June 29 - IBM Introduces World's Highest-Resolution
Computer Monitor. IBM announces the T220, the world's highest-resolution
flat panel monitor, enabling photograph-quality imaging for science,
banking, engineering, publishing, medicine and business critical visualization
The T220, with a screen that shows 12-times more detail than current
monitors, becomes the highest resolution monitor to be announced and
makes IBM's monitor lineup the industry's most comprehensive.
With 200 pixels per inch and more than 9 million pixels in total on
its 22.2-inch screen, the T220 monitor displays photographs with a
degree of realism not previously possible.
Applications for this technology are wide-ranging, encompassing any
field that requires extremely high resolution images -- medicine,
weather forecasting, publishing and graphic design, banking, product
development, satellite mapping and more. The T220 also can show several
of the highest definition HDTV channels simultaneously.
"The T220 monitor will promote groundbreaking new applications,"
said Bob Artemenko, director - new market development, IBM Display
Business Unit. "It enhances the exchange of all types of visual
data between machine and the end user, making it possible to see levels
of clarity and resolution in electronic images previously attained
only in the highest resolution printed media."
This technology eventually could make its way into displays for laptops,
desktops, handhelds and other computing devices, making the viewing
of video and digital photos a completely new and more realistic experience.
The IBM T220 will be available in limited quantities this month and
with full scale production beginning in 3Q01. The IBM T220 will be
available through IBM representatives or through an IBM reseller.
The starting price for the new monitor announced today is $22,000.
For more information about IBM Monitors visit: www.ibm.com/options.
June 29 - AMD's Multiprocessor
Platform Receives Novell's Server Software Certification. AMD
(NYSE:AMD) today announced that Novell Inc., a leading provider of
Net services software, has certified the AMD Athlon(tm) MP processor
and the AMD-760(tm) MP chipset, AMD's multiprocessing platform for
one- and two-way servers.
This certification, known as "Yes, Tested and Approved,"
assures business users that through rigorous testing, Novell has evaluated
AMD's multiprocessing platform as providing the highest degree of
reliability and interoperability with the Novell NetWare operating
Novell NetWare is a server operating system that brings non-stop access
and Internet-ready security to all types of networks.
"Novell is proud to be the first server operating system to certify
the AMD Athlon MP processor and the AMD-760 MP multiprocessing chipset,"
said Carleton Watkins, director of Worldwide Developer Support for
Novell. "The union of Novell NetWare with AMD's innovative hardware
provides a stable and robust enterprise and Internet server platform,
and we look forward to more collaborative efforts with AMD in the
"AMD is excited to earn Novell certification of our one- and
two-way server platform," said Ned Finkle, director of Software
Infrastructure Relations for AMD. "With Novell's official certification,
commercial customers can be assured that servers built with AMD Athlon
MP processors provide users with robust and reliable platforms."
Novell has certified server systems using Tyan's Thunder K7 S2462
system board, the world's first dual-processor, DDR-based platform
for AMD's new line of AMD Athlon MP processors for servers and workstations.
Tyan's Thunder K7 system board utilizes breakthrough chipset technology
and includes a host of integrated features.
Visit AMD on the Web at www.amd.com.
June 29 - Nokia to Deliver
New GPRS Phone to the Americas. Nokia (NYSE:NOK) today announced
that its first GPRS (General Packet Radio Service)- enabled wireless
phone is expected to be available in the Americas by the end of 2001.
The feature-intense Nokia 8390 (GSM/GPRS 1900) combines the newest
high-speed packet data technology with the signature style that has
become the hallmark of Nokia's wireless products.
GPRS technology allows users to stay connected to the Internet using
packet switching technology that transmits information via short bursts,
or packets. This allows for faster downloads of information and no
time spent completing a dial-up connection. Users can stay connected
to their favorite information and entertainment services, and are
able to stay logged in to the Internet or e-mail account without having
to maintain a continuous phone call.
"As the next step on the road to the third generation, GPRS will
bring a new level of wireless connectivity that will deliver advanced
wireless services that consumers in the Americas want and need."
said K-P Wilska, president of Nokia Inc. "Equally as important
as the new GPRS technology used in the Nokia 8390 is that, as a Nokia
product, this phone is also designed to be intuitive to the user.
After all, technology is only valuable if people can easily use it
in their everyday lives."
The GPRS-enabled Nokia 8390 can quickly access data by using its Wireless
Access Protocol (WAP) mobile Internet browser, or by connecting to
a PC using its integrated infrared port. The Nokia 8390 supports the
most recent WAP release, WAP 1.2.1, which enables the possibility
of 'push' services like continuous news updates. Allowing for a more
convenient mobile Internet experience, this newest WAP release also
allows for the optional use of 'cookies,' so that information from
a previous session can be recalled without entering information for
a second time.
Additional product details will be released during Fall Comdex 2001
(November 12 - 16th, Las Vegas) where the new phone will be demonstrated
and available for viewing.
Nokia can be found on the Web at www.nokia.com.
June 29 - Scientists Calculate
Theoretical Limits of Fiber Optic Communications. Scientists from
Lucent Technologies' (NYSE: LU) Bell Labs have calculated the maximum
amount of information that can be transmitted over optical fiber,
demonstrating that fiber optics technology will result in robust,
long-term and scalable communications networks.
The Bell Labs team, whose scientific results appear in today's issue
of the British journal Nature, determined that it is theoretically
possible to send approximately 100 terabits of information, or roughly
20 billion one-page e-mails, simultaneously per strand of fiber.
As demand for services like high-speed Internet access continues to
grow and bandwidth-hungry applications like video-on-demand become
increasingly popular, optical fiber will be able to keep up with the
demand for these services and those yet to be imagined.
"As networks continue to make communication faster, smaller,
cheaper and smarter in the next decade, there will be an even greater
emphasis on fiber optics technology," said Rod Alferness, senior
vice president of optical networking research at Bell Labs. "As
we light more optical fiber, and couple this with all-optical switches
like the Lucent WaveStar(R) LambdaRouter, we will continue to improve
the speed and quality of metropolitan and backbone networks, helping
to enrich the end-user experience."
While current commercial optical systems can transmit just under two
terabits of information per second and laboratory experiments have
demonstrated transmission rates of 10 terabits per second, it has
been difficult to theoretically calculate how much information can
be transmitted over a glass fiber because the physical properties
of glass make light transmitted over fiber susceptible to scrambling
in a very complicated fashion. For example, the speed of a light signal
traveling through fiber depends on the intensity of the light and
is not a constant as it would be in free space; physicists refer to
this behavior as a "non-linear" response. These non-linear
effects cause part of a signal traveling through the fiber to turn
into noise. As a result, calculating the exact amount of information
that can be sent over a fiber becomes a thorny challenge.
For more information about Bell Labs, visit its Web site at www.bell-labs.com.
Jun 29 - DIRECTV Reaches 10
Millionth Customer Milestone. DIRECTV, Inc., provider of the nation's
leading digital television service and a unit of Hughes Electronics
Corporation (NYSE:GMH), announced today that earlier this week it
activated its 10 millionth DIRECTV(R) customer.
Less than seven years after its national launch, DIRECTV is now the
home entertainment service of choice in one of every 10 TV homes in
the United States.
"There's a reason - actually several reasons - why thousands
of consumers every day are abandoning cable for DIRECTV. It's because
we have changed their television viewing experience by giving consumers
more programming choices and channels, better quality and value, and
more viewing control than they ever had before," said Eddy W.
Hartenstein, chairman and CEO, DIRECTV, Inc. "Thanks to our 10
million satisfied customers, we have grown into the largest digital
television service in the world. This milestone is also a testament
to the hard work and dedication of all DIRECTV employees and the support
of our programmers and partner companies who believed in us from the
In the process of activating 10 million customers in less than seven
years, DIRECTV has:
-- Become the third largest provider of multichannel television
in the United States
-- Expanded its channel capacity from 53 channels at launch to more
than 475 broadcast channels today
-- Brought local channels to 41 metropolitan markets, representing
approximately 61 million households
-- Further revolutionized television by introducing new advanced DIRECTV
System receivers that offer access to compelling features such as:
-- digital video recording;
-- dual satellite tuners;
-- Internet access;
-- interactive programming and information on demand;
-- high definition programming; and
-- the ability to pause, rewind and fast forward live television.
-- Launched the DIRECTV PARA TODOS(TM)Spanish-language programming
-- Registered more than 320 million pay per view purchases
Visit DIRECTV on the World Wide Web at www.DIRECTV.com.
June 28 - ViewSonic Introduces
SuperPDA and Tablet PC Products. ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide
Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today demonstrated a broad and visionary
range of next-generation technology, unveiling a new family of compact
SuperPDAs, Tablet PCs, and its most advanced LCD display products
at PC Expo 2001.
Headlining the ViewSonic offerings at PC Expo are the ViewPad 100
SuperPDA and the ViewPad 1000 Tablet PC, which offer businesses the
combination of ViewSonic display expertise and the latest in portable,
wireless computing. The ViewPad 100 and the ViewPad 1000 are designed
for mobile users in the office, on the road or at home.
The ViewPad 100 is a generation beyond traditional, limited PDA and
e-mail pager devices, and supports personal information management,
wireless e-mail, wireless Web access and server-based enterprise applications.
The ViewPad 1000 offers full PC functionality in a tablet form factor,
evolving from the traditional notebook, while adding stylus support
and integrated digital photography.
"From our SuperPDA displays to our large screen LCD displays,
more than ever, ViewSonic remains committed to providing the right
technology solutions for customers, whatever their visual display
needs may be," said James Chu, ViewSonic president and CEO. "Whether
it is our SuperPDA products, MegaPanel LCD displays or the latest
in Tablet PC technology, the ViewSonic brand stands for innovation,
quality and reliability."
Among the new products highlighted at the ViewSonic booth at PC Expo
-- Two ViewPad handheld computing devices, the ViewPad 100
full-color SuperPDA and the ViewPad 1000 Tablet PC. Weighing
less than 2.5 pounds and 4 pounds, respectively, with
estimated street prices starting around $1,000, they provide
business professionals with full-featured mobile computing at
-- Two large-format ViewPanel(R) LCD monitors, the VP230mb and
the VP201mb, designed to provide financial, desktop publishing
and engineering environments with a cost-effective,
large-screen flat panel display, packed with the latest
technology, performance and safety.
-- The 15-inch ViewPanel offering, the VX500, is a
state-of-the-art, high-performance LCD display. Priced from
$749, the VX500 features progressive styling for the corporate
executive or the style-conscious business user.
-- Two medium-sized LCD displays, the VA500 and VA700, targeted
at the price and performance-conscious, small office and home
office (SOHO) user. Both products will be available through
retail outlets starting from $449.
For further information, visit www.ViewSonic.com.
June 28 - Sony Introduces New Handelds,
PCs, Displays and Wireless Service at PC Expo. Sony Electronics
today took the wraps off of several new products, including two new
CLIE(TM) handhelds featuring the latest, version 4.0 Palm(TM) operating
system, along with its thinnest VAIO(R) notebook PC to date, during
a news conference here at Jacob Javits Convention Center on the eve
of the annual PC Expo industry confab.
The electronics company also served up a new wireless service with
the support of GoAmerica(SM) to make navigating the Web a breeze,
whether from one of its stylish PCs or portable handheld devices.
New Product Showcases
In the handheld category, Sony extends its family of CLIE personal
entertainment organizers with the introduction of the PEG-N610C and
PEG-S320 models for the U.S. market. The PEG-N610C handheld features
a vivid, high-resolution color display with an equally attractive
price of about $400. The super sleek monochrome PEG-S320 model will
sell for an even more attractive price in the $200 ballpark.
The new notebooks include the incredibly thin -- about 1" --
VAIO R505TL PC with the Windows ME(TM) operating system, which will
be available next month for about $1,500. The clever design eliminates
the needs for cables for adding peripherals (like an optional DVD/CD-RW
drive combination) that are built right into a docking station that
locks snuggly into the bottom of the notebook.
Mark Viken, senior vice president of Sony Electronics' IT Products
Division, also announced that the company has cracked the elusive
$1,000 notebook price point (after a rebate) with its new VAIO PCG-SR33
model, which is powered by Intel's low-voltage Celeron(R) 600 mhz
processor, has a 10GB HDD hard drive, and comes bundled with an external
While companies have been discussing the concept of "tablet
PCs," Viken also announced that Sony's second VAIO Slimtop(TM)
Pen Tablet PC is making its debut in the VAIO desktop line-up. The
new LX910 model has the same, graphic-friendly user interface as Sony's
original model in this line based on a stylus that allows the artist
in all of us to "draw" directly onto the flat-panel screen.
The unit combines power and style with an upgraded 60 GB hard drive
and a Pentium(R) III processor, combined with a screen that can be
angled over the keyboard to, in Viken's words, "recreate the
old, comfortable pen and paper ergonomics."
Another highlight of Sony's desktop line is the new VAIO Digital
Studio(TM) PC with Giga Pocket(TM) personal video recorder, which
turns a computer into a digital entertainment system. It has a television
tuner, along with an 80 GB hard drive that store up to 100 hours of
your favorite TV shows. This beauty even has a built-in DVD-RW drive.
Teaming with GoAmerica, a leading wireless Internet service provider,
Sony unveiled a new wireless service called "MYLO," which
is short for "My Life Online." This service for Sony's thin
monochrome CLIE handhelds and VAIO notebooks will start at $39.95
a month for e-mail, instant messaging and live chatting with a one-year
The look of Sony also included the introduction of a 16-inch Multiscan(R)
LCD, one of only two of this size on the market. Sony's new SDM-M61
model will be available next month for about $850. It features a high-resolution,
active-matrix TFT (Thin Film Transistor) panel. And to save desk space,
its Zero Footprint Design(TM) allows it to be mounted either directly
on the wall or by using an arm-mounting device.
As for sound, Sony trumpeted a new three-piece, active personal speaker
system, which will be available in August for digital music multi-taskers.
For around $130, the system includes two satellite speakers and a
compact subwoofer for an intense computer gaming or music listening
Sony's diverse product offerings at PC Expo also include a variety
of its market-leading Cyber-shot(R) and Digital Mavica(R) digital
still cameras All of these digital imaging products offer the ability
to connect and create using Memory Stick(R) removable memory media,
USB and/or i.LINK(R) (IEEE-1394) digital interfaces that link to other
products like VAIO PCs -- which in turn connect to Walkman(R) personal
stereos, Handycam(R) D8 and DV camcorders, and other consumer electronics
And if all of this is not enough fun for one press conference, Sony
also demonstrated its new application software that allows creative
types to include pictures of themselves and other amusing two- and
three-dimensional images they shoot into select PlayStation(R) 2 games.
This middleware, called Picture Paradise(TM), is being built into
new Cyber-shot cameras and Sony digital camcorders that have USB connections.
Complete product details can be found at www.sony.com/news.
June 28 - Phonex Broadband announces
14 Mpbs Powerline Home Networking Product. Phonex Broadband Corp.,
the Utah-based world leader of Power Line Carrier (PLC) voice and
data communication devices, Tuesday announced that the world's wait
for the first high-speed home networking powerline product is finally
The company will be the first to market with the only consumer installable
device that can transmit data at up to 14 Mbps speeds over home electrical
wiring when it unveils its new NeverWire 14(TM) at PC Expo in New
NeverWire 14 is the only freestanding powerplug-to-Ethernet
data network device that turns any AC outlet into a 10 BASE-T Ethernet
port, transmitting voice and data signals over standard electrical
The product, which the user simply plugs into any networkable device
and then into an AC power outlet, makes broadband powerline home networking
available from any Ethernet protocol device including cable modems,
PCs, set-top-boxes and residential gateways.
NeverWire 14, which uses Intellon Corp.'s Power Packet(TM) chip technology
and is compliant with the HomePlug Powerline Alliance 1.0 specification,
will be the first high-speed networking device to extend the reach
of the Internet and broadband access networks to every electrical
outlet within the home.
Initial shipments of the NeverWire 14 products are planned for Phonex
Broadband's technology partners. Volume shipments to the general consumer
market will begin fourth quarter 2001. The product has a U.S. suggested
retail price of $99.95 per node.
Phonex Broadband Corp.can be found on the Web at www.phonex.com.
June 28 - Intel Introduces
Wireless Module for Palm Handheld. Today at the TECHXNY conference,
Intel Corporation announced a new high-speed, wireless LAN module
for the Palm m500 series handheld devices. With the new module, Intel
provides the industry's first family of wireless connections for the
leading handheld devices. Xircom, an Intel company, developed the
The Xircom(R) Wireless LAN Module for the Palm m500 series handheld
devices is the first WLAN product for the Palm m500 series. The module
snaps onto the back of the handheld device and utilizes plug-and-play
software for quick installation. Providing Palm m500 series users
with high-speed, wireless access to the Internet, e-mail or data stored
on the network, the new module can also establish wireless peer-to-peer
connections with other WLAN devices.
"Intel and Palm are bringing mobility to a new level for Palm
m500 customers," said Barry Cottle, chief Internet officer at
Palm, Inc. "The Xircom Wireless LAN Module will greatly expand
the functionality of the Palm m500 series by offering users the flexibility
to move freely throughout an office or corporate campus with real-time
The new Palm module is based on Cisco Systems, Inc.(1) WLAN technology
and joins Intel's existing line of WLAN products for handheld devices,
including products for the HandSpring(1) Visor handheld and the Compaq(1)
iPAQ. With the introduction of the module, Intel becomes the only
company in the industry to offer 802.11b connectivity products for
the leading handheld platforms.
The Xircom(R) Wireless LAN Module for the Palm m500 series handheld
devices will be available in July for the suggested price of $299.
The module will be available through value-added resellers (VARs),
direct marketers, e-tailers, system integrators and online at the
In a related announcement today, Intel also announced the Intel(R)
Wireless Gateway, which combines an access point, router and firewall
into a single, low cost device. It is optimized for home offices,
branch offices or small businesses sharing an Internet connection
among several desktop PCs, mobile PCs or handheld devices. The Intel
Wireless Gateway is part of Intel's family of wireless LAN base stations,
which includes the Intel(R) PRO/Wireless 2011 LAN Access Point for
enterprise organizations and the Xircom(R) Wireless Ethernet Access
Point for small- to medium-sized businesses. Additional information
on the Intel Wireless Gateway is available at www.intel.com/network.
Visit www.xircom.com for more
June 28 - PlayApp Introduces
Anti-Hacker USB Security Key. PlayApp, LLC, Internet distributor
of protected PlayApps, in the form of digital books, music, videos,
business apps, and streaming channels, announced today that they are
offering their PlayApp Key as a anti-hacker USB device consumers can
use to generate and remember all their personal passwords, encryption
codes, and PGP passphrases.
"If you're not careful generating and using your passwords,
even the worst hackers in the world will be able to crack them within
60 seconds." says John Willsey, inventor of PlayApps and the
Each PlayApp Key is pre-programmed with random algorithms, so no
two are alike. Because PlayApp Keys generate random alphanumeric codes,
they are future-proof and can be easily used with any application
requiring randomly generated security codes. PlayApp Keys are small
USB plug & play devices that can be carried around on a key chain
and taken anywhere the consumer goes and uses a computer, at home,
work, or on the road.
While consumers can use PlayApp Keys to generate and remember all
their passwords, administrators of websites employing user id/password
protected access are encouraged to make use of the free open-source
can be easily added within minutes to just about any website and will
allow owners of PlayApp Keys to instantly log in without having to
type in a user id and password.
PlayApp Keys can be purchased at PlayApp.com, for $44 plus $5 shipping
and handling. Use of the PlayApp Key requires the PlayApp Player software.
The free full-featured PlayApp Player software with integrated MP3/PlayApp
player and security/browser capabilities is available at PlayApp.com.
Use of the PlayApp Player's browser capabilities requires Microsoft
Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher installed.
More information can be found at www.PlayApp.com.
June 27 - LaCie Intoduces
FireWire DVD-R/RW/CD-RW Combo Drive. LaCie, a leading producer
of storage and display devices for the content development industry,
announced today it has begun shipping the first external DVD-R/RW/CD-RW
drive with high-speed FireWireŇ connectivity at the PC Expo DVD Pavilion,
Priced significantly lower than single-function DVD-R drives, the
combo drive provides the convenience and savings of using a single
drive to write, edit and read DVD-RW discs, write and read DVD-R General
discs as well as CD-R and CD-RW discs.
Designed to store and deliver digital data, video, and
audio, the LaCie DVD-R/RW/CD-RW drive records to 4.7GB DVD-R General
Use discs at 2x (2.6 MB/sec) speed. The drive will also write, edit
and read 4.7GB DVD-RW media. The LaCie drive provides 6x (7.8 MB/sec)
read performance for DVD-R, DVD-Video and DVD ROM discs. Smaller files
can be stored on lower-cost 650MB CD-Rs at 8x speed or on CD-RW discs
at 4x speed. CD playback is at 24x.
Our new multi-function drive provides Mac and PC users with
a fast, easy and economical means of producing and sharing digital
content on both DVD and CD media, said Guillaume Mazieres, LaCie
Vice President of Marketing & Sales. Users will be able
to choose from 650MB CD-R and CD-RW media, 4.7GB DVD-R General or
4.7GB DVD-RW discs to meet their specific application needs. In addition,
theyll be able to read all CD formats as well as DVD-ROM, DVD
video or DVD Audio with the drive.
The LaCie DVD-R/RW/CD-RW drive is available through LaCie’s accredited
resellers and mail order partners with prices starting at $995. Visit
LaCie’s Web site at www.lacie.com.
June 27 - Time-Warner Continues
to Lead Among Cable TV Service Providers. Solomon-Wolff Associates,
an independent New Jersey-based market research firm released findings
from its semi-annual national on-line survey of consumer communications
The research indicates that Time Warner (NYSE:AOL) is the Cable TV
service with the largest percentage of customers. In January 2001,
14.4 percent of households who use cable or satellite TV report that
they use Time Warner Cable. This is down slightly from the 15.5 percent
of households it commanded in January 2000.
"While Time-Warner continues to have the largest share of households,
the survey findings indicate that satellite television continues to
grow," said S. Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon-Wolff Associates.
"DirecTV and Dishnetwork together account for over 21 percent
of customers, and their share grows every time we conduct a new study.
Traditional cable TV companies have a local market monopoly in each
franchise area and this lack of competition seems to have left them
unprepared for the competition that satellite TV represents."
According to Wolff, 28 percent of satellite television customers
reported they were completely satisfied, as compared to only 18 percent
of cable customers. This is surprising because satellite TV customers
spend an average of $50.51 per month as compared to cable TV customers
who spend an average of $42.65. The two companies leading in customer
satisfaction among all cable and satellite TV services were the two
major satellite TV companies, DirecTV and DishNetwork.
"While satisfaction has generally declined for a number of communications
services over the past three years, our data shows that customer loyalty
is directly related to satisfaction," said Wolff. "Those
individual companies which have lower satisfaction levels are experiencing
more problems with customers switching to competitors. This is especially
true in those communications services which have operated as monopolies."
The personal communications survey was conducted through Solomon-Wolff's
web site, www.consumerviews.com.
June 27 - CMS Offers 80GB Portable
Desktop Backup/Storage Solutions. CMS Peripherals(R), a leading
provider of hard drive upgrades and portable automatic backup solutions
for notebook and desktop computers, Tuesday announced the expansion
of their Desktop Automatic Backup System(TM) (ABS) for Windows(R)
98/Me and 2000 users to include 80GB capacity solutions.
Using a USB interface, the ABS delivers up to 1.5 MB/s performance,
offering users a stable high data throughput for backup, additional
storage and file or system recovery. The USB interface also enables
users to backup and share files among multiple USB-enabled notebooks,
desktops and workstations.
Once connected, the unit's exclusive patent-pending "Automatic
Launcher" technology initiates either a full or incremental backup
as designated by the user or IT manager.
The Automatic Backup System for the desktop is available now in capacities
of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB and 80GB capacities with a three-year warranty.
Estimated street prices (ESP) range from $399 for the 20GB solution,
to $999 for the 80GB. Desktop ABS solutions are available through
major distributors, corporate resellers, mail order and direct from
the company's website, www.cmsproducts.com.
June 26 - Panasonic's Mobile
Data Wireless Display & Mini PC Redefine Portability. Panasonic
Computer Solutions Company, the leading provider of ruggedized notebook
PCs, today announced the release of the revolutionary Mobile Data
Wireless Display and Toughbook(R) 07 Mini PC, a cordless solution
for a wired world.
A unique product in concept, technology and ergonomics,
the Mobile Data Wireless Display is designed to computer- and network-enable
field-force professionals still dependent on paper, pencils, ten-key
calculators, and radio communications for data interchange in such
areas as public safety, Telco & Utility-company field service,
healthcare, construction, maintenance & inspection bays, and insurance
Based on proprietary, broadband, wireless technology providing instant
screen updates up from 150 to 300 feet in open spaces from a 2 pound
standalone Toughbook(R) 07 Mini PC or enabled notebook PC utilizing
a LAN card, the Wireless Display PC was designed to improve users'
productivity through added portability and significantly reduce the
amount of time needed to access and file work reports from the field
in all areas of data entry and management.
The heart of the Mobile Data Wireless Display is an 8.4-inch SVGA
transflective touchscreen display that combines ambient light--including
direct sunlight--and high-intensity backlighting to provide equally
optimum screen brightness for police officers working under the noonday
sun, telephone repair crews called out in a midnight storm and quality-control
inspectors electronically filling out and filing checklists from a
fluorescent-lit factory floor.
Weighing just 1.5 pounds and under one inch thick, the 8.74 x 6.38-inch
transflective touchscreen is sealed and ruggedized for shock, vibration,
4 foot drops, dust, water, heat and cold conditions. It is encased
in a magnesium alloy with a stylus for inputting. The MDWD has a backlit
option for low lighting or nighttime usage. Battery is rated a 2.5
hours with a backlit screen on and 5 hours without. A special screen
capture on-board function allows users to capture and save up to 100
The Mobile Data Wireless Display was also designed to work in unison
with the Toughbook(R) 07 Mini PC weighing in at only 2 pounds and
featuring an Intel(R) Pentium(R) III 300MHz CPU, 64MB of PC100 SDRAM,
and a shock-mounted 5GB 1.8-inch hard drive in a 7.87 x 3.61 x 2.05-inch
aluminum case. Onboard ports include mini-USB, serial, DC-input, Wireless
Display interface, and one Type 2 PCMCIA card slots.
Suggested pricing starts at $ 2,299 for the complete system. More
information can be found at www.panasonic.com/toughbook.
June 27 - Fujifilm Ships New FinePix 4800
Zoom. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. continues its tradition of
exceptional picture quality and technological innovation in digital
imaging with the announced nationwide shipments of the stylish and
versatile FinePix 4800 Zoom.
In addition to the same distinctive and elegant body design as the
popular FinePix 6800 Zoom, the FinePix 4800 Zoom has Fujifilm's acclaimed
2.4 million-sensor Super CCD, with High Definition Color technology,
that generates a 4.3-megapixel image file for crystal-clear pictures
with rich, true-to-life colors. Offering a wide range of useful features,
the FinePix 4800 Zoom comes with its own cradle for quick and easy
picture-viewing and download, and direct connection for both videoconferencing
and convenient recharging of the camera's lithium ion battery.
"Consumers are intrigued by digital photography, but many are
still hesitant to embrace it due to the perception that digital technology
is complicated and expensive," said Darin Pepple, Brand Manager,
Consumer Digital Products, Consumer Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film
U.S.A., Inc. "Offered at a competitive price, Fujifilm's FinePix
4800 Zoom allows picture-takers, both beginning and advanced, to maximize
their photographic interests with innovative technology and quality
results. It also adds to Fujifilm's already diverse choice of digital
The FinePix 4800 Zoom allows consumers to produce stellar images
while offering a host of useful features that will appeal to a wide
range of consumers and businesspeople, such as videoconferencing,
image voice annotation, the ability to capture either up to 80 seconds
of AVI video with sound or record up to 30 minutes of audio. The camera's
sleek and stylish look -- which is based on the compact, vertical
form of Fujifilm's 700 series cameras -- was conceived by F.A. Porsche,
the same designer that brought the world the distinctive and timeless
look of the classic Porsche(R) 911(TM) sports car.
With the FinePix 4800 Zoom, users can now attach 30-second voice
notes to each picture and create business trip-travelogues or narrated
family albums. Also, the camera can be used for videoconferencing,
permitting users to communicate, live, with loved ones, friends and
business associates online. And because they can record up to three
minutes of AVI video with QVGA motion JPEG at 10 frames-per-second,
FinePix 4800 Zoom owners can capture and then forward special moments
over the Internet to others around the world. Finally, with audio
recording capabilities of up to 30 minutes, Fujifilm's FinePix 4800
Zoom can be used for dictation.
While offering the ease of a point-and-shoot camera, the camera is
also equipped with functions that are of interest to the more discerning
photographer. These include a fast (f/2.8) 3x Super EBC Fujinon aspherical
zoom lens with a focal length equivalent to a 36-108 mm zoom on a
35mm camera, while offering macro capability to approximately 10.8
inches. The FinePix 4800 Zoom has the highly acclaimed 2.4 million-sensor
Super CCD found in the Fujifilm FinePix 4900 Zoom, which is capable
of producing a file image as large as 2400 x 1800, and also includes
a smooth 3.75x digital zoom.
The FinePix 4800 Zoom is available at a suggested list price of $699.
Access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.
June 26 - Lexmark
announces All-In-One Inkjet Printers. Building upon a legacy of
leadership in providing consumers with breakthrough technology and
performance at unprecedented price points, Lexmark International,
Inc. (NYSE:LXK) today introduced the Lexmark X83 and X73 All-In-One
Print Centers. These value-packed digital imaging centers combine
Lexmark's award-winning inkjet print technology with scan and copy
capabilities, enabling creativity and enhanced functionality for home
and small office/home office (SOHO) users.
"Lexmark is the first to deliver consumers industry-leading
2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) print resolution on all paper types,
a flexible flatbed scanner, and top-quality copy capabilities - all
under $200," said Tim Craig, Lexmark vice president and president
of its Consumer Printer Division. "The new All-In-One Print Centers
set a precedent for value-packed, compact solutions that not only
handle a variety of imaging needs, but bring memories to life in the
form of brilliant photo-quality output."
The X83 and X73 All-In-One Print Centers offer a maximum 2400 x 1200
dpi print resolution in black and color on all paper types and deliver
a seven picoliter color droplet size for smoother color blending and
more vivid output. Boasting competitive print speeds, the X83 generates
speeds up to 12 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to six ppm
in color, while the X73 is capable of up to nine ppm in black and
up to five ppm in color. The All-in-Ones feature USB connectivity
and Windows compatibility. The X73 will also support Mac operating
systems at launch, with a Mac compatible X83 to follow later in 2001.
High Resolution Color Scanning
Suited to handle photographs, reports and books, the All-in-One Print
Centers feature flatbed scanners with removable lids for the utmost
flexibility. Both units offer up to 600 x 1200 dpi optical resolution
and 48-bit color scan depth. In addition, the X83 boasts up to 19,200
dpi enhanced resolution, while the X73 features up to 9600 dpi enhanced
Black and Color Copying
The X83 and X73 All-In-One Print Centers deliver up to 99 copies
from one original and have a zoom range of 25 to 400 percent for reducing
and enlarging images. Users benefit from several job-finishing functions
for added usability, such as duplex and booklet printing in PC-attached
mode. The X83 produces up to 10 copies per minute (cpm) in black and
up to three cpm in color, and the X73 produces up to nine cpm in black
and up to three cpm in color.
An added benefit of the X83 All-In-One Print Center is its functionality
as a standalone copier. Copies are as easy as one, two, three - place
a photo or document on the scanner, close the lid, and push either
the black or color copy button. With the help of the LCD screen, PC-free
poster copying, cloning, and auto fitting capabilities are also fast
and simple functions.
Scan to Fax Capabilities
The X83 and X73 also ship with easy-to-use software that allows users
to edit, store, send, and receive documents via fax and e-mail through
their computers. The Scan to PC Fax capability features fully functional
black and color fax applications. To use, simply select "Scan
to Fax," which launches the fax software and scans the file,
input the fax number, and send.
More information can be found at www.lexmark.com.
June 26 - Fujitsu PC Corporation
Unveils Latest Touch Screen Mini-Notebook. Fujitsu PC Corporation
(FPC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujitsu, Limited (TSE:6702), today
released the most powerful version of its award-winning, mini-notebook
-- LifeBook(TM) B Series.
Ideal for the mobile professionals in the field and on the road,
the small yet versatile LifeBook B Series features a 10.4" SVGA
TFT touch screen with pen input for easy navigation and data access.
Its sleek body measures 9.92 inches wide by 8.5 inches deep by 1.26
inches high and weighs less than three pounds, making it perfect for
productive computing on the go.
"The integration of a touch screen increases the overall appeal
of the LifeBook B Series for mobile professionals and is especially
useful in applications such as sales or customer relations, where
the mini-notebook's intuitive pen input facilitates efficient access
and navigation of customer data." said Sara Nelson, FPC's vice
president of marketing. "Additionally, its compact form factor
and bright screen make it easy to share data with customers on the
Although the LifeBook B Series retains its compact size, it now boasts
a new, more powerful ultra-low voltage 600MHz mobile Pentium(R) III
processor featuring Intel(R) SpeedStep(TM) technology for improved
performance and extended battery life. Users have the choice of either
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 98 Second Edition or Windows 2000 Professional
The LifeBook B Series units are now shipping in two recommended configurations
and can be customized to meet individual user needs by utilizing FPC's
Configure To Order (CTO) Program. The estimated street price starts
at $2,199. FPC's LifeBooks are sold through FPC's retail and reseller
channels as well as at www.fujitsupc.com.
June 26 - Toshiba Introduces 5GB PC Card
Hard Disk Drive. Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC),
Storage Device Division expands its industry-leading 1.8-inch hard
disk drive (HDD) line with the 5GB Type II PC Card HDD. The new drive
packs high capacity into a PC Card format, providing additional portable
storage and increased mobility for notebook PC users.
"Everything is better with a hard drive in it," said Amy
Lian, director of Toshiba's HDD business unit. "Building on Toshiba's
established leadership in the 2.5-inch hard disk drive market, we
are helping to write the next chapter for the storage industry with
our powerful 1.8-inch family."
The new 5GB PC Card HDD offers mobile computer users the highest
capacity available in a sub-2.5-inch form factor and the most cost
effective solution especially when compared to other small-footprint
HDDs. Boasting the industry's highest areal density per platter at
21.1 gigabits per square inch, the 5GB HDD's powerful, lightweight
design makes it an ideal "bridge" device for sharing data
between systems such as two notebooks, a notebook and digital camera
or other digital gear. The new drive also functions as an external
hard disk drive with robust back-up storage capabilities for large
multimedia files and presentations.
The data back-up capacity is equivalent to 3,472 floppy disks or
more than 7 CDs, and the 1.8-inch line's low power consumption makes
it an ideal choice for mobile users concerned with battery conservation.
With a sleek design measuring 5mm high, 54mm wide and 85.6mm deep
and weighing in at less than two ounces, Toshiba's new 5GB HDD has
a smaller footprint than a credit card and is lighter than a traditional
Compatible with any Type II PC Card slot, Toshiba's 1.8-inch PC Card
eliminates the need for and hassle of carrying data from multiple
diskettes or CDs while on the road. The rugged design and reliability
of Toshiba's 1.8-inch HDD line offers the right capacities to meet
today's increasingly diverse range of storage needs. In addition to
storing large files, it also serves as a "bridge" device
to transfer digital data from electronic equipment with PC Card slots
-- such as high-end digital cameras -- to computer systems where editing
and file sharing can take place.
In addition to the 5GB drive (MK5002MPL), Toshiba's 1.8-inch family
also includes a 2GB PC Card hard drive (MK2001MPL) for applications
requiring data back-up capacity equivalent to three CDs of storage.
Both 1.8-inch PC Card HDDs are 100 percent plug-and-play compatible,
support data transfer rates of up to 20MB per second and can withstand
non-operating shock of up to 1000g. Toshiba also offers a 1.8-inch
5GB embedded drive (MK5002MAL) to serve the non-PC appliance and emerging
Pricing, Availability and Warranty
Toshiba's 5GB 1.8-inch Type II PC Card HDDs will be in volume production
in June and begin shipping in late July. Manufacturer's suggested
retail price for the new 5GB 1.8-inch PC Card is $499 with a one-year
warranty, and it can be purchased through distributors and on Toshiba's
Web site -- www.shoptoshiba.com.
June 26 - SanDisk Introduces
128 Megabyte Secure Digital Flash Memory Card. SanDisk Corporation
(Nasdaq:SNDK) today introduced the 128 megabyte (MB) Secure Digital
(SD) Memory Card, a removable, stamp-sized flash memory card capable
of storing up to four hours of music or 40 minutes of video. SanDisk's
announcement, made at the PC EXPO show, doubles the capacity of SanDisk's
highest capacity SD cards currently shipping. SanDisk is demonstrating
products at the show in the Palm Pavilion (booth 3722) at the Javits
Thomas Climer, SanDisk's SD card product manager, said, "The
SD card is rapidly emerging as the universal storage card for portable
digital devices such as the Palm handheld computers, digital cameras,
digital video camcorders, audio players and cell phones. As these
memory cards are commonly shared between devices, higher capacity
cards are becoming increasingly important among consumers who want
to store more data, images, music files and even video on their cards.
With the introduction of the 128MB card, users will have the capability
of storing up to four hours of music, over 100 high-quality digital
images or more than 40 minutes of MPEG-4 compressed video."
SanDisk is currently shipping 8, 16, 32 and 64MB SD Cards and expects
to start production shipments of the new 128MB SD Cards in the third
quarter of this year. The suggested retail price of the card will
SanDisk's web site/home page address: www.sandisk.com.
June 26 - Casio Introduces
Cassiopeia Pocket Manager BE-300. Casio, Inc., Dover, N.J., in
conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo,
Japan, announced today at PC Expo, the new CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager
BE-300, a 32K color personal digital assistant (PDA) that has an open
development framework based on Windows CE 3.0 and is priced under
Casio has launched the CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300
platform to create a user-friendly operation, through a unique user
interface, that maintains robust connectivity with Windows PCs and
provides expandability and application support - all at an accessible
price for the business professional. Casio anticipates worldwide shipments
will reach 500,000 units during the current fiscal year, and expects
1,000,000 shipments within a year.
This powerful and versatile device offers a robust line of business
accessories, software and expandability features including wireless
access (with an optional modem and ISP subscription sold separately)
for the business professional. The product will ship in September.
The BE-300 is very expandable and features a USB/Serial Connector,
a CompactFlash card slot (Type II), and optional PC Card unit that
accepts a variety of expansion modules from memory to camera cards
as well as wireless modems.
"By launching the CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300, Casio will
be able to cover a large amount of territory in the rapidly growing
PDA market. By putting continued effort into improving both this product
line called Pocket Manager and the Pocket PC product line, and through
our partnership with ISV/IHV, I feel certain that we will be able
to offer attractive mobile computing solutions to end users, covering
not only hardware, but also extending to software, peripherals and
service," said Yozo Suzuki, managing director of Casio Computer
To support the CASSIOPEIA Pocket Manager BE-300 and other CASSIOPEIA
products with relevant content, Casio has also announced "myCasio.com".
This is a Web-based service that expands the utility and enhances
the enjoyment of CASSIOPEIA products. It offers an easy to use system
that delivers a complete spectrum of mobile content and services for
personal, business and entertainment.
"myCasio.com" plans to provide the user with the ability
to have access and manage content services like: Entertainment Services
that offer music, games, movies, and animations; Information Services,
with news, finance, sports and weather; and Personal Agent Services,
with travel and local information. MyCasio.com will be operational
For more information visit www.casio.com.
June 25 - IBM Announces Ability
to Manufacture 100 GHz Communications Chips. IBM today announced
it has built the world's fastest silicon-based transistor, a basic
building block used to make microchips.
IBM expects the new transistor will drive communications chips to
speeds of 100GHz within two years -- five times faster and four years
sooner than recently-announced competitive approaches.
The transistor uses a modified design and IBM's proven silicon germanium
(SiGe) technology to reach speeds of 210 GigaHertz (GHz) while drawing
just a milliamp of electrical current. This represents an 80 percent
performance improvement and a 50 percent reduction in power consumption
over current designs.
"Just as aircraft were once believed incapable of breaking an
imaginary 'sound barrier', silicon-based transistors were once thought
incapable of breaking a 200GHz speed barrier," said Bernard Meyerson,
IBM Fellow and vice president, IBM Communications Research and Development
Center. "Makers of high performance electronics like networking
gear are no longer forced to use chips made of exotic and expensive
materials to reach these speeds. Silicon's future is safe as the preferred
medium for chip-making."
Top-tier communications equipment makers are already working with
the new IBM technology to help build faster, more efficient products
to increase the speed of today's networks.
"AMCC has proven that IBM's current SiGe process can achieve
the critical speeds necessary for high-speed next generation optical
networks," said Oswin Schreiber, senior product marketing manager,
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation. "We believe that IBM's next
generation of SiGe can enable customers like AMCC to deliver devices
that perform at even higher data rates to meet future networking requirements."
Transistor speeds are largely determined by how quickly electricity
passes through them. This is dependent on the material the transistor
is made of and the distance electricity must travel through it. Standard
transistors are made of ordinary silicon. In 1989, IBM introduced
an improvement to the basic silicon material by adding germanium to
greatly speed the electrical flow, improving performance and reducing
power consumption. With this latest achievement, IBM is combining
the use of the SiGe material with an improved transistor design that
shortens the electrical path to speed up the device.
In standard transistors, electricity travels horizontally, so shortening
the path requires that the transistor be made thinner -- an increasingly
difficult task with diminishing returns using today's chip manufacturing
techniques. The IBM SiGe device is called a "heterojunction bipolar
transistor" (HBT), an alternate transistor design in which electrical
flow is vertical. In IBM's SiGe manufacturing process, the height
of the transistor is more easily reduced by thinning the SiGe layer,
shortening the path of electrical flow and improving performance.
This announcement represents a new plateau for SiGe. More importantly,
it opens the door to new levels of performance, particularly in the
never-ending race to improve networking gear to handle the growing
needs of the Internet and e-business. An added advantage of IBM's
SiGe technology is that SiGe chips can be built on existing manufacturing
lines, which is critical in allowing the technology to be introduced
rapidly and at minimal cost. This has expanded the use of SiGe technology
for extending functions and battery life in cellular phones and other
wireless communications products as well.
This advancement in SiGe technology is the latest in a string of
chip materials improvements from IBM, continuing the technology leadership
established with IBM firsts in the use of copper to replace aluminum
wires, improved "low-k" insulation between wires and increased
transistor performance through silicon-on-insulator (SOI) and strained
IBM is currently working with dozens of communications companies
to incorporate SiGe into an array of products, using state-of-the-art
IBM design centers in Waltham, MA, East Fishkill, N.Y. and Encinitas,
Calif. in the U.S., as well as in LaGaude, France.
Images of this new breakthrough can be found at: http://www.chips.ibm.com/news/2001/0625_fastimages.html
More information on IBM's related semiconductor breakthroughs can
be found at: http://www.chips.ibm.com/bluelogic/showcase/
June 25 - Transmeta Introduces
0.13 Micron Processors. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA) today
announced new Crusoe microprocessors based on 0.13 micron technology
that are up to 50 percent higher in performance and 20 percent lower
in power consumption than the company's previous generation of microprocessors.
The new Crusoe TM5800 and TM5500 microprocessors will be manufactured
for Transmeta by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (NYSE:TSM)
based on leading-edge, 0.13 micron process technology. TSMC is the
world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry and provides the industry's
most advanced 0.13 micron process technology.
"Our relationship with TSMC is a key part of our strategy,"
said Mark K. Allen, president and chief executive officer, Transmeta
Corporation. "Our confidence in TSMC has allowed Transmeta to
convert 100 percent of production wafer starts to TSMC's 0.13 micron
"In addition to our 0.13 micron logic and SRAM processes, TSMC
is the first IC foundry in the world to begin volume production of
a 0.13 micron high-performance CPU process," said Dr. Edward
C. Ross, president of TSMC of North America. "Transmeta's decision
to use this technology for high-performance CPUs is a powerful acknowledgement
of our IC industry leadership. We expect this relationship to benefit
Transmeta's customers as well as both of our companies."
The new Crusoe TM5800 and TM5500 microprocessors (512K L2 and 256K
L2 cache memory respectively) provide increased performance, lower
power and greater manufacturing economies than the previous 0.18 micron
generation. Additionally, software-based Crusoe microprocessors gain
both power and performance benefits from a new upgrade to Transmeta's
Code Morphing software. This dual level of power and performance improvement
is unique to the Crusoe microprocessor due to its software-based design.
The new Code Morphing software version 4.2 will be shipping in product
introductions from system manufacturers in the next few months.
Crusoe microprocessors also provide state-of-the-art, on-chip double-data
rate (DDR) DRAM and single-data rate (SDR) DRAM controllers. With
DDR implementations, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will
have both lower power and higher performance parts. Both controllers
can be used at the same time, or individually, giving Crusoe microprocessors
the highest integration, richest feature set North Bridge functionality
available to OEMs as they optimize performance, power and cost.
"The original Crusoe TM5600 microprocessor broke new ground
for long battery life systems, and new Crusoe TM5800-based systems
will raise the bar for leadership in low-power consumption and performance,"
said Jim Chapman, executive vice president of sales and marketing,
Transmeta Corporation. "Now our customers can take advantage
of Crusoe's 0.13 micron power specifications, Code Morphing software
improvements and the industry trend towards DDR memory, to build best
in class systems that will lead the industry in the drive toward wireless
The Crusoe TM5800 and TM5500 microprocessors are immediately available
and Transmeta expects customer product announcements based on the
new chips throughout the balance of this year. The TM5800-800MHz is
priced at $198 in 1,000-unit quantities. The TM5800 is also offered
at 700, 733 and 766 MHz. The Crusoe TM5500 is available at 600, 667
and 733MHz. The TM5500-667MHz is available at $85 in 1,000-unit quantities.
The 1GHz TM5800 is expected to be available in systems during the
first half of 2002.
For more information about the Crusoe microprocessor visit www.transmeta.com.
More information about TSMC is available through the World Wide Web
June 25 - Toshiba Adds Thin and Light
Series to Satellite Notebook Computers. The Computer Systems Group
(CSG) of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS) introduces
the Satellite(R) 3000/3005 Series, a compact productivity companion
for the small office/home office (SOHO) user.
Just over 5.5 pounds, the Satellite 3000/3005 Series is the first
thin and light entry into the Satellite notebook line, making it the
complete "office-on-the-go" system for the mobile user. With three
USB ports and a built-in i.Link(R) (IEEE 1394) port for additional
peripheral connections, a convenient swappable modular bay for increased
productivity and a robust multimedia feature-set, the Satellite 3000/3005
Series sets a new standard in portable computing performance.
Product Specifications Satellite 3000 Series:
Keeping the customer connected no matter the location, the Satellite
3000/3005 Series includes a built-in Ethernet port, modem and fast
IR. Powered by Intel(R) Pentium(R) III processing up to 1GHz, the
Satellite 3000/3005 Series expands multimedia and productivity capabilities
with an integrated DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function drive (3005-S403 and
S303 models only) for data backup, a built-in i.Link (IEEE 1394) port
for ultra-fast data transfer, SmartMedia card slot for quick download
of photos or data, and blazing NVIDIA graphics performance that enhances
business and Internet applications. Pricing begins at $1,799.
June 24 - Sunday Shopping
Special Discounts and Financing. In addition to sales on specific
items, the following store-wide sales are advertised this week.
Best Buy is giving away 1 year of free MSN with any computer purchase.
They are also offering 12 months no interest financing on all desktops,
notebooks, and build-to-order systems and and an additional $100 off
any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
City has is offering $150
instant discounts on clearance desktop and notebook computers and
$100 off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
Office Depot no special store-wide
computer sales (individual items may be on sale).
CompUSA is having a 3 day sale
from Today through Tuesday. They are offering a $150 mail-in rebate
on any desktop computer (complete system?) and an additional $100
off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
Staples no ad this Sunday.
HHGregg has 10% off all open box computers
and notebooks and $100 off any Compaq desktop (complete system?).
Internet Rebates. All
stores continue to offer 3 year, $400 Internet Rebates. Please see
our article, What You Need to Know
About Internet Rebates and Free PCs, for an in-depth discussion
of Internet Rebates.
Definitions. A complete system/package is defined
as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer
and then ordered from a vendor's store. In addition to the computer's
stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you
order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store,
you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).
* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers
typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price.
We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate,
however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
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.
Best Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 766 MHz system with 17 inch monitor
Best Pentium III System
Compaq 866 MHz system with 17 inch monitor
Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete system
Best Duron System
Best High End Athlon System
HP 1.2 GHz complete system
Best Low Cost Notebook
Compaq 766 MHz Celeron
1. Best High-end Notebook
Sony 800 MHz Duron with DVD
2. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 850 MHz Pentium III with DVD\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 the highlights of local
(Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not
guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article
should help you to make informed buying decisions.
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