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Daily Computer News and Rumors

October 01-07 2002

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

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Oct 07 ATI and DRAM Industry Leaders Announce Specification For GDDR-3
Oct 07 Micron Technology Demonstrates DDR/DDR-II Platforms
Oct 07 Kodak Launches "Perfect Touch" Digital Photo Processing in the Midwest
Oct 07 JABRA Ships Bluetooth Mobile Phone Headset
Oct 06 Sunday Shopping Watch
Oct 04 Canon Introduces New Micro-Portable LCD Projectors
Oct 04 Valicomm Announces Opt-in Spam Control for Microsoft Outlook
Oct 04 Philips Wins Emmy Award for Development of Widescreen TV
Oct 04 Kinder Shield Labs Introduces Child Safe Email Software
Oct 03 AMD to Report Lower than Expected Third Quarter Sales
Oct 03 American Power Conversion Introduces Low Cost USB UPS
Oct 03 Addonics Converters Turn Common Storage Devices into High-Speed SCSI Drives
Oct 03 Disney Interactive Releases Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster
Oct 02 AMD Athlon XP Processor 2800+ to Boost PC Performance
Oct 02 America Online Demonstrates Latest Services and Product Innovations
Oct 02 Worldwide Chip Sales up 2.2% in August
Oct 02 Pacific Digital Ships 48X External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive
Oct 02 Steve Jobs' Keynote to Open Macworld Conference & Expo in January
Oct 02 Broderbund Ships Family Tree Maker Deluxe Version 10
Oct 01 ATI Announces The New ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO
Oct 01 ViewSonic Introduces Low Priced Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC
Oct 01 Toshiba Introduces Mobile PC Drive With Both DVD and CD Recording
Oct 01 NETGEAR Ships 802.11a/b Dual Band Wireless Networking PC Card
Oct 01 Safe Wire-Free Electricity for Mobile Devices Introduced by MobileWise

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Oct 07 - ATI and DRAM Industry Leaders Announce Specification For GDDR-3. In a collaborative effort with the world's leading dynamic random access memory (DRAM) vendors, ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY) has announced the completion of the specification for the third generation of double data rate (DDR) DRAM for graphics, known as GDDR3.

While today's DDR DRAM allows for speeds of up to 400MHz, GDDR3 was designed to initially provide memory clocks of 500MHz, with headroom for up to 800MHz. GDDR3 is targeted for introduction in 2003.

"GDDR3 is the DRAM that will fuel the continued trend in graphics towards life-like virtual worlds," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI is committed to leading innovation on the PC platform, and GDDR3 will allow us to continue to raise the bar and define the industry standard for computer graphics in upcoming product generations."

Over the past four years, advancements in DDR DRAM have allowed simple graphic accelerators that rendered primitive 3D worlds to evolve into Visual Processing Units (VPUs) that render life like cinematic worlds in real time as recently demonstrated for the first time with ATI's RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO and ATI's FIREGL(TM) X1.

GDDR3 not only continues the trend for the graphics industry to be an early adopter of DRAM technology, but is the first DRAM designed specifically for a market before an industry standard is available.

"Our expertise in memory characterization and system implementation is enabling GDDR3 as the ideal high-speed DRAM for graphics," said Terry Lee, Executive Director of Advanced Technology and Strategic Marketing for Micron's Computing and Consumer Group. "We believe the significant performance advantages realized by this device will rapidly drive its adoption in the graphics arena. We expect it will then migrate into a broad range of applications."

"The graphics market has always been an early adopter of new DRAM technology," said Peter Schaefer, vice president, memory products for Infineon Technologies North America Corp. "Infineon has also led the way to bringing high speed memories to market. GDDR3 complements Infineon's development of the high speed graphics DRAMs that are used in today's cutting edge products."

With the completion of the specification late in the summer of 2002, DRAM vendors and users of high speed DRAMs can focus on the next step in the process of delivering products to market. GDDR3 will become available in 2003 and should continue to be an important inflection in graphics for years to come.

Oct 07 - Micron Technology Demonstrates DDR/DDR-II Platforms. Micron Technology, Inc. (NYSE:MU), today announced it is demonstrating multiple internally-developed DDR platforms, including DDR-II, DDR400, and DDR333 systems, at the VIA Technical Forum (VTF).
VTF begins today at the Taipei International Convention Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Micron is the only memory supplier to internally develop DDR system-level solutions and provide customers with the tools for high-speed system design.

With DRAM technology becoming increasingly complex, Micron is focusing on ways to help its customers implement new high-performance DRAM products. "Putting together these types of platforms requires a diverse skill set, and Micron is uniquely qualified to develop these new memory technologies," said Terry Lee, Executive Director of Advanced Technology and Strategic Marketing for Micron's Computing and Consumer Group. "By demonstrating platforms for all current and emerging DDR SDRAM technologies, we are covering all the bases for our computing customers."

The evaluation platforms use Micron components and modules, as well as internally-developed memory controllers and signal analysis software. The DDR-II platform is performing at 533 Mbps per pin and achieving a system bandwidth of 4300MB per second.
"With this system, we have been able to fully characterize the DDR-II memory channel performance while operating in a system environment," added Lee. "While the industry adoption of DDR-II in high volume is not expected until late 2003 and early 2004, our customers benefit from our early system analysis work. Micron will enable our customers to effectively utilize DDR-II memory technology in the same manner as we have DDR-I."

The DDR400 platform is performing at 400 Mbps per pin and achieving a system bandwidth of 3200MB per second. "DDR400 is an incremental speed increase over DDR333 and we have several customers who are developing DDR400 platforms while using our engineering support," stated Lee. "As the leader in this area, we have also defined the DDR400 memory channel and are providing enabling system-level technology for them."

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

Oct 07 - Kodak Launches "Perfect Touch" Digital Photo Processing in the Midwest. Eastman Kodak Company today launched Kodak Perfect Touch processing, its new premium photo processing service, now available at major retailers throughout the Midwest region of the U.S.

One of the most important innovations for photo processing since color, Kodak Perfect Touch processing individually scans and digitally "corrects" each photo - giving consumers the opportunity to see the difference that processing makes. Kodak Perfect Touch processing uses digital technology to improve poorly exposed or backlit pictures giving consumers pictures with more vibrant colors, richer detail and fewer dark shadows. The service will roll out across the rest of the U.S. in 2003.

In test markets, almost 75% of consumers said they saw a dramatic difference in pictures processed with Kodak Perfect Touch. Eleven retailers throughout the Midwest offer Kodak Perfect Touch processing as of today, including Albertson's, CVS/pharmacy, Costco, Dominick's, HyVee, Kmart, Kroger, Meijer, Rite Aid, and Target and Walgreens.

"Kodak Perfect Touch processing gives people better pictures," said Daniel A. Carp, Kodak's chairman and chief executive officer. "If we can give consumers more great pictures, they're going to take more pictures. Kodak Perfect Touch will deliver those great pictures and drive consumers to generate more prints - a clear indication that processing matters."

"As people take more pictures, they will need more processing, which benefits our retail customers as well," Carp said. "Kodak is committed to expanding the benefits of film and driving output for consumer and retailer alike."

According to research released today by Kodak, only nine percent of picture-takers in the Midwest attributed issues with their pictures to processing. In fact, more than half of respondents blamed the problem on themselves.

"Many consumers don't realize that processing has a big impact on the quality of their pictures, and we're on a mission to educate them that their choice matters, " said Jude Rake, Chief Operating Officer, United States & Canada, Consumer Imaging, Kodak. "By getting their pictures processed with Kodak Perfect Touch processing, they can see the difference for themselves."

By fall 2003, more than 40,000 retailers across the United States will offer Kodak Perfect Touch processing. Retail prices will range between $7.99 to $9.99 for single prints, and $9.99 to $11.99 for double prints.

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

Oct 07 - JABRA Ships Bluetooth Mobile Phone Headset. JABRA(R) Corp., the nation's leading provider of hands-free communication products, is now shipping the JABRA FreeSpeak(TM) to retail stores nationwide.

"Business professionals and high-tech enthusiasts have demanded a wireless headset that offers comfort, clarity and affordability," said JABRA General Manager Raleigh Wilson. "Now, JABRA fulfills that need. The JABRA FreeSpeak is unmatched in its 'eargonomic'(TM) design, sound quality, value and compatibility with new and existing mobile phones."

Weighing in at less than one ounce, the JABRA FreeSpeak is made of a soft, sound-absorbing elastomer material that reduces distortions, resulting in crisp sound quality. The earpiece and microphone boom conform behind the ear so each user is guaranteed a comfortable, secure fit. The earpiece also features the new intra-aura JABRA MiniGel(TM), an evolution of the company's patented EarGel(R). This soft, ergonomic gel tip pivots for use in either ear and channels sound into the ear canal, enhancing reception and clarity.

The JABRA FreeSpeak is fully compliant with version 1.1 of the Bluetooth specification. It has a range of up to 30 feet to a phone and utilizes an advanced rechargeable lithium polymer battery that provides up to three hours talk time (Bluetooth phone) or four hours talk time (non-Bluetooth phone) and 96 hours standby time. The wireless headset is designed with easy, intuitive access to volume controls and features visible and audible status indicators. The FreeSpeak also includes an answer/end button that supports voice activation for most mobile phones, so users can make and take calls without touching the handset.

The cordless FreeSpeak headset works with the latest Bluetooth(TM) phones and with many other mobile phones through a Bluetooth adapter. The MSRP for the FreeSpeak headset and charger/holder is $99 (for Bluetooth phones) and $179 for the headset and charger/holder/Bluetooth adapter (for non-Bluetooth phones).

For more information visit www.jabra.com.

Oct 06 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. System prices were mixed this week. Vendors concentrated on advertising higher-priced desktops and laptops.

Laptops - Stores advertised higher-end models in the low-priced laptop category, high-end laptops went down compared to last week.
Desktops - No Intel Celeron desktops advertised, no Pentium 4 low-end desktops were much advertised, Pentium 4 high-end desktops were lower, and AMD Athlon prices were lower.

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

BestBuy is offering 6 months of free MSN with any computer purchase. They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates on all desktop packages and laptops, plus an additional $50 mail-in rebate on all LCD desktop packages.
Circuit City is giving away 3 months of free AOL on any in-store computer purchase. In addition they are offering 12 month no interest financing on all AMD processor desktop packages and laptop computer purchases.
Office Depot has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering 6 months no payments, no interest on purchases of $199 and higher with printed online ad.
Staples has no store-wide computer discounts this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

Note on the "Loaded Celeron" Intel Celerons at speeds of 1.7 GHz or faster are potentially upgradeable to Pentium 4 processors. Slower Celerons are not socket compatible with the Pentium 4.
These faster Celeron systems are more like a low end Pentium 4 system as they often include: 400 MHz bus speed, DDR RAM, CD-RW or DVD drives, and flat screen monitors.

Shopping Alert on Lower Priced Laptops - AMD Duron, AMD Athlon 4, and Intel Pentium III laptops should only be purchased at significant discounts. These processors have been superseded by the newer mobile AMD Athlon XP+ and the Intel Pentium 4-M processors.

About Windows XP. It has been a little over 11 months since Windows XP began to be bundled with new computers. Windows XP became available for separate purchase on October 25, 2001. For more information on Windows XP see our Windows XP Upgrade Guide.

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

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/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 Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
None Advertised
 
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
None Advertised
     
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system
$1149
-$50
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ complete system
$599
-$79
Circuit City
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2200+ system with with 17 inch monitor
$949
-
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.8 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$1349
-
Best Buy, Office Depot
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Sony Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
Circuit City
1. Best High-end Notebook
HP Pentium 4-M 2.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$1399
-$150
Office Depot
2.Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$1599
-
Circuit City
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Warcraft III
$39.99
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
80 GB Western Digital 7200 RPM Hard Drive (online ad)

$79
(after rebates)

-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 40X CD-RW
$39
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 40X CD-RW
$29
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy

 

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

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

Oct 04 - Canon Introduces New Micro-Portable LCD Projectors. The new LV-X2 and LV-S2 micro-portable LCD projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc. a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) allow users to deliver the 'big picture' even in small rooms. Incorporating Canon's newly developed high precision ultra wide-angle lens, exclusive optical box, and 1.4X optical zoom, these cost-effective projectors can display an amazing 100-inch diagonal image from as close as 9.2 feet.

Weighing just 6.4 pounds, the value-packed Canon LV-X2 features XGA resolution (SXGA with advanced compression) and 1100 ANSI lumens, while the LV-S2 features SVGA resolution (XGA with compression) and 1000 ANSI lumens. Both units offer a wide range of projection distances, enhancing applications for educators, business people and home users.

By connecting a Canon camcorder or digital camera to either projector, users can take advantage of high impact presentations in schools and businesses, while home enthusiasts can enjoy "theater-like" displays. For maximum versatility, the LV-X2 and LV-S2 can be connected to a variety of other devices including: desktop and laptop computers (using standard VGA input), document cameras, DVD players or VCRs, using Component, S-Video and RCA terminals. A wireless remote control, user-friendly on-screen display menu, and available USB mouse control, enhance operation function and ease.

"The new Canon LV-X2 and LV-S2 offer an extremely wide display in a compact size," says Yukiaki Hashimoto, vice president and general manager, Photographic Products Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. "For education, business and home theater, our newest projectors provide an unbeatable combination of big picture performance and value in a micro-portable package."

The Canon LV-X2 and LV-S2 will be available in November at authorized Canon dealers, with a suggested list price of $2,999 and $1,999 respectively. For more information, visit www.usa.canon.com.

Oct 04 - Valicomm Announces Opt-in Spam Control for Microsoft Outlook. Valicomm, Inc., a provider of validated communications management software and services, today announced the formation of the company and the launch of ValiMail™ for Microsoft Outlook™. ValiMail for Microsoft Outlook is a software plug-in that effectively stops unsolicited e-mail, more commonly known as spam.

Whereas most anti-spam technologies can only mitigate the spam problem, ValiMail users can eliminate all spam messages without compromising the reliable communication of valid e-mail messages. Other anti-spam technologies such as content filtering, collaborative reporting, and blacklisting of e-mail accounts fail because they cannot consistently distinguish between valid messages and unwanted spam. The result of these partial solutions is partial spam mitigation and the potential for losing meaningful e-mails.

In contrast, ValiMail applies to e-mail the "buddy list" concept often found in instant messaging systems. An e-mail sender who is not already in a ValiMail user’s list of approved sender accounts is required to request the user’s permission to send e-mail messages to that account. The ValiMail user may then accept or decline future e-mails from the sender. The ValiMail service facilitates this permission granting process and also includes mechanisms to prevent spammers from automating permission requests – effectively protecting users’ e-mail accounts from spam.

Valicomm, Inc. Created to Empower Users

"We started Valicomm because, like other Internet users, we face the same problem of spam and have not had much success in stopping it with existing anti-spam solutions. With ValiMail, we are setting a new standard for end-user e-mail control. We are restoring for our users the order they once enjoyed in their e-mail inboxes," said Peter Kim, co-founder of Valicomm.

According to Ferris Research, in 2003 the average individual, even with spam filtering turned on, will still waste 15 hours per year identifying and deleting spam. This translates to an estimated annual productivity loss of $750 per employee for companies, and frustration from e-mail overload due to spam for the individual. Furthermore, Jupiter Research projects that the number of spam messages will rise from 60 billion in 2002 to 200 billion in 2006.

Valicomm addresses this costly plague with a solution that empowers users to control access to their electronic communications channels. Valicomm’s anti-spam technology is the first in a series of ValiMail product features that will create for users a hassle-free, reliable, and private Internet communications channel.

A free trial version of ValiMail is now available for download at www.valicomm.com.

Oct 04 - Philips Wins Emmy Award for Development of Widescreen TV. Philips Electronics (NYSE: PHG) received the prestigious Technological/Engineering Emmy Award for its `lifelong contribution' to the development and commercialization of widescreen television or 16:9 format.

Mr. Lawrence J. Blanford, President and CEO of Philips Consumer Electronics, North America accepted the award at an official ceremony in New York.

"This award acknowledges the leadership role that Philips has played throughout the development of television broadcasting and reception, which has resulted in a constant stream of innovations," said Blanford. "Philips' long-term involvement in this development, and all the research work that has made it possible, reflects the company's commitment to meaningful, human-oriented innovations with the potential to improve people's lives."

"I am pleased that Philips is being recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for its contribution to the development and continued education efforts of the 16:9 aspect ratio," said director Martin Scorsese, founder and president of The Film Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of America's film heritage. "Viewing a widescreen film on a widescreen-formatted set allows viewers at home to watch movies the way the director intended them to be seen."

Today, widescreen TV is firmly placed at the high end of the TV market. Philips is by far market leader in Europe in the widescreen market where the market has developed rapidly. In 2001 more than 50% of digital rear projection TVs sold in the US were widescreen, and early 2002 figures indicate this is now nearly 70%.

Digital direct view widescreen set sales are increasing steadily, and the vast majority of DVD movies are in the widescreen format. The superb picture performance quality, like sharpness and white uniformity of the widescreen Philips TV sets, is the result of a close cooperation with its key partner LG.Philips Displays.

The Emmy Awards are presented by the US National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) which is dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of television and the promotion of creative leadership for artistic, educational and technical achievements within the television industry.

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

Oct 04 - Kinder Shield Labs Introduces Child Safe Email Software. Kinder Shield Labs™ LLC, a provider of safe Internet solutions for children, announces the release of KinderMail™, a new software product that protects children from unsolicited e-mail.

KinderMail's™ unique features allow parents to control who their children interact with while using Internet email. The simple interface allows parents to set up a list of approved senders that the child can correspond with, all other incoming messages are sent to a reject file that the parent can review at their leisure. Additionally, attachments and executable files are also trapped, even from trusted addresses.

"KinderMail™ provides the parent with control over what their children can receive and send, it gives parents the key to safely unlock the potential of Internet email for their children, family, and friends," states Kinder Shield Labs President Douglas Shields, "We have successfully solved this much talked about problem."

KinderMail™ has a simple, child-friendly interface suitable for the targeted age group of 3 to 11.

KinderMail™, which will run on any modern Windows® operating system (Windows 95® and later), is intended to replace traditional e-mail clients such as Outlook Express® and Eudora®.

The product is retailed at 39.95, as an added value, Kinder Shield Labs donates $2.00 from every sale of KinderMail™ to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

For more information about KinderMail, visit the website at www.kindermail.com.

Oct 03 - AMD to Report Lower than Expected Third Quarter Sales. AMD (NYSE:AMD) announced today that sales for the third quarter ending September 29, 2002 will be approximately $500 million. The Company's projection made in connection with the release of second quarter results was for third quarter sales to improve modestly compared to the $600 million in the second quarter. At these reduced sales levels, the Company anticipates a substantial operating loss for the quarter.

"While our flash memory business is improving and showed sequential sales growth for the second consecutive quarter, the weakness in the personal computer market continues to impact AMD," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD's Chief Financial Officer.
"In the absence of any significant improvement in PC demand in the just completed quarter, we accelerated our efforts to reduce processor inventory in the PC supply chain. The aggressive actions we took to lower the total inventory and align the mix with current opportunities had a significant negative impact on our third quarter processor sales in units, revenues and ASP's. Going into the fourth quarter, AMD and its customers are in a much-improved position to take advantage of the anticipated seasonal improvement in demand."

In the most recent Gartner/Dataquest statistics on second quarter market share, AMD achieved 19 percent worldwide combined market share among shipments of Windows-based desktop and mobile computers, gaining one percentage point of overall share compared to the second quarter of 2001.

The Company will provide final third quarter financial results on October 16, 2002. AMD can be found online at www.amd.com.

Oct 03 - American Power Conversion Introduces Low Cost USB UPS. American Power Conversion (APC) today announced an expansion of its award-winning Back-UPS family of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) with the introduction of the Back-UPS ES 350 and 500 units.
These newly designed units offer USB (Universal Serial Bus) connectivity as well as, battery back up, surge and fax/modem/ DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) surge protection all-in-one device.

Power interruptions or outages can cause problems including keyboard lockups, corrupted data, and lost Internet connections as well as hardware degradation and system crashes resulting in complete data loss.

The Back-UPS ES offers high-level surge protection and provides battery backup for your desktop PC, monitor, and other electronic equipment in case of a power failure. In addition, the unit offers surge protection for up to three non-data peripherals such as printers and scanners.

"Home and office computer users are looking for cost-effective, reliable solutions for protecting their hardware and more importantly their data on their desktops," said Joe Loberti, general manager, APC Consumer Network Solutions Group. "The Back-UPS ES provides complete, affordable, all-in-one power protection which includes file saving, auto-shutdown software to increase overall system reliability."

The Back-UPS ES 350 unit will supply up to 19 minutes of runtime for a typical computer system and the Back-UPS ES 500 will supply up to 40 minutes of runtime. These runtimes give users the ability to work through most outages and have plenty of time to save programs and shutdown safely.

APC's new Back-UPS ES 350 and 500 units are currently available in North America and carry a suggested retail price of $39.99 and $59.99.
For more information about APC, visit APC's website at www.apc.com.

Oct 03 - Addonics Converters Turn Common Storage Devices into High-Speed SCSI Drives. Addonics Technologies today announced a pair of SCSI solutions, which convert common ATAPI devices and IDE hard drives to high-speed SCSI devices on all Windows, Macintosh, and Linux-based computers.

The Addonics ATAPI to SCSI and IDE to SCSI converters make high-speed SCSI throughput affordable for any system. Users having difficulty sourcing SCSI storage devices or reluctant to invest in higher-priced SCSI drives can convert common ATAPI and IDE devices to SCSI drives.

With the Addonics ATAPI to SCSI converter low-cost ATAPI devices such as DVD-R/RW, CDRW, DVD, CD-ROM, ZIP or Magneto Optical (MO) drives immediately become a SCSI device. There are no drivers to install and the converter works with any operating system.
The converter also supports SCSI performance up to the Ultra LVD80 SCSI standard, ensures maximum performance of the fastest ATAPI drive as well as minimizing any impact on the performance of other devices in the SCSI chain.

Conversion is simple. Users merely attach the Addonics converter to the back of any ATAPI device. Attach the power cable to the converter and ATAPI device and then attach the SCSI cable to the converter to achieve SCSI throughput in three quick steps.

The Addonics IDE to SCSI converter is similar to the ATAPI to SCSI Converter but converts low-cost IDE drives to SCSI drives.

Both converters are compatible with DOS, Windows 95, 98SE, Me, 2000, XP, NT, Linux and Macintosh and support all SCSI standards up to LVD160 with selectable SCSI IDs from 0-15. List price of the ATAPI to SCSI Converter is $109 and $99 for the IDE to SCSI converter.

Visit Addonics at www.addonics.com.

Oct 03 - Disney Interactive Releases Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster. Disney Interactive is releasing Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster, the only PC title that allows Disney fans and roller coaster enthusiasts of all ages to build and ride their very own Disney-themed, real-time, photo-realistic 3D coasters. Filled with authentic Disney backdrops and props, players, for the first time, can face the challenge in the role of a "Walt Disney Imagineer" as they strive to complete missions created by real Disney Imagineers.

Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster introduces users to the thrill of making Disney coasters in familiar settings such as Toontown, Frontierland, Tomorrowland and Main Street. Players can customize each creation utilizing more than 60 props based on actual rides, buildings, streets and landscapes found exclusively at Disney theme parks from around the world. In addition, Ultimate Ride and Ultimate Ride Coaster Deluxe owners can import and use props from those titles to further personalize their creations.

Each ride is made even more exhilarating with new features, such as triggers, which activate sound effects and prop animations like fireworks, and the Invisible Track, which provides riders the feeling of soaring through the air. The title's revised engine, which automatically upgrades the functionality of Ultimate Ride and Ultimate Ride Coaster Deluxe, also adds to the stomach-churning excitement with enhanced audio and visual effects that make each coaster extremely realistic.

Contenders competing in Imagineering Mission Mode have 15 objective-based coasters to complete that must meet requirements established by Disney Imagineers. Assignments focus on storytelling and recreating world-famous Disney attractions with a personalized touch, such as Space Mountain with the lights turned on. Those interested in building without restraints can participate in Free Form Building Mode, which lets imaginations run wild as gamers create their fantasy Disney attraction, from kid-friendly rides in Toontown, to extreme roller coasters in Tomorrowland.

Once finished, Ultimate Ride Disney Coaster allows players to feel the adrenaline rush of riding their creation through world-renown Disney environments and viewing it from several different camera angles. A panel of Disney's most beloved characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto, are available to provide feedback and serve as judges. The characters amusingly rate elements, such as top speed, ride length and vertical G force, with reactions ranging from wild enthusiasm to discerning disapproval.

The title is available now at retailers for a suggested retail price of $19.99. For more information on Disney Interactive's products, visit http://www.disneyinteractive.com.

Oct 02 - AMD Athlon XP Processor 2800+ to Boost PC Performance. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced Fall availability of the world's highest performing PC processor, the AMD Athlon(tm) XP processor 2800+ featuring an advanced 333 front-side bus (FSB).

With data throughput gains of up to 25 percent, the AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ will boost performance across the board on real-world applications. AMD also announced Fall availability of the AMD Athlon XP processor 2700+ with the advanced 333 FSB.

Limited edition desktop systems featuring the AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ targeted at PC enthusiasts and gamers are expected to be available in late November exclusively from premier enthusiast PC manufacturers ABS, Alienware, Falcon Northwest, MicronPC and Voodoo PC.

"Digital entertainment, particularly gaming, is driving the need for innovative technology to enhance the overall computing experience for today's PC users," said Ed Ellett, AMD vice president of Client Business. "The AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ with its advanced 333 FSB is the ultimate processor for PC customers who demand the highest levels of performance."

"With Unreal Tournament 2003, we've raised the bar and delivered a game that allows PC users to turn up the detail high enough to challenge the most powerful personal computer systems available," said Mark Rein, vice president, Epic Games Inc. "The AMD Athlon XP processor 2800+ is totally up to the challenge. It will deliver the kind of awesome performance demanded by most serious gamers."

AMD partners with industry-leading graphics solutions and chipset developers to help ensure that platforms based on AMD Athlon XP processors provide customers with world-class system performance. The AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+ combined with such innovations as AGP 8X and PC3200 DDR SDRAM will deliver exceptional software performance.

"Our nForce2 platform processors were designed to support AMD's faster 333 FSB, and we are truly amazed with the performance of the new AMD Athlon XP processors 2800+ and 2700+," said Drew Henry, general manager of platform business at NVIDIA. "nForce2-based systems and motherboards featuring NVIDIA and AMD processors will offer consumers the perfect blend of price and performance, and deliver a platform primed to take advantage of today's popular digital media and business applications."

"The VIA Apollo KT400 chipset is engineered to take full advantage of the new AMD Athlon XP processors 2700+ and 2800+ with the advanced 333 FSB, delivering the maximum 2.7GB/s of memory bandwidth to the processor," said Richard Brown, director of marketing, VIA Technologies Inc. "As the only Socket A chipset with AGP 8X currently available in the marketplace, the KT400 will be the chipset platform of choice for gamers and enthusiasts looking to upgrade to the new advanced 333 FSB enabled processors."

For more AMD news and product information, visit www.amd.com.

Oct 02 - America Online Demonstrates Latest Services and Product Innovations. America Online will showcase the Company's latest service and product innovations, including a "sneak peak" of the latest version of the AOL service to be released in October - AOL 8.0 - in AOL's booth # 224 during Internet World Fall 2002 from Tuesday, October 1 through Thursday, October 3 in New York.

Jonathan Miller, Chairman and CEO of America Online, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, October 3 at 9:00 AM in the Special Events Hall.

Demonstrations in the AOL booth will showcase the following products and services:

- "Sneak Peeks" of the all-new AOL 8.0 service which is
scheduled to launch in October.

- The new Netscape 7.0 browser which is designed for consumers
who want to get the most from their time online. Optimized for
the activities people most frequently engage in on the Web --
browsing, searching, communicating, downloading, shopping, and
listening to music -- Netscape 7.0 offers consumers a faster,
more convenient browsing experience through a range of new
features.

- AOL for Mac OS X incorporates the popular "Aqua" look-and-feel
of Apple's OS X operating system with elements such as
luminous scrollbars and semi-transparent windows. It also
features an e-mail and IM counter in the OS X Dock and offers
many new enhancements to e-mail and IMs such as an Address
Book that is accessible from any computer. AOL for Mac OS X
also includes the speedy Netscape Gecko Web browser and offers
many other new features.

- AOL Music featuring a rich array of programming products and
services that make it easy to discover, experience, listen to
and buy music online.

- The AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) (AIM(R)) service for wireless
devices, with instant messaging and Buddy List(R) features
that work across handsets, handheld computing devices and
desktop computers.

AOL can be found online at www.aol.com.

Oct 02 - Worldwide Chip Sales up 2.2% in August. Global chip sales totaled $11.9 billion in August, a 2.2% sequential increase over the $11.7 billion level reach in July, the SIA announced today. On a year-to-year basis, chip sales in August were up 14% from August of 2001, the first double-digit increase from the industry's cyclical low in 2001.

"The August data confirm that the semiconductor industry is in the midst of a broadly-based upturn," stated SIA President George Scalise. "After 5.6% sequential growth in the first quarter of 2002 and 5.8% growth in the second quarter, the double-digit year over year increase in August sales is yet further evidence of a sustained and durable recovery." The wireless market continues to be the strongest end market, as reflected in brisk growth of chips used in handsets, as new subscribers continue to come on line in Asia and existing customers upgrade to newer technologies.

The PC market traditionally shows sequential third quarter growth as a result of back to school purchases and anticipation of the consumer holiday buying season and both trends were in evidence with sequential increases in Microprocessor and DRAM revenues. A number of product lines registered increases in Average Selling Prices (ASP's) in August, as rising demand and the prior runoff of inventory produced a better overall supply/demand balance.

Digital consumer products, such as DVDs, digital cameras and video games, continued to lead rapid growth in Asian markets. Chip consumption in Japan was up 3.5% in August, reflecting Japan's continued strong export sales of popular consumer products. The Asia Pacific market registered growth of 2.7%, led by strong demand for wireless handsets as more and more subscribers come on line in China, the world's largest cell phone market, and Asian consumers migrate to 2.5G technology. Chip sales in the Americas declined 0.7%, reflecting the continuation of the equipment manufacturing outsourcing to Asian locations. In Europe, sales were up 2.8% primarily due to the wireless sector.

For 2002 as a whole, worldwide chip sales are expected rise by 3% to $143 billion. The industry continues to forecast accelerated growth rates exceeding 20% in both 2003 and 2004.

Information about the SIA can be found at www.sia-online.org.

Oct 02 - Pacific Digital Ships 48X External USB 2.0 CD-RW Drive. Pacific Digital Corporation, a leader in storage multimedia solutions, is now shipping a super-fast 48X external USB 2.0 CD-RW drive solution.

The Xtreme48 enables burning speeds of up to 7.2MB/s, making it one of the fastest external CD burners available. The Xtreme48 combines speed and portability with easy-to-use, award-winning SimpliCD recording software from OAK Technology. The drive kit is based on the award-winning Mach48 CD-RW drive, which has twice won the PC World "Best Buy" award as the top CD-RW drive in the market.

"The Xtreme48 is truly a breakthrough in speed and simplicity," said Tony Tate, vice president of sales and marketing. "It gives consumers the ability to achieve burning speeds with a portable drive that were, up to now, only achievable with internal units. In addition, our bundled software has a host of capabilities that are very simple to learn and use. USB 2.0 has gained considerable ground over the last few months and is now becoming part of the mainstream."

The Pacific Digital Xtreme48 is available now at an MSRP of $179. For more detailed product information, visit http://www.PacificDigital.com.

Oct 02 - Steve Jobs' Keynote to Open Macworld Conference & Expo in January. IDG World Expo, the leading producer of world-class tradeshows, conferences and events for IT markets around the globe, today announced that Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, will deliver the opening keynote address for Macworld Conference & Expo/San Francisco 2003. on Tuesday, January 7, 2003 at 9:00 a.m.
Macworld Conference & Expo, San Francisco's largest annual technology event and the world's most comprehensive Macintosh OS event, takes place January 6-10, 2003 at The Moscone Center in San Francisco.

"This is the hottest Mac event of the year, and we look forward to another record-breaking crowd in 2003," said Charlie Greco, president and CEO of IDG World Expo. "Steve's keynote will set the direction for 2003 and kick off another great Macworld."

For more information or to register for Macworld Conference & Expo, please visit www.macworldexpo.com.

Oct 02 - Broderbund Ships Family Tree Maker Deluxe Version 10. Broderbund, a leading publisher of home productivity and digital media software, recently acquired by Riverdeep, Inc., today announced the release of Family Tree Maker(R) Deluxe version 10, the complete and easy resource for building family trees.

On the market for over 10 years, the #1 selling genealogy software program's most recent version of Family Tree Maker Deluxe helps users discover, preserve and share family history by providing tools and information to create detailed, heirloom-quality trees, maps, timelines and reports that can then be personalized and printed, or shared on-line.

Trying to piece together a branch of a family tree, hoping to locate a distant relative, or preparing an album for the next family reunion? Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10 makes this pursuit even more rewarding and enjoyable with powerful new features including the ability to easily save and share files in PDF format, attractive new family tree templates, an improved photo editor and enhanced website integration.

Released in 1989, Family Tree Maker has sold over 4.5 million units and has evolved from a program that once simply offered a database to input names and dates to a comprehensive tool for users to discover, document and distribute family findings. Now, with Family Tree Maker Deluxe version 10, users not only enter important facts and research genealogical records, but they can also bring history to life with powerful search tools and countless trees and templates to beautifully display and share charts, reports and photos.

These can be printed in a variety of formats, burned to CD to share, or preserved in albums for future generations to enjoy. With the software, users can create an electronic scrapbook to include music, recorded voices, photos and favorite video clips. Trees can also be uploaded to a family web page on Genealogy.com for family and friends to view.

"Family Tree Maker Deluxe is the most powerful and complete genealogy software title on the market," says Joe Roberts, Riverdeep's president of worldwide product development and marketing. "With new features such as the ability to save and share trees as a PDF file, our latest version offers more ways for people to share their heritage with family and friends. It's an excellent program that brings older and younger generations together in their efforts to share and preserve family history."

Broderbund can be found online at www.broderbund.com.

Oct 01 - ATI Announces The New ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO. Multimedia on the PC rises to a new level with today's announcement from ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY) of the ALL-IN-WONDER(R) 9700 PRO.
The world's fastest multimedia graphics card joins the award-winning ALL-IN-WONDER(R) family to offer mulTView(TM) for dual TV tuner support and 128MB of Double Data Rate (DDR) memory plus more - powered by the new RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO VPU (visual processor unit) graphics chip with cutting edge 2D and 3D graphics performance.

ATI's new flagship multimedia video card, ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO, will be available this fall for less than USD$500 and will complement the currently shipping ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM) 8500DV at USD$199 and the value-priced ALL-IN-WONDER(R) RADEON(TM) 7500 at USD$149.

"With dual TV tuner support, we've delivered a major customer-requested feature," said Godfrey Cheng, Director of Marketing, Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO delivers many great new features that elevate the Home Theater PC to a brand new level. ATI continues to pack the most excitement into one easily installable solution for maximum performance, features and stability - no other multimedia video card can deliver this much entertainment."

"ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO is designed around the critically acclaimed RADEON 9700 PRO - the industry's first visual processing unit - to deliver top performance, even for hard-core gamers," said Blair Birmingham, Group Product Manager, TV PC Multimedia Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "This groundbreaking graphics chip includes Microsoft(R) DirectX(R) 9.0 support, our VIDEOSHADER(TM) engine and video compression for an extremely high quality video experience. We created ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO for the customer who wants to get the best multimedia experience out of their computer for gaming, video editing and enhanced TV viewing.

"We're also delivering on the high resolution visual experience in the family room by providing Component Output capabilities (YPrPb) with this product. ALL-IN-WONDER 9700 PRO enables unique support for a non-interlaced display in the family room for DVD, personal video recording (PVR), gaming and other Windows-based applications."

For more information, visit our ATI at www.ati.com.

Oct 01 - ViewSonic Introduces Low Priced Microsoft Windows Powered Pocket PC. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today announced that it will expand its current mobile and wireless product portfolio to include a Microsoft(R) Windows Powered Pocket PC device that is the first to break the $300 price barrier.
The Pocket PC V35 operates on the Microsoft Pocket PC 2002 software platform and is the smallest, lightest and lowest priced Pocket PC running the very latest XScale processor from Intel(R).

The Pocket PC V35 provides business customers and general consumers with a rich and familiar user interface and an enhanced personal information manager, as well as the ability to retrieve e-mail, play music, read e-books and watch video. In addition to this broad assortment of applications, ViewSonic will ship a custom Microsoft PowerPoint(R) file viewer and a digital image viewer application with the Pocket PC V35.

"Performance and ease of use are priorities for our customers, but price is still the number-one determining factor for most everyday users," said David Feldman, ViewSonic. "With ViewSonic's Pocket PC V35, consumers shopping for a personal digital assistant will no longer have to sacrifice functionality, application familiarity and style for affordability."

"With the ViewSonic Pocket PC V35, customers will enjoy the same great Pocket PC experience at a very attractive price," said Ed Suwanjindar, product manager in the Mobile Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "We're delighted to welcome ViewSonic as the latest Pocket PC OEM."

At a trim 4.2 ounces, the ViewSonic V35 offers a "no compromises" Pocket PC at the sharply competitive price of $299. An Intel 300MHz XScale processor, along with 32MB flash memory and 64MB random access memory (RAM), combine for high-power performance. The Pocket PC V35 features a 3.5-inch 240 x 320 LCD display, a long life Lithium-ion battery and four launch buttons for easily identifying and updating contacts, tasks, notes and calendar schedules. A convenient and easy-to-use jog dial allows users to quickly and easily navigate through files and applications, while a built-in Secure Digital (SD) slot provides additional memory, input-output and connectivity options.

The Pocket PC V35 will be available in November through national and regional retailers, authorized resellers, distributors and mail order with a one-year warranty. For further information, visit ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.

Oct 01 - Toshiba Introduces Mobile PC Drive With Both DVD and CD Recording. Extending its leadership in developing optical storage products to meet evolving needs, Toshiba's Storage Device Division (SDD) today announced two new combination drives that deliver DVD/CD recordability to notebook and desktop computers.

Based on the DVD-R/RW format, Toshiba's combination drives support the most widely compatible DVD standard, giving consumers the highest level of compatibility with legacy DVD devices.

Toshiba's SD-R6012 slim combination drive -- the industry's first DVD/CD recordable drive for mobile computers -- allows PC manufacturers to deliver unprecedented functionality to mobile computer users, providing both DVD and CD read and write capabilities. Until now, only desktop computers have had the luxury of DVD recordability for applications such as audio/video editing and personal digital compilations.

"Consumers are looking to create, edit, and burn both work-related and personal digital productions -- on the fly and on the go," said Maciek Brzeski, vice president of marketing at Toshiba SDD.

"Our new lightweight combination drive brings DVD recording to the mobile world, providing users with a stepping stone to move from CD to DVD technology for creating and storing family photos, files, videos and other memories people don't want to lose."

The SD-R6012 slim drive supports writing DVD-R/RW at 1X, writing CD-R/RW at 16x/10x, and reads 8X DVD and 24X CD.

Toshiba Also Introduces Its First Desktop DVD Recordable Drive

Increasing the functionality of its popular desktop combination drive with the addition of DVD recording technology, Toshiba also introduced the SD-R5002 recordable drive today. Supporting read and write functionality for the DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD-R/CD-RW formats, the new desktop drive is compatible with the majority of legacy DVD players --enabling PC OEMs to build products that assure consumers of media compatibility when used with other DVD/CD systems.

The SD-R5002 desktop drive is also available as an upgrade kit, allowing consumers with existing desktop computers to add DVD recording functionality. The included industry-leading software provides for theater-quality movie viewing and burning of DVDs that contain personal videos and digital still image slide-shows.

Toshiba's new combination drives are available to PC manufacturers now. In addition, the desktop combination drive upgrade kit is available through distribution or on www.shoptoshiba.com for $349. For additional information, visit www.sdd.toshiba.com.

Oct 01 - NETGEAR Ships 802.11a/b Dual Band Wireless Networking PC Card. NETGEAR Inc., a worldwide provider of easy-to-use, high-performance networking products at prices affordable to homes and growing businesses, today announced the launch of the NETGEAR Dual Band PC Card (WAB501), the industry's first 802.11a/b dual band wireless networking PC card to ship.

The dual band wireless PC card is a critical element in facilitating customers' smooth transition to the faster 802.11a wireless standard.

Unlike other non-standards-based solutions offering proprietary modes which are not compatible in all environments, the NETGEAR Dual Band PC Card is a completely standards-based high-speed solution that is both backward and forward compatible with any IEEE wireless networking standard in the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands.

The Dual Band PC Card protects customer investment in wireless infrastructure operating in the 2.4 GHz band such as the widely deployed 802.11b standard, while being compatible with the newer, higher-speed 802.11a wireless products that deliver faster data transfer rates in the 5 GHz band.

Additionally, it will be compatible with future standards planned for the 2.4 GHz band, such as 802.11g. Now NETGEAR's home and business customers have the flexibility to be connected at the fastest wireless speeds possible through the 802.11a standard where it is available, while also being connected to the more common 802.11b standard in such places as public hot spots.

"Dual mode 802.11a/b PC Cards offer a big first -- client connectivity with complete compatibility," said Mike Wolf, director, enterprise and residential connectivity, In-Stat/MDR. "Whether its 802.11b in 2.4 GHz band or the faster 802.11a in the 5 GHz band, these products will enable the ability to communicate with any widely deployed wireless LAN infrastructure. Additionally, these products are debuting at consumer friendly prices, meaning they will be a good fit for both the home and business wireless LAN market."

Backed by a 3-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, the NETGEAR WAB501 Dual Band PC Card ($180 list price) is available in October via systems integrators, retailers, catalogues and e-commerce sites. For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.

Oct 01 - Safe Wire-Free Electricity for Mobile Devices Introduced by MobileWise. Safe, wire-free electricity is no longer science fiction, as MobileWise, Inc. today launched a technology that solves the "Last Wire(TM)" problem - the dependency on plugging in mobile devices for electric power. The announcement was made during product demonstrations at the Power 2002 Conference sponsored by Giga Information Group.

Los Altos, California based MobileWise demonstrated the first application of its wire-free electric power technology, the Wire-Free-Electricity Base(TM) and its power delivery counterpart, the Wire-Free-Electricity Adapter(TM), the latter residing within or externally attached to a mobile device, enabling the mobile device to draw power from the Wire-Free Electricity Base.

MobileWise is a fabless semiconductor company that offers the first commercial, safe, wire-free electric power technology. The company sells its family of wire-free electric power chipset products to leading mobile, networking and power accessories OEMs. MobileWise chipsets enable a safe, wire-free electric power delivery and management to multiple mobile devices with a variety of power needs, regardless of brand.

Immediately deployable in the aftermarket, the Wire-Free-Electricity Adapter integrates externally into most existing laptop computers and other portable electronic products. Connecting directly to the device power input, it has a tiny footprint, and does not require any redesign of the electronic circuits within the device.

The flat surface of the Wire-free Electricity Base resembles a small desk blotter. Once a MobileWise-enabled device is placed anywhere on the Wire-Free-Electricity Base, it will be powered and charged, as if it is plugged to an electric outlet. The Wire-Free-Electricity Base is as safe to use as a mouse pad - without concerns about liquid or food spills. It's even safe to place metallic or magnetic objects on it. It emits no harmful radiation, and causes no radio interference.

The Base and the Adapter are designed to enable power delivery into a mobile device regardless of its location or orientation on the Base's surface. The Wire-Free Electricity Base even allows multiple mobile devices to be safely charged and powered simultaneously.

MobileWise, Inc. can be found online at www.mobilewise.com.

 

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