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
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.
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.
to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to
those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer
Shopping Alert on Lower Priced
Desktops. Many lower priced Celeron/Duron desktops made
by almost all computer manufacturers should be carefully investigated
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
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
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
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
Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.4 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Pentium
HP/Compaq 2.0 GHz
Best High-end Pentium
HP 2.26 GHz complete
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
HP 2000+ complete system
Best High-end Athlon
Compaq 2100+ complete
system with 17" flat screen monitor
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1700+ with DVD/CD-RW
Best High-end Notebook
Sony Pentium 4-M 1.6 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 60 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Best Sunday Deal
Western Digital 120 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4400 128 MB DDR Video Card
Best Sunday Deal
Samsung 40X CD-RW
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
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
"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
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
) 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
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
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
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
-- 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
"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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