Computer Customer Service  Polls
Current Pricing
Save 10% on high-quality Crucial RAM. Order online at Crucial's factory-direct Web site. Crucial Technology, The Memory Experts.
 
Site Directory
Home || Computer Buying Advice || Online CPA || Site Search
 

Computer Buying  Advice

Online CPA

Free Email
(What is Free Email?)

InfoHQ Message Board

About Us

Data Privacy Policy

 

 

Subscribe to USA TODAY and get 33% off

33% off USA TODAY

 

0100_105C

 

 

Memory from Crucial.com
Adding RAM is the most cost effective way to boost your computer's performance. Upgrade factory-direct today with Crucial Technology.

 

 

 

Copyright© Notice

 

 

50 - 80% off Retail Price for Computer Systems
Click here

 

 

Click HereRecommend this page to your friends!!

 

 

 

Creative Digital Entertainment Sale!
Click here for Creative Lab's huge "Online Savings Sale"! Big discounts on digital entertainment products!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors

March 8-14 2002

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

InfoHQ Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to the Index.)
Mar 14 ATI Unveils RADEON IGP Integrated Graphics Processors
Mar 14 ViewSonic Introduces Wireless Monitor for Business
Mar 14 Minolta Introduces 5-Megapixel DiMAGE 7i Digital Camera
Mar 14 3COM Announces Wireless Bluetooth USB Card
Mar 14 Fujitsu To Introduce New USB 2.0 Removable Media Drives
Mar 13 AMD Introduces New Athlon Processor Lineup
Mar 13 AMD Announces Transition to .13 Micron Technology
Mar 13 Samsung Launches New Line of High-Capacity, CompactFlash Cards
Mar 13 Trend Micro Announces PC-cillin 2002
Mar 13 Minolta Introduces New 4.0-Megapixel Digital Camera
Mar 12 Philips' SACD Delivers Concert Hall Quality to DVD Home Theater
Mar 12 Another "Pro Merger" Letter from the HP Board
Mar 12 USB Remains King of PC and Peripheral Interfaces
Mar 12 F-Secure Works with HP to Secure HP Jornada
Mar 12 Nero Express CD-Recording Software to Define User-Friendly
Mar 11 Creative Technology to Buy 3Dlabs
Mar 11 AMD is Top Choice Among German PC Users
Mar 11 Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined in 2001
Mar 11 Xdrive Launches Macintosh Support
Mar 10 Sunday Shopping Watch
Mar 8 Mobile Technologies Could Impact War on Terrorism
Mar 8 VoIP Network Enables Customers to Eliminate Long Distance Charges
Mar 8 Cvision Announces Super-Compressed PDF Files
Mar 8 Winnow Optimizer, Tweaking and Cleanup Utility for Windows 98/ME

Electronic Gaming Monthly Free Year Subscription to Electronic Gaming Monthly!! While it Lasts....

 

Mar 14 - ATI Unveils RADEON IGP Integrated Graphics Processors. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: ATYT, TSE: ATY) has announced strategic relationships with the world's leading computer design manufacturers, who are currently developing products based on ATI's RADEON(TM) IGP family of products. The announcement was made at CeBIT, the world's largest technology show.

The RADEON IGP family is the world's most powerful, feature-rich integrated graphics processors for the desktop and mobile PC markets. The new RADEON IGP family includes five integrated graphics processors - RADEON(TM) IGP 320 and RADEON(TM) IGP 320M for the AMD Athlon(TM) and Duron(TM) processor-based platform, and RADEON(TM) IGP 330, RADEON(TM) IGP 340 and RADEON(TM) IGP 340-M for the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor-based platform. ATI also announced the IXP(TM) 200 and IXP(TM) 250 integrated communications processors.

The RADEON IGP family uses a 64-bit system architecture and 266 MHz DDR memory interface, and is the first and only integrated graphics solution to support ATI's industry-leading POWERPLAY(TM) power management technology. The RADEON IGP family employs a scalable architecture with AGP 4X support, which allows the user to upgrade their system with a performance graphics board, such as ATI's RADEON(TM) 8500. The RADEON IGP family is also the only integrated graphics family to include ATI's proprietary Fast Z-Clear technology that increases 3D rendering speed, TV-out functionality and HYDRAVISION(TM) dual-display support.

The RADEON IGP family incorporates a variety of award-winning RADEON(TM) features including ATI's PIXEL TAPESTRY(TM) and VIDEO IMMERSION(TM) engines. PIXEL TAPESTRY allows the RADEON IGP family of processors to create lifelike environments by combining the industry's leading rendering engines with an unprecedented set of 3D special effects. The chip's ability to process up to three textures concurrently means unsurpassed performance in accelerating multi-textured game content. The VIDEO IMERSION adaptive de-interlacing engine advances ATI's historic leadership in digital video and delivers features such as hardware motion compensation and iDCT (inverse discrete cosine transform).

"With over half of the market moving towards integrated graphics solutions, this growth sector presents an outstanding opportunity for ATI," said K.Y. Ho, Chairman and CEO, ATI Technologies. "With the feature rich RADEON(TM) 7000 core, ATI will be able to deliver integrated graphics processors with outstanding performance at competitive prices."

"IDC predicts that core logic chipsets with integrated graphics controllers will be sold in nearly 60 per cent of the new desktop and mobile PCs sold in 2002 and will generate $2.4 billion in revenue," said Shane Rau, Senior Semiconductor Analyst at IDC. "ATI's advanced graphics technology and support for both the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor and AMD Athlon and Duron platforms give it a significant opportunity to succeed in this rapidly growing market."

ATI can be found on the Web at www.ati.com.

March 14 - ViewSonic Introduces Wireless Monitor for Business. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today announced a wireless monitor that provides business users with access to data, when and where they need it most.

Targeted at business professionals, the airpanel 100 is an extension of the office personal computer, freeing users from their desks while still providing access to information that resides on their office PC, corporate servers or the web. The airpanel 100 is being shown at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany from March 13 through March 20 at booth B44, Hall 21.

The airpanel 100 offers the customer a combination of full screen viewing with the latest in portable wireless computing, e-mail, web access and server based enterprise applications over a wireless LAN or WAN connection. Featuring a high luminance SVGA TFT 10-inch touch screen and 800 x 600 resolution, the airpanel 100 offers a rich visual experience. The wireless monitor works in both portrait or landscape orientations and offers additional expandability including a USB port and two expansion slots for optional wireless LAN and/or WAN access cards. In addition, it comes equipped with a built-in full duplex microphone and speaker, and a jack for headphones and microphone.

"Gartner Group recently reported that the demand for mobile and wireless computing in 2002 will explode. ViewSonic's imaginative wireless monitor, the airpanel 100, is at the forefront of the wireless revolution, allowing people to have the optimum mobile computing experience from anywhere in the office or remote location," said Marc Mcconnaughey, senior vice president, Advanced Products Group, ViewSonic.

At 2.5 pounds, the airpanel 100 is a lightweight, expandable handheld mobile communication and information management product. The device features the "instant on" Microsoft Windows CE .NET operating system, a 206MHz Intel SA-1110 CPU, 32MB of Intel StrataFlash and 128MB of memory. The airpanel 100 leverages customers' computing investments with its ability to support multiple wireless connectivity options back to an individual PC and also supports multimedia capabilities, including Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player, and JAVA Virtual Machine.

The airpanel 100 will be available worldwide through authorized ViewSonic value-added resellers (VARs), distributors and systems integrators beginning May 2002. United States estimated street price of the airpanel 100 is $1195. For further information, visit ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.

Mar 14 - Minolta Introduces 5-Megapixel DiMAGE 7i Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation expands its digital camera line with the introduction of the new Minolta DiMAGE 7i.

Based on the award-winning Minolta DiMAGE 7, the versatile and stylish DiMAGE 7i features a 5-megapixel resolution, 7x optical zoom, and superior GT LENS technology, as well as more features and improved performance capabilities than its predecessor.

The DiMAGE 7i incorporates an autofocusing system that's 2x faster than the DiMAGE 7. In the program and the aperture-priority exposure modes, the Minolta DiMAGE 7i's shutter speed tops out at 1/4000s. The new UHS (Ultra High Speed) continuous-advance drive mode can take approximately 7 frames per second to compete with most professional film cameras.

"With capabilities and features previously found only on semi-professional and professional equipment, Minolta's new DiMAGE 7i is for the photographer looking for the ultimate in quality and control," said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "This camera targets the serious photographer and those who truly enjoy imaging."

The DiMAGE 7i features a 2/3 inch-type CCD image sensor with 5-megapixel effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 7x zoom apochromatic Minolta GT LENS with two anomalous dispersion (AD) glass elements for color accuracy and dual aspherical elements which, combined with a 2x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range. The optical zoom lens range 7.2mm - 50.8mm (equivalent to 28mm -200mm in 35mm).

The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta's exclusive CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by an improved electro-optical system with 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

The Minolta DiMAGE 7i features a 3-point wide AF system for fast, accurate focusing, a Flex Focus Point for precise control over the focusing area and a Direct Manual Focus (DMF) to make instant adjustments to the autofocus.

The DiMAGE 7i will be available to consumers in late spring 2002 with an estimated street price of $1,099. For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

March 14 - 3Com Announces Wireless Bluetooth USB Card. As a step in enabling personal electronic devices to connect effortlessly without cables, 3Com Corporation (Nasdaq: COMS) today announced availability in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) of its Bluetooth Wireless USB adapter card, featuring a radically simple Bluetooth Connection Manager software package and innovative antenna design.
The 3Com Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter allows mobile users to instantly share information (such as data files, documents and contact lists) among Bluetooth-enabled personal devices including notebook PCs, desktop PCs, cell phones and handhelds, at speeds up to 1 Mbps. Also, 3Com’s complete Wireless Bluetooth solution family is fully compatible with the industry’s first Bluetooth-enabled inkjet printer – the HP Deskjet 995c inkjet printer from Hewlett-Packard Company.

3Com’s Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter provides Bluetooth Connectivity to desktop and notebook PCs with a USB port. The unique rotating connector of the 3Com Bluetooth USB Adapter allows users to plug the device directly into any empty USB port, or through the use of a USB extension cable, positioning the device out and away from the PC to maximise range and performance.

"3Com is helping users benefit from the ease-of-use and interoperability of Bluetooth enabled devices by providing simple and innovative solutions that are compatible with production class Bluetooth products such as the HP Deskjet 995c Printer,” said Sylvio Jelovcich, senior director of product marketing of 3Com's Business Connectivity Company. “Furthering our efforts towards Bluetooth adoption has allowed us to be a powerful force in placing standards-based Bluetooth products in the hands of our customers and is making universal connectivity a reality.”
The 3Com Wireless Bluetooth USB Adapter, including the 3Com Bluetooth Connection Manager, is available immediately worldwide for a list price of EUR166. For further information, please visit www.3com.com.

Mar 14 - Fujitsu To Introduce New USB 2.0 Removable Media Drives. Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc. (FCPA), a leading provider of storage solutions, today announced an exciting product roadmap that includes 2.3GB- and 1.3GB-capacity Magneto-Optical (MO) removable storage products with the new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface targeted at consumers who require durable, high-capacity, cost-effective external storage.

Today's roadmap announcement expands Fujitsu's DynaMO product line to include an external model of its popular 2.3GB capacity MO drive, with three and half times greater in capacity than that of traditional CD-RW discs, to compliment its current DynaMO 2.3GB internal drives shipping today.
The new drives, the 2.3GB DynaMO 2300U2 and the 1.3GB DynaMO 1300U2, available this summer, also have the new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, offering end-users durable, reliable, and cost effective removable storage solutions for intensive digital audio and video, data backup, and demanding desktop applications. With Fujitsu 2.3GB MO disks priced at $30 (MSRP), the capacity milestone is particularly significant to meeting end-user demands in the removable storage landscape.

The reliability, durability and low cost of Fujitsu MO disk technology combined with the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface offers a significant value proposition to customers. Increased data transfer speeds and plug-and-play simplicity allowed by Hi-Speed USB 2.0 is well suited for traditional MO applications including audio/video capture and playback, system backup, archiving, and more. The new Hi-Speed USB 2.0 interface, that will be implemented on Fujitsu's new DynaMO U2 drives, allows data transfer speeds up to 60 MB/sec -- 40 times faster than the data transfer using the USB 1.1 interface.

Additionally, the two new DynaMO drives are fully backward compatible with earlier versions of Fujitsu's 3.5" MO disks (in 128MB, 230MB, 540MB, and 640MB capacities).

Visit Fujitsu's MO website at www.MOstorage.com.

Mar 13 - AMD Announces New Athlon Processor Lineup. At CeBIT, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today strengthened its award-winning AMD Athlon(TM) processor family by introducing three new high performance processors: the AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor 2100+ for desktop PCs, the AMD Athlon MP processor 2000+ for servers and workstations, and the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor 1600+ for notebook PCs.

"With these newest additions to the flagship AMD Athlon processor family, AMD continues to reinforce the benefits of competition by providing high-performance, innovative technologies that appeal to customers around the world," said Ed Ellett, vice president of marketing for AMD's Computation Products Group. "Our processors, with their outstanding application performance, reinforce AMD's commitment to providing our customers with the outstanding solutions they need in all market segments, including desktop and notebook PCs, servers and workstations."

As the world's highest performing desktop PC processor, the AMD Athlon XP processor 2100+ features QuantiSpeed(TM) architecture, which enhances the performance of software applications such as photo editing, visual computing and 3D gaming. The AMD Athlon MP processor 2000+, featuring Smart MP technology, offers a reliable, scalable performance solution for the server and workstation market. The mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor 1600+ incorporates the industry's most sophisticated power management solution, AMD PowerNow!(TM) technology, which is designed to optimize battery life and delivers exceptional performance.

"Compaq and AMD have enjoyed a long and mutually successful partnership, working on behalf of PC users, and we are pleased to extend that partnership today," said Brett Faulk, director of home and small office desktop marketing in Compaq's Access Business Group. "AMD Athlon processors complement Compaq's superior products to provide a rich digital media and entertainment experience for both the home and office."

Home and business consumers benefit from AMD's innovations by experiencing improved software performance. As a result of AMD's close collaboration with Microsoft, AMD processors are optimized for use with Windows(R) XP.

Availability

Desktop PCs based on the AMD Athlon XP processor 2100+ are expected to be immediately available from leading computer manufacturers worldwide, including Compaq Computer Corporation, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, and NEC-CI.

Availability of the new AMD Athlon MP processor 2000+ for servers and workstations is planned immediately from manufacturers worldwide, including RackSaver and BOXX Technologies, among others.

Compaq also plans to have notebook PCs powered by the mobile AMD Athlon 4 processor 1600+ available soon on a configure-to-order basis, with retail availability to follow.
For more information, please visit www.amd.com.

Mar 13 - AMD Announces Transition to .13 Micron Technology. At CeBIT, AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced that it plans to begin shipping AMD Athlon(TM) XP processors codenamed "Thoroughbred" based on .13 micron technology to customers later this month.

The move to state-of-the-art .13 process technology represents a significant evolution for the AMD Athlon processor family. With this transition, AMD expects its processors to deliver improved performance, lower power and smaller die sizes.

"AMD's leadership in manufacturing technology and outstanding design capabilities helps ensure that this small die will give us even more advantage in the future," said Bill Siegle, senior vice president and chief scientist, Technology Operations, AMD. "Our outstanding Fab 30 team in Dresden is already approaching mature yields for the 80mm2 `Thoroughbred' die."

On .13 micron technology, the "Thoroughbred" core of the AMD Athlon XP processor is approximately 38 percent smaller than the current AMD Athlon XP processor on .18 process technology.

"Our closest competitor's most recently announced processor on .13 micron technology is nearly 83 percent larger than AMD's .13 process solution," Siegle said. "Moving to .13 micron technology will enable us to produce higher-performing products while lowering costs, putting us in an even stronger competitive position."

By the end of 2002, AMD expects that all of the AMD Athlon processor family will be produced on .13 micron technology. AMD also expects to begin shipping its next-generation processor codenamed "Hammer," which uses a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) version of the .13 micron technology, at the end of the year.
For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Mar 13 - Samsung Launches New Line of High-Capacity, CompactFlash Cards. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., the world leader in advanced technology semiconductor memory, today announced that it plans to be a major force in the CompactFlash(TM) card industry and that it is launching a new line of high-capacity CompactFlash cards in standard type 1 format.

Samsung's new line of CompactFlash cards in standard type 1 format is now available in densities of 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB, 128MB, 256MB and 512MB. The company will introduce a 1GB CompactFlash card in the third quarter of 2002.

"Now the Flash memory market has the high-capacity, high-speed CompactFlash cards essential for the success of next-generation portable digital imaging devices," said Tom Quinn, Samsung Semiconductor's vice president of marketing. "Samsung is right on track to ensure that CompactFlash technology evolves to meet every need of this rapidly emerging market."

CompactFlash type 1 cards are the industry's most widely used digital storage cards. Their small form-factor enables engineers to design smaller, lighter devices. Their high storage capacity expands a device's functionality. This is increasingly necessary as digital camera resolution rises and MP3 players store more songs. Samsung's CompactFlash type 1 cards are also ideal for other handheld devices, including PDAs and sub-notebook PCs.

All Samsung CompactFlash cards are equipped with NAND Flash memory components and a controller that provides connectivity with a wide range of host devices. Samsung CompactFlash cards consume less than five percent of the power that is required to operate disk drives of the same capacity. All of Samsung's new CompactFlash cards support both 3.3V and 5V operation from a single power supply.

With the launch of its CompactFlash card line, Samsung plans to be a major force in the world's largest digital storage market. Samsung recently introduced the industry's first 1Gb (128MB) SmartMedia card. The company intends to maintain its leadership position in SmartMedia cards by being first-to-market with new cards in higher densities.

Samsung also plans to enter the MultiMedia card market in the fourth quarter of 2002 with the introduction of a wide range of high-capacity MultiMedia cards.

Flash memory is the fastest growing segment of the semiconductor industry. Market Watcher, an industry research firm, forecasts that the Flash memory market will grow 26 percent this year (from 10 billion US$ in 2002, to 16 billion US$ in 2003). Samsung currently holds a 35 percent NAND Flash memory market share and intends to be a major force in the Flash memory market by 2005 by offering cutting-edge devices in an extensive range of configurations and densities.

For more information about Samsung CompactFlash cards and other Samsung products, visit www.usa.samsungsemi.com.

Mar 13 - Trend Micro Announces PC-cillin 2002. Trend Micro(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq:TMIC)(TSE: 4704), a worldwide leader in network antivirus and Internet content security solutions, today announced the availability of PC-cillin 2002(R), the latest version of its award-winning consumer desktop antivirus solution, to help protect home users from the next generation of viruses and malicious code.
PC-cillin 2002 is a comprehensive antivirus (AV) solution offering an integrated personal firewall, wireless device protection and advanced detection and eradication for viruses and other malicious code threats. At US$39.95, PC-cillin 2002 sets a new standard for value in consumer desktop AV protection. It is available today for download at the Trend Micro Web site www.trendmicro.com.

"Trend Micro is pleased to be able to bring this market leading offering to home users," said Alvin Graylin, Product Group Manager, Trend Micro. "PC-cillin 2002 offers an all-in-one solution at an unprecedented price point. This means that for the first time, home users have a superior alternative when selecting their home computer security protection."

Leading Antivirus Protection

PC-cillin 2002 brings Trend Micro's leading enterprise class antivirus technology to home users in an easy-to-use and affordable solution. PC-cillin 2002 is designed to block all types of viruses, including newer threats that can be passed through Web sites, email, network servers, CD-ROMs or floppy disks and open doors to private or confidential information.
The product also offers security to prevent access to offensive Web sites and provides home users with a reliable and manageable antivirus solution. PC-cillin 2002 is compatible with all Windows desktop operating systems, including Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Integrated Personal Firewall

With the advent of DSL and cable technologies, computers can come under attack at any time, because of "always on" Internet connections. The integrated personal firewall in PC-cillin 2002 is designed to effectively secure the personal computer from hostile attacks and information theft, protecting the integrity of consumers' data and safeguarding their computers from hidden threats. This means that whether home users are accessing the Internet with cable modem, DSL or dial-up, they can be protected from hackers.

Integrated Wireless Device Protection

More and more home users also use a wireless device in conjunction with their home computers. Handheld devices are susceptible to viruses and other malicious threats whenever users receive email, browse the Web, or receive information via beaming or synching. In addition to providing protection during synching and device-resident protection, PC-cillin 2002 includes a real-time antivirus solutions for Palm OS and Pocket PC handheld devices, automatically scanning every application before it is executed or launched.

Pricing and Availability

Trend Micro's PC-cillin 2002 is available for download for US$39.95 at www.trendmicro.com. Home users who have purchased PC-cillin 2000 within 90 days of PC-cillin 2002's release date will be offered a free upgrade to PC-cillin 2002.
Current PC-cillin 2000 customers who made their purchase more than 90 days prior to the new release can upgrade to PC-cillin 2002 for US$19.95. To receive the full benefits of this latest release of PC-cillin 2002, Trend Micro recommends that customers with older versions of PC-cillin purchase a full version of PC-cillin 2002.
Downloads and upgrades will be available at the Trend Micro Web site at www.trendmicro.com or www.pc-cillin.com after March 12, 2002.

March 13 - Minolta Introduces New 4.0-Megapixel Digital Camera. Minolta Corporation expands its digital camera line with the introduction of the new Minolta DiMAGE F100, the world’s first digital camera with Area autofocus (Area AF) and Subject Tracking autofocus (AF) and automatic digital subject program selection.

"The DiMAGE F100 is the first digital camera to offer Area AF and Subject Tracking AF", said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing for Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products Group. "We call it 'Bringing people into focus' because it finds the people in the scene, locks on them, and follows them across the viewfinder. You'll get images so sharp that you'll never want to delete any of them."

The DiMAGE F100 features a 1/1.8-inch type CCD with 4-megapixel effective resolution. The camera incorporates a 3x optical zoom Minolta GT LENS for color accuracy and three aspherical elements that, combined with a 2.5x digital zoom, provides a compact lens design with a wide image capture range.

The image formed on the CCD is enhanced by Minolta’s exclusive CxProcess image processing technology to optimize sharpness, color reproduction, tonal gradation and noise to create clear and natural images. The wide dynamic range is provided by 12-bit A/D (analog to digital) conversion to ensure natural color and tonal reproduction.

Advanced technology makes focusing on the DiMAGE F100 simple and effective. The DiMAGE F100 is the first compact digital camera in the world to be equipped with Subject Tracking AF and also features Minolta’s Area AF. These work together to locate and follow the subject through three-dimensional space within the camera’s extra-wide focusing area, making the autofocus system ready to take a picture when you are.

Simply activate the Area AF system with the shutter-release button and the camera evaluates the objects in the extra-wide focus frames and pinpoints the subject. If the subject moves, Subject Tracking AF will adjust the focus to ensure sharp images; the active AF sensor is displayed in the focus frames and will follow the subject movement.

The DIMAGE F100 is also the first digital camera in the world with Automatic Digital Subject Program Selection. This advanced feature automatically selects one of five subject programs – portrait, sports action, landscape, sunset, or night portrait – to optimize the camera’s exposure and image-processing controls based on the subject and scene. This frees the photographer from having to evaluate the conditions and make camera settings for each new situation.
Pricing and availability were not announced. For more information, visit Minolta’s Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

Mar 12 - Philips' SACD Delivers Concert Hall Quality to DVD Home Theater. Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG) (AEX:PHI) has today launched the SAA7893HL, a single-chip solution which brings Super Audio CD (SACD) to the high-volume consumer market.
The SAA7893HL chip will allow DVD makers to easily integrate SACD into their DVD-Video players at costs which will open the large volume market, enabling consumers to experience sound quality superior to that of a CD from the comfort of their living room.

Philips is the world leader in laser optics for information storage. It is driving the development of system solutions to bring CD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD+RW recording and SACD to the high volume consumer price points. Co-developed by Philips, the SACD format represents the next level of audio reproduction -- clearly superior to the CD.

The SACD uses the latest DSD (Direct Stream Digital) technology to deliver superior sound reproduction to the listener, with the ability to render all the nuances of a live concert performance. This technology closely reproduces original analog waveforms, generating a clearer, more natural sound that is designed to capture the emotional impact of the source material with outstanding realism. Using a sampling frequency of 2.8MHz, 64 times higher than that of CD, Super Audio CD is capable of producing a truly pure, natural sound.

"As a result of breakthroughs in the field of audio coding, Super Audio CD is now accepted as the highest possible audio quality, both in the field of Stereo as well as in Multi-Channel," commented Jeroen Keunen, regional market segment manager of consumer and multimedia with Philips in Asia Pacific. "Large volume player manufacturers have announced that they are developing and shipping SACD DVD-Video players. With the SAA7893HL, SACD will become a cost-efficient `must-have' feature in the DVD-Video market and will bring SACD possibilities to the end-consumer."

"Philips' SACD solutions help us to bring the highest quality music to our demanding listeners," commented Katsumi Shimoguchi, general manager of Marantz. "SACD is based upon the Direct Stream Digital (DSD) technology which directly records and reproduces 1-bit signals, introducing less distortion compared with traditional PCM technology. The Super Audio CD format offers an unmatched capability to reproduce the original source with state-of-the-art fidelity."

Philips is located on the Web at www.philips.com.

Mar 12 - USB Remains King of PC and Peripheral Interfaces. The Universal Serial Bus (USB) will continue its reign as the most successful interface in the history of PCs, with USB 2.0 completely penetrating the PC market over the next two to three years and PC peripherals and consumer electronics following closely behind, according to In-Stat/MDR.
The high-tech market research firm reports that, as availability of bandwidth becomes increasingly important, USB 2.0 (capable of 40 times the speed of USB 1.1) is poised to successfully succeed the first generation USB standard, experiencing a 220% Compound Annual Growth Rate from 2001 to 2006.
"USB has definitely conquered the PC and peripherals markets since its introduction in 1996," said Brian O'Rourke, a senior analyst with In-Stat/MDR. "Today, USB connections can be found in a range of devices, from PC cameras to scanners, printers, digital camcorders and digital modems."
PCs will adopt the new 2.0 standard quickly and those enabled with USB 2.0 host controllers will be seen on the market in large numbers in the first half of 2002. PCs with USB 2.0 integrated into the core logic chip set will come to market in the second half of 2002.
Those devices which require higher speeds, such as external hard drives and external optical drives, should also adopt the new standard quickly, with significant numbers of these devices coming to market in 2002.

In-Stat/MDR has also found that:

-- Another new USB standard, USB On-The-Go, will come to market in 2002. Intended to connect portable devices without the need for a PC host, silicon makers are targeting applications such as PDAs, portable digital music players, and mobile phones.
-- Gateway has been the most aggressive PC manufacturer on USB 2.0. On Jan. 7, 2002, the company released the 700XL, the first desktop PC with a USB 2.0 interface. In addition, Intel has released two desktop motherboards, the D850MVSE and D845BGSE that support up to five USB 2.0 ports.
-- Consumer electronics will tend to convert to USB 2.0 more slowly than peripherals. One reason is that, for the most part, speed requirements for consumer electronics are less than those for peripherals. Second, consumer electronics tend to have more options for transferring data, including flash cards, serial ports, IEEE 1394, Bluetooth, and IrDA.

In-Stat/MDR can be found online at www.instat.com.

Mar 12 - Another "Pro Merger" Letter from the HP Board. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) Board Member Dick Hackborn today sent the following letter to HP shareowners and employees.

Dear Fellow Shareowner,

As March 19th approaches, I've spent a lot of time thinking about when Hewlett-Packard introduced the laser printer in 1984. Even though it was an instant success, there was some internal criticism that "this is not an HP way of doing business." Concerns were expressed that we were not making a contribution, because we were totally dependent on an outside company to manufacture the printer. Others were worried about the business model, because it was one they had never seen before.

Through it all, Bill and Dave would listen patiently, smile, nod, and then encourage us to proceed full-steam ahead. They absolutely loved the business. They didn't have to say it, but we knew it to be true: that if they had stopped every single time somebody told them they wouldn't succeed, they never would have made it out of the garage.

I think about that experience every time people ask me why I'm such an enthusiastic supporter of the merger between Hewlett-Packard and Compaq. It's in the best spirit of the imagination, daring, and determination that made this company such a treasure in the first place. I think it represents an historic opportunity for Hewlett-Packard to return to a place that we've been so many times before -- leading an industry transformation, gaining crucial market share, and improving the value of our investment in HP. That's why I'm writing to urge you to support this deal.

The one thing I've learned in my 40-year association with HP is that nobody is ever happy for very long working in an organization that's not a market success. While we are strong in some areas of our business today, we are not strong enough across our entire business to make the investments necessary to position us as a market leader for the future. I've spent the past three years studying every possible option. I've come to the conclusion that merging with Compaq is the best way for us to reclaim a leadership role at the center of our industry, while strengthening our company across the board.

On March 19th, you have an important choice. You can vote for the merger with Compaq, and preserve the legacy so many of us worked so hard to build. Or you can vote against a thorough and deliberative process, and send us back to the drawing board. Either way, you can be sure of one thing: our competitors are not going to wait around for us to decide.

I'm immensely proud of all the people who worked to build this exceptional company. I am asking you to support this merger -- not just for them, but for the next generation of employees who should have their own opportunity to build sustainable shareowner value.

Sincerely,

Dick Hackborn

Mar 12 - F-Secure Works with HP to Secure HP Jornada. F-Secure Corporation today announced that it is working with Hewlett-Packard to enhance the security of HP Jornada Pocket PC devices.
As the first step in the cooperation between the two companies, a free evaluation version of F-Secure FileCrypto for Pocket PC Enterprise Edition will be included in the sales package of the new HP Jornada 928 Wireless Digital Assistant (WDA).
The same CD also contains a test version of F-Secure Anti-Virus for Pocket PC for automatic on-device protection of the HP Jornada 928 WDA devices against viruses and other harmful content. F-Secure is demonstrating its latest security products at CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, Hall 6, E42.
Announced last month, the HP Jornada 928 WDA seamlessly integrates the functionalities of a full-color Pocket PC with those of a GSM/GPRS enabled phoned, allowing users to control voice, data, and personal information from a single device, while enjoying a completely mobile connection to the Internet.
"The new HP Jornada 928 WDA is an advanced business tool for mobile productivity. As device security is an important part of secure mobile business, we feel the F-Secure solution shows HP Jornada users that there are reliable, high-performance security applications already available for enhancing the security levels of their devices in day-to-day business use," said Emmanuel Klotz, HP Jornada Business Manager, Europe.
For more information on F-Secure handheld security solutions, visit www.F-Secure.com/wireless.

Mar 12 - Nero Express CD-Recording Software to Define User-Friendly. Ahead Software Inc. introduces its most user-friendly endeavor to date, Nero Express.
Nero Express combines the top recording capabilities of the award-winning CD recording software, Nero, with a new user-friendly wizard that simplifies the CD and DVD recording process with the use of "mouse over direction". Whether you are a novice or a seasoned CDR/RW user; Nero Express is your total CD recording solution.

Nero Express supports virtually every CDR/RW and DVDR/RW drive imaginable and is compatible with new DVD standards ensuring the user top-quality recording every time. Nero Express allows new users to feel comfortable by having an effective wizard walk them through the process of recording audio, video and data CDs.
Nero's patent-pending Ultra-Buffer technology provides a level of software buffer protection and stability previously unseen and unheard of in CD/DVD recording software. Taking full advantage of this technology, Nero Express allows multi-tasking on older PC's where before it was virtually impossible without a system freeze or ruined disc.

"Nero Express is the most complete and easy-to-use CD burning solution the market has ever seen," said Udo Eberlein, President of Ahead Software Inc. "Nero Express defines perfection by combining world renowned Nero with a new and improved user-friendly wizard."
Nero Express will be included in the Nero Burning ROM retail package and will be available for free for all Nero 5.5 users at www.nero.com. It is expected to hit the OEM market in Q2/02.

Mar 11 - Creative Technology to Buy 3Dlabs. 3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd. (Nasdaq:TDDD), announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq:CREAF) to be acquired in a stock and cash transaction. Subject to the terms and conditions described below, Creative will purchase 3Dlabs stock at $3.60 per share, with two-thirds being converted to Creative stock and one-third to cash, valuing the company at approximately $170 million.

The companies expect that the combination of 3Dlabs' technology and Creative's manufacturing, financial and distribution resources will enhance the development of 3Dlabs' planned products, which includes an anticipated re-entry into the volume desktop graphics market. Creative, a shareholder of 3Dlabs, has enjoyed a close relationship with 3Dlabs since the company's inception in 1994. The two companies jointly launched the industry's first 3D gaming board in 1995 and enjoyed significant mutual success with the Permedia 2 family of graphics processors.

3Dlabs will continue to supply, support and develop all of its product lines, including Wildcat(R) and Oxygen(R), with no expected disruption in supply to any of its customers. 3Dlabs will also continue to supply and support its chip and IP products to its embedded customers and will carry on its industry-leading standardization activities with OpenGL(R) 2.0, OpenML(TM) and embedded OpenGL in the Khronos Group and the Web3D Consortium.

"We see great opportunities to leverage 3Dlabs' high-end professional market leadership into higher volume PC desktop products that satisfy power gamers' insatiable demand for faster graphics," said Sim Wong Hoo, Chairman and CEO of Creative. "We have analyzed 3Dlabs' forthcoming products and technology roadmap and we believe that their development of a scalable visual processing architecture with new levels of programmability and flexibility will provide a significant competitive advantage in the graphics space. The technological breakthroughs that 3Dlabs has achieved to date, coupled with the strong market we see for high-performance graphics processors, provide a tremendous growth opportunity for our company."

"We are very excited about the opportunity provided by Creative's worldwide distribution network, huge customer base, world-famous brands, and financial resources to maximize the technology we produce," said Osman Kent, Chairman and CEO of 3Dlabs. "Integrating the resources and expertise of these two industry-leading companies can create a truly potent force in the graphics market."

Kent continued, "The timing of this acquisition is fortuitous, as we are close to releasing the most exciting high-performance graphics lineup in our history. We have experienced a difficult financial period during which we continued to devote significant resources to the development of our breakthrough technologies. Creative can provide us the resources and opportunity to expand our leadership position beyond the high end professional graphics market. We can leverage Creative's vast experience at building global brands and market share to take full advantage of the market potential for our upcoming release of an exciting new family of graphics processors for the desktop."

More information can be found at www.3dlabs.com.

Mar 10 - AMD is Top Choice Among German PC Users. AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that the company has been honored with the prestigious Reader's Choice Awards of PC Magazine Germany for the third consecutive year. The readers of PC Magazine named AMD the "Most Innovative Company of the Year 2001/2002" and the AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor "Product of the Year 2001/2002." The AMD Athlon(TM) processor ranked number two in product of the year category. In the "Most Innovative Product" category, the AMD Athlon XP processor took second place behind the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP operating system.

"The Reader's Choice Awards of PC Magazine are a true testament of the appreciation AMD and the AMD Athlon processor family are enjoying among end users," said Jochen Polster, general manager, AMD Germany. "Readers and editors of PC Magazine Germany are known for their passion for superior engineering and innovation and understand the meaning of delivered performance. Considering the vast array of computing products available today and the number of companies bringing fresh ideas to market, we are honored to win these Reader's Choice Awards."

"We are pleased to see that innovative companies like AMD are driving technologies to market that make PCs more beneficial for end users. This is what our readers appreciate and acknowledge," said Stephan Quinkertz, publisher of PC Magazine Germany. "Our Reader's Choice Awards impressively demonstrate that AMD belongs among the most successful companies in the IT industry as a whole."

Mar 11 - Worldwide Mobile Phone Sales Declined in 2001. Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled nearly 399.6 million units in 2001, a decline of 3.2 percent from 2000 sales, according to Dataquest, Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).

Worldwide mobile phone sales between 1996 and 2000 experienced a compound annual growth rate of close to 60 percent, but in 2001, for the first time in its history, the mobile phone industry suffered a drop in unit sales.

"The removal of prepaid subsidies supporting mobile terminal sales in historically high-growth markets like Western Europe and Latin America was a significant factor in the decline in handset sales during 2001," said Bryan Prohm, senior analyst with the Mobile Communications Worldwide research group for Gartner Dataquest. "Additionally, unexpectedly strong growth in Subscriber Identity Module (SIM)-only subscriptions gave rise to a burgeoning market for second-hand terminals across the developing world."

"A considerable bubble of unsold inventory from the fourth quarter of 2000 further depressed sales in key markets," said Ann Liang, industry analyst with the Mobile Communications Worldwide research group for Gartner Dataquest. "The distributors and carriers most exposed to the inventory overhang sought out the gray market. Consequently, the Asia/Pacific region, and in particular the Chinese market, experienced what was arguably the most active period of gray market importing of mobile terminals in several years."

Gartner Dataquest analysts said worldwide sales of General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) terminals failed to live up to expectations in 2001. "GPRS network operators were almost universally unprepared to persuade new or existing end users to upgrade to GPRS terminals," Prohm said.

In North America, mobile phone sales were somewhat depressed by the economic recession and the resultant lack of sufficient end-user motivation to replace existing devices. Indeed, across the mobile world, end-users with a mind to upgrade their devices appeared to be waiting for a greater selection of next-generation mobile terminals from which to choose.

To keep up to date on the latest telecommunications issues, please visit Gartner's Telecommunications Focus Area.

Mar 11 - Xdrive Launches Macintosh Support. Xdrive Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of Internet Information and Content Management solutions and services, today announced its online storage and file sharing service now supports the Macintosh platform through Web browser support.
The service enables MAC users to store files, collaborate, back up and share files though their Xdrive accounts. The added functionality to the MAC community demonstrates Xdrive's continued commitment to providing key services for both MACs and PCs.

"Since the inception of Xdrive, we have been committed to providing the most efficient and sensible Internet Information and Content Management solutions to the PC demographic," said Karl Klessig, president and CEO, Xdrive Technologies. "Now, the same great services are offered to MAC users. We are happy to be one of the only online storage providers to offer a dynamic data storage and file sharing service to PC and MAC users alike."
Members can access, store and share their files through an established Xdrive account via any Web browser that is Java enabled, including, Mozilla, Internet Explorer and Netscape, among others. Xdrive's MAC compliant services address an issue creative professionals face of lacking abundant storage space and the capacity to share graphic intensive files. Now, these and other MAC users can leverage the Internet as a communications tool to conduct business seamlessly, through a central location.

The Macintosh community can centrally store and share any form of digital content, including audio files, video, digital images and important Microsoft(TM) Office documents which can be accessed anywhere, anytime on any Internet-connected device, including Microsoft CE(c) devices, or upload directly using Windows XP(c) Web Publishing Wizard. Xdrive is also Passport enabled for easy access to files and information using any Passport enabled service. For more information, visit www.xdrive.com.

Mar 10 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

Weekly Comparison. This Sunday prices continued to stay low on 1 GHz notebooks although they were somewhat higher than last week. No Athlon XP or Pentium 4 notebooks were advertised, however prices seem to be falling slightly on Pentium III and Athlon notebooks.
Pentium 4 desktops went up about $100, and the low-priced Celeron desktop went up $100.

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

BestBuy is giving away 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering 12 months of interest free financing on all computer purchases over $598. Additionally, they are giving $200 mail-in rebates on all desktop complete packages that feature 512 MB of RAM.
Circuit City is advertising $100 mail-in rebates on all Pentium 4 desktop packages and on all Toshiba notebook purchases. They are also giving away 1 year of free CompuServe, and are offering 12 months of interest free financing, on all desktop packages and notebook purchases.
Office Depot is offering 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases over $298.
CompUSA is also offering 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases over $298.
Staples has no ad this Sunday.

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

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 4 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25th. For more information on Windows XP visit Microsoft's Windows XP home page.

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

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

* Prices discussed in this article. Advertisers typically deduct the $400 Internet rebate from an items true price. We report all prices without subtracting the $400 Internet rebate, however all other rebates and discounts are usually subtracted.
Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

Best Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.1 GHz complete system
$699
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 1.6 GHz complete system
$949
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 1.6 GHz complete system
$1149
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1700+ complete system
$1049
Best Buy
Best High-end Athlon XP System
None Advertised
Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.06 GHz Celeron with DVD
$899
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq 1 GHz Duron with DVD
$999
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium III 1.1 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1349
Best Buy

Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.
About Sunday Shopping Watch. Sunday Shopping Watch appears every Sunday (except some holidays like Easter and Christmas) in our News and Rumors column. It is a review of local (Dayton, Ohio) computer chain store advertisements. While we can not guarantee your local chain store has the same items, this article should help you make informed buying decisions.

Mar 8 - Mobile Technologies Could Impact War on Terrorism. Mobile, enterprise-capable technologies, such as wearable computing, may play a major role in homeland security and the fight against terrorism, and could help boost the global economy, James S. Gilmore III, chairman of the Congressional Advisory Panel to Assess Weapons of Mass Destruction and Domestic Response, and former Governor of Virginia, stated here today.

Gilmore, who is the former Governor of Virginia, made the remarks today in a speech at the 7th annual International Conference on Wearable Computing (ICWC), which is being held this year as part of the COMDEX Chicago technology trade show and is sponsored by Xybernaut Corporation (NASDAQ:XYBR).

According to Gilmore, wearable computers are currently providing real world examples of how technology can be leveraged as part of the U.S. anti-terrorism campaign to ensure homeland security. He pointed to experimental exercises using wearable computers, which are being employed by U.S. Army troops in training and simulated battlefield situations at Ft. Benning's Dismounted Battlespace Battle Lab, as a prime example of how wearable technology can be deployed. He also discussed several potential homeland security applications.

"In the most strategic sense, however, our experiences since September 11th have clearly underscored the need for new and expanded relationships between the public and private sectors on new technologies. Our abilities to communicate, plan, train and implement new technologies together are critical to the safety and security of our nation," he said. "Enhancing these relationships will be essential in our efforts to prevent and deter attacks before they occur."

Mar 8 - VoIP Network Enables Customers to Eliminate Long Distance Charges. Vectoria Inc. (OTCBB:VTOR) announces the completion of the first phase of its VoIP network across 15 of the largest metropolitan areas in Canada.
This next generation network currently functions using high speed fiber optic cable. Vectoria's network enables residential and business customers to completely eliminate long distance charges by seamlessly interconnecting with publicly switched networks operated by local telephone companies.
Vectoria's service enables its subscribers to call one another anywhere in the world without incurring long distance charges. The subscribers may also call any number in any city covered by the network free of long distance charges regardless of whether or not the receiving party subscribes to Vectoria's service.

According to Serge Doyon, CEO of Vectoria,"We have deployed our next generation VoIP network across Canada with users in Canada, Utah, Nevada, and Florida. We look forward to growing our wide reaching network globally. Highly respected companies have already begun to place their trust on the stability and clarity of the Vectoria network and benefit from it daily."
Essentially, the Vectoria network is an "Extended Local Telephone Calling Network." The Company is developing this network using sophisticated switching equipment and state-of-the-art gateways. Vectoria is currently deploying the network utilizing thousands of miles of high speed fiber optic cable bringing people and business closer together. The network currently operates in Canada.
Vectoria plans to start developing the technology in the United States within the next three months. The Company will soon introduce its network to major urban areas in the U.S. beginning with New York, Miami, and Seattle. Vectoria's goal is to expand its network to provide service in the 20 largest metropolitan areas in the United States by the end of this year. Starting in 2003, the Company plans to further expand its coverage to include parts of Europe, South East Asia, and Australia. About Vectoria, Inc.
Vectoria is the next generation telecommunication and information technology convergence company that, with the implementation of its new Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) "Extended Local Communication Network," will eliminate long distance charges. For more information, visit www.vectoria.ca.

Mar 8 - Cvision Announces Super-Compressed PDF Files. CVISION Technologies, LLC, developers of intelligent imaging solutions that simplify and enhance the usability of scanned documents, today announced support of the JBIG2 compression standard within the PDF file format.
This new development will allow users to create PDF images that are viewable in Adobe Acrobat Reader and are up to 5x smaller than PDFs created with Adobe Acrobat. These CVISION-produced PDFs will allow users to transmit five pages in the time it formerly took to transfer a single page. Images also store smaller, and tests prove the new images have no perceptible loss of image clarity even when magnified 15x!

"CVISION has always been the leader in captured image compression," says Steve Talmud, VP of Sales. "With this development, CVISION offers its clients the ability to compress scanned PDF images dramatically and still provide an industry-standard format. Clients can now enjoy all the advantages of compression without the need to install a proprietary viewer.”

CVISION Technologies has released a white paper which describes this technology in greater detail. A side-by-side comparison of industry-standard TIFF G4 and TIFF-encoded PDF files with JBIG2 and JBIG2-encoded PDF files is available on the CVISION website.

CVista also allows clients the option to compress to CVISION’s proprietary format, CIF. The CIF format provides additional benefits including compression of up to 20:1 on captured images, fully searchable images with no increased file size, annotation and redaction.

For more information about CVista, catch CVISION on the Web at www.cvisiontech.com.

Mar 8 - Winnow Optimizer, Tweaking and Cleanup Utility for Windows 98/ME. WinnowSoft has released Beta 1.0 Version of Winnow Optimizer, designed for business and home use. This is a utility to customize and optimize your Windows operating system.

Winnow Optimizer gives the user the ability to speed up the computer and to schedule scanning and defragmenting on a regular basis. Before proceeding Winnow Optimizer closes all Running Applications, thereby reducing operation time and failure. Winnow Optimizer lets you schedule AutoCleanup routines for your Cookies, Recycle bin, Recent Documents and Windows Temp Directory. Other features include Optimization Tweaks like tuning CPU and system Cache settings.

As you surf the Internet web browsers create cache files and store information on your hard disk. Winnow Optimizer allows you to keep your Internet browsing habits private and displays and deletes all the tracks (including index.dat files) you leave on your PC after browsing.

With Winnow Optimizer you can set individual Icons for your folders rather than the uniform yellow icon shortcuts to Windows shutdown/restart on the desktop.

To provide comfort of use, Winnow Optimizer gives a fast and easy way to accomplish all of the repetitive tasks. By using the Auto function the user will not need to take further actions to configure the system. Winnow Optimizer will apply a set of configuration, suitable for the PCs using Windows 98/Me.

Winnow Optimizer does not run as a service to occupy your precious RAM, rather it runs on boot and terminates after executing scheduled tasks. More information and a free fully functional Beta 1.0 Version are available to the public at www.winnowsoft.com.

 

| Top |

 
 
Home || Computer Advice || Online CPA || Site Search