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Daily Computer News and Rumors

October 15-22 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
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Oct 22 CenDyne Ships First 4X DVD Recorder
Oct 22 SONICblue Launches ReplayTV 5000 Series Digital Video Recorder
Oct 22 Argus Announces Affordable 3-in-1 Digital Camera
Oct 22 Toshiba Announces Voluntary Recall of Pocket PC e740
Oct 22 Home Networking is Big and Growing
Oct 21 ATI's New RADEON Family Generates Abundance of Design Wins
Oct 21 NETGEAR Launches Industry's First Eight-Port Gigabit Switch
Oct 21 SanDisk Settles Patent Infringement Action Against Flash Card Assembler PQI
Oct 21 The Net Is Saving Travel Industry's Financial Hide
Oct 20 Sunday Shopping Watch
Oct 18 AMD Reports Third Quarter Results
Oct 18 Symantec Reports 34 Percent Revenue Growth
Oct 18 IBM Reports 2002 Third-Quarter Results
Oct 18 Transmeta Corporation Reports Fiscal Q3 2002 Financial Results
Oct 18 New Study Reveals 31% of E-mail Addresses Are Changed Annually
Oct 17 Intel Reports $0.10 Third-Quarter Earnings Per Share
Oct 17 ViewSonic Delivers High-Brightness HDTV-Capable Displays
Oct 17 Panasonic's Latest Hot-Rod Toughbook Tops Fully Ruggedized Speed Charts
Oct 17 America Online Announces End to Third-Party Pop-Up Ads
Oct 17 Actiontec's Wireless-ready Router Available for AOL Users
Oct 16 RADEON 9700 PRO to Power eMachine Desktop
Oct 16 America Online Launches New Version - AOL 8.0
Oct 16 Sonic Ships OpenDVD-compliant DVD Software Player
Oct 16 Intel Unveils Advances In Technology For Cell Phones
Oct 16 Bluetooth To Ramp Up In Markets Outside of Mobile Handsets
Oct 15 Intel Forms Innovation Alliance With Asian Industry Leaders
Oct 15 Toshiba and SofaWare Team to Ensure Secure Routers
Oct 15 CEA Unveils the 2003 Edition of Five Technologies to Watch
Oct 15 Home Entertainment Gets Into the Game at 2003 CES
Oct 15 CyberLink Launches Home Movie PowerProducer

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Oct 22 - CenDyne Ships First 4X DVD Recorder. CenDyne, Inc. today announces that by the end of October, it will begin shipping the industry's first 4X DVD Recorder. The new drive comes with easy-to-use software for recording any type of video, photography, music or data onto DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW media, making it a great storage system for consumers who are now purchasing or will purchase digital camcorders and cameras for the upcoming holiday season.

"More consumers are taking advantage of the low prices of digital camcorders and digital cameras and buying them now -- as a result, they have more digital images to store," said Ed Meadows, president, CenDyne, Inc. "Storing video and photos on a computer hard drive is risky, due to the threat of viruses. Now, consumers can easily use DVD to not only store digital video and photos -- but also create unique home movies with special effects, and to share these memories with friends and family to view on their DVD movie players."

The drive burns discs that are compatible with standard DVD-R and DVD-RW formats, so that movies and photography stored on DVD media can be viewed on a wide range of home DVD players and other DVD burners.

The new CenDyne 4X DVD Recorder comes with easy-to-use Sonic(TM) MyDVD 4(TM) DVD authoring and recording software that allows consumers to archive their VHS home movies or create their own movies and burn them onto DVD media. The MyDVD software lets users capture video clips, transfer video, create and edit movies, add titles and other effects to movies and video, and burn images to a disc quickly and easily.

The drive also reads and writes CD-R and CD-RW media and provides buffer under-run protection and support for CD-RW media. Nero Express, Nero Vision Express and InCD software also ship with the new drive for CD creation.

The CenDyne 4X DVD-R/RW Recorder was designed to be installed internally into a PC; it comes complete with everything necessary to begin recording data right away, including media.

The CenDyne 4X DVD Recorder (model number CDI CD00209) will be available by Oct. 31 at an estimated retail price of $299 at leading computer and consumer electronics retailers.

For more information, go to the company's Web site at www.cendyne.com.

Oct 22 - SONICblue Launches ReplayTV 5000 Series Digital Video Recorder. SONICblue(TM) Incorporated (Nasdaq:SBLU) today announced the launch of the ReplayTV(R) 5000 digital video recorder (DVR) series, the next generation of the Company's Emmy award-winning ReplayTV product line. SONICblue's ReplayTV 5000 series offers consumers unparalleled DVR functionality, including Commercial Advance(R) which affords users the choice to playback recorded shows without advertisements, at prices lower than competitive DVRs available in retail outlets.

"ReplayTV 5000 has all the makings of a homerun for SONICblue," said Greg Ballard, CEO, SONICblue. "The product offers consumers a powerful set of features, even some that are currently being challenged by the networks and studios, and extremely affordable pricing -- the perfect combination to reach mass market adoption. And, with our recently expanded retail partnerships, the product can easily be previewed and purchased in locations across the U.S."

SONICblue's ReplayTV allows users to store up to 320 hours of television or other media content, to choose to playback recorded programs without commercials, to stream programming to other ReplayTV devices within the home and to share content with friends and family who own a ReplayTV. In addition, the ReplayTV 5000 offers users two methods of downloading updated channel guide information, either via a standard phone line or via a broadband home network, ensuring that the device will grow with users as home networking becomes more prevalent.

Pricing and Capacity

The ReplayTV 5000 series consists of:

-- ReplayTV 5040 -- Up to 40 hours of recording capacity for
$299.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of $249.99

-- ReplayTV 5080 -- Up to 80 hours of recording capacity for
$399.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of $349.99

-- ReplayTV 5160 -- Up to 160 hours of recording capacity for
$499.99 (MSRP) plus a $50.00 rebate for an after rebate price of $449.99

-- ReplayTV 5320 -- Up to 320 hours of recording capacity for $899.99 (MSRP)

In addition, consumers must choose either a $9.95 monthly fee, the lowest service fee of any DVR on the market, or a one-time service activation fee of $250 for each new ReplayTV 5000 product purchased. All ReplayTV 5000 models are compatible with cable, satellite and antenna programming feeds.

For more information on the ReplayTV 5000 series, or to buy it directly, please visit www.SONICblue.com.

Oct 22 - Argus Announces Affordable 3-in-1 Digital Camera. Portability, convenience and versatility make the new Argus DC-1540 3-in-1 Digital Camera an essential tool for today's computer-savvy consumers.

Developed by Argus Camera, a leading provider of quality digital, 35mm and Advanced Photo System (APS) cameras, the DC-1540 can be used as a digital camera, a PC cam or a video camera and then be folded up to fit in a pocket or purse. Combine this with two megabytes of internal memory and the convenience of USB plug and play compatibility and you get everything you need to send video or still images using your PC.

"Why should people have to fumble with three cameras when all they really want to do is send snapshots of their children to grandma and grandpa or communicate visually via the Internet?" said Bill Pearson, President of Argus Camera. "They can now use the same device to take their pictures, videos or to conference via the Web."

Designed to be truly portable, the DC-1540 uses two AAA batteries enabling you to take up to 80 pictures with a resolution of 352x288 pixels while you're away from your computer. It also features a 10-second self timer, the ability to power off after being idle for 30 seconds and a frame rate of 25 frames per second for transmitting video images. Plus it comes with a comprehensive software package from ArcSoft.

Affordably priced at $49.99, the DC-1540 is available now at most major retailers in the U.S in November 2002. For more information on Argus and its full line of products, visit the company's Web site at www.arguscamera.com.

Oct 22 - Toshiba Announces Voluntary Recall of Pocket PC e740. Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) is voluntarily recalling its Pocket PC e740 bearing serial numbers 72014641L through 92041620L(a).

These products can experience a loss of data if the battery is allowed to fully discharge or if the battery is disconnected from the product for any reason. The company believes a voluntary recall is the most prudent and responsible way to ensure product quality and customer satisfaction.

Serial numbers can be found on the back of the product. Toshiba CSG is asking customers to call 800/788-1653 to request repair of their Pocket PC e740 product. Packaging with pre-paid postage will be mailed to the customer along with instructions on where to ship the unit for repair.
Customers are urged to back-up their data before sending their Pocket PC e740 in for repair. For instructions on how to do this, customers should reference their Users' Guide or visit the Toshiba Web site at www.pcsupport.toshiba.com for assistance.

Although customers are urged to immediately return their products for repair, customers may continue to use the product without loss of data if they: (1) never let the battery fully discharge; (2) never disconnect the battery from the product; (3) regularly back-up stored data; and (4) always connect the product to an external power supply before changing the battery.

Customers can contact Toshiba at www.csd.toshiba.com for return instructions or further information.

Oct 22 - Home Networking is Big and Growing. Home networks are currently being used in almost eight million U.S. households, and are projected to reach 14 million households by 2004.

That's the finding in a recent study by Solomon-Wolff Associates, a New Jersey-based market research firm.

The study finds that 43 percent of Internet households have two or more computers. This means that 25 million households could use home networks.

"The use of home networks is strongly related to connection speed," said Joey Wolff, partner, Solomon Wolff associates. "Only 20 percent of dial-up Internet users use home networks, but 54 percent of broadband users have networks. If you are already paying for broadband access, the cost of a network to allow more than one person at a time to access the Internet is a good value."

According to Wolff, the projected increase in the use of home networks is a result of several factors. The number of households will continue to increase, and those with two or more computers will also increase. Almost half the Internet households are expected to have two or more computers by 2004, increasing the likelihood of use of home networks. Survey data also indicates that home network users tend to be those who are self-employed and/or those who work from home offices.

"We expect 42 percent of those Internet households with two or more computers to have networks by 2004," said Wolff. "And, we expect to see a growing percent of them using the wireless networks. Currently wireless networks account for only one out of ten home networks."

Located in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, Solomon-Wolff is a 19 year-old research company specializing in high tech and communications issues.

Oct 21 - ATI's New RADEON Family Generates Abundance of Design Wins. ATI Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced that the RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO and the RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO are leading the graphics industry with a barrage of design wins.

ATI's groundbreaking RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO visual processing unit (VPU) and RADEON(TM) 9000 PRO are driving the visual revolution with numerous tier one and custom PC makers including Acer, Apple, Alienware, Dell, eMachines, Falcon Northwest, Fujitsu, Fujitsu Siemens, Gateway, Hewlett-Packard, NEC and Voodoo Extreme.

Launched earlier this year, the RADEON 9700 PRO has blown all competition out of the water with its cinematic-quality images and breakneck speeds, thrilling gamers and PC enthusiasts. The RADEON 9000 PRO, also launched this past summer, delivers the most complete set of features and the highest performance to the mainstream market - at the best price.

"The profusion of design wins from the world's top computer manufacturers proves ATI hit the mark with enthusiasts and mainstream consumers with the RADEON 9700 PRO and the RADEON 9000 PRO," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies, Inc. "We've been crowned the 'king of graphics' and that leadership position is reflected in our market share. ATI is winning because we deliver what the market wants: the most feature rich and performance driven graphics products - and we're doing it on time."

"ATI's new products are meeting with massive success," said Dr. Jon Peddie, President of Jon Peddie Research, the leading analyst firm in graphics and multimedia. "The company has really hit the mark with its RADEON 9700 and RADEON 9000 products - and obviously customers are happy with what they see. ATI's products garnered a large number of the new design wins for this season from OEMs and add-in-board manufacturers worldwide. It's a good indicator that things are going well for ATI, and the industry."

Visit ATI's Web site at www.ati.com.

Oct 21 - NETGEAR Launches Industry's First Eight-Port Gigabit Switch. 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 GS108 Eight-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch, an industry first.

The GS108 addresses the growing network performance needs of an emerging Gigabit Ethernet market that seeks to build powerful, small-scale, high-speed networks capable of moving large files and multimedia applications quickly across the network.

Now bandwidth intensive office workgroups, such as graphic design firms, video production studios, print shops and law offices, have a cost-effective solution for deploying the higher-speed networks required by their unique business processes and applications.

The GS108 is an unmanaged copper Gigabit Ethernet switch featuring eight 10/100/1000 Mbps ports providing the flexibility to seamlessly upgrade existing networking infrastructures to Gigabit technology, while maintaining compatibility with existing legacy network adapters.

The GS108 is the latest member of NETGEAR's growing family of Gigabit networking solutions that includes the GS104, the industry's first small form-factor four-port unmanaged Gigabit switch, the recently announced GSM712 12-port Managed Gigabit Switch and the popular GS524T 24-port Unmanaged Gigabit Switch.

"NETGEAR is solidifying its position as one of the industry-leading providers of managed and unmanaged Gigabit networking solutions designed for small and growing businesses," stated Patrick Lo, CEO and chairman of the board of directors of NETGEAR.

Backed by a three-year warranty and 24/7 technical support, the NETGEAR GS108 Eight-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch will be available in October 2002, via retailers, direct marketers, and e-commerce sites, at a list price of $700.

For more information visit the company's Web site at www.netgear.com.

Oct 21 - SanDisk Settles Patent Infringement Action Against Flash Card Assembler PQI. SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) today announced a settlement with Taiwan-based Power Quotient International Co., Ltd. and Power Quotient International-USA, Inc. (collectively,"PQI") in which PQI stipulated that their flash memory cards infringe SanDisk's U.S. Patent No. 5,602,987 ("the `987 Patent"), and that SanDisk's patent is valid and enforceable.

As part of the settlement agreement, PQI also consented to an injunction and will not manufacture or sell their CompactFlash(TM) or PC-ATA cards in the United States. PQI will pay SanDisk an undisclosed amount to compensate SanDisk for past sales.

Additionally, as part of the settlement, PQI agreed to provide notice to their customers that "PQI CompactFlash(TM) and PC-ATA cards are subject to United States Patent No. 5,602,987. The unlicensed sale or importation of these cards into the United States constitutes infringement of United States Patent No. 5,602,987."

The agreement settles a complaint for patent infringement against PQI that SanDisk filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, which sought damages and an injunction against PQI from making, selling, offering for sale, using or importing into the U.S. all PQI CompactFlash(TM) cards and PC cards that infringe SanDisk's U.S. Patent No. 5,602,987.

Steven S. Baik, senior intellectual property counsel for SanDisk, said, "This case confirms once again the validity and enforceability of the SanDisk `987 patent in the area of flash memory cards. This legal victory sends a clear message that SanDisk will aggressively enforce its intellectual property rights."

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

Oct 21 - The Net Is Saving Travel Industry's Financial Hide. Despite the sluggish economy, an increasing number of travelers are flocking to the Internet to snap up great bargains, fueling the competitive battles between travel suppliers and Web agencies to gain consumers' attention and dollars. According to the latest Consumer Technographics(R) survey by Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR), more online households traveling year over year will contribute to the sustained growth in Web travel.

This year, nearly 26 million US households -- 43 percent of Web travel households -- will book leisure travel online, 12 percent more than in 2001. In 2002, when Web travelers will spend just under 30 percent of their leisure travel budgets online, leisure travel will drive $22.6 billion in revenue. By 2007, 32 percent more households will spend 39 percent of their travel budgets online, generating $49.7 billion.

"Without the Internet, the travel industry's financial performance would be even worse than we're now seeing," said Henry H. Harteveldt, senior analyst at Forrester. "More than six in 10 US households research their leisure travel online today because they know that's where they'll find the best deals."

If they don't like what they see, consumers look elsewhere. Responding to an increasingly demanding and savvy audience, the industry has aggressively developed or enhanced the products it sells to Web travelers.
Aided by new technologies and a hotel product in which it consigns hotel rooms at a "wholesale" rate and resells them to consumers at a retail price it sets, Web travel agency Expedia took the top slot from perennial leader Travelocity.com on Forrester's annual Web Travel Winners list. Value and innovation helped American Airlines and Southwest Airlines move up the ranks, and they landed both United Air Lines and Hilton Hotels on the list for the first time.

"As much as online travel bookers love the Web, they are not loyal to the companies from which they buy," added Harteveldt. "Travel companies are faced with the challenge of making the Web as functional as offline options and ensuring that the best values are always online."

For additional information, visit www.forrester.com.

Oct 20 - Sunday Shopping Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. System prices were difficult to compare as new systems were advertised. Vendors concentrated on advertising higher-priced desktops and laptops.

Laptops - Stores advertised higher-end models in the low-priced laptop category, high-end Pentium 4 laptops prices came down to reasonable levels.
Desktops - Best Buy came out with a great deal on a HP 1.7 GHz Intel Celeron complete system, they were selling it for $599 which is the price the older 1.4 GHz Celeron typically sold at. Could this be the end of the 1.4 GHz Celerons?
Prices were about the same on Pentium 4 desktops, faster systems are starting to sell for $1000 or less. AMD Athlon desktops are not being advertised much as they still seem to be having trouble making any CPU faster than the 2200+.

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 12 month no-interest financing on all laptops.
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 laptops, and desktop packages.
Office Depot has 12 month no interest financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA is offering 6 months no payments, no interest on purchases $199 and higher (when you print online ad and take it to a store).
Staples no ad 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 12 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 Sunday Ad Deals
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.7 GHz complete system
$599
-
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
Compaq 2.4 GHz complete system
$999
-
Circuit City
1. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz with DVD-RW complete system
$1349
-
Best Buy, Circuit City
2. Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.53 GHz complete system
$1149
-
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
None Advertised
Best High-end Athlon XP System
HP 2200+ complete system
$949
-$100
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1600+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1149
-
Office Depot
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba Celeron 1.5 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-
CompUSA
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1699
-
Office Depot
Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.4 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1799
-
Circuit City
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
ATI Radeon 9000 Pro 128 MB DDR

$149
(after rebates)

-
Best Buy, Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Philips 19" Realflat CRT Monitor
$179 (after rebates)
-
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
Sony 48X CD-RW
$49
(after rebates)
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 120 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
$129
(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 18 - AMD Reports Third Quarter Results. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today reported sales of $508,227,000 and a net loss of $254,171,000, for the quarter ended September 29, 2002. The net loss amounted to $0.74 per share, presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

Third quarter sales declined by 34 percent from the third quarter of 2001 and by 15 percent from the second quarter of 2002. In the third quarter of 2001, AMD reported total sales of $765,870,000 and a net loss of $186,929,000, or $0.54 per share. Excluding the effects of restructuring and other special charges, the 2001 third quarter loss was $97,424,000, or $0.28 per share. In the second quarter of 2002, AMD reported sales of $600,299,000 and a net loss of $184,938,000, or $0.54 per share.

"The sequential decline in third quarter sales was primarily due to the aggressive actions we took in the PC supply chain to align our product mix with current customer and end-user demand which has been less than we forecasted," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD's chief financial officer.

"We took more aggressive action in the third quarter than in the second quarter, which masked the progress that AMD is achieving in the marketplace. The sell-through, that is, actual consumption of AMD microprocessors, was higher in the third quarter than in the second quarter. While AMD's unit sales for desktop were hard hit by our actions, we believe we held market share in mobile unit sales and made substantial progress in server unit sales, increasing unit shipments by 17 percent.

" The improved alignment of inventory in the supply chain and the increased availability of the highest performing AMD Athlon XP(TM) processors on 130-nanometer technology should enable AMD and our customers to take advantage of the anticipated fourth quarter seasonal improvement in demand.

"Flash memory product sales grew in the third quarter based on the strength of the high-end mobile phone market, as bit demand for AMD Flash memory continued to increase.

"We are accelerating our strategy to reset our business model and lower our corporate breakeven point. We will begin to implement additional and aggressive actions in the fourth quarter that are expected to significantly reduce our quarterly breakeven point beginning in the first quarter of 2003."

BUSINESS OVERVIEW

PC processor sales of $262 million for the quarter declined by 31 percent from the $380 million reported in the second quarter of 2002. This decline was driven by a drop in both units and dollars of microprocessors for desktop applications. AMD believes it held share in the mobile segment and gained share in the server segment.

Conversion of AMD Athlon XP processors on 130-nanometer technology is now complete, and the Company's Fab 30 plant in Dresden, Germany is now producing 100 percent of its wafer-outs on 130-nanometer process technology. AMD plans to begin production shipments of Hammer-based processors in the mid first half of 2003.

AMD memory sales of $189 million were up 8 percent from the $175 million in the second quarter of 2002. For the second quarter in a row, AMD Flash memory bit shipments reached an all-time record level.
In July, AMD began production shipments of AMD MirrorBit(TM) Flash memory products. AMD MirrorBit architecture is a breakthrough technology that allows Flash memory devices to hold twice as much data as standard NOR Flash devices without compromising device endurance, performance or reliability.

For more information visit www.amd.com.

Oct 18 - Symantec Reports 34 Percent Revenue Growth. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today reported results for the fiscal second quarter 2003, ended Sept. 27, 2002.

Symantec posted revenue for the quarter of $325 million, a 34 percent increase compared to $242 million for the same quarter last year. Performance was driven by continued strength in the company's collection of "must-have" security solutions for individuals and enterprises around the globe.

"In the face of today's difficult economy and the challenge of successfully integrating four acquisitions, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to deliver great value for customers and strong financial results for our investors," said John W. Thompson, Symantec chairman and CEO. "Our business, both consumer and enterprise, is firing on all cylinders across every region."

For the quarter, Symantec's worldwide enterprise security business grew 30 percent compared to the same quarter last year and represented 44 percent of total revenue. Performance in the enterprise security business was supported by 61 percent growth in firewall/VPN sales and 36 percent growth in antivirus sales compared to the same quarter last year. Symantec's security services revenue grew 102 percent compared to the same quarter last year, supported by 127 percent growth in managed security services.

Symantec's consumer business grew 68 percent and represented 38 percent of total revenue, supported by continued strength in consumer antivirus revenue, which grew 76 percent compared to the same quarter last year. Symantec's enterprise administration business represented 16 percent of total revenue and declined 2 percent.

International revenues grew 45 percent over the same quarter last year and represented 47 percent of total revenue in the second quarter. Symantec posted growth in every region. Sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa led the increase with 55 percent year-over-year growth followed by 51 percent growth in Japan, 35 percent growth in Canada, 26 percent growth in the United States and 24 percent growth in Asia Pacific.

More information can be found at www.symantec.com.

Oct 18 - IBM Reports 2002 Third-Quarter Results. IBM today announced third- quarter 2002 results from continuing operations of $.99 diluted earnings per common share compared with $.97 in the third quarter of 2001.
Third-quarter income from continuing operations was $1.7 billion compared with $1.7 billion in the 2001 third quarter. Revenues were $19.8 billion, flat (down 2 percent at constant currency) compared with the third quarter of 2001.

Samuel J. Palmisano, IBM president and chief executive officer, said: "We are encouraged by the solid results the IBM team produced this quarter. In this difficult economic environment, we delivered a good revenue performance and grew EPS. In addition, we gained share and momentum in key businesses.

"Global Services, Storage and IBM eServers, particularly our pSeries UNIX server and Intel-based xSeries line, performed well, despite the economy. We believe both WebSphere and DB2 gained share in a difficult software market. Microelectronics increased revenue for the first time in many quarters and cut its losses substantially.

"Our performance was the result of disciplined execution, backed with IBM's strong strategic position in areas becoming increasingly important in the information technology industry. Customers continue to value and invest in integrated solutions, deep industry expertise, comprehensive services capability, and open enterprise hardware and middleware.

"We recognized early the fundamental changes now taking place in computing and did the hard work to prepare ourselves, including the acquisitions of PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and several software companies. As a result, we are well positioned for the future and believe we will continue to distance ourselves from the competition."

For more details visit www.ibm.com.

Oct 18 - Transmeta Corporation Reports Fiscal Q3 2002 Financial Results. Transmeta Corporation (Nasdaq:TMTA), designer and supplier of the energy-efficient Crusoe processor, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 27, 2002.

On a pro forma basis, excluding a one-time restructuring charge for the payment of severance and benefits related to the July workforce reduction, the benefit from previously recorded inventory-related charges, and other non-cash charges, the net loss for the quarter was $17.8 million, or a pro forma loss of $0.13 per share. This compares with a pro forma net loss of $25.3 million or a pro forma loss of $0.19 per share in the second quarter and a pro forma net loss of $23.1 million or a pro forma loss of $0.18 a year ago.

"We are disappointed with the slowdown in our third quarter revenues," said Dr. Matthew R. Perry, president and CEO of Transmeta. "The overall economic picture continued to constrain end-user spending on computing devices. Our results were affected by adjustments our customers made to their short-term forecasts late in the quarter," he said.

"However, design win activity gained momentum across many geographies in the third quarter. We began our first major shipments to China, and we gained new design wins with other Chinese customers. Interest in Crusoe is very strong in Taiwan, where we won numerous designs for our TM5800 and are seeing very strong interest in our next-generation processor. We also continued to win new designs in Japan," he said.

"Customers everywhere tell us they are choosing Crusoe processors because they like the balance only we can provide of low maximum power, low cost, long battery life and high performance--in that order."

The company said that its first processor based on the next-generation 256-bit Crusoe architecture, the TM8000, remains on plan to ship in the third quarter of next year. "Customers are very excited about the value proposition this product offers over competing technologies. We are already in discussions with several potential customers regarding design-ins," Dr. Perry said.

"Our goal remains to be profitable by the fourth quarter of next year, as we believe we are well positioned with our new products and market focus to achieve growth in the second half of 2003," Dr. Perry said.

On November 7, Transmeta will join Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard in New York as Microsoft officially introduces the Windows XP Tablet PC Edition software, and as Hewlett-Packard debuts its HP Compaq Tablet PC, which is powered by Transmeta's 1-GHz Crusoe TM5800 processor.
Later in the month, the company will be showcasing its technology at Comdex in Las Vegas. Transmeta's products will be featured both at its suites and at some of its customers' and partners' booths, including those of Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Antelope Technologies.

For more information visit www.transmeta.com.

Oct 18 - New Study Reveals 31% of E-mail Addresses Are Changed Annually. A new study indicates that e-mail addresses are changed at the rate of 31 percent annually, causing 53 percent of those consumers to lose touch with personal and professional contacts, as well as preferred Web sites. The survey, conducted by research firm NFO WorldGroup, identified that half of all Web site relationships are lost, on average, due to e-mail address changes. Return Path Inc., the leading provider of e-mail change of address services, and Global Name Registry, license operator of the .name top-level domain, commissioned the study.

According to the study, e-mail address turnover is driven by ISP switching, job changes and consumer efforts to avoid SPAM. Loss of contact with valued Web sites and e-newsletters occurs most often. And, the survey revealed that young adults (53 percent) are significantly more likely to lose these contacts than older individuals (42 percent).

"The rate of e-mail address turnover continues unabated from the pace we first identified in September 2000," said Matt Blumberg, chief executive officer of Return Path. "In addition to the impact on consumer relationships identified, there is a real and significant subsequent financial impact on reputable businesses that rely on e-mail to communicate with their customers."

Notifying contacts of an e-mail address change is no small task, according to the survey. While consumers, on average, registered their e-mail address with more than twelve Web sites, according to the study, e-mail address changers only notified about six Web sites of the change. And, twenty-two percent of those who changed an e-mail address did not notify any Web site about the change. E-mail address changers also reported lost personal and/or professional relationships after switching e-mail addresses.

"The volume and frequency of e-mail address changes suggests that consumers have simply come to accept the hassles that accompany such action," said Earl Quenzel, vice president sales and marketing, Global Name Registry, which offers a lifetime e-mail address that simply redirects incoming mail to a current e-mail account . "Businesses like Global Name Registry and Return Path are responding with solutions that offer consumers the flexibility to change an e-mail address while minimizing lost relationships."

For more information visit www.returnpath.net.

Oct 17 - Intel Reports $0.10 Third-Quarter Earnings Per Share. Intel Corporation today announced third-quarter revenue of $6.5 billion, up 3 percent sequentially and flat year-over-year.

Third-quarter net income was $686 million, up 54 percent sequentially and up 547 percent year-over-year. Earnings per share were $0.10, up 43 percent sequentially and up 400 percent from $0.02 in the third quarter of 2001.

"Although the industry is experiencing one of its worst downturns ever, we continue to move our technology forward, introducing 18 new processors during the quarter, all on our leading-edge 0.13-micron technology," said Craig R. Barrett, Intel chief executive officer. "Our product and technology leadership, combined with solid execution, is paying off, bringing our microprocessor market segment share to its highest level in four years. Going forward, we remain committed to investments in new products and technologies, setting the stage for us to emerge even stronger when the economy and demand recover."

On October 10, a federal court in Texas ruled that Intel's Itanium(R) processor infringes patents owned by Intergraph Corporation. Under the terms of an April 2002 settlement agreement between the parties, Intel agreed to pay Intergraph liquidated damages of $150 million within 30 days of entry of final judgment of infringement, and an additional $100 million if Intergraph prevails on appeal. Intel plans first to seek reconsideration of the ruling by the trial court, and is currently analyzing the accounting treatment for the payments the company may ultimately be required to make.
Based on a preliminary analysis, payments are expected to be capitalized and amortized over a period of years, and the ruling is not expected to have a material effect on Intel's reported results of operations for the third quarter of 2002. Further information concerning the accounting treatment is expected to be included in Intel's Form 10-Q for the third quarter, to be filed in early November.

THIRD-QUARTER REVIEW AND RECENT HIGHLIGHTS

Financial Review

-- The average selling price of Intel Architecture microprocessor

units was slightly lower sequentially.

Product Shipment Trends (Sequential)

-- Intel Architecture microprocessor unit shipments were higher.

-- Chipset unit shipments were higher.

-- Motherboard unit shipments were approximately flat.

-- Flash memory unit shipments were higher.

-- Ethernet connectivity product unit shipments were higher.

Intel Architecture Business

During the quarter, Intel introduced 18 new microprocessors based on 0.13-micron technology, extending the company's performance leadership across all segments of computing. The company also launched four advanced chipsets and announced a range of technologies that will bring increased performance and new capabilities to the computing industry.

Intel increased its desktop performance leadership with high volume shipments of Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processors at 2.8, 2.66, 2.6 and 2.5 GHz. The company also announced plans to introduce a 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 processor that will bring Hyper-Threading (HT) Technology to the desktop in the fourth quarter.
HT Technology allows a variety of multithreaded operating system and application software to run as though the PC has two processors, boosting performance by as much as 25 percent. Intel introduced new chipsets that support HT Technology along with leading edge DRAMs, a faster system bus and higher performing integrated graphics.
The company also increased its value segment leadership with the Intel Celeron(R) processor at 2 GHz, and said it is developing an advanced security technology, codenamed LaGrande, that will be integrated into future Intel platforms.

Intel launched 11 new mobile PC processors for mainstream notebooks at speeds up to 2.2 GHz. The company also announced that its next-generation Banias mobile PC platform will include an 802.11a/b wireless networking solution along with software that will simplify and improve the security of wireless networking. Intel and VeriSign* announced plans to bring wireless security to Banias-based corporate notebooks.

For the enterprise, Intel delivered Xeon(TM) processors at 2.8 and 2.6 GHz for two-way servers and workstations. Intel and IBM* announced plans to develop blade servers that will offer highly scalable performance, new reliability features and a lower total cost of ownership.
In addition, the Itanium 2 processor continued to set new industry performance records. Intel and NEC announced that an Itanium 2-based, 32-way server achieved the world's highest TPC-C benchmark result on a non-clustered Microsoft* Windows* platform. Hewlett-Packard* announced new four-processor performance records on the SAP* R/3 two-tier SD benchmark as well as the TPC-C benchmark.

Intel Communications Group

Intel began OEM customer sampling of a product code-named Calexico that will connect notebook PCs with 802.11 wireless networks in offices, homes and public "hot spots" such as airports, hotels and restaurants. Calexico is designed to support the 802.11 a and b specifications, and is being extensively validated for reliable, secure and easy-to-use wireless connectivity in forthcoming Banias processor-based notebook PCs.

In network processing, Intel introduced its first control plane processor based on the Intel(R) XScale(TM) core along with an applications and services processor based on the Low-Voltage Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processor, enabling cost-effective and flexible design of feature-rich networking systems. In optical, Intel introduced metropolitan area networking products based on tuneable laser technology that deliver multichannel, 10-Gbps throughput across the telecom industry's primary optical networking protocols. In storage, Intel introduced four system controllers, becoming the first company to offer a full line of RAID products that support the leading industry drivers, development tools and firmware.

Intel also announced that it is adding communications capabilities to its forthcoming 90-nanometer (nm) process technology. The company will integrate high-speed silicon-germanium transistors and "mixed-signal" circuitry for a new generation of faster, more integrated, less-costly communications chips to be introduced beginning next year. The announcement underscores Intel's goal of driving the convergence of computing and communications through advances in silicon.

Wireless Communications and Computing Group

Intel introduced Wireless MMX(TM) technology and two flash memory technologies designed to bring the richness and excitement of desktop PC applications to wireless and handheld products based on the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel(R) PCA).

Intel XScale technology-based processors have been adopted in more than 25 newly introduced handheld devices, including PDAs from Acer*, Asustek*, Fujitsu-Siemens*, HP*, Hitachi*, Sharp* and Toshiba*. During the quarter, Sony* introduced the first Palm* operating system-based PDA based on XScale technology, while BSQUARE* introduced the first 2.5G cell phone/PDA based on the technology. Philips* announced a new design that will enable the company and its OEM customers to market a new generation of interactive, digital audio/video devices based on the XScale core. SONICblue* selected XScale technology to power a portable media player that will allow users to watch television programs transferred from ReplayTV* devices as well as play PC-based audio, video and photos.

Technology and Manufacturing Group

Intel disclosed nanotechnology breakthroughs that are anticipated to allow the company to be the first to bring 90-nm, 300-mm process technology into volume production next year. Intel's new process will be the first to combine the smallest, highest-performing transistors utilizing strained silicon, a one-square-micron SRAM cell, and high-speed interconnects that integrate copper with a new, low-k dielectric material. Intel said it plans to reuse over 75 percent of its 0.13-micron, 300-mm process tools when it transitions to 90-nm, 300-mm production, thereby reducing costs and facilitating a mature tool set.

In addition, Intel disclosed an experimental three-dimensional (3-D) tri-gate transistor design that achieves higher performance with greater power efficiency than traditional planar transistors. Intel believes the 3-D transistor will address obstacles to scaling transistors below 30 nm and help continue the pace of Moore's Law beyond the decade.

For more infromation visit www.intel.com.

Oct 17 - ViewSonic Delivers High-Brightness HDTV-Capable Displays. Enhancing its award-winning line of desktop displays, ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, introduces its UltraBrite(TM) high-brightness CRT displays. The G71f+SB, E70f+SB, E90f+SB, A70f+ and A90f+ are designed for users seeking optimal viewing of graphics, games, video and TV (including HDTV), in addition to traditional computer applications.

ViewSonic's new displays optimize color hue, saturation and intensity for Internet, gaming, presentation graphics and video applications by allowing users to increase brightness by three to five times that of traditional CRTs. These UltraBrite CRT displays also offer enhanced features including a dedicated toggle button for brightness level selection, one-touch auto image adjustment, ViewSonic's exclusive PerfectFlat(R) technology and a sleek metallic-silver-on-black design. When coupled with ViewSonic's NextVision(TM) N6 video processor, all of the new monitors can display content from an HDTV source.

"As users demand more advanced technology for digital photography and video applications, ViewSonic continues to improve CRT technology to meet these needs at reasonable prices," said Young Bae, CRT product manager, ViewSonic. "The high brightness capabilities of our UltraBrite CRTs give users the ability to view graphics and video with sharper photo-realism and color intensity at the touch of button."

Offering up to 500 nits of brightness and a maximum resolution of 1280x1024, the G71f+SB is designed with a FD Trinitron(R) CRT for outstanding video, gaming and graphics performance. Through ViewSonic's PerfectFlat screen and UltraBrite technologies, this 17-inch (16.0 inch viewable) CRT offers bright, clear images with optimal color performance. Also available in an all-black design (G71f+B), the G71f+ is currently shipping through authorized ViewSonic resellers, distributors and mail order catalogs at an estimated street price (ESP) of $199.

Featuring 300 nits of brightness and an ultra-fine horizontal dot pitch of 0.21mm the E90f+SB, E70f+SB, A70f+ and A90f+ provide vivid, crisp images for gaming, photo, video and TV applications to education, small office/home office and consumer users. These monitors have 17 or 19 inch screen sizes and range in price from $159 - $259.

For further information, visit www.ViewSonic.com.

Oct 17 - Panasonic's Latest Hot-Rod Toughbook Tops Fully Ruggedized Speed Charts. Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the leading provider of ruggedized portable computers, today announced the release of an upgraded Toughbook(R) CF-28--the world's fastest MIL-STD 810F -tested notebook computer and the first fully shock-and-water resistant model in the company's history with an estimated street price starting at under $2,700.

Featuring Intel's(R) latest 0.13-micron, copper-interconnect 1GHz/733MHz Pentium(R) III Enhanced-SpeedStep(R) CPU, the CF-28 automatically shifts bus ratios, core-operating voltages and processor speeds between full power and power-conservation modes based on workload demand. Other battery runtime enhancements include an ultra-low-power hibernation mode and Intel's Advanced Transfer Cache architecture for faster L2 cache data transfers and reduced system power consumption.

"The new 1GHz CF-28 is a direct response to the evolving needs of our customers for faster processing speeds in a bulletproof, cool-running notebook that can be affordably deployed to their entire field force," said Rance Poehler, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company President. "It is also a reaffirmation of our commitment to do whatever it takes to retain our position as America's largest and most respected supplier of ruggedized computing solutions to industry and public-service agencies."

Poehler cited Panasonic's(R) unprecedented control over virtually every aspect of the CF-28's design and construction for the company's ability to solve heat buildup issues that have stymied competitors' attempts to break the 1GHz speed barrier in a dust, dirt and watertight standard-size, under-nine-pound notebook.

"Panasonic is the only manufacturer building ruggedized computers able to run higher-end Intel processors without a cooling fan," Poehler said. "At Panasonic we don't define units with fans as fully ruggedized. We design and build our own magnesium-alloy cases, most of the key components inside those cases, and the proprietary heat-dispersal systems for those components. One of our major competitors offers a Taiwan-OEM-made 'rugged' unit that needs a fan and outside air intake to keep from burning up. That kind of design would never meet our case-integrity standards.

"When we decide to upgrade a model, we don't call some third-party vendor and say 'Hey, Charlie, toss a faster CPU into that model starting with serial number 1025598.' We do new design studies, build new prototypes, and test every conceivable combination of CPU and chipset to ensure the computer exceeds all our temperature control, power efficiency and durability standards.

"That's why we can guarantee that the 1GHz CF-28, the fastest fully ruggedized Toughbook ever made, is as rock-solid and dependable in a crisis as any of its predecessors."

The new Toughbook CF-28 features 256MB of PC133 SDRAM (512MB maximum), a 30GB stainless-steel-encased removable HDD with polymer damper, an integrated drive bay for a 1.44MB floppy (standard) or optional CD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-ROM, or DVD/CD-RW combo drive, a lithium-ion battery pack, integrated GPS capability, and a wide-array of integrated wired and wireless connectivity options. Screen options include a 12.1-inch SVGA anti-reflective TFT active-matrix color LCD, a 12.1-inch SVGA transflective TFT active-matrix color LCD touchscreen, and a 13.3-inch XGA transmissive, anti-reflective, TFT active-matrix color LCD touchscreen.

Legendary Toughbook durability is assured by a full magnesium-alloy case with elastomer-protected corners and bottom cover, the shock-mounted hard drive, a string-silicon seal between case halves, seamless rubber gaskets around component doors, fully sealed display screen, keyboard, touchpad, port and hinge fittings, stay-tight case hinges and a bonded scratch-and-mark resistant finish.

Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained at http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook.

Oct 17 - America Online Announces End to Third-Party Pop-Up Ads. America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today announced that it will no longer accept third-party pop-up advertising or merchandise sales on the flagship AOL service. The announcement was made by Chairman and CEO Jon Miller at today's "AOL Live@Lincoln Center" salute to members, celebrating the launch of the new AOL 8.0.

Mr. Miller said: "This new policy will contribute to our most important goal -- a better member experience. AOL is an effective medium for advertisers, and we're working with our partners to continually improve the opportunities available to them by offering enhancements like standardized sizing and placement of advertising. The most important thing we offer advertisers, though, is the chance to be part of a service that consumers love, and we've determined that pop-ups aren't the best way to do that. By ending third-party pop-ups and merchandise sales we are giving our members what they want --which in turn will make AOL an even better vehicle for our advertising partners."

The new policy will take effect as the Company works through the inventory of ads and merchandise promotions it is already committed to run. AOL will continue to utilize a variety of mechanisms including pop-ups to notify members about key features on the service, and on a limited basis, to make special offers from AOL Time Warner. Members will notice a significantly reduced volume of pop-up ads once the company has fulfilled its current commitments.

AOL further announced today that it will make it easier for members to find and change their marketing preferences, and opt-outs will no longer expire on an annual basis.

America Online, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL Time Warner Inc. Based in Dulles, Virginia. They can be found online at www.aol.com.

Oct 17 - Actiontec's Wireless-ready Router Available for AOL Users. Actiontec Electronics has announced that its Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router will be one of the first routers to enable multiple users to log on to America Online (AOL) at the same time with just one Internet connection. This gives subscribers to AOL's broadband service the ability to have more than one PC in the house simultaneously accessing AOL content and traveling through cyberspace.

The Actiontec Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router has been designed to easily network PCs and notebook computers allowing them to share Internet connections through an Actiontec USB DSL Modem or any Ethernet DSL or Cable modem. Its ability to handle two computers over a wired connection and up to 32 more using an 802.11b compliant PC card gives everyone on the network the ability to use AOL to surf the Internet at high speeds. The router has been tested and approved by America Online for use with AOL Broadband.

Installing the router is easy using Actiontec's new installation system. An automated setup wizard that utilizes color-coded cables and an on-screen pictorial guide helps users through the installation process and will get even the least-technical user set up and networking in minutes.

The automated wizard, known as Connection 1-2-3, automatically detects and verifies network settings and TCP/IP readiness of each computer and corrects problems, keeping user intervention to a minimum.

The router, the first of its kind to enable the use of USB modems for networking, features two WAN ports - one USB connection for use with the Actiontec USB Home DSL Modem and the second for use with any Ethernet cable or DSL modem. It also has three LAN ports - for high-speed Ethernet networking, a USB LAN port and a "wireless-ready" slot for an 802.11b compliant card, which activates wireless networking. There is also a second slot for future cards that will permit applications such as wireless printer sharing and VoIP access for Internet-based phone calls.

In addition, the Actiontec Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router features a built-in firewall, advanced 64- and 128-bit wireless security encryption, advanced Web site and Web service blocking, and power filters designed to audit and report Web browsing activities.

The Actiontec Dual Mode Wireless-Ready Cable/DSL Router carries an MSRP of $99.99 is available through AOL's online store - Keyword: AOL Shop Direct.
Each package will include a router, an AC power adapter, an Ethernet cable, a USB cable, Quick Start Guides and the Actiontec Installation Buddy(TM), and Connection 1-2-3(TM). The product is compatible with Windows 98 or higher for a PC and System 7.1 or higher for a Macintosh.

For more information, visit www.actiontec.com.

Oct 16 - RADEON 9700 PRO to Power eMachine Desktop. ATI Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:ATYT) (TSX:ATY.TO) today announced that its revolutionary RADEON(TM) 9700 PRO Visual Processing Unit (VPU) will power the new eMachines T2200SE (Special Edition), a high-value, affordable desktop PC designed for gaming and multimedia enthusiasts and priced at under $1,000.

ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO boasts key features that deliver unparalleled performance and visual quality. The VPU's eight fully programmable parallel rendering pipelines, combined with Microsoft(R) DirectX(R)9 support and AGP 8X support, delivers a stunning level of raw performance.

"ATI is the graphics solution of choice for PCs sold into the retail market and we are developing a powerful brand along with our customers," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "As the undisputed leader in the graphics space, the RADEON 9700 PRO's power and performance is the perfect addition to eMachines' impressive line of desktop PCs."

"eMachines wanted the world's greatest graphics chip to power the T2200SE, so without hesitation, we chose ATI's RADEON 9700 PRO," said Gary Elsasser, Vice President, Technology and Platform Development, eMachines, Inc. "With the spectacular performance and cinematic-quality visuals of the RADEON 9700 PRO, eMachines is continuing to deliver the best high-value PCs to consumers."

In every key area, the RADEON 9700 vastly exceeds the performance of any other product on the market. Among many groundbreaking advancements, the RADEON 9700 has made the leap to DirectX 9.0 support, AGP 8X support, 256-bit memory interface, over 110 million transistors, 8 pixel pipelines and 4 vertex engines.

In addition to featuring the new RADEON 9700 PRO VPU, the eMachines T2200SE will also feature an AMD Athlon (TM) XP 2200+ with Quantispeed (TM) architecture, 512 MB DDR memory, 40x CD-RW drive, 16x DVD drive, 100 GB hard drive, built-in 10/100 Mbps Ethernet port, six USB 2.0 ports and three 1394 Firewire ports for optimum device connectivity. The new eMachines T2200SE is available at www.emachines.com.

Oct 16 - America Online Launches New Version - AOL 8.0. America Online, Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, today unveiled AOL(R) 8.0, the newest version of its convenient and easy-to-use flagship service. Reflecting AOL's unmatched focus on consumers' online experience, AOL 8.0 enhances the features that members use most often, introduces a new approach to programming that will provide more relevant and timely content throughout the day, and builds on the sense of community that has always been at the heart of AOL's popularity.

AOL 8.0 responds to consumers' most frequently-cited concern -sorting through unwanted e-mail - giving members greater control over their incoming mail with a mail sorting feature that lets them choose to view only messages from people they know. The new version also introduces a distinct new online experience for members using broadband connections, and a new premium service, AOL(R) Call Alert, that lets members on dial-up connections know when they are receiving incoming telephone calls.

AOL began a Sneak Preview release of the AOL 8.0 software last week, letting members download the new version beginning on Wednesday October 9. Already, more than 1.5 million members have done so.

To help members learn what new features are available and how to make the most of them, AOL will be presenting a series of "AOL Classes" chats with AOL For Dummies author John Kaufield. The one-hour discussions will take place at 8:00 tonight and tomorrow night, and at 7:00 on Thursday, October 17 at AOL(R) Keyword: AOL(R) Classes or AOL Keyword: AOL Live. AOL 8.0 also includes a new "Did You Know?" feature that provides members with contextual explanations for new AOL 8.0 features.

Availability

AOL members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can upgrade to new version AOL 8.0 at AOL Keyword: Upgrade now, and later this fall at AOL Keyword: Nuevo AOL 8.0. Others can download the new version at www.aol.com.

Oct 16 - Sonic Ships OpenDVD-compliant DVD Software Player. Sonic Solutions (NASDAQ:SNIC) today announced the release of Sonic CinePlayer 1.5, the world's first OpenDVD(TM)-compliant DVD software player.

The newest member of Sonic's complete line of DVD creation and playback applications, Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 delivers exceptionally-high-quality DVD video and audio playback while incorporating support for OpenDVD, enabling OpenDVD-compliant DVDs to be opened, edited and re-burned using OpenDVD applications.

"Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 is a major step forward for software DVD players," said Takumi Kigoshi, Product Manager, Computer Peripherals and Applied Digital Products for TDK Electronics Europe GmbH.
"Not only does Sonic CinePlayer provide us with a stable and compatible DVD playback engine with great performance, but it is the first step toward linking the DVD playback and DVD creation experiences. We are very excited about this new, innovative, DVD player for the Windows platform."

"With the advent of OpenDVD, personal DVDs have become a dynamic medium that can change over time, and the new Sonic CinePlayer 1.5 takes advantage of this technology to provide a tightly-integrated experience," said Mark Ely, Vice President and General Manager --Desktop Products Group at Sonic Solutions.
"Sonic CinePlayer also incorporates advanced technology for high-performance playback with exceptional video quality, delivering a truly cinematic viewing experience."

CinePlayer is now available for sale on the Sonic web store at http://estore.sonic.com for US $49.95.

Oct 16 - Intel Unveils Advances In Technology For Cell Phones. Intel Corporation today announced several advances in memory and processing technologies that will help to significantly improve battery life, performance and storage capacity for cell phones.

The latest additions to Intel's lineup of leadership technologies include the world's first 1.8 volt multi-level cell wireless flash memory chip based on .13-micron process technology. In addition, Intel is delivering new microprocessors using innovative packaging technology that "stacks" memory and processor chips together, bringing powerful computing and memory capabilities in a single system package designed specifically for wireless devices based on the Intel(R) Personal Internet Client Architecture (Intel PCA).

"The convergence of voice and data in the wireless industry is requiring new innovation in silicon technology," said Ron Smith, senior vice president and general manager, Intel Wireless Communications and Computing Group.
"In addition to longer battery life and higher performance, we have to address size and space issues. Intel is using its unique microprocessor and flash memory manufacturing and packaging expertise to develop and deliver some very compelling, breakthrough technologies to the wireless handset market." Smith made the announcement at the Intel Developer Forum in Taipei.

More information on 1.8 Volt Intel StrataFlash Wireless Memory can be found at http://developer.intel.com/design/flcomp/prodbref/251890.htm. More information on the new processors can be found at http://www.intel.com/go/ap.

Oct 16 -Bluetooth To Ramp Up In Markets Outside of Mobile Handsets. While mobile handsets are expected to account for approximately two-thirds of the Bluetooth devices that will ship in 2002, and cordless headsets will also be a growing category, Allied Business Intelligence's (ABI) new Bluetooth report notes that there are significant opportunities for Bluetooth semiconductor vendors in other markets, especially computing.

"As market consolidation begins to take place among Bluetooth semiconductor vendors it is increasingly important for these players to identify tangible markets outside of the mobile handset opportunity," said Navin Sabharwal, Director of Residential & Networking Technologies and report author.

"In our view one of the most significant opportunities is the computing segment, which is expected to ramp up markedly in the 2003-2004 time period. Microsoft's recent addition of Bluetooth support for Windows XP will be a critical driver for Bluetooth adoption in computing devices as PC OEMs treat this as a green-light to accelerate their Bluetooth integration programs."

ABI projects that computing devices will account for 21% of all Bluetooth-enabled devices that will ship in 2003, with a 27% share by 2007. The coming wave of Bluetooth cordless input devices including mice and keyboards will be an important factor in driving PC OEMs to embed Bluetooth functionality. Cordless computing peripherals have shown tremendous growth in recent years and Bluetooth will increasingly displace IrDA and proprietary RF technologies as Bluetooth chipsets continue to drive down the cost curve and exhibit improved power efficiency.

The ABI report "Bluetooth - The Global Outlook for Bluetooth Component and Equipment Markets" examines the evolution of Bluetooth technology, analyzes potential overlap with other wireless technologies, forecasts the IC market and segments Bluetooth device shipments into 15 categories. The report projects Bluetooth IC shipments to increase rise from 11.2 million in 2001 to 33.8 million in 2002. In the longer run the Bluetooth semiconductor market is forecast to grow to just over 1.1 billion chipsets by 2007, with associated revenues of $2.54 billion.

Allied Business Intelligence Inc is an Oyster Bay, NY-based technology research think tank that publishes research and technology intelligence on the wireless, broadband, electronics, networking and energy industries. Details can be found at www.alliedworld.com

 

Oct 15 - Intel Forms Innovation Alliance With Asian Industry Leaders. Intel Corporation's vision of "anytime, anywhere computing," fostering seamless interaction among desktop, notebook and handheld computers, and such consumer electronic products as televisions and stereos, took a giant leap forward today with the creation of the Innovation Alliance.

The announcement, made at the Intel Developer Forum in Taiwan, was supported by a host of leading Asian computing design companies. Joining Intel were Asustek, Compal, FIC, Foxconn, Gigabyte, Inventec, MicroStar, Mitac, LG, Quanta, Samsung and Wistron.

Initial product offerings based on the output from Innovation Alliance will be available in 2003.

"This is the first time an agreement of this magnitude has been made between such world-class Asian companies and Intel," said Jason Chen, vice president, sales and marketing group general manager of Intel's Asia-Pacific operations. "We're very pleased and honored to be working with these companies as we accelerate the pace to deliver products based on next-generation usage models sooner than if we had worked separately."

Central to speeding up the pace of innovation is the shared vision of where desktop and mobile computers are going. Intel's recently published Desktop and Mobile Platform Vision guides identify consumer and corporate end-user desired experiences. These guides provide direction on the technologies and base features needed to deliver these experiences in mainstream clients. The Desktop Platform Vision Guide, as the name suggests, focuses on the next generation of mainstream desktop platforms.

"The Innovation Alliance is a great example of companies working together to bring new, innovative ideas to the desktop PC that truly benefit end users," said Louis Burns, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. "We are happy to be working with these leading Asian companies, and we are looking forward to a successful collaboration."

The Mobile Platform Vision Guide describes next-generation mobility platforms, including notebooks in the thin-and-light, mini, sub and mini/sub convertible categories.

"The formation of the Innovation Alliance is a major step in advancing the mobile PC platform," said Anand Chandrasekher, vice president and general manager of Intel's Mobile Platforms Group. "We are excited to be working with key design firms to accelerate innovation along the vectors of mobility -- vectors that include extended battery life, outstanding performance, new thin-and-light form factors and simple, secure and seamless wireless connectivity."

The Platform Vision guides are available at http://developer.intel.com/platforms/desktop/vision/.

Oct 15 - Toshiba and SofaWare Team to Ensure Secure Routers. SofaWare Technologies, a Check Point(TM) Software Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq:CHKP) company, and Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., Network Products Division (NPD), today announced they have joined forces to ensure the broadband Internet experience for home and home office computer users is safe and secure.
The new partnership reflects both companies' commitment to utilize SofaWare's Safe@ Internet security software in providing users with a new line of secure, turnkey cable modem gateways.

"Toshiba is committed to providing the most secure broadband experience on the market. The Safe@ security software developed by SofaWare and based on Check Point's enterprise-class and industry standard Stateful Inspection technology, is state-of-the-art," said Fred Berry, vice president and general manager for Toshiba NPD.
"Consumers purchasing Toshiba's wireless cable modem gateway will now have the same level of protection that large enterprises have relied on for years."

The first Toshiba NPD solution to include SofaWare Safe@, the PCX5000 Wireless Cable Modem Gateway, was recently awarded DOCSIS, Wi-Fi and WHQL certifications, ensuring it meets with industry specifications and guarantees the modem's interoperability with qualified cable system headends.
Unique in its class, the PCX5000 is a complete home networking solution that includes a cable modem, wireless and wired router and Safe@ Internet security software based on Check Point Software's market-leading VPN-1(R)/FireWall-1(R) technology. The PCX5000 can be configured through an intuitive Web management interface, simple enough to use by anyone.

"We are extremely pleased that Toshiba has chosen to partner with SofaWare to incorporate the Safe@ solution into their leading cable modems," said Sheila Aharoni, vice president, business development, SofaWare Technologies. "The powerful combination of Toshiba and SofaWare ensures peace-of-mind for broadband user and an easy way for service providers to deliver essential value-added security services to their customers."

Unlike PC-based firewalls that only protect a single computer, SofaWare's Safe@Home(TM) is the first comprehensive security solution designed to protect multiple Internet devices behind a single residential gateway. This unique approach allows protection for multiple PCs, laptops and other Internet-based multimedia devices. Additionally, a seamless upgrade path will allow for more comprehensive security solutions in the near future, including remote management by a service provider. This will greatly simplify installation, configuration and maintenance, and also will enable value-added security services, such as content filtering and email anti-virus.

For more information, visit www.sofaware.com.

Oct 15 - CEA Unveils the 2003 Edition of Five Technologies to Watch. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) today released the 2003 edition of Five Technologies to Watch, a publication that identifies five up-and-coming technologies expected to become major players in the consumer electronics industry during the next year.

Included in the latest installment are digital display technology, convergence of wireless devices, digital imaging, flash memory and electronic entertainment/games.

The 2003 edition is all about size and portability - the smaller and more mobile, the better. From video screens that can be rolled up and placed in your pocket to a PDA/mobile phone/digital camera combination, each technology promises to enhance both the way we work and the way we play.

Far from an advertisement for exciting new products however, Five Technologies to Watch is geared toward industry professionals, media and financial analysts and provides a comprehensive analysis of all five trends and their impact on the consumer electronics market.

Each of the five technology sections details the strategic issues, market forecasts, consumer perspectives, key players, partnerships, business models, and public policy changes for that particular technology.

"Five Technologies to Watch illustrates the boundless possibilities of digital technology," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "By analyzing where these technologies have been, where they are now, and, most importantly, where they are going, it is clear that the consumer electronics industry is poised for a bright future."

CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org.

Oct 15 - Home Entertainment Gets Into the Game at 2003 CES. New gaming hardware, software and accessories will converge with home entertainment at the 2003 International CES, the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, held January 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nev.

"The 2003 International CES is the must-attend event for anyone involved in the $15 billion electronic gaming industry," said Karen Chupka, vice president of events and conferences for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the producer of CES. "Gaming consoles continue to make steps toward positioning themselves as the centerpiece of the home entertainment experience by converging several technologies such as DVD players, broadband connections and hard drives for storing music and games.

"CES will showcase gaming through several show exhibitors, technology pavilions, a CES SuperSession and its own designated CES conference track. If it's gaming, it's at CES," added Chupka.

Even CES' own viral attendee marketing campaign uses gaming to spur on excitement for the show. Tomorrow 200,000 industry professionals will be sent an online game, testing their electronic racing skills to see how fast they can drive to Las Vegas. Individual top scores for the Sirius Satellite Radio Las Vegas Challenge, will be posted daily on www.CESweb.org/race.

Many of the major players in home entertainment are weaving gaming into their business strategies. Microsoft used the past two Consumer Electronics Shows to debut its Xbox and online gaming. InterAct, an industry leader in gaming accessories, also uses CES to debut its new products.
Other exhibitors at CES, such as DTS, Dolby and Monster Cable, show how gamers can take their entertainment to the next level with home theater technology. Plus, CES offers a platform for the latest in wireless gaming products to be displayed.

Online registration is available at www.CESweb.org, the interactive source for CES information.

Oct 15 - CyberLink Launches Home Movie PowerProducer. CyberLink Corp., a leading developer of digital video software and e-learning solutions, announced toady the total wizard style software that enables anyone to produce home movies & photo slideshows.

This latest development offers step-by-step guide for users with little time or knowledge of video editing and burning, to produce movies and photos onto CDs or DVDs. With PowerProducer, in just 3 easy steps, users can import photo or video files from video capturing devices, then perform basic editing functions like adding special effects and creating chapters to the video clip. It also features the "QuickBurn" solution, a one-click step to capture video from DV camcorders directly into DVD disks.

According to the Jon Peddie reports, over 1.3 million DVD Recordable drives were shipped in 2001 and anticipated to swell to over 30 million by 2004. "Digital video applications will be one of the stimuli for Media recording growth," stated Alice H. Chang, CEO of CyberLink Corp.
"Home users would want to store their home videos into lasting digital disks. Yet they need software solutions with the least learning curve to produce home DVDs or CDs for sharing and storing. PowerProducer is exactly the software to fulfill this need."

PowerProducer is designed with the users in mind. Based on the HTML interface, it features a wizard-style interface with detailed instructions and information to guide users start to finish. According to Alex Weng, Product Manager of PowerProducer, "Even first timers will be able to produce movies with PowerProducer. We want to give them the best out-of-the-box experience."

PowerProducer is now available in retail and OEM bundled versions. More information can be found at www.goCyberLink.com.

 

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