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Daily Computer News and Rumors

May 01-07 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.
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May 07 AMD Introduces Athlon MP Processor 2800+
May 07 eMachines Delivers High-Value Widescreen Notebook PC
May 07 IBM Introduces New High-End eServer Systems
May 07 Transmeta Named as a Microsoft Smart Display Reference Design Partner
May 07 E3Expo Launches Web Site for Consumers
May 07 Study Shows Tech Job Outlook to Remain Soft in 2003
May 07 Millions of Workers Don't have Access to Email
May 06 Panasonic Ships Single-Pass Color Laser Printers
May 06 Canon Announces New Digital Camera and Photo Printers
May 06 IBM Scientists Create World's Smallest Solid-state Light Emitter
May 06 DISH Network to Add HDNet, HDNet Movies
May 06 Pinkerton Releases 2003 US Top Security Threats Results
May 06 Archos Ships Video AV120 Handheld Digital Recording Solution
May 06 AT&T Wireless Launches Trade-Up Program for BlackBerry Handheld Users
May 06 EA's Command & Conquer Generals No. 1 PC Game
May 05 HP Delivers Reliable, Affordable Wireless Notebook
May 05 Addonics Announces Serial ATA RAID Solution
May 05 Kodak Introduces Kodak PLUSDigital One-Time-Use Camera System
May 05 New Survey Unveils Email Users' Perceptions and Behaviors Regarding Spam
May 05 Port Magic Eliminates Complexity of Home Networking for Online Gamers
May 04 Sunday Shopping Watch
May 02 NVIDIA Extends NVIDIA nForce Platform into Professional Workstation Market
May 02 America Online Launchs New Premium Virus Protection Service
May 02 Belkin Announces New Powerline Adapter Products
May 02 I/OMagic Jumps into Digital Photography Arena with New ``Digital Photo Library''
May 02 321 Studios Announces Release of DVD X Copy XPRESS
May 02 Password Survey Says 64 percent Write Passwords Down
May 01 Intel Researchers Teach Computers To 'Read Lips'
May 01 Worldwide PDA Shipments Declined 11 Percent in the First Quarter of 2003
May 01 HP to Ship First Itanium 2-based Workstations Running 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP
May 01 HyperTransport™ Technology Port Shipments To Exceed 200 Million Ports by 2006
May 01 Disney Magic Artist Online Goes Live
May 01 CMS Peripherals' EasyMove Data Transfer Kits Make Hard Drive Upgrades Effortless

 

 

May 07 - AMD Introduces Athlon MP Processor 2800+. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the AMD Athlon(TM) MP processor 2800+, designed for one- and two-way servers and workstations running demanding 32-bit applications for enterprises.

The AMD Athlon MP 2800+ is based on a new core that features more L2 cache than previous AMD Athlon MP processors, and allows additional information to be stored closer to the processor for improved performance. Designed for entry-level servers and workstations, the AMD Athlon MP processor 2800+ complements AMD's multiprocessing lineup. All AMD Athlon MP processors take advantage of AMD's stable Socket A infrastructure, which provides an easy upgrade path for IT managers and delivers the compatibility that can help lower a company's total cost of ownership.

"AMD works closely with computer manufacturers to bring the right technology and performance levels to enterprises," said Marty Seyer, vice president and general manager of AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit. "With the AMD Athlon MP processor 2800+, we are helping to ensure that companies currently standardized on 32-bit applications receive the reliability and price/performance they need from their servers and workstations for mission-critical applications."

Many of the world's most prestigious universities, research laboratories and leading corporations use AMD Athlon MP processors for compute-intensive applications.

Aventis, a world leader in the discovery, development and marketing of innovative pharmaceutical products, relies on AMD Athlon MP processor-based systems to help reduce time-to-market for potentially life-saving drugs. "Our 34-node cluster computer powered by AMD Athlon MP processors gives us the floating-point advantage we need to screen the vast amounts of data our research requires," said Anil Nair, senior associate scientist, Aventis. "It's making a substantial difference in the way we do research, and our goal is to double our parallel processing capability in the coming year to increase our researchers' productivity."

Availability

Systems featuring the AMD Athlon MP processor 2800+ are expected to be available immediately from system builders worldwide. For information on where to buy an AMD Athlon MP processor 2800+ based system see www.amd.com.

May 07 - eMachines Delivers High-Value Widescreen Notebook PC. eMachines, Inc., the fastest-growing PC company in the United States according to industry analysts IDC, today announced the introduction of the M5305, a sleek, lightweight, widescreen notebook PC. With the most affordable price tag within its class at under $1,300, eMachines' latest notebook offers users optimum DVD viewing with premium multimedia features throughout.

Touting a 15.4-inch LCD display (16:10 aspect ratio), similar to a widescreen television format, the M5305 displays up to 30 percent more viewing area than a standard 15-inch notebook screen. The notebook's widescreen format also permits users to view dual Web pages or documents, eliminating the need to scroll or switch between windows.

"With the introduction of the M5305, eMachines offers consumers the 'best-in-value' widescreen notebook PC available," said Wayne Inouye, president and CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based eMachines. "In addition to providing consumers with the latest viewing capability within the notebook industry, we provide notebook users a full-featured, mobile PC for most business, academic and consumer computing applications."

Within its streamlined (under 1.4-inch) profile and slender (6.5-pound) form factor -- the thinnest and lightest widescreen notebook available -- eMachines' M5305 includes all of the high-performance functionality necessary for everyday "computing on the run." Moreover, its unique form factor allows air travelers to comfortably place the M5305 on most airplane service trays.

Mobile computer users may appreciate the notebook's three USB 2.0 ports for high-speed transfer rates (480 Mbps) that allow users to maximize USB-based peripheral devices such as digital cameras or external hard drives for secure storage back up. To accentuate its multimedia functionality, the M5305 also includes a CD-RW/DVD combo drive for personalized CD recording and playback.

Backed by eMachines' premier Customer Care support, the M5305 comes standard with a one-year technical support, parts and labor program.

M5305 Specifications

Processor Mobile AMD Athlon(TM) XP-M 2200+
Hard Drive 40 GB
RAM 512 DDR
Optical Drives CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive
24x10x24x CD-RW
8x max. DVD
Video ATi Radeon(TM) IGP 320M
Display Size 15.4 inch WXGA TFT
Weight 6.5 Lbs.
Dimensions 1.36 x 14 x 10 inches
Interfaces 3 USB 2.0 ports
1 VGA external connector
1 Parallel port
1 S-Video out
1 Type II PC Card Slot
Microphone & Headphone
Built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Modem 56K V.92 ready
Battery 8-cell Lithium-ion
Operating System Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home Edition
Price Under $1,300

Visit eMachines at its Web site at www.emachines.com.

May 07 - IBM Introduces New High-End eServer Systems. IBM today introduced its most powerful UNIX server ever, an ultra-fast IBM eServer p690 system that provides a 65 percent performance boost over its game-changing predecessor.

IBM also announced new on demand features that allow customers unmatched flexibility in turning capacity on and off as well as test-driving additional capacity before paying to use it.

In addition to the new high-end eServer p690, IBM introduced the new mid-range eServer p670 system that provides 90 percent better performance than the previous version of the p670. Also, IBM introduced a new ultra-dense high performance eServer p655 that delivers performance increases of as much as 83 percent.

"Customers are making IBM eServer pSeries the system of choice as indicated by its consistently gaining share at the expense of competitors," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager of IBM eServer pSeries. "Integrating POWER4+ technology into the high-end of eServer pSeries systems reinforces our commitment to UNIX in offering customers on demand systems that have uncompromising price/performance and reliability."

On Demand features include:

On/Off Capacity on Demand -- Offered on the eServer p690, p670 and p650, this new technology allows customers to activate processors when they need them, and turn them off when they don't. Customers will now be able to choose from temporary or permanent capacity on demand options, offering the ultimate flexibility to meet the changing needs of their businesses.

Memory on Demand -- Capacity Upgrade on Demand for Memory allows customers to activate memory in 4GB increments as needed.

Try and Buy -- IBM offers a 30-day trial at no additional charge of capacity upgrades for both memory and processors. Customers can test the capacity they will actually need and activate it, permanently or temporarily, only when they need it.

Software on Demand -- IBM plans to price select software for pSeries by the day when temporary capacity is turned on by the customer.

"Customers want the capacity they need when they need it instead of paying for systems that sit idle or cannot scale at times of peak demand," Sanchez added.

New eServer Systems

The new eServer p690 has been completely refreshed, adding the fastest POWER4+ processor ever at 1.7 GHz, twice the high-performance memory with 567 MHz, Level 3 cache and a new I/O subsystem with nearly triple the I/O bandwidth. The eServer p690 also doubles LPAR support to the processor level. The new IBM eServer p670 features 1.5 GHz POWER4+ processors and benefits from the same innovations incorporated in the p690. The p690 is also available with 1.5 GHz POWER4+ processors.

The IBM eServer p690 offers enterprises a highly efficient platform for both server consolidation and large, single-system applications. When tackling the most complex problems, multiple p690 servers can be linked together to create supercomputers powered by more than 1,000 processors.

IBM also announced today that the ultra-dense, cluster-optimized IBM eServer p655 is now offered with either the new 1.7 or 1.5 GHz POWER4+ processors and upgraded L3 cache, I/O and memory. The redesign of the eServer p655 has resulted in performance increases of as much as 83 percent . A single eServer p655 frame can exceed .75 teraflops of peak performance while tackling the most complex Deep Computing problems.

POWER4+

The new IBM eServer systems are fueled by IBM's newest 64-bit microprocessor, POWER4+(TM), which takes advantage of the most advanced 0.13 micron fabrication process and contains over 180 million transistors. The POWER4+ chip is available in the 1.2, 1.45, 1.5 and 1.7 gigahertz. POWER4+ is a "server on a chip" containing two processors, a high-bandwidth system switch, a large memory cache and I/O interface.

Linux on IBM pSeries servers leverages many of the competitive advantages of eServer pSeries hardware while allowing organizations to utilize open, standards-based applications in a cost-effective Linux environment.

The new IBM eServer pSeries models p690 and p670 will be available on May 30, 2003. The p690 is competitively priced, starting at $493,386 for a 8-way configuration . The p670 starts at $190,411 for a 4-way and the p655 starts at $50,000 for a 4-way. The new 1.5 and 1.7 GHz processors will be available on the p655 beginning in late July, 2003.

For more information, visit www.ibm.com.

May 07 - Transmeta Named as a Microsoft Smart Display Reference Design Partner. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), the leader in efficient computing, today announced that the company has been designated by Microsoft Corp. as a reference design partner for the next generation of Smart Displays. This designation reflects the value of Transmeta's energy efficient processor technology for Smart Displays running Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE .NET and reinforces the very high performance capabilities of these processors for demanding applications.

Smart Displays are wireless, touch screen monitors that allow users to access Microsoft Windows XP-based PCs from remote locations in the home or office. In so doing, Smart Displays enable convenient, extended access to the information, applications and services of the main PC. These devices interface with PCs from up to approximately 100 feet away via an 802.11b wireless connection.

"Smart Displays can serve as a productive business tool by offering the corporate environment an innovative means of remotely accessing the full capabilities of the PC," said Bob O'Donnell, analyst, IDC. "Bringing higher performance processors into Smart Displays, as with PCs, is an important step in driving this market forward."

The high performance of Transmeta's processors is a key benefit for demanding requirements such as DVD quality multimedia playback and cool running Transmeta processors enable thin-and-light designs. Transmeta's unique capability to accomplish software MPEG-2/4 and Windows Media Video 8/9 decode provides significant efficient computing benefits to system designers, eliminating the need for a separate component for decode, saving board space and cost.

"Smart Displays represent an important evolution in personal computing and Microsoft, Transmeta and many other industry leading companies are backing the proliferation of this emerging category," said Aubrey Edwards, director of marketing, Embedded and Appliance Platform Group, Microsoft Corp. "Transmeta's energy efficient processors provide a solid platform with high performance and good power management enabling original equipment manufacturers to build innovative Smart Displays."

"Transmeta's processors offer the best available performance for Smart Displays, with about twice the megahertz of current competitive offerings," said Arthur L. Swift, senior vice president of marketing, Transmeta Corporation. "Our LongRun power management technology is instrumental in providing very high performance on-demand, while efficiently managing processor power to maximize battery life for wireless devices like Smart Displays."

Microsoft designated Transmeta a Smart Displays reference platform partner after original equipment manufacturer customers expressed interest in developing for the Transmeta processor architecture. This resulted in collaboration between Transmeta and Microsoft and testing of Transmeta's processors for use in Smart Displays.

Smart Displays are already available from display and computer manufacturers and more are in development for release in 2003 and beyond.

To learn more about Transmeta, visit www.transmeta.com.

May 07 - E3Expo Launches Web Site for Consumers. For the first time ever, consumers and game enthusiasts will get a first-hand virtual look inside the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo), the world's preeminent interactive entertainment trade show, the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA) announced today.
The Web site, E3Insider (www.e3insider.com), will launch on May 14th at 10am when E3Expo's doors open to thousands of industry professionals at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

"With the launch of E3Insider, we've opened E3Expo's `virtual doors' so that consumers and game enthusiasts from around the globe can experience the excitement of E3Expo," said Douglas Lowenstein, president of the IDSA, the trade association that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers and the owner of E3Expo.

"E3Expo is a trade-only event, established specifically as a venue for the worldwide interactive entertainment community to showcase new products and take care of business. With that said, we felt it was important to be able to offer the millions of gamers out there who support this industry a way to see what's going on at the show, and E3Insider will do just that."

E3Insider will give consumers the ability to experience the excitement of this exclusive trade-only event and get a feel for the trends being seen and the products being showcased. The new site will capture the show's action and excitement through interactive coverage, news from exhibitor booths, interviews with industry professionals, video clips, photo galleries and stories about the show.
In addition, E3Insider will feature daily sweepstakes, giving site visitors a chance to win prizes including game consoles. Visitors to the Web site will be given a look at some of the more than 1,350 never-before-seen computer and video game titles and related products that will debut during the show's three days.

E3Expo is a trade event, not open to the general public. Only working journalists with qualified media outlets will be eligible to register for media badges. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted, including infants. This policy is strictly enforced.

May 07 - Study Shows Tech Job Outlook to Remain Soft in 2003. Research released today by the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) suggests that, failing a dramatic turnaround in the national economy, a recovery in the tech sector in 2003 will most likely continue to be a "jobless" one.

The telephone survey of 400 hiring managers from IT and non-IT companies nationwide found that predicted demand for hiring IT workers has reached an historic low of only 493,000 positions over the next 12 months - down from 1.6 million at the start of 2000 and less than one-half of the predicted 1.1 million positions needed at the start of 2002. Sixty-seven percent of those interviewed said they thought hiring demand would stay the same or decline over the next twelve months.

Companies are also moving more positions overseas, with 12% of IT companies and 3% of non-IT companies saying they have already opened up overseas operations. Large IT companies were most likely to say they've made this move - 22% have already moved work offshore. Additionally, 15% of IT firms say they will, or are undecided about, moving jobs overseas in the next twelve months, while 4% of non-IT firms say the same.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents already outsourcing IT work overseas say that jobs most likely to be moved offshore are programming or software engineering positions, followed by 37% moving network design, and 30% moving web development jobs.

The ITAA annual survey placed the size of the U.S. IT workforce at 10.3 million, with hiring and terminations amounting to less-than-one-percent growth during first quarter of 2003, with the IT workforce growing by 86,000. While that is good news, it is below fourth quarter 2002 growth, which added 97,000 jobs, the slowest quarterly growth in 2002.

"If the demand for IT workers is an indicator of business growth, our survey results are not encouraging," commented ITAA President Harris N. Miller. "The fact that firms have dramatically scaled back force reductions may indicate that they are properly staffed to handle existing and new business. There are several bright points, such as companies adding technical support workers at the highest levels and the fact that most workers are not seeing pay cuts."

"We will closely monitor increased offshore activity to see its impact on U.S. IT workers. This new phenomenon is a factor of cost and the relative portability of IT products, and the increased usage of broadband connections worldwide," Miller added.

Other key findings:

-- IT companies in the Midwest and West are most likely to send
jobs overseas.

-- Seventy four percent of companies say they have not changed
compensation for IT workers in the past twelve months. Of
companies taking action, only 8% lowered pay.

-- 91% of companies were able to meet or exceed their hiring
plans in 2002.

-- For non-IT companies, both hiring and terminations were down
roughly 25% in the last twelve months.

-- IT companies appear to be more likely to cute wages than
non-IT companies.

-- Reductions by IT companies were down almost 50% in the last
twelve months, while hiring was static.

For more information visit www.itaa.org.

May 07 - Millions of Workers Don't have Access to Email. A study commissioned by Sendmail Inc., HP and Intel has revealed that approximately 60% of employees are distanced from headquarters, co-workers and customers because they do not have access to email.

These "email exiles" include nurses, sales staff and warehouse managers; workers that are "deskless" because of their job function. They receive job-critical information (such as safety notices, customer requests, schedules or policy guidelines) much later than their "wired" counterparts. They have to communicate personal Human Resources details by fax or mail. Many have no means of interacting with headquarters or contributing to the corporate culture, other than old-fashioned suggestion boxes or bulletin boards.

While a small number of companies surveyed (16%) use email, accessed from mobile devices or kiosks, to communicate with deskless workers, the vast majority (84%) still use more traditional methods such as postal mail and inter-office memos. Of this group, even the most technologically advanced only use one-way channels such as pagers or static Intranet pages.

The study, conducted by King Research, involved in-depth interviews with 44 companies in sectors having deskless workers, such as healthcare, manufacturing, retail and hospitality. Interviewees included C-level executives from enterprises with an average headcount of 25,000 employees.

"Everyone's heard of the digital divide, but what's surprising is that it has widened so dramatically within enterprises that are otherwise technologically advanced," said John Stormer, vice president of marketing at Sendmail. "This study clearly shows that while some corporate departments are using the latest enterprise technologies, those on the front-line are reliant on nothing more high-tech than water-cooler chats and notice boards in the corridor. This is despite the fact that almost half of the interviewees (45%) admitted that existing methods of communicating with deskless workers are slow, inefficient and expensive."

A further 38% felt their communication was satisfactory but could be improved. In fact, one company had five people dedicated purely to posting hard copies of information to deskless employees.

"Email doesn't need to be universal but firms do need to ensure they're not hindering their staff's productivity and performance by excluding them," added Stormer. "According to the study, some of these email exiles are highly trained, well paid staff who are an untapped resource because they've been ex-communicated from the rest of their organization."

For more information on Sendmail, Inc., visit its Web site at www.sendmail.com.

May 06 - Panasonic Ships Single-Pass Color Laser Printers. Panasonic announces that it is shipping its long-awaited WORKiO(R) Series of color laser printers. And this is very good news for the small to mid-sized business (SMB) market, where there has been a void of single-pass, color laser printers with networking capability at a middle price point.

Series features four model configurations The new series, boasting nearly 500 patent applications for its core technologies, comprises four configurations - the KX-CL500, KX-CL500D, KX-CL510 and KX-CL510D - each producing crisp output up to 1200x1200 dpi(1) true resolution.

While the base model KX-CL500 is a PCL(R)-based machine, the KX-CL510 also includes Adobe(R) PostScript(R) 3 with automatic emulation sensing and switching, plus 128MB RAM. The KX-CL500D offers the same features as the KX-CL500, plus 128MB RAM and auto duplex; the KX-CL510D has the same features as the KX-CL510, plus auto duplex.

These units, which take up just 5,396 cubic inches of space and weigh only 65.7 lbs., can be summed up in five words: affordable, fast, high-performance, compact and reliable.

ARS, Inc. views KX-CL500 as "ideal replacement"

Born of Panasonic's marketing strategy to remove the barriers that have kept small and mid-sized businesses from entering the color laser market, these 17ppm(2), network-ready color laser printers (which also print up to 21ppm monochrome) caught the attention of Chris Barnes, director of research at ARS, Inc. ARS specializes in worldwide competitive market intelligence and analysis.

According to Barnes, Panasonic's color laser printers address a major barrier to color page printer adoption, i.e., b/w page cost. "At an advertised 1.54 cents per page, the KX-CL500 Series equals the operating cost of other leading monochrome-only workgroup solutions," Barnes said. "Extremely competitive operating costs make the KX-CL500 an ideal replacement for existing monochrome workgroup devices."

Middle price point targets SMB

Pricing for the KX-CL500 Series (which in some cases may cost less than the network monochrome printer it replaces) starts at $1,599 estimated retail price(3). Gary Bailer, Panasonic Digital Document Company's strategic planning manager, said the KX-CL500 Series fills a longstanding price void.

"The average retail price of a color laser printer ranges from $700 for single-user, four-pass printing up to $2,500 for network-user, single-pass printing," Bailer said. "Until now, there were no one-pass color laser printers available at the middle price point. The KX-CL500 Series fills that price gap, while offering performance comparable to that of higher priced offerings."

According to Bailer, the total cost of ownership for the KX-CL500 Series represents a significant saving over comparable color printers, making it an overall price-performance leader.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com/office.

May 06 - Canon Announces New Digital Camera and Photo Printers. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), is announcing the world's smallest and lightest digital ELPH camera.

The new PowerShot SD100, with its ultra-compact size and new white-platinum finish crafted in stainless steel, represents the ultimate in portability, durability and elegance. Now, more than ever, consumers can easily and securely carry their ELPH digital camera everywhere they go, and with 3.2 megapixels they are assured the highest quality images for making prints as large as 8.5x11-inches.

The size of the PowerShot SD100 was made possible through the process of miniaturization, beginning with its new optical lens design so small it can literally hide under a U.S. dime, to the extremely small built-in flash unit and new condensed battery. In addition, the PowerShot SD100 is the first Canon digital camera to exclusively record all images to a Secure Digital (SD) Memory card, allowing even further miniaturization of the camera for greater portability.
And a new waterproof housing for the PowerShot SD100 even allows photographs to be taken up to 130 feet underwater.

Canon is also announcing two new dye-sublimation printers which are approximately 40 percent smaller and 13 percent lighter than current models in the line. The Canon Card Photo Printer CP-200 / CP-300 dye-sub printers allow users to create extremely high quality color prints directly from any current model PowerShot camera with the use of a USB cable.

Three different sized prints from miniature stickers to wallets to 4x6-inch are possible with the new printers. The CP-300, with its optional battery pack and compact size, makes creating beautiful color prints fast and simple from wherever the photographs themselves are created. The combination of PowerShot SD100 and CP-300 takes the entire photographic process and puts it in your suitcase, or briefcase.

PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH

The PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH is approximately 15% smaller in volume and 8% lighter than the current PowerShot S230 model. The new SD100 offers the same high quality features and functions as the S230 including Canon's exclusive DIGIC Image Processor which helps achieve higher picture quality and improves existing camera features, most notably its ability to capture up to 3 minutes of video at resolutions up to 640 x 480 pixels.
In addition, the new camera uses Canon's exclusive iSAPS technology to enhance the speed and performance of the camera's autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance functions while a 9-point AiAF autofocus system makes focusing quick and easy, even with off-center subjects.

Card Photo Printers CP-200 / CP-300

Canon's two new printers which are smaller and lighter than any dye-sub models previously available allows users to create color prints up to postcard size (approx. 4 x 6 inches) directly from select Canon digital cameras, including the new PowerShot SD100 Digital ELPH, and the recently introduced EOS 10D digital SLR.

Using the CP-300 printer's optional battery pack, prints can be made literally anywhere without the need for AC power, making it truly portable and lots of fun at any gathering. In addition, users have a choice of bordered or borderless prints in three print sizes: wallet, 4x6-inch and mini-stickers. Both printers are compatible with DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) to facilitate batch printing, e-mail transfers, and print ordering through online photo labs.

Underwater Housing Certified to 130 Feet

Canon is adding a new underwater housing to its existing line for use with the PowerShot SD100 and has been tested and certified to depths of up to 130 feet. The new housing is equipped with a flash diffusion plate for softer, more evenly illuminated light and the front lens glass is constructed in two separate layers to prevent fogging when submerged under water.

Pricing and availability of the PowerShot SD100, CP-200 and CP-300 printers will be announced at a later date.

For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

May 06 - IBM Scientists Create World's Smallest Solid-state Light Emitter. IBM today announced it created the world's smallest solid-state light emitter. This research breakthrough - the first, electrically-controlled, single-molecule light emitter - demonstrates the rapidly improving understanding of molecular devices.

The results also suggest that the unique attributes of carbon nanotubes may be applicable to optoelectronics, which is the basis for the high-speed communications industry.

IBM's previous work on the electrical properties of carbon nanotubes has helped establish carbon nanotubes as a top candidate to replace silicon when current chip features can't be made any smaller. Carbon nanotubes are tube-shaped molecules that are 50,000 times thinner than an average human hair. IBM scientists expect today's achievement to spark additional research and interest in the use of carbon nanotubes in nanoscale electronic and photonic (light-based) devices.

"By further understanding the electrical properties of carbon nanotubes through their light emission, IBM is accelerating the development path for their electronic applications, as well as possible optical applications," said Dr. Phaedon Avouris, manager of nanoscale science, IBM Research. "Nanotube light emitters have the potential to be built in arrays or integrated with carbon nanotube or silicon electronic components, opening new possibilities in electronics and optoelectronics."

IBM's research team detected light with a wavelength of 1.5 micrometers, which is particularly valuable because it is the wavelength widely used in optical communications. Nanotubes with different diameters could generate light with different wavelengths used in other applications.

For more information about IBM's nanotechnology research projects: www.research.ibm.com/pics/nanotech.

May 06 - DISH Network to Add HDNet, HDNet Movies. EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) and its DISH Network(TM), a leading provider of satellite television entertainment services, announced today an agreement to offer customers this summer two new high definition TV networks, HDNet and HDNet Movies.

EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charles Ergen and HDNet Co-founder and President Mark Cuban are making the announcement at DISH Network's annual Team Summit satellite TV retailer conference here where more than 3,000 attendees gathered for seminars and workshops about new DISH Network products and services.

HDNet and HDNet Movies will be available to customers using DISH Network's new SuperDish, unveiled to satellite TV retailers today. The SuperDish, an elliptical 66-centimeter dish, is capable of offering customers access to hundreds of popular DISH Network channels, local channels in new markets, HDTV channels and international programming. The SuperDish is capable of receiving satellite signals from three orbital locations.

"DISH Network is enriching the home theater experience everywhere by delivering more HD sports, movies and special events like those offered by HDNet," said Ergen. "By developing the capability for SuperDish to provide up to 50 HD channels, DISH Network will offer consumers a more superior alternative to the dominant cable companies."

DISH Network will announce pricing and packaging for HDNet and HDNet Movies when they are made available to DISH Network customers this summer.

"With HDNet and HDNet Movies, DISH Network customers will be able to enjoy great original programming, sports, award-winning movies, timely news, features and documentaries, all in 1080i -- the highest possible resolution," said Cuban. "HDNet offers more original programming produced in 1080i HD than any other network, and we are pleased to be working with EchoStar and its new SuperDish to bring a new level of entertainment to DISH Network subscribers 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

HDNet features a variety of HDTV programming, including live sports, sitcoms, dramas, action series, documentaries, travel programs, music concerts and shows, special events, and news features including the popular HDNet World Report.

HDNet Movies delivers full-length feature films transferred from 35mm to high-definition, including titles from an extensive library of Warner Bros. films and more than 250 blockbuster theatrical hits from Sony Pictures Television. HDNet Movies features a mix of theatrical releases, made-for-TV movies, independent films and shorts.

HDNet and HDNet Movies will be added to DISH Network's existing HDTV lineup of Discovery Theater HD, HBO, Showtime, CBS and a pay-per-view movie channel.

For more information on DISH Network, visit www.dishnetwork.com.

May 06 - Pinkerton Releases 2003 US Top Security Threats Results. Workplace violence continues to be a leading concern for American businesses, according to Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations' tenth annual survey of Fortune 1000 corporate security professionals.

"The survey was conducted during a period of heightened security awareness and increasing threats of terrorism and violence. It is not surprising that workplace violence, business interruption, internet security and terrorism are the leading threats," commented Don Walker, CPP, Pinkerton's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "World events and economic conditions have had a dramatic influence on their security concerns."

The study, "Top Security Threats and Management Issues Facing Corporate America," was made possible by the participation of Fortune 1000 security professionals and their responses to a detailed questionnaire. The following top 10 security threats were identified in rank order:

1.Workplace Violence

2. Business Interruption/Continuity Planning

3. Internet/Intranet Security

4. Terrorism (Global and Domestic)

5. Employee Selection/Screening Concerns

6. Fraud/White-Collar Crime

7. General Employee Theft

8. Unethical Business Conduct

9. Drugs/Alcohol in the Workplace

10. Identity Theft

Workplace Violence has held first place for the last five years and has ranked first or near the top of the list in each of Pinkerton's previous surveys. The total costs associated with workplace violence are estimated at $36 billion annually and effects over two million Americans every year.

"The economy has had a major impact on corporations and their workforce this past year," said Ray O'Hara, CPP, Vice President Western Region for Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations and an expert on workplace violence. "Many industries have been hit hard with public scandals, bankruptcies, closures and layoffs. These factors can contribute to poor attitudes or potential hostilities among the workforce. The best prevention is through education and training to help recognize the signs of workplace violence early."

"Some of the operational challenges of the greatest concern to management identified in the survey include, tight or reduced budgets, justifying the effectiveness of security programs, and keeping up with technological advances," stated Nazzareno Paciotti, President of Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations. "Security professionals are looking to implement the most cost effective solutions to help mitigate their risks."

For more information, please visit www.ci-pinkerton.com.

May 06 - Archos Ships Video AV120 Handheld Digital Recording Solution. Archos, the leading innovator of personal handheld entertainment solutions and data storage peripherals, today announced the immediate availability of the Archos Video AV120 at major retailers throughout North America and Archos.com.

Smaller than most PDA devices, the Video AV120 makes it a snap to record and play up to 40 hours of digital MPEG-4 video on the fly.

With its user-friendly interface and sleek design, the Video AV120 stands alone as the first no-compromise portable digital recording device of its kind. Like its predecessor, the award-winning Jukebox Multimedia 20, the AV120 combines popular entertainment features such as complete MP4 and MP3 capabilities, a color display for viewing digital video and pictures, and a voice recorder with the added benefit of a whopping 20GB USB 2.0 hard drive and ingenious accessories.

"We've leveraged years of technological expertise to develop this remarkable product and nothing on the market today comes close to offering the awesome features of our Video AV120," said Albert Hakim, president, Archos Inc.

"We expect this product to be a big hit with anyone looking to fuse their portable entertainment needs with the most advanced technology available. Offering a variety of accessories, the Video AV120 has all the bells and whistles you could need -- camcorder, digital camera, MP3 player, FM tuner and recorder, storage media and for the first time direct digital video recording capabilities -- all in a svelte package that fits in the palm of your hand."

Innovative accessories increase functionality of Video AV120

So customers can affordably extend the capabilities of the Video AV120, Archos has developed an array of add-on modules.

-- Digital Video Recorder -- Record up to 40 hours of video
directly from a TV, Video player or camcorder in VHS quality
and MP3 stereo sound. Once the MP4 video files are stored in
the unit, users can play and view this video anywhere they
want via the built-in color LCD, or just as easily through any
TV or PC.

-- Camera 100 (1.3 Megapixal) -- Unique combination of MP4
camcorder and digital still camera: within seconds users can
change the functionality of the Camera 100 from camcorder to a
still camera to record up to 40 hours of video or 200,000
photos.

-- FM Tuner & Remote Control -- Handy remote easily clips onto
shirt pockets and offers an FM tuner with complete recording
capabilities and an LCD screen for quick access to song lists.

-- Memory Card Readers -- Downloading pictures from a digital
camera and creating a portable photo album has never been
easier than with these memory card readers available in the
following formats: CompactFlash (type I and II), SmartMedia,
MultimediaCard and Memory Stick.

Pricing, Availability & Warranty

The Archos Video AV120 is currently available at leading retailers and Archos.com for $399.95. The optional accessories will be available at www.archos.com at the following prices: Digital Video Recorder $59.95, Camera 100 $99.95, FM Tuner $49.95, and Memory Card Readers, Compact Flash $29.95, Memory Stick & MultimediaCard-in-one $29.95, and SmartMedia $29.95.

May 06 - AT&T Wireless Launches Trade-Up Program for BlackBerry Handheld Users. AT&T Wireless (NYSE:AWE) announced today that it has launched a flexible buy-back and leasing program designed to encourage individuals with older Blackberry Handhelds(TM), operating on networks other than AT&T Wireless, to upgrade to newer models running on AT&T Wireless' next-generation GSM(TM)/GPRS network.

Designed to help customers protect their investment, this program affords businesses the opportunity to trade-in their older device and purchase, or lease, a BlackBerry 6210 or 6710 from AT&T Wireless, facilitated by an aggressive trade-in credit. The company said that its BlackBerry portfolio offers a number of significant advantages over older models running on proprietary networks, including integrated voice and data services, international roaming capabilities, text messaging, web browsing, increased memory, and high-speed wireless connectivity.

This program is now available for individuals or corporations using BlackBerry Handheld models 850, 857, 950, or 957. These users are eligible to receive between $40 and $200 in credit toward the purchase, or lease, of a BlackBerry 6710 or 6210 from AT&T Wireless when coupled with a service plan.

"By providing customers with the flexibility of purchasing or leasing, coupled with a trade-in credit for their older devices, customers can now easily migrate from their less robust, proprietary BlackBerry service to GSM/GPRS -- the global, gold standard in wireless technology and service," said Andre Dahan, president of AT&T Wireless Mobile Multimedia Services.

"Customers benefit from our high-speed wireless voice and data network, and can stay connected to their information on one, simple device that can be used domestically and internationally. This program is specifically designed to provide a clear path for customers looking to upgrade to the most current technology platform and the best-in-class wireless voice and data services in the U.S."

Additional details about AT&T Wireless' BlackBerry solutions can be found at www.attwireless.com/blackberry.

May 06 - EA's Command & Conquer Generals No. 1 PC Game. Command & Conquer(TM) Generals, from Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), has taken the market by storm claiming victory at retail outlets nationwide for two consecutive months. The modern warfare-based game has been ranked the No. 1 selling PC game for February and March, according to NPD Group/NPD TechWorld.

Command & Conquer Generals drops players in the center of global warfare where they are challenged to become a powerful general and control massive armies with cutting-edge military weaponry. The game features three unique sides -- the mighty U.S. Forces, the Chinese war machine and the resourceful Global Liberation Army - each with customizable high-tech arsenals ready to deliver unprecedented firepower on land or in the skies. Battles unfold in a graphically rich 3D environment where players can engage online with up to eight friends, jump into intense head-to-head multiplayer mayhem or go it alone against the computer.

"We're thrilled to see Command & Conquer Generals still flying off store shelves two months into the launch of the game," said Chip Lange, vice president of marketing at Electronic Arts. "Based on the game's No. 1 sales ranking, Command & Conquer Generals definitely has earned itself 'must buy' status for real-time strategy enthusiasts."

"The Command & Conquer Generals development team created a graphically stunning modern warfare experience with deep, challenging gameplay that clearly resonated with consumers," said Mark Skaggs, executive producer at Electronic Arts. "We're excited at how well the product has been received and are inspired to outdo ourselves in developing the next chapter in the Command & Conquer series."

The Command & Conquer(TM) game series has sold more than 21 million units worldwide over the life of the franchise. More information on Command & Conquer Generals including the online features of the product can be found at http://generals.ea.com.

May 05 - HP Delivers Reliable, Affordable Wireless Notebook. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the HP Compaq Business Notebook nx9010, a notebook PC that incorporates proven, reliable technologies and optional wireless connectivity to allow mobile professionals at small- and medium-sized businesses to increase productivity at an affordable price.

The new notebook PC offers the latest in wireless connectivity through optional integrated 54g wireless LAN (local area network) technology. It is designed to work with new wireless networks based on the draft 802.11g specification as well as existing 802.11b wireless networks.

By choosing to integrate 54g integrated wireless into the nx9010 notebook, users can benefit from higher data transfer speeds with broader coverage than current wireless specifications provide. Integrated 54g wireless makes the notebook ideal for business environments with only one access point, enabling mobile customers to significantly enhance their productivity from the office or while on the go.

The 54g wireless technology is also more secure since it was designed to support the Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) standard, which provides significant improvements in data protection on wireless networks. The nx9010 notebook is planned to support the WPA standard through a software update soon.

The HP Compaq Business Notebook nx9010 includes:

-- Intel Pentium(R) 4 and Intel Celeron processors

-- Large capacity 30-, 40-, 60- or 80-GB hard drives

-- Up to 1-GB 266-MHz DDR system memory

-- Choice of 14.1-inch XGA or 15-inch XGA and SXGA+ displays

-- Integrated 10/100 LAN, 56K V.92 Mini PCI modem and optional

802.11b or 54g

-- Eight cell lithium-ion battery

-- Fixed optical drive with CD, DVD, CD-RW or DVD/CD-RW

-- One Type II PC Card slot

-- User programmable instant launch keys, intuitive scroll pad,

touch pad with on/off button

-- One IEEE 1394 port, three USB 2.0 ports, S-Video connector,

port replicator connector

-- ATI Mobility Radeon graphics controller with 64-MB of DDR

SDRAM (shared with system memory)

Available immediately through authorized resellers, the HP Compaq nx9010 with integrated 54g wireless LAN technology starts at an estimated U.S. street price of $1,549.

More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

May 05 - Addonics Announces Serial ATA RAID Solution. Addonics Technologies today announced a new Serial ATA RAID solution that brings high-availability and mirroring to mainstream computers with support for Serial ATA's 150-Mbps transfer rate.

The Addonics Combo RAID System is the most innovative RAID solution for building a high availability or a high performance storage system with the latest Serial ATA technology. It combines the flexibility of the Addonics Combo Hard Drive and the built in RAID Level 0/1 function of the new Serial ATA interface.

The Combo RAID System includes: two IDE-Serial ATA converters; one Serial ATA PCI host controller with on-board RAID Level 0/1 support; two Combo Hard Drive enclosures; and two Combo Hard Drive Desktop Drive Cradles. The Combo RAID System (AERAID35SA) has a list price of $169. Earlier this month Addonics announced a complete family of high-speed Serial ATA storage solutions, which included SATA host controllers, IDE/ATAPI conversion boards, and the first external hard drive kits.

The Combo RAID System fits into two standard 5 1/4" drive bays of any system and takes minutes to install. Because it's based on the Addonics' Combo Hard Drive platform, users can use either hard drive as an external hard drive when it is removed from the computer. Users just need to attach to the back of the Combo Hard Drive enclosure the optional Addonics USB 2.0, Firewire, External Serial ATA or CardBus/PCMCIA interface cable, and they are now ready to transfer data to and from the hard drives mounted in the Combo RAID System.

The Combo RAID System requires two free Serial ATA ports; two free 5 1/4" drive bays; minimum 32MB RAM; 10MB minimum free hard disk space; and one of the following operating systems -- DOS, Windows 3.1, 95, NT 4.0, 98SE, Me, 2000 or XP. The Combo RAID System is immediately available.

Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.

May 05 - Kodak Introduces Kodak PLUSDigital One-Time-Use Camera System. Eastman Kodak Company today announced nationwide availability of its new Kodak PLUSDigital 35 mm one-time-use camera system that gives consumers many of the benefits of digital photography.

The Kodak PLUSDigital camera system offers consumers an easy and inexpensive way to get digital pictures without a digital camera. By providing consumers with their traditional prints plus their digital pictures on a Kodak Picture CD, it allows an easy entry into digital photography that offers the flexibility, convenience and quality of Kodak's premium one-time-use camera.

"We know consumers want to share their pictures digitally but they also want their prints. It is our goal to make digital easier for every consumer, whether they want the ease-of-use of a single-use camera or the sharing benefits associated with digital pictures," said Marc Gibeley, Vice President, New Products and Services, Consumer Imaging, Kodak. "With PLUSDigital, consumers can enjoy the benefits of both film and digital at the same time."

Consumers using the Kodak PLUSDigital one-time-use camera do not have to change their photo behavior. They simply take the camera to any retailer that offers Kodak premium processing and check the box for "Prints Plus a CD." Each Kodak PLUSDigital camera is processed using new Kodak Perfect Touch processing (where available), which individually scans and corrects each picture to reveal more vibrant colors, richer detail and fewer dark shadows--before the photos are printed. Consumers then pick up their pictures and automatically receive a Kodak Picture CD containing their digital images at no additional charge. Now, they can easily share these memories with family and friends, zoom and crop their pictures, and make additional prints.

According to the Photo Marketing Association, the popularity of digital photography continues to grow - nearly 20 percent of American households now own digital cameras. At the same time, a low percentage of these households are using only digital suggesting that consumers are using both film and digital to capture their memories. Consumers who enjoy the benefits of digital technology incorporated in products like the Kodak EasyShare system, still enjoy the ease and flexibility of one-time-use cameras. In fact, another Photo Marketing Association study found that more than 10 percent of consumers use one-time-use cameras exclusively.

Kodak PLUSDigital is available nationally and will retail for $9.99-$11.99 which includes the price of the Kodak Picture CD. There will be significant marketing efforts to launch Kodak PLUSDigital, including a major national television advertising campaign targeting adults beginning May 5th, as well as a different advertising campaign and promotion targeting teens around the back to school timeframe.

For additional information about Kodak, visit www.kodak.com.

May 05 - New Survey Unveils Email Users' Perceptions and Behaviors Regarding Spam. Bigfoot Interactive, the leading provider of strategic, ROI-focused email communication solutions and marketing automation technologies, today announced the results of its first nationwide survey on email.

The Bigfoot Interactive OmniTel telephone survey, conducted across users with home Internet access by RoperASW, explores consumer perceptions, behaviors and interests in regard to receiving, unsubscribing and using email communications in the face of the escalating national debate on "spam" - unsolicited bulk email.

According to the Bigfoot Interactive survey, the majority of email users turned to the delete key as their preferred method of eliminating all types of unwanted email, including both unsolicited and solicited. However, the survey did uncover a greater percentage of consumers using the block feature, setting a filter or clicking on "Report Spam" or "This is Spam" buttons/links as their preferred way of eliminating unwanted, unsolicited email sent without an existing business relationship in comparison to that of other types of email communications.
In addition, email users expressed clear email and inbox preferences to further distinguish critical requested email communications from other types of emails received.

Survey highlights include:

Email Users Take More Aggressive Actions To Stop Unwanted, Unsolicited Email

-- While in all instances "Delete" is the most preferred
method for eliminating all types of unwanted email, a
significantly greater percentage of email users indicated
the use of the block feature, setting a filter or using
the "Report Spam" or "This is Spam" button/link for
unsolicited email without an existing business
relationship compared to other types of emails.

-- The highest use of new spam reporting tools like the
"Report Spam" or "This is Spam" button/link as a preferred
method to eliminate unwanted email occurred with
unsolicited pornography (4.8%). In addition, women were
nearly twice as likely to use the "Report Spam" or "This
is Spam" button/link (6.2% women vs. 3.4% men) or set a
filter against pornography (6.1% women vs. 3.1% men). The
lowest preferred use for such tools was for unwanted
marketing or promotional messaging that was originally
requested (permission-based) (0.8%).

-- 79% of email users agreed that their ISP or email service
provider should treat unsolicited email containing
pornography differently than other types of unsolicited
email.

Email Users Distrust Unsubscribe Process

-- 57.7% of respondents agreed that attempting to unsubscribe
from unwanted emails has resulted in receiving additional
unwanted email.

-- 89.7% of respondents agreed that they would prefer that
their ISP or email service provider include an unsubscribe
option that would safely remove them from email lists.

"False Positive" Concerns Persist

-- 38.2% of respondents agreed that they recently have not
received a requested email sent to them by a trusted
source (such as a friend, family member or company with
which they have a business relationship).

-- 28.6% of respondents agreed that a requested communication
from a trusted source was delivered to a junk mail folder.

High Interest In Separate Folders and Guaranteed Delivery

-- 52.3% of respondents agreed that they would prefer to have
billing alerts and critical service-oriented emails sent
to a separate folder.

-- 50.4% of respondents agreed that they would subscribe to a
free service that guaranteed the delivery of critical
communications such as billing alerts.

"The continued growth of spam is a serious concern for the entire interactive community," said Al DiGuido, CEO of Bigfoot Interactive. "This survey reinforces the call for ISPs, email account providers, marketers, legislators and also consumers to band together in a concerted, cohesive effort to eliminate spam and improve the overall email user experience. In addition, the survey also demonstrates an enormous need for consumer education in the marketplace so that consumers can better distinguish and appropriately respond to different types of unwanted email communications."

DiGuido continued: "In revealing consumers' overwhelming demand that unsolicited email containing pornography should be treated differently by ISPs compared to other types of email, the survey points to a clear need for the federal government to include provisions in legislation specific to unsolicited email containing pornography. Proposed legislation under consideration on Capital Hill falls short of consumers' expectations in this case."

Bigfoot Interactive (www.bigfootinteractive.com) is the leading provider of strategic, ROI-focused email communication solutions and marketing automation technologies.

May 05 - Port Magic Eliminates Complexity of Home Networking for Online Gamers. Pure Networks, Inc., a Seattle-based company dedicated to creating software and services that make home networking easy, useful and secure for everyone, today announced the worldwide availability of Port Magic 1.0.

Port Magic takes the complexity out of playing Internet multiplayer games like Counter-Strike, Battlefield(TM) 1942, Warcraft(R) III, and Everquest(R) by automatically configuring a user's Internet gateway to enable them to connect with friends and fellow players.

"Most gamers spend hours trying to make their games work with their home network," said Steve Bush, President and CEO of Pure Networks. "With the release of Port Magic, it's never been easier to play your favorite games online -- with no worries about your network configuration and security."

Key features of Port Magic include:

-- Automatically manages port forwarding settings on the most

popular Internet gateways so gamers can spend more time gaming

-- Notifies users when applications are trying to access the

Internet through a simple, "instant messaging" style interface

-- Ensures the security of the home network by automatically

closing ports when the user is done playing a game

-- Works with existing games -- nothing special required!

Pricing, Availability and Support

Port Magic 1.0 is available for users of Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 98, Windows 98 SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. For a limited time, customers can purchase Port Magic 1.0 for $39.99 from www.purenetworks.com/portmagic/ (connect time charges may apply). Customers can also download a fully functional 14-day free trial version of Port Magic 1.0 for evaluation.

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

May 04 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. This is another very good week to go out and buy computers and peripherals e.g. you can get; an emachines 2.2 Celeron system for under $400, new NVidia GeForce FX video cards for $99, and AMD Athlon XP desktops at significant discounts.
All stores are heavily advertising and there are many items on sale.

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 is now offering 3 months of AOL with any desktop or laptop purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages, $150 mail-in rebates on all laptops; and 18 month no-interest financing.
Circuit City is offering 12 months no-interest financing and $100-$200 mail-in rebates on all laptops and desktop packages.
Office Depot has 6 months no payment, no interest financing on purchases of $299 and higher.
CompUSA has 12 months no payment, no interest financing on desktop computer purchases of $599 and higher, and $100 mail-in rebate on all Intel Celeron processor laptops.
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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Windows XP Upgrade Guide - All about upgrading to Windows XP.

What You Need to Know About Dial-up Internet Service Rebates - The pros and cons of 'free' Internet service deals.

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
$369
-$130
Circuit City
2. Best Celeron Deal
HP 2.3 GHz complete system
$629
Circuit City
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.53 GHz complete system with 15" flat panel and DVD-RW
$1229
-
Circuit City
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.66 GHz Media Center PC complete system
$1949
-
CompUSA
3. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 3.06 GHz with Hyper-Threading Technology and 15" flat panel
$2149
-
CompUSA
1. Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ complete system (build-to-order)
$545
Office Depot
2. Best AMD Athlon XP System
Compaq 2400+ complete system
$699
-$200
Best Buy
3. Best AMD Athlon XP System
HP 2600+ complete system
$799
-$300
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Laptop
Compaq Celeron 1.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$749
-
Best Buy
2. Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba Celeron 1.8 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$899
-
CompUSA
3. Best Low-cost Laptop
Toshiba Celeron 2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1049
-
CompUSA
1. Best High-end Laptop
Toshiba 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD/CD-RW
$1249
-$50
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Laptop
Toshiba 1.4 GHz Centrino with DVD/CD-RW
$1899
CompUSA
4. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba 2.4 GHz Pentium 4-M with DVD-RW
$1799
+$150
CompUSA
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 80 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$69
(after rebates)
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX 5200 128 MB
$99
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy, CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY Verto GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128 MB
$159
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Asylum GeForce FX 5200 Ultra 128 MB
$179
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 7200 RPM 250 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$229
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 7200 RPM 120 GB hard drive with 8 MB buffer
$99
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
TDK 4X DVD-RW
$219
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 52X CD-RW
$69
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City

 

InfoHQ Quick Jumps to Upgrades from DealTime - Click to check on latest prices
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  GeForce4 FX
Hard Drives Maxtor
  Western Digital
  Seagate
CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
DVD-RW Drives DVD+RW/CD-RW
CPUs All AMD Athlon XP CPUs
  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
Firewall Software All Manufacturers
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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.

May 02 - NVIDIA Extends NVIDIA nForce Platform into Professional Workstation Market. NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today introduced NVIDIA nForce™3 Professional, the Company’s first single-chip, core-logic solution for professional computing environments.

Optimized for the new 64-bit AMD Opteron™ processor, NVIDIA nForce3 Professional platform processors provide a compatible, stable, and reliable computing platform for professional workstation users who wish to exploit the benefits of both 32-bit and 64-bit computing environments. In addition, all NVIDIA platform processors take advantage of the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture—NVIDIA’s “one driver for all platforms” design philosophy—which greatly simplifies IT deployment and enhance low-cost product life cycle management.

“Professional users demand compatibility, stability and reliability from their workstation platforms—features that NVIDIA has been providing for years with their NVIDIA Quadro® family of professional graphics solutions,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, the leading multimedia market research firm.

“The launch today of the NVIDIA nForce3 Professional workstation solution is an important milestone in transitioning professional users to more efficient and faster computing platforms and should extend the company’s leadership position in the professional computing market, which we forecast to be over 2 million units in 2003.”

Designed for professional computing environments, the NVIDIA nForce3 Professional platform processors incorporate advanced technology solutions, including enterprise-class networking, fault tolerant storage designs, and optimizations for NVIDIA Quadro workstation graphics solutions—which are currently supported by an industry-leading selection of certified software applications.

All NVIDIA nForce3 Professional-based systems and motherboards utilize the NVIDIA Unified Driver Architecture (UDA), a single stable system image for simplified deployment and upgrades in the enterprise environment. The NVIDIA commitment to product longevity further ensures IT investment protection. NVIDIA is partnering with ASUSTek Computer Inc, a world leader in motherboard engineering and design, to bring NVIDIA nForce3 Professional-based motherboards to the market.

“Workstations based on AMD Opteron processors will provide the performance and scalability required by customers with even the most demanding applications. NVIDIA’s expertise in platform design and HyperTransport(TM) technology will help ensure AMD Opteron processors are adopted rapidly in a variety of industries, including design, engineering and animation,” said Rich Heye, vice president and general manager of AMD’s Microprocessor Business Unit.

“The features, performance and software support provided by NVIDIA’s new NVIDIA nForce3 Professional platform processors will help provide optimized 32-bit application performance, and spur the migration to the power of 64-bit computing.”

NVIDIA nForce3 Professional-based motherboards are currently sampling to workstation system integrators worldwide. For more information, visit the Company’s Web site at www.nvidia.com.

May 02 - America Online Launchs New Premium Virus Protection Service. America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, and McAfee(R) Security Consumer, a business unit of Network Associates(R), Inc. (NYSE: NET), today announced a new, comprehensive premium virus protection service to help AOL members guard against thousands of known viruses, trojans, and worms, as well as new threats that may arise.

Available now, McAfee VirusScan Online - Brought to you by AOL offers easy-to-use virus protection that enables AOL members to have an even safer and more secure online experience. Always on guard and always up to date, the McAfee Security premium service provides AOL members with comprehensive, PC-based protection that guards files against infection or corruption whether the member is online or not.

A recent online survey shows that three-quarters (75%) of respondents are open to Internet threats because they either do not have or do not update anti-virus software on a weekly basis. In addition, while over 100 million American adults have computers hooked up to the Internet at home, only half of computer-equipped households use anti-virus software, according to recent studies.

The new premium anti-virus service provides users with a desktop solution that goes beyond email protection and helps to guard against infection from peer-to-peer file sharing, Web site downloads, infected CD-ROMs and disks, multi-media files, and more.

Jeff Kimball, Vice President of Product Marketing at America Online, Inc., said: "Every month, about 250 new computer viruses are created, so up-to-date virus protection is critical. This is especially true for broadband users, who spend even more time online. We're delighted to be working with McAfee, the most trusted name in virus protection, to offer AOL members this always on, always up to date premium offering.

" This comprehensive new service can help protect a member's PC whether they're surfing the Net and download a song with a virus, a family member sends a photograph that's corrupted, or a small-office user is given a CD-ROM with an infected file. In keeping with AOL's hallmark ease-of-use, AOL members will also receive regular and automatic updates every time they sign onto AOL - providing the peace-of-mind of knowing they're always protected, while freeing them from the burden of manually downloading anti-virus upgrades themselves."

At launch, McAfee VirusScan Online - Brought to you by AOL is available to AOL members for $2.95 a month. For a limited time, new and existing AOL members can try the premium virus protection service for a no-cost, one-month introductory period. To sign up or to learn more, AOL members can visit AOL Keyword: VirusScan Online.

May 02 - Belkin Announces New Powerline Adapter Products. Belkin Corporation, the leading manufacturer of connectivity solutions, today presents two new additions to its growing line of networking products-the Powerline USB Adapter and Powerline Ethernet Adapter. The Powerline USB Adapter (F5D4050 - ESP $79.99) and Powerline Ethernet Adapter (F5D4070 - ESP $79.99) both offer easy ways to set up all computers in the home for sharing resources by utilizing existing 110-volt electrical wiring. Both will begin shipping in North America on June 1, 2003.

The Belkin Powerline USB Adapter adds networking capability to any USB-equipped laptop or desktop by connecting from a laptop or desktop to a powerline network with a simple, Plug-and-Play connection. The Belkin Powerline Ethernet Adapter installs with a simple connection through the computer's Ethernet port to give you all the benefits of networking. To avoid network disruption and powerline noise, both Adapters use PowerPacket-hopping frequencies that maintain network connections.

In utilizing the 110-volt electrical wiring to connect all computers to create a network, both Adapters eliminate the need to run cabling between computers. Simply plug the Adapter into an available wall outlet and connect it using the included cable to an available port on the computer. Using either Adapter for each computer offers the easiest way to share files and peripherals among all computers, from virtually any room in the home or office.

Benefits:

Transfers data speeds of up to 14Mbps

Works with all HomePlug 1.0-compliant devices

Fits any standard 2- or 3-prong wall outlet

Offers 56-bit DES data encryption to allow for secure data transmissions

For more information visit, www.belkin.com.

May 02 - I/OMagic Jumps into Digital Photography Arena with New ``Digital Photo Library''. I/OMagic Corp. (OTCBB:IOMG), a leading developer and marketer of data storage and digital entertainment devices, recently introduced a new portable, stand alone device that is equipped with a 6-n-1 memory card reader allowing users -- with just one touch -- to conveniently copy all digital images from their camera's memory card into its 20 GB storage space. The new product is the I/OMagic "Digital Photo Library."

The Digital Photo Library allows users to shoot unlimited pictures, then quickly and easily store up to 15,000 pictures without having to connect to a computer. Features include quick image downloads from the camera's memory card to the Digital Photo Library, easy and fast transfers via a USB interface to a PC, and a rechargeable battery that lasts for more than two hours allowing "on the go" image transfers.

"It's cost-effective to own the Digital Photo Library because there is no longer a need for digital camera users to purchase multiple memory cards," said Paul T. McCauley, vice president of Marketing for I/OMagic Corp. "This convenient, two-pound device is the perfect travel companion."

"We believe there is huge growth potential for this product which goes hand-in-hand with soaring digital camera sales," continued McCauley. "We've already received commitments from some of the largest computer and camera retailers in North America."

The Digital Photo Library supports most of today's different types of memory cards including Compact Flash (CF), Smart Media (SM), Memory Stick (MS), Secure Data (SD), MultiMedia Card (MMC) and IBM MicroDrive. The Digital Photo Library has an MSRP of $229.99.

For more information, visit the I/OMagic Web site at www.iomagic.com.

May 02 - 321 Studios Announces Release of DVD X Copy XPRESS. 321 Studios, the leader in DVD backup software, announced today the release of its latest breakthrough in DVD technology: DVD X Copy XPRESS. DVD X Copy XPRESS is the premier DVD back-up software program, allowing users to quickly back-up their private collections with flawless copies of their favorite DVDs.

"We are tremendously excited about the long-awaited release of DVD X Copy XPRESS," said Robert Moore, founder and president of 321 Studios. "The in-house testing has been nothing short of phenomenal. It's faster, easier to use and more complete than any product on the market."

DVD X Copy XPRESS includes the ability to back-up most DVDs within about 60 minutes or less and boasts an extremely user-friendly interface - only two clicks from start to finish. In addition, DVD X Copy XPRESS can compress a DVD-9 to a DVD-5, fitting each backup copy onto one single DVDR or DVDRW.

Users can make back-up copies of their DVD movies with DVD X Copy XPRESS using nothing more than a DVD burner and blank DVD R(W) media, which can be played back on portable and home DVD players as well as PCs with DVD drives. Users simply install DVD X Copy XPRESS, place the DVD movie into their DVD-ROM drive, insert a blank DVD R(W) in their DVD burner, and click the "Start" button. DVD X Copy XPRESS has been tested extensively and is compatible with Windows XP/2000/98/ME.

"We have based our company on two fundamental points: consumers have the right to protect their investment in their DVD libraries and technology can help them do this quickly, easily and safely," said Moore. "DVD X Copy XPRESS offers consumers their best insurance policy yet."

DVD X Copy XPRESS has a sales price of $69.99, with a $20 mail in rebate, for a final cost of $49.99.

All existing owners of 321 Studios' top-selling DVD-copying software, DVD X Copy, will be allowed to download DVD X Copy XPRESS at no cost. For existing customers, this can be accomplished by visiting www.dvdxcopy.com and clicking on the support center.

May 02 - Password Survey Says 64 percent Write Passwords Down. A survey of user names and passwords conducted recently on SearchSecurity.com and sponsored by Rainbow Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: RNBO), revealed that nearly 75 percent of all respondents require end users to change passwords every 13 weeks and that 64 percent of end users report that they have written down their password at least once.
The survey results point to the inherent insecurity of user names and passwords, the weakness of the "last line of defense" for most organizations, and the validation of authentication hardware technologies that can replace user names and passwords cost-effectively and with greater ease of use.

The survey was recently completed by SearchSecurity.com, a leading security technology portal that provides an aggregation of the best information security content on the Internet, as part of a white paper download program. Of the nearly 300 opt-in subscribers who participated in the survey, 60 percent were in IT/IS management and administration with 14 percent in executive management.

Key highlights of the survey revealed:

89 percent of respondents changed their passwords at least once a year.

75 percent change their passwords at least three times a year.

29 percent change their passwords more than seven times a year.

The more frequently passwords change, the more time IT departments spend managing username and password changes.

64 percent of respondents admitted to writing down passwords at least once.

"Once an end user writes down the password, the potential for a breach of business-critical data and applications jumps considerably," said Jeff Laubhan, senior product marketing manager, Rainbow Technologies.

"Look around any office, and you'll find sticky notes on or near monitors or attached to the underside of the keyboard. The survey says companies are concerned enough about securing their systems to deploy user names and passwords, but also face the challenge all companies do - what is the balance between a robust password policy and one that drives people over the edge to write it down?
"Security is only as strong as the weakest link, which is usually a password. You can have the most complicated security system entailing encryption, VPN, secure vaults and more, but it can all be broken with a weak or written down password."

Authentication hardware devices like Rainbow's iKey effectively eliminate the need for usernames and passwords. For more information, visit their Web site at www.rainbow.com.

May 01 - Intel Researchers Teach Computers To 'Read Lips'. Intel Corporation researchers have released software under an open-source license that allows developers to build computers that see and "read lips" the way humans do to better understand spoken commands.

Today's speech recognition algorithms work well when background noise is eliminated or a well-tuned headset is used, but their accuracy rapidly degrades when applications have to cope with noisy environments, such as public places. Combined with face detection algorithms from Intel's OpenCV computer vision library, Audio Visual Speech Recognition (AVSR) software enables computers to detect a speaker's face and track their mouth movements.
Synchronizing video data with speech identification enables much more accurate speech recognition, enhancing a wide variety of computer applications in noisy environments. The AVSR software is part of Intel's OpenCV computer vision library, a toolbox of more than 500 imaging functions that helps researchers develop computer vision applications.

"Intel wants to develop technology that allows computers to naturally interact with the world the way humans do. Human recognition is seldom based on a single type of information. We make decisions by combining information from a variety of sources," said Justin Rattner, Intel senior fellow, Enterprise Platform Group and director of Intel's Microprocessor Research Labs. "The addition of Audio/Video Speech Recognition code to Intel's OpenCV library is certain to drive research and development in vision-assisted speech recognition."

Accelerating Research Into New Uses

Faster microprocessors, falling camera prices and ten times more video capture bandwidth from technologies like USB2 are all enabling real-time computer vision algorithms to run on mainstream PCs. OpenCV is designed to increase innovation in this field by providing source code for a wide range of computer vision and imaging functions. Since its release in 2000, OpenCV has seen over 500,000 downloads of code and has attracted more than 5,000 registered members to its user group.

Developers are using OpenCV code in applications ranging from toys to industrial manufacturing. The software includes C source code for all of the library's functionality and a royalty-free redistribution license. Information about AVSR can be found at www.intel.com/research/mrl/research/avcsr.htm. The OpenCV web site is located at www.intel.com/research/mrl/research/opencv/. Individuals interested in joining the user group can register at groups.yahoo.com and then can subscribe by sending email to OpenCV at subscribe@yahoogroups.com.

May 01 - Worldwide PDA Shipments Declined 11 Percent in the First Quarter of 2003. Continuing economic stagnation affected the worldwide PDA market as shipments totaled 2.8 million units in the first quarter of 2003, an 11.1 percent decline from the same period last year, according to preliminary statistics from Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB). In the first quarter of 2002, worldwide PDA shipments totaled 3.2 million.

Palm held onto the top spot in the worldwide rankings with 32.8 percent of PDA shipments (see Table 1). Although Palm shipped more that twice the units of its nearest competitor, its market share continued to decline. Hewlett-Packard remained in the No. 2 spot with 16 percent of the market, followed by Sony, with market share of 13.3 percent. Toshiba and Sony showed the strongest growth among the top-tier vendors with growth rates of 276 percent and 60 percent, respectively.

"Roughly half of Palm's shipments in the first quarter of 2003 were from the $99 Zire. While Palm makes good margins on this unit, it needs better products at the upper end of the market if it is to maintain its strong position in the enterprise market," said Todd Kort, principal analyst for Gartner's worldwide computing platforms worldwide group. "HP was forced to take a more aggressive pricing posture because of Dell's entry into the market, but otherwise Dell has not yet seriously eroded HP IPAQ sales."

"Dell continued to perform well, as first quarter 2003 shipments of the Axim nearly tripled those from the fourth quarter of 2002. Momentum remained strong as Dell applied various promotions to maintain high levels of demand for its aggressively priced PDAs," said Kort.

Palm OS PDA shipments represented 49 percent of the worldwide market, despite a shipment decline of nearly 400,000 units from one year earlier. The Windows CE market share totaled 36 percent in the quarter, as shipments increased by over 330,000 from one year ago. On an end-user revenue basis, Windows CE PDAs accounted for 52 percent of the market in the first quarter of 2003, while Palm OS licensees had 37 percent of the market, marking the first time Windows CE PDA revenue has surpassed Palm OS.

For more information, visit www.gartner.com.

May 01 - HP to Ship First Itanium 2-based Workstations Running 64-bit Microsoft Windows XP. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced the volume availability of its Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2-based workstations running Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003.

With this offering, developers can create powerful Itanium 2-based technical and business applications for fields such as mechanical computer-aided design and analysis (MCAD/CAE), scientific research, oil and gas, imagery analysis and software development. The offering benefits customers by providing a single desktop from which high-performing 32- and 64-bit applications can be utilized.

Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 takes advantage of the larger memory and higher floating point performance of the 64-bit Itanium architecture while providing a single source base for both 32-and 64-bit environments. Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 is available on both the HP Workstation zx2000 and zx6000.

"By working with strategic partners such as Microsoft, we are able to bring our customers increased compatibility and productivity on Itanium 2-based HP workstations," said Jim Zafarana, vice president of worldwide marketing, HP Workstation Business Unit. "The single operating system running both technical and business applications is designed to allow our customers to decrease desktop hardware, training and IT costs while increasing performance."

"Our Unigraphics NX application provides customers a total engineering solution that allows them to map their product cycle from initial concept, through design, simulation and engineering," said Chuck Grindstaff, president of PLM products, EDS/PLM. "HP is enabling us to offer our leading customers the ability to run larger data sets and to more efficiently simulate and model their products and production processes. Through a single desktop for 32-bit and 64-bit, as well as for technical and business applications, we expect to see a quick return on investment."

"Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 in combination with HP Itanium 2 workstations offers customers an ideal platform to meet the demands of next-generation, high-performance computing applications," said Brian Valentine, senior vice president, Microsoft Corp. "This offering should provide our customers the benefits of technical computing combined with robust Windows-based business productivity tools in a single platform."

"The Itanium 2 processor provides outstanding scalability, reliability and unmatched performance for enterprise and technical computing," said Lisa Graff, director of enterprise processor marketing, Intel Enterprise Platform Group. "HP's announcement today meets the needs of the most demanding customers with a high performing and scalable workstation platform."

Information about pricing and availability is available at www.hp.com/workstations/products/itanium/operating.html.

May 01 - HyperTransport™ Technology Port Shipments To Exceed 200 Million Ports by 2006. The HyperTransport™ Technology Consortium, the nonprofit industry organization that manages the HyperTransport technology specification, today announced that according to a new study from research analyst firm IDC, the worldwide port count for the HyperTransport technology is expected to exceed 30 million ports in 2003, with growth expected to climb to over 200 million ports by 2006. HyperTransport technology is licensed on a royalty-free basis through the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. It is a universal chip-to-chip I/O technology that provides high bandwidth, low-cost and flexible implementations and software compatibility with legacy PCI I/O technology.

"In 2003, HyperTransport technology has clearly established itself in multiple high-volume markets and appears to be well-supported with shipping silicon and infrastructure products by major players in the personal computer, networking, server, communications, embedded systems and consumer market segments," states Vernon Turner, IDC Group Vice President, Global Enterprise Server Solutions. "Aggregate HyperTransport port shipments are expected to grow rapidly from over 30 million ports in 2003 to over 200 million ports in 2006."

"This new milestone illustrates the widespread adoption of HyperTransport technology and our Consortium and industry research shows that HyperTransport is the next emerging I/O standard expected to reach critical mass in the marketplace," states Gabriele Sartori, President of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. "HyperTransport technology-enabled devices can now be found in systems of all types - from low-cost consumer products to high performance supercomputers."

Visit the consortium Web site at www.hypertransport.org.

May 01 - Disney Magic Artist Online Goes Live. Disney Online, part of the Walt Disney Internet Group and creator of the number one kids' entertainment and family community online destination (www.disney.com), has announced the launch of Disney Magic Artist online. Powered by HP, a strategic partner in delivering Disney magic to families in the home and online, the new site lets guests design and print their own coloring pages, greeting cards, calendars, play sets, and personalized, color-printed pages for scrapbooks and photo albums.

Disney Magic Artist Online can be accessed by logging onto www.disney.com/magicartist. Once on the homepage, simply click on any of the five icons: coloring pages, greeting cards, calendars, play sets or scrapbook maker. By selecting one, for example the calendar maker, guests can choose from an array of Disney characters and personalization features.
They then print the designs and color as they wish. In the scrapbook page maker, digital images can be imported directly from the guest's computer to the scrapbook page and instantly sent to their color printer.

"Printables have always ranked among our most popular online attractions," said Ken Goldstein, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Online. "We see this as a unique way for kids and parents to interact while creating something truly memorable. Bringing together all of our creativity tools in an integrated experience is something we have wanted to do for a long time, and HP technology offers our guests even greater advantages in making printing fun."

"Disney Magic Artist Online is a great example of the possibilities that HP technology brings to life for kids and parents," said Mike Weir, Worldwide Consumer Marketing Vice President, HP Imaging and Printing Group. "Our broad technology capabilities, from powerful HP ProLiant servers on the back-end to leading printing products, allow us to offer new and unique experiences for consumers to enjoy."

Currently featured characters at Disney Magic Artist Online include Classic Characters, Pooh, a Princess Collection, Beauty and the Beast, Lion King, and Aladdin. Throughout the site, guests receive exclusive tips and tricks for printing from the experts at HP.

May 01 - CMS Peripherals' EasyMove Data Transfer Kits Make Hard Drive Upgrades Effortless. CMS Peripherals(R), Inc., the leader in backup and hard drive solutions for notebook and desktop computers, today released the next generation of its EasyMove Data Transfer Kits ("Easy Move.")
CMS' transfer kits provide a method for notebook users to transfer all data, applications and the operating system from their old hard drive when upgrading to a CMS Easy-Plug-Easy-Go (EPEG) hard drive. This process enables users to extend the life and maximize the initial investment of their notebook computers.

EasyMove is now shipping with CMS' award-winning Automatic Backup System (ABS) Transfer Software offering a user-friendly interface. The upgraded software features a quick, easy-to-use installation process making hard drive upgrades completely pain-free. Once installed, the robust ABS software automatically initiates a complete data transfer from the old notebook hard drive to the new, higher capacity, EPEG hard drive, with rates up to 75MB per minute.

Another value-added feature of EasyMove is the inclusion of a Quick Start Guide that provides detailed, step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to install and run the ABS Transfer Software. CMS also customized the Quick Start Guides for notebooks from major manufacturers including Dell, IBM, HP/Compaq and Toshiba, while a universal Quick Start Guide is available for all other manufacturers' notebooks.

"The EasyMove Data Transfer Kits offer mobile users and IT managers a cost-effective alternative to replacing outdated and under capacity notebooks," said Ken Burke, president of CMS Peripherals. "With EasyMove's new ABS Transfer Software and Quick Start Guide, upgrading to a new hard drive has never been easier."

The EPEG high-capacity hard drives are complete solutions fully tested for compatibility and reliability to meet or exceed the original notebook manufacturers' drive specifications. CMS' hard drive upgrades are available in capacities from 20GB to 80GB and are compatible with more than 800 models of notebook computers.

Availability

Both the EasyMove Data Transfer Kits and the EPEG Hard Drive Upgrades are compatible with Windows 98/NT/Me/2000 and XP operating systems. Pricing for the EasyMove Kits ranges between $79 and $99 MSRP with a 1-year warranty.

Pricing for the EPEG Hard Drive Upgrades ranges between $189 and $529 MSRP with a 3-year warranty. All of CMS' solutions are available through major distributors, corporate resellers, mail order and direct from the company's Web site, www.cmsproducts.com.

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