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Daily Computer News and Rumors

September 16-22 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
Date
(Click on story to read, use your Browser's back button to return to the Index.)
Sep 22 Sunday Shopping Watch
Sep 20 Symantec Collaborates With White House to Secure Cyberspace
Sep 20 M+ Integration's Morton Describes Complete Home Control
Sep 20 Consumers to Receive More Than 3,900 `Spam' Messages Annually by 2007
Sep 20 MINOLTA-QMS Introduces $799 Color Laser
Sep 20 IBM Unveils Industry's First Software for Secure Web Services
Sep 19 HP Provides IT Flexibility to Emerging Businesses with New ProLiant Servers
Sep 19 Cyber Attacks on Commercial Websites on the Rise
Sep 19 U.S. Broadband Subscriber Market Will Grow 361% by the End of 2007
Sep 19 IBM announces ViaVoice Translator for Compaq IPAQs
Sep 19 Canesta Targets Mobile Users With World's First Projection Keyboard
Sep 18 Intel Delivers 11 New Processors for All Mobile PC Segments
Sep 18 Samsung Announces Industry's First 2GB DDR DIMM Modules
Sep 18 IBM and Intel to Cooperate on Blade Servers
Sep 18 New SuSE Linux 8.1 Available on October 7th
Sep 18 Veo Launches New Camera Line for Personal Digital Assistants
Sep 17 HP Introduces Space-saving Business PCs
Sep 17 Canon Expands 'capture-to-print' Solutions With New Line of Consumer Products
Sep 17 SONICblue to Launch Rio S10 and S30S Portable Digital Music Players
Sep 17 Bluetooth Wireless Market to Add More Than $12 Billion in Revenue
Sep 17 Nintendo's e-Reader Turns Trading Cards Into Video Games
Sep 16 Toshiba Tecra 9100 Series Features New Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M 2.2GHz
Sep 16 F-Secure Warns of Linux "Slapper" Worm
Sep 16 Broderbund Launches 3D Home Architect Professional 5.0
Sep 16 Consumers Abandon Landlines and Increase Mobile Calls

Sep 22 - 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

Notebooks - Lower priced notebook prices went down compared to last week and high-end laptops stayed about the same.
Desktops - Intel Celeron desktop prices were lower than last week, Pentium 4 desktops were much higher, while AMD Athlon prices were about the same.

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.
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 desktop packages and laptop computer purchases.
Office Depot has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
CompUSA has 6 months no payments, no interest, on any purchase $199 and higher. 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
HP 1.4 GHz complete system
$569
-$10
Circuit City
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP/Compaq 2.0 GHz complete system
$1150
+$80
Best Buy
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
HP 2.26 GHz complete system
$1340
+$200
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 2000+ complete system
$969
-
Circuit City
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2100+ complete system with 17" flat screen monitor
$1299
+ $200
Circuit City
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$1199
-$150
Circuit City
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1700+ with DVD/CD-RW
$1299
-
Best Buy
Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1749
-
Circuit City
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 60 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

$69
(after rebates)

first
time
listed
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 120 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
$149
(after rebates)
first
time
listed
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4400 128 MB DDR Video Card
$199
(after rebates)
first
time
listed
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 40X CD-RW
$30
(after rebates)
first
time
listed
Best Buy

 

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CD-RW Drives 40x/48x Write Speed
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  All Intel Pentium 4 CPUs
Antivirus Software All Manufacturers
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Additional Information. For additional technical information, advice on how to buy a laptop or desktop, and vendor and manufacturer links, please see our Computer Buying Advice page.

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

Sep 20 - Symantec Collaborates With White House to Secure Cyberspace. Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq:SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, culminated its involvement with a road map written by the White House for securing the nation's critical cyber infrastructure by participating today in the unveiling of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

Symantec's involvement with the Strategy began in February 2002 when it submitted its input to Richard C. Clarke, Special Advisor to the President for Cyberspace Security and head of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Symantec provided information and recommendations for securing the nation's cyber infrastructure specifically at the small business and enterprise level, outlining where the largest potential cyber threats exist for businesses and the steps that need to be taken through a public/private partnership to help businesses secure their computer networks. In addition, Symantec also outlined best practices for increasing security throughout the computer networks of government agencies and entities. Lastly, Symantec provided Clarke with a recommended list of top priorities for national IT security research.

"This initial strategy for securing the nation's cyberspace is a sterling example of what public and private entities can do when they work together for the benefit of the nation's best interests when it comes to homeland security," said Clarke. "Symantec's help with the Strategy was extremely beneficial, and we look forward to working with them in the future as we continue to coordinate efforts for securing the nation's critical infrastructure."

"With more than 85 percent of the nation's critical infrastructure owned and operated by private entities, public/private cooperation is critical to securing our nation's virtual borders," said John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO, Symantec Corp. "This blue print creates a national approach for individuals and enterprises to follow regarding Internet security. We pledge our full support for expanding the Strategy and helping to carry out its recommendations."

The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace contains more than 80 specific recommendations for action, by the public and the private sector, to improve cyber security. It highlights government and private sector programs already underway to implement the strategy and it raises topics and issues for continued analysis and debate that may be included in future releases of strategy.
The Strategy was developed as a result of the outreach conducted by the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board to individuals, businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement entities and dozens of national associations for their input on elements that should be included in the Strategy, in addition to the issues surrounding national cyber security that need to be addressed. The Strategy can be viewed or downloaded at www.securecyberspace.gov.

For more information on Symantec, visit www.symantec.com.

Sep 20 - M+ Integration's Morton Describes Complete Home Control. M+ Integration, Inc. introduced its new M+ Complete Home control systems at CEDIA. The M+ Complete Home system will integrate the operation and control of multiple off-the-shelf electronic devices and systems, including audio/video entertainment systems, lighting systems, heating and air conditioning systems, surveillance devices, security systems, communication devices, home office networks, and other home appliances.

When asked about the future of home control systems, Doug Morton, co-founder and VP, Interfaces and Databases, replied:

"Information networks and control systems have already revolutionized business productivity in the office and factory. Interconnectivity and automation have dramatically changed and improved the way business is conducted and accomplished. That same interconnectivity/automation revolution is coming to your home. Imminently, currently isolated islands of electronics/controls (audio/video, HVAC, security, lighting, communications, appliances, irrigation, PCs/peripherals, etc.) will talk to, interact with, and control each other through a local area home network.
"With M+ software, that network and all the devices on it will be accessible, programmable, and controllable via a portable wireless WebPad (think of this as 'your ultimate home page'). It will also be accessible remotely from anywhere in the world via any Internet connected device (PC, PDA, cell phone…)."

Implemented well, home network/automation systems will simplify complicated tasks, automate tedious and/or time-consuming ones, save energy, increase your security, deliver exciting new entertainment choices, and generally enhance whatever lifestyle you pursue.

Examples - Home networks and automation systems will:

-- Integrate the power of the Internet and your home computer network with your home entertainment system. View customized news and weather. Watch any movie ever made anytime you wish. View/edit /share digital photos and video. Download music and organize custom play lists.

-- Consolidate into one intuitive portable device all the remote control devices associated with your increasingly complicated, multi-component (tuner, pre-amp, amplifier, TV monitor, VCR, DVD, cable box, game box, cassette deck, CD player, satellite dish, TIVO, etc.) audio/video systems. For example, by simply pressing the "Play DVD" button on your on your M+ webpad touch screen, your TV monitor turns on and switches to the right input and channel, the receiver powers up and switches to the right input and mode, your DVD player powers up and tells you whether the DVD is present or not, the lights dim, and your shades are closed.

-- Automatically control lighting systems to adjust to changing sunrise/sunset time; to sense your physical location turning lights on and off as you require them; to imitate your presence when you are away; to optimize themselves for a quiet romantic evening, a dinner party, family time, bedtime, or viewing video entertainment in a home theater.

-- Monitor your home security and surveillance systems. View video cams from anywhere in your home or anywhere in the world (via the internet). Check on the baby upstairs or the babysitter while you're next door. Have the system page/email you if any specified event occurs (fire, gas leak, water leak, break-in, etc.), or simply to let you know that your children arrive home safely from school. Automatically turn off your HVAC system if your security system detects smoke. Check to make certain the doors are locked, the garage door is shut, the oven is off, again from anywhere in your home, or remotely. Check on your vacation home, the home of your aging parents, or your own home you left with your teenagers while you went away for the weekend.

-- Share expensive components (Satellite, DVD player, TIVO, audio, etc.) with all TV/monitors and rooms in the home. Watch whatever you want wherever you want without the need for duplicate systems.

-- Network all the personal computers in your home, allowing family members to share high-speed Internet access lines, files, and peripherals (printers, scanners, etc.).

-- Network and integrate your home office with your work office.

-- Centralize family calendars and messaging systems.

-- Have your irrigation system monitor the weather as it determines how often and how much to water.

-- Automate your heating and air conditioning system to provide optimum comfort while at home and optimum energy conservation while away or asleep. Even allow your energy provider to manage your energy use for you (e.g. telling your refrigerator when to go into the defrost mode, or your dishwasher when to run), substantially reducing energy consumption in high use cost periods.

-- Set your home to gently "wake up" with you each morning. Automatically have coffee brewing; classical music playing; room temperature(s) adjusted; drapes and shades opened; email, reminders and a customized newspaper retrieved from the web and printed on your laser printer; security system turned back off; CNN broadcasting…

-- Empower your telephone system with features equal to those with which you've grown accustom at the office (multiple flexible lines, individualized voice mail for each family member, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, call forwarding, etc.). Automatically redirect your calls to follow you to the office, or around town. When the phone rings in the middle of the night, have the light next to it on the bedside table dimly turn on automatically.

-- Simplify your life by eliminating the need to learn/remember multiple control "languages" (one for the security system, one for the irrigation system, one for the phones, one for your computer network, several for you're A/V system), and by consolidating all of your home's controls on one simple, intuitive, wireless, portable, operator panel - your "home's homepage".

Says Morton, "All of the preceding, and much more, is achievable and commercially available today. However, because this is currently accomplished on a one-off highly customized basis, utilizing still expensive low volume components, and requiring high-level programmers with each installation, the prices for such systems, often $30,000 to $100,000 or more, are currently prohibitive for most prospective users.

This will change. The technology is rapidly increasing in performance and becoming much easier and cheaper to implement. The trends in hardware cost, bandwidth, wireless, broadband, processing speeds, memory, touch screens, and communication standards, combined with the availability of new internet-based content (movies, education, music, business services…) will all serve to dramatically expand the market opportunity."

To learn more about M+ Integration and its products, visit the Company's web site www.mplusint.com.

Sep 20 - Consumers to Receive More Than 3,900 `Spam' Messages Annually by 2007. Jupiter Research, the global leader in Internet and technology analysis, today reports that consumers will receive unwanted e-mail with increasing frequency in the coming years and that by 2007 the average e-mail consumer will be exposed to more than 3,900 `spam' messages annually.

The Jupiter Research Report titled, "Marketing & Branding Forecast: Online Advertising & E-mail Marketing Through 2007" projects that the amount spent annually on e-mail marketing campaigns will grow exponentially in the coming years from $1.4 billion in 2002 to $8.3 billion in 2007.

"Consumers have learned to deal with `spam' the same way as junk mail: they delete it before reading the messages they actually want to read," said Jared Blank, Jupiter Research senior analyst. "In 2001, U.S. consumers received over 140 billion `spam' e-mails and that number will grow significantly in the next five years. A growing number of individuals will begin using separate e-mail accounts and e-mail filters set up specifically for dealing with `spam' and other unwanted mail."

Consumers will be Exposed to Additional Clutter

Since 2001, the average amount of `spam' received per user has increased from 3.7 to 6.2 e-mails per day. Within the course of the next five years, the total number of unwanted e-mail messages sent will increase significantly, reaching more than 645 billion `spam' messages annually by 2007. Jupiter Research also predicts that in five years, the average online user will be exposed to 830 marketing impressions online per usage day, almost doubling from an average of 447 impressions in 2000.

E-mail Marketing Volume to Grow at a 25 Percent Compound Annual Growth Rate Through 2007

Jupiter's research indicates that retention campaigns will dominate the volume of non-spam e-mails over the next five years, but marketers will spend more on acquisition e-mails through 2004. The proliferation of newsletters, combined with the overall growth of e-mail marketing, will cause consumers to ignore newsletters and `spam' messages in greater numbers, thereby reducing the branding and messaging effectiveness of these missives.

By contrast, as intense competition drives down the cost to conduct e-mail marketing campaigns, companies will increase the volume of retention email on sharply reduced budgets. To lift open and response rates, marketers have to find new ways to utilize the data collected in costly CRM systems, personalizing messages in an attempt to make offers more relevant.

"The economic slowdown of the past two years has forced once free-spending companies to scrutinize marketing budgets much more closely to justify their overall expenditures," said Blank. "As a result, budgets are under the microscope and marketers are demanding more bang for their buck. Successful e-mail marketing campaigns can no longer consist of blast messages to massive lists, but instead must directly target the specific interest of the individual consumer. Marketers who continue to send relevant, timely and targeted messages will cut through the clutter; those who do not will be ignored."

Additional highlights and forward-looking analysis from "Marketing & Branding Forecast: Online Advertising & E-mail Marketing Through 2007," include:

- Whereas text e-mails will continue to comprise the majority of
e-mail volume until 2004, in general HTML messages receive a
better response rate from consumers.

- Rich media e-mails will occupy a niche until 2005, by which
time they will comprise one-fifth (19 percent) of e-mail
spending. By 2007, rich media e-mails will capture 25 percent
of the market as marketers learn to use this type of e-mail in
a cost-effective manner.

- Jupiter Research forecasts that the number of active e-mail
users in the U.S. will grow to 165.4 million by the end of
2007, up from 104.5 million at the end of 2001.

Jupiter Research is headquartered in New York City. Visit www.jupiterresearch.com.

Sep 20 - MINOLTA-QMS Introduces $799 Color Laser. MINOLTA-QMS, Inc. introduced its most inexpensive and smallest color laser printer yet -- the magicolor 2300 DL. Priced at just $799 (est. street), the next-generation magicolor 2300 DL is powerful enough for small workgroups yet affordable enough for the home office user.
It includes standard TCP/IP network and USB connectivity, 2400 x 600 dpi print quality, print speeds of up to 4 ppm color and 16 ppm b&w, and is designed for use with Windows operating systems. All these features are packed into a compact, space-saving design sure to appeal to the space-deprived office.

"With the magicolor 2300 DL, MINOLTA-QMS has streamlined the price and size of color laser printing without compromising performance," said Steve Fletcher, president and COO for MINOLTA-QMS. "Businesses, especially small offices and at-home companies, that never considered color laser printers in the past due to sheer size or cost will appreciate the magicolor 2300 DL. It provides the speed, output quality, and networking they need while staying within tight space and budget constraints."

"In Quarter 2, 2002, MINOLTA-QMS became the no. 1 color laser printer manufacturer in regard to unit shipments," Fletcher stated. "We anticipate the magicolor 2300 DL's price and size will appeal to a mass market, further strengthening our leading market position."

As a network color laser printer, the magicolor 2300 DL is equipped with a 10/100BaseTX Ethernet interface to support an entire office team. Parallel and USB connections, both of which provide "Plug-and-Play" compatibility with Microsoft® Windows (including XP), are also included on the 2300 DL.

The magicolor 2300 DL's speed is comparable to a black-and-white only workgroup-level printer as it can generate up to 16 monochrome pages per minute (ppm). Unlike a black-and-white only printer, however, the magicolor 2300 DL can also deliver four-color prints at up to 4 ppm. The 2300 DL has 32 MB of RAM on board the controller and supports up to 288 MB of memory for improved performance when printing more complex documents or using the automatic duplex option. Designed exclusively for PC users, the magicolor 2300 DL operates with Windows XP, 2000, NT4, Me, 98, and 95.

An innovative new toner technology and 2400 x 600 dpi resolution work hand-in-hand to produce exceptional output from the magicolor 2300 DL. This polymerized toner is composed of smaller particles that are more uniform in size and shape than conventional toner to create finer lines, better halftones, and improved image quality. A lubricant encapsulated within the toner particles eliminates the need for fuser oil -- an often messy consumable in color lasers.

The magicolor 2300 DL is available through MINOLTA-QMS' broad network of authorized distributors, resellers, retail outlets, and e-commerce partners. To find the location nearest you, visit the MINOLTA-QMS web site at www.minolta-qms.com.

Sep 20 - IBM Unveils Industry's First Software for Secure Web Services. IBM today announced the industry's first software that will help organizations more rapidly build secure business relationships with other organizations using Web Services applications.

The new software -- IBM's WebSphere software for managing high-volume business transactions and integrating key business applications -- and IBM's Tivoli software -- enabling the secure interaction of business applications -- will support key industry standards for Web Services security, such as the WS-Security specification, which IBM co-authored.

As a result, businesses will now be able to develop Web Services applications that are secured beyond the firewall -- meaning they can facilitate secure transactions with partners in their supply chain, regardless of the Web services or security technologies used by other partners.

Specifically, IBM WebSphere Application Server Version 5 will support WS-Security in the fourth quarter and in IBM Tivoli Access Manager, early next year. This specification defines a standard set of Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) extensions, that can be used to provide integrity and confidentiality in Web services applications.

IBM is developing the first comprehensive open-standards based Web services infrastructure that extends enterprise-class security capabilities to Web services deployments running on a variety of platforms. New features across the WebSphere and Tivoli software portfolio can help IBM customers automate the process of extending customer and partner-facing Web services applications to more organizations and users, helping reduce the reliance on proprietary technologies and costly manual integration.

IBM also plans to support new federated identity management capabilities in its WebSphere and Tivoli software to provide a way for Web services and enterprise applications to share identity information across multiple networks, helping businesses extend market reach by securely integrating with suppliers, partners and customers.

"IBM is liberating customers so they are no longer confined to Web services inside the firewall," said Arvind Krishna, vice president of security products, Tivoli Software, IBM. "By simplifying business integration across federated company boundaries using open standards, IBM is delivering software that can help customers link thousands of its business partners together while reducing custom integration costs."

For more information visit www.ibm.com/software.

Sep 19 - HP Provides IT Flexibility to Emerging Businesses with New ProLiant Servers. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced a new generation of HP ProLiant servers designed to reduce IT complexity and improve flexibility for growing and emerging businesses.

As business becomes more demanding, growing and emerging companies need technologies that reduce operating costs and increase their ability to respond rapidly to changes in market conditions or customer demands. The HP ProLiant ML300 series servers provide customers advanced management and cost savings through HP's innovative lights-out management technologies.

With these technologies, customers can securely manage and control one or several HP ProLiant servers within their environment or at remote locations around the world. Customers can do this with the same level of control as if they are physically in front of the server, saving network managers time and effort in managing branch office solutions.

The first HP ProLiant server to use an Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor, the ProLiant ML310 offers superb out-of-the-box data protection with integrated ATA RAID. For higher performance and reliability, customers can choose SmartArray SCSI RAID array controllers and HP tape backup devices to protect their most important data. In addition, the ML310 is the only single-processor server to offer a global pre-failure warranty covering processors, memory and hard drives.

The HP ProLiant ML350 server offers affordable two-way performance and essential levels of intelligent fault resilience to minimize expensive downtime and provide entry-level corporate customers as well as growing businesses increased peace of mind. The server's expandable 5U rack or tower platform is easy to service and provides flexibility through six hot-plug drive bays, five expansion slots and up to 8 GB of memory for headroom for future growth. The ProLiant ML350 is available with Intel(R) Xeon 2.0 GHz and greater processors, PCI-X, DDR memory providing the processing power that is required by customers of all sizes.

The HP ProLiant ML370 server is engineered to provide corporate workgroups and branch offices with manageability, high performance and intelligent fault resilience in a versatile, easy-to-manage two-way rack or tower expansion server. Featuring iLO technology and tool-free serviceability, the server is scalable to two Intel(R) Xeon 2.4 GHz processors with hyper-threading technology, up to 12 GB DDR memory, six open PCI-X 64-bit/100 MHz slots, and up to eight hard drive bays providing customers with maximized productivity.

Pricing and Availability

The new HP ProLiant ML300 series servers are available today and support Windows(R) and Linux operating platforms. Pricing for the HP ProLiant ML310 server with 128 MB of memory and a 40 GB IDE hard drive starts at an estimated U.S. Internet list price of $1,199. Pricing for the HP ProLiant ML350 server starts at an estimated U.S. Internet list price of $1,849 (tower) and $2,099 (rack). Pricing for the HP ProLiant ML370 server starts at an estimated U.S. Internet list price of $2,709 (tower) and $3,009 (rack).

More information on the products announced today is available at http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/new.html.

Sep 19 - Cyber Attacks on Commercial Websites on the Rise. Every day in network operations centers throughout corporate America there are major battles raging. It's the hackers, who maliciously attempt to disrupt the operations of large commercial and government websites, against the network security experts who are responsible for keeping those sites up and running.

It's a vicious battle because there are millions of dollars and people's livelihoods on the line. It's also an escalating battle. According to the CERT(R) Coordination Center, an Internet security center operated by Carnegie Mellon University, there were over 21,000 such attacks in 2000, and more than 52,000 for 2001 - a more than 100% increase. In the first half of 2002, a staggering 43,000 attacks have occurred. On Monday of this week, CERT issued an advisory on the latest major attack, which disrupted the critical online operations of many universities, corporations and other large organizations.

But it is also a quiet battle. Companies and government agencies understandably do all they can to minimize the bad publicity and customer unease that results from these attacks.

Of all the attack types, the `denial of service' (DoS) attack is a hacker's favorite, accounting for about 40% of all reported attacks. In DoS attacks, the hacker takes over computers and uses them to bombard the targeted site with a flood of useless Internet traffic. This flood of traffic overloads the site, effectively shutting out the legitimate e-commerce traffic. For operators of large, mission-critical sites, these number show that it's not a question of if and attack will happen, but when.

Mazu Networks is the leading provider of network traffic security solutions to corporations, governments and other organizations that leverage mission-critical internet or extranet operations. For more information, visit www.mazunetworks.com.

Sep 19 - U.S. Broadband Subscriber Market Will Grow 361% by the End of 2007. It is clear that with 58% of the broadband pie, cable modem remains the leading broadband technology in use among consumers and businesses.

With one-third of the lines, DSL is a strong second, bolstered by its consistent growth in the consumer market. Satellite and MMDS persist as wild cards, with enormous potential but significant hurdles. Dedicated Internet access will continue to be a steady, reliable high-end option.

According to Matt Davis, Broadband Access Technologies Director, "Emerging technologies have the potential to shake up this forecast in the 2004 - 2007 time frame, however, over the next two to three years, the market share for broadband access technologies is unlikely to change substantially."

The Yankee Group's 2002 Broadband Subscriber Forecast provides a five-year forecast for overall U.S. subscriber numbers of all the major types of broadband including DSL, cable modem, fixed wireless, satellite and others. The Yankee Group can be found online at www.yankeegroup.com.

Sep 19 - IBM announces ViaVoice Translator for Compaq IPAQs. IBM today announced ViaVoice Translator - affordable consumer machine translation software that enables speedy and convenient language translation on handheld computers.

Introduced at DEMOmobile and built on technology from IBM's award-winning WebSphere Translation Server, ViaVoice Translator allows users to enter text in one language and have it returned in another language either as text or read out as speech.

Part of IBM's pervasive computing initiative, today's announcement extends computing by making technology available in multiple modes, via different interfaces -- including a mixture of text and speech. The software provides dynamic, two-way translation from English to French, Italian, German and Spanish, providing travelers and mobile workers with a fast and easy way to read e-mails, downloaded news, directions, road signs, etc, in those languages. Available online and through retail outlets, the ViaVoice Translator runs on selected Compaq iPAQ PocketPC handheld computers.

With increased globalization, today's workers and travelers need quick and easy access to digital resources as they work across borders and in different languages. Unlike phrase or dictionary translation, which are limited to specific words or sentences, machine translation allows users to dynamically translate longer documents, providing added flexibility. Documents are translated in context - an increasingly important function as more and more handhelds are used to download news, work-related e-mails, and lifestyle information as well as for calendar and contact information.

"In a mobile world where technology is steadily moving to a growing number of devices, consumers will come to expect that the technology they have on their PCs and laptops will be available to them on mobile devices," said DEMOmobile Executive Producer Chris Shipley. "ViaVoice Translator has taken a powerful application and deployed it on a small footprint, giving consumers a convenient yet practical solution."

ViaVoice Translator can be purchased as a download from ibm.com or as a CD from retail outlets. In addition to allowing users to enter text from scratch, the software also offers 50 pre-loaded "starter sentences" such as "Where is the train station?" or "I would like to exchange money." Text can also be active-synched from the desktop, from a soft keyboard or from a handwriting recognizer directly into the iPAQ. It can also be copied and pasted from any text-based document such as Pocket Word or e-mail. The translation can either be read out loud using IBM's embedded text-to-speech technology or displayed as text.

Pricing, Availability and System Requirements

The ViaVoice Translator is supported on Compaq iPAQ models H3600, H3700, H3800 and H3900. Additional memory is recommended as follows: to load all language pairs, 128 MB; German language pair, 64MB; all other language pairs, 32 MB. ViaVoice Translator is now available from www.ibm.com and other online as well as retail vendors with a suggested retail price of $49.99 for the full packaged product, $29.99 to download all four language pairs and $19.99 to download each individual language pair.

Sep 19 - Canesta Targets Mobile Users With World's First Projection Keyboard. Canesta, Inc, today launched the world's first fully-Integrated projection keyboard for mobile and wireless devices.

By integrating a set of tiny Canesta components into such mobile products as smartphones, PDAs, tablet PCs, or cell phones, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) will be able to offer their customers the convenience of a full-sized keyboard and mouse created "out of thin air" by projected beams of light.

This eliminates the need for awkward input methodologies such as styluses or thumb keypads. Canesta's revolutionary "electronic perception technology" is then used to track user's finger movements in three dimensions as the user types on the image of a keyboard, projected on any flat surface in front of the mobile device. No accessories are required.

The Integrated Canesta Keyboard(TM) is made possible by the Canesta Keyboard Perception Chipset(TM), the first commercial realization of Canesta's electronic perception technology.

The Integrated Canesta Keyboard is implemented by means of a new type of 3-dimensional sensor technology that can track moving objects in the vicinity of the sensor chip in real time. The packaged sensor, a module not much larger than a pea, resolves a user's finger movements as he or she types on the projected image of a keyboard, resolves those movements into "keystrokes" on specific projected keys, and processes the movements into a stream of serial keystroke data similar to that output by a physical keyboard.

Included with the sensor module are two other miniature components: a pattern projector, and a small infrared light source.

The pattern projector, hardly bigger than the sensor module, uses an internal laser to project the image of a full-sized keyboard on a nearby flat surface. The keyboard may be the familiar QWERTY English keyboard, which is offered as a standard option by Canesta, or any non-English or even non-Roman character set, or unique keypads, provided to OEMs on a custom basis.

The light source invisibly illuminates the user's fingers, as they type on the projected surface, such as a desk, tray table, or briefcase.

The three components, collectively called the Canesta Keyboard Perception Chipset, are intended to be mounted directly into the face of the smartphone, PDA, cellphone or other wireless or mobile device, and when in use, consume small amounts of battery power. No separate accessories are required. Users of emerging mobile applications such as wireless email would simply place the mobile device conveniently in front of themselves, and begin typing on the projected keyboard.

Additional background information is available at www.roederj.com.

Sep 18 - Intel Delivers 11 New Processors for All Mobile PC Segments. Intel Corporation today announced 11 new mobile PC processors, including the Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 Processor - M at 2.2 GHz, delivering high levels of performance for mainstream notebooks.

Today's introduction comes at a time when notebook adoption is on the rise. Intel provides a complete family of mobile processors that offer the right combination of high performance and low power consumption to meet the requirements of every notebook market segment. Intel's family of mobile PC processors offers consumers more choice by enabling PC makers to design notebooks of every shape and size.

"Intel continues to deliver industry-leading processors to all mobile market segments, from the ultra-portable business productivity device to a thin-and-light digital media entertainment PC," said Don MacDonald, director of marketing, Intel Mobile Platforms Group. "Every day, Intel-based mobile PCs improve the lives of business users and consumers -- from an employee taking digital notes on a Tablet PC during a multi-hour meeting, to parents sharing digital photos of their first-born child over a long dinner. High-performance, low-power systems bring a new world of computing to your fingertips."

The Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor -- M family of mobile processors offers great performance for full-size, thin-and-light and desktop-replacement notebooks. Notebooks using this processor can take advantage of processor-intensive usages and applications such as business multi-tasking, collaborative workgroups, video encoding, digital media and gaming.

The Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) III Processor -- M enables PC makers to design sleek form factors offering good performance and great battery life. Intel also offers the Low Voltage and Ultra Low Voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III Processor -- M, which are optimized for mini, sub-notebooks and Tablet PCs -- the smallest systems offering extreme mobility. The Mobile Intel Pentium III Processors are ideal for the emerging Tablet PC market segment, as they provide the best balance of performance and low-power. Tablet PCs based on Intel mobile processors are expected to launch in Fall 2002.

Processor Frequency Price in Average
1000-Unit Power(a)
Quantities

Mobile Intel 2.20 GHz / $562 less than
Pentium 4 Processor 1.2 GHz in 2 Watts in
-- M Battery Mode Battery Mode
(400 MHz PSB)

Mobile Intel 1.33 GHz / $508 less than
Pentium III 800 MHz in 1.5 Watts in
Processor -- M Battery Mode Battery Mode
(133 MHz PSB)

Mobile Intel 1.26 GHz / $401 less than
Pentium III 800 MHz in 1.5 Watts in
Processor -- M Battery Mode Battery Mode
(133 MHz PSB)

Low Voltage Mobile 1 GHz / 533 $316 less than
Intel Pentium III MHz in 1.0 Watt in
Processor -- M Battery Mode Battery Mode
(133 MHz PSB)

Ultra Low Voltage 866 MHz / $209 less than
Mobile Intel 400 MHz in 0.5 Watt in
Pentium III Battery Mode Battery Mode
Processor -- M
(133 MHz PSB)

Ultra Low Voltage 850 MHz / $209 less than
Mobile Intel 400 MHz in 0.5 Watt in
Pentium III Battery Mode Battery Mode
Processor -- M
(100 MHz PSB)

Processor Voltage Process L2 Cache
Technology

Mobile Intel 1.3 Volts/ 0.13-micron 512 KB
Pentium 4 1.2 volts in
Processor -- M Battery Mode
(400 MHz PSB)

Mobile Intel 1.4 Volts/ 0.13-micron 512 KB
Pentium III 1.15 volts/ in
Processor -- M Battery Mode
(133 MHz PSB)

Mobile Intel 1.4 Volts/ 0.13-micron 512 KB
Pentium III 1.15 volts/ in
Processor -- M Battery Mode
(133 MHz PSB)

Low Voltage Mobile 1.15 volts/ 0.13-micron 512 KB
Intel Pentium III 1.05 volts in
Processor -- M Battery Mode
(133 MHz PSB)

Ultra Low Voltage 1.1 volts/0.95 0.13-micron 512 KB
Mobile Intel volts in
Pentium III Battery Mode
Processor -- M
(133 MHz PSB)

Ultra Low Voltage 1.1 Volts/ 0.13-micron 512 KB
Mobile Intel 0.95 volts/ in
Pentium III Battery Mode
Processor -- M
(100 MHz PSB)

Systems based on the new mobile processors are available from leading computer makers worldwide.

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

Sep 18 - Samsung Announces Industry's First 2GB DDR DIMM Modules. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., the industry's leading supplier of advanced semiconductor memory technology, today announced that its high-capacity 2GB Double-Data-Rate SDRAM (DDR) Dual Inline Memory Modules (DIMM) are featured as main memory in HP ProLiant ML530, ML570 and DL580 servers.
These high performance modules, the industry's highest capacity to date, provide HP customers with improved performance for memory intensive applications.

Samsung's 2GB DDR Registered DIMM modules are based on Samsung's leading-edge 512Mb component technology. Sixteen modules are used to create the 32Gigabytes of overall system memory capacity or a mirrored memory configuration of 16Gigabytes on the HP ProLiant DL580 server, therefore enabling the system to store and manage twice the amount of data as before.

Samsung's DDR DIMM, also available in 1GB configurations, enable end-users to run a host of new, intensely computational high-end graphics and data applications. Samsung, the industry's first and only company to mass-produce the 2GB and 1GB DDR DIMM, is the only semiconductor manufacturer with the memory technology and manufacturing capability to volume ship the industry's highest-density DIMM modules to HP.

"Customers immediately take full advantage of increased memory capacity," said Tom Quinn, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.'s vice president of marketing. "The integration of Samsung's advanced high-density DDR memory technology into HP ProLiant servers helps provide customers with the powerful performance they require and the highest levels of memory protection with mirrored memory capabilities."

For more information about Samsung Semiconductor, Inc., visit their website www.usa.samsungsemi.com

Sep 18 - IBM and Intel to Cooperate on Blade Servers. IBM and Intel Corporation today announced their intention to jointly design and develop modular server solutions, commonly called blade servers, for the broad enterprise marketplace.

IBM and Intel plan to cooperate on blade system and chassis development, networking infrastructure and comprehensive blade system management solutions. IBM brings expertise in systems design, architecture and software, while Intel brings expertise in server building blocks including enterprise processors, chipsets, communications silicon, server boards and optimization of software solutions.
The two companies, which share a common vision for highly manageable blade servers, plan to create products that are designed to provide highly scalable performance and new reliability features with a lower total cost of ownership.

Customers will use modular, plug-in blade servers to run e-commerce applications, firewalls, clusters, e-mail and many other enterprise applications. Blade servers are expected to reduce costs by improving systems management, simplifying provisioning and increasing reliability.
Instead of sacrificing performance for increased density, IBM and Intel plan to work together on blade development to handle a broad range of server workloads by developing solutions that incorporate either Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors or Intel(R) Xeon(TM) MP processors, as well as corresponding Intel-based server chipsets and networking technologies. Systems based on Itanium(R) 2 processors are also expected in the future.

"We are extending our strong relationship with Intel to advance the industry in this new paradigm of blade servers," said Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Server Group. "We have in common a vision for blades as a key emerging platform for enterprise applications that will simplify e-business infrastructure as it reduces total costs."

"Through this effort Intel will bring its highly scalable range of component building blocks to the emerging blade server market segment. Customers worldwide will benefit from the performance, flexibility and scalability of these new system capabilities," said Mike Fister, Intel senior vice president and general manager, Intel Enterprise Platforms Group.

IBM plans to launch blade products in the near future and will focus on delivering total solutions to its customers. Later this year, Intel plans to deliver to its OEM customers blades based on the Xeon processor family, as well as blade chassis and related management software. Both companies will be able to offer the complete portfolio of jointly developed products to their respective customer bases.

For more information about IBM, visit www.ibm.com. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com.

Sep 18 - New SuSE Linux 8.1 Available on October 7th. Today, SuSE Linux, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, announced the availability of the latest version of SuSE Linux for October 7th. SuSE Linux 8.1 extends an unprecedented level of user-friendliness and functionality for professional and private users, offering the stability and security of the Linux operating system on their PCs.

Founded in 1992, SuSE has grown to be the leading provider of products and solutions based on the Open Source operating system Linux. This year, SuSE celebrates its 10th anniversary spearheading development of Linux and being a strategic and trustworthy partner of corporate business.

Blending operating system and applications, SuSE's system assistant, YaST2 (Yet another Setup Tool), is the core element and administration center of this comprehensive package for first-time and experienced Linux users. With YaST2, even new Linux users can complete the installation in less than 30 minutes.

The updated hardware detection automatically integrates even the latest USB2.0 devices and Firewire devices. Only a mouse click is necessary to set up printers, sound cards, and TV cards. YaST2 now provides a module for the configuration of special hardware components such as joysticks. Even output devices such as touch screens, vertical LCDs, 3D solutions, and multi-head systems can be configured easily with SaX2 (SuSE advanced X configuration). Linux professionals will appreciate the expanded YaST2 text mode.

SuSE Linux 8.1 includes revised manuals with new chapters about digital cameras, the printing system CUPS, and the GNOME desktop environment.
SuSE Linux 8.1 will be available from software retailers beginning in October. The recommended retail price for SuSE Linux 8.1 Personal (3 CDs, User Guide, 60 days of installation support) is $39.95, SuSE Linux 8.1 Professional (7 CDs, 1 DVD, User Guide and Administration Guide, 90 days of installation support) is $79.95, and the price for SuSE Linux 8.1 Professional Update is $49.95.

For more information, visit www.suse.com.

Sep 18 - Veo Launches New Camera Line for Personal Digital Assistants. Veo, a leading provider of high-quality digital imaging products and services, today announced a new digital camera line that is specifically designed for use with Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs). The Photo Traveler series of cameras plug into the expansion memory slots that have become common on handheld products.

The addition of the Photo Traveler line is an extension of Veo's mission to develop fun, affordable and innovative digital imaging products. With a simple, easy-to-use interface, the camera allows users to instantly capture, view, store and organize digital images in full color and beam these images wirelessly to other handheld devices for viewing. A swivel lens with adjustable focus ensures crisp photos from close or far away.

"In addition to a variety of consumer uses, there are some ideal business applications for the Photo Traveler series," says Veo vice president Tim Martin. "For instance, insurance adjustors can use our cameras to take pictures of accidents. Other vertical business markets for our new PDA cameras include real estate agents who can now show off the 'curb appeal' and interior features of new properties with fellow agents from the road quickly and easily."

The new handheld camera line, including Veo Photo Travelers for both Palm and PocketPC devices, takes 24-bit full color photos; includes automatic exposure; white balance and color control; and comes with a rugged and stylish travel case.
The Veo Photo Traveler for Pocket PCs works with operating system versions PocketPC 2000 and PocketPC 2002. The Veo Photo Traveler for Palm works with PalmOS versions 4.0, 4.1 and 5.0.

The Veo Photo Traveler line will be available at major national retail stores in mid-October with a suggested retail price of $99.99. For more information, visit Veo's website at www.veo.com.

Sep 17 - HP Introduces Space-saving Business PCs. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced availability of several new space-saving business products, including the Compaq Evo D510 e-pc and Compaq Evo D310v desktop PC, Compaq Evo thin clients T30 and T20 with CE.net operating system and four flat panel monitors.

The simple to use and maintain Compaq Evo D510 e-pc leverages the original HP e-pc design to maximize space. The powerful yet affordable device is small and light enough to mount unobtrusively on a wall or under a desk.

Pricing for the Evo D510 e-pc starts at $649 with an Intel(R) Celeron(TM) 1.8 gigahertz processor, 20 gigabyte hard drive, 128 megabyte DDR (double data rate) SynchDRAM memory and 24x slim CD-ROM with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home. Customers can conveniently choose popular pre-configured models or fully customize their own solution with the additional choice of Intel Pentium(R) 4 processors up to 2.6 GHz, up to 80 GB hard drives, 2 GB DDR SynchDRAM, a choice of 24x CD-ROM or 8x DVD-ROM, and Windows XP Pro. The option of a 16x CD-RW drive or combo DVD/CD-RW drive is expected to be available later this year.

The legacy-free Evo D510 e-pc also shares a common image with other D510 series models with the same chipset for simplified IT management. In addition, the device's new tool-less entry design allows quick and easy access to internal parts for simple upgrade and repair.

Designed to deliver industry-leading value at the lowest initial cost, the Compaq Evo D310 desktop PC series offers an optimal mix of performance and price. The Evo D310 family now includes the D310v, which offers businesses ready-to-run convenience and breakthrough levels of performance to meet their most common computing needs at an unbeatable value.

With its space-saving microtower chassis, the Evo D310v desktop PC is available in ready-to-order models designed for mainstream computing in both value-oriented Intel Celeron 1.7 GHz and Pentium 4 1.8 GHz configurations. Pricing starts at $469 for the D310v, which also features the Intel 845G chipset with Intel Extreme Graphics, standard USB 2.0 front access ports and an optional CD-RW drive.

More information about the Compaq Evo D510 e-pc and Compaq Evo D310v desktop PC is available at www.compaq.com/products/desktops.

Compaq Evo Thin Clients T30 and T20 Unveiled

HP also introduced two new models in its successful thin client line for enterprise customers: the slim, stylish Compaq Evo thin clients T30 and T20 with Microsoft Windows CE.net embedded operating system.

Thin clients are small, solid-state devices that connect to current or legacy networks and drive local displays. Because all data is stored on the server and there are no local drives or moving parts, thin clients are inherently easier to manage and offer enterprise customers greater reliability and security with dramatically lower computing costs.

Compaq Evo thin client solutions are ideal for companies with departments that run highly standardized computing tasks within constrained workspaces, such as call centers, or require a highly reliable network of computers running critical applications, such as hospitals or insurance agencies.

The new Evo T30 and enhanced T20 models have a Geode GX1 300 MHz processor, up to 32 MB of flash memory and up to 64 MB of RAM for outstanding performance and value. The Evo T20 is legacy-free with four USB ports. The Evo T30 offers continued legacy support and a PCMCIA slot.

Available immediately direct from HP or through authorized resellers, Compaq Evo thin clients are priced starting at $399.(2) More information about Compaq Evo thin clients is available at www.compaq.com/products/thinclients.

Sep 17 - Canon Expands Image 'capture-to-print' Solutions With New Line of Consumer Products. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a subsidiary of Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ) today announced several new consumer products, including two digital cameras, three Bubble Jet printers, and three flatbed scanners, signaling its ongoing commitment to the growth of digital imaging and photo printing in the home or office.

The new products introduced today include the Canon PowerShot S230 and G3 digital cameras, the i320 and i550 Bubble Jet printers, the i850 photo printer, and the CanonScan LiDE 50, 5000F and 8000F flatbed scanners.

Canon's new PowerShot S230 and G3 continue the sleek, stylish, and highly functional design the Company's digital cameras have become known for. The PowerShot S230 is the first Canon Digital ELPH model with 3 megapixel resolution and 2X optical, 3X digital, and 6.4X combined zoom lens. Along with direct print support of Canon's CP-10, CP-100, and Bubble Jet Direct Photo Printers, the PowerShot S230 also offers an improved Movie Mode that allows the user to record up to 3 minutes of video at 15 frames-per-second, with excellent sound and quality made possible by a new "DIGIC" imaging processor developed by Canon.

As a high-quality, full-featured, 4.0 megapixel digital camera for the "prosumer" market, Canon's new PowerShot G3 features new Image Processor Digic for improved image quality, provides a precision-engineered 35-140mm f/2.0-3.0 lens with 4X optical, 3.6X digital, and 14X combined zoom capability. New wide-area Flexi-Zone Auto Focus/Auto Exposure and 12 EOS-based shooting modes help assist users in capturing their intended shot. Other key features include Spot Metering, Zoom Playback up to 10X, direct print capability to select Canon printers, and an increase in shutter speed to 1/2000th second (from 1/1,000). A 24mm wide angle / 240mm telephoto accessory lens is also available.

The new printers offer sleek new industrial designs, and excellent photo printing performance and value. All of the new models feature Canon's exclusive advanced Microfine Droplet Technology for very high reproduction of details in photos and faster print speeds, and the Canon Think Tank System, for efficient and economical printing costs.

The new printers also support Exif Print, the new worldwide standard for higher quality digital photo printing. Using Canon's exclusive Easy-PhotoPrint software, the printers are able to use recorded data from Exif 2.2-equipped digital cameras, including the new PowerShot models announced today, for truer reproduction of digital images. Photo Noise Reduction is also designed into the printer drivers for helping eliminate "noise" in digital camera images, for example, from areas of light solid colors such as blue skies, and dark areas such as shadows, for more realistic image reproduction.

The flagship i850 Photo Printer features a new printhead with 1600 nozzles that combines the use of 5 picoliter (pl) droplets for fast coverage and ultra-fine 2 pl drops for exceptional quality and detail when printing photos. With up to 4800 x 1200 color dpi resolution, the i850 offers speeds of up to 22 pages-per-minute (ppm) in black and 14 ppm for color, and 4"x 6" borderless photo prints in approximately 47 seconds.(a)

The i550 Color Bubble Jet Printer has a 1,088-nozzle printhead for accuracy and fast printing at up 18 ppm in black and 11 ppm in color, and 4" x 6" borderless photos in less than 47 seconds at up to 4800 x 1200 dpi color resolution.(a) From text to web page graphics to photos, this printer meets the needs of the home office professional

The i320 Color Bubble Jet Printer delivers an awesome combination of quality, stylish new design and value at an ultra-low price point. Color resolution is up to 2400 x 1200 dpi with printing speeds of 10 ppm for black and 7 ppm in color.(a)

Covering both film and platen applications, Canon's new CanoScan models deliver professional level scan quality with high performance and style. The LiDE 50 sits just over an inch high, yet can accommodate book and magazine scanning with Canon's exclusive Z-lid expansion top. With up to 1200 x 2400 dpi optical resolution, 48-bit input and output color for over 281 trillion possible colors, and an easy-to-use four button design (copy, scan, e-mail, and file to PDF), the LiDE 50 now makes scanning multi-page documents and photos to a single PDF file possible. A USB 2.0 High-Speed bus provides a super fast connection as well as power.

Film and photo scanning needs are covered with the new CanoScan 5000F and CanoScan 8000F. Both scanners are USB 2.0 High-Speed compatible with up to 2400 x 4800 dpi optical resolution for maintaining picture and film detail and quality, even when enlarging. Both include a film adapter that allows batch scanning of three and twelve 35 mm negative frames at a time, respectively. The 8000F has a lightning fast 5-second preview when scanning photos and the CanoScan 5000F has a 6.5 second photo preview.

The 5000F and 8000F feature automatic removal of dust and scratches with FARE technology (Film Automatic Retouching and Enhancement). FARE technology uses infrared light source to detect dust and scratches on the film plane. Automatic dust and scratch reduction is also available for platen scanning on both units.

Pricing and Availability

The PowerShot S230 and G3 digital cameras have suggested retail prices of $499 and $899, respectively, and will be available in October.

The i850 Photo Printer and the i550 Bubble Jet Printer have suggested retail prices of $199.00 and $149.00, respectively, and will be available in September 2002.

The i320 Bubble Jet Printer has a suggested retail price of $79.00 and will be available in November 2002.

The LiDE 50 scanner has a suggested retail price of $149.00 and will be available in November 2002.

The CanoScan 5000F and CanoScan 8000F scanners have suggested retail prices of $199.00 and $299.00, respectively, and will be available in November 2002.

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

Sep 17 - SONICblue to Launch Rio S10 and S30S Portable Digital Music Players. SONICblue(TM) Incorporated (Nasdaq:SBLU), makers of the number one best-selling brand of portable MP3 players*, today unveiled the first players in Rio's new line of portable digital music players, the Rio(R) S10 and S30S sport player. Building on SONICblue's award-winning line of digital music players, the S10 and S30S bring users powerful memory and features, with sleek new designs.

The S10 is the next generation of Rio's portable music player line. It offers 64 MB of memory, giving users up to two hours of listening, and is upgradeable to 192 MB of storage. In addition to this sizeable memory, the Rio S10 comes loaded with useful features including a large backlit screen, a clock and stopwatch, a useful carrying case and an impressive battery life of up to 35 hours.

Targeted toward the sports enthusiast, the S30S is lightweight and durable and built to withstand the rigors of an extreme workout. The player also offers 64 MB of memory, upgradeable to 192 MB of storage, a large back lit screen, a clock and stopwatch. In addition, the S30S also offers an integrated FM tuner, and an adjustable armband.

"The S10 and S30S will strengthen SONICblue's position as the market leader in portable compressed music devices," said Ed Brachocki, vice president of product marketing audio and video products, SONICblue. "These new Rio products use the latest technologies to provide consumers demonstrable benefits -- great sound, smaller size, dramatically longer battery life, easier to use software -- in attractive styles at popular prices."

Both players support MP3 and WMA formats and, as with all of SONICblue's Rio players, the S10 and S30S are compatible with both PC and Mac computers and ship with customized software for each platform.

Pricing and Availability

The Rio S10 ($129.99 MSRP) and Rio S30S ($149.99 MSRP) players will be available soon on SONICblue's eStore (www.sonicblue.com) and in retail outlets throughout North America.

Sep 17 - Bluetooth Wireless Market to Add More Than $12 Billion in Revenue. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), Inc. today announced that in an independent study Zelos Group LLC predicts that the use of Bluetooth wireless technology will result in cumulative incremental revenues of $12 billion by 2006.

The bulk of these revenues will result from use of Bluetooth wireless technology to link mobile handsets with notebook computers and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to access data services including email.

The study examined the expected use of Bluetooth wireless technology in notebook Personal Computers, PDAs, handsets, headsets, and automobiles for the United States and Western European markets from 2001 through 2006. The research was based on comprehensive interviews with 35 executives at 26 companies including wireless carriers, handset OEMs, providers of automotive electronics, headset vendors, and Bluetooth technology firms.

"More than $11 billion of the forecasted total service revenue will be attributed to users accessing data services through their notebooks or PDAs," said Seamus McAteer, principal analyst and founder of Zelos Group. "Email and other forms of messaging like instant messaging and multimedia messaging will be the killer applications, and Bluetooth wireless technology will enable consumers unprecedented mobile access to these communication tools using their primary computing devices."

The Zelos Group study also predicts the automotive industry as a key medium-term driver for the adoption of Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluetooth wireless technology built into an automobile allows for safer and more convenient cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. Drivers can wirelessly link their cell phones with the built-in hands-free system and audio system in the automobile. Bluetooth wireless technology provides the ideal universal car kit and supports compliance with safety regulations mandating hands free use of mobile handsets in the car.

"Many automotive manufacturers are beginning to incorporate Bluetooth wireless systems into their vehicles, which we feel will quickly turn into more cell phone use by the consumer and more revenue for the service provider," McAteer added. "While automotive design cycle times are lengthy we expect that Bluetooth wireless technology will eventually become as ubiquitous as car stereos in automobile systems."

"While many worthwhile studies have been done on Bluetooth wireless technology, the future revenue opportunities for the wireless service provider industry had been virtually unexplored," said Mike McCamon, executive director for Bluetooth SIG, Inc. "We are very excited and impressed by the results of the Zelos Group study, and look forward to helping the service provider community realize this revenue potential."

The Bluetooth SIG can be found online at www.bluetooth.com.

Sep 17 - Nintendo's e-Reader Turns Trading Cards Into Video Games. Nintendo is turning paper trading cards into electronic games for the Game Boy(R) Advance using the new innovative e-Reader.

When slid through the e-Reader, high-tech paper trading cards allow players to experience games in a number of ways, depending on the card. The e-Reader cards hold complete video games playable on Game Boy Advance, enhance game play on Nintendo GameCube(TM), and expand the play of traditional trading card games, all from just sliding one or a few paper cards.

The e-Reader, with a suggested retail price of $39.95, includes a set of cards with one classic NES(R) game, either Donkey Kong Jr.(R)-e or Pinball-e, and a sample pack of five e-Reader cards. The sample pack includes the Manhole-e Game&Watch game, one Animal Crossing(TM)-e card, which connects to the Nintendo GameCube, and three cards from the Pokemon(R)-e: Expedition series. Additional e-Reader card packs will retail from $1.95 to $4.95.

"The e-Reader creates a completely new experience for game players. It's the fun of collecting trading cards and the challenge of playing video games," says Peter MacDougall, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "Now anyone can carry their favorite games on just a few cards -- all they have to do is slide it and play it. It's technology on paper."

The e-Reader accessory connects to the Game Boy Advance via the cartridge slot and uses "dot code technology" to read optical data imprinted on the specially designed trading cards. The e-Reader hardware has a 64 Mbit Mask Rom to store up to one video game for continued play. The hardware also links to a second Game Boy Advance or a Nintendo GameCube. Animal Crossing for Nintendo GameCube uses the feature and upcoming products will take advantage of it in exciting and innovative ways.

Card sets for five classic games originally made for the Nintendo Entertainment System(R) (NES), Donkey Kong Jr.-e, Pinball-e, Balloon Fight(R)-e, Tennis-e, and Excitebike(R)-e cards, will be available at launch. Pokemon-e trading card game cards which also can be used as a stand-alone trading card game, will be distributed by Wizards of the Coast under license from Pokemon USA, Inc, will also be available on September 16th.

In Q4, a second series of NES cards will launch including Donkey Kong(R)-e, Mario Bros.(R)-e, Ice Climber-e, Baseball-e, and Urban Champion-e. Animal Crossing-e card packs will also be available to unlock features and enhance game play in Nintendo GameCube games.

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

Sep 16 - Toshiba Tecra 9100 Series Features New Mobile Intel Pentium 4 Processor-M 2.2GHz. Toshiba CSG announced its Tecra(R) 9100 Series notebook is now available with Intel(R)'s latest mobile Pentium(R) 4 processor, the 2.2GHz Pentium 4 Processor-M.

The new configuration joins Toshiba's award-winning Tecra family, which offers corporate customers a stable platform, consistent image and long product lifecycle to reduce total cost of ownership (TCO).

For enterprise customers seeking stability and performance, the Tecra 9100 Series brings an innovative design and a wealth of productivity features to business users. With superior wireless connectivity, the Tecra 9100 includes Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b) and Bluetooth(TM) antennas embedded directly into the lid of the notebook, enhancing the total computing experience, and freedom from wired connections.

The Tecra 9100 is among the first corporate notebooks to include a Secure Digital (SD) Media slot, as well as double-data-rate (DDR) memory to maximize workforce productivity.
In addition, the Tecra 9100 shares common docking and Slim SelectBay(R) options with Toshiba's Tecra 9000, Satellite Pro(R) 6100 Series and Portege(R) 4000/4010 Series to reduce TCO and simplify system management.

For additional information about Toshiba's Tecra 9100 Series, visit www.csd.toshiba.com.

Sep 16 - F-Secure Warns of Linux "Slapper" Worm -Secure has issued a "level 2" alert for a network worm that is spreading on computers running the Linux system.

The worm, called "Slapper," uses a flaw discovered in August in OpenSSL libraries, and was found in Eastern Europe late on Friday, Sept. 13. F-Secure said the worm is predicted to rapidly spread worldwide.

Also known as Linux.Slapper-A, Linux.Slapper-Worm, Apache/mod_ssl Worm, and Slapper.source, the worm typically affects Linux machines that are running Apache web server with SSL enabled. Apache installations cover more than 60% of public web sites in the Internet, although some estimate that fewer than 10% of those have enabled SSL services. SSL is most often used for online commerce, banking and privacy applications.

Once a machine gets infected, the worm starts to spread to new systems. In addition, the worm contains code to create a peer-to-peer attack network, where infected machines can remotely be instructed to launch a wide variety of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

The worm works on Intel-based machines running Linux distributions from Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Slackware or Debian. Apache and OpenSSL must be enabled and OpenSSL version must be 0.96d or older.

Slapper is very similar to the Scalper Apache worm, which was found in June 2002. The basic theory of operation is similar to the first widespread web worm, Code Red. Code Red infected more than 350000 websites running Microsoft IIS in July 2001.

Updates and instructions on how to remove the virus can be found on the F-Secure website at www.f-secure.com/v-descs/slapper.shtml.

Sep 16 - Broderbund Launches 3D Home Architect Professional 5.0. Broderbund(TM), a leading publisher of home productivity and digital media software, recently acquired by Riverdeep, Inc., today launched 3D Home Architect(R) Professional 5.0.

Developed by Cadsoft(TM), a leading developer of residential design and building software, 3D Home Architect Professional 5.0 is designed for home design enthusiasts interested in designing, decorating and budgeting for their construction, remodeling and landscaping projects.
New robust home design features, such as 3DTrueView(TM) photo-realistic rendering, unlimited customization of objects and full featured editing in 2D and 3D views, allow users to easily visualize their designs.

"3D Home Architect Professional 5.0 has been designed with a professional quality CAD engine," says Joe Roberts, Riverdeep's president of worldwide product development and marketing. "We are delivering a powerful home design solution to the consumer market, enabling users to design their remodeling project or even complete their dream home."

New Features Include:

-- 3DTrueView - View projects in 3D, with detailed color, texture, lighting, and design - all displayed with accuracy.
-- Customize Objects - Customize any object, color, texture and more. Additional 3D objects from the web can also be imported and used in designs.
-- Full Featured Editing - Move and edit objects in both 2D and 3D views. Move a wall then watch the ceiling, roof, windows, doors and openings automatically shift to fit.

Users may either start from scratch or choose from a sample floor plan for quick start up. 3D Home Architect Professional 5.0 has more than 1,000 objects such as doors, windows, furnishings and appliances to enhance projects and bring them to reality.

Availability and System Requirements

3D Home Architect Professional 5.0 is now shipping to stores with a suggested retail price of $89.99.
Also just released is 3D Home Architect Deluxe 5.0 with a suggested retail price of $39.99. This product offers many of the same features and functionality, however, does not offer the new 3DTrueView and offers less content. The company can be found on the Web at www.broderbund.com.

Sep 16 - Consumers Abandon Landlines and Increase Mobile Calls. A new Yankee Group Report predicts U.S. mobile subscribers will increase by 50% to 200 million by yearend 2006. Mobile phones will dominate personal calling and severely cannibalize landline minutes of use.

"Wireline replacement is a $50 billion opportunity in what we expect to be a $110 billion mobile market in 2006," says Keith Mallinson, executive vice president of the Yankee Group's Wireless/Mobile Research.

"Even more significant than the 3% of people who have actually cut the cord and have a mobile as their only phone, is the major migration of personal calling minutes to mobile phones by those who retain landlines but use them less."

Nearly 30% of total personal (i.e. non-business) calling minutes in the U.S. are already on mobile phones as of the third quarter of 2002, and this will grow to more than 50% by 2006.
Despite market growth, intense price-based competition dictates that several minor wireless carriers will be acquired or will fail, and at least two national players must be eliminated before adequate financial returns can be achieved.

The Yankee Group can be found online at www.yankeegroup.com.

 

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