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Computer News and Rumors

June 2002

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

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to the Index.)
Jun 30 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 28 Panasonic Unveils DVD Multi Drive At TechXNY
Jun 28 Philips Unveils Wireless IEEE 1394 Solution for Home Networks
Jun 28 Recordable DVD Sales Climb
Jun 28 Bitstream Upgrades ThunderHawk Wireless Web Browser
Jun 28 More Americans are Taking Their Work Home
Jun 27 Toshiba to Bring Tablet PC to Market
Jun 27 Recordable DVD Council Reports Groundswell of Interest in DVD Multi
Jun 27 Nextel, RIM and Motorola To Produce Voice-enabled Handheld
Jun 27 Toshiba Announces Plans for Voice-Data Wireless Platform
Jun 27 Zone Labs Announces New ZoneAlarm Plus Internet Security Utility
Jun 27 Lexmark Intoduces X125 SOHO All-In-One Printer
Jun 27 Hitachi Announces 15-Inch Flat Panel Value Monitor
Jun 26 Viewsonic Showcases New Display Line-Up
Jun 26 Belkin Introduces Bluetooth™ Solutions for Personal Connectivity
Jun 26 Visioneer Announces PhotoPort TV 100
Jun 26 QPS Ships Ultra-Light External USB Floppy Drive
Jun 26 Personal Video Will Drive Home PC, Recordable DVD Sales
Jun 25 Intel Ships the World's First 2 Gigahertz Microprocessor for Mobile PCs
Jun 25 Dell Breaks 2.0 GHz Performance Barrier With New Notebooks
Jun 25 HP Unveils iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 Series
Jun 25 Iomega Announces New Portable And External Hard Drives
Jun 25 Broadband Projected to Deliver the Majority of Home Internet Connections

 

 
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June 30 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Best Sunday Deals - CompUSA is offering a Compaq Celeron 1.3 GHz complete system for $599 (lowest price we have seen).
Best Buy has a 2.0 GHz Sony Pentium 4 complete system for $1299. They also have a HP Athlon XP 1800+ complete system for $899 and a Compaq Athlon XP 2200+ complete system for $1239.

Weekly Comparison.

Notebooks - Prices remained about the same this week on notebooks. The Toshiba 1.2 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW for $1199 and the Toshiba Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW for $1449 are good prices but not the lowest we have seen.
Desktops - This week's 1.3 GHz Celeron system for $599 matches the lowest price we have seen on this system.
Prices are lower on Pentium 4 and Athlon XP desktops compared to last week.

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

BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase.
Additionally, they are giving $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and notebooks, and 12 month, no interest, financing for desktop and notebook purchases over $298.
Circuit City is giving 12 months of free CompuServe on any in-store computer purchase. They are also offering no interest financing for 12 months, and $100 off, on all desktops and notebooks.
Office Depot no ad this Sunday.
CompUSA is offering no interest financing for 12 months on Pentium 4 desktop and notebook purchases over $998.
Staples has no store-wide computer promotions this week. Individual items may be on sale.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime which searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 8 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

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

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

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

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

Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete system
$599
CompUSA
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Sony 2.0 GHz complete system
$1299
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz complete system
$1399
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 1800+ complete system
$899
Best Buy
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ complete system
$1239
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
CompUSA, Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1449
CompUSA
Peripherals
1. Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 32X CD-RW
$30 (after rebates)
Best Buy
2. Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 80 GB 7200 RPM ATA 133 Hard Drive
$119
Best Buy

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article can help you make informed buying decisions.

June 28 - Panasonic Unveils DVD Multi Drive At TechXNY. Panasonic today unveiled its DVDBurnerII, the next-generation combination DVD/CD drive that takes the confusion out of buying a Recordable DVD drive.

Meeting DVD Multi specifications, the new DVD Multi drive builds on the success of Panasonic's currently available DVD-RAM/R DVDBurner by extending the drive's capabilities to include read/write support for all Recordable DVD formats approved by the DVD Forum and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs. Universal and affordable, the DVDBurnerII offers higher write speeds, faster playback, broad compatibility and the convenience of being able to switch between formats and capacities.

"Panasonic's DVDBurnerII changes the recordable DVD landscape," said Dana Berzin, Product Manager for Panasonic's OEM computer drives. "It bridges CD and recordable DVD technologies, and computer and consumer electronics applications by providing a single, cost-effective solution for home video, personal computing and business storage/archiving.
"With the new drive, users now have an all-in-one DVD/CD storage solution that provides the security of write-once, the flexibility of rewriteable, broad compatibility, and the ability to choose between 9.4GB, 5.2 GB, 4.7GB, 2.6GB or 650MB capacities."

With read/write support for all DVD Forum recordable DVD specifications and read/write support for CD-R/RW discs, Panasonic's DVDBurnerII will have broad appeal among consumers, businesses and professionals. According to Berzin, the drive will not only allow computer makers to meet the needs of a wide range of users, but can provide consumers flexibility that can help users achieve substantial savings.

"Whether purchasing at retail to upgrade existing units or to customize a new computer, Panasonic's DVDBurnerII offers consumers backward compatibility and a proven solution for all their current and future storage needs," said Charles Vidal, Product Manager for Panasonic-brand retail computer drives. "It's a true all-in-one product that bridges formats, capacities and applications."

Panasonic's DVDBurnerII is fully compliant with the DVD Forum's DVD Multi specifications. The specifications ensure disc compatibility for all recordable DVD formats established by the 230-member DVD Forum--both for consumer electronics products and personal computers. In addition to reading and writing DVD-R, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW discs, the DVDBurnerII can also play DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and CD-ROM discs.

When writing to a 4.7GB DVD-R General disc, the new drive achieves speeds of up to 2x, with DVD-R playback at 6x. Reasonably priced and readily available, the write-once DVD-R is considered the most compatible of all DVD formats. The discs can be played back by most of the DVD video players and DVD-ROM drives in use throughout the world today. With huge storage capacity, reliable data management and rewritability up to 10,000 times, DVD-RAM discs are optimally suited for PC applications. The discs' write speed is 2x, equivalent to at least 18x CD rate.

Smaller files can be stored on low-cost 650MB CD-Rs at up to 12x speed or on CD-RW discs at up to 8x speed. CD playback is at 32x. To ensure error-free CD recording, Panasonic's new multifunction drive includes buffer under-run technology.

Price, Availability

The Panasonic brand DVDBurnerII drives will begin shipping in October 2002. The Panasonic brand DVD BurnerII drive for retail sale will be priced at less than $500. Additional information on Panasonic and Matsushita Electric is available at www.panasonic.com.

June 28 - Philips Unveils Wireless IEEE 1394 Solution for Home Networks. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG)(AEX:PHI) today demonstrated a key semiconductor technology development in the realization of the connected home.

Philips demonstrated the industry's first home networking solution for wireless distribution of digital content throughout the home based on IEEE 1394 over IEEE 802.11a. With this solution, Philips meets the increased demand to connect consumer electronics (CE) and PC clusters in the home without additional wires. Furthermore, it is also a validation to Philips' leadership in wired and wireless connectivity, including innovations in the area of 802.11, Bluetooth, ZigBee, USB and now wireless 1394.

According to In-Stat/MDR, IEEE 1394 ports are being installed on large numbers of CE and PC devices, including digital televisions, advanced set-top boxes, digital cameras, game consoles, cable modems, printers and DVD players. The number of CE devices expected to be attached to home networks will exceed 7 million by 2005. According to senior analyst Brian O'Rourke, "With its ability to provide high bandwidth and isochronous data transfer in a peer-to-peer network, the IEEE 1394 standard is perfect for multimedia home networking."

The demonstration by Philips is the first to conform to both existing and new industry standards under the direction of the IEEE 1394 Trade Association (TA), including IEEE 1394a-2000 and the latest IEEE 1394.1 bridging technology draft specification. Philips is implementing technology that enables wireless connectivity via a high-performance serial bus bridge standard, IEEE 1394.1, in an IEEE 802.11a home network environment. The wireless bridging extends the 1394 bus into a complete in-home digital network.

The combination of 1394 over an 802.11a network (which operates at 5 GHz and transfers data at 54 Mbps or higher) makes this wireless solution ideal for transporting bandwidth-hungry audio, video and data content streams. In addition, Philips' technology includes the Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) capability and therefore provides a clear path to support this content protection methodology.

"Philips, a leader in wireless connectivity technology, is the first company to show the viability of a wireless home network based on standards-compliant 1394 over 802.11a," said Gerhard Heider, general manager of Business Line Connectivity, semiconductor division of Philips. "Based on Philips analysis, the advent of the CE/PC wireless bridge is essential for seamlessly linking 1394-equipped devices and is a natural step towards the evolution of the connected home."

"As an active member of the 1394 Trade Association, Philips has shown its commitment and innovative leadership in the area of 1394 and has remained focused on the development of new, exciting technology based on clear market opportunities," said James Snider, chair of the 1394 TA. "We are happy to feature Philips' demonstration at this year's DevCon, as it represents an industry-first for a standards-based IEEE 1394 home networking solution."

News from Philips is located at www.semiconductors.philips.com.

June 28 - Recordable DVD Sales Climb. Recordable DVD drive sales will top 10 million units this year -- up from 1.3 million in 2001 -- and will surpass more than 40 million units by 2004, Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, predicted during a press conference here today. He explained that the rapid growth would be fueled by dramatically lower cost of hardware, media and video production software as well as the growing installed base of players.

Peddie made the prediction today during the Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) event at the Jacob Javits Center where the organization unveiled some of the newest DVD camcorders, DVD players, DVD recorders and DVD multifunction drives. The 94-member Council focuses on promoting products that comply with the DVD Forum recordable DVD formats (DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW).

Drawing on his nearly 20 years of his research and analysis experience in the digital marketplace, Peddie noted that there are more than 150 million home DVD players in use today. By 2004 he projects the installed base will grow to more than 300 million machines.

With digital camcorder shipments increasing to more than 15 million units this next year, he noted that a new breed of low-cost video production software is also gaining widespread growth. The new software makes it easy for consumers to produce high quality personal DVD movies that people actually want to watch.

Peddie said that the DVD Forum's Multi standard has solved most of the concerns consumers have had regarding compatibility. He added that in his opinion most of the rewritable "issues" are moot and that DVD usage will mimic CD usage.

"We need to listen to the consumer and not the religious zealots," he emphasized. "People want two features in their DVD products: compatibility and low cost. People will make their own video DVDs just like they make their own audio CDs. DVD-R will be the most widely used media because it can be played on virtually every DVD player and drive, especially those sold in the past two years. The rewritable technology - DVD-RW or DVD-RAM - will be chosen based on the individual's other applications."

He added that the most inexpensive DVD-R media is currently available for $1-$2 for a 2-hour disc and prices will continue to drop as usage increases.

Concerning the new DVD recorders, he said they are rapidly changing the television landscape. "People are increasingly capturing TV shows, zapping commercials and watching the shows when it's convenient for them rather than the networks or stations.

"I believe the time has come when consumers will take direct control of their personal entertainment in terms of the video content they develop as well as the content that is delivered to their TV set."

During the press conference, Peddie voiced concern that Hollywood, using its political weight, may try to place major roadblocks in the way of consumers being able to make fair use of DVD.

"Hollywood has forgotten that they predicted video tape would cripple their industry but has actually increased theater viewing and home video sales and rentals," he said. "They seem to be determined to prohibit law-abiding home consumers from recording on their DVD drives and recorders. Fortunately all of the manufacturers and their trade associations are just as determined not the let Hollywood brand us all as criminals."

Despite the challenge by Hollywood, Peddie said that recordable DVD sales will grow steadily over the next five years as people replace their tape storage and playback devices with the higher quality, more reliable digital video solution.

For more information, visit www.dvdforum.org.

June 28 - Bitstream Upgrades ThunderHawk Wireless Web Browser. Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) announced today it is upgrading ThunderHawk(TM) wireless Web browsing technology to version 1.02.

ThunderHawk brings full-featured Web browsing to mobile devices, enabling users to view the full text and images of any Web page. Users get complete wireless access to real Web pages that maintain full text legibility.

The new features in ThunderHawk include:

-- Favorites folder for storing URLs of frequently visited Web pages

-- Deeper history list that stores up to 64 URLs

-- Toolbar button that lets you jump back to Windows CE or Pocket

PC OS

-- More readable keypad

-- Support for more devices, such as Audiovox & Toshiba

-- Performance improvements

"Since our first favorably received release of ThunderHawk in May, we have had good feedback from our customers, including suggestions on how to make ThunderHawk easier to use. We listened to these early technology adopters. We feel that this upgrade of the product includes features, like the Favorites folder, that make ThunderHawk more intuitive," said Anna Chagnon, President of Bitstream. "We also added support for more devices. Our wireless Web browser allows people to stay connected. ThunderHawk is our first step in making access to the wireless Web a reality."

ThunderHawk for the Pocket PC is available for purchase and for a free 30-day trial. Customers who have a Pocket PC can download, test drive, and purchase ThunderHawk from the Bitstream Web site at www.bitstream.com/wireless.

June 28 - More Americans are Taking Their Work Home. The proliferation of employer-required cell phones, pagers, laptops, PCs, and other wonders of a modern mobile-workplace are to credit--or blame--for the fact that half of Americans now say that they take their work home. The survey also found that 21 percent of workers surveyed said that their employer's compensation policies for working outside the office "take advantage" of them.

Survey results are from the latest "America At Work" public opinion survey of 1,000 adults commissioned by the Employment Law Alliance (ELA).

Susan Stahlfeld of the ELA member law firm Miller Nash LLP in Seattle says that the poll demonstrates how technology is having a profound impact on the American workplace. "The technology has created a 24-hour workplace, but there are hazards, legal and otherwise, in creating a 24-hour employee when that employee is not a member of management or otherwise exempt," she said. "The poll suggests why we're seeing a huge number of employee class-action suits over uncompensated time for work performed outside the regular workplace and that organizations--large and small, private and nonprofit--have to confront this issue."

The national poll of 1,000 men and women, conducted by Reed Haldy McIntosh & Associates, of Media, Pennsylvania, focused on "non-exempt" employees, those whose work hours are legally regulated and who are entitled to overtime compensation. The poll was fielded within the past two weeks. Survey Director Dr. Theodore Reed outlined the results as follows:

Overtime

- 31 percent said that they spend at least three hours a week away from their regular workplace responding to work-related e-mail, voice mail, pagers, or some other electronic form of work-related communication.
- 49 percent of employees said that they spend at least three hours a week conducting work-related activities other than responding to emails, voice mails, or pagers, at home or away from the office.
- Among non-exempt workers, only 17 percent said that they received some payment for their at home work while 55 percent said that they were not paid at all.
- 22 percent said that they were not compensated for the extra time worked because they chose not to ask for either overtime or compensatory time.
- 3 percent said that while they were not compensated directly, they did receive some benefit for that extra time worked, such as extra time off.

Feelings About Overtime

- 21 percent of non-exempt workers believe that their employer is "taking advantage" of them through their current compensation policies relating to work performed outside the regular workplace.
- 47 percent of non-exempt employees putting in ten or more extra hours per week feel taken advantage of, compared to only 11 percent of those working three to ten hours outside of their regular schedule and 14 percent of those working less than three extra hours.
- 52 percent of non-exempt workers who do not ask to be compensated for their overtime feel taken advantage of compared to those who are compensated in some way (30 percent) or not compensated at all (19 percent), suggesting that it is fear rather than dedication that prevents many of these workers from asking for their due.

"There may be no bigger issue in the American workplace, especially if you are an employer with work locations in several states," said Stahlfeld. "Employers just can't ignore the fact that non-exempt employees may be working at home merely because the employees don't ask for compensation for that time. " The highly publicized employee class-action suit against Intel over uncompensated time is but one example of how litigation arises out of these disputes, how state legislatures become deeply involved in workplace issues, and how organized labor sees one of its biggest organizing opportunities in decades. "Widespread employee unhappiness often results in expensive lawsuits," Ms. Stahlfeld noted. "Employers risk significantly more than they gain by ignoring this issue."

June 27 - Toshiba to Bring Tablet PC to Market. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) today announced at TechX New York that its Tablet PC offering available later this year will be part of the award-winning Portege(R) notebook family of products.

For nearly a decade, Toshiba's Portege class of mobile computers has been known for premiering new technologies, including the introduction of the world's thinnest notebook, the Portege 2000 Series. Together, Toshiba and Microsoft bring enhanced functionality and capabilities to today's notebook PC.

As a result, the Toshiba Tablet PC will enable mobile customers to experience their PC in new and exciting ways.

"Toshiba embraces the Tablet PC initiative as well as its strategic relationship with Microsoft," said Oscar Koenders, vice president product marketing and worldwide product planning, Toshiba CSG. "The Tablet PC represents the future of mobile computing and we're eager to share this new technology with our customers."

The Toshiba Tablet PC will provide all the computing power of today's mobile PCs and marry the simplicity of pen and paper. The notebook form factor combined with the support of digital ink -- for marking up and collaborating on documents, taking notes, or converting digital ink into text -- make it a powerful productivity device.

"Toshiba's expertise in delivering innovative mobile computing platforms, combined with the pen-based simplicity of the Tablet PC, allows professionals to use their PCs in ways they never imagined," said Alex Loeb, vice president of the Tablet PC division at Microsoft.

Toshiba will target mobile professionals that rely on notebook PCs as a critical business tool. The Toshiba Tablet PC will provide knowledge workers the ability to remain productive in a variety of working environments. The corporate user who works from their office, attends multiple meetings and travels frequently will appreciate the added flexibility of the Tablet PC platform.

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

June 27 - Recordable DVD Council Reports Groundswell of Interest in DVD Multi. The Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) provided an update on the DVD Forum's DVD Multi specification today, emphasizing that the new recordable DVD drives preserve the investments made in DVD Forum-compliant DVD players and drives purchased before the specification was established.

Developed to enable users to move seamlessly from business and personal computing to home entertainment and digital video recording, DVD Multi puts an end to the compatibility issues by ensuring support for all formats developed by the DVD Forum-DVD-RAM, DVD-R and DVD-RW. RDVDC members will be demonstrating DVD Multi drives and players at the Recordable DVD Pavilion, Booth #2422 during TECHXNY/PC Expo 2002. The show will be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City June 25-27.

With DVD Multi, consumers have the assurance of media interchangeability across all DVD Multi products. Hitachi and Panasonic have announced new DVD Multi drives that read and write to CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R General, DVD-RW and DVD-RAM discs. They can also play DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, DVD-Audio and CD-ROM discs. The DVD Multi drive unveiled by Panasonic at CeBIT also offers an unprecedented 3x write speed for DVD-R General discs, the format that can be read by most of the DVD drives an players in use today.

The DVD Multi specification covers all current formats which have been approved by DVD Forum, including: DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-Audio, DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW and DVD-Video Recording. Formats created outside the DVD Forum are not covered.

"One of the reasons the DVD Forum formats have been so successful is they provide strong, consistent platforms for software developers, OEMs and end users," said Tony Jasionowski, RDVDC North American Program Director. "Recordable DVD formats were defined to accommodate the differences in application requirements. Now, DVD Multi ensures disc compatibility and cross-device support without making the original recordable DVD formats obsolete."

The DVD-ROM and DVD-Video specifications that were established in 1997 were followed by the write-once DVD-R and rewritable DVD-RAM standards after a three-month evaluation of drive and media compatibility by more than 20 personal computer and storage media manufacturers from around the world. In 1999, the Forum adopted a second rewritable standard, DVD-RW, to meet the streaming (sequential) recording requirements of content developers.

The 4.7GB rewritable DVD-RAM drives that began shipping in 2000 can read/write the 2.6GB and 5.2GB DVD-RAM discs that have been available since 1998. The 4.7GB DVD-R/RW drives, which have been available for two years, read/write the earlier 3.95GB DVD-R discs. The combination DVD-RAM/R and DVD-R/RWdrives that have been available since 2001 and the new DVD Multi drives all provide backward compatibility.

"Several members of the RDVDC have announced that they will be shipping DVD Multi drives in volume before mid-year," said Jasionowski. "With the new drives, users have a single DVD/CD storage solution that provides the broadest compatibility and security of write-once, the flexibility of rewritable, backward compatibility, cross-device compatibility and a growth path to the future."

The DVD Forum is an industry association whose more than 200 members include all major DVD manufacturers as well as the leading DVD software developers and DVD media producers around the world. For more information, visit www.dvdforum.org.

June 27 - Nextel, RIM and Motorola To Produce Voice-enabled Handheld. Nextel Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTL), Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM; TSE: RIM), and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced an agreement to develop a new Nextel/BlackBerry™ handheld with both voice and data capabilities. This Personal Data Assistant (PDA) style form factor handheld will operate on Nextel's national network using Motorola's iDEN® integrated digital wireless network technology.

To facilitate this effort, Motorola and RIM have signed a licensing agreement allowing specific iDEN and RIM technologies to be incorporated into certain devices from each company.

RIM's award-winning BlackBerry wireless email solution will be integrated with Nextel's digital cellular, Nextel Direct Connect® digital two-way radio service, text and numeric paging, and Nextel Wireless Web online services, which were recently rated number one by Cahner's In-Stat/MDR in customer satisfaction. The device will also support Java™ 2 Micro Edition (J2ME™) applications.

"The combined Nextel/BlackBerry device will provide an additional platform on which businesses can create meaningful and cost effective applications for their mobile employees," said Tim Donahue, Nextel's president and chief executive officer. "The wireless email capabilities of this exclusive device will complement our Direct Connect and packet data services, and serve as a powerful new business tool for our customers."

"RIM and Nextel have both developed unique wireless solutions for corporate customers," said Mike Lazaridis, president and co-CEO at Research In Motion. "This new integrated offering, together with our mutual commitment to Java-based wireless applications, will provide an innovative and attractive proposition for our business customers and development community."

"Motorola's iDEN technology gives Nextel the power to offer wireless voice, data and application services in a single device," said Bill Werner, corporate vice president of Motorola and general manager of the iDEN Subscriber Group. "Our agreement with RIM will allow Nextel to leverage the advanced capabilities of their nationwide iDEN network to offer customers the choice of a messaging centric device in addition to an existing array of voice centric Java-enabled handsets."

More than 13,000 organizations across North America already use BlackBerry to provide wireless email capabilities through an "always-on" connection, and RIM recently began marketing BlackBerry to customers in Europe. The Nextel/ BlackBerry offering will include advanced Java™-based wireless handhelds, desktop tools, enterprise server software, and end-to-end security. It will also operate fully on the Nextel National Network, the largest guaranteed all-digital wireless network in the country covering thousands of communities across the United States.

For further information, visit www.motorola.com/iden, www.nextel.com, and www.rim.net.

June 27 - Toshiba Announces Plans for Voice-Data Wireless Platform. Further advancing its strategy to deliver mobility solutions, Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. (TAIS) today announced plans to introduce a mobility communications platform that will bring the convergence of data and voice connectivity to notebook PCs, PDAs and telephony devices.

Currently in development, Toshiba's Mobility Communications System (MCS) will give mobile users access to the same data and voice communications they currently enjoy in a fixed office setting, while they wirelessly roam throughout the corporate environment.

Slated for launch in the second quarter of 2003, MCS is built on Toshiba's Internet Technology Supporting Universal Mobile Operation (ITSUMO). Using ITSUMO, MCS will support seamless roaming throughout the business campus, as well as LAN-to-cellular roaming, while accessing important data such as e-mail or, for example, ERP system information, as well as voice-over-IP communications.

The ITSUMO platform also provides MCS with true voice-over-WLAN capabilities by extending PBX functions while providing business class voice Quality of Service.

For example, a business user sitting in the office will be able to take a call through the wireless network, then move to the next meeting across campus, continuing the call en route. While in the meeting, he can use his PDA to access e-mail and voice mail to keep up-to-the-minute, all with MCS.

"Today, we use our wireless phones, notebook PCs and PDAs discretely -- tomorrow, MCS will deliver the true convergence of these devices to better meet the mobile communications needs of the business world," said Chris Harrington, vice president of strategy and business development at TAIS.

"With Toshiba's capabilities in computing and telecommunications, as well as our ITSUMO technology development, we are uniquely positioned to deliver leading-edge mobility solutions with a next-generation wireless communications network platform."

Using the MCS platform, business users will benefit from increased productivity by staying connected anytime and anywhere within the corporate network. In addition, MCS will be a cost-effective productivity investment because it uses existing IT infrastructure and common network management tools.

By simply adding MCS functions to the network, along with MCS-enabled client devices, enterprises can extend the reach of the existing PBX and LAN.

Toshiba is building the MCS platform by combining the expertise of its Computer Systems Group and Telecommunication Systems Division, along with the resources of Toshiba America Research Inc. The company will demonstrate MCS at TECHXNY/PC Expo, Booth #3136.

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

June 27 - Zone Labs Announces New ZoneAlarm Plus Internet Security Utility. Zone Labs Inc., a leading creator of endpoint security solutions, today announced the immediate availability of ZoneAlarm Plus version 3.1, a powerful Internet security solution that provides Zone Labs' award-winning firewall protection in an easy-to-use package for home and small business users, especially those who are personal firewall 'purists'.

ZoneAlarm Plus is the newest addition to Zone Labs' family of endpoint security solutions that protect Internet-connected PCs from hacker attacks and risks posed by Trojan horses, spyware and other 'parasite' code. Those solutions span the entire spectrum of customer needs including basic Internet security with ZoneAlarm, advanced security and privacy features with ZoneAlarm Pro, and comprehensive endpoint security management with Zone Labs Integrity™, the company's security platform for enterprises.

ZoneAlarm Plus combines an intuitive user experience with powerful security features including a stealth firewall to barricade the PC from inbound attacks; Program Control to put the user in charge of which programs are communicating with the Internet, thus thwarting Trojan horse and spyware programs from 'calling home'; and quarantining suspicious email attachments with its MailSafe feature.

Just like its 'big brother' ZoneAlarm Pro, ZoneAlarm Plus 'hardens' security with component control features that not only fingerprint which programs have permission to access the Internet, but also fingerprints the individual components of those programs to prevent hackers from abusing trusted programs.

Streamlined installation and automatic network detection make it simpler to manage security settings for both traditional and wireless networks with ZoneAlarm Plus. This ensures that users can enjoy the benefits and flexibility of new, wireless networks without sacrificing security. In addition, ZoneAlarm Plus users can access Zone Labs' AlertAdvisorSM service that helps both novice and advanced users make informed decisions about the security-related events that are occurring on their PCs.

The AlertAdvisor provides easy access to an extensive security knowledgebase and also contains a graphical utility that maps the address of any PC that is attempting to probe the ZoneAlarm Plus user's PC, to make tracing hackers more useful and intuitive. Unlike other graphical utilities that perform similar functions, identifying information about the victimized PC is not revealed when performing the search so a user's security is not compromised while locating the perpetrator.

"The introduction of ZoneAlarm Plus completes Zone Labs' consumer and SOHO line of products," said Frederick Felman, vice president of marketing, Zone Labs. "ZoneAlarm Plus was created for the firewall purist, who wants the most advanced firewall features and the most powerful protection available, but is not interested in any additional bells and whistles."

In addition, a new version of the company's basic firewall, ZoneAlarm version 3.1, will be available in July. ZoneAlarm 3.1, which will continue to be free for personal and non-profit use, will include stronger security, improved logging of Alerts, and a redesigned user interface for a more intuitive user experience.

Pricing and Availability

ZoneAlarm Plus 3.1 supports Windows 98, SE, Me, NT, 2000 and XP. ZoneAlarm Plus costs $39.95 for a single user and is available immediately for purchase and download from the Zone Labs web site at www.zonelabs.com.

June 27 - Lexmark Intoduces X125 SOHO All-In-One Printer. Designed for small office/home office (SOHO) settings where space is at a premium, Lexmark International, Inc. (NYSE:LXK) today introduced the Lexmark X125 All-In-One Office Center. The X125 combines color print, standalone fax, scan and copy capabilities, offering exceptional value, a compact design and convenience that cannot be matched by purchasing separate peripherals.

Photo-Quality Printing

The X125 All-In-One Office Center features Lexmark's award-winning core inkjet technology. With 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) resolution in black and color on all paper types and a seven-picoliter color drop size, text is sharp and photo-quality images are vivid and textured - giving business documents and presentations professional appeal.

Lexmark's Accu-Feed(TM) paper handling system virtually eliminates paper jams and misfeeds, allowing SOHO professionals to print on a wide variety of media including transparencies, labels, multiple envelope sizes and postcards. The X125 boasts mono print speeds of up to 16 pages per minute (ppm), the fastest in the industry, and up to eight ppm in color. The Windows compatible X125 offers Universal Serial Bus (USB) connectivity.

Black and Color Fax Capability - without a PC

Boasting standalone black and color(a) fax capabilities, the X125's sheet-fed design and straightforward LCD screen make sending multiple page documents a fast and easy process. With speeds of up to 33.6Kbps and a fax memory that can store up to 80 pages, the X125 is well suited for efficiently sending and receiving lengthy documents.

Crisp, High Resolution Scans

The sheet-fed scanner offers up to 600 x 1200 dpi optical resolution (up to 9600 dpi enhanced resolution) and 36-bit color scan depth. Users will find the X125 perfect for scanning color photos and images to incorporate into business documents.

Black and Color Copy Capability

Offering added functionality to a home office, the X125 operates as a standalone color copier capable of generating up to 12 copies per minute (cpm) in black and up to 5 cpm in color. The LCD screen enables users to easily copy up to 99 black or color copies from one original, and to resize photos and documents from 25 to 200 percent.

Pricing and Availability

The Lexmark X125 All-In-One Office Center has an estimated street price of $179. The X125 will ship with one high-resolution black cartridge, one high-resolution color cartridge, power and phone cords, and a software bundle that includes ViewAhead Photo Editing Software and ABBYY Fine Reader Sprint OCR software.
Visit www.lexmark.com for additional information about the Lexmark X125.

June 27 - Hitachi Announces 15-Inch Flat Panel Value Monitor. Hitachi America, Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE: HIT), has added a lightweight 15" monitor to its LCD value line. The new CML152 monitor weighs only 6.6 lbs, making it one of the lightest LCD monitors available. It provides distortion-free images with superior 350:1 contrast and 250 nit brightness all designed into a slim, lightweight package.

"We are very pleased that we can offer this slim, lightweight LCD at such an attractive price point. The new CML152 monitor is great for quality-conscious corporate, home, institutional, dormitory rooms or other users who could benefit from a more portable desktop monitor," stated Leslie Bishop, marketing communications manager for Hitachi America, Ltd.'s computer monitor group.

The CML152 monitor provides sharp images and vibrant colors with plug-and-play functionality and features an auto-adjust function for quick, beautiful images. With its new `brickless' design, no external power converter is needed. It uses a standard monitor power cord for increased compatibility and easier wall-mounting installations. The monitor includes a carrying handle on the back for added convenience.

Delivering a full 15" viewing area (304 x 228 mm) the new LCD provides a 15-pin D-sub input. It also delivers 250 nit brightness and a 350:1 contrast ratio with a prime recommended resolution of 1024 x 768 at 75 or 60Hz. Pixel pitch is .297 mm.

The PC & Mac compatible (some macs may require and adapter) CML152 meets the VESA FPMPMI (Flat Panel Monitor Physical Mounting Interface) standard, which enables wall-mounting with third party mounting arms. It also features a Kensington Security Port.

The monitor will begin shipping to Hitachi's distributors around July 1, 2002. The new LCD comes with a 3 year warranty and an MSRP of $449.00 for ivory and $459.00 for black.
For more information, visit www.hitachi.com.

June 26 - Viewsonic Showcases New Display Line-Up. ViewSonic® Corporation, a worldwide Visual Technologies™ leader, today continued to execute its vision to offer the broadest array of next-generation display technology by unveiling the latest in Tablet PCs, LCDs and Plasma products at TechXNY/PC Expo 2002.

Fueling the evolution of Tablet PCs, ViewSonic's Tablet PC 1100 was showcased today in a demonstration by Microsoft's Jeff Raikes during his keynote speech on "Next Generation Knowledge Worker Productivity." Featuring the Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system, the Tablet PC prototype delivers all of the benefits of a fully functional portable PC, plus the added convenience of pen, speech and keyboard input to more effectively facilitate key business activities such as taking and converting handwritten notes, managing tasks and accessing data from remote locations.

The Tablet PC 1100 builds on the proven feature set of the ViewPadTM 1000-2, ViewSonic's recently launched Tablet PC with Windows XP Pro, which combines full-screen viewing along with the latest in portable wireless computing, including a more extensive hard drive (20 gigabytes) and memory (256 megabytes).

"ViewSonic is committed to changing the role of the display in everyday applications in every industry," said James Chu, ViewSonic president and CEO. "From our Tablet PCs and wireless airpanel™ monitors that provide the freedom to do business at the point of need to our large-screen LCD displays that offer the ultimate image performance, ViewSonic is redefining the productivity and value displays offer users."

ViewSonic's new offerings also focus on bringing the utmost in performance to LCD flat panel technology. Among the new products highlighted at PC Expo 2002:

- The VP2290b, a 9.2 mega pixel (27.2 million RGB dots) LCD display offering the highest resolution currently available in the world. Delivering up to ten times the pixel density of typical LCD displays, the 22.2-inch VP2290b produces photo-like images for use in applications where clarity is essential, such as medical reference, engineering design, digital content creation, satellite image analysis, and film editing and restoration.

- Four additions to the VX Series of LCD displays-the 17-inch VX700, the 18-inch VX800, the 19-inch VX900 and the 20-inch VX2000-which combine advanced features with multimedia functionality, making them ideal for applications such as computer-aided design, video editing and gaming.

- Four new VG Series displays for graphic users. Ranging in size from 15-inches to 18-inches, the VG500, VG700, VG750 and VG800 bring additional performance and affordable prices to corporate, SOHO, gaming and government users.

- Three upgrades to the VE Series-the VE500, VE700 and the VE800-which bring more value to small office/home office, corporate, education and government users by incorporating the features that provide enhanced convenience, security and space saving options.

For further information, visit ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.

June 26 - Belkin Introduces Bluetooth™ Solutions for Personal Connectivity. Belkin, the leading manufacturer of computer peripherals, accessories, and networking products, today introduced its Bluetooth Universal Serial Bus (USB) Adapter (F8T001 - ESP $69.99), Bluetooth PC Card (F8T002 - ESP $79.99), and Bluetooth Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) Adapter Card (F8T020 - ESP $79.99), which are the first in a line of Bluetooth solutions scheduled to be released this year by Belkin. All three are compatible with Bluetooth v1.1-certified devices and are set to start shipping in North America on July 1, 2002.

All Bluetooth products from Belkin have the ability to exchange data at speeds up to 721Kbps and allow ad-hoc networking, which gives the user the ability to communicate and exchange data without having to configure a network. Bluetooth technology from Belkin offers the user built-in security, using up to 128-bit encryption and authentication. And, with the ability to connect up to seven devices enabled with Bluetooth technology simultaneously, users can effortlessly transfer data to and from other Bluetooth devices-such as desktop or notebook computers, input devices, PDAs, scanners, printers, and even mobile phones-wirelessly.

The Bluetooth USB Adapter from Belkin, which adds Bluetooth technology to an existing USB PC or notebook computer, allows users to wirelessly print, sync their PDA information, and use their cell phone to access the Internet. It installs easily with Plug-and-Play convenience and offers distances of up to 100 meters with 0 to 20 dBm output power. It also comes with a 5-foot USB extension cable for convenient access to the user's USB port and is compatible with Windows® 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP.

Next, the Bluetooth PC Card allows users to create a cable-free connection between their notebook computer or PC and their Bluetooth devices. After a simple installation into a Cardbus Type II slot on a PC or notebook computer, the Bluetooth PC Card enables effortless data transfer to and from other Bluetooth devices-such as desktop or notebook computers, input devices, PDAs, scanners, printers, and even mobile phones-at distances of up to 10 meters. It is compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP.

Lastly, the Bluetooth PDA Adapter Card adds wireless technology to the user's PDA, eliminating the necessity for cable connections. Truly easy to use and simple to install, the Adapter Card slides into an available CompactFlash™ (CF) Type II slot on a Pocket PC and creates an instant connection with other Bluetooth devices, offering the freedom and flexibility of wireless information sharing such as exchanging e-mail, browsing the Internet, or printing. With Bluetooth technology, users can synchronize their PDA on the fly without having to purchase and carry a sync cable. The Bluetooth PDA Adapter Card allows users to work at distances of up to 10 meters and offers low-power consumption, allowing PDA batteries to run longer.

For more information, visit the company's website at www.belkin.com.

June 26 - Visioneer Announces PhotoPort TV 100. Visioneer, a leader in intelligent imaging solutions, today announced the Visioneer PhotoPort TV 100, a new TV-based digital photo appliance that allows users to easily, view, edit, share and personalize photo albums on their TV using pictures taken with a digital camera.

The PhotoPort TV 100 product consists of an intelligent card viewer, wireless keyboard, remote control, power adapter and video cable for only $99.99. All the user needs is a memory card with digital images on it, and a TV. Visioneer will be publicly showing the product for the first time at the DigitalFocus Expo tonight.

The Visioneer PhotoPort TV 100 brings the benefits of instant photography to digital camera users by allowing them to view, edit and share digital photos without the use of a personal computer. Simply connect the memory card viewer to the video-in connector on a TV, insert a SmartMedia or CompactFlash memory card containing photos, and use the wireless keyboard or remote control to create personalized photo albums with your pictures.

InfoTrends Research Group estimates that the U.S. photo-enabled set-top installed base will grow from less than 1 million units in 2002, to over 114 million units in 2006. Household penetration will climb from under 1% to around 85%.

"If you have ever owned or used a digital camera before, you know two things: One, taking a digital picture is quick and easy and two, sharing a digital photo album is not," said Murray L. Dennis, Visioneer President and CEO.

"The current solutions for creating digital photo albums are PC dependent. They are slow and require the user to go through many tedious steps to download photos into the PC, import the images into image editing software, edit the photos, add captions and create a simple slide show on your computer. PhotoPort TV 100 is the solution to this problem. Using your big screen TV, PhotoPort TV 100 is the 'instant photography' solution for digital cameras."

Price and Availability

The Visioneer PhotoPort TV 100 will be sold as a digital camera appliance and will be available in the digital camera departments of major retailers and computer superstores. It will also be sold through online services, mail order catalogs and from Visioneer's web site at www.visioneer.com. Its suggested retail price is $99.99.

Jun 26 -QPS Ships Ultra-Light External USB Floppy Drive. QPS Inc. today announced it is now shipping a new external Que! USB Floppy drive powered via a USB 1.1 interface so no power adapter is needed.

The ultra-slim, ultra-light (0.68 lbs.) 1.44 MB/720 KB external drive supports USB 1.1 transfer rates up to 500 Kbits per second. Features include hot swappable plug-and-play, low power requirements (0.5A max) and enhanced power save mode for notebook battery power. A bundled 11.8-inch USB cable connects the floppy drive to PCs and Macs.

"There has been a trend of late to produce computers without floppy drives," said QPS Vice President Pierre Abboud. "We've found that users still like floppy drives. The most popular application by far is word processing, and floppies are an ideal transportable medium for transferring documents from one computer to another. Floppies are also used for emergency boot-ups and some software installations. The technology isn't going away any time soon."

The sleek Que! USB Floppy Drive is housed in a durable, shock-resistant case that easily fits into a shirt pocket or purse. MSRP is $49.99.

A complete list of international distributors and resellers may be found on the QPS Web site (www.qps-inc.com).

June 26 - Personal Video Will Drive Home PC, Recordable DVD Sales. At the Independent Software Vendors (ISV) meeting hosted by the Recordable DVD Council (RDVDC) today, attendees learned that camcorder household penetration, the driving force for consumer recordable DVD sales, is approaching 40 percent.

The RDVDC, a coalition of nearly 95 leading DVD technology developers and users, held the information exchange at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City the day before the opening of TECHXNY/PC Expo. The half-day meeting included technology discussions on all of the DVD Forum Recordable DVD formats - DVD-RAM, DVD-R, DVD-RW and applications for consumers and businesses that ranged from A/V entertainment to computer data.

To emphasize the key reasons DVD video recording is becoming mainstream, members of the RDVDC demonstrated the smooth transfer of video from a camcorder to a personal computer equipped with a recordable DVD drive. After showing how even a first-time user can edit a video, the compatibility of the recorded video was illustrated by playing it back on a range of DVD drives and players.

RDVDC chairman Bon-Guk Koo, senior corporate advisor and former executive vice president of Samsung Electronics, predicted that the consumer interest in personal video publishing will drive increased sales of home PCs with higher processing power during the next two years.

"The new generation of DVD Forum-compliant combination DVD drives, low-cost write-once DVD media and easy-to-use video production software is creating a rapidly expanding consumer market," Koo commented. "People want to preserve their aging home video collection on DVD media. They want to create personalized family and business movies that are as good as those they see on the big screen. Forum-standard drives that have both write-once, play-anywhere and rewritable capabilities are now available for less than $400 and the price for two-hour DVD-R media has dropped significantly. All of the components are available and affordable."

Wolfgang Schlichting, research manager for IDC's Optical Removable Storage Program, reinforced Koo's message by presenting highlights from IDC's recently completed consumer and storage market research studies. The IDC report projected that while in 2003, ten percent of home computers will incorporate recordable DVD drives; by 2006, more than 35 percent of the systems sold will be video publishing-enabled. These systems, as well as the growing array of external recordable DVD drives will stimulate an increase from more than 3 million recordable DVD drives shipped this year to nearly 50 million in 2006.

Schlichting pointed out that PC manufacturers such as Apple, Sony and Compaq are driving DVD recording into the mainstream. He added that because many people will choose to upgrade existing systems, rather than buy new high-performance PCs, there are significant aftermarket sales opportunities for external recordable DVD drive providers.

"The high-end home PC segment will lead the DVD burner adoption," Schlichting said. "The DVD burner market will benefit from the home PC recovery and the need for new features," he added.

"While home video editing and DVD recording show the highest interest level for DVD recorders, IDC's recently completed end-user survey indicates that there is also consumer demand for DVD recorders that people can use to timeshift and archive TV shows," Schlichting noted.

Visit the Recordable DVD Council's Web site at www.rdvdc.org/english.

June 25 - Intel Ships the World's First 2 Gigahertz Microprocessor for Mobile PCs. Intel Corporation today announced it has begun shipping the world's first microprocessor designed for mobile PCs to operate at 2 gigahertz (GHz) -- or two billion cycles per second. The new Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor-M delivers outstanding performance for business and consumer laptops, enabling a richer Internet experience, faster digital media, increasing business productivity and new applications such as wireless gaming.

Intel's commitment to designing high performance processors, chipsets and wireless solutions for every type of mobile PC is helping to grow the worldwide mobile segment. In the last 12 years, Intel has delivered more than 100 million mobile processors. Industry analyst firm Gartner Group predicts that over the next four years, laptop sales will grow at almost twice the rate of the overall PC market.

"Systems based on the new 2 GHz Mobile Pentium 4 processor-M provide businesses and consumers with the horse power to tackle the most demanding compute, communications, digital and multimedia applications," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president, Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "It took the industry 11 years to reach 1 GHz in mobile computing. We've doubled that frequency to 2 GHz in only 15 months."

Two Gigahertz To Go

Powerful laptops continue to be critical business productivity tools and are also increasingly purchased by consumers. The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M at 2 GHz includes the performance to run several productivity applications simultaneously while running background programs such as encryption, compression, virus scan, client management, and Virtual Private Networks. With 2 GHz performance and advanced power management features, the new Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M is an outstanding solution for corporate users.

For gaming enthusiasts, the 2 GHz processor from Intel, combined with wireless connectivity, enables a new level of mobile gaming, allowing players wherever they are to compete over wireless connections in intensive multiplayer competitions.

New Ways To Measure Mobile Performance

According to the newest mobile benchmark from BAPCo, MobileMark(TM) 2002, users of Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M based laptops at 2 GHz will experience two times faster performance on multitasking office productivity applications and almost three hours of battery life compared to the fastest mobile processor just one year ago (Mobile Intel Pentium III processor). In addition, consumers will find almost two times better performance in their Internet experience according to the WebMark benchmark when using the same comparisons.

Products, Specifications and Pricing

Intel today also announced the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M at 1.90 GHz and mobile Intel(R) Celeron(R) processors at 1.50, 1.40 and 1.33 GHz. The Intel Celeron processors at 1.50 and 1.40 GHz feature a 400 MHz system bus and the 1.33 GHz features a 133 MHz system bus. All of the processors are shipping in volume worldwide with systems available from leading PC makers.

Intel's entire line of mobile processors is designed on its 0.13-micron technology offering the highest levels of performance and low power consumption. The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor-M family is available at speeds ranging from 1.40 GHz to 2 GHz. The processor includes 55 million transistors, support for Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) technology and the Deeper Sleep Alert State.

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

June 25 - Dell Breaks 2.0 GHz Performance Barrier With New Notebooks. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) today closed the performance gap between desktop and notebook computers, announcing worldwide availability of its three portable computer lines with processors running at up to 2.0 GHz.

Dell is now offering Intel's Mobile Pentium(R) 4-M processor at 1.90 and 2.0 GHz in its Inspiron(tm) 8200 and Latitude(tm) C840 notebook computers and Dell Precision(tm) M50 mobile workstations. The new systems are designed for customers who require the most performance in a mobile computer, whether it's for editing, viewing and storing home digital movies or for compiling geographic data and global positioning systems coordinates for offshore petroleum facilities.

"These are incredibly powerful, highly mobile computers that should be viewed beyond speeds and feeds," John Medica, vice president of Dell's client product group, said. "Our customers trust us to deliver the right combination of relevant leading-edge technologies and convert them into highly usable mobile solutions to best serve their needs."

In addition to the powerful mobile processors, all Dell desktop replacement notebooks and mobile workstations feature:

-- Large 15-inch high-resolution displays suited for aficionados
of high-end video games, engineers presenting schematics
around a conference table or students watching a DVD movie in
a dorm room.

-- A selection of fast optical drives, including 8X and 24X CD-RW
drives and CD-RW/DVD combination drives (the fastest available
for notebooks). The drives enable quick transfer or backup of
large files, like digital photos and videos, MP3s and
populated spreadsheets and databases.

-- An array of ports including IEEE 1394, frequently used for
fast transfer of large files like digital video, S-Video out
with S-PDIF audio out to allow for the viewing of DVDs or
presentations on televisions. Others are two USB ports that
allow for easy connections to a variety of peripherals such as
scanners and USB miniature storage devices.

-- Fully integrated communications, enabling easy connectivity
most anywhere via modem, Ethernet or optional internal 802.11b
mini-PCI wireless card.

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

June 25 - HP Unveils iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 Series. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 series -- the newest line in the world's No. 1-selling Pocket PC family -- complete with a spectacular new color screen for easier viewing of pictures and for crisp text, and versatile features such as a universal remote control for home and office electronics.

The new iPAQ Pocket PC H3900 series also contains a secure digital input/output (SDIO) expansion slot, allowing customers to move data back and forth through the smallest, lightest and most sophisticated storage and expansion accessories. SD cards are typically about the size of a postage stamp, offering expanded memory capacity today, and in the future, connectivity capabilities via Bluetooth, digital photography solutions and wireless local area networking (WLAN).

"Mobile professionals appreciate true-to-life color displays, faster performance and robust data preservation; this new iPAQ Pocket PC series delivers on all accounts," said Sean Burke, vice president, HP Smart Handhelds. "Designed for business customers who want untethered access to information, their personal and business contacts and their enterprise applications, the new iPAQ H3900 series is an ideal tool for workers on the go."

The iPAQ Pocket PC H3950 comes with 32 MB of Flash ROM (read-only memory) and has an estimated U.S. street price of $649. The iPAQ Pocket PC H3970 comes with integrated Bluetooth capabilities and 48 MB of Flash ROM, at an estimated U.S. street price of $749.
Both models are powered by Microsoft(R) Windows(R) for Pocket PC 2002 and the 400MHz PXA250 processor with Intel(R) XScale technology for accelerated multimedia and security, and include 64 MB of RAM (random access memory).

Models begin shipping this week and expected to be widely available in July. See http://www.hp.com/products/pocketpc for details.

June 25 - Iomega Announces New Portable And External Hard Drives. Iomega Corporation (NYSE: IOM), a global leader in reliable portable data storage, today introduced two new lines of rugged external hard drives designed to make security, recovery and data storage easy: the sleek new Iomega® HDD Portable Hard Drive in 20GB and 30GB capacities, and the high-capacity Iomega® HDD External Hard Drive in 40GB, 80GB, and 120GB capacities.

"Iomega is delivering the power that professionals and advanced home users need for whole-system backups, easy system recovery, and convenient data storage and protection," said Tim Dammon, product general manager, Iomega Corporation. "Our customers want flexibility and convenience in a product that not only travels well between computer systems, but also has the added bonus of moving easily between USB-based systems and FireWire-based systems. Iomega's new portable and external hard drives are the next generation in terms of data security and hard drive throughput for mobile users and others with growing storage needs."

Iomega's new drives for Windows® and Macintosh® users are hot-swappable and plug-and-play, which gives users the convenience of connecting the peripheral to a desktop or laptop computer without rebooting or having to install the device. With an optional interface module, Iomega's new hard drives can be switched between high-bandwidth USB 2.0 and FireWire® interfaces. Actual user transfer rates as high as 21MB per second (Portable Hard Drive) make the new drive platforms practical and affordable for editing video and image files, developing business presentations and working with large data sets.

Iomega® QuikSync™ software, which provides automatic on-the-fly backup, is included with both the Iomega HDD Portable Hard Drive and the Iomega HDD External Hard Drive. Disaster recovery software to back up and retrieve data, system files and registry information is also provided with both products. Iomega's easy-to-use software, which distinguishes Iomega's new hard drive product lines from other portable hard drives, provides for easy, fast recovery of data loss from virus attacks, hackers, power interruption and accidental file deletion.

The Iomega HDD Portable Hard Drive, now available at retail, builds on the ground-breaking Iomega® Peerless™ drive. Weighing only eight ounces (231g) in capacities of 20GB or 30GB, the Iomega HDD Portable Hard Drive's sleek design and detachable interface module combine high shock resistance with a mobile hard drive that is slim enough to fit in most shirt pockets and any laptop bag. The Iomega HDD Portable Hard Drive is rugged enough to withstand a drop from a 50-inch high shelf to industrial carpet - up to five times the drop height of other portable hard drives on the market today.

Pricing And Availability

The Iomega HDD Portable Hard Drive is available today. Configurations include the Iomega HDD 20GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive with a suggested list price of $199; the Iomega HDD 20GB FireWire Portable Hard Drive, $229; the Iomega HDD 30GB USB 2.0 Portable Hard Drive, $259; and the Iomega HDD 30GB FireWire Portable Hard Drive, $279.

The Iomega HDD External Hard Drive configurations include the Iomega HDD 40GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive with a suggested list price of $199; the Iomega HDD 80GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, $299; and the Iomega HDD 120GB USB 2.0 External Hard Drive, $349. FireWire configurations of the Iomega HDD 80GB External Hard Drive and the Iomega HDD 120GB External Hard Drive will be available for $329 and $379, respectively.

The Company can be found on the Web at www.iomega.com.

June 25 - Broadband Projected to Deliver the Majority of Home Internet Connections. Broadband Internet service, consisting of cable modem and DSL services, currently makes up about 30 percent of Internet connections, according to a recent study by Solomon-Wolff Associates, a New Jersey-based market research firm.

The study finds that dial-up services account for 64 percent of Internet connections, with ISDN and T1 connections accounting for the remaining six percent. Three years ago, broadband accounted for just over six percent of Internet connections. Both cable modem and DSL services have seen consistent usage increases over that time period. The study predicts these trends to continue, with broadband services accounting for more than 50 percent of home Internet service by early 2004.

"Broadband service is growing quickly because people don't want to wait for Web pages and graphics," said S. Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon-Wolff Associates. "As Internet sites become more complex with more graphics, pages take longer to load. People want a service that enables them to access sites quickly and broadband meets this need."

"A significant indicator is the satisfaction level of broadband users. Among broadband users, 34 percent are completely satisfied with their service, while only 25 percent of dial-up modems users are completely satisfied," added Wolff.

According to Solomon-Wolff's survey data, cable modems currently account for 20 percent of Internet connections and DSL comprises 10 percent.

"Cable companies got off to a much faster start with cable modems than phone companies did with DSL," said Wolff. "DSL service seems to be about a year and a half behind cable modem service."

The survey also indicates that cable modems continue to have a 2-to-1 edge over DSL service, despite the fact that of dial-up users who are interested in broadband, twice as many indicate that they would prefer DSL for their home Internet service.

According to cable modem users, Road Runner provides service to more households than any other cable modem service. Road Runner accounts for nearly 25 percent of all cable modem users and has the highest satisfaction level; 47 percent of Road Runner customers are completely satisfied. The recent merger between AT&T and Comcast combined makes them the second largest broadband supplier with 15 percent of cable modem users.

The data indicates that AOL has the largest market share of DSL users with a 17 percent share. However, BellSouth DSL, holding the third largest market share, has the highest satisfaction levels of DSL users. Thirty-eight percent BellSouth DSL customers reported complete satisfaction with their service.

The Solomon-Wolff study asked respondents to identify their brands of carriers and types of services. Therefore, the data shows the consumer's perspective rather than statistics based on carrier data.

 

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