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Daily Computer News and Rumors

September 23-30 2002

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

InfoHQ Daily Computer News and Rumors Article Index
Date
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Sep 30 ViewSonic Projectors Brighten Options for Home Theater Enthusiasts
Sep 30 F-Secure Plays Key Role in Slapping Down Linux Slapper Worm
Sep 30 Brother Introduces Next Generation Color Multifunction Printers
Sep 30 ViewSonic Introduces 17-Inch, High Definition LCD-TV
Sep 29 Sunday Shopping Watch
Sep 27 Dell Signs Agreement With Lexmark
Sep 27 Intermec Ships New Ruggedized Handheld
Sep 27 Telephony Only the Beginning for Bluetooth In the Vehicle
Sep 27 EA Ships The Sims Unleashed Expansion Pack
Sep 27 Verizon Wireless Launches AOL Instant Messenger Service
Sep 26 Compaq Presario Holiday Lineup Provides Consumers Progressive Technology
Sep 26 Minolta Introduces Smallest and Lightest 3.2 Megapixel Digital Camera
Sep 26 Other World Computing Announces New Firewire Hard Drives
Sep 26 Toshiba Introduces New Affordable Satellite Notebooks
Sep 26 Sony Ericsson Unveils HBH-60 Bluetooth Phone Headset
Sep 25 AMD Introduces New Mobile Athlon XP Processor 2000+
Sep 25 HP Unveils Latest Digital Imaging Products
Sep 25 MasterCard Launches MasterCard SecureCode
Sep 25 Logitech Introduces MX Performance Mice
Sep 25 Panasonic Announces 2.2 lb. Toughbook
Sep 24 Nexian Introduces Video Teleconferencing Product for Compaq PDAs
Sep 24 HP Introduces Compaq Evo Mobile Workstation
Sep 24 ATI Introduces MOBILITY FIRE GL 9000 Visual Processor for Mobile Workstations
Sep 24 Tablet PC Conference to Spotlight ePublishing
Sep 24 Yahoo! Launches Games on Demand
Sep 23 Intel Researchers Usher in '3-D' Era in Transistor Design
Sep 23 Active Content a Greater Threat Than Software Viruses for Businesses
Sep 23 Fujifilm Unveils FinePix F402 Digital Camera
Sep 23 Worldwide Wireless LAN Shipments to Grow 73 Percent in 2002
Sep 23 CenDyne Ships Two New External DVD Burners

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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 enthusiasts.

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 digital photography.

"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 infected servers.

The Global Slapper Information Center can be found at www.f-secure.com/slapper.

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."

MFC-3200c

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 reception.

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 Watch.

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

Weekly Comparison. System prices were mixed this week.

Notebooks - Lower priced notebook prices went up a little, high-end laptops went down significantly compared to last week.
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.
Office Depot has 6 month no interest, no payment financing for purchases over $298.
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 printer.
Staples has no store-wide computer discounts this Sunday.
Compare to Online Prices - Compare the Sunday ad prices to those being offered at DealTime, it searches over 160 online computer stores.

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

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

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

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

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

Definitions. A complete desktop system/package/complete package is defined as a computer with monitor and printer or scanner.
A build-to-order system is customized at the retailer and then ordered from a computer manufacturer. In addition to the computer's stated price, you still pay sales tax and shipping charges (if you order direct from the vendor without going through the chain store, you may not have to pay sales tax and you could get a better warranty).

Caution about advertised prices. When reading advertisements, read the fine print of the ad to make sure you know what is being advertised and what it cost. For example, many advertisers will show a complete system with computer, monitor, and printer but advertise a price for the computer only.

* Prices discussed in this article. We report prices after rebates and discounts are subtracted.
Items highlighted in Black are good deals.
Items highlighted in Red means prices have gone up and the system is not a good buy this week.
Items in normal text means prices are about the same as the previous weeks.

Best Ad Deals this Sunday
Category
Product Description
Price* (see above)
Prices up or Down this Week
Store
Best Celeron Deal
HP 1.3 GHz complete system
$499
-$70
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Pentium 4
HP 2.0 GHz complete system
$1219
+$70
CompUSA
Best High-end Pentium 4 System
Sony 2.4 GHz complete system
$1199
-$140
Best Buy
Best Low-cost Athlon XP System
Compaq 1800+ system with 15 inch monitor
$679
-
Best Buy
Best High-end Athlon XP System
Compaq 2000+ system with with 15 inch monitor
$889
-
Best Buy
1. Best Low-cost Notebook
Toshiba 1.5 GHz Celeron with DVD/CD-RW
$1249
+$50
CompUSA
2. Best Low-cost Notebook
Compaq Athlon XP 1800+ with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$1149
-$150
Office Depot
1. Best High-end Notebook
Toshiba Pentium 4-M 2.0 GHz with DVD/CD-RW
$1599
-$200
Best Buy
2. Best High-end Notebook
Compaq Pentium 4-M 2.2 GHz with DVD/CD-RW (build-to-order)
$1549
-
Office Depot
Peripherals
Best Sunday Deal
Warcraft III or Icewind Dale II
$37.99
-
Circuit City
Best Sunday Deal
Maxtor 60 GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive

$69
(after rebates)

-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
APC BK350 UPS
$30
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4600 128 MB DDR Video Card
$299
(after rebates)
-
CompUSA
Best Sunday Deal
PNY GeForce4 Ti 4200 64 MB DDR Video Card
$139
(after rebates)
-
Best Buy
Best Sunday Deal
Memorex 48X CD-RW
$59
(after rebates)
-
Office Depot

 

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

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

Sep 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 Series.

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 gasoline retailers.

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 handsets.
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 federally mandated.

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, among others.

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 areas.

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 of $629.

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 Works.

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 capability.

For more information, visit Minolta's Web site located at www.minoltausa.com.

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 utility.

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 notebook.

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 1900+.

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, anywhere productivity.

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 number-crunching.

"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 power."

Availability

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 7600 Series.

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 at www.amd.com.

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 Web.

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 systems.

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 line.

"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, $1,850.

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 private conversation.

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 here.

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 move."

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 fingertips.

"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 at www.intel.com/research/silicon.

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", visit www.aberdeen.com.

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 outlets nationwide.

"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 2007.

"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 premises."

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 LAN.

"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 own movies.

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 at www.cendyne.com.

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