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
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.
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
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.
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.
no ad this Sunday.
CompUSA is offering no interest
financing for 12 months on Pentium 4 desktop and notebook purchases
Staples has no store-wide computer promotions
this week. Individual items may be on sale.
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices
to those being offered at DealTime which searches over 160 online
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made
by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
Most of these low priced desktops have no AGP video expansion slot,
no onboard dedicated video RAM, no CD-RW drive, and very few empty
PCI expansion slots. These computers will be very difficult to upgrade,
and they have poorer performance than other desktops that do not have
integrated audio and video chips on the motherboard.
Often by spending $200-$400 more for a Pentium 4 or Athlon XP based
system, you can get twice the performance, more features, and you
will have an upgradeable computer that will serve you well for another
If you choose the $700 Celeron/Duron system to save a few bucks, keep
in mind that in a year or two you will probably want to replace it.
About Windows XP. It has been a little over 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
Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Best Celeron Deal
Compaq 1.3 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Sony 2.0 GHz complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz complete system
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 1800+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ complete system
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
CompUSA, Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 32X CD-RW
$30 (after rebates)
2. Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 80 GB 7200 RPM ATA 133 Hard Drive
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
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.
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
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
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
"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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
-- 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
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
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
- 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
- 3 percent said that while they were not compensated directly, they
did receive some benefit for that extra time worked, such as extra
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
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
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,
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
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
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
"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
By simply adding MCS functions to the network, along with MCS-enabled
client devices, enterprises can extend the reach of the existing PBX
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
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.
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Models begin shipping this week and expected to be widely available
in July. See http://www.hp.com/products/pocketpc
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
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
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
"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
"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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