Pioneer to Ship DVD/CD Recordable/Re-Recordable Drive in May Pioneer New Media Technologies announced that it will ship "the world's first combination DVD/CD recordable drive," the DVR-A03, to distributors by the end of May at $995 SRP. Retail distribution will follow. The external computer drive reads and writes DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R and CD-RW. The drive records DVD-R discs at 2X speeds. The drive will be targeted for digital video recording and data archiving applications. It will ship with Sonic Solutions' MyDVD for DVD video authoring, CyberLink's PowerDVD 3.0 software DVD player and Prassi Software's PrimoDVD for archiving data on DVD and CD discs. The DVD-R
CEA Says Sales-Tax Holidays Boost PC Sales The Consumer Electronics Association released findings that showed that lower income families were more inclined to purchase a home computer system if the sales tax were eliminated, as it was during sales-tax holidays that several states enacted for the back-to-school season. The random survey showed that 27 percent of families with yearly household incomes less than $25,000 would be more likely to buy a home computer if the sales tax were eliminated. Fifty percent of the households that do already not own a computer plan to buy on in the next year and said that a sales-tax
San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose Entrances & Exits: Blessed by an affluent, tech-savvy populace, the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market so far has managed to preserve a healthy block of independent, high-end dealers, in addition to supporting regional and national chains. The good guys! used 1998 to remodel its Concord and Dublin locations into its larger Audio/Video Exposition format, open a new Audio Video Exposition store in Palo Alto and replace its San Mateo location with an Audio/Video Exposition enhanced WOW! store. Office Depot closed its Oakland location then opened a new store in Millbrae across the bay. Costco opened its new store in Hayward and will
Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto Entrances & Exits: Fry's Electronics converted an Incredible Universe. CompUSA took ownership of and converted one Computer City site. Office Depot opened a new Stockton store in September. The good guys! remodeled a Modesto store and in July opened a new 30,000-sq.-ft. Audio/Video Exposition store on Arden Way in Sacramento. Retail development in Placerville has picked up. OfficeMax opened there in 1998. Wal-Mart and Target both received separate approvals (pending an adjustment of traffic impact fees) to open locations along Missouri Flat Road on the western edge of Placerville. Target's new Placerville location will be in the proposed 500,000-sq.-ft. Sundance Plaza Shopping Center.