Sep 30 - ViewSonic Projectors Brighten Options
for Home Theater Enthusiasts. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a worldwide
Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today unveiled its two latest additions
to its popular portable projector line at the Custom Electronic
Design & Installation Association (CEDIA) Expo. With 1500 lumens
of brightness, the PJ501 and PJ551 are designed not only to meet
the stringent requirements of business professionals, but to also
deliver the versatility and ease of use demanded by home theater
With estimated street prices (ESP) of $1795 and $2195
respectively, the PJ501 and PJ551 are affordable alternatives to
stationary, bulky and expensive big-screen TVs. Weighing just five
pounds each, and rated at 1500 lumens of brightness, both offer
compatibility, ease of use and excellent image quality in a lightweight,
mobile form factor. The PJ501 and PJ551 offer consumers a source
of entertainment that can be used with video and TV signals, including
HDTV, as well as with PCs and laptops for games, web surfing and
"These latest ViewSonic offerings are meeting
demands for brighter, higher quality presentation products at more
affordable prices, while providing the tools home theater enthusiasts
and mobile professionals require," said Jennifer Feldman, product
manager, Digital Display Products, ViewSonic.
Visitors to ViewSonic booth #757 at CEDIA (in the
Minneapolis Convention Center from September 27 - 29) can experience
the capabilities of the PJ501 and PJ551, along with other next-generation
ViewSonic display products, including the VPW505, a 50-inch high-resolution
plasma display. With an ESP of $8995, it is one of the lowest priced
50-inch plasma on the market today.
The ViewSonic PJ501 and PJ551 will be available through
retail outlets, including CompUSA, along with mail order and PC
reseller channels beginning in Oct. 1, 2002. For more information
about the ViewSonic projectors or to locate an authorized ViewSonic
dealer near you, visit www.viewsonic.com.
Sep 30 - F-Secure Plays
Key Role in Slapping Down Linux Slapper Worm. The threat of
the Linux Slapper worm has been nullified by proactive anti-virus
work by specialists at F-Secure.
In what is believed to be the first action of its kind by an anti-virus
company, F-Secure was able to identify exactly which web servers
were being infected as each infection happened, send a warning to
the administrators of the infected systems, and offer a free version
of F-Secure Anti-Virus for Linux to remove the worm from their systems.
Across the weekend of Friday Sept. 13, following the
discovery of the worm, F-Secure's anti-virus laboratory was able
to reverse-engineer the peer-to-peer protocol that the worm exploits
to infect machines. This enabled F-Secure to access to the Slapper.A
attack network by posing as an infected web server. Through this
false server, F-Secure was able to determine the exact number of
infected machines and their IP addresses as each server became infected.
In the process of warning the administrators of the
infected servers, F-Secure worked in concert with 14 national CERT
organizations, an approach that was highly commended by many companies.
An appreciative message from Hugh Brown, of Dowso Internet, was
typical of this reaction: "Our customer tells us they have
upgraded their servers. Congratulations on a job well done."
According to Mikko Hypponen, F-Secure's Manager of
AV research, "Slapper was a very real risk, because its peer-to-peer
networking capability enabled the author to take over any or all
of the infected servers. The risk was not just distributed denial-of-service
attacks, but also the backdoor access and control capability it
gave over key parts of Internet infrastructure. That's why we took
these measures to counter the risks it presented."
According to F-Secure, Slapper.A is representative
of a new breed of worms and viruses as it is as much an attack tool
as it is a quickly spreading worm. F-Secure's Global Slapper Information
Center provides regularly updated information on the worm and numbers
of infected servers categorized by the top-level domain. The company
says it is imperative that all servers be cleaned and patched to
prevent future infections as soon as possible - both to stop the
spreading of the worm and to prevent unauthorized access to the
The Global Slapper Information Center can be found
Sep 30 - Brother Introduces
Next Generation Color Multifunction Printers. Brother International
Corporation today announced that its successful flatbed color MFC-9200c
will be replaced with a newer generation that builds on the features
and success of its predecessor.
The new 6-in-1 MFC-5200c comes standard with Brother's
upgraded PhotoCapture Center(TM) feature, enabling consumers to
print color photos and images from a wide range of digital media
including the Sony(R) Memory Stick(TM), CompactFlash(TM) and SmartMedia(TM)
cards. As a 6-in-1 Multi-Function Center(R) machine, the MFC-5200c
also features a color printer, color fax, color copier, color scanner
and PC fax. It will begin shipping early October and will have an
estimated street price of $399.
Featuring one of the fastest rated print speeds of
comparable color MFP models on the market today, the MFC-5200c reaches
up to 20ppm for monochrome printing and up to 16ppm for color. It
also supports photo quality printing with resolutions of up to 2400
x 1200 dpi and comes with Brother's exclusive True2Life(TM) advanced
color enhancement technology.
In addition to its faster printer speed, the MFC-5200c
also features the fast SuperG3 33.6k bps modem. This model also
has the ability to send and receive color faxes to/from other fax
units that have the ITU-T30E standard for color faxing. It also
includes both a USB and parallel interface for compatibility with
both the Windows(R) and Mac operating systems.
The MFC-5200c utilizes an economical, individual 4-ink
cartridge system to minimize wasted ink versus competitor's tri-color
cartridges. With this design, only the depleted color needs to be
replaced rather than all three. The result is a greater savings
on consumables over the life of the machine.
"The demand for multi-function peripherals has
shown high growth over the past two years and all indications are
that this trend will continue well into the coming years,"
says Keith Kmetz, Director of Multifunction Peripherals and Output
Solutions at International Data Corporation. "Consumer and
SOHO interest in flatbed design models like the Brother MFC-5200c
is especially strong."
Brother is also introducing the new sheet-fed color
Multi-Function Center MFC-3200c, as a step-up model to its currently
successful MFC-3100c. Designed for the consumer that does not require
the flatbed functionality, the MFC-3200c is a 5-in-1 color printer,
color fax, color copier, color scanner and PC Fax. This unit also
comes with a convenient telephone handset.
The MFC-3200c has rated print speeds of up to 10ppm
for black / 8ppm for color. Its paper handling includes a 100 sheet
paper capacity, Dual Access and Quickscan features. Like the MFC-5200c,
it too has a large 8MB memory for up to 480 pages of out of paper
The MFC-3200c works with the Windows(R) and Mac operating
systems and has an estimated street price of $229.99. It begins
shipping early October with a $30 mail-in rebate launch promotion
that runs until December 31, 2002.
Additional information may be obtained from the Brother
by visiting their web site at www.brother.com.
Sep 30 - ViewSonic Introduces
17-Inch, High Definition LCD-TV. ViewSonic(R) Corporation, a
worldwide Visual Technologies(TM) leader, today unveiled its first
wide-format, 16:9 aspect ratio LCD-TV multimedia display, the NextVision(TM)
N1700w, at the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association
(CEDIA) Expo. The NextVision N1700w raises the performance bar in
a new display category that extends beyond the traditional applications
of a desktop computer monitor to include enhanced television and
entertainment capabilities, such as High Definition Television (HDTV).
Unlike other LCD televisions on the market optimized
only for standard TV viewing, the UltraBrite(TM) ViewSonic N1700w
combines superior computer display functionality with the home entertainment
technology requirements of the future.
It allows users to view all forms of digital and analog content,
including compatibility with HDTV receivers and set top boxes, at
resolutions of 480P, 720P and 1080i. It also brings to the home
smart features such as the ability to process other popular entertainment
formats--digital camera, camcorder, video, games, Internet entertainment
and superior DVD viewing from any PC or DVD player.
"LCD technology is rapidly extending beyond the
traditional desktop monitor to accommodate the latest in digital
content," said Gene Ornstead, director, product marketing,
ViewSonic Advanced Technologies Group. "The N1700w combines
the best of a monitor and LCD-TV to give users the ultimate desktop
experience, from standard computer applications to HDTV viewing."
At the suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1199, the
N1700w offers a 17-inch wide-screen and enhanced viewing with a
1280x768 resolution, more than 450 nits of brightness and 450:1
contrast ratio. Multimedia enhancements include 3:2 pull down and
a 3D digital comb filter that supports both enhanced definition
television (EDTV) and HDTV resolution formats, and provides sharp,
crisp images for optimum picture detail.
In addition, the N1700w delivers full-screen viewing
and picture-in-picture (PIP) capabilities for watching video or
TV content while working simultaneously on PC applications. Multiview
or POP allows users to create up to nine picture windows on the
screen for viewing multiple TV channels at the same time. Advanced
digital de-interlacing and image scaling, high fidelity audio with
a 20-watt integrated speaker system, a 181-channel tuner and a slim-line
remote control also are standard.
Visitors to ViewSonic booth #757 at CEDIA (located
in the Minneapolis Convention Center from Sept. 27 - 29) can experience
the capabilities of the N1700w, along with other ViewSonic next-generation
visual technology products.
The ViewSonic N1700w will be available later this
year through authorized resellers, retailers, distributors and mail
order. For further information, visit ViewSonic Corporation at www.ViewSonic.com.
Sep 29 - Sunday Shopping
Best Sunday Deals - See our Best
Sunday Ad Deals Table below for specific system prices.
Weekly Comparison. System prices were mixed
Notebooks - Lower priced notebook prices went
up a little, high-end laptops went down significantly compared to
Desktops - Intel Celeron desktop prices were lower than last
week, Pentium 4 low-end desktops were much higher, Pentium 4 high-end
desktops were lower, 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.
They are also offering $100 mail-in rebates for all Intel processor
desktops and laptops.
Circuit City is giving
away 3 months of free AOL on any in-store computer purchase. In
addition they are offering 12 month no interest financing on all
desktop packages and laptop computer purchases.
has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over
CompUSA is offering 3 months
of free AOL with any computer purchase, and 12 months no interest
financing on any Intel Pentium 4 desktop or laptop, or any advertised
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
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
* 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
HP 1.3 GHz complete
HP 2.0 GHz complete
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz complete system
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ system with 15 inch monitor
Athlon XP System
system with with 15 inch monitor
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1800+ with DVD/CD-RW
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Pentium 4-M 2.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
Best Sunday Deal
Warcraft III or Icewind Dale II
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 60 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
Best Sunday Deal
APC BK350 UPS
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4600 128 MB DDR Video
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4200 64 MB DDR Video
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 48X 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 27 - Dell Signs Agreement
With Lexmark. Dell (Nasdaq:DELL) and Lexmark (NYSE:LXK) today
announced an agreement for the two companies to develop and produce
Dell inkjet and laser printers and related aftermarket cartridges
that will be sold directly to customers.
"Our customers are asking Dell to improve the
customer experience for printers," said Tim Peters, Dell vice
president and general manager of Imaging and Printing, who is leading
development of a portfolio of Dell imaging products.
"Dell has a history of offering customers quality
products that are easy to buy, install and use. We are confident
our printers and ink and toner cartridge replacement experience
will be no exception to what customers expect from Dell -- the industry's
best value and customer relationship," Peters said.
Under the first phase of the two-phased agreement,
Dell has selected Lexmark as its preferred supplier for non-Dell
imaging products during the important upcoming holiday purchasing
period and beyond.
By leveraging Lexmark's imaging technologies in the second phase,
Dell and Lexmark will pursue initiatives aimed at producing workgroup,
small business and personal imaging products with features and capabilities
unique to Dell, aligning product development, manufacturing and
sales to best serve the needs of customers. Dell imaging products
will be launched in the market the first half of next year.
"We believe Dell's selection of Lexmark as their
initial imaging partner is reflective of our reputation for technology
leadership, high-value products and customer-centricity," said
Paul Curlander, Lexmark chairman and CEO.
Terms of the agreement and product descriptions were
not disclosed, and the companies have not set any volume levels
relative to this agreement.
Information on Dell and its products can be obtained
at www.dell.com. Lexmark can be found
on the Internet at www.lexmark.com.
Sep 27 - Intermec Ships
New Ruggedized Handheld. Intermec Technologies Corp. this week
began shipping its eagerly awaited 700 Series Color mobile computer,
the latest member of a product family already known worldwide for
its industry "firsts."
The 700 Series Color builds on the technology innovations
designed into the entire 700 Series that allow companies to communicate
freely, increasing the amount of real-time information available
throughout their operations -- important because more timely, accurate
information means better business decisions.
The 700 Series is the first family of Pocket PC mobile
computers designed specifically for serious enterprise mobility.
It already has become a favorite with workers whose daily shifts
require powerful, reliable and easy-to-use handheld computers that
can take the abuse of industrial, mobile and retail environments.
The new 700 Color model adds a large, brilliant color display, combined
with the power and speed of Intel Corp.'s 400 MHz X-Scale processor
to increase the flexibility and functionality of the original 700
The 700 Color is the first enterprise Pocket PC to
offer an imager, suitable for reading barcodes (including 2D symbologies),
taking photographs and capturing signatures.
The 700 Color also is first to integrate up to three wireless communication
options in a single device, including a wireless local area (802.11b)
radio, a GSM/GPRS wide area network radio and a fully integrated
power-managed Bluetooth(TM) radio.
With the unmatched range of communications options
and the durability to withstand repeated 5-foot drops to concrete,
the 700 Color is designed to handle the challenges of real-time
daily work, whether on a route or in the field.
The 700 Color with 802.11b wireless LAN and Bluetooth
radios are available now for immediate delivery. Versions with GSM/GPRS
or CDMA/1xRTT wide-area radios will be available in Q4 2002.
Visit Intermec's web site at www.intermec.com.
Sep 27 - Telephony Only
the Beginning for Bluetooth In the Vehicle. Nearly 20% of all
new vehicles worldwide will contain embedded Bluetooth hardware
by 2007, according to the findings of a new Allied Business Intelligence
Inc (ABI) study.
Future Bluetooth-based automotive applications are
poised to deliver new opportunities to all facets of the industry
from silicon vendors and hardware manufacturers, to automakers and
DaimlerChrysler's UConnect hands-free car kit, currently
available as an option on certain Chrysler vehicles, serves as Bluetooth's
U.S. introduction. Meanwhile in Europe, specific Saab and BMW models
will also offer Bluetooth hands-free car kits as options.
Bluetooth silicon costs currently run approximately
$7, making the technology extremely attractive to automakers, and
ABI predicts costs will continue to fall. Besides cost, the key
automotive driver is Bluetooth's continuing proliferation into mobile
Because the greatest portion of a handset's use is inside a vehicle,
automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) are looking to
link the handset with onboard systems. Since Bluetooth car kits
are relatively simple and inexpensive to install, OEMs are proactively
installing them, realizing the growing probability they will be
While the first wave of Bluetooth devices in the vehicle
will center around telephony, newer applications will soon follow.
These include remote vehicle diagnostics, lower-cost telematics
services, advanced automotive safety systems, vehicle-to-vehicle
communications, and remote audio and video downloads into the vehicle,
More information on ABI can be found at www.alliedworld.com.
Sep 27 - EA Ships The
Sims Unleashed Expansion Pack. Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS)
today announced the release of The Sims(TM) Unleashed, a new add-on
disk to the top-selling PC game of all time, The Sims(TM). As fans
of The Sims know, there has always been something missing from their
virtual neighborhoods... pets. In The Sims Unleashed, players can
now add pets to their Sims families. An all new expanded neighborhood
featuring parks, pet stores, cafes and markets will give the Sims
and their new pets a variety of places to sniff, explore and meet
their new neighbors.
"Pets are something that our fans have been clamoring
for since the release of the original Sims," said Jonathan
Knight, Producer at EA's Maxis(TM) studio. "The Sims Unleashed
offers players all sorts of furry friends to add to their Sim families.
With an all new neighborhood, new careers, and gardening, we are
bringing more to the Sims than ever before!"
For the first time ever, The Sims can visit a pet
adoption center and bring home a variety of different creatures.
Players will make a big splash with the addition of a lumbering
Labrador or fickle feline to their Sim family. They can also visit
a pet store and buy a parrot, turtle, iguana, fish or an array of
pet accoutrements that are fun for their pets and the whole family.
The Sims Unleashed gives players brand new social
interactions and expands their neighborhood. Thirty all-new residential
and community lots featuring new homes, lush parks, a hip new Internet
cafe, cool shops and a farmer's market are available for Sims to
explore. Now The Sims can walk their pooch in the park or bring
their cat to a cafe and build their relationships with their neighbors
through their adorable animals.
For more information on The Sims Unleashed and all
other The Sims franchise titles, visit www.thesims.com.
Sep 27 - Verizon Wireless
Launches AOL Instant Messenger Service. America Online, Inc.,
the world's leading interactive services company, and Verizon Wireless,
the nation's largest wireless service provider, today announced
the availability of the AOL(R) Instant Messenger(TM) service (AIM(R))
for Verizon Wireless customers.
With this launch, customers can quickly and easily send short messages
to everyone on their Buddy List(R) without needing to go online
via a PC.
Verizon Wireless customers using the AIM service will
only be charged for the messages sent and received according to
their Verizon Wireless price plan. They can pay as they go for $0.02
per message received and $0.10 per message sent or select from three
bundled plans: 100 sent or received messages for $2.99 per month;
200 sent or received messages for $3.99 per month; and 600 sent
or received messages for just $7.99 per month. Extra sent messages
are $0.10 each and received messages are $0.02 each.
Customers need a two-way text-enabled wireless phone
and Verizon Wireless digital service. The AIM service does not use
airtime minutes and is available in all Verizon Wireless coverage
To learn more about the AIM service for Verizon Wireless
phones, visit www.aim.com/vzw.
Sep 26 - Compaq Presario
Holiday Lineup Provides Consumers Progressive Technology. HP
(NYSE:HPQ) has unwrapped an early holiday gift for consumers: a
new line of feature-rich Compaq Presario PCs priced just right for
gift-giving this season.
The new Compaq Presario PC lineup found in retail
stores for the holidays is ideal for customers who want to do more
with their PCs in less time, with less effort and with prices as
low as $399.
"This holiday season, HP is taking advantage
of its No. 1 position in the home PC space to offer consumers even
more selection at some of the most attractive prices on the market,"
said Sam Szteinbaum, North America vice president of consumer products,
HP Personal Systems Group. "The Compaq Presario PC lineup,
an industry-leading brand, continues to feature the newest technologies
available for the season."
The holiday line features three new desktop models:
the Compaq Presario 6300US, 6320US and 6330US desktop PCs.
At an estimated U.S. street price of $399, including
a $50 mail-in rebate, the Compaq Presario 6300US offers consumers
reliable productivity with an Intel(R) Celeron(R) 1.4 GHz processor,
128 MB SDRAM, a 40 GB hard drive and CD-ROM drive. Like all Compaq
Presario desktop PCs, it comes broadband ready with a 10/100BaseT
Fast Ethernet interface.
The Compaq Presario 6320US offers consumers an ideal
balance of performance and value, featuring an AMD Athlon XP 2000+
processor, 256 MB of DDR (double data rate) memory, a 60 GB hard
drive, CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives for an estimated U.S. street price
HP provides customers powerful multimedia capabilities
and outstanding computing power at an affordable price with the
Compaq Presario 6330US. At an estimated U.S. street price of $749,
the PC includes an Intel Pentium(R) 4 2.0 GHz processor, 256 MB
of DDR memory, a 60 GB hard drive, CD-RW and DVD-ROM drives.
In addition to a 90-day free trial of the complete
Norton Anti-Virus software solution for added security, all Compaq
Presario PCs feature Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Home with Microsoft
The new Compaq Presario holiday retail lineup is expected
to be available beginning Oct. 6 through traditional retail outlets
and Compaq "Built for You" kiosks located in more than
10,000 popular retail stores. More information about Compaq Presario
desktop PCs is available at www.hpshopping.com.
Sep 26 - Minolta Introduces
Smallest and Lightest 3.2 Megapixel Digital Camera. Minolta
Corporation announces today at Photokina the new Minolta DiMAGE
Xi digital camera. Building on the success of the highly popular
and award winning Minolta DiMAGE X, the new DiMAGE Xi is equipped
with a 3.3 megapixel CCD (3.2 million effective pixels) as well
as a host of new functions and features.
The elegant new Minolta DiMAGE Xi features enhancements
such as increased image quality, the world's fastest start-up time
(1.2 seconds), and a seamless zoom range of 12x (combining both
optical and digital zoom). Its camera body is made of aluminum with
a brushed stainless-steel faceplate.
"The DiMAGE Xi builds on Minolta's renowned strength
in optics and expertise in miniaturization," said Jon Sienkiewicz,
vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation's Consumer Products
Group. "What sets this sister model to the DiMAGE X apart from
the crowd is its enhanced image quality, remarkable optical and
digital zoom range, and the world's fastest start up time in such
a small and compact camera body."
The new Minolta DiMAGE Xi is approximately ¾
of an inch thick and shares the same revolutionary folded 3x optical
zoom lens as the DiMAGE X. Making a camera this thin would be impossible
with conventional zoom lens technology. However, the unique design
of the 3x optical zoom lens allows it to move, or "zoom,"
vertically within the camera body. That means that when the lens
moves from wide angle to telephoto, it always remains inside the
camera body. The 3x optical zoom lens is equivalent to a 37mm -
111mm on a 35mm camera, and with the incorporation of the DiMAGE
Xi's 4x digital zoom, the camera has up to a 12x seamless zooming
For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located
Sep 26 - Other World Computing
Announces New Firewire Hard Drives. Other World Computing (OWC)
today announced an expanded lineup of portable Mercury On-The-Go
2.5-inch FireWire drives, including new 20 and 40GB models running
at 5400RPMs, and a 60GB model running at 4200RPMs.
OWC also lowered prices on its On-The-Go drives by
as much as 30 percent.
Designed to provide both Macintosh and Windows personal
computer owners with quick and mobile storage, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go
FireWire drives weigh 12 ounces or less, have the speed to transfer
large quantities of data quickly and the capacity to store thousands
of MP3 files, hundreds of large images, and/or back up an entire
internal hard drive.
OWC's Mercury On-The-Go 2.5 inch portable FireWire
storage solutions are available in a variety of speeds and different
storage capacities. Each drive features a shock isolation system
to keep vital data safe during transportation and comes with a leather
carrying case, FireWire cable, standard power transformer (not required
for all computers), and a copy of Intech's HD SpeedTools software
They are available with 20, 30, 40 and 60GBs of storage
and speeds of 4200 or 5400RPMs. Pricing for the drives begins at
$175.97 for a 20GB, 4200RPM model.
The Mercury On-The-Go portable storage solutions are available exclusively
from OWC at www.macsales.com.
Sep 26 - Toshiba Introduces
New Affordable Satellite Notebooks. Toshiba's Computer Systems
Group (CSG) today announced the new Satellite(R) 1410/1415 Series
and Satellite 2410-S203.
Providing a hassle-free optional upgrade to wireless
connectivity with pricing starting at $1,399, the Satellite 1410/1415
Series and Satellite 2410-S203 are ideal for students, families
and small- to medium-sized businesses looking for a powerful, feature-rich
Offering an Intel(R) Celeron 1.80GHz processor (1410/1415
Series only) and a Mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 processor 1.80GHz
- M (2410-S203 only) and 256MB of RAM, the Satellite 1410/1415 Series
and Satellite 2410-S203 deliver desktop performance and power for
the mobile user.
Features include a built-in DVD-ROM/CD-RW multi-function
drive, a 15-inch diagonal TFT display and desktop-level graphics,
perfect for computer users searching for top performance and portability
at a value price.
The Satellite 1410-S173 and Satellite 2410-S203 are
available now through www.shoptoshiba.com.
Sep 26 - Sony Ericsson
Unveils HBH-60 Bluetooth Phone Headset. Sony Ericsson today
unveiled the Bluetooth(TM) Headset HBH-60.
This small and light headset is comfortable to wear,
easy to handle and can be used with all Bluetooth mobile phones.
The HBH-60 will be on the market in Q4 2002.
Sony Ericsson has several Bluetooth hands-free solutions
in its portfolio. The HBH-60 is for active mobile users who are
often on the move. The HBH-60 looks fashionable with its clear lines,
and sits comfortably on either ear. The microphone is located at
the end of a short arm. When the phone rings, the headset is activated
instantly and the call can be answered by using a voice command
or pressing a single button. The headset can be used up to 10 meters
from the phone it is connected to.
The advantages with a hands-free solution to a mobile
phone are plenty and these kind of products were first on the market
to utilize Bluetooth. The HBH-60 can be used with any brand of mobile
phone that supports the Bluetooth Headset and/or hands-free profile.
This is in line with Sony Ericsson's ambition to have full Bluetooth
compatibility and offer a wide range of attractive wireless solutions
for the consumer.
The leading computer and mobile phone manufacturers,
as well as makers of other devices such as printers, audio and camera
equipment and more, have all adopted Bluetooth and many have already
integrated it into their products. Sony Ericsson has demonstrated
commercially available connectivity solutions through Bluetooth
with Apple, TDK, Palm, Sony and many others.
The Sony Ericsson HBH-60 is small; its earpiece is
a discreet 72 mm long and light; it weighs a comfortable 22 grams.
It offers talk time up to 2.5 hours and standby time up to 70 hours.
For further information, visit www.SonyEricsson.com.
Sep 25 - AMD Introduces
New Mobile Athlon XP Processor 2000+. AMD (NYSE:AMD) today introduced
the high-performance mobile AMD Athlon(tm) XP processors 2000+ and
Featuring AMD PowerNow!(tm) technology, the new AMD
mobile processors give businesses and home consumers a genuine mobile
solution which can significantly extend battery life to enable anytime,
Notebook PCs powered by the new mobile AMD Athlon
XP processors are immediately available from HP and Fujitsu Siemens
Computers. Packard Bell, the consumer division of NEC Computers
International, expects to offer systems based on the mobile AMD
Athlon XP processor 1900+ later this year.
"AMD is focused on providing our notebook customers
with exceptional mobile PC technology that gives them the freedom
to stay connected and work from anywhere -- at home, the office
or while traveling around the world," said Ed Ellett, AMD vice
president of Client Business. "Mobile AMD Athlon XP processors
combine outstanding performance and true mobility features to deliver
versatility and expand customer choices for people on the go."
The mobile AMD Athlon XP processor with QuantiSpeed(tm)
architecture and 3DNow!(tm) Professional technology, combined with
DDR memory technology, delivers extra performance to run software
applications such as video and image editing, DVD playback and complex
"We believe the Compaq Presario notebook PCs
featuring the new mobile AMD Athlon XP processors are another opportunity
to provide consumers greater choice when building a PC that meets
their needs," said Brett Faulk, director of worldwide consumer
notebook marketing, HP Personal Systems Group. "These new mobile
solutions offer our customers outstanding performance and computing
The Compaq Presario 900 series notebook PCs featuring
the new AMD Athlon XP processor 2000+ are available today at retail
stores in the United States and are expected to be available later
this month directly through www.hpshopping.com.
Notebook PCs based on the mobile AMD Athlon XP processor
2000+ specifically designed for the consumer marketplace are also
available today from Fujitsu Siemens Computers in its AMILO A 6600/7600
Consumer notebook PCs based on the mobile AMD Athlon
XP processor 1900+ will be available later this year from Packard
Bell, the consumer division of NEC Computers International.
More information on AMD and its products cna be found
Sep 25 - HP Unveils Latest
Digital Imaging Products. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced two
new scanners, an 8x optical zoom digital camera and a compact photo
printer that provide simple and innovative ways to capture, print,
share and receive digital images. Among the new products is the
industry's first scanner to feature an automatic photo feeder, which
allows consumers to quickly and easily digitize traditional photos
by scanning a stack of 4 x 6-inch or 3 x 5-inch photos.
Bringing electronic organization to shoeboxes full
of photos, the HP Scanjet 5500c scanner allows users to scan a stack
of up to 24 photos, the same number of photos in a typical roll
of film, by simply placing them in the feeder and pressing a single
button. Users also can view scanned images in about seven seconds(1)
-- no warm-up time required.
Three other products join HP's line of digital imaging
products, including the HP Scanjet 4570c scanner; the HP Photosmart
230 photo printer -- featuring a convenient LCD screen for previewing
and editing photos prior to printing; and the HP Photosmart 850
digital camera with manual controls and HP Instant Share technology.
"In June of this year, HP unveiled its $1.2 billion
investment to reset the printing and imaging market. Today's announcement
illustrates the ongoing results of that investment and sets the
stage for products that are yet to come," said Jeff Hopper,
vice president of marketing, HP Digital Imaging Organization.
"With innovations like the automatic photo feeder
on our scanner, an LCD screen on our compact photo printer and innovative
manual controls on our digital cameras, HP is offering simple and
convenient features that make it easy to capture, share and print."
"We have found that 89 percent of scanner owners
scan photos and 47 percent of Internet households print digital
photos at home," said Kerry Flatley, research analyst, InfoTrends
Research Group. "HP's solutions are designed to help simplify
the scanning and photo printing process at a time when digital imaging
is playing a more significant role in consumers' lives."
HP Scanjet 5500c and 4570c Scanners
The HP Scanjet 5500c and 4570c scanners have seven,
one-touch buttons for convenient access to features such as a share-to-Web
option, HP Memories Disc Creator software for creating photo CDs
to be viewed on a PC or DVD player, copy center functions and e-mailing.
Consumers can get professional-quality scans with up to 2,400 dots-per-inch
(dpi) and 48-bit color for printing, e-mailing and posting on the
To convert from traditional film to digital format
and for easy archiving, a lighted adapter is included with each
scanner, which allows consumers to scan 35 mm negatives and slides.
The automatic photo feeder is included with the HP Scanjet 5500c
scanner and is optional for the HP Scanjet 4570c scanner.
HP Photosmart 230 Photo Printer
The compact HP Photosmart 230 photo printer produces
borderless, 4 x 6-inch prints. The printer provides professional-looking
output with crisp detail and vibrant colors on HP premium photo
papers, featuring up to 4,800-optimized dpi.(2)
In addition, the printer lets users preview and edit
photos prior to printing with a 1.8-inch color LCD screen. Users
can print directly from the digital camera -- no computer is needed
-- via the printer's memory card slots, which support Compact Flash,
Memory Stick, MultiMedia, Secure Digital and SmartMedia.
The HP Photosmart 230 photo printer follows the recent
introduction of the company's new line of photo printers, including
the HP Photosmart 7550, 7350, 7150 and 130 models.
HP Photosmart 850 Digital Camera
The HP Photosmart 850 digital camera offers customers
the choice between using automatic or manual controls for freedom
to select camera settings for ISO, exposure, white balance and aperture.
The digital camera produces outstanding close-ups and brilliant
photos, featuring 4.1-megapixel total resolution and 56x total zoom
(8x optical, 7x digital). The electronic viewfinder enables consumers
to enhance the framing of photos through the lens viewing.
The digital camera also features HP Instant Share
technology, which allows users to snap a photo and then select on
the camera where the photo will go the next time the camera is connected
to a computer or optional HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock.
All of the new products introduced today include HP
photo and imaging software, which allows users to conveniently and
easily edit, create and print photos, including photo album pages.
Price and Availability
The HP Scanjet 5500c scanner, HP Scanjet 4570c scanner,
HP Photosmart 230 photo printer and HP Photosmart 850 digital camera
are expected to begin shipping in early October. All products will
be available at hpshopping.com and retail outlets nationwide.
Estimated U.S. street prices are as follows:
HP Scanjet 5500c scanner (includes photo feeder) $299
HP Scanjet 4570c scanner $199
HP Scanjet automatic photo feeder $199
(optional for HP Scanjet 4570c)
HP Photosmart 230 photo printer $249
HP Photosmart 850 digital camera $499
HP Photosmart 8881 digital camera dock $79.99
More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.
Sep 25 - MasterCard Launches
MasterCard SecureCode. MasterCard International today unveiled
a new global e-commerce security solution for protecting confidential
cardholder data over the Internet. The new service, known as MasterCard(R)
SecureCode(TM), overcomes two of the most pressing issues in e-commerce
today: cardholder concerns about the safety of online shopping,
and Internet merchants' need for an enhanced payment guarantee.
MasterCard SecureCode works for both MasterCard(R) and Maestro(R)
credit and debit transactions and is now being introduced broadly
around the world.
For consumers, MasterCard SecureCode delivers enhanced
protection against the risk of fraudsters using their credit or
debit account numbers in cyberspace. Online shoppers will benefit
from knowing that only they have access to their personal SecureCode,
the key to using their card on the Internet.
The Cardholder Experience
To use MasterCard SecureCode, consumers will select
their own private SecureCode via the Internet or phone, as directed
by their card issuer. The code is managed by the card issuer and
is never shared with any merchant. Much like the familiar authentication
process required for use of a bank ATM, MasterCard SecureCode requires
cardholders to enter their special code in a pop-up window or box
on their PC before their online transaction can be completed. With
this extra step, consumers can be confident that their account is
protected, and card issuers and merchants gain greater assurance
about the identity of the person completing the transaction.
Bringing MasterCard SecureCode to Market
MasterCard is working with leading payment processors
VeriSign, WorldPay and others, to bring MasterCard SecureCode to
online merchants around the world. VeriSign has begun enabling its
75,000 merchants, which process approximately 25 percent of all
online transactions in the U.S., with support for MasterCard SecureCode.
WorldPay has also begun automatically enabling its more than 17,000
multi-currency merchants in 115 countries. Additional processors,
and the merchants they represent, are expected to be announced shortly.
MasterCard can be reached through its website at www.mastercardinternational.com.
Sep 25 - Logitech Introduces
MX Performance Mice. Logitech (NASDAQ: LOGI) (Switzerland: LOGN,
LOGZ), today introduced the MX Series of Performance Mice. Designed
for the most demanding of conditions, these three new mice from
Logitech are engineered to provide advanced precision and control.
Powered by the MX Optical Engine, the mice capture
up to 4.7 megapixels of surface tracking information every second,
more than that of any optical mouse to date. The increased processing
power of Logitech's new optical system ensures instant response
to even the fastest hand movement and delivers superior tracking
on more surfaces than ever.
Each model in the new series offers specialized navigation
and control features to make the mouse an even more powerful tool
for the desktop. These state-of-the-art mice are finished by the
innovative new shape and aesthetic qualities, which are a great
accompaniment to the design elements of today's modern computer
The line-up includes the following:
MXTM700 Cordless Optical Mouse - The flagship of the
new series, the MX700 is the first mouse to feature Logitech's new
Fast RF cordless technology; an advanced digital system that delivers
the responsiveness of a corded connection, but without the cord.
The receiver for the MX700 also serves as a fast charging station.
The rechargeable nickel metal-hydride (NiMH) batteries will be powered
for a whole day's worth of use with just a ten-minute charge.
The MX700 has a new comfortable contoured right-handed
shape with a continuous key plate and eight programmable navigation
buttons. The mouse is painted with a blue/black surface and has
highly polished silver accents. Now available for $79.95 USD.
MXTM500 Optical Mouse -An advanced mouse with the
same next-generation shape and design as the MX700, but with a standard
corded connection. The MX500 offers the same quick access to eight
programmable buttons, and is finished in a striking midnight black
and dark gray. Now available for $49.95 USD.
MXTM300 Optical Mouse - The entry point of the MX
performance mouse series is a cable connected mouse with an ambidextrous
design that allows the mouse to fit comfortably in either the left
or right hand. Navigation tools for this mouse include a Quick Switch
Program Selector button and scroll wheel. With a midnight black
and dark gray surface, the MX300 is now available for $39.95USD.
Logitech's MX Series of Performance mice are now
available worldwide in retail outlets and online at www.logitech.com.
Sep 25 - Panasonic Announces
2.2 lb. Toughbook. Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the
leading provider of ruggedized portable computers, on September
23 announced the release of the 2.2-pound Toughbook CF-R1 sub-notebook,
the most durable, power efficient and technologically advanced computer
in its class.
The Intel® 800MHz SpeedStep Mobile Pentium®
III CPU-powered, 9.4" x 7.2" x 0.93" (WLH), R1 features
new thin-screen LCD technology for increased brightness, reduced
weight and decreased power consumption, a 20GB low-power, shock-mounted
hard drive, and a revolutionary dimpled-magnesium case that dramatically
reduces clamshell weight and bulk while providing a full measure
of impact protection.
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company president Rance
Poehler described the new model as a natural evolution of the Toughbook
"Make no mistake, the CF-R1 is a fully pedigreed
Toughbook from its cast-magnesium case,
to its shock-mounted hard drive, to its armored screen-mounting
system," Poehler says. "We've always offered a full slate
of state-of-the-art portable computers ranging from fully ruggedized
MIL STD tested laptops to semi-ruggedized slimline notebooks. The
R1 is a reaffirmation of our commitment to offer our customers a
one-stop portable-computer solution.
"Look at it this way, every day thousands of
police officers depend on Panasonic Toughbooks -- both standard
form-factor ruggedized notebooks and law-enforcement specific models
like our PDRC -- to give them the data and connectivity they need
to do their jobs effectively and safely. We are very proud, particularly
at this critical point in our nation's history, that Panasonic provides
more law-enforcement agencies, over 2,000, with ruggedized computers
than do all of our competitors combined.
"With the R1 we have created a high-performance,
damage-resistant, 2.2-pound, aircraft-tray-table-friendly computer
that the chiefs of all those police departments -- as well as top
managers among our non-law-enforcement clients -- can slip into
an attaché case and carry to budget meetings, legislative
hearings, and conventions."
Pricing and Configuration
CF-R1P82ZVQM- Intel® Speedstep 800MHz ultra-low
voltage Mobile Pentium® III, 10.4" XGA TFT Active Matrix
Display, 20GB HDD, 128MB RAM, 56K-100BASE-TX/10 BASE-T combo modem,
Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs
for the mobile professional can be obtained at www.panasonic.com/toughbook.
Sep 24 - Nexian Introduces
Video Teleconferencing Product for Compaq PDAs. Nexian today
introduced the first video teleconferencing product for a handheld
computer. Developed exclusively by Los Angeles-based Nexian for
the HP iPAQ Pocket PC, the NexiPhone provides two-way voice and
video conferencing via the NexiCam digital camera.
"Working with HP, Nexian identified a market
need for video teleconferencing technology," said Sang Ho Son,
Chairman and CEO of Nexian.
"Last year, we released the NexiCam product that not only captures
digital photos and digital video, it will soon convert to a mobile
barcode-scanning device for inventory control. The NexiPhone software
that will be built into the NexiCams shipped this fall will deliver
the most advanced and reliable video teleconferencing technology
available for the handheld market. We're very proud of it and know
it will enable enterprise users to speed communications and better
compete in their markets."
The NexiPhone was developed by Nexian to extend the
capabilities of the NexiCam product, a digital camera add-on for
HP iPAQ Pocket PCs. All NexiCams shipped after September 1, 2002
will include the NexiPhone software.
The NexiCam is a self-standing attachment to the
iPAQ Pocket PC, providing up to 45 seconds of digital video recording
and digital photograph capabilities. After installation of the NexiPhone
software, and with the NexiCam attached to the iPAQ Pocket PC, users
will simply launch the NexiPhone software from the program menu.
The minimum system requirements are a TCP/IP connection
and the device works within wireless environments. Optional equipment
includes an earpiece to reduce audio feedback and to maintain a
In the new version of Nexian's NexiCam, NexiPhone
software is bundled and priced at only $199.99. It provides both
digital photography in addition to video conferencing and is currently
available through major retailers and e-tailers nationwide, including
Mobileplanet.com and CompUSA.
For more information about Nexian, visit www.nexian.com.
Sep 24 - HP Introduces
Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation. HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced
a mobile workstation ideal for engineers, architects, artists, video
producers and other notebook users who require powerful performance
or graphics options in a thin, lightweight device.
With weight starting at 6.0 lbs and a 15-inch panel,
the Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w offers the advantage of
ATI's MOBILITY Fire GL 9000 graphics technology. This new technology
provides 3-D rendering and video performance for demanding workstation
applications, OpenGL drivers for lightning-fast 3-D and 2-D graphics
acceleration, superb image clarity for native and lower resolutions,
fully programmable pixel and vertex shader support, dual monitor
support and enhanced texture mapping performance.
Innovative features common to the Evo notebook series
include: dual battery support via the MultiBay battery to provide
more than seven hours of battery life; mobile Intel(R) Pentium(R)
4 Processor-M with speeds up to 2.2 GHz; ATI Mobility Fire GL 9000
graphics controller with 64 MB dedicated video memory; and choice
of up to a 15 inch UXGA display.
The Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation N800w is expected
to be available Sept. 30 with prices starting at $3,899. Additional
product features and information for the mobile workstation is available
Sep 24 - ATI Introduces
MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 Visual Processor for Mobile Workstations.
ATI Technologies, Inc., (NASDAQ:ATYT)(TSX:ATY) today announced the
MOBILITY(TM) FIRE GL(TM) 9000 visual processor for mobile workstation,
based on ATI's ground-breaking MOBILITY(TM) RADEON(TM) 9000 visual
processor. Designed for advanced CAD/CAM and digital content creation
(DCC), the MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 delivers exceptional performance,
flexibility and value.
Hailed by CAD/CAM and DCC application providers, the
MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 offers design professionals stable workstation-class
graphics performance on a mobile platform and optimized OpenGL(R)
drivers for lightning fast 3D and 2D graphics. With four parallel
rendering pipelines and up to 64MB of 128-bit DDR on-board integrated
memory, the MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 delivers groundbreaking performance
to power leading DCC and CAD software applications.
"The MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 delivers desktop workstation
performance combined with the flexibility of version 1.4 pixel shader
support and unparalleled power management," said Phil Eisler,
Vice President and General Manager, Mobile and Integrated Business
Unit, ATI Technologies, Inc.
"With its raw power, rendering flexibility and anytime, anywhere
mobility, it is the perfect solution for demanding digital artists,
developers and engineers who envision, design and create while on
The MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 is backed by ATI's FIRE
GL development team, a dedicated group of workstation software and
hardware engineers who work closely with ATI customers and deliver
fully optimized high-performance drivers. The MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000
provides users with software driver options for the most popular
workstation operating environments including Windows 2000(R)/Windows
NT(R) and Linux with fully optimized OpenGL(R) custom extensions.
ATI can be found online at www.ati.com.
Sep 24 - Tablet PC Conference
to Spotlight ePublishing. The Tablet PC Digital Publishing Conference
was announced today by the Open eBook Forum, an event focusing on
the impact the Tablet PC platform from Microsoft Corporation will
have on ePublishing markets.
Scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 2002 at the McGraw-Hill
auditorium, the one-day conference will showcase the powerful new
features of the Tablet PC platform and how book, magazine, newspaper
and other publishers can provide digital versions of their publications
for an excellent on-screen reading experience. Sponsors include
Microsoft Corporation, OverDrive Inc., McGraw-Hill, New York University
Center for Publishing and Palm Digital Media.
Presenting the keynote address will be John Frederiksen,
Product Unit Manager of Microsoft Corporation's eReading group.
"We have assembled presentations from the leading
technology and publishing companies with digital media applications
and products designed to leverage the performance, enhanced resolution
and full PC capabilities the Tablet PC offers," stated Steve
Potash, President of the Open eBook Forum. "The Tablet PC substantially
enriches the eBook experience, and at the same time significantly
expands the market potential for the digital delivery of newspapers,
magazines, journals and other content," Potash added.
Tablet PC devices will be available on November 7th
from a wide range of industry leading manufacturers, including HP,
Toshiba, Fujitsu, Acer, ViewSonic and Motion Computing. This next
step in the evolution of mobile computing will enable publishers
to deliver extraordinarily rich electronic publications for anytime,
anywhere on-screen reading.
The Open eBook Forum, www.openebook.org,
is an international non-profit trade and standards organization
for the electronic book publishing industry.
Sep 24 - Yahoo! Launches
Games on Demand. Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global
Internet communications, commerce and media company, today unveiled
its newest premium broadband offering, Yahoo!(R) Games on Demand,
a for-pay games service that offers users the ability to rent and
play PC games directly through a streamed service.
Leading Titles from Activision, Eidos Interactive,
Infogrames, Inc. and Take2
Offering a one-stop destination to play a wide selection
of popular PC games from leading publishers, Yahoo! Games on Demand
offers more than 40 titles at launch, giving users a choice of popular
new and classic games, in genres ranging from action and strategy
to simulation and arcade. Users can make their selection by browsing
game titles or learn more about games through screen shots, reviews,
demos and more. Games available at launch include Civilization III,
Deus Ex, 4X4 EVO, Star Trek(R) Armada II and Serious Sam.
Yahoo! Games on Demand will also give consumers the
first chance to preview and play the new action game Zapper(TM)
from Infogrames, Inc. (Nasdaq:IFGM), the publishers of Frogger(TM)
2: Swampy's Revenge. Zapper is a cricket with an attitude and a
pair of high voltage antennae he's not afraid to use.
Zapper challenges gamers with non-stop frantic action, through 18
levels, set in totally twisted worlds, filled with bizarre enemies
and deadly hazards. Gamers can play the full PC version of Zapper
through Yahoo! Games on Demand prior to its availability in stores
nationwide and can continue to keep the game conveniently at their
"With more than 50 million people in the U.S.
playing online games, we're seizing the opportunity to offer direct
digital distribution to a ready audience, changing the way people
pay for and play games," said Daniel Hart, senior director,
Yahoo! Games and Entertainment.
"We created Yahoo! Games on Demand to offer consumers value-added
features they want including convenience, choice and control. Through
Yahoo! Games on Demand, consumers can play their favorite games
from a broadband-connected PC, save games between play sessions
and play a wide variety of games while enjoying the same experience
of playing a store-purchased PC game."
Yahoo! Games on Demand provides subscribers with a
convenient, personalized "My Games" page, which tracks
their current rentals and subscription packages, as well as updates
to the Games on Demand service.
The service also allows consumers to choose how they rent games:
multi-game, monthly subscriptions or single, three-day rentals.
Game rentals are offered at four price levels: $4.95 for the rental
of one game for three days; $9.95 for the rental of three games
for thirty days; $12.95 for the rental of five games for thirty
days; and $14.95 for the rental of ten games for thirty days.
Yahoo! Games on Demand is available to users through
the recently launched SBC Yahoo! DSL service or any broadband connection.Yahoo!
Games on Demand can be found online at gamesondemand.yahoo.com.
Sep 23 - Intel Researchers
Usher in '3-D' Era in Transistor Design. Intel researchers have
developed a three-dimensional (3-D) "tri-gate" transistor
design that achieves higher performance with greater power efficiency
than traditional planar (flat) transistors. This development provides
the first glimpse of a new era of non-planar 3-D transistor designs
that Intel and the semiconductor industry must implement to maintain
the pace of Moore's Law beyond this decade.
"Our research shows that below 30 nanometers,
the basic physics of the flat, single-gate planar transistor leaks
too much power to meet our future performance goals," said
Dr. Gerald Marcyk, director of the Components Research Lab at Intel.
"The tri-gate transistor design will allow Intel to build ultra-small
transistors that achieve high performance with low power and continue
driving the pace of Moore's Law."
A New 3-D Transistor Era
Transistors are the microscopic, silicon-based switches
that process the ones and zeros of the digital world and are the
fundamental building block of all semiconductor chips. With traditional
planar transistors, electronic signals travel as if on a flat, one-way
road. This approach has served the semiconductor industry well since
the 1960s. But, as transistors shrink to less than 30 nanometers
(billionths of a meter), the increase in current leakage means that
transistors require increasingly more power to function correctly,
which generates unacceptable levels of heat.
Intel's tri-gate transistor employs a novel 3-D structure,
like a raised, flat plateau with vertical sides, which allows electronic
signals to be sent along the top of the transistor and along both
vertical sidewalls as well. This effectively triples the area available
for electrical signals to travel, like turning a one-lane road into
a three-lane highway, but without taking up more space. Besides
operating more efficiently at nanometer-sized geometries, the tri-gate
transistor runs faster, delivering 20 percent more drive current
than a planar design of comparable gate size.
The tri-gate structure is a promising approach for
extending the TeraHertz transistor architecture Intel announced
in December 2001. The tri-gate is built on an ultra-thin layer of
fully depleted silicon for reduced current leakage. This allows
the transistor to turn on and off faster, while dramatically reducing
power consumption. It also incorporates a raised source and drain
structure for low resistance, which allows the transistor to be
driven with less power. The design is also compatible with the future
introduction of a high K gate dielectric for even lower leakage.
For more information on the 3-D tri-gate transistor
and other silicon research at Intel, visit Intel's Silicon Showcase
Sep 23 - Active Content
a Greater Threat Than Software Viruses for Businesses. Active
Internet content, invisible software microbes which silently enter
computer networks and serve as ruthless digital moles for outside
agents, now pose a greater threat to enterprises than viruses, according
to a new report by Aberdeen Group, a leading market analysis and
positioning services firm.
According to Aberdeen, many enterprise networks, most
consumer PCs and almost all ISPs are now infected with active Internet
content containing malicious software exploits that include: surreptitiously
capturing email handles, passwords and keystrokes; silently enabling
hidden network services and ports, from PCs through firewalls; and
redirecting outbound data to offshore sites by spoofing DNS addresses.
Unlike traditional viruses, active Internet content
is generally not detectable using traditional pattern matching security
technologies, which are not looking for active content or cannot
keep up with its rapid rate of change. In addition, they are not
restricted to specific payloads; harmful content has been found
in Email Spam bombs, on Websites and in simple text-based email.
"During the past few years, almost every home
user and organization with PCs connected to the Internet has been
exposed to new forms of harmful software running amok across the
Internet," said Jim Hurley, Vice President and Managing Director
for Aberdeen Group and author of the new report, Active eIRM: New
Realities for Managing Electronic Infrastructure Security. "This
content is now being used for electronic reconnaissance, electronic
probing, mail-marketing, spamming, electronic theft, cybercrime,
cyberterrorism, electronic identity theft and financial loss. Code
Red, and other well-publicized recent exploits are just the tip
of a much larger problem."
Signs of active harmful Internet content infections
include: incoming email with the user's Email address; degraded
throughput and excessive disk drive chatter; unauthorized outbound
connections to routers; Web site defacements; unauthorized and uninvited
Instant Messaging and Peer-to-Peer protocols; Trojan horses embedded
in IT maintenance software; and automated redirection of network
IP destinations, among others.
Prepared to coincide with the release of the Federal
Government's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, the Aberdeen
report indicates that during the past year, many IT managers have
begun to alter their plans and shift their focus to defend against
harmful Internet content as well as leaks and assaults in and on
the enterprise network, and business risk occurring form the misuse
and abuse of email and Web servers.
"The age of harmful active Internet content means
that a dynamically moving electronic Maginot line must now be deployed
to mitigate new risks," he continued. "Active eIRM is
well placed to assist IT in combating the new era of software exploits."
For more information about "Active eIRM: New
Realities for Managing Electronic Infrastructure Security",
Sep 23 - Fujifilm Unveils
FinePix F402 Digital Camera. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. continues
a tradition of great digital photography and eye-catching design
with its new FinePix F402, one of the smallest and lightest 2-megapixel
digital cameras in its class.
Photographers will delight in the FinePix F402's beautiful
images with incredibly rich colors and slim, lightweight metal body,
as well as multimedia features including movie recording and videoconferencing.
The palm-sized FinePix F402 is one of the season's ultimate accessories,
fitting neatly into any pocket or purse.
Equipped with Fujifilm's third-generation Super CCD
sensor system, its 2.1 million effective pixels can produce high-resolution
images with 2304 x 1728 (4.0 million) recorded pixels, which allows
consumers to print crisp and vivid prints up to 11 x 14 inches in
size. These features make the FinePix F402 perfect for getting photographic-quality
prints using Fujifilm's Digital Camera Developing services at retail
"The FinePix F402 is the latest outstanding addition
to our comprehensive line of first-class digital cameras. We've
included everything a photographer on the go could want - extreme
style, compact size and sharp image quality," said Darin Pepple,
Brand Manager of Consumer Digital Imaging Products, Consumer Markets
Division, Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.
The FinePix F402 comes bundled with an NP 40 battery,
USB cable, hand strap, 16MB xD-Picture Card, AC Power Adapter and
Battery Charger, FinePixViewer, ImageMixer 1.0. The camera will
be available for purchase in November 2002 at the suggested list
price of $349.95.
Consumers are encouraged to visit www.fujifilm.com.
Sep 23 - Worldwide Wireless
LAN Shipments to Grow 73 Percent in 2002. While many technology
sectors are struggling, the wireless local area network (LAN) industry
is poised for double-digit growth.
Worldwide wireless LAN shipments are on pace to grow
73 percent in 2002, while revenue will increase 26 percent, according
to Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT and ITB).
The industry will continue this consistent growth
in 2003, as worldwide wireless LAN shipments total 26.5 million
units, up from 15.5 million units in 2002. Revenue will reach almost
$2.8 billion in 2003, up from $2.1 billion in 2002. Gartner analysts
said the market will continue to experience healthy growth through
"The initial strong growth in the wireless LAN
equipment market is being driven by the mobile data connectivity
needs of professional portable PC users," said Andy Rolfe,
principal analyst for Gartner Dataquest's worldwide telecommunications
and networking group.
"The increase in wireless LAN-enabled mobile
PCs and PDAs will drive demand for wireless LAN access in a variety
of locations to support mobile access to business applications,"
Rolfe said. "These include homes for teleworkers and 'day extenders',
public spaces or 'hotspots', and enterprise premises. As wireless
LAN equipment prices continue to fall and speed increases, wireless
solutions will become a viable alternative to wired LANs in small
premises. This is because bandwidth demands are lower in small sites,
and the cost of cabling for wired Ethernet is higher than in larger
Gartner Dataquest forecasts the penetration rate of
wireless LAN into the professional mobile PC installed base will
grow from 9 percent in 2000 to almost 50 percent by the end of 2003,
and it is expected to surpass 90 percent by 2007.
Most wireless LANs are currently being purchased as
an add-on PC adapter. But, in 2002, approximately 10 percent of
all mobile PCs will be shipped with a wireless LAN included, and
it will increase to 31 percent in 2004. By 2007, Gartner Dataquest
forecasts 68 percent of mobile PCs shipped will include a wireless
"Already the top-tier mobile PC manufacturers
offer portable PCs with bundled wireless adapters," Rolfe said.
"In fact, Intel recently announced its intention to incorporate
wireless LAN capabilities into the forthcoming Banias mobile platform,
which will drive wireless LAN integration in new mobile PCs."
Because the industry has a great deal of potential,
many vendors are trying to enter this market. In 2001, there were
more than 70 vendors offering wireless LAN equipment, and more vendors
are still entering the market.
For more information about Dataquest Inc., visit www.gartner.com.
Sep 23 - CenDyne Ships
Two New External DVD Burners. CenDyne Inc. is now shipping two
new external DVD burners to major retailers in North America.
The new DVD burners give consumers a single product
for recording any type of video, photography, music or data onto
DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW media.
The first drive, the CenDyne DVD-R/RW External USB
2.0/FireWire drive, has a dual PC connection that is perfect for
home or business users who will use the drive with multiple PCs,
either via a FireWire or USB port. CenDyne is also now shipping
the CenDyne DVD-R/RW External USB 2.0 drive for customers that will
only use the drive with a PC via a USB connection.
The new CenDyne DVD burners allow computer users to
create, store and share their own collections of videos, music and
photography. Plus, the fast, highly reliable new drives are compatible
with most DVD movie players and other DVD burners -- so movies and
data burned using these drives can be shared with friends and family.
The CenDyne DVD burners come with easy-to-use Sonic(TM)
MyDVD 4.x(TM) DVD authoring and recording software that allows consumers
to archive their VHS home movies or create, edit and store their
Additionally, the new drives include InterVideo's(R)
WinDVD(R) that allows play-back of DVD movies created commercially
or on a DVD burner. The drives also ship with Nero Express, NeroVision
Express and InCD for burning and creation.
"Computer users the world over are using DVD-R/RW
technology to do more with their digital devices and computers,"
said Ed Meadows, president, CenDyne. "The huge capacity of
DVD media and compatibility with DVD video players are what's making
DVD-R/RW very attractive to so many home and business computer users."
Both new CenDyne DVD burners also read and write CD-R
and CD-RW media and provide CD buffer under-run protection. Also,
the new drives attach effortlessly to a PC via an external connection,
and they come complete with everything necessary to begin recording
right away, including media.
The CenDyne DVD-R/RW External USB 2.0/FireWire drive
model number CDI CD00153 and CenDyne DVD-R/RW External USB 2.0 drive
model number CDI CD00176 are available now at average retail prices
of $499 and $479 respectively.
For more information, go to the company's Web site