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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
* 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
"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
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
"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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
-- Video Studio 7
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
"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."
-- 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
-- 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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
"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,"
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,"
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
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
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.
Works with iPod , MP3, DV camcorder, PlayStation 2 (PS2), and other
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
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.
has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
CompUSA is offering free in-home
installation on most computer peripherals.
Staples has no store-wide promotions
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
InfoHQ Related Shopping Pages
- Our latest shopping advisories on buying digital cameras and camcorders,
desktop computers, laptops, and other computer items.
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
PC and Free Internet Deals.
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 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
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 Sunday Ad Deals
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
1. Best Celeron
Compaq 2.4 GHz
complete system with 17" monitor
1. Best Pentium
Compaq 2.2 GHz complete system with 15"
flat panel (build-to-order)
2. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.6 GHz complete system with 15"
flat panel, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
3. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.6 GHz complete system with 15"
flat panel, DVD-R/W, and HT Technology
4. Best Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.0 GHz, 15.3" wide screen,
All-in-One system with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines 2300+ complete system
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
eMachines 2600+ complete system with
3. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP 2600+ complete system with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq 2 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
Circuit City, CompUSA ($929)
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba 2 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
3. Best Low-cost Laptop
HP Athlon XP 2400+ with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best High-end Notebook
HP 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
3. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.66 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
4. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Centrino Pentium 4M 1.4 GHz with
5. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Centrino Pentium 4M 1.4 GHz
6. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Centrino Pentium 4M 1.3 GHz with
15.4" wide screen, and DVD-RW
Peripherals and Software
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 40 GB hard drive with
8 MB buffer
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 120 GB hard drive with
8 MB buffer
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 160 GB hard drive with
8 MB buffer
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9200 AGP 8X 128 MB
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX Ultra 5900 256
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX Ultra 5600 128
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X DVD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X multiformat DVD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 52X CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 52X CD-RW
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
"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
"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®
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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"
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
browser window sizing. Users have the ability to block or accept popups,
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
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
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
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
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
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.