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Daily Computer News and Rumors

June 08-15 2003

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

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to this index.)
Jun 15 Sunday Shopping Watch
Jun 13 Intel Researchers Move Advanced Triple-Gate Transistor Design One Step Closer to Production
Jun 13 IBM, Infineon Develop Most Advanced MRAM Technology to Date
Jun 13 Toshiba and SanDisk Announce Major Advances in Flash Memory Capacity
Jun 13 Micron Delivers Industry's First GDDR3 Components
Jun 13 Fujifilm Introduces New 512MB xD-Picture Card
Jun 13 Crucial Technology Offers Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro Video Card
Jun 12 Intel Delivers New Technology for Full-Size Notebook PCs
Jun 12 Intel And Sun Microsystems Collaborate To Enable Java™ on Mobile Devices
Jun 12 CorePROTECT Gives Viruses, Hackers And User Error the Boot
Jun 12 Apricorn Introduces Hard Disk Upgrade and Backup Kit for Notebook Computers
Jun 12 Actiontec Delivers New $39.95 USB Bluetooth Adapter
Jun 12 Newest Game Boy System Passes One Million U.S. Sales
Jun 12 ArcSoft Enhances Movie Making Experience For PC Users With VideoImpression 2
Jun 12 Don't Quote Me Compiles The 10 Most Popular Quotes For Father's Day
Jun 11 Intel Ships 1 Billionth Processor
Jun 11 AOL Launches Major Campaign Against Unprotected Broadband
Jun 11 Symantec Survey Reveals More Than 80 Percent of Children Receive Inappropriate Spam
Jun 11 CSR's New Generation of Bluetooth Silicon Pushes the Bluetooth Market
Jun 11 Macs come alive with ATI's REMOTE WONDER
Jun 11 FireWire's Spark May Have Returned Reports In-Stat/MDR
Jun 10 IBM Number One in Worldwide Server Sales
Jun 10 Crucial Technology Expands Flash Card Line
Jun 10 I/OMagic Expands Its Data Storage Line-up With New Combo Drive
Jun 10 T-Mobile Introduces Award Winning Color T-Mobile Sidekick
Jun 10 Autodesk Location Services Powers the First Wireless Car Navigation System
Jun 10 BellSouth Supports New V.92 Modem Standard
Jun 09 Federal Court Rules Regulation of Video Game Sales Unconstitutional
Jun 09 Broadband DSL Experiences Its Biggest Quarterly Increase
Jun 09 New Study Shows Majority of Broadband Users Lack Basic Online Protections
Jun 09 Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. Introduces Breakthrough Anti-Counterfeit DNA-Embedded Ink
Jun 08 Sunday Shopping Watch

 

Jun 15 - Sunday Shopping Watch. Happy Father's Day!

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

Weekly Comparison. A relatively laid-back Father's Day Sunday for retailers with fewer advertised specials than 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.)

Best Buy has switched to offering 6 Months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages, $100 mail-in rebates on all laptops; and 12 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages and laptops.
Circuit City is offering $150 mail-in rebates on all clearance laptops and desktop packages.
Office Depot has no ad for office products this Sunday..
CompUSA has 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases of $199 and higher, when you bring its Unadvertised Specials Ad to your local store.
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

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

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

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.2 GHz complete system
$379
-$100
Best Buy, Circuit City ($389)
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.4 GHz with 17" monitor
$799
-
Staples
2. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.4 GHz complete system
$979
-
Best Buy
Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP 3000 + with 15" flat panel and DVD-RW
$1229 (build-to-order)
-
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Laptop

Compaq 1.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$749
-$50
Circuit City
2. Best Low-cost Laptop

Compaq 2.0 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$899 (build-to-order)
-
Staples
Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.66 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD-R/W
$1549 (build-to-order)
Best Buy
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 160 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$99
(after rebates)
Best Buy, Staples
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$59
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
e.VGA GeForce FX 5200 128 MB
$99
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X multiformat DVD-RW
$299
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy, CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 52X CD-RW
$49
(after rebates)
Staples

 

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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.

Jun 13 - Intel Researchers Move Advanced Triple-Gate Transistor Design One Step Closer to Production. Intel Corporation
revealed new details of its advanced "tri-gate" transistor design this
week at the 2003 Symposia of VLSI Technology and Circuits in Kyoto,
Japan and said that the tri-gate transistor is moving from research to
the development phase. The design of this novel three-dimensional
(3-D) transistor will allow the company to continue to drive Moore's
Law and to deliver higher performance, lower power processors in the
future.

Additional disclosures were made on the company's research efforts
to develop digital CMOS radios using its low-cost manufacturing
technology process and to design low power, high-performance circuits.
Fast transistors are one of the key building blocks of
high-performance microprocessors. Since originally announced last
year, Intel researchers have successfully shrunk the size of the
tri-gate transistor (measured by the gate length) from 60 nanometers
(nm) to 30 nm. Transistors with a smaller gate switch on and off
faster, ultimately enabling faster microprocessors.

"Our latest research indicates that the scalability, performance
and excellent manufacturability of our tri-gate transistor makes it a
strong contender for production as early as 2007 on our 45-nm process
technology," said Sunlin Chou, senior vice president and general
manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group. "The results
place non-planar, 3-D transistor structures among the promising
nanotechnology innovations that we will use to extend silicon scaling
and Moore's Law well into the future."

Intel's tri-gate transistor employs a novel 3-D gate structure,
like a raised plateau with vertical sides, which allows electrical
signals to be sent along the top of the transistor gate and along both
vertical sidewalls. This effectively triples the space available for
electrical signals to travel, like turning a one-lane road into a
three-lane highway, but without taking up more area. This gives the
tri-gate transistor much higher performance than today's planar (flat)
transistors.

Intel's tri-gate transistor is designed so that it can be
manufactured in high volume, a factor that will be key in moving it
from the development stage into production. The tri-gate transistor
design also addresses the growing current leakage problem that the
industry faces as CMOS devices are made ever smaller. Due to its
unique structure, the tri-gate transistor's leakage is far less than
that of a planar transistor of the same size. Intel has moved the
tri-gate transistor design from research to the development phase, and
experimental devices have been successfully manufactured at Intel's
300-mm wafer fabrication facility (Fab D1C) in Hillsboro, Ore.

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

Jun 13 - IBM, Infineon Develop Most Advanced MRAM Technology to Date. IBM and Infineon Technologies AG (FSE/NYSE: IFX) today announced they have developed the most advanced Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM) technology to date by integrating magnetic memory components into a high-performance logic base.

Today's announcement could accelerate the commercialization of MRAM, a breakthrough memory technology with the potential to begin replacing some of today's memory technologies as early as 2005. MRAM could lead to 'instant on' computers, allowing users to turn computers on and off as quickly as a light switch.

At the VLSI Symposia taking place here this week, IBM and Infineon are presenting their high-speed 128Kbit MRAM core. It is fabricated with a 0.18 micron logic-based process technology, the smallest size reported to date for MRAM technology. This small base enabled IBM and Infineon to incorporate the smallest MRAM memory-cell size of 1.4 square microns, which is about 20 million times smaller than the average pencil eraser top. By accurately patterning the magnetic structures within this small cell, IBM and Infineon researchers were able to control the memory reading and writing operations.

A memory technology that uses magnetic, rather than electronic, charges to store bits of data, MRAM could significantly improve portable computing products by storing more information, accessing it faster and using less battery power than the electronic memory used today. MRAM combines the best features of today's common memory technologies: the storage capacity and low-cost of Dynamic RAM (DRAM), the high speed of Static RAM (SRAM), and the non-volatility of flash memory. Since MRAM retains information when power is turned off, products like personal computers using it could start up instantly, without waiting for software to "boot up".

IBM's MRAM work complements its pioneering and ongoing development of advanced embedded DRAM memory, which is commercially available today and offers advantages over traditional SRAM.

"MRAM has the potential to become the universal memory technology of the future," said Dr. T. C. Chen, VP Science and Technology, IBM Research. "This breakthrough demonstrates that MRAM technology is rapidly maturing and could fundamentally alter the entire memory marketplace within the next few years."

"Nonvolatile memory technologies like MRAM will play a major role in technology lifestyle solutions and we want to be the number one semiconductor company in this area by having a product demonstrator jointly developed with IBM available early 2004. Together with Altis Semiconductor, a joint venture of IBM and Infineon, we will pave the way for production readiness of MRAM as early as 2005," said Dr. Wilhelm Beinvogl, CTO of the Memory Product Division, Infineon.

Detailed benefits of MRAM

The non-volatility attribute of MRAM carries significant implications, especially for mobile computing devices. Memory technologies like DRAM and SRAM require constant electrical power to retain stored data. When power is cut off, all data in memory is lost. A laptop computer, for example, works from a copy of its software stored in memory. When turned on, a working version of the software is copied from the hard-disk drive into memory, so the user can access it quickly. Every time the power is turned off and then back on, the process must start over. By using MRAM, the laptop could work more like other electronic devices such as a television or radio: turn the power on and the machine jumps almost instantly to life with settings just as you had left them.

Non-volatility can save power as well. Since MRAM will not need constant power to keep the data intact, it could consume much less than current random access memory technologies, extending the battery life of cell phones, handheld devices, laptops and other battery powered products.

The high-speed attribute of MRAM means that electronic products can more quickly access data, and MRAM's high-density means greater storage capacity.

For more information on IBM Research, visit www.research.ibm.com. Further information is available at www.infineon.com.

Jun 13 - Toshiba and SanDisk Announce Major Advances in Flash Memory Capacity. Toshiba Corporation and SanDisk Corporation (Nasdaq:SNDK) today announced development of a high density NAND flash memory cell structure that allows fabrication of 4-Gigabit (Gb) NAND flash memory using the 90-nanometer (nm) design rules. The new memory cell has a physical cell area of only 0.041 micron squared, and supports scaling to future generations of smaller feature design rules.

Toshiba and SanDisk have tested the new cell structure and demonstrated its performance and reliability. The two companies plan to employ the new NAND cell technology starting in the first half of 2004 with 2-Gigabit and 4-Gigabit NAND flash memory chips that will be manufactured by their FlashVision Japan Joint Venture production facility located at Toshiba's Yokkaichi Operations in Japan. Details of the high density NAND flash memory cell structure were presented at the VLSI Symposium in Kyoto, Japan, on June 11.

Toshiba and SanDisk are recognized technology innovators and market leaders in NAND flash memories -- the highly versatile, non-volatile memory that continues to be designed into a diverse range of products, including digital still and video cameras, mobile phones and PDAs. Toshiba, a principal inventor of NAND flash memory, has consistently led the way in promoting advances in chip capacity, while SanDisk is a leader in flash data storage card products and a pioneer in high density flash MLC memory technology.

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

Jun 13 - Micron Delivers Industry's First GDDR3 Components. Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU), has delivered the industry's first graphics double data rate SDRAM (GDDR3) components to ATI Technologies, Inc. and NVIDIA Corporation.

GDDR3 targets high-speed point-to-point applications such as high-end PC graphics and gaming platforms requiring ultra fast data rates. This breakthrough technology can provide an aggregate bandwidth of 6.4GB per second per device, achieved with a 1.6Gb per second per pin data rate. GDDR3 is the fastest memory device available today. Fabricated on Micron's leading-edge 0.11 micron process technology, GDDR3 provides the highest performance in both per-pin bandwidth and aggregate bandwidth.

"Speed and power are two critical elements that can make or break high-speed graphics designs," said Terry Lee, Executive Director of Advanced Technology and Strategic Marketing for Micron's Computing and Consumer Group. "GDDR3 operates at 50 percent higher data rates while consuming approximately half the power of graphics DDR2. With these speed and power advantages, we believe the first applications to adopt GDDR3 will be high-end graphics, gaming markets and high-speed networking."

"ATI worked closely with Micron to define and develop GDDR3 as part of an industry-wide initiative, and we commend Micron for being first to sample GDDR3 devices," said Joe Macri, Director of Technology, ATI Technologies Inc, and Chairman, JC42.3 DRAM Committee, JEDEC.

"We are pleased to have the first samples of GDDR3 devices to test with our latest generation graphics processor," said Bryn Young, Director of Memory Marketing, NVIDIA Corporation. "GDDR3 provides tremendous performance gains that will raise the performance bar of next-generation PC graphics."

To learn more about Micron Technology, Inc., visit its Web site at www.micron.com.

Jun 13 - Fujifilm Introduces New 512MB xD-Picture Card. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc., a leader in innovative imaging and information products and services, today introduces the Fujifilm 512MB xD-Picture Card(TM), a high-capacity flash memory format for digital cameras.

The new xD-Picture Card will begin shipping to consumer electronics, photography and other retailers later this summer.

The xD-Picture Card format, developed by Fujifilm and Olympus, was first introduced in September 2002. The new addition to the Fujifilm xD-Picture Card is expected to meet the increasing consumer demand for greater storage capacity. The development roadmap for the product predicts an eventual storage capacity of up to 8GB in a single card.

"The rapid development of more sophisticated, higher resolution digital cameras led to today's announcement," said John Bock, Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Consumer Audio and Video Products, Magnetic Markets Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. "The great popularity and success of Fujifilm's line of FinePix digital cameras will be further enhanced by the introduction of the 512 MB xD-Picture Card."

The xD-Picture Card also minimizes power consumption to save battery life and provides fast read/write capabilities for smoother digital camera operation. Capacities of 64MB and higher read at a rate of 5MB/sec and write at a speed of 3MB/sec. PCMCIA and CompactFlash adapters are also currently available at local retailers, allowing the use of the xD-Picture Card in a variety of cameras and other devices from multiple manufacturers.

For more information on Fujifilm products, access the Fujifilm USA Web site at www.fujifilm.com.

Jun 12 - Crucial Technology Offers Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro Video Card. Crucial Technology, a division of Micron and one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers, introduced today the Crucial(R) Radeon(TM) 9800 Pro video card, powered by ATI(R) technology and featuring 128MB 2.86 nanosecond double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAM (SDRAM).

The next evolution in the high-end video card line, the Radeon 9800 Pro video card replaces the Crucial Radeon 9700 Pro video card with measurably improved cinematic-quality graphics for gaming and sophisticated CAD and graphic design.

"Tests in Crucial's performance lab show the Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro card delivers a 22 percent performance gain over the 9700 Pro card when running 3Dmark(R) 03, a leading third-party graphics benchmarking software," said Crucial Technical Support Manager Mike Sanor. "That is an incredible jump in performance and results in some of the fastest, most life-like graphics achievable on computers today."

The Crucial Radeon 9800 Pro video card features 400MHz core clock speed, 128MB 2.86 nanosecond DDR SDRAM, 256-bit memory interface, dual-display capability, DVI-I output, six-foot S-video and RCA cables, a DVI to CRT converter, an S-video to RCA converter, DirectX(R) 9 support, and AGP 8X support.

The video card is available on Crucial's Web site at www.crucial.com and is currently priced at $399.99. All Crucial video cards come with a multilingual user guide, limited lifetime warranty, free second-day shipping within the contiguous U.S. on qualified orders, and Crucial's renowned customer service and technical support.

Jun 12 - Intel Delivers New Technology for Full-Size Notebook PCs. Intel
Corporation today introduced new mobile processors and chipsets for
transportable notebook PCs. These systems offer near-desktop features,
including high performance, larger screens, full size keyboards and
multiple drives.

The new products include the Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4
processor, the Intel(R) Celeron(R) processor and the Intel(R) 852PM
and GME chipsets. The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor offers
frequencies up to 3.06 GHz, power management features that enable
lower thermals than its desktop counterpart, along with Intel design
guidelines and testing, which enable more reliable system performance.
Notebooks based on the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor allow users to
take advantage of processor-intensive multimedia applications such as
video encoding, digital media and gaming.

When combined with the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor, the new
chipsets deliver the advantages of Double Data-Rate (DDR) 333 / 266
memory capability at up to 2 GB capacity and support for 533 MHz
system buses. The Intel 852GME chipset features Intel(R) Extreme
Graphics 2 technology, which offer realistic 3-D graphics with sharp
images.

The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor is built on the Intel(R)
NetBurst(TM) microarchitecture and features a 533 MHz system bus and
support for advanced mobile power management including Enhanced
Intel(R) SpeedStep(R) technology, Deep Sleep and Deeper Sleep.
Additionally, Intel also introduced what are the final speed
enhancements for its Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor - M and
the Mobile Intel(R) Celeron(R) processor product families.

Mobile Processor Specifications and Pricing

Processor Enhanced Frequency Price in Target Voltage L2
Intel(R) 1,000-Unit Average Cache
SpeedStep(TM) Quantities Power
Technology
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Intel Yes 3.06GHz/ less 1.525V/ 512 KB
Pentium 4 1.60GHz than 1.2V
processor battery 4.5 Watts battery
(533 MHz PSB) mode $417 mode
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Intel Yes 2.80GHz/ less 1.525V/ 512 KB
Pentium 4 1.60GHz than 1.2V
processor battery 4.5 Watts battery
(533 MHz PSB) mode $278 mode
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Intel Yes 2.66GHz/ less 1.525V/ 512 KB
Pentium 4 1.60GHz than 1.2V
processor battery 4.5 Watts battery
(533 MHz PSB) mode $218 mode
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Intel Yes 2.40GHz/ less 1.525V/ 512 KB
Pentium 4 1.60GHz than 1.2V
processor battery 4.5 Watts battery
(533 MHz PSB) mode $186 mode
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Intel Yes 2.60GHz/ less 1.3V/ 512 KB
Pentium 4 1.20GHz than 1.2V in
processor - M battery 2.0 Watts battery
(400 MHz PSB) mode $562 mode
----------------------------------------------------------------------

Processor Enhanced Frequency Price in Voltage L2
Intel(R) 1000-Unit Cache
SpeedStep(TM) Quantities
Technology
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Intel Celeron
processor No 2.40 GHz $84 1.525 128 KB
Volts
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Intel Celeron
processor No 2.30 GHz $79 1.525 128 KB
Volts
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Intel Celeron
processor No 2.20 GHz $74 1.525 128 KB
Volts
----------------------------------------------------------------------
Mobile Intel
Celeron processor No 2.40 GHz $149 1.3 256 KB
Volts
----------------------------------------------------------------------

In 1,000 unit quantities, the Intel 855PM and Intel 855GME chipsets are priced at $35 and $45, respectively. Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products.
Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jun 12 - Intel And Sun Microsystems Collaborate To Enable Java™ on Mobile Devices. Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Intel Corporation today announced a collaboration that will enable rich, Java™ technology-enabled audio, visual and multimedia applications to users of mobile devices using Intel® XScale™ technology based processors.

As part of the collaboration, Intel and Sun will optimize Sun's Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) HotSpot™ Implementation on Intel's XScale technology based family of processors for mobile devices such as cell phones and PDAs. Sun will then deliver the optimized virtual machines (VM) to leading mobile device manufacturers. Optimizations such as this enable manufacturers to easily integrate Java technology-based software programs onto their devices and help to improve the performance of applications.

"Bringing together Intel's XScale technology and Sun's CLDC HotSpot Implementation will enable a new wave of mobile applications and innovation within the mobile device segment," said Hans Geyer, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel PCA Components Group. "The popularity and prevalence of the Java platform coupled with the high-performance of Intel XScale technology based processors is a powerful combination that will allow mobile application developers to create a compelling array of exciting applications now and in the future."

"The Intel and Sun collaboration will allow Sun's optimized Java technology for wireless devices to fully utilize Intel's XScale technology to provide a significant, high-performance platform to mobile device manufacturers," said Alan Brenner, vice president of the Sun Microsystems Consumer and Mobile Systems Group. "Java's momentum in the mobile device market is creating new opportunities for device manufacturers, applications developers and wireless operators."

CLDC HotSpot Implementation is a high-performance virtual machine targeted at mass-market resource-constrained mobile devices such as mobile handsets, pagers, and PDAs. Intel XScale technology based processors, including the Intel PXA255 processor, Intel PXA26x processors, and recently introduced Intel PXA800F cellular processor, provide a power-efficient and high-performance platform for mainstream mobile devices. This collaboration will deliver an optimized platform that will enable rich and powerful Java applications on mobile devices.

Optimizations to Sun's CLDC HotSpot Implementation that take advantage of Intel's XScale technology are expected to be delivered to OEMs in the coming quarter. OEM handsets that incorporate these optimizations are anticipated to become available later this year. This collaboration will also extend to future optimizations from Sun and Intel.

Sun can be found on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Jun 12 - CorePROTECT Gives Viruses, Hackers And User Error the Boot. CorePROTECT, a data security firm, has launched CoreRESTORE, a hardware-based restoration tool that eliminates system damage and restores a computer with a simple reboot. The FBI recently installed CoreRESTORE for use on its forensic desktop computers.

CoreRESTORE is a hardware-based recovery solution for PC manufacturers, desktop managers and end-users. It instantly recovers damaged operating systems, critical configuration files, applications and data. In the event of a system failure, for example a virus attack, a simple reboot restores a PC to its original state. CoreRESTORE minimizes downtime as it takes seconds to reboot versus hours to rebuild and/or reimage a hard drive from an external backup.

CoreRESTORE's patented processor operates independently of a computer's motherboard making it invisible to hackers or virus writers, making it invulnerable to attack. Unlike software-based restoration solutions, CoreRESTORE performs all protection operations and does not cause any degradation in system performance.

CoreRESTORE is a credit card sized controller that connects between a PC motherboard and standard IDE hard drive. During a simple setup routine segregated hard drive partitions are created that act as separate physical drives. The first partition contains an invisible persistent data area which acts as the protected portion of the drive. The second partition operates as a normal read/write drive.

CoreRESTORE's proprietary single chip processor intercepts ATA or Progam Input/Output (PIO) commands and provides intelligent read/write processing of all data sent between the motherboard and the hard drive. Critical applications, operating system, data and configuration files remain safely protected by CoreRESTORE. Meanwhile, volatile data is processed to portions of the hard drive that are allowed to interact safely with the outside environment. Saving and restoring the contents of the hard drive is seamless, fast and secure.

"Software-based solutions are never 100% effective against damage caused by viruses, hackers or user error. Companies must have an additional safety net in place to protect themselves, otherwise they're left open to significant downtime and loss of productivity, as well as loss of mission critical data," said Tim La Fazia, president of CorePROTECT. "CoreRESTORE is hardware-based and gives users the ability to turn back time by restoring computers' settings to their original working state, minimizing downtime, maintenance and worry."

CoreRESTORE is priced at $149.97. For more information, visit www.coreprotect.com.

Jun 12 - Apricorn Introduces Hard Disk Upgrade and Backup Kit for Notebook Computers. Apricorn, a leader in innovative easy-to-use portable data storage and transfer products, today released the EZ Upgrade Hi-Speed USB 2.0 Notebook Hard Drive Upgrade Kit. EZ Upgrade is a three-step hard disk upgrade system that seamlessly automates and simplifies the otherwise technical and daunting task of upgrading a notebook hard drive. After the upgrade is complete, the old drive can be re-used as a portable Hi-Speed USB 2.0 external backup system, ensuring that critical data is always safeguarded.

The EZ Upgrade process begins by sliding the new hard drive into the EZ Upgrade enclosure and connecting the cable to the notebook's USB port. In step two, the machine is booted from the EZ Gig II Data Transfer Utility CD which begins the drive-cloning process. Finally, the old drive is removed from the notebook and replaced with the new cloned drive.

"EZ Upgrade is the ultimate kit for upgrading Notebook Hard Drives," said Paul Brown, Apricorn President. "This all-inclusive package provides everything you will need to transfer all data, applications, settings, address books, emails, OS and preferences from the old hard drive in your notebook to a new drive in 3 easy steps."

EZ Upgrade is Plug-n-Play compatible, powered from the USB port and hot swappable. EZ Upgrade ships with a Hi-Speed USB 2.0 (USB 1.1 compatible) enclosure, USB cable, PS/2 auxiliary power cable, AC Adapter and Apricorn's EZ Gig II Data Transfer Utility. EZ Upgrade is backed with a 3-year warranty and toll free technical support.

Apricorn's EZ Gig II Data Transfer Utility includes two utilities on one disk: Clone EZ and Image EZ, creating one of the most powerful and user-friendly upgrade and backup utilities available.

Clone EZ creates an exact bootable clone of a user's notebook hard drive. A cloned copy is the ideal solution for upgrading notebook hard drives or disaster recovery.

Image EZ is perfect for users who want a compressed image of their entire hard drive or a partition. Image EZ compresses its backup image files down to less than 1/2 of the original capacity, leaving users enough space to backup multiple computers, or maintain multiple backups. Image EZ has password protection and includes a File Editor for restoration of files.

In addition to IDE and PC Card interfaces, both utilities allow users to backup or restore data via Hi-Speed USB 2.0, which is up to 40 times faster than USB 1.1.

Available June 5, 2003 with a manufactures suggested retail price of $89.00. For additional information about Apricorn products please visit www.apricorn.com.

Jun 12 - Actiontec Delivers New $39.95 USB Bluetooth Adapter. Actiontec Electronics today introduced a $39.95 USB Bluetooth Adapter that enables any PC or notebook computer with a USB port to communicate wirelessly with any Bluetooth v1.1-compatible device, including printers, PDAs, mobile phones, keyboards and mice. This slim, highlighter-sized accessory fits in a pocket and can communicate with up to seven Bluetooth-enabled devices in a 33-foot range, eliminating cable clutter on the desktop as well as facilitating computing on the road.

Simply by plugging the Actiontec adapter into a USB port, users can send print jobs to any Bluetooth-ready printer wirelessly, hot-sync any Bluetooth-capable handheld computer without fussing with a cable, and access the Internet wherever they are by using a Bluetooth-enabled cellphone as a modem. As manufacturers equip scanners, digital cameras and fax machines with Bluetooth power, those devices can be added to the user's wireless personal area network as well.

In addition, the Actiontec adapter can allow multiple users to share computer resources. Any computer equipped with the adapter can use the same Bluetooth-enabled printer. Documents, MP3 files and other data can be swapped between computers and PDAs, or between any two computers outfitted with the adapter. And a Bluetooth-ready PDA can hitch a ride on the same high-speed Internet connection as the user's computer for wireless surfing.

"Peripheral manufacturers are finally incorporating Bluetooth's short-range wireless networking technology into their equipment, but PCs and notebooks do not yet have built-in Bluetooth capabilities," said Dean Chang, Actiontec President and CEO. "Our USB Bluetooth Adapter is a plug-and-play solution that lets users immediately add Bluetooth functionality to their computers, get rid of cumbersome wires, and add new conveniences for mobile computing."

The adapter operates through walls and other non-metal barriers, protects users' data with 40- to 128-bit WEP encryption, and offers added security through password protection and the ability to set trust levels for remote and local users.

The Actiontec USB Bluetooth Adapter (MSRP $39.95) comes with a Quick Start Guide, an installation manual on CD-ROM, and a USB extension cord for easy connection to the user's USB port. It is compatible with Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP running on a Pentium 90 or faster with 16MB of RAM.
It will be available in July from mass market retailers and from the Actiontec online store at www.actiontec.com.

Jun 12 - Newest Game Boy System Passes One Million U.S. Sales. Nintendo of America Inc. is reaffirming the status of its new Game Boy(R) Advance SP as the hottest selling video game system in the United States.

More than 1.1 million units of the new self-lit, flip-top portable unit have sold in America less than 10 weeks after its introduction. The new model has sold at a rate of more than 10 per minute, non-stop, since launch.

To build upon its success, Nintendo is launching new color casings. On Sept. 8, Onyx (black) and Flame (red) will join the current Platinum (silver) and Cobalt (dark blue) systems.

Since its inception in 1989, Nintendo's Game Boy(R) line has become a household name as the world's most successful and storied video game system, selling through more than 150 million units and more than one-half billion games worldwide.

"In our industry, any product selling more than one million units is a certified mega-hit," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America. "For Game Boy Advance SP to outsell each of the home console systems is testament to the expanding popularity of gaming on the go."

Game Boy Advance SP is compatible with virtually all 1,300 Game Boy titles including a current 375-title Game Boy Advance-specific library that will increase to more than 500 by year-end. In addition, a growing number of key software titles link play between Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM).

Nintendo also is setting the pace on both the portable and console game charts. The highly acclaimed The Legend of Zelda(R): The Wind Waker(TM) for Nintendo GameCube, and both Pokemon(R) Ruby and Pokemon(R) Sapphire for Game Boy Advance have reached one million unit-seller status since their March launch dates, and represent the industry's three best selling games thus far in all of 2003.

For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site, www.nintendo.com.

Jun 12 - ArcSoft Enhances Movie Making Experience For PC Users With VideoImpression 2. ArcSoft, Inc., the leading provider of digital imaging software, today announced the availability of ArcSoft VideoImpression(TM) 2, ArcSoft's next generation easy-to-use video software. VideoImpression 2 provides consumers a full-featured software application, enabling them to easily create a movie with video, digital photos, text, transitions, music and narration, or a full screen slide show with photos, effects, and music.

Redesigned to improve the user experience and increase performance, VideoImpression 2 is now a step-based program, allowing users to effortlessly create both home movies and slide shows. Each step of the creation process is clearly labeled across the top of the program desktop, making it easy for the most elementary user to manage.

"VideoImpression 2 provides a broad range of editing features providing the best tools for users of all levels to design fun, exciting and creative videos in real time," said Todd Rumaner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, ArcSoft, Inc.

VideoImpression 2 Features Include:

-- Step-based, easy to follow user interface

-- Creates both video and slide show projects

-- Save as MPEG-1, WMV or AVI video to Hard disk.

-- Write a VCD for playback in DVD players (CD Recorder

required).

-- Output to VHS, or DV digital video tape (hardware required)

-- Record narration directly to projects

-- Both still image and video editing tools included

-- Add multiple soundtracks including MP3 files.

Retail version of VideoImpression is priced at $49.99, available June 1st at www.arcsoft.com.

Jan 12 - Don't Quote Me Compiles The 10 Most Popular Quotes For Father's Day.

1. "By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong." -- Charles Wadsworth

(1917-) U.S. author and artist - works include Views from the Island (1978); art is represented in many museums and private collections.

2. "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." -- Clarence Budington Kelland

(1881-1964) U.S. writer - credits include the short story Opera Hat which became the story line for the films Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Deeds (2002).

3. "A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." -- Billy Graham

(1918-) U.S. evangelist - founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in 1950; held weekly Hour of Decision radio program broadcast around the world on Sundays for over 50 years.

4. "It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." -- Anne Sexton

(1928-1974) U.S. poet - won Pulitzer Prize for Live or Die in 1967; suffered from a mental illness and committed suicide at age 46.

5. "Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." -- Bill Cosby

(1937-) U.S. comedian - first African-American to star in a television series, I Spy (1965-68); best known for The Cosby Show (1984-92); also performed at nightclubs and recorded comedy records.

6. "When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." -- Mark Twain

(1835-1910), (Samuel Clemens) U.S. author - wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Quote from Old Times on the Mississippi in Atlantic Monthly (1874).

7. "The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." -- Henry Ward Beecher

(1813-1887) U.S. clergyman and reformer - Protestant; opposed slavery; advocated women's right to vote; wrote Evolution and Religion (1885).

8. "It is much easier to become a father than to be one." -- Kent Nerburn

U.S. author and educator - involved in Native American issues; holds a PhD in theology and in art; books include Calm Surrender (2000) and Small Graces (1998). Quote from Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man (1994).

9. "It is a wise father that knows his own child." -- William Shakespeare

(1564-1616) English playwright and poet - lived at Stratford-upon-Avon; many of his works performed at The Globe Theater.

10. "Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!" -- Lydia M. Child

(1802-1880) U.S. author - known for her anti-slavery works. Quote from Philothea: A Romance (1836).

The Quotemasters at Don't Quote Me (tm) reviewed thousands of newspaper, magazine and Internet articles and other popular communications vehicles (including talk shows, recent books and radio programs) to cull The 10 Most Popular Quotes for Father's Day. The first annual listing appears above.

Don't Quote Me (tm) celebrates the written and spoken word and revels in the mastery of who said what, when and why.

In addition to monitoring other media outlets, Don't Quote Me (tm) also draws its expertise from the many daily visitors to its website, www.dontquoteme.com.

Site visitors can play Don't Quote Me(tm) online, search for fun and useful quotes, send customized e-cards and subscribe to a Daily Quotes for Free(tm) e-mail. The website regularly features the most popular quotes on subjects such as mom, dad, kids, baseball, winning, losing and having lots of fun.

Jun 11 - Intel Ships 1 Billionth Processor. In 1978, a "hand-held" was a transistor radio, computers were gigantic mainframe, immobile machines, and the Internet was a project by a handful of research scientists. Twenty-five years later, Intel Corporation is marking its 25th year of delivering silicon products based on Intel architecture, and data from industry analyst firm Mercury Research(1) indicates that the company has now shipped more than 1 billion x86 CPUs since that time, sparking a new era of computing and communication solutions.

"From the 8086 to today's Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor, Intel(R) Xeon(TM) and Intel(R) Centrino(TM) mobile technology, the Intel Architecture has brought the benefits of digital intelligence to people around the world, making it the most successful computer architecture in the history of computing," said Pat Gelsinger, Intel senior vice president and chief technology officer. "Best of all, it continues to incorporate new innovations and enable new uses, promising to further transform the world of computing in the years ahead."

Introduced in 1978, the original 16-bit 8086 chip contained only 29,000 transistors and ran at 5 MHz. The original IBM PC shipped with a version of the 8086, the 8088 in 1982, ushering in a new age of PC computing. In comparison, today's Pentium 4 processor contains 55 million transistors and runs more than 600 times faster at 3.06GHz.

1 Billionth Shipped

Based on combined desktop, laptop and server shipments, Mercury Research calculates that Intel reached this milestone in April, roughly 25 years after the debut of the first 8086 microprocessor on June 8, 1978. Intel's silicon is found in hand-held computing devices, desktop and mobile PCs, servers, networking and communication gear and machines such as point-of-sale terminals and medical equipment.

Mercury Research calculates that the next billion X86 CPUs could ship far faster than the first billion processors and could come as early as 2007.

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

Jun 11 - AOL Launches Major Campaign Against Unprotected Broadband. America Online (NYSE: AOL), the world's leading interactive services company, today launched a major educational and marketing campaign to inform high-speed users about the dangers of an unprotected broadband connection.

The campaign is based in part on recent research showing that the overwhelming majority of broadband consumers do not have the core elements of a safe broadband connection: regularly-updated anti-virus software, a properly configured and secure firewall, and, if children are in the household, active parental controls. The campaign will include both online and offline educational and marketing efforts, free media outreach, and briefings for policymakers and consumer groups.

In addition, the Company today highlighted several cutting-edge safety and security features enabled by its upcoming AOL 9.0 software that will help its members practice safe broadband, including adaptive spam filtering, a customized firewall, advanced anti-virus scanning, and enhanced Parental Controls.
Those features -- which could cost up to $17 per month if purchased separately -- are available at no additional charge to AOL members and work on any DSL or cable connection regardless of whether they use AOL's bundled or BYOA service. (AOL's integrated premium anti-virus offering costs an additional $2.95 per month.) AOL 9.0 will be available as an exclusive members-only download later this summer.

The company also said that it is now automatically blocking more than one million viruses each day from reaching its members' e-mail inboxes. This spring, as a free service for members, AOL began automatically scanning all incoming and outgoing attachments to members' e-mail each day for known viruses at no additional charge. If a virus is detected, the attachment is automatically cleaned of the virus, or, if the virus cannot be fixed or quarantined, the e-mail is returned to the original sender with a notice that their attachment was infected. The virus definitions are regularly updated and provided by McAfee Security.

A landmark study from the National Cyber Security Alliance last week showed that the vast majority of basic broadband households do not have the protections they need against the dangers of an always-on connection, and most consumers do not realize that they are at risk.

Two-thirds of the households in the NCSA study (67%) lacked properly configured firewalls; 62% did not have recently-updated anti-virus protection; and 97% of broadband households with children did not use parental controls. Only 11% of the households surveyed had all of the elements of a safe broadband connection. Despite those vulnerabilities, the vast majority of broadband consumers (86%) say they keep sensitive financial, medical, or personal information on their home computers.

Lisa Hook, President, AOL for Broadband, Premium and Platform Services, said: "The broadband world is full of wonderful things, but -- just like the offline world -- it can also be dangerous. That's why AOL for Broadband offers our users an easy and convenient package of features that can help protect them from the hazards of an always-on connection. With built-in defenses to help guard against viruses, Trojan Horses, hackers, spam, and inappropriate content for children, AOL for Broadband helps members practice safe broadband."

Tatiana Gau, AOL's Senior Vice President for Integrity Assurance and Chief Trust Officer, said: "Getting a basic broadband connection without AOL for Broadband is like buying a fast sports car without seatbelts. Why take the risk? AOL for Broadband includes core features like a customized firewall, anti-virus e-mail attachment scanning, and award-winning parental controls to help inoculate our members against some of the worst of the Broadband Transmitted Dangers -- BTDs -- on the Web."

Safety and Security Features in AOL 9.0 Help Members Practice Safe Broadband

AOL 9.0 builds on the existing security protections in AOL for Broadband with many new and enhanced features to guard members against the dangers of unprotected broadband. Some of the features in AOL 9.0 will include:

New spam protections: AOL's proprietary server-side anti-spam filters block up to 2.4 billion pieces of junk mail every day. In addition, AOL's antispam team is constantly working to develop deploy new technologies to help our members stop spam. AOL 9.0 introduces a broad range of new software features to help our members protect their in-boxes even better from unsolicited e-mail, including:

* Adaptive spam filtering -- that learns and seamlessly adapts to the type of e-mail that each individual member considers spam. For example, if a member consistently reports as spam e-mails offering deals on mortgages, AOL Mail will learn to automatically route bulk mail of this nature to the member's spam folder. Members can override AOL's automatic classification by clicking either the "Spam" or "Not Spam" buttons as necessary or choose to opt out of using this feature completely if they wish.

* New "spam" folder -- where suspected spam and unwanted mail is automatically routed, separating spam from a member's regular incoming e-mail and making it easy for members to review, report and delete their spam. E-mail marked by a member as spam will help the adaptive filters learn to automatically route similar e-mails in future into this folder.

* Word-specific and URL filters -- that allow members to choose specific words that, if found in incoming e-mail, will be automatically sent to the spam folder. For members wanting even more aggressive spam filters, they can also opt to have all e-mails containing clickable URLs directed to their spam folder, as well as opt to view only mail from contacts listed in their Address Book or Buddy List.

* Blocking images and URLs from unknown senders -- prevents images or web links from displaying in e-mails unless a user chooses to see them. This feature ensures that spammers cannot force members to see inappropriate or unwanted images or links just by opening the spammer's e-mail. It also limits a spammer's ability to tell who has read their e-mail by using hidden "Web beacons".

* IM Catcher -- helps members control "SpIM" (instant messaging spam) as well as spam. AOL's new IM Catcher feature will capture all instant messages sent from people not listed on a member's Buddy List and add them to a small list box for the member to manage at a later time. Particularly useful for members participating in chat rooms, the IM Catcher lets members decide if and when they want to view the messages or ignore them all together.

Customized Firewall: AOL has teamed with Network Associates to provide members connecting via broadband with a customized firewall at no additional charge. AOL's McAfee Personal Firewall Express helps members guard against hackers and unauthorized intruders by helping them build a barrier between the Internet and their computer. Options allow members to block access to sensitive files, financial records and personal data, with on-demand traffic blocking from specified applications, and the creation of an event record of intrusion attempts and unsolicited Internet traffic involving the member's personal computer.

Automatic Anti-virus Scanning: AOL automatically scans all attachments to incoming and outgoing e-mails to detect viruses and fix or block infected attachments before they reach a member's computer. The service is offered at no additional charge as part of AOL membership for both broadband and narrowband subscribers.
For added computer security, AOL also offers a premium integrated service with McAfee Security that extends virus protection beyond e-mail to the PC's hard drive to help guard members against infection from peer-to-peer file sharing, Web site downloads, infected CD-ROMs and disks, multi-media files, and more.

Parental Controls: AOL's award-winning Parental Controls offer a robust and flexible set of tools for parents to monitor and regulate what their children see and do online. AOL's Parental Controls allow parents to specify whom children can communicate with in email, whether or not they can send and receive Instant Messages and what kinds of Web sites children can browse. AOL 9.0 also includes several enhancements to Parental Controls, including:

* WebUnlock -- allows parents to create a customized list of sites that kids can visit while using AOL, in addition to the sites allowed though AOL's standard age categories. Through WebUnlock, children can request access to a particular Web site and check the status of their request. As always, parents are ultimately in control and can manage their child's access to the Web.

* Internet Access Controls -- provide extended Parental Controls protections for AOL members on a broadband connection. This added coverage prevents children from using external browsers or other Internet access programs like file sharing software to surf the Internet or access inappropriate Web sites.

* Online Timer -- has been redesigned to make it even easier for parents to customize the amount of time their children can spend online. Controls can be set by day, amount of time or by specific hour increments. Parents also can effortlessly control their children's time online with a new "Quick Set Option."

* Parental Controls via AOL.com -- means that parents can now adjust their children's access from work or anywhere they have Web access. It's like having a parental remote control.

More information about the National Cyber Security Alliance study on broadband safety can be found on the Alliance web site at www.staysafeonline.info. AOL can be found online at www.aol,com.

Jun 11 - Symantec Survey Reveals More Than 80 Percent of Children Receive Inappropriate Spam. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that more than 80 percent of children surveyed who use email receive inappropriate spam on a daily basis. In addition, half of the kids surveyed reported feeling uncomfortable and offended when seeing improper email content.

The survey, conducted online for Symantec by Applied Research, a full service market research firm, interviewed 1,000 youths between the ages of seven and 18. The survey measured young people's experience with spam as well as their concerns about receiving unsolicited email.

"As with any email user, kids are just as susceptible as adults to being bombarded by spam advertising inappropriate products and services, such as Viagra and pornographic materials," said Steve Cullen, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Client Product Delivery at Symantec. "Parents need to educate their children about the dangers of spam and how they can avoid being exposed to offensive content or becoming innocent victims of online fraud."

When asked what kind of spam emails they have received, 80 percent of the respondents said they are bombarded by sweepstakes messages such as "win a Playstation," 62 percent have received relationship-related spam such as "meet singles online," 61 percent have seen finance-related spam offering cut-rate mortgages or homes for sale, 55 percent have read weight-loss messages such as "lose 15 pounds in two days," 51 percent have received pharmaceutical sales pitches such as "buy herbal Viagra online," and 47 percent have received emails with links to X-rated Web sites.
Most importantly, about one in every five kids (21 percent) open and read spam emails, especially the ones with a subject line that interest them (16 percent).

Kids Feel Uneasy about Spam

The survey also shows that youths feel uneasy when seeing inappropriate spam email content. Oftentimes, they do not even communicate their negative feelings about spam with their parents.
When asked what their reactions have been when they see improper email content, 51 percent of the respondents said that they have felt annoyed, 34 percent have felt uncomfortable, 23 percent have felt offended and 13 percent have felt curious. When they feel annoyed, uncomfortable, offended or curious after seeing unsuitable email content, 38 percent of the youths surveyed do not tell their parents.

Further evidence indicates that not every child has a clear understanding of spam. Although 89 percent of the kids surveyed responded that they have heard of spam, nearly one in three still do not know whether spam is good or bad for them. In addition, 22 percent of respondents said that their parents have never talked to them about spam.

Most Kids have Personal Email Accounts

The survey discloses that most of the youths surveyed have personal email accounts and more than half of these kids check email without their parents' guidance.
The findings show that 76 percent of the kids studied have one or more email accounts. When asked how often they check emails, 72 percent of the respondents said a few times a week to a few times a day. When asked how important it is to always have mom or dad check emails with them, nearly one in three said it is not important, 21 percent said they don't care and 16 percent said they don't want their parents to check their emails with them.
Furthermore, when asked whether they get parents' permission before giving out their personal email addresses to friends or even people and Web sites with which they are not familiar, 46 percent of the youths responded that they do not.

Higher Internet Usage during Summer

Results of the study also confirm that kids spend more time online during their summer vacation compared to during a regular school season. When asked the number of hours they use the Internet, 44 percent of youths said that they spend an average of more than two hours a day online on a summer day, compared to only 23 percent who said they spend as much time online on a school day. Of the youths who spend an average of more than two hours a day online during summer, 75 percent mainly use the Internet to send and receive emails.

Tips for Parents

Since kids will be spending more time online during their summer vacation, parents need to increase involvement and efforts in curtailing their children's exposure to spam emails. Responding to the research results, Symantec offers parents the following tips to help protect their children's online safety:

1. Communicate with your children. It is important to speak
truthfully with your kids about inappropriate Web content,
such as pornographic spam emails. Encourage them to confide in
you when they see improper text or graphics.

2. Teach your children to never give out personal information
while surfing on the Internet. Malicious e-marketers target
kids for private information, such as their name, address,
telephone number and family interests.

3. Maintain trust with your children. Overprotecting your kids
may convey you don't trust them. Make sure they understand
your intentions for watching over them so they are willing to
discuss spam issues openly with you.

4. Know your children's friends. Even if you restrict your
children's Internet or email access at home, they can still
log on from places where you can't keep tabs on them. Talk to
the parents of your children's friends and work with them
together to provide a safe surfing environment for youngsters.

5. Check emails with your children. In addition, install
spam-filtering software, such as Symantec's Norton Internet
Security 2003, which includes Norton Spam Alert, a new feature
that detects and filters spam messages, to protect your
children from receiving offensive spam emails.

For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.

Jun 11 - CSR's New Generation of Bluetooth Silicon Pushes the Bluetooth Market. CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio), the Bluetooth wireless technology industry leader, today announced the launch of its third generation single chip silicon, marking a major step in the evolution of Bluetooth silicon.

CSR continues to lead the market by developing its Bluetooth solutions to provide increased integration, higher performance and a range of devices optimized for different applications while driving down costs. BlueCore3 is also the first complete implementation of the Bluetooth v1.2 standard (including all optional features of the standard) which improves coexistence of Bluetooth with other 2.4GHz systems.

CSR is today launching the first products in the BlueCore3 range, which will satisfy the needs of both OEMs and consumers and ensure that CSR has the technology to maintain its leadership in Bluetooth for the foreseeable future.
The two products demonstrate the two ends of the Bluetooth market: for enhanced audio devices, BlueCore3-Multimedia is the world's first Bluetooth device to offer a user-programmable DSP and enables new breakthrough consumer applications such as Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones; for low cost, high-volume applications, BlueCore3-ROM sets new standards for a highly integrated product that is both reliable and robust. Its compact size and competitive price makes it particularly suited to mobile handset applications.

BlueCore3 also implements v1.2's eSCO facility to provide the basis for advanced cordless telephony applications for Bluetooth. SCO is the Synchronous and Connection Oriented physical link, which transports voice across a Bluetooth link. Extended SCO (or eSCO) channels are error checking voice channels, which allow polled retransmissions. Raw data can be sent over SCO, and data rates may also be negotiated, thus improving on the current data rates for high quality-of-service connections. With this function, detection and re-transmission of lost or destroyed voice packets is possible with a minimum impact on real-time performance -- essential for high quality voice transmission.

In earlier incarnations of BlueCore, CSR employed a variety of measures to prevent radio interference -- these resulted in BlueCore being selected for the leading laptop and combo card designs. Over the last two years, CSR has been heavily involved in the development of AFH (Adaptive Frequency Hopping), a feature integrated into Bluetooth v1.2 that coordinates the frequency channels that both Bluetooth and other 2.4GHz radio devices use so that they don't interfere with each other. For this reason, CSR's BlueCore3 is even more suitable for a number of combo designs where WiFi and Bluetooth are required to work together in one product.

Eric Janson, worldwide vice president, marketing, CSR commented, "Bluetooth has indeed come of age, and our next generation of BlueCore is testament to that. The first two BlueCore3 products have been designed to implement the full v1.2 feature set and set the very highest performance standards available."
Janson continued, "BlueCore3-Multimedia is a good example of where the market is heading. It enables new applications such as Bluetooth wireless stereo headphones, bringing more functionality and usability to consumers and increased flexibility to OEMs and designers. BlueCore 3- ROM raises performance while shrinking power, size and cost to move Bluetooth functionality to within reach of consumer 'value' devices for the first time."

More information can be found at www.csr.com and the partner web site www.btdesigner.com.

More information about Bluetooth can be found on the SIG web site at www.bluetooth.com.

Jun 11 - Macs come alive with ATI's REMOTE WONDER. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today continued its dedication to the Mac space with the announcement of availability of its REMOTE WONDER(TM) for Mac users.

Available through ATI's website for (US) $49.00, the radio-frequency (RF) remote control now works with any Apple(R) computer equipped with a USB connector to access a host of multimedia application functions available to Apple consumers.

Similar to the PC version, the wireless REMOTE WONDER for Mac users works through walls enabling users to maintain computer access while roaming through their house, stage, boardroom or classroom eliminating the need to point the remote directly at the receiver.

With full built-in mouse control and programmable macro buttons, the versatile REMOTE WONDER creates a home entertainment environment by providing wireless access to Apple's core multimedia software technologies, including: DVD playback, movie file playback (QuickTime(R)), music playback (iTunes(R)), live presentation control (PowerPoint(R), Keynote(TM)) and Internet surf control (Internet Explorer, Safari(TM)).

"Apple and Mac have been synonymous with multimedia for many years," said Godfrey Chen, Director of Multimedia Marketing, ATI Technologies Inc. "The REMOTE WONDER leverages Apple's expertise and ATI's award-winning multimedia technology. The result is a whole new world of multimedia convergence and interaction on the Mac."

For more information about REMOTE WONDER, visit www.ati.com.

Jun 10 - FireWire's Spark May Have Returned Reports In-Stat/MDR. High-tech market research firm In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com) reports that the past year has been an eventful one for 1394. In the PC space, 1394a has been integrated into core logic chipsets produced by both Silicon Integrated Systems and NVIDIA and, the first PCs with the new high-speed 1394b standard were released by Apple in early 2003. This should lead to 1394b-enabled PC peripheral devices, such as external hard drives and recordable DVD drives, coming to market by the end of 2003.

"In the consumer electronics market, there were two announcements in the past year that should have a major impact on the penetration of 1394 in this market," said Brian O'Rourke, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "In August 2002, the FCC declared that, by July 2007, all TV sets with screen sizes of 13 inches and above must have built-in high-definition digital tuners, which will benefit 1394. In addition, the NCTA and the CEA agreed to mandate 1394 as one of the two digital interfaces between digital cable set top boxes and digital televisions."

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

-- PCs will be driven by the notebook category with 1394 growing
in both the consumer and commercial segments of the notebook
market. Growth will be modest in the consumer desktop, and
close to non-existent in commercial desktops.

-- 1394 growth in PC peripherals will be seen in external hard
drives and recordable DVD drives, but growth will be negative
in printers and scanners.

-- 1394 growth in the CE market will be seen in substantial
growth in digital televisions, set top boxes and DVD
recorders.

-- The automotive market will see the first penetration of 1394
networks in the aftermarket in Japan over the next three
years, with factory-installed networks debuting in 2006.

In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com) offers a broad range of information resources and analytical assets.

Jun 10 - IBM Number One in Worldwide Server Sales. IBM today announced it is the number one server vendor in the world, according to just released Gartner Dataquest Server Quarterly Statistics for the first quarter of 2003 as compared to the same quarter last year.

IBM captured 30 percent revenue share worldwide and was the only vendor in the top three to grow revenue and gain share year over year.

According to Gartner, worldwide server revenue was down one percent in the first quarter compared to the same period a year earlier. Despite this, Gartner's analysis shows IBM increasing worldwide server revenues by 8 percent, a gain of 2.5 points of share over the same quarter a year earlier.

In UNIX servers, IBM was the only vendor in the top three to grow revenue. The Gartner study shows that IBM gained 5.7 points of share and grew revenue 19 percent in the first quarter based on year to year revenue growth.

According to Gartner, IBM grew worldwide Intel server revenue by 21 percent and gained 1.3 points of share in the first quarter as compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

Gartner also found that IBM was number one and the fastest growing in Linux servers with 32.4 percent worldwide revenue share, an increase of 1 point of share and 55 percent growth in the first quarter compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

About IBM

IBM is the largest server vendor in the world. For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com.

Jun 10 - Crucial Technology Expands Flash Card Line. Crucial Technology, a division of Micron and one of the world's largest direct memory upgrade providers, today introduced three new flash memory cards.
Crucial now offers Lexar Media's SmartMedia(TM), SecureDigital(TM), and Memory Stick(R) flash cards to round out its existing line of Crucial(R) CompactFlash(TM) and MultiMediaCard(TM) flash memory. These small, removable flash memory cards can be used in a variety of electronic devices including digital cameras, handheld computers, and digital music players.

"As the popularity of electronic devices such as digital cameras and handheld computers grows, so is the demand for a variety of high-density flash card formats," said Crucial Technology General Manager Fred Waddel. "We now offer our customers the selection of flash card formats they want, along with the quality and first-class customer support they expect from Crucial."

In addition to Crucial's CompactFlash and MultiMediaCard flash card lines, Crucial now offers the following formats:

SmartMedia

-- 64MB, 128MB

-- Current prices range from: $25.99 to $39.99

SecureDigital

-- 64MB, 128MB, 256MB, and 512MB

-- Current prices range from: $37.99 to $308.99

Memory Stick

-- 64MB, 128MB

-- Current prices range from: $39.99 to $52.99

The new flash memory cards are available on Crucial's Web site at www.crucial.com. They come with free second-day shipping within the contiguous U.S. on qualified orders, Crucial's 30-day money-back guarantee, and the manufacturer's five-year limited customer-satisfaction warranty.

Jun 10 - I/OMagic Expands Its Data Storage Line-up With New Combo Drive. I/OMagic Corporation (OTCBB: IOMG), a leading developer and marketer of data storage and digital entertainment devices, announced today that it has expanded its product line-up with the launch of its latest combination device -- the "CD-RW & DVD-ROM Combo" drive.

The "CD-RW & DVD-ROM Combo" is a 48x24x48/16x combination drive that reads all popular DVD and CD formats, has the ability to archive data or create personalized music CDs and allows users to watch their favorite DVDs with the highest quality in sound and video.

"This new internal device integrates the features of a high speed CD-RW drive with the versatility of a DVD-ROM drive at an exceptional price point," said Tony Andrews, vice president of Engineering and Product Development for I/OMagic Corporation. "It's ideal for users that want to save space, yet transform their computer into a digital video entertainment system."

The "CD-RW & DVD-ROM Combo" writes CD-R at 48x, rewrites CD-RW at 24x, reads CDs at 48x and reads DVD at 16x. It is the perfect solution for file archiving and storage of digital photographs. This drive has automatic media selection for CD, CD-R and CD-RW. The "CD-RW & DVD-ROM Combo" allows for the creation of MP3, audio, video and data CDs, and the ability to watch movies on a users' home computer. The "CD-RW & DVD-ROM Combo" is Windows XP, 2000, Me, 98 and 95 plug 'n play compatible.

The I/OMagic "CD-RW & DVD-ROM Combo" has an introductory price of $99.99 and is being launched through currently available through Circuit City stores. For more information, visit the I/OMagic Web site at www.iomagic.com.

Jun10 - T-Mobile Introduces Award Winning Color T-Mobile Sidekick. The highly anticipated color version of the award winning T-Mobile Sidekick(TM) becomes available to T-Mobile USA customers Friday, boasting a new color screen, AOL(R) Mail functionality and new monthly service options. Based on Danger, Inc.'s hiptop(R) Wireless Solution, the one-of-a-kind device has stirred up a frenzy among loyal consumers and celebrities alike as the ultimate communication device.

The T-Mobile Sidekick allows customers to surf the Web, chat using the AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) (AIM(R)) service, send and receive email, play games, exchange mobile snapshots and talk it up with friends -- all from a single device. Beginning tomorrow consumers can purchase the new color version of the T-Mobile Sidekick for $299.99 by calling 1-800-TMOBILE or visiting their nearest CompUSA store.

The new screen features 65,000 vibrant colors giving customers the ultimate web browsing experience. The color screen swivels up to showcase a full QWERTY keyboard that complements the T-Mobile Sidekick's instant messaging capabilities. A fully integrated version of AIM(R) and the ability to keep instant messaging (IM) active in the background while surfing the web have made instant messaging the 'killer app' among T-Mobile Sidekick users.
Additionally, customers can now send and receive email from their AOL(R) email account, through the T-Mobile Sidekick's Web browser, in addition to three other POP3 email accounts via the device's integrated email application.

"The early success of the T-Mobile Sidekick really speaks to the device's innovative design and simple user interface -- it's the ultimate way to communicate whether it's by voice, email or AIM," said Nick Sears, vice president of consumer products for T-Mobile USA, Inc. "Now with a color screen and simple rate plans, there's never been a better time to get a T-Mobile Sidekick and see for yourself what the buzz is all about."

Consistent with its Get More(R) promise, T-Mobile announced new rate plans, giving customers more flexibility to select the rate plan that meets their T-Mobile Sidekick usage needs specifically. New and existing T-Mobile Sidekick customers can now sign up on any T-Mobile voice plan and add unlimited email, Web browsing, AIM(R) and text messaging for $20 a month.
Customers who want to use just the device's powerful data functionality can get a stand-alone plan that includes unlimited email, Web browsing, AIM(R) and text messaging for $29.99 a month, with voice calls billed on a pay as you go basis for just .20 cents a minute, with domestic long distance and roaming included.

For more information, visit the company web site at www.t-mobile.com.

Jun 10 - Autodesk Location Services Powers the First Wireless Car Navigation System. Autodesk Location Services, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (Nasdaq:ADSK), today announced it has provided Fiat division Targa Infomobility with the technology behind the location services available via the first commercially available wireless car navigation system now being offered with the latest Fiat Punto model.

The new CONNECT Off Board Navigation (OBN) system is part of Targa Infomobility's bCONNECT offerings, and it features such services as maps, driving directions and real-time traffic information as well as weather and concierge services. This integrated GPS/GSM system is the first device that does not use CD-ROM maps for navigation because all of the information is sent out by a centralized system at the Targa Infomobility Milan Service Centre, adding convenience and lowering costs to consumers. This centralized set up also enables the information to be offered in 12 different languages.

"This comprehensive service revolutionizes the field of off-board telematics by offering drivers wireless navigation data that eliminates the need for cumbersome CD-ROMs," said Joe Astroth, executive vice president of Autodesk Location Services. "The CONNECT OBN is another great example of Autodesk Location Services and Targa Infomobility teaming to deliver end-users with mobile information at the point and moment of need."

The navigation system can be set in two ways: customers can manually input requests by using a keypad or simply press the green bCONNECT key in order to have it done by an operator. In both cases, the route is downloaded onto the display screen so that the user can follow pictogram instructions on the screen and voice commands. Because the CONNECT OBN provides users with a constantly updated, comprehensive map of Europe, users no longer need to purchase costly CD-ROMs whenever they travel to another country within Europe. They can also avoid the cost of update CD-ROMs that include the latest road information.

The new CONNECT OBN system complements all of the bCONNECT services offered by Targa Infomobility and powered by Autodesk Location Services. These include an on-board navigation system available in various Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Maserati models and location services available via mobile phones and PDAs. The partnership between Targa Infomobility and Autodesk Location Services began in early 2001, and currently there are more than 20,000 bCONNECT service subscribers in Europe.

About Autodesk Location Services

Autodesk Location Services (www.autodesk.com/locationservices), a division of Autodesk, Inc. provides wireless network operators and enterprises worldwide with a robust solution for location enabled wireless services.

Jun 10 - BellSouth Supports New V.92 Modem Standard. BellSouth (NYSE: BLS) today announced that customers of its dial-up Internet service, BellSouth(R) Internet Service, now benefit from BellSouth's support of the V.92 modem standard.

V.92 is a new industry standard for dial-up communications that delivers improvements over the previous V.90 standard and makes Internet dial-up communications faster, easier and more enjoyable.

Support of V.92 enables BellSouth's dial-up Internet customers to enjoy faster downloading with enhanced compression of data, the ability to temporarily place Internet connections on hold while taking or placing a phone call and quicker connection times between the modem and the Internet. These new features are available throughout the BellSouth region at no additional cost for BellSouth Internet Service customers. Customers only need a V.92 capable dial-up modem to take advantage of these new enhancements.

"While BellSouth has seen continued growth with high-speed DSL, dial-up is still widely used by many of our customers to access e-mail and the Internet," said Michael Bowling, vice president of Marketing for BellSouth Internet Services. "By supporting the V.92 standard, BellSouth delivers even more value and flexibility for BellSouth Internet Service customers. These enhancements are yet another example of BellSouth's commitment to answering customer needs with solutions that positively impact their daily Internet activities."

Through support of the V.92 dial-up standard, BellSouth is able to provide V.44 data compression. V.44 is a new compression technique that transmits information over the Internet more quickly by compressing more data into each transmitted data packet. Compression increases the effective speed of a user's connection. This feature can result in faster Web browsing and file downloads using V.92 capable modems.

Modem-on-Hold allows users to receive or place a phone call while online without using a second phone line. The Internet connection can be halted for approximately three minutes. If the customer subscribes to both Call Waiting and Caller ID, the incoming call information can be displayed on the computer monitor.

Quick Connect reduces the time it takes for the modem to establish an Internet connection versus connecting with the older V.90 modem standard. Subsequent calls to the same dial-up number using the same line will receive quicker connection times since V.92 capable modems are capable of storing and recalling connection data.

BellSouth has published a FAQ guide that helps customers determine if they have a V.92 capable modem or can upgrade their current modem to the V.92 standard. The guide also outlines how to configure modems for the new features if needed and which modems performed best during tests by BellSouth. These technical guidelines are available in the FAQ document available online at www.home.bellsouth.net/V92.

Jun 09 - Federal Court Rules Regulation of Video Game Sales Unconstitutional. The Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) hailed today's unanimous decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit finding that video games are a constitutionally protected form of expression and that government cannot legally enact laws regulating the sale of violent video games to minors.

"This decision is a total and unambiguous affirmation of our position that video games have the same constitutional status as a painting, a film, or a book," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the IDSA. "The decision sends a powerful signal to government at all levels that efforts to regulate consumers' access to the creative and expressive content found in video games will not be tolerated."

The ruling struck down a St. Louis County law that sought to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The case was filed by the IDSA; The Missouri Retailers Association; The Video Software Dealers Association; The American Amusement Machine Association; The Amusement & Music Operators Association; The Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association; BFC Enterprises, Inc.; J.S. Morris and Sons Novelty Company; Vending Enterprises, doing business as Midwest Enterprises, Inc.; and Wonder Novelty Co.

In its ruling, the Court made three extremely important findings. First, it concluded that games, regardless of their content, are constitutionally protected speech. "If the first amendment is versatile enough to 'shield (the) painting of Jackson Pollack, music of Arnold Schoenberg, or Jabberwocky verse of Lewis Carroll,' Hurley, 515 U.S. at 569, we see no reason why the pictures, graphic design, concept art, sounds, music, stories and narrative present in video games are not entitled to similar protection."

Second, the Court found that the County had utterly failed to establish that there is a compelling state interest in regulating the sale of games to minors on behalf of parents.

"We do not mean to denigrate the government's role in supporting parents, or the right of parents to control their children's exposure to graphically violent materials. We merely hold that the government cannot silence protected speech by wrapping itself in the cloak of parental authority...To accept the County's broadly-drawn interest as a compelling one would be to invite legislatures to undermine the first amendment rights of minors willy-nilly under the guise of promoting parental authority."

Third, the Court was dismissive of the County's claim that violent video games need to be regulated because they have been proven to be harmful to minors.

The Court found the county's evidence, which it called "...a small number of ambiguous, inconclusive, or irrelevant (conducted on adults not minors) studies; and the testimony of a high school principal who admittedly had no information regarding any link between violent video games and psychological harm," to be unpersuasive. "The County's conclusion that there is a strong likelihood that minors who play violent video games will suffer a deleterious effect on their psychological health is completely unsupported in the record."

Lowenstein continued, "We hope that this ruling, coupled with a similar ruling by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a case involving an Indianapolis law seeking to restrict the display of violent video arcade games, will give pause to those who would use the power of the state to regulate speech they find objectionable."

Pointing out that the Federal Trade Commission has found that parents are involved in the purchase and rental of video games 83% of the time, Lowenstein said, "We've said from the start of this case that trying to turn retailers into surrogate parents is the wrong approach. Instead, of wasting taxpayers' money in court, we hope that public officials in St. Louis County and elsewhere will take up our long standing offer to work cooperatively to ensure that parents use the highly regarded Entertainment Software Rating Board video game rating system to make informed choices for their families."

Jun 09 - Broadband DSL Experiences Its Biggest Quarterly Increase. Global subscriber growth of broadband DSL for the first quarter of the year added up to a 90 percent increase over the past year -reinforcing its position as the fastest growing broadband market in the world. Now 41.3 million households and businesses around the world have a DSL connection delivering broadband speed and services, according to London-based industry analyst Point Topic. In the first quarter 2003 alone, the DSL subscription take up around the world grew 15 percent and continued to outdo every other economic indicator in the period.

Tom Starr, president of the international DSL Forum said, "DSL remains the fastest growing market in the world, heading for a global mass-market of 200 million subscribers by the end of 2005, even in the face of overall slow economic trends. Comparatively, DSL is also the leading broadband technology with 56.5 percent of the world's mass-market broadband subscribers, followed by cable modems (38 percent) and Gigabit Ethernet (4.7 percent), according to Point Topic data."

Japan and the USA now vie for the greatest number of DSL connections in the world, each with approximately 7 million at the end of first quarter. Worldwide DSL growth in the quarter was the highest ever in absolute terms, according to Point Topic figures, with 5.5 million new subscribers added. Western Europe and Asia-Pacific led the growth in numbers of additional subscribers, each adding 1.9 million more in the quarter.

The fastest growing region in the first quarter was South East Asia, where both Mainland China and Hong Kong added more than 30 percent. Western Europe is also growing more rapidly than the average rate, increasing the number of homes and businesses with broadband DSL connections by 20 percent in the quarter. Asia-Pacific only added 13 percent in the period, as growth in countries such as South Korea (which has already achieved more than 20 percent penetration--higher infiltration than any other country) and Taiwan begins to slow down.

Established in 1994, more information about the DSL Forum is available from its industry site www.dslforum.org. Information tailored to end-users is available on www.dsllife.com.

Jun 09 - New Study Shows Majority of Broadband Users Lack Basic Online Protections. The overwhelming majority of broadband consumers lack basic protections against the dangers of an always-on connection to the Internet, shows a landmark study released by The National Cyber Security Alliance (the Alliance), a coalition of dozens of online companies and government agencies dedicated to online computer safety. In addition, most consumers do not realize that they lack those protections or that their computers and personal information are at risk.

The study, conducted for the Alliance in the homes of 120 typical broadband consumers by technical experts from America Online, Inc., included more than two hours of detailed interviews and comprehensive system evaluations with each consumer.

The study results highlighted a major perception gap on broadband security. All though most consumers believe they have taken adequate steps to protect their computer and are safe from Internet-related threats, only 11% of the users studied had safe and securely configured systems.

Among the key findings were:

1) Consumers use their computers to store private and sensitive information

-- 86% say they keep sensitive health, financial, or personal

information on their home computer.

-- 79% say they use their home computer to conduct sensitive

financial or medical transactions on the Internet.

-- 48% have children under 18 in the household with access to the

computer.

2) Consumers believe they have taken adequate steps to protect themselves

-- 86% say the feel their computer is very or somewhat protected

from online threats.

-- 78% say they feel their computer is very or somewhat protected

from viruses and Trojan Horse programs.

-- 77% say they feel their computer is very or somewhat protected

from hackers.

3) Despite that false sense of security, consumers are not protected

-- Spyware - 91% of users have intrusion software (frequently
referred to as "spyware" or "sneakware") on their home
computers, much of it placed surreptitiously by music or file
sharing programs. Despite heavy use of those programs, 94% of
users do not know that spyware is often bundled with file
sharing programs.

-- Pornography and children's safety - 97% of parents with
broadband connections do not use parental controls to keep
their children safer from inappropriate content and contact
with strangers on the Internet.

-- Computer viruses - Although 76% have some kind of anti-virus
software computer, only half of that group has updated their
software in the past month. With 250 new viruses released each
month, 62% of all broadband users are thus significantly
vulnerable.

-- Hackers and Stalkers - 41% of users lack any kind of firewall
whatsoever, leaving their computer wide open to attack from
the Internet. Only 33% have a properly configured and secure
firewall, meaning two out of every three broadband homes are
not secure.

A false sense of security

Because of its persistent connection and ability to transmit large amounts of data quickly, a broadband connection can present dangers that many consumers are not aware of and which can be exacerbated by risky behavior such as using file sharing programs or downloading files from unknown senders. Dial-up Internet users are exposed to similar risks but to a lesser extent.

"Since the Internet spans all borders, we rely on users to help us keep it safe. By constantly being aware of new threats, each of us can protect our own information and help prevent the spread of viruses and code harmful to the Internet," commented Bob Liscouski, the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection for the Department of Homeland Security.

"Without even knowing that they are unsafe, millions of high-speed users are putting themselves and their families at risk by having unprotected broadband," said Alliance member Tatiana Gau, AOL's Chief Trust Officer and Senior Vice President for Integrity Assurance. "A basic broadband connection without protection can be the equivalent of a high-speed sewage pipe into the home, flooding it with viruses, porn, spam, and hackers. It is critical that every broadband user practice safe broadband with, at minimum, a properly configured firewall, updated anti-virus protection, and parental controls."

Orson Swindle, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission and an avid proponent for promoting consumer computer security recognizes that this survey clearly demonstrates that the job of awareness is an ongoing venture. "Keeping your computer, your personal information, and your children safe is something every American should take seriously. Not using common-sense precautions like firewalls, virus protection and parental controls is like leaving the door of your house wide open all night."

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, a safe broadband household needs at least three elements listed on the www.StaySafeOnline.info web site.

-- A properly configured and secure firewall, which prevents
computers on a network from communicating directly with
external computer systems and acting as a barrier through
which all information passing between the networks and the
external systems must travel;

-- Automatically or regularly updated anti-virus software that
scans a computer's memory and disk drives for viruses. If it
finds a virus, the application informs the user and may clean,
delete or quarantine any files, directories or disks affected
by the malicious code;

-- If children are present in the household, parental control
software that allows parents to regulate what types of online
content their children may access, who they communicate with,
and how long they spend online.

About the National Cyber Security Alliance

The National Cyber Security Alliance is a unique cooperative effort between industry and government formed as a result of the increasing need for computer security as an aspect of homeland defense to foster awareness of cyber security through educational outreach and public awareness. For more information on the Alliance or the Stay Safe Online Campaign please or visit www.staysafeonline.info.

Jun 09 - Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. Introduces Breakthrough Anti-Counterfeit DNA-Embedded Ink. Applied DNA Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB:APDN), a provider of proprietary DNA-embedded security solutions that protect corporate and government intellectual property from counterfeiting and fraud, today announced the introduction of the DNA-embedded ink technology in the Northern American and European markets.

With applications for a wide range of consumer and industrial products, Applied DNA(TM) Ink technology is an effective deterrent to the increasing number of sophisticated worldwide counterfeiters. Products that utilize any form of ink can be protected with Applied DNA Ink technology, which is cost-effective and can be used in any company's branding, product tracking, or anti-counterfeiting program.

This proprietary biotechnology, scientifically processed DNA Ink, utilizes plant DNA and is processed so that it contains a unique and specific authentication code for each manufacturer. The DNA-embedded ink can be applied to garment labels, printed onto logos, documents, currency, and a multitude of other printed media, or on any other surface. The printed media can then be tested for authenticity.

Applied DNA Sciences' anti-counterfeit Applied DNA Ink technology has been developed with two major components. The first is a uniquely stable and environmentally tolerant covert anti-counterfeit ink, which can be authenticated by laboratory DNA analysis. The second is an ink technology with a proprietary technique that allows for on-site, real time authentication, using the "instant detection" feature of the DNA Ink.
This instant verification process has been designed to quickly allow sampling at any point in the product supply chain. By applying a specifically matched testing buffer fluid across an authentic Applied DNA Ink surface, a biochemical reaction occurs between the coating of the DNA ink molecules in the ink and the buffer fluid. This reaction manifests as a reversible color change, with the ink changing color from "blue to pink," and back from "pink to blue" within seconds.

Applied DNA Sciences is able to create groups of DNA codes that are embedded into inks that become a unique and traceable tag or marker for any imprinted product. The propriety process structures plant DNA molecules that are treated to withstand environmental conditions (such as UV light, heat, solvents, etc.) that would otherwise cause DNA molecules to disintegrate. The specially processed DNA molecule is stable for over 100 years. Anti-counterfeit DNA ink is extremely difficult to copy or counterfeit due to the specificity of DNA sequences and the minute amounts of ink. In addition, the DNA concentration in the media is extremely low, which makes the DNA sequence unlikely to be detected by cloning methods.

Visit www.ADNAS.com for more information.

Jun 08 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. A really good week to shop for a computer or peripheral. All stores are having pre-Father's Day specials.

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

Best Buy has switched to offering 3 Months of free Earthlink with any computer purchase. They are also offering $150 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages, $100 mail-in rebates on all laptops; and 18 month no-interest financing on all desktop packages and laptops.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no-interest financing and $100-$200 mail-in rebates on all laptops and desktop packages.
Office Depot has 1 year no interest financing on purchases of $299 and higher.
CompUSA has 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases of $199 and higher, and $100 instant savings on all Celeron notebooks
Staples has no store-wide promotions this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

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

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

Best Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
1. Best Celeron Deal
eMachines 2.2 GHz complete system
$479
+$50
Best Buy
2. Best Celeron Deal
HP 2.2 GHz complete system
$549
Circuit City
1. Best Pentium 4 System
Compaq 2.4 GHz with 17" monitor
$799
-
Staples
2. Best Pentium 4 System
eMachines 2.4 GHz complete system
$699
-
Circuit City
3. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz media center with 15" flat panel and DVD-RW
$1429
-
Best Buy
4. Best Pentium 4 System
HP 2.66 GHz with 15" flat panel and DVD-RW
$1099
-
Best Buy
Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP 2600+ with 15" flat panel and DVD-RW
$1029
-
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Laptop

Compaq 1.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$799
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Laptop

HP Athlon XP 2000+ with DVD/CD-RW

$899
-
Circuit City, Best Buy
3. Best Low-cost Laptop

Toshiba 2.0 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW

$949
+$100
CompUSA
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.0 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1099
-
CompUSA
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1499
CompUSA
3. Best High-end Notebook
HP 2.66 GHz Pentium 4 with DVD/CD-RW
$1449
Best Buy
4. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 1.4 GHz Centrino with DVD/CD-RW
$1699
Best Buy, Circuit City
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 120 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$79
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 200 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$149
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128 MB
$149
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9600 Pro 128 MB DDR
$199
(after rebates)
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Verbatim 4X DVD-RW +15 pack DVD-R disks
$219
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X DVD-RW
$199
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 52X CD-RW
$49
(after rebates)
-$10
Best Buy

 

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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.

 

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