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The Digital Camera Challenge for Printers and Scanners
November 1, 2000

Scanners and printers for the general consumer are no longer the big-ticket items they once were. Consumers swept up in the digital imaging craze have boosted sales of both product categories. But is the ever-growing popularity of digital cameras friend or foe? Scanners Scanners have the most to worry about when it comes to digital cameras. A camera's ability to transfer images directly to the PC via a direct connection or a memory card eliminates the need for a scanner, but the fear of such competition could be premature. According to the IDC Peripheral Report for 1999, scanners were the second highest selling peripheral with 19

Pipeline Products
November 1, 2000

Onkyo Introduces a 6.1 Receiver Just Over $1,000 Although 6.1 home theater receivers are still high-ticket items, prices are starting to drop. Onkyo recently introduced the TX-DS787 6.1 Surround EX receiver for a suggested retail price of $1,049.95. It features decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS and THX's Surround EX, which adds a rear channel to the 5.1 configuration, making it 6.1. The internal amplifier is rated at 100 watts per channel. Inputs/outputs include the normal analog jacks, as well as composite, S-Video and component video inputs and a component video output. Call (201) 825-7950. Low-Priced Lamination From Esselte Esselte, a manufacturer of primarily

Editorial Index
November 1, 2000

Company Web Site Page# Agfa www.agfa.com 12, 14 Aiptek www.aiptek.com 14 Amana www.amana.com 36 Andrew Wireless www.andrew.com 34 AOL www.aol.com 34 Apollo www.apollopaper.com 14 Arcsoft www.arcsoft.com 22 Audiovox www.audiovox.com 37 Belkin www.belkin.com 30 CMS Peripherals www.cmsproducts.com 30 Compaq www.compaq.com 14, 18 Canon www.canon.com 12, 14, 18, 32 Casio www.casio.com 12, 16, 35 DataPlay www.dataplay.com 23 Dazzle www.dazzle.com 30 DigitalMobility www.digitalmobility.com 34 Duracell www.duracell.com 25 Energizer www.energizer.com 25 Epson www.epson.com 14, 18, 23 Ericsson www.ericsson.com 34 Fedders North America www.fedders.com 36 FujiFilm www.fujifilm.com 12 GE Appliances www.geappliances.com 36 GN Netcom www.gnnetcom.com 34 Hammermill www.hammermill.com 14 Handspring www.handspring.com 34 Hewlett-Packard www.hp.com 12, 14, 18, 30 Hitachi www.hitachi.com 26

A Preview of Fall 2000 COMDEX
November 1, 2000

Whenever a new technology for CE makes its appearance, it often does so at COMDEX. Call it coincidence or call it the natural course of the industry being integrated with all-things computer. Specialized pavilions on technologies such as MP3, biometrics BlueTooth, Linux systems and home networking will be on tap in the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Here's a quick look at some of the technologies and products you can see at the show. Intel will demonstrate its latest in processor technology at the Pentium 4 Software Pavilion. The new processor is expected to launch at the end of this year with

Japan News
October 1, 2000

JVC DV Camcorder GR-DVA11K JVC introduced a DV camcorder GR-DVA11K (¥188,000 or $1,776.60) featuring a slot for multimedia card. Using the 8MB card, the GR-DVA11K can store 100 still pictures at fine mode or 200 still pictures at standard mode from recorded movie taken by the DV camcorder. It alsohas a PC interface kit to capture pictures from its camcorder to store and edit in a PC. Sharp Internet Cooking-Compatible Microwave/ Convection Ovens Sharp Corp. backed the launch of its new microwave/convection ovens in August (See "Innovation Japan," Dealerscope, September 2000) with an accessory Cooking Data Box that features more memory and an expanded menu service

Japan News
October 1, 2000

JVC DV Camcorder GR-DVA11K JVC introduced a DV camcorder GR-DVA11K (¥188,000 or $1,776.60) featuring a slot for multimedia card. Using the 8MB card, the GR-DVA11K can store 100 still pictures at fine mode or 200 still pictures at standard mode from recorded movie taken by the DV camcorder. It alsohas a PC interface kit to capture pictures from its camcorder to store and edit in a PC. Sharp Internet Cooking-Compatible Microwave/ Convection Ovens Sharp Corp. backed the launch of its new microwave/convection ovens in August (See "Innovation Japan," Dealerscope, September 2000) with an accessory Cooking Data Box that features more memory and an expanded menu service

MacWorld New York - Shakes Things Up
September 1, 2000

By David Dritsas Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs' keynote speech at MacWorld New York resembled a fashion show. New iMac colors, G4 configurations, movie-editing software, a retail relationship with Circuit City, the Power Mac G4 Cube—an entirely new product for both the company and the computer industry—all drew excited reactions from the audience. Meanwhile, exhibitors showed some of their latest in a growing product category of Mac peripherals. The show-stopper was Apple's new, fifth product category. The G4 Cube is a compact, 8-inch cube with all the benefits of a G4 desktop tower, including expansion slots for extras, such as sound and graphics cards. The first-level

Innovation Japan
September 1, 2000

Sharp Launches New Internet-Compatible Microwave Ovens Sharp Corp. last month began shipping three new LC-Series microwave/convection oven models into the Japanese market. The next generation from the RE-M2310, Sharp's first "Internet cooking" model, these LC-Series models are capable of downloading recipes from the Internet. Sharp expanded the memory capacity of the accessory cooking data box, a 10,000-yen PC peripheral that can store downloaded recipes from www.spacetown.ne.jp. The LC-Series offers both grilling and baking features. The 700-watt model, RE-LC1, features a 250° C hi/lo heat sensor control for professional results. The 900-watt RE-LC2 features a "heated air convection oven" capable of two-level cooking. Another

Innovation Japan
September 1, 2000

Sharp Launches New Internet-Compatible Microwave Ovens Sharp Corp. last month began shipping three new LC-Series microwave/convection oven models into the Japanese market. The next generation from the RE-M2310, Sharp's first "Internet cooking" model, these LC-Series models are capable of downloading recipes from the Internet. Sharp expanded the memory capacity of the accessory cooking data box, a 10,000-yen PC peripheral that can store downloaded recipes from www.spacetown.ne.jp. The LC-Series offers both grilling and baking features. The 700-watt model, RE-LC1, features a 250° C hi/lo heat sensor control for professional results. The 900-watt RE-LC2 features a "heated air convection oven" capable of two-level cooking. Another

Circuit City Changing for Gain
August 1, 2000

By Janet Pinkerton RICHMOND, Va.—Never say that Circuit City is afraid to change. Late last month, the retailer stunned the industry by announcing they would exit the appliance business by the end of November to launch a three-year plan to remodel all superstores nationwide in an expanded CE-only format. Discontinuing the sale of appliances allows Circuit City to expand its consumer electronics and home office selections, add more interactive displays and a greater selection of "take-with" merchandise, along with cash registers for easy checkout—remodeling each store at a tune of $2.5 million on average. In the interim, Circuit City will replace the appliances