New 250GB 2.5” hard drive from Fujitsu

New 250GB 2.5'' hard drive from Fujitsu

Fujitsu has announced a new 250GB 2.5″ hard drive, which in itself isn’t exactly the most interesting story we will be posting today, but what sets this drive apart from the competition is it’s low power consumption and emphasis on 24-hour continuous operation.

Full press release below.

New 250GB 2.5” hard drive from Fujitsu via Akihibara News
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Samsung 82 inch Ultra Definition 120Hz LCD

Samsung 82 inch Ultra Definition 120Hz LCD

I have television envy. I thought we were doing well with a nice new 50″ Toshiba LCD in the family room(that relegated our early adopter 45″ Sharp Aquos LCD to the bedroom), but after seeing the new 82 inch offering from Samsung I feel so small and worthless.

I know size isn’t everything but this beauty (I’m talking about the TV not the girl) packs a lot more than just 82″ of screen: it is “Ultra Definition” which means 3840×2160 pixels (or 4x the pixels of a 1080p screen), has 120Hz technology, plus LED backlighting.

“Dear Santa, I’ve been a very good boy, for Christmas this year I would like…….”

Press Release below.

Samsung 82 inch LCD at I4U (via Mr. Gadget)
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DXG-569V – low cost high definition camcorder

DXG-569V - low cost high definition camcorder

DXG have announced a new high definition camcorder, the DXG-569V, that offers 1280 x 720 recording at 30 frames per second.

It also take 5 megapixel still images, has a fold-out rotating 3″ LCD screen, 32mb memory plus a SD card slot, and a built-in digital voice recorder.

What is it missing? an optical zoom, image stabilization, and a high price. The DXG-569V is available now in silver and black from Radio Shack for $169.

(press release after the jump)
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Wal-Mart Breaks Price Barrier with $498 Linux Laptop

Wal-Mart Breaks Price Barrier with $498 Linux Laptop Running Linspire
Monday December 20, 6:30 am ET
New low-cost computer features complete operating system and Microsoft File-compatible office suite

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 20 /PRNewswire/ — Walmart.com has released the $498 Balance laptop, which runs the Linux-based operating system Linspire. The laptop comes fully equipped with the operating system, Internet suite, and Microsoft-file compatible office suite, and can be used with both dial-up modems and broadband connections. The $498 price does not require coupons or rebates and can be purchased immediately at http://www.linspire.com/498.
Wal-Mart and Linspire worked together to offer a laptop that would give customers the best user experience at the lowest price possible. The Balance notebook is the lowest-priced laptop currently on the market to include a complete operating system and office suite — comparable machines cost hundreds more even without an office suite or software included.

Hardware specifications:
— 1.0 GHz processor
— 128 MB RAM, expandable up to 512 MB with included SODIMM slot
— 14.1″ LCD screen

Included software:
— Linspire 4.5 operating system
— OpenOffice.org – full-featured Microsoft file-compatible office suite
with word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation programs
— Internet suite including email with spam blockers, Internet browser,
and built-in firewall
— More than 1,900 free software programs for download, with guaranteed
software updates for 3 months

More specifications for the Balance $498 laptop are available at http://www.linspire.com/498.

The $498 Balance notebook with Linspire is an extremely affordable Linux-based computer perfect for use as a second or third home machine. Users can connect to the Internet and create, edit and share documents within minutes of bringing the laptop home without paying extra charges for software or licensing fees. Wal-Mart and Linspire partnered to bring a full-featured laptop to consumers at the lowest price point possible.

The Balance laptop is compatible with other office and Internet suites like Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer, and can be used with more than 1,000 printers and hardware components. With the included office suite OpenOffice.org (http://www.linspire.com/openoffice), users can open, edit and exchange files such as word processing documents (.doc), spreadsheets (.xls) or presentations (.ppt) in a familiar, comfortable environment. The laptop’s included Mozilla Internet suite (http://www.linspire.com/mozilla) comes with a fast-functioning browser and email program that can display Web-based forms, PDF documents, images, and multimedia files. The suite’s included instant messenger program works with AOL, MSN and Yahoo! logins.

Besides being affordable, the laptop is also easy-to-use, even for those new to Linux-based operating systems. The computer’s Linspire operating system has a comfortable, familiar interface and software that is comparable to Windows. “Hot keys” on the keyboard give users one-touch access to email and the Internet. The laptop also comes installed with multimedia tutorials that Linspire worked with Wal-Mart to create for users who purchase the laptop, and a Quick Start guide to make set-up easy. View the interactive tutorials at http://www.linspire.com/walmartstart and a sample Quick Start guide at http://www.linspire.com/qsguide.

Because it is based on Linux, the Linspire operating system is immune to security threats targeting Microsoft Windows software including viruses, Trojan horses and spyware. The machine’s built-in firewall gives an extra level of protection from outside threats, and the included Internet suite’s standard spam and pop-up blockers make surfing and emailing hassle-free.

The $498 price also includes access to software programs via the CNR Warehouse (http://www.linspire.com/warehouse), an Internet-based software download center that allows users to install any of more than 1,900 software programs with one click. The CNR Service is available free to those who purchase the laptop from walmart.com, with guaranteed software updates available for three months after purchase. Once programs are downloaded, they are completely owned by the user and can be shared on multiple Linspire-based PCs with no activation codes required.

To purchase the Balance notebook for $498 with Linspire, please visit http://www.linspire.com/498.

For more information about Linspire, contact:
Heather MacKenzie
Linspire, Inc.
858-587-6700, ext. 263
858-587-8095 Fax
pr@linspireinc.com

About Linspire, Inc.

Linspire (http://www.linspire.com) is an affordable Linux-based operating system designed specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and businesses. Linspire uses innovative CNR technology that allows the installation, updating and management of more than 1,900 software programs with just one click from Linspire’s CNR Warehouse (http://www.linspire.com/warehouse). The Linspire operating system is also offered in Spanish (http://www.linspire.com/espanol), Italian (http://www.linspire.com/italiano) and Japanese (http://www.linspire.com/livedoor). Linspire, CNR, and CNR Warehouse are trademarks of Linspire, Inc., a Delaware Corporation. Other marks used herein may be the property of their respective owners.

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Source: Linspire, Inc.

Olympus Announces Prices For EVOLT E-300

Olympus Announces Prices For EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR Camera, Digital Specific Consumer Lenses, And Accessories

100% “Designed-for-Digital” SLR Comes with Lens for Under $1000 for World-Class Image Quality; Camera Packs Dust Protection and an 8-Megapixel Imaging Sensor into Innovative Compact, Low-Profile Body
Melville, NY, November 23, 2004 – Today Olympus officially announced that the 8.0-megapixel EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR, the first 100 percent “digital-from-the-ground-up” consumer SLR system with interchangeable digital specific lenses, will be sold with a lens for $999.99. Incorporating a newly designed compact body featuring the Dust Reduction system pioneered on the professional E-1 SLR body, the EVOLT delivers the versatility, durability and reliable performance of an SLR that isn’t just for the pros – now it’s for photographers of all skill levels at a price they can afford.

Camera, Zuiko Digital Specific Lenses, and Accessories Prices:

EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR:
$999.99 estimated street price including the 14-45mm lens ($1399 MSRP)
14-45mm f3.5 – f5.6 Lens: $249.95 estimated street when purchased separate from EVOLT ($299 MSRP)
40-150mm f3.5 – f4.5 Lens: $279.95 estimated street ($349 MSRP).
HLD-3 Battery Holder: $99.99 estimated street price ($119.95 MSRP).
Semi Hard Case CS3-SH (for EVOLT E-300 and 14.45mm or 14-54mm zooms): $49.95 estimated street price ($59.95 MSRP).

The EVOLT E-300 outfit includes a compact, 14 – 45mm f3.5 – f5.6 Zuiko Digital Specific Lens (equivalent to 28mm – 90mm in 35mm photography) that perfectly matches the imager so light strikes the sensor directly to ensure rich, accurate colors and edge-to-edge sharpness. Its 3.2x zoom covers the range most frequently used in ordinary photography and weighs just 10 ounces (285 grams) offering users an extremely dynamic, portable everyday-use zoom. Close-ups as near as 15 inches (38cm) are possible throughout the zoom range.

Another lens announced earlier this year, the 40 – 150mm f3.5 – f4.5 Zuiko Digital Specific Lens (equivalent to 80-300mm in 35mm photography), now also has a price. With 13 elements in 10 groups and a weight of just 15.75 oz/450g (approx), the Zuiko Digital 40-150mm Lens is meant to go anywhere. In addition, the lens employs an f3.5-4.5 brightness making it ideal for achieving effects like background blurring and perspective compression, suitable for everything from portraits to sports scenes. As with the 14-45mm lens, the 40-150mm is also reinforced by a multi-coating process as well as a reliable metal lens mount.

Both the 14-45mm and the 40-150mm are standard digital zoom lenses that complement each other and can be used in conjunction to cover a wide range of focal lengths and zoom ranges. In addition, both of these “designed for digital” lenses offer superb quality suitable for everyday use by advanced photographers as well as by newcomers to digital SLR products.

EVOLT Supersonic Wave Filter Leaves Other Digital SLR Cameras In the Dust
A common problem with interchangeable lens digital SLR cameras is dust settling on the image sensor. The EVOLT features an Olympus exclusive patented ultrasonic technology, the Supersonic Wave Filter™, to reduce the effects of micro dust settling on the image sensor and impacting the image quality. Located between the shutter and the CCD, the Supersonic Wave Filter uses high-speed ultrasonic vibration to cause most types of dust to fall away from the image sensor so it will not appear in photographs. The filter vibrates at 350,000 times per second and is activated every time the camera powers on, or manually via a menu selection, to instantly remove the dust from in front of the image sensor. The CCD assembly is isolated from the Supersonic Wave Filter by an airtight seal to protect it even more. This unique Olympus feature gives photographers the confidence to shoot photos and change lenses in the field, just as they’ve always done, without the worry of images being damaged or ruined by dust on the imager.

Optional Accessories Designed To Do More

HLD-3 Battery Holder
The EVOLT can accommodate the HLD-3 Battery Holder that holds one or two BLM-1 Li-Ion batteries. With two batteries, the EVOLT can capture almost double the number of images possible with only one battery. The HLD-3 has a shutter release button located at its base to enable vertical shooting, a remote socket for use with the RM-CB1 Cable Release, and a standard tripod socket.

FL-36 Flash
Compact, lightweight and designed specifically for digital photography, the FL-36 achieves higher guide numbers than comparable SLR film cameras even while maintaining wide-angle light distribution. The Guide Number is 117 feet (36 meters) at ISO 100. You’ll notice the difference when using it in combination with a wide-angle lens on the EVOLT. Accurate, 1/8-step illumination control provides the precision required by digital cameras, while minimizing illumination reduction near the screen. The newly designed energy-saving circuit improves recharge rates and enables the flash to operate on just 2 AA batteries.

The FL 36 features the FP mode for syncro at shutter speeds up to 1/4000 sec. In both FP-TTL Auto and FP-Manual modes. Standard TTL-Auto, Auto and Manual flash modes are also available. It costs $199.99 estimated street price ($239.95 MSRP)

CS-3SH Semi-Hard Case
Protect the EVOLT and its lens in style with a dedicated semi-hard leather case.

Availability
The Olympus EVOLT E-300 Digital SLR will be available in December 2004. It includes: EVOLT E-300 Body, USB Cable, Video Cable, Li-Ion Battery Pack (BLM-1), Li-Ion Battery Charger (BCM-2), Shoulder Strap, OLYMPUS Master Editing Software, CD-ROM, Manuals, Warranty card, and System chart.

For more information, review units and high-resolution images of the Olympus EVOLT E-300 and accessories, contact Michael Bourne, Mullen Public Relations, 650-210-9857 or michael.bourne@mullen.com, or Chris Sluka, senior public relations manager, Olympus America Inc, Consumer Products Group, Two Corporate Center Dr., Melville, NY, P.O. Box 9058, 11747-9058, ph: (631) 844-5000 (800) 622-6372, Fax: (631) 844-5262 or the Olympus Web Site: www.olympusamerica.com/evolt

Sony VAIO U-Series Notebook

ULTRA PERSONAL COMPUTING IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND

Sony VAIO U-Series Notebook Combines Power of Full-size PC with Portability of PDA

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 9, 2004 _ At a shade over 1 pound, Sony’s new VAIO® U Ultra Portable PC, announced today, has the heart of a PC but the soul of an entertainer.

Doubling as a portable media player, this “pocketable” PC allows you to download entertainment content and enjoy it virtually anywhere you go. Integrated 802.11 b/g wireless LAN connects you to thousands of hotspots across the country and helps you stay in touch with the Internet, email and your favorite digital content download services.

Multiple input modes contribute to the PC’s extreme versatility. Using the stylus and virtual keyboard on the unit’s touch panel screen, you can compose email messages or navigate files even while standing up. Handwriting recognition software simplifies note-taking or annotating documents. Users can also quickly launch programs or execute common commands with thumb-controlled action buttons, or draft longer text files with the included foldout keyboard.

“The U-Series expands the usability of portable PCs beyond the realm of even the lightest traditional notebooks,” said Mike Abary, general manager of VAIO PC marketing for Sony Electronics’ IT Products Division. “It fits a full-fledged Windows® operating system, Intel® processor and all the entertainment capabilities that make it a Sony, into a `go-anywhere’ package that’s smaller than a paperback novel.”

The unit’s 5-inch display with XBRITEâ„¢ LCD technology brings movies and photos to life with crisp, high-contrast playback. Memory Stick® and Compact Flash media slots make it easy to import files or digital photos from a variety of digital still cameras. With intuitive thumb controls, users can change the display orientation on the fly, from landscape to portrait mode and back, for optimal viewing of virtually any content.

Whatever, Wherever

Included accessories make the PC even more effective in a variety of different environments. The inner-ear headphones and remote control make digital music and movies a joy whether you’re on a plane or on the run. The mobile AC adapter, foldout keyboard and VGA/Ethernet adapter combine for an ideal road package. At home, the port replicator facilitates charging while connecting the PC to a variety of external devices such as a mouse, display, hard drive and/or optical drive.

An Intel® Ultra Low Voltage Pentium® M processor and Microsoft® Windows® XP Professional operating system ensure that the power and the platform for general computing tasks exist on the VAIO U notebook. And exclusive applications, such as SonicStage® software, allow users to take maximum control of their digital content, reinforcing Sony’s commitment to entertainment.

The VAIO U Ultra Portable notebook will be available next month at SonyStyle stores and other select retailers, as well as online at www.sonystyle.com for about $2,000.

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Editor’s Note: Sony Electronics’ Information Technology Products Division (ITPD) markets VAIO® notebook and desktop computers, as well as branded storage products. For additional information about Sony computer products, consumers can call (888) 315-SONY, or visit Sony’s web site at: www.sony.com/vaio. For complete specifications and digital images, members of the news media are invited to visit Sony Electronics’ news and information web site at www.sony.com/news.

Contact Info:
Valerie Motis
Sony Electronics Inc.
Christopher Downing
Ruder-Finn/Switzer
(415)348-2733

Pioneer Introduces First Aftermarket In-Car Navigation System with XM NavTraffic

Pioneer Introduces First Aftermarket In-Car Navigation System with XM NavTraffic
Tuesday November 2, 12:20 pm ET

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — XM Satellite Radio (Nasdaq: XMSR – News), the nation’s leading provider of satellite radio with more than 2.5 million subscribers, and Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc., the established leader in mobile entertainment products, keep drivers informed of detailed traffic conditions 24 hours a day with Pioneer’s next generation AVIC-N2 multi-function navigation system and XM NavTraffic. Pioneer’s system is the first aftermarket in-car navigation system to offer satellite-based traffic information using XM NavTraffic, which displays traffic incidents and road flow conditions on a motorized 6.5-inch touch screen monitor. The system, unveiled today at the annual SEMA Show devoted to automotive specialty products, graphically communicates traffic incidents by means of traffic icons to quickly identify road events relative to the vehicle’s location, keeping drivers in touch with their surroundings at all times. In advance, the system suggests alternate routes around major traffic incidents and heavily congested roads.
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With a quick touch of the screen, the Pioneer AVIC-N2 with XM NavTraffic displays a detailed traffic events list, showing local road incidents sorted by traffic event or by distance. The traffic list describes the exact location of incidents, provides descriptions of each occurrence and shows the distance of the events from the vehicle’s current location.

Traffic flow is displayed on the navigation screen with different colors — green, yellow and red. Green indicates traffic moving 40 mph and above, yellow from 20 to 40 mph and red at less than 20 mph. Additional icons represent scheduled incidents such as road construction and road closures.

“The new AVIC-N2 takes navigation to the next level,” said Michael Townsen, vice president of marketing for mobile entertainment at Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “Traffic conditions are continually broadcast by the XM NavTraffic service, keeping drivers informed at all times. Because the AVIC-N2 can fit virtually any vehicle on the road, everyone can have access to detailed traffic information.”

XM NavTraffic, powered by NAVTEQ Traffic, provides the Pioneer AVIC-N2 system with in-depth traffic data for 20 major metropolitan cities across the nation. Traffic incidents are collected from a wide variety of sources, including road sensors, traffic cameras, state and local transportation departments, and law enforcement. The data is compiled by NAVTEQ, a leading global provider of digital map data for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions. XM delivers the data to the navigation system via satellite.

The Pioneer GEX-P10XMT data and audio receiver, AVIC-N2′s optional traffic tuner, offers both the XM NavTraffic service and XM Satellite Radio’s more than 130 digital radio channels, including 68 commercial-free music channels, more than 40 premier sports, news, talk, and entertainment channels, and 21 channels of traffic and weather reports. The subscription price is expected to be $13.99 a month for a bundled offering of XM NavTraffic and XM Radio.

“We at XM Satellite Radio are thrilled that Pioneer is offering the very first aftermarket navigation system with our XM NavTraffic service,” said Roderick MacKenzie, Director, Advanced Applications, XM Satellite Radio. “You can choose your destination on the new Pioneer system, and XM NavTraffic gives you in-depth traffic information about your personal route. You can find out how fast traffic is moving, where the congestion is, and how to steer clear of problems. XM NavTraffic is the most comprehensive traffic information service ever offered to U.S. drivers, and we’re very excited to be working with our longtime partners at Pioneer to make it available with Pioneer’s new AVIC-N2 navigation system. This is an incredibly powerful tool for drivers to avoid traffic.”

The AVIC-N2 with XM NavTraffic is a multi-tasking information and entertainment system that combines a detailed traffic tuner (XM Digital Satellite Data & Audio Receiver*) with turn-by turn route guidance navigation system, DVD/CD/MP3 player and vehicle dynamics monitor. The Pioneer DIN-size unit, meant to replace any existing in-dash car radio, is a revolutionary solution for drivers who spend more time than ever in their vehicle. The system provides far more than basic driving directions, offering millions of points of interest and alternate routes to avoid traffic jams.

The Navigation System

The AVIC-N2 provides accurate detailed route guidance for the entire United States and Canada including Alaska and Hawaii. Within seconds, the system’s extremely fast processor calculates multiple routes and provides directions to any destination via electronic map and voice prompts.

Powered by TeleAtlas mapping, the system uses a massive 12-million points of interest (POI) database with more than 248 different categories so consumers can search for the nearest gas station, ATM or restaurant. As users are guided along their route, points of interest are overlaid onto the map, which is particularly helpful when driving in unfamiliar areas. Easy-to- recognize brand icons are used to identify hotels, restaurants, banks, gas stations and even specific chain store locations such as Chili’s®, Olive Gardens®, 76® and Albertsons®.

Utilizing 7.5MB of flash memory, the system can store miles of mapping information allowing users to utilize its internal disc drive for audio or video entertainment to play DVD movies for back seat passengers or listen to an audio compact disc. Users also can store a frequently used path within a “home area,” in which the system can display traffic information and points of interests without inserting the map disc.

Further aiding drivers, the AVIC-N2 guidance screens were graphically enhanced to look like highway exit signboards, communicating visual directions quickly and safely. Users can choose from five enhanced modes that can be displayed on the screen, including:

— Standard map view mode
— Driver’s view mode (3-D view of map)
— Route view mode (split screen between map and list of upcoming
streets)
— Rear view split screen (split screen between rear camera view and
overhead map)
— Vehicle dynamics mode (performance gauges)

The system also includes a camera input so owners of large vehicles can view an image from a rear camera on the screen. This feature allows owners of SUVs and RVs to see a boat or vehicle they may be towing for added safety.

The Audio Video Entertainment System

The state-of-the art audio/video entertainment system provides full dual zone capabilities, as well as DVD video playback, single CD, MP3 CDs and AM/FM/XM satellite radio all with maximum power and sound performance.

“Pioneer’s AVIC-N2 provides maximum flexibility and performance across all aspects of mobile entertainment for any driver. For example, a family driving from Los Angeles to San Francisco can have their entire route mapped in the memory of the navigation system and still entertain rear seat passengers with DVD movies for the length of the trip,” said Townsen.

Much like its top-line headunit counterparts, the AVIC-N2 is a high quality audio system with MOSFET50 (50 watts X 4 amplifier), three pre-amp outputs and three band parametric equalizer. The system can be expanded with other sources such as XM satellite radio, CD changer, DVD changer and TV tuner. All sources are direct access using its touch screen display.

The Vehicle Dynamics Monitor

The importance of individuality among the youth “Tuner” market is part of today’s car culture, which led Pioneer to add new “skins” to its vehicle dynamics gauge screens of the AVIC-N2. With a quick touch of the display, four different skins can be chosen enabling consumers to customize the screen to match the interior of their vehicle.

Proven to be a popular feature, the vehicle dynamics offer an easy, fun and accurate method to assess a car’s performance with stock equipment versus aftermarket parts. The rich navigation features enable the system to monitor key performance attributes, provide users with vehicle dynamics in real time and perform peak holds so users are able to see and track their vehicle’s performance.

Measurements contain simple features such as voltage, compass and clock as well as dynamic features including:

* Acceleration to measure forward and backward G-Force
* Lateral G-Force to measure maximum cornering force
* Angular velocity to measure turn rate
* Slope to measure the incline

Pricing and availability will be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2005.

XM Satellite Radio audio service is available in 48 states. XM NavTraffic is available in the 20 identified cities. Sold separately, Pioneer GEX-P10XMT traffic tuner and activation of XM NavTraffic service is required.
XM Satellite Radio

XM is America’s number one satellite radio service with more than 2.5 million subscribers. Broadcasting live daily from studios in Washington, DC, New York City and Nashville, Tennessee at the Country Music Hall of Fame, XM’s 2004 lineup includes more than 130 digital channels of choice from coast to coast: 68 one-hundred-percent commercial-free music channels, featuring hip hop to opera, classical to country, bluegrass to blues; more than 40 channels of premier sports, talk, comedy, children’s and entertainment programming; and 21 channels of the most advanced traffic and weather information for major metropolitan areas nationwide. As the official satellite radio network for Major League Baseball (MLB) and NASCAR, as well as ACC, PAC-10 and Big-10 collegiate football and basketball, XM Satellite Radio is the leader in sports radio programming offering thousands of live sporting events each year. XM also is the leader in satellite radio for the automobile market through partnerships with General Motors and Honda, among others. XM is available in more than 100 new car models for 2005. XM offers a wide variety of satellite radios for listening at home, in the car, and on the go, including the Delphi MyFi, the first portable, hand-held satellite radio. Consumers can experience over the Internet through XM Radio Online at http://listen.xmradio.com. XM recently launched XM NavTraffic, which provides current traffic information for vehicle navigation systems. For more information about XM, visit http://www.xmradio.com.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Pioneer’s Mobile Entertainment Division is the leading manufacturer of audio, video and information products for in-car use. Its focus is on the development of new digital technologies including audio video, navigation and satellite radio, while maintaining its strong heritage in products for car audio enthusiasts and competitors. The company markets its products under the Pioneer and Premier brand names. When purchased from an authorized dealer, consumers receive a limited warranty for one year with Pioneer products and two years for Premier products.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is http://www.pioneerelectronics.com. Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a leader in optical disc technology and a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video, computer and cable equipment for the home, car and business markets. The company focuses on four core business domains including DVD, display technologies, Digital Network Entertainment and components. Founded in 1938 in Tokyo, Pioneer Corporation (NYSE: PIO – News) employs more than 36,000 people worldwide. Its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Source: XM Satellite Radio; Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

Buffalo Remote Access Router for Consumer and Small Business

BUFFALO TECHNOLOGY REVOLUTIONIZES WIRELESS NETWORKING WITH THE FIRST REMOTE ACCESS ROUTER FOR THE CONSUMER AND SMALL BUSINESS MARKETS

The AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway is the Only Product of Its Kind That Allows Users To Access Their Home or Office Computer from Anywhere in the World

Austin, TX – November 1, 2004 – Buffalo Technology, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of wired and wireless networking, storage and memory solutions today announced a revolutionary wireless router, the AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway (WZR-RS-G54). This groundbreaking remote-access solution is the only wireless router for the consumer and small business markets that enables users to conveniently and securely access e-mail, files, programs and network resources while on the road. The product also allows users to stream music files including MP3′s, video files, or access digital photo images from anywhere in the world.

Buffalo’s new wireless router is the ideal solution for consumers, frequent travelers, telecommuters, multi-site employees and mobile office workers who need access to their home or office personal computer.

“There are over 25 million people in the U.S.1 who work from home, and business travel is on the increase. This is an audience that demands a simple, secure and inexpensive solution that gives them the same capabilities on the road as at home or the office,” stated Morikazu Sano, vice president of product marketing and public relations at Buffalo Technology. “Competing software solutions start at $20 a month, which can add up, especially if you add users. Our Wireless Secure Remote Gateway is an affordable, one-time purchase and provides users with a cost-effective means to access resources and remain productive while away from the home or office.”

The AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway is an 802.11g/802.11b compliant router that features 125* High Speed Mode wireless technology and Buffalo’s patent pending AirStation One-Touch Secure System (AOSS™). AOSS is designed to allow users to setup a secure wireless connection with the push of a button. Within 90-seconds, AOSS instantly detects and configures other AOSS-enabled devices on the network and seamlessly installs the highest available level of wireless security. The router includes both a PPTP VPN client and a PPTP VPN server for secure connections to other computers. This allows users to access and exchange files that reside on their home or office computer over the Internet via the PPTP secured protocol and eliminates the need of an FTP server or a paid service. Full access is granted as if the user were sitting in front of their home or office computer. The product’s Wake-On-LAN feature allows users to turn on their computer from any other computer with Internet access.

The Wireless Secure Remote Gateway incorporates an easy to navigate portal screen providing simple web-based access to product features. The product includes features that are unique to Buffalo’s routers such as Wireless Distribution System (WDS) for bridging and repeating; External Antenna support for extended wireless signal range; Intrusion Detector, which notifies users if an attack has been attempted on their system; and Privacy Separator for secure wireless sessions.

The product supports robust security protocols such as WPA-PSK with AES support, which gives the Wireless Secure Remote Gateway the ability to support WPA2 – the latest and most powerful security standard for wireless networks. The router includes a built-in DHCP server with a 4-port 10/100Mbps switch. The Wireless Secure Remote Gateway also supports forward-looking Fiber To The Home (FTTH) technology with routing speeds of up to 98.7Mbps.

Backed by a limited two-year warranty and toll-free 24/7 technical support, the AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway (WZR-RS-G54) will be available November at an estimated street price of $199. For more information about Buffalo Technology and its products, please visit the company’s Web site at www.buffalotech.com.

New Dell TVs, Printers and Music Players

New Dell TVs, Printers and Music Players

Product Information Sheet

New York, October 14, 2004

Dell today opened its holiday retail season by announcing the expansion of the company’s consumer electronics product portfolio, provided at exceptional prices to help more customers enjoy advances in digital music, photography, and television technology. Details and availability on the new consumer electronics are provided below. More information, including technical specifications and hi-resolution images are available at www.dell.com/digitallife.

Televisions

Dell’s new 42-inch plasma displays, the Dell W4200HD 42″ Plasma HDTV and Dell W4200ED Enhanced Definition 42″ Plasma TV, will be available in time for holiday season programming. Both TVs boast wide-aspect (16:9 aspect ratio) screens that deliver excellent picture quality in packages that are only 3.3-inches thick.

The W4200HD retails for $3,499. It provides 1024 vertical lines and 768 horizontal lines of resolution, showing high-definition content. It is fully equipped to receive both analog and digital broadcasts out-of-the-box, due to dual integrated analog and combination digital/analog tuners.

The W4200ED, priced at $2,299, is an enhanced definition display equipped with dual analog tuners and features 852 vertical lines and 480 horizontal lines of resolution.

The Dell W4200 displays both allow users to multitask by viewing images from different sources simultaneously, with dual tuners and Picture-In-Picture (PIP), Picture-On-Picture (POP), and Picture-By-Picture (PbP) modes. When a PC is attached, the W4200 displays also support PC graphics on PC graphics, video on PC graphics, and video on video.

Detachable speakers deliver 20 watts of sound each, and high quality audio outputs allow easy integration with existing home theater components. Included SRSTM TruSurround XTTM transforms television audio into a stunning surround sound experience.

Both TVs are also powered by a PixelworksTM chipset. Dell is the first TV supplier to receive the Pixelworks’ DNX certification, a series of rigorous video quality tests that measure out-of-the-box picture quality and performance.

Dell’s goal is to help customers get their new plasma televisions working as quickly and easily as possible, so six different installation options are available to fit every need1. These options range from simply unboxing and hooking the TV up, wall mounting, or speaker mounting with concealed wiring.

Dell also announced a new model in its LCD TV product line today – the W1900 19″ LCD TV, selling for $899. Multimedia enthusiasts now have more room to experience and enjoy digital content.

Dell has engineered the W1900 to feature a 1280 x 768 resolution (15:9 aspect ratio), thus optimizing for DVDs, today’s TV signals, and tomorrow’s high-definition broadcast standards. With a full suite of TV and PC connectors, the W1900 is also equipped for simultaneous use as a PC and TV display. When used as a PC monitor, the 158 square inch (1022 cm²) screen size can display two full documents side-by-side, enhancing productivity and ease of viewing.

Both plasma TVs will be available next month in the Continental (excluding Alaska) United States and in Canada. The W1900 19″ LCD TV can be purchased immediately in the United States and Canada and will be available in Europe, Japan, Australia and Singapore and other regions over the next several months.

Printers

Bring the photo lab home with the new Dell Photo Printer 540 and the Dell Photo All-in-One Printer 942. The sleek, compact – 3.2″ x 7.8″ x 5.3″ (HxWxD) – Photo Printer 540 sells for $189 and is available to order today in the United States. The Dell 540 makes it easy to create high-quality photos anywhere, thanks to a 2.5-inch LCD screen, USB input, PictBridge port for a camera connection, and 5-in-1 digital memory card reader that allows customers to view and print their images without connecting to a PC. For advanced editing, it also includes a USB PC connection and a suite of photo editing software. And images can be shared immediately after they are printed, because the printer’s dye sublimation technology covers them with a glossy Clear Life CoatingTM that makes them durable, smudge-proof and long lasting2.

Other convenience features include 4×6-inch photos in fewer than 60 seconds3, one-button printing in black and white or color, one button save to PC, and the Dell Photo Print Pack, which includes Dell Premium Photo Paper and a Dell Print Cartridge for exactly 40 prints.

The Dell Photo All-in-One Printer 942 gives every home and small office the ability to print, copy, fax (when connected to a PC with fax modem) and scan in color – plus print photos – in one, easy-to-use device. Initially available for $1494, the 942 is can be purchased today in the United States. It will be available in other regions in the coming months.

With print speeds of up to 19 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 14 ppm in color (actual print speeds will vary with use), the 942 meets everyday printing and imaging needs. It also includes advanced photo printing features like a 2.5-inch LCD screen, a PictBridge port for a camera connection, and memory card slots – making it simple to print photos without being connected to a PC. The optional photo cartridge ensures a greater range of color, finer detail, and more realistic images. The 942 is also a standalone color copier for reproducing text documents, photos and graphics quickly and easily.

Both new Dell photo printers use the Dell Supplies Management SystemTM , which monitors cartridge and/or paper levels, proactively notifies customers before they run out of their supplies, and provides a direct link to Dell’s website for easy reordering. In addition, all Dell printers come with Dell service and support, including 24×7 toll-free technical phone support and one-year Advanced Exchange Service5.

Dell DJs

Dell tuned into music enthusiasts who like more style with their music players. The company’s two new DJs, enabled by Texas Instruments’ Digital Audio processors, sport a sleek silver and black design and trimmer form factors. The 4.4-ounce6 Pocket DJ is smaller than a deck of cards but with enough storage for 2,500 songs7. Dell also updated the interface on the 20GB8 model for the music enthusiasts who want to load and easily play their entire music collection, or even books, on a digital music device.

DJ users can choose to download their favorite music from the many MP3 and Windows Media® -based download services on the Web. To simplify how customers enjoy music while protecting digital content, Dell will implement Microsoft’s® Digital Rights Management technology, code-named Janus, and Media Transfer Protocol. The new technologies support legal downloads and secure transfer of digital music from any device or online service, and will be available on existing DJs later this year and in early 2005 on the new models introduced today. In addition, Dell will provide the firmware to upgrade DJs on support.dell.com at no cost, and plans to participate in Microsoft’s forthcoming “Plays For Sure” campaign to help educate consumers on the compatibility of services and devices carrying the “Plays For Sure” logo.

The Pocket DJ starts at $199. The 20GB Dell DJ holds about 9,900 songs7 for $249. Both are available next month in the United States.

About Dell

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1 Plasma TV installation services provided via third-party contract with customer. Availability varies. Other conditions apply. For complete details, visit www.dell.com/servicecontracts.

2 Under normal household storage and usage conditions.

3 Actual print speeds may vary with use.

4 After $30 instant rebate off original price of $179.

5 Replacement part or unit will be dispatched if necessary following phone-based troubleshooting in advance of receipt of returned defective unit. Availability varies. Other conditions apply. Defective unit must be returned. Replacements may be refurbished.

6 Weight is for unit only.

7 Assumes audio format is 64kbps WMA encoding with average song length of 4 min.

8 One GB = 1 billion bytes; actual capacity varies with preloaded material and operating environment and will be less.

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