruzer Mini, for example, offers storage capacity equivalent to as many as 177 floppy disks.

Eric Bone, a SanDisk retail product marketing manager, said, "As USB flash drives become more commonplace in the market, industrial design will help differentiate the products. The sleek, customizable design of Cruzer Mini extends the family look of our original Cruzer USB flash drive and ImageMate(TM) reader product lines. Cruzer Mini can be slipped into a pocket or purse or worn around the neck for easy transport of personal computer data files, image files or video and audio between homes, offices, schools and other locations where one would like to take their personal files and information. Cruzer Mini ships with three decorative end-caps that fit over a unique "light-pipe" status indicator and the USB connector allowing owners to individualize their Cruzer Mini."

Bone added, "We have also introduced Cruzer Mini with very attractive pricing because the USB drive market has grown rapidly and many people who already own a lower capacity flash drive now need a larger capacity storage device. We are trying to address the sweet spot of the market with these two capacities, and we think that this pricing will drive customers to higher capacity flash drives."

Market researchers at NPDTechworld recently reported that U.S. retail sales of USB flash drives were 171,000 units in May, 2003. The units had a retail value of $11 million. Retail unit sales in the U.S. have been growing at more than 20 percent a month this year, according to the firm.

Cruzer Mini's low profile (2.6 inches long, .79 inches wide, .48 inches deep) does not block most other USB ports when plugged in allowing customers to use those ports without any additional cabling. When the device is properly inserted, a large LED lights up. It also ships with a lanyard so the device can be worn around the neck. Cruzer Mini is "plug and play" with PCs and the Macintosh due to USB Mass Storage Class (MSC) compliance when used with Windows ME, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS 9.2.1+ and Mac OS 10.1.2+. A driver can be downloaded for Windows 98SE support.

SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com.

July 16 - Newly Introduced HP iPAQ h5550 to Facilitate Wireless Communication in Space. HP (NYSE:HPQ) plans to launch its HP iPAQ Pocket PCs into outer space onboard TransOrbital's TrailBlazer spacecraft, the first commercial mission to gain approval from U.S. authorities to explore, photograph and land on the moon, later this year.

With an early 2004 launch date approaching, TransOrbital looked to the newly introduced HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5550's innovative engineering, mobility, simplicity and ease of use to facilitate wireless communication within the satellite. The handheld device will integrate with the TrailBlazer systems on board the spacecraft to enable TransOrbital to effortlessly synchronize and share data while in space, during transit to the moon and while orbiting the moon.

During subsequent launches, it is anticipated that the HP iPAQ Pocket PCs will be used for wireless communication with cameras that are tethered on the outside of the spacecraft to provide superior video streaming capabilities for display on Earth. Future applications for the devices also may include the ability to communicate via e-mail with the Trailblazer lunar orbiter while it is orbiting the moon and on the moon's surface.

As the first and only private company to be licensed by the U.S. Department of State and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration for moon travel, TransOrbital believes that important and affordable advances in science, medicine, communications and information technology can be achieved by forming strategic global corporate alliances for space exploration.

"Lunar development requires innovative partners, and HP is an ideal world-class systems provider," said Dennis Laurie, chief executive officer, TransOrbital. "Being the first to send and utilize innovative technology in space, such as HP's iPAQ Pocket PCs on this lunar mission, demonstrates that the moon is now truly within anyone's reach."

"HP is a leader in providing technologies that work to improve the mobile experience, whether on Earth or on a spacecraft traveling to the moon," said Alex Gruzen, senior vice president and general manager, mobile computing group, HP Personal Systems Group. "We are very excited that TransOrbital is about to include affordable, innovative HP products, such as our iPAQ Pocket PCs, to enhance this first commercial flight to the moon."

TransOrbital's first moon mission will provide HDTV (high definition TV) views of equipment left behind from past Apollo and Russian landings. The mission also will deliver a time capsule containing personal cargo from Earth, including personal messages and artifacts. Media collected during the mission, including a "barnstorming" video filmed as the capsule reaches the lunar surface, will provide TransOrbital with an array of content vital to future scientific and exploratory endeavors, as well as educational and entertainment uses.

In December 2002, TransOrbital successfully launched a test lunar satellite into earth orbit using the International Space Company (ISC) Kosmotras Dnepr rocket. TransOrbital also will use the ISC Dnepr rocket for the moon launch.

More information about ISC Kosmotras and Dnepr rockets is available at www.kosmotras.ru. More information about TransOrbital is available at www.transorbital.net. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

July 16 - Microtel to Bundle SuSE Linux for Walmart.com. SuSE Linux and Microtel Computer Systems today announced that Microtel PCs preloaded with the SuSE Linux 8.2 operating system are for sale at Walmart.com. With prices starting at $298, the PCs provide a range of options for Linux users and give customers diverse and affordable alternatives to proprietary systems.

The Microtel/SuSE Linux 8.2 PCs support all the activities users expect from their PCs. They are preloaded with applications for numerous office, multimedia, image processing, games and Internet applications. Customers can surf the Net with Netscape Navigator, Mozilla, or KDE's integrated browser/file manager Konqueror. In addition, users can manage finances and create documents and presentations with the MS Office-compatible OpenOffice.org.

"We look forward to this partnership with Microtel and Walmart.com as an opportunity to continue to build our customer base in the United States," said Holger Dyroff, General Manager of Americas, SuSE Linux. "This new offering reflects the growing demand for affordable and innovative Linux systems and the widespread adoption of open source."

"We are excited about joining forces with SuSE Linux to bring Walmart.com customers more options with their PC purchase," said Rich Hindman, Vice President of Microtel Computer Systems. "We believe the obvious cost benefits of this new product will attract a new wave of Linux users."

Visit www.microtelinc.com for more information.
* This offer is limited to www.walmart.com online purchases and not available through Wal-Mart stores.

July 16 - Fellowes, Inc. Unveils SecureTouch Optical Mouse. Fellowes, Inc., a worldwide leader in mobile, computer and consumer electronics accessories, announced today the introduction of its portable SecureTouch(TM) optical laptop mouse, providing consumers with unique and unprecedented technology protection, mobility and convenience.

"With more than 500,000 laptops stolen last year, consumers are more concerned than ever before about protecting their information," said Steve Petersen, senior global product manager for Fellowes Connectivity group. "Responding to this need, Fellowes has designed an advanced optical mouse with integrated biometric fingertip identification, providing only the intended user access to their computer... with just the touch of a finger," Petersen said.

In addition to providing the most convenient and reliable fingerprint security technology available today, SecureTouch also is the ideal laptop companion -- featuring a mini-sized footprint for consumers on-the-go.

SecureTouch(TM) Technology

The SecureTouch(TM) Optical mouse utilizes advanced biometric technology - eliminating the need to remember passwords and providing protection against unauthorized users. Its unique authenticator sensor allows fingerprints to be read below the surface of the skin to its "true" layer. Therefore, SecureTouch is not affected by common skin surface conditions including dry, worn, callused, dirty or oily skin that can affect the sensor's ability to acquire accurate fingerprint images for user authentication purposes.

SecureTouch also incorporates three programmable buttons with advanced scroll wheel technology, USB connectivity and optical technology with quick response tracking on almost any surface. An OmniPass CD software driver is included for optimum product functionality.

The SecureTouch Optical mouse is compatible with Windows 98, 2000, ME and XP, and it will be available starting in mid-July at major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $99.

Fellowes can be found online at www.fellowes.com.

July 15 - New Intel® Xeon™ Processor Boosts Performance. Intel Corporation today introduced a new Intel® Xeon™ processor for dual processor servers and workstations with double the on-die cache of previous generations. The new processor helps improve performance by more than 15 percent and maintain investment protection since it is drop-in compatible with existing systems.

On-die cache is a fast memory reservoir residing on the same chip as the processor. Data stored in the processor's on-die cache is faster to access than data stored on the hard drive or other system memory, enabling better performance, higher data throughput and a larger user capacity.

"These larger cache Intel Xeon processors deliver outstanding performance, price-performance and value to customers," said Richard Dracott, group marketing director for Intel's Enterprise Platforms Group. "Drop-in compatibility with existing Intel-based platforms also provides significant flexibility and extends the life of previous investments."

The new Intel Xeon processor at 3.06 GHz features a 1 MB level three (L3) cache with a 533 MHz system bus. It is designed for use in general-purpose servers for Web hosting, data caching, search engines, security, streaming media and high performance computing, and in workstations for digital content creation, mechanical and electrical design, financial analysis, and 3D modeling.
The new processor complements the latest Intel® Xeon™ processor MP introduced in June, which delivers scalability with leading price-performance for the enterprise application and mid-range data tier, including business logic, application servers and databases.

"Using Intel Xeon processor-based workstations and servers for the creation of large 3-D assemblies and design on the next generation of RVs has reduced the time it takes to incorporate new designs and contributed savings to our bottom line," said Steve Edman, manager of Engineering Data at Fleetwood Enterprises.

More than 85 percent of servers shipping today are based on Intel® architecture, according to industry analysts. The Intel Xeon processor line played a major role in that success.

The product family is also part of Intel's "real server" campaign, a program educating mostly small to medium-sized businesses on the benefits of choosing the right servers to meet the demands of enterprise computing. High-bandwidth connections (such as Gigabit Ethernet), high-capacity storage (such as RAID), redundant components and a server operating system with multi-user applications combined with Intel processors help lower operating cost, improve performance and provide room to grow.

The Intel Xeon processor at 3.06 GHz with 1 MB of L3 cache is drop-in compatible with existing systems designed with the Intel® E7501 (for servers) or Intel® E7505 (for workstations) chipsets, Intel® PRO Gigabit Ethernet Network Connections and Intel® Server RAID Controllers. It is also hardware compatible with systems from leading vendors and with Intel Server Products using dual Intel Xeon processors.

The Intel Xeon processor at 3.06 GHz with 1 MB of L3 cache is now available worldwide for Intel's suggested list price of $690 in 1,000-unit quantities.

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

July 15 - SOYO Announces VIA KT600 Chipset Motherboard. SOYO Computer, Inc. (OTCBB:SOYO), today announced its most feature-rich DRAGON-series motherboard for AMD CPUs. SOYO's DRAGON SY-KT600 Ultra Platinum with VIA KT600 chipset supports Socket A AMD XP 3200+ processors with 400MHz FSB, and includes many advanced features to deliver a complete solution for home or office environments.

SOYO's new DRAGON SY-KT600 motherboard supports DDR400 and also supports up to 3GB (3-184 pin DDR sockets) of memory, which increases processor speed, and accelerates the memory bandwidth.

The new embedded RAID chip enables Level 0 (data striping) and Level 1 (disk mirroring) to increase security and maximize the overall performance of the hard drive.

The SY-KT600 Ultra Platinum includes total of eight USB 2.0 ports (4 rear, 4 pin headers), and three IEEE 1394 Firewire ports (1 rear, 2 pin headers) for quick and easy connections to multimedia peripherals. The IEEE1394 Firewire interface enhances PC connectivity with consumer electronic appliances such as DVD players/recorders, DV cameras, and storage peripherals.

The board comes with all the standard I/O's such as PS/2 (for mouse and keyboard), two serial ports, and a printer port. The new Serial ATA (SATA) interface is also a standard feature on the SY-KT600. SATA improves the system airflow because it utilizes a new thin cabling system to simplify the connection between the host controller and the data storage devices. SATA also makes it more cost-effective for users to integrate RAID and multi-drive systems into present storage applications.

The SY-KT600 Ultra Platinum is easily expandable with five 32-bit Bus Mastering PCI slots (V2.2 compliant) and includes one AGP PRO slot (support up to 8x mode) for smoother and more realistic graphics.

SOYO has embedded Surround Sound capability as well as Gigabit LAN performance on the SY-KT600, which saves valuable expansion slots. The embedded on board CMI 8738 hardware audio chipset provides a 6-channel audio solution for true Surround Sound effects. Gigabit LAN performance is achieved with the new embedded Broadcom BCM5705 Gigabit LAN chip. With networking bandwidth of 1 Gigabit, users can easily download MP3 and AVI data and distribute the information to locally networked PCs.

SOYO has integrated many smart overclocking options into the SY-KT600. Users can customize their boards to specific applications by adjusting the CPU FSB, core voltage & multiplier, and memory and AGP Pro voltages.

The Dragon SY-KT600 board will be available in two versions. The SY-KT600 Ultra Platinum will be bundled with SOYO's BayOne AVI PLUS breakout box, which features a combination Flash media reader/writer, two front IEEE 1394 Firewire ports, and two front USB 2.0 ports. The bundle also includes a SPDIF audio card, and 8-in-1 software bundle. MSRP for a single board is $169.

The SY-KT600 Ultra comes with 4-in-1 software bundle and has a MSRP of $99. Volume discounts are available.

Further information on SOYO products, visit www.soyousa.com.

July 15 - AOpen Introduces 4X DVD+RW/+R Drive. AOpen(R) Inc., well known worldwide as a leading and award-winning manufacturer of a wide range of PC components, today announced a snappy, cutting-edge new DVD burner that not only writes DVDs at 4X speed, but also is the first DVD drive on the market that has the ability to re-write DVD media at 4X speed.

"We at AOpen are excited about the impact that this drive is destined to have on the market and how it will revolutionize the way users can take advantage of DVD media in their expanding digital lives," said Sean Chang, optical product manager, AOpen Inc. Chang added that "we are especially thrilled to introduce this revolutionary new drive which is compatible with most DVD-ROMs and consumer DVD players -- adding to the significant value that it offers with its extended writing abilities."

AOpen is now shipping these new drives that feature the transfer of analog or digital video directly from camcorders or VCRs and also offer AOpen's JustLink technology to prevent buffer under-run errors -- ensuring nearly flawless disc burns every time.

The new DRW4410 4X DVD+RW/+R drive also includes all the software necessary to get users up-and-running quickly and easily:

-- NERO 5

-- PowerDVD

-- neoDVD4

-- Video Studio 7

-- InCD3

The new drive impressively burns a full DVD 4.7GB media disc in less than 15 minutes -- a significant improvement over previous 2X burners -- and it is also able to burn CD media in less than 4 minutes. The AOpen DRW4410 4X DVD+RW/+R drive is the ultimate solution for storage of all types of video, audio and data on both DVD and CD media -- at an affordable MSRP of $169.99 US.

The AOpen internal DRW4410 4X DVD+RW/+R drive features an ATAPI/E-IDE interface, has 2MB of data buffer memory and has an access time of 120ms for CD writing and 140ms for DVD writing.

Additional information can be found at the AOpen web site at: www.aopen.com.

July 15 - AMD and Fujitsu Launch New Flash Memory Company. AMD (NYSE:AMD) and Fujitsu Limited (TSE: 6702, "Fujitsu") today announced the formation of a new Flash memory semiconductor joint venture that will market its solutions under the new Spansion(TM) global product brand name. The new company, FASL LLC, was formed by the integration of AMD's and Fujitsu's Flash memory businesses. The new joint venture is the largest Flash memory company in the world based on dedicated resources that include gross assets having a net book value of approximately US$3 billion and approximately 7,000 employees. Spansion Flash memory solutions are available worldwide from AMD and Fujitsu.

"We plan to make Spansion Flash memory the pre-eminent brand in the memory market," said Dr. Bertrand Cambou, president and CEO of FASL LLC. "The Spansion brand symbolizes new horizons and possibilities for our customers, helping them to create products with greater value and differentiation. We expect that the combination of our focus on customers, next-generation technology, process design and integrated manufacturing will help us emerge as the global Flash memory leader."

"We are pleased to announce the inauguration of this new company that increases Fujitsu's and AMD's focus and commitment to the Flash memory market," said Toshihiko Ono, chairman of the board, FASL LLC (and Fujitsu Limited corporate senior vice president and group president of Fujitsu's Electronic Devices Business Group). "Both AMD and Fujitsu share a common vision to help customers design market leading products using Spansion Flash memory solutions."

Company Details:

-- The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and operates a Japan headquarters in Tokyo

-- AMD owns a 60% interest in the new company and Fujitsu owns 40%; the company's financial results will be consolidated in AMD's financial statements

-- Gross assets having a net book value of approximately US$3 billion

-- The company sells Spansion Flash memory products through AMD and Fujitsu and their respective sales forces

Information about Spansion Flash memory solutions is available at www.spansion.com/overview.

July 15 - Other World Computing Announces 800MHz G4 Processor Upgrade. Other World Computing (OWC) today announced it has begun shipping an 800 Megahertz (MHz) Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrade.

It is the latest in OWC's popular Mercury Extreme line and is available immediately for $269.99.

"The Mercury Extreme brand has made a name for itself for high-quality performance enhancements with exceptional value, and the new 800MHz G4 upgrade will build this reputation further," said Larry O'Connor, president of OWC. "The Mercury Extreme line delivers an economical solution to anyone seeking to significantly boost their computer's speed while at the same time not breaking the bank."

OWC's Mercury Extreme processor upgrades are true plug-and-play solutions that do not use or require enabling software. Fully compatible with PowerMac G4 AGP-equipped models (350MHz to 1GHz), they act as replacements to the stock Apple G4 daughtercard and do not take up a separate PCI or AGP slot. Also included in each upgrade is a pre-installed, high-performance heat sink and an ultra-quiet cooling fan. Each unit comes with a 30-day, 100 percent money back guarantee, as well as a three-year limited warranty and an option for customers to sell their old processor to OWC.

Made with the highest-quality components available, Mercury Extreme processor upgrades use Tantalum-dipped resistors and capacitors (to resist electroshock discharge), are capable of safe operation at high temperatures and are designed to last longer than other upgrades using conventional parts.

The Mercury Extreme G4 processor upgrades feature 256 Kilobytes of 1:1 L2 cache on-chip and 2 Megabytes of high-speed L3 cache. They are compatible with Apple PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics/Sawtooth, Gigabit Ethernet, Digital Audio, Quicksilver and Quicksilver 2002 models. The Mercury Extreme line is completely plug-and-play compatible with existing hardware and software, including Apple OS 9.2 or higher, including all versions of OS X.

The 800MHz Extreme G4 model complements the also shipping Mercury Extreme G4 1.25-1.26GHz and 1.4-1.467GHz models priced for as little as $499.99 and $589.99, respectively.

Additional details and complete pricing information about the OWC Mercury Extreme product line can be found online at www.macsales.com/Extreme.

July 14 - Rambus, Toshiba and Elpida Announce XDR DRAM. Rambus Inc. (Nasdaq:RMBS), a leading provider of chip-to-chip interface products and services, along with Toshiba and Elpida, today announced XDR(TM) DRAM. XDR DRAM uses Rambus' XDR memory interface technology, formerly code-named Yellowstone. Running at 3.2GHz, XDR DRAM offers 8x the bandwidth of today's best-in-class PC memory. As Rambus announced earlier this year, Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. have licensed the XDR memory interface for utilization in future broadband applications with "Cell."

The XDR DRAM family has been architected to offer mainstream memory solutions for a broad range of applications. XDR DRAM is expected to initially serve the high-bandwidth needs of consumer, graphics, and networking applications, with eventual applicability for PC main memory, server and mobile systems when these applications require higher levels of bandwidth. XDR DRAM can provide the cost benefits of mainstream memory while still outperforming low-volume specialty DRAMs. XDR DRAM offers significant cost savings by providing the same system bandwidth as alternatives with fewer DRAM components, low-cost 4-layer PCBs, and inexpensive industry-standard packages.

Initially XDR DRAM will be offered at 3.2GHz with a roadmap to 6.4GHz and beyond, enabling memory system bandwidths up to 100GB/s. XDR DRAM will be available in multiple speed bins, device densities, and device widths. With densities ranging from 256Mb to 8Gb, and device widths ranging from x1 to x32, XDR DRAM satisfies the needs of both high-bandwidth and high-capacity systems. XDR memory's novel matrix topology allows point-to-point differential data interconnects to scale to multi-GHz speeds, while the bussed address and command signals allow a scalable range of memory system capacity supporting from one to 36 DRAM devices.

"Rambus is pleased that XDR DRAM is being supported by industry leaders. The XDR family provides a fresh approach to memory system design and will resolve bandwidth bottlenecks, enabling rich feature sets in next-generation broadband systems," said Laura Stark, vice president of the Memory Interface Division at Rambus. "With XDR memory, design engineers can successfully implement high performance systems at low system price points."

Toshiba and Elpida expect to begin shipping XDR DRAM in 2004, ramping to volume production in 2005. Additional information on XDR DRAM and the memory interface can be found at www.rambus.com/xdr.

July 14 - Other World Computing Ships Its First 7200RPM Portable Drives. Other World Computing (OWC), a leading provider of products and services for the Macintosh marketplace, today announced it has begun shipping its first 7200RPM Mercury On-The-Go portable storage drives available in 60 Gigabyte (GB) capacities.

The 7200RPM Mercury On-The-Go drives feature 8 Megabytes (MB) of cache and are available with either a FireWire-only interface or with both FireWire and Universal Serial Bus (USB) interfaces. The IEEE1394/iLink-compliant FireWire interface on the 60GB On-The-Go solutions supports both a powered (6-pin) and an unpowered (4-pin) port. Conversely, the USB interface on the combination FireWire/USB 60GB On-The-Go external hard drive supports both USB v2.0 and v1.1. These are the fastest portable storage drives OWC has offered to date.

"Until now, the fastest portable drives available were based on 5400RPM 2.5-inch mechanisms," said Larry O'Connor, president of OWC. "Now, as a result of newly available high-performance Hitachi 7200RPM mechanisms, we have broken speed and performance barriers once again with data transfer rates in excess of 50 Megabytes per second."

Weighing 11 ounces and measuring only 3.5-inches x 5.5-inches x 1.0-inches, the new Mercury On-The-Go drives provide convenient and portable solutions for transferring files from one computer to another, or transporting large files in secure hard drives for quick access wherever one travels. Additionally, the drives can be used with any electronic device that has FireWire and/or USB data ports, including digital video and still cameras.

"More than ever before, consumer tastes and preferences are turning to portability and convenience," O'Connor said. "OWC's On-The-Go drives are specifically designed to fit the needs of a variety of users, from system administrators to videographers, graphic designers to students. Our portable drives are the perfect solution for anyone needing storage 'on the go,' and what is truly remarkable about these new drives is they actually run quieter and use less power than many 5400RPM drives on the market today."

The new 7200RPM Mercury On-The-Go plug-and-play drives are compatible with any operating system with FireWire support, including Apple OS 8.6-9.2.2, OS X, and Windows 98SE/2000/XP. The drives come fitted in shock absorption casing and feature a cool blue activity indicator light, near-silent drive operation, two FireWire ports and can operate without an external power source. All cables and Macintosh formatting software are also included.

The new 7200RPM drives round out the popular Mercury On-The-Go product line, with the OWC 7200RPM On-The-Go FireWire/USB combo drive available for as low as $429.99. Pricing for the 7200RPM On-The-Go FireWire-only drive is $419.97. Complete Mercury On-The-Go pricing and ordering information can be found online at http://eshop.macsales.com.

Pricing, ordering and availability information for other OWC products is available online exclusively at www.macsales.com.

July 14 - CTX Launches Video Conferencing Monitor With Built-In Camera and Microphone. CTX International Inc. today announced the first-ever computer monitor with a built-in camera and microphone to facilitate easy video conferencing. Ideal for Internet chat, gaming, home entertainment, telecommuting and corporate presentations, the M730V 17-inch LCD monitor also includes built-in surround-sound speakers and a picture-in-picture (PIP) function to provide the first fully integrated solution to perform video conferencing.

Along with the video conferencing capabilities, the M730V offers a strong feature set specifically designed for high-performance multimedia applications. Standard features include Analog and DVI inputs for high multimedia content, a three-port USB 2.0 hub for connecting additional peripherals that is 40 times faster than USB 1.1, and S-VHS and composite-video capabilities for a wider input signal that enables RGB/digital interfacing.

"Whether you are talking to a loved one in another state or your boss in the building next door, the M730V provides a turnkey, fully integrated solution for communicating face-to-face over a network or the Internet," said Nelson Tsay, director of product management for CTX. "When you couple the ease of video conferencing with the high-end multimedia features, affordable price and support package that comes with the product, you have one terrific value."

The M730V features 16-millisecond response time that translates into high-performance viewing for video, DVD, graphics or gaming applications without the "visual stutter" associated with slower LCDs. In addition, the M730V has an extra-wide 160-degree viewing angle, 450:1 contrast ratio and 1280x1024 resolution for clearer, sharper images.

"On top of delivering leading-edge multimedia features in an integrated package, the M730V offers the superior image quality, brilliant colors and vivid brightness that you would expect in a high-end, expensive monitor, but at a very aggressive, consumer-oriented price," said Tsay.

Through the three-port USB hub that is built into the monitor, a wide range of applications can be attached to and utilized in the M730V, including but not limited to Game Cube, PlayStation, Xbox gaming; entertainment equipment such as DVD players, VCRs, TV tuners, and digital and video cameras; security cameras; USB printers and scanners; USB radios; and much more.

"The M730V possesses the leading-edge features and high-performance image quality to handle virtually any multimedia application," said Tsay.

Pricing and Availability

The M730V will be available through distribution and CTX authorized resellers in September 2003, with a suggested MSRP of $999. Visit the company'sWeb site at www.ctxintl.com.

July 14 - American Power Conversion Announces Low Cost Broadband Power Protection. American Power Conversion (APC) today announced the Back-UPS ES 725, a complete broadband power protection solution for home networking equipment. The unit offers high-level surge protection for high-speed Internet lines including cable modem, DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), telephone, Ethernet, single line phone/fax, modem and DSS (Digital Subscriber Service) systems and provides battery backup for your desktop PC, monitor, hubs/routers and other electronic equipment in case of a power failure. According to IDC, 49.2 million online U.S. households are projected to have broadband (cable modem or DSL) access by 2006.

"This newly designed unit offers users great value with up to 60 minutes of runtime and eight outlets to accommodate several peripherals, all for under a hundred dollars," said Joe Loberti, general manager, APC Consumer Network Solutions Group. "Users have been looking for a cost-effective solution not only to protect their networking investments, but to provide them with availability and data protection as they use their home systems for more critical functions including family planning, home banking and investing."

The Back-UPS ES 725 comes equipped with USB (Universal Serial Bus) connectivity and includes APC's PowerChute® Personal Edition software, an easy-to-use, safe, system shutdown software with sophisticated power management functions for use with Windows (XP, ME and 98) and Macintosh OS X operating systems.

Eight high-powered outlets (four "battery plus surge" and four "surge only" outlets) provide protection for additional desktop peripherals and can accommodate two transformer block shaped plugs. The UPS has a space saving, strip-shaped form factor, user replaceable batteries, and incorporates an intelligent battery management system that maximizes battery performance and reliability. The Back-UPS ES has an Equipment Protection Policy of $50,000 (see policy for details) and ships with a Data Recovery Warranty and a free trial of firewall software.

APC's new Back-UPS ES 725 is currently available in North America and carries a suggested retail price of $99.99 USD.

For more information about APC, and other innovative, desktop solutions visit APC's website at www.apc.com.

Jul 14 - FireWire 6-Port Hub from Belkin Offers Repeater Capability. Belkin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, today introduced its compact FireWire 6-Port Hub (F5U526 - ESP $49.95), offering six, peer-to-peer FireWire ports to connect seamlessly with FireWire devices while also acting as a FireWire repeater. The Hub will be available in North America on June 27, 2003.

With a data throughput of up to 400Mbps, users may connect FireWire webcams, FireWire storage devices, scanners, printers, FireWire DV camcorders, and other DV-compatible multimedia devices to the Hub.
As a FireWire repeater, users can place devices up to an additional 15 feet from other connected FireWire peripherals to extend the distance from the computer to the device. Connecting peripherals to the Hub using 6-pin to 6-pin FireWire cables enables them to draw power from the Hub, for easier setup and operation.

Benefits

Works with iPod , MP3, DV camcorder, PlayStation 2 (PS2), and other FireWire devices

Delivers a full range of FireWire performance at speeds of up to 100, 200, and 400Mbps-depending on the capacity of the devices

Connects multiple PS2 devices for head-to-head gaming

Supports the Open Host Controller Interface (OHCI) standard

Operates in self- or bus-powered modes

Visit Belkin at www.belkin.com.

July 13 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. This is a very good weekend to buy a laptop, desktop, or peripherals. Also, this is the first weekend we have seen a wide-screen Centrino laptop and an all-in-one desktop advertised in local stores.

This Sunday's Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week. (Note that these ads are for the Dayton, Ohio area. Prices or offerings may be different where you live.)

Best Buy This week is offering 3 Months of free Earthlink with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100-$150 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages, $100 mail-in rebates on all laptops, and 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop package and laptop purchases.
Circuit City is offering 12 month no-interest financing, and $100 mail-in rebates, on advertised desktop packages and notebooks.
Office Depot has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
CompUSA is offering free in-home installation on most computer peripherals.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages

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Windows XP Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of 'free' Internet service deals. Also see our latest InfoHQ Tech Watch Newsletter; Free PC and Free Internet Deals.     

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

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 2.4 GHz complete system with 17" monitor
$549
+$130
Circuit City
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.2 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel (build-to-order)
$599
-
Best Buy
2. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.6 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
$1199
-
Best Buy
3. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.6 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
$1249
-
Circuit City
4. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.0 GHz, 15.3" wide screen, All-in-One system with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
-
CompUSA
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines 2300+ complete system
$429
-$10
Best Buy
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines 2600+ complete system with DVD/CD-RW
$679
Best Buy
3. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP 2600+ complete system with DVD/CD-RW
$759
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Laptop

Compaq 2 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$899
-$50
Circuit City, CompUSA ($929)
2. Best Low-cost Laptop

Toshiba 2 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$850
-$150
Best Buy
3. Best Low-cost Laptop

HP Athlon XP 2400+ with DVD/CD-RW

$999
-$100
Best Buy
1. Best High-end Notebook
HP 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
Circuit City
3. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.66 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1349
-
Best Buy
4. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Centrino Pentium 4M 1.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
-
Best Buy
5. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Centrino Pentium 4M 1.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
-
Circuit City
6. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Centrino Pentium 4M 1.3 GHz with 15.4" wide screen, and DVD-RW
$1629
-
CompUSA
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 40 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$39
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 120 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$79
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 160 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$99
(after rebates)
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8X 128 MB
$99
(after rebates)
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX Ultra 5900 256 MB
$499
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX Ultra 5600 128 MB
$249
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X DVD-RW
$199
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X multiformat DVD-RW
$269
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 52X CD-RW
$69
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 52X CD-RW
$69
(after rebates)
Circuit City

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
Video Cards ATI Radeon
  GeForce4 FX
Hard Drives Maxtor
  Western Digital
  Seagate
CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
DVD-RW Drives DVD+RW/CD-RW
CPUs All AMD Athlon XP CPUs
  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
Firewall Software All Manufacturers
All Other Products DealTime

 

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 11 - AT&T Wireless And Intel Offer Mobile Computing Solutions To U.S. Corporations. AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) and Intel Corporation today announced a comprehensive distribution program in which Intel will promote and sell AT&T Wireless' portfolio of advanced, wireless wide-area and local area data solutions through the Intel Product Dealer Channel.

Intel's product dealer program represents one of the largest contingents of value added resellers in the United States that sell PCs and consulting and networking services to small- and medium-sized businesses. Starting today, more than 200 Intel channel members are actively selling AT&T Wireless' General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Wi-Fi data solutions. The two companies are also working together on co-branded marketing activities to inform users they are in an AT&T Wireless Wi-Fi hot spot.

"For today's mobile professionals, it is a necessity to stay connected to their email and other critical information while on-the-go," said Abhi Ingle, vice president of business data solutions for AT&T Wireless Mobile Multimedia Services.
"Together with Intel, we are dramatically extending the reach of our wireless offerings. Whether looking for a Wi-Fi solution while in specific locations or high-speed wireless access via GPRS in cities at home and around the globe, today's corporate customers have more options than ever before for increasing their productivity and staying connected."

"Adding the rest of the mobile solution for our dealers via AT&T Wireless is a critical element in allowing end users to receive a full suite of products and services around mobility and wireless," said Tom Lacey, vice president, Intel Sales and Marketing Group. "The addition of AT&T Wireless services helps these dealers stay competitive and sell full solutions that complement the sale of notebook PCs based on Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology and drive adoption of handheld devices based on Intel® Personal Internet Client Architecture."

AT&T Wireless' range of complete wireless data solutions is industry leading. AT&T Wireless' next-generation network utilizes GSM/GPRS, the world's dominant wireless technology, offering unparalleled global roaming over any other wireless technology. In contrast to Wi-Fi local area networks that provide wireless connectivity in smaller geographic areas within fixed locations, GPRS uses existing cellular networks to provide seamless wide area connectivity within broad coverage areas around the world.

GPRS provides high-speed wireless connectivity at speeds comparable to analog dial-up modems. AT&T Wireless operates one of the largest GSM/GPRS networks in the United States with service in thousands of cities, and roaming agreements throughout Canada, Europe and Asia. Intel product dealers will be able to offer wireless data solutions for notebook PCs, voice-enabled Pocket PCs and personal digital assistants.

For information about how a dealer can sign up to be a sub-dealer, refer to www.intel.com/go/aws (password protected for program members). Information about AT&T Wireless' GPRS and WiFi solutions can be found at www.attwireless.com/mobilepro.

Jul 11 - Intel To Develop 802.16a Silicon For "Last Mile" Wireless Broadband Solutions. Intel Corporation today announced its intention to develop silicon product based on the IEEE 802.16a standard that will provide a broadband wireless access alternative to existing "last mile" methods such as cable and digital subscriber lines (DSL). Intel is working with Alvarion, a leader in last mile broadband wireless access equipment, to deliver low-cost WiMAX-Certified equipment based on Intel® 802.16a silicon.

The IEEE 802.16a standard is a wireless metropolitan area network (WMAN) technology that connects wireless hotspots, which offer users wireless Internet access via the IEEE 802.11 or Wi-Fi standard, and other locations such as businesses and homes to the wired Internet backbone. It is expected that networks based on the 802.16a standard will have a range up to 30 miles and the ability to transfer data, voice and video at speeds of up to 70 Megabits-per-second (Mbps).

"Intel is committed to enabling computing and communications anytime, anywhere over any device, and we see WiMAX as a critical technology for making that vision a reality," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager, Intel Communications Group. "Our silicon products for WiMAX equipment will complement existing Intel wireless building blocks including Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology for wireless notebooks, Intel® PRO/Wireless network connections, and Intel® IXP4XX network processors for wireless infrastructure equipment."

Products based on 802.16a can provide wireless broadband connectivity to businesses with guaranteed levels of service required for enterprise applications, and to homes for residential broadband applications. These products will also enable service providers to offer voice and data services.

The IEEE 802.16a standard was approved in January of this year. Since then, over 25 leading communications equipment companies have joined the non-profit WiMAX Forum to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of 802.16a equipment.

"We believe that WiMAX will be the catalyst for growth of the broadband wireless access market, similar to the impact Wi-Fi had on the Wireless LAN market," said Zvi Slonimsky, CEO of Alvarion. "Without the 802.16a standard, equipment makers have to make everything themselves; including the fundamental silicon, the customer premise equipment, the base station and the network management software. With the standard, equipment makers can innovate in the areas where they excel most, resulting in dramatic industry price/performance gains."

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

Jul 11 - Verbatim Takes USB Drive Market to Next Level with New Store 'n' Go. Verbatim Corporation, a trusted name in flash-based data storage products, announced today its new line of Store 'n' Go USB Drives--incredibly easy to use data storage solutions that deliver convenience, security, and speed.

The drives are non-volatile flash memory devices, about the size of a AA battery, that plug in to the USB port of any PC or laptop computer. Smaller and faster than many of the USB drives currently available, Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Drives take full advantage of the latest USB 2.0 interface specifications. The new drives, which will initially be available in 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512MB capacities, also provide the added security1 of password-protected file access and public/secure partitioning and are backed by a lifetime warranty.

Housed in an attractive translucent red plastic shell, the compact and highly portable devices can be used to store, share and transport any type of digital data including presentations, files, music, photos or video clips. A single 128MB Store 'n' Go USB Drive can store the equivalent of two CDs of MP3 Music, or 88 Floppy disks of data, or more than 100 high-resolution digital photos.

With support for Windows , Macintosh and Linux systems, Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Drives provide true cross-platform compatibility and the easiest way to transfer files between notebook or desktops, even with different operating systems.

By adding security functions, Verbatim addresses a major concern for USB drive users. Password protection and public/secure partitioning allow users to prevent both unauthorized
access to their files and accidental erasing of important files. The Manager software that is included with Store 'n' Go USB Drives can also be used to partition the drive into a public and a secure partition, so that sensitive data on the secure partition cannot be accessed, even if the drive is lost or stolen.

Verbatim is among the first to offer a USB drive with the USB 2.0 specification. USB 2.0 interfaces operate speeds of up to 480Mbps--40 times faster than the original USB 1.1 devices, which is limited to a maximum speed of 12 Mbps. The advantages of USB 2.0 become even more important when accessing large files. Verbatim's Store 'n' Go USB Drive is also backward compatible with lower-speed USB 1.1 ports, and automatically operates at the maximum supported speed rating of the USB interface.

"With its high capacity, performance, mobility and cross-platform support, the Store 'n' Go USB Drive could, in some cases, be an alternative to carrying a laptop," said Mark Rogers, Verbatim Business Development Manager. "The Store 'n' Go USB drive is small enough to attach on a keychain, so road warriors and commuters alike can easily carry their data with them and can connect the drive to any computer through the USB port when they arrive at their destination."

As soon as the Store 'n' Go is inserted into the USB port, the operating system recognizes a new removable drive. The Store 'n' Go USB drive can be used exactly like a floppy disk, hard drive, or CD ROM. The drive is already formatted and ready to use.

The demand for USB drives is growing exponentially. NPD Intelect reports that USB drive retail sales in the US increased from less than 100 in February 2002 to 87,000 in April 2003. A 130 percent compounded annual growth rate is predicted for the next several years.

Benefits will drive the demand for Store 'n' Go's unique combination of features. In addition to the benefits that mobile workers derive from not having to carry their notebooks with them, Store 'n' Go can be used by consumers, and professionals alike to improve productivity.
Commuters can use them to transport files from office to home and back; students can use them to transfer files from school libraries to their home PC. Families with two or more computers in the home can use the drive to move files from one computer to another, instead of setting up a network. Individuals can safely store their PIN numbers as well as emergency medical and contact information on the USB drives for fast, easy access from most computers. Office workers can download confidential web mail or attachments to a Store 'n' Go USB Drive, instead of a business center PC. The possibilities are virtually limitless.

Pricing, Availability

The Store 'n' Go USB Drive is now being released to Verbatim's distribution and retail channels and will be available in July, 2003. Initial capacities include 32, 64, 128, 256, and 512MB. Suggested list prices range from $29 for 32MB to $269 for 512MB. The complete package includes a Carry Lanyard, USB Extension Cable, Software CD and a Quick Start Guide.

Verbatim's Store 'n' Go USB Drive can be used with the following operating systems: Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, XP or higher, MAC OS 8.6 or higher, LINUX 2.4.0 or higher. As new drivers and applications are released for the Store 'n' Go USB Drive, they will be available on the Verbatim website at www.verbatim.com.

Jul 11 - Kano Introduces SLIM-K2Xtreme Dual-Interface DVD+RW Portable Drive. Kano Technologies is giving portability a new look with the introduction of its SLIM-K2Xtreme(TM) portable DVD+RW drive.

The FireWire/USB 2.0 combo drive allows users to easily add fast, external DVD burning capability to a laptop or desktop. This small drive measures 5.5" x 6" x .75" and weighs only 10 ounces. It features on-the-fly video, audio and data recording - and it burns up to 4.7GB of data on a DVD, over six times the storage capacity of a CD. Its write speeds are 2.4 x 2.4 x 8 for DVDs and 16 x 8 x 24 for CD-RWs.

"The small footprint of the Slim-K2Xtreme makes it perfect for Mac and PC users who are on the go," said Robert Young, Kano's director of national sales. "It's great for storing large amounts of digital photographs, audio files and video - and for backing up and restoring data."

The SLIM-K2Xtreme comes in two versions: one for Mac users, the other for PC users. Both versions feature award-winning software.

The PC version is bundled with Roxio's Easy CD Creator DVD Edition (for creating CDs and DVDs) and NTI Back Up Now! Combo for DVD (for backing up and restoring data). Easy CD Creator has one easy-to-use interface that can be used to "drag and drop" a video from a hard drive onto a DVD - and add menu backgrounds, video transitions and titles. NTI Back Up Now! can schedule a full-image backup and/or specific-file backups from a PC's local or mapped drives. Its unique file-compression and file-exclusion features save time and disc space while backing up critical data.

The Mac version includes Roxio's Toast Lite (for burning CDs and DVDs) and Dantz Retrospect Express (for data backup and restore). Toast Lite provides the ability to burn audio CDs, data CDs and DVDs, and copy unprotected CDs or DVDs. Retrospect Express lets Mac users take full advantage of the 4.7GB of storage Slim-K2Xtreme has to offer. Users can schedule data backups, and create a bootable recovery disc to use in case of host-drive failure.

The Slim-K2Xtreme is now available from PC Connection and MacConnection at an MSRP of $399.00. Kano Technologies can be found online at www.kanotechnologies.com.

Jul 11 - Apricorn Introduces EZ Writer Portable Optical Drives. Apricorn, a leader in innovative easy-to-use portable data storage and transfer products, today released EZ Writer, an ultra portable optical drive weighing just 12 ounces and measuring a mere 3/4" x 5 1/2" x 5 1/2". EZ Writer is available in two versions, EZ Writer Combo and EZ Writer DVD, providing users with a sleek, portable solution for storing data, music, movies and MP3s in an all-inclusive package.

EZ Writer Combo allows users to burn and play CDs, backup important data files, store digital music and photos, and play DVDs. The drive supplies the functionality of a standard half-height drive in a slim-line enclosure.

EZ Writer DVD has the functionality of four drives, allowing users to play and burn both DVDs and CDs, as well as backup data files and store digital photos and music.

EZ Writer is hot swappable, allowing users to plug in and use instantly without restarting the Operating System. Because of its extreme portability, EZ Writer provides users with greater flexibility, including the ability to take information with them anytime, anywhere and to plug in to any computer whether at home or the office. Its ubiquitous design enables it to be easily shared between multiple notebooks and desktops.

"EZ Writer is the first drive of its kind to offer this combination of size and functionality," said Paul Brown, Apricorn President. "Due to its ultra-thin design and all-inclusive package, this unique notebook and desktop portable optical drive gives mobile professionals and consumers a perfect solution for creating corporate training videos, converting home movies into DVDs, burning music discs or simply backing up data files no matter where they are located."

Both models come packaged with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface (USB 1.1 compatible), an AC adapter, 1-year warranty, 2MB data buffer, two leading CD/DVD software programs (Ahead Nero Express & CyberLink Power DVD XP), and the latest optical engines with the fastest read/write speeds available.

Availability and Pricing

DVD-R/RW: EZ-WTR-DVD-R2, July 31, 2003, MSRP $429.

DVD-CDR/RW: EZ-WTR-DVD-C24, July 7, 2003, MSRP $219.

For additional information about Apricorn products please visit www.apricorn.com.

Jul 11 - Dell Offers More Secure Desktop and Notebook Computers. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) is helping customers better protect their information assets from unauthorized access, control or damage by giving them the option of a more secure or "hardened" configuration.

The new security service, in which Dell activates more than 50 security settings on Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000, helps customers better secure their systems without adding time nor complexity to their system installations.

This service, available on desktops and notebooks, helps public and private organizations meet a security benchmark established by the Center for Internet Security (CIS), whose mission is to help organizations around the world effectively manage risks related to information security. CIS is made up of leading companies, universities, auditing organizations and government agencies.

"Dell is taking a leadership position in providing secure systems to its customers," said Clint Kreitner, president of CIS. "We hope other vendors will follow Dell's lead."

Dell intends to develop a similar offering for Windows XP after the benchmark is released by CIS later this year.

"Protecting data from dangers such as hackers and computer viruses is a challenge for today's organizations," said Tom Buchsbaum, sales vice president of Dell's federal sector. "Dell is committed to providing our customers with technology products that provide a high level of security, and our work with CIS builds on that commitment."

For more information on Dell's security-enabled hardware and security services, visit www.dell.com/security.

Jul 10 - Toshiba Launches Next Generation DVD/CD Recordable Drive. Toshiba launches next generation DVD/CD recordable drive for desktop computers with a new upgrade kit that offers 4x recording speeds. The kit is available for just $249.

The Toshiba DVD recordable kit enables users to upgrade their current computers with DVD/CD playback and recording capabilities to store and share home movies, music and photos with greater efficiency and performance. All of the tools needed for the "do-it-yourself" installation -- including the drive, the software, cables and the media -- are in one convenient, low-priced package.

With 4x recording speeds, the Toshiba drive makes it virtually effortless to transfer home videos and photos from the computer to the living room DVD player. The drive is also backward compatible, so consumers can still enjoy their existing CD/DVD music and movie collections.

The SD-R5112 supports write speeds of 4x for DVD-R, 2x for DVD-RW, 16x for CD-R and 10x for CD-RW. In addition to the drive itself, the upgrade kit also includes Cyberlink PowerDVD, Cyberlink PowerDirector Pro and Pinnacle (VOB) instant CD/DVD software, along with DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW blank media.

Now shipping to OEM customers and distribution channels. The kit is also available on www.shoptoshiba.com.

Jul 10 - Verbatim Delivers Industry's First 4x-speed DVD+RW Media. Verbatim(R) Corporation announced today that it will begin shipping its new DataLifePlus(R) 4x DVD+RW media in August.

Certified to write and rewrite at 1x to 4x speeds, the 4.7GB media incorporates a new proprietary recording layer technology that provides accurate recording at high speeds and noise-free playback.
At 4X speed, the fastest recording speed of any current ReWriteable DVD format, users can record 120 minutes of video or 4.7GB of data in approximately 15 minutes. Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is compatible with the Sony DRU-510A 4X DVD+RW drive as well as announced drives from BenQ, Philips, Ricoh and others that support 4x +RW write/rewrite speeds.

With the ability to provide recording speeds of up to 4x (equivalent to 36x CD-R performance), and Verbatim's reputation for quality, end users can be confident that Verbatim's new DVD+RW media provides optimum recording at the full rated speed of today's higher-performance +RW drives.

Since DVD+RW media can be recorded both sequentially and randomly, it can be used for video and audio recording, multimedia development, digital photo albums and data storage. In addition, support for multi-session writing technology and lossless linking technology gives users the freedom to quickly add documents, data and video segments without having to open and close write sessions.

With a capacity of 4.7GB, 1,000 rewrites, a write speed of 4x and the ability to easily append data, Verbatim 4x DVD+RW media is also ideal for PC backups in home and business environments.

Like earlier Verbatim DVD+RW media, the new 4x media provides users with the convenience of being able to play back their recorded discs with most of the DVD-Video players and DVD-ROM drives in use today. As a result, data, videos, photos and music recorded to the discs can be easily shared with anyone that has a PC equipped with a DVD-ROM drive or a TV equipped with a set-top DVD player.

Verbatim DataLifePlus 4x DVD+RW media is expected to have a street price of $5.99 and will be available in August through authorized resellers and the Verbatim web site. The new media will be packaged in multi-pack jewel cases. Verbatim backs the quality of its complete line of DataLifePlus DVD media with a lifetime warranty.

Visit the company's web site at www.verbatim.com.

Jul 10 - Pelham Sloane Introduces Space Efficient Desktop Computer. Pelham Sloane Ltd. makes its official debut today as a designer, manufacturer and marketer of space and energy efficient desktop computers with the introduction of its first computer, the PS1500 desktop PC, a 15" LCD monitor with a built-in personal computer.

The PS1500 is patent-protected with a design that integrates the computer behind a flat screen monitor. Together the screen and computer measure only 2 3/4 inches in depth - making it ideal for commercial and consumer end users seeking maximum space efficiency.

While smaller than conventional desktop PCs, the PS1500 sacrifices nothing in terms of processing speed and power, offering users the choice of three processors - Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 2.4GHz, Intel(R) Celeron(R) 1.8GHz, or VIA 933 C3(TM) - with up to 1GB RAM and 120GB of hard disk storage.
Additionally, the PS1500 uses up to 50 percent less electricity than most desktop PCs and offers a wide range of available options which include a touch screen, an infrared keyboard and mouse, a TV card and the ability to mount the PC easily on a wall or arm. The PS1500 is available with either the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional or Home operating systems. Among future Pelham Sloane products are the PS1700 with a 17" LCD monitor and the PS2000 with a 20" LCD monitor, which will be available by year-end.

"The PS1500 is adaptable to virtually any computing environment, including offices, retail shops, schools and homes," said John Jensen, chairman and co-founder of Pelham Sloane. "It is ideal as a space and energy saver and its sleek, compact design make it pleasing anywhere. The PS1500's portability and high level of speed and power make it an attractive alternative to laptops, which many people have adopted as space-efficient desktop machines."

The vision of Pelham Sloane is to design, manufacture and market space efficient desktop PCs to the corporate, government, institutional and home markets.

Pelham Sloane products are distributed in the U.S. exclusively by MicroWarehouse (www.warehouse.com), a specialty retailer of PCs and related products, and are available to consumers directly through Pelham Sloane's Web site (www.pelhamsloane.com). MicroWarehouse currently offers the PS1500 in five models ranging in price from $1369 to $1649.

Jul 10 - InterVideo Announces WinDVD Creator Platinum 2. InterVideo, Inc. announced today the release of WinDVD(TM) Creator Platinum 2, an integrated software solution that eliminates the need to switch between video editing, authoring and burning software programs, reduces wait times and addresses consumer compatibility issues.

Designed to take the confusion and frustration out of movie-making, WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 provides a single, user-friendly interface for capturing, editing, authoring and burning videos to DVDs and CDs. WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 is integrated with an impressive array of advanced features but is priced significantly lower than other products with comparable features. InterVideo will be demonstrating WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 in Booth #357 during DV Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City this week.

"WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 was developed to meet the needs of consumers and businesses that want a faster, easier way to create videos they can be proud of -- people who want to enjoy and share their videos as quickly as possible," said Steve Ro, CEO and founder of InterVideo.
"With InterVideo's Direct Recording Technology, they can record video from their camcorder directly to a disc without having to wait while the video is transferred to their PC's hard drive and without having to edit the video. If they decide to edit their video to add titles, transitions, effects, background music, or DVD menus, InterVideo's proprietary Unipass(TM) technology speeds the process by combining video editing and DVD creation into a single, time-saving step."

InterVideo's WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 takes the mystery out of movie-making by guiding users through video capture, editing, authoring and burning the video as a DVD (DVD+/-VR, DVD-Video, miniDVD, VCD, SVCD, DivX(R), CD) movie. With the Designer Menu Templates that are included, even a novice can create videos with a professional look.

WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 is designed to support all CD and DVD formats to eliminate confusion over formats and compatibility. DVDs created with WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 will automatically play on consumer electronics players or recorders with support for DVD +/-VR and the DVD Video Format. Broad compatibility gives users playback flexibility -- they can view their videos on PCs, laptops and TVs equipped with a DVD player or recorder. WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 can even be used to convert DVD-VR discs into DVD-Video, a popular format for set-top DVD players.

WinDVD Creator Platinum 2 will be available at InterVideo's web site, www.intervideo.com, mid-July with an MSRP of $99.95 and will be in leading retail stores shortly thereafter.

Jul 10 - Eliminate Security Threats While Web Browsing Using Winferno's New Secure IE 2003. Browser security threats continue to plague end-users who are without protection while browsing the Internet. To eliminate browser security threats, Winferno Software, a developer of web browser security software, today announced Secure IE 2003(TM).

The new software version provides additional web browsing security features as well as productivity tools for home users and businesses to enhance their browsing experience. Many users assume that if they use anti-virus software, they are protected from malicious sites. Anti-virus software protects users from incoming e-mail and attachments, but not from malicious sites. For 'broad spectrum' protection, the two types of programs are complementary and work in conjunction with each other.

When browsing a site, an ActiveX or JavaScript program can be installed surreptitiously on a user's computer for benign or malicious purposes. Uses range from popups and cookies to keystroke loggers that can detect and transmit user passwords and credit card numbers, as well as 900 number dialers that can automatically ring up charges on users' phone bills.

New Secure IE 2003 features, like the Internet Security Advisor, give users the ability to safely and easily surf the web without the need to regularly fiddle with security settings on their computer. While the Automatic Security Tune-Up automatically sets levels for different security zones, other new features add protection against potentially dangerous or malicious programs.
These features include automatic cookie authentication for downloading files; upgraded automatic detection of viruses and configuration with popular virus scanning software; and smarter handling of JavaScript-based, browser window sizing. Users have the ability to block or accept popups, ActiveX and JavaScript programs with the click of a single button on the toolbar.

"Running my own PC shop, I have access to a number of software programs, which I use and recommend to my customers. Since the first time I installed Secure IE, I've been very impressed by the number of features and I use it as my default browser," said Margo Davis, owner of Combined Computer Services. "I find the mix of security and productivity features a great benefit especially when I only have to install one program and can take advantage of a number of useful features."

Secure IE 2003 will be available on July 21, 2003 at www.secureie.com or McAfee's website. Its retail price is $39.95. Current users may upgrade at half- price. Winferno software comes with a 30-day, 100% money back guarantee. A free 15-day trial is available.

Jul 10 - McDonald's Offers High-Speed Wireless Access in the San Francisco Bay Area. Beginning today, many McDonald's restaurants around the Bay area will give customers another great reason to connect with the Golden Arches -- by providing high-speed wireless access (known as Wi-Fi) for wireless-enabled notebook computers and handheld devices.

McDonald's is the first quick service restaurant to offer high-speed wireless access in a major market. The new Wi-Fi service will be available at approximately 75 McDonald's restaurants around the Bay area with the majority going "live" today.

Participating McDonald's restaurants are located in both urban and suburban settings from San Rafael to San Jose and from Pleasanton to Half Moon Bay. McDonald's is leveraging its many convenient locations for the growing number of Wi-Fi users in the Bay area, including thousands of mobile professionals, business travelers, and students between home and school who increasingly need to connect to work, family and friends while on-the-go.

McDonald's Bay Area pilot program is the first of three major metropolitan Wi-Fi tests McDonald's is launching this summer. Wayport, the world's largest provider of high-speed Internet access in hotels and airports, will provide the service for the Bay Area McDonald's restaurants. Additionally, in an effort to enhance the end users' wireless experience and enable interoperability, all McDonald's Wi-Fi restaurants are verified with Intel Centrino(R) mobile technology.

In March, McDonald's Corporation began a high-speed wireless test in ten New York City restaurants as part of the company's plans to offer Wi-Fi at several hundred McDonald's restaurants by year's end. A number of New York City and Chicago McDonald's restaurants will soon offer Wi-Fi access.

Customers can identify participating restaurants by signage that displays the Golden Arches in the universal Internet @ symbol. Cost for a two-hour wireless Internet connection at these locations is $4.95, with other options available.

Don Thompson, McDonald's West Division President, said, "We are extending McDonald's rich history of offering customers service, convenience and value that correspond to their daily lives by adding Wayport's Wi-Fi service to select restaurants around the Bay Area. Today's customer is more time-pressed than ever, and we think it's important to meet the needs of busy professional and family lifestyles by offering services that are easy to use and relevant. We want the Golden Arches to be the first choice for a great meal and a place to go wireless."

Dave Vucina, CEO of Wayport, added, "Participating in this pilot program at Bay Area restaurants is a natural extension of our existing service in hotels and airports. McDonald's is leading the way in bringing this vital technology to millions of customers who need a convenient place to log on and work remotely or catch up with their daily schedules and correspondence while out of their home or office during the day. And now, in the San Francisco Bay Area, these guests will be able to connect either directly through Wayport or through our 'roaming' partners who in total serve more than 60 million consumers."

Additionally, McDonald's and Intel Corporation are closely collaborating on plans to promote the pilot program through a joint marketing agreement. This includes advertising, in-store merchandising and a signage program that identifies where Intel-verified wireless Internet zones are located.

A complete list of McDonald's restaurants with wireless access in the Bay Area can be found at www.mcdwireless.com.

Jul 09 - Dell Desktop Maximizes Features, Flexibility and Value with a Starting Price of $499. Desktop computer customers can get an outstanding new combination of performance, flexibility and value from the new Dell(TM) Dimension(TM) 2400, introduced worldwide today.

Customers can buy complete Dimension 2400 systems, with a 17-inch (16-inch viewable) CRT monitor and speakers, starting at $499. This price includes basic business productivity applications through WordPerfect(R) Productivity Pack and six months Internet access. Dimension 2400 customers receive software to manage a digital music collection and organize and edit digital photos. The systems also include security software that features a 90-day anti-virus subscription.

"The Dimension 2400 underscores Dell's ongoing commitment to providing the richest assortment of technology for consumers and small business customers on a budget," said Mark Vena, director of Dimension product marketing. "It's the ideal choice for customers who want to stretch their purchasing dollar to the fullest."

To meet the broad needs of value-oriented customers, Dell designed the 2400 for flexibility. It supports both Celeron(R) and Pentium(R) 4 processors, up to 1GB DDR 266 or 333MHz shared SDRAM, and offers several upgrade options--like a Dolby(R) digital capable sound card, and a 4X DVD+RW/+R writeable DVD drive. Customers can also upgrade to the 2.4GHz Pentium 4 processor, which boosts the front side bus speed to 533MHz, and provides support for fast DDR 333 memory.

The base configuration of the system includes Microsoft's Windows(R) XP Home Edition operating system, Dell Jukebox powered by MUSICMATCH(TM) for listening to digital music, Dell Picture Studio(TM) for processing and sharing digital photos and a six-month membership to America Online, DellNet by MSN or EarthLink. The full version of WordPerfect(R) Office 11, which provides customers a complete suite of productivity applications, is available for just $49.

For $579, the Dimension 2400 features a 2.2GHz Intel(R) Pentium 4 processor, 256MB DDR 333 SDRAM shared memory, 40GB hard drive, 16x DVD drive, 17-inch (16-inch viewable) monitor and Windows(R) XP Home.

For more information about this product, go to www.dell.com/dimension.

Jul 09 - Toshiba Adds Extra Storage and Intel Centrino Mobile Technology to Portege Series Notebooks. Continuing to demonstrate its leadership with innovative mobile computing technology products, Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) today announced it has added two products featuring Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology to its award-winning line of the Portege(R) Series notebook computers.

The Portege R100 Series adds the industry's first 1.8-inch, 40 gigabyte (GB) hard disk drive (HDD) and integrated wireless connectivity, making it one of the world's lightest, thinnest Centrino-based ultraportable notebook. In addition, the Portege M100 Series combines a sleek design with a full-width keyboard, integrated wireless connectivity and built-in optical drive, along with the cost savings and convenience of using the same docking technology as other Toshiba corporate notebooks.

"Toshiba's Portege Series offer users robust performance without any added price premium for portability," said Carl Pinto, director of product marketing, Toshiba CSG. "Our customers tell us they want notebooks with features and performance of a desktop with no compromises. We designed these notebooks with them in mind."

Toshiba's Portege R100 and Portege M100 Series of notebooks feature Intel Centrino mobile technology, including an Intel Pentium(R) M processor (ultra-low-voltage 1.00GHz processor for the Portege R100, and 1.20GHz processor for the Portege M100), and Intel PRO Wireless Network Connection 802.11b technology.

Each also features a large, 40GB HDD, increasing the capacity of the Portege R100 Series, enabling highly powerful features in a sleek and compact design (Portege M100 Series expandable to 60GB HDD). The Portege R100 and Portege M100 also incorporate a broad range of connectivity options including integrated Wi-Fi(R) (IEEE 802.11b or 802.11a/b), 10/100 Ethernet, V.92 modem, and fast Infrared port. Each also includes two USB 2.0 ports to support the higher I/O bandwidth requirements of today's peripherals.

The Portege R100 weighs an industry-low 2.4 pounds and features a primary Lithium-Ion Polymer battery that delivers up to two hours of battery life in a smaller form factor than alternative notebook batteries. Included with the unit is a second slim, lightweight extended battery that provides up to four and a half extra hours of battery life(b), for up to six and a half hours of mobile use.

The Portege M100 extends battery life to up to 8.5 hours (with a second battery), and adds an integrated SelectBay(TM) DVD-ROM drive. It shares common docking equipment with Toshiba's Tecra(R) line of corporate notebooks to reduce overall IT costs. In addition, both the Portege M100 and Portege R100 also include ConfigFree(TM) software so that users can troubleshoot network issues for hassle-free connectivity.

For more information, visit the company's Web site at www.csd.toshiba.com.

Jul 09 - AirCell Advances Toward Inflight Cell Phone Service. AirCell, Inc. has received notification from the United States Patent Office that it has allowed a patent on an aircraft telecommunications technology which will permit passengers to use their personal cell phones while an aircraft is in flight.

This marks an important milestone for the company, however, rigorous testing will be required to satisfy the concerns relating to non-interference with terrestrial cell phone systems and the aircraft's communication and navigation systems. AirCell has entered into discussions with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to ensure all requirements are properly met.

Bill Peltola, AirCell's vice president of sales and marketing, said: "With this positive response to our patent application, AirCell is positioned to lead the effort to offer airborne cellular services, using personal cell phones on aircraft. Everything is in place for a successful rollout to the market: a cost-effective technology is now available, passengers are demanding more affordable voice and data communications, and the airlines are interested in offering new value-added services."

The company estimates that it will install and demonstrate the new system aboard an aircraft early in 2004 and have it certified aboard a commercial air transport aircraft by mid-2004. Discussions are in process with several key airlines to finalize plans for a trial program.

Jack Blumenstein, AirCell's chairman and CEO, commented: "Over the past several years, AirCell has been able to assemble an impressive collection of patents, intellectual property, and cellular know-how. Those achievements are clearing the way for us to bring about a new era in airborne telephony...convenience of using your own phone, full voice and data features, and best of all -- low cost. We think the flying public is ready for such an innovative service."

For more information about the company, visit www.aircell.com.

Jul 09 - ArcSoft Delivers Easy-to-Use DVD Authoring and Video Editing Application. ArcSoft, Inc., the leading provider of digital imaging software, today announced the availability of ArcSoft ShowBiz(R) DVD, a complete DVD authoring and video creation application, providing users with everything they need to create amazing DVD movies.

ShowBiz DVD is a step-based program with video editing functionality, numerous video capture options and advanced DVD authoring features presented in an easy-to-use way. The application has thorough video capture and image acquisition options, along with features that allow users to fully customize their DVD menus.

ArcSoft's ShowBiz editor is integrated within the application, allowing the user to create and edit new video clips by combining still images, existing video clips, audio, scene transitions, text, and special effects. Additionally, ShowBiz DVD has a new "QuickDVD(TM)" option, an automatic DVD creation tool that runs unattended.

"ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD gives consumers everything they need to produce professional-quality DVDs and VCDs," said Todd Rumaner, vice president of sales and marketing, ArcSoft, Inc. "ShowBiz DVD provides a comprehensive DVD authoring solution, offering advanced features without the complexity found in competing products."

ArcSoft ShowBiz DVD will be generally available July 15, 2003 and can be purchased online at www.arcsoft.com for $99.95.

Jul 09 - Staples and Educators Nationwide Launch 'Staples Recycle for Education'. At a time when public education is facing massive budget cuts, Staples introduced "Staples Recycle for Education" today, a new program that makes it easy to raise millions of dollars for educators by recycling used inkjet and laser toner cartridges.

Staples will donate $1.00 for every eligible cartridge recycled in its stores --with a goal to raise $5 million for public education. Tom Cavanagh, star of the NBC hit television series "Ed," launched the campaign in Boston along with Tom Stemberg, Staples chairman and founder, and Judith Renyi, president and CEO of The NEA Foundation.

"This program is an easy way for Staples to join forces with our customers and educators to help public education and the environment in the communities we serve," said Tom Stemberg, Staples chairman and founder. "With almost 50 million children enrolled in the nation's public schools and $80 billion in state budget deficits expected this year, now is the time for every community and every business to get involved."

Staples has partnered with The NEA Foundation For The Improvement Of Education and public charities designated by NEA state affiliates to provide grants with the money raised by "Staples Recycle for Education." Money raised with inkjet and laser toner cartridge recycling at Staples stores in each state will stay in that state for education grants or statewide education programs.

"School budget cuts are having a devastating impact on public schools," said Reg Weaver, National Education Association president. "We also know that teachers spend hundreds of dollars each year out of their own pockets on classroom supplies and materials. The 'Staples Recycle for Education' program will channel much-needed funds to schools and teachers and make valuable resources available to students."

An inkjet printer can be found in nearly every home in America that has a computer - a number that is growing daily. According to industry statistics, 80 percent of inkjet cartridges are thrown in the trash, where it is expected they would remain in the waste stream for centuries, instead of simply recycling them for reuse. The "Staples Recycle for Education" program will make it easy to recycle used inkjet and laser toner cartridges in clearly marked recycling bins at all 1,100 Staples store nationwide.

"By turning trash into cash, Staples is helping to educate the public on the value of recycling," said Robert Varney, EPA regional administrator. "These products are more of an environmental problem than most people realize and Staples' innovative program will both raise environmental awareness and boost education budgets."

"Education has always been a priority for my family and the Staples program feels like a natural extension to my life-long interest in education," said Cavanagh. "Through 'Staples Recycle for Education,' each of us has the opportunity to positively impact educational funding, and preserve the environment at the same time. I encourage everyone to bring in their empty cartridges to Staples to support education in their home state."

To learn more about Staples Recycle for Education, log on to www.staples.com/recycleforeducation.

 

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