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News Japan
September 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Wireless SmartCard In Development Hitachi Maxell Plans to expand its non-contact Smartcard sheet business. The company plans to manufacture a flexible PET (polyethyleneterephthalate)-made modular sheet which integrates an IC chip with 1Kbyte embedded EEPROM and an antenna coil. With the 0.15mm-thick sheet, it is possible to develop a 0.25mm smartcard. The chip has a transmission range of 10cm, which will allow for easier in-store transactions and vending machines. ¥ Mitsubishi Starts LCD Production Mitsubishi Electric will begin to produce low-temperature polycrystal silicon TFT LCDs in fiscal 1999. The company will initially manufacture 2- to 4-inch viewfinder LCDs and eventually expand its product line to

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

Retailer's Choice - The Top 10 Lead Generating Digital Products
August 1, 1998

The Top 10 Lead Generating Digital Products appearing in Dealerscope Consumer Electronics Marketplace October 1997 - March 1998 As digital products replace their analog cousins, new categories move to the forefront of retail sales. Dealerscope's readers know this and selected these 10 (11 because of a tie) digital products by sending in requests for information. Looking at the variety of the selection is more than enough to show how the business is changing. 1. FreeTalk Personal Radio (Advertisement) Kenwood Communications Corp. 2. 61" Proscan HDTV Thomson Consumer Electronics 3. GR-DVX Camcorder (Advertisement) (Replacement Model--GR-DVL 9000) JVC Corp. of America 4. Panasonic Palm Theater DVD

SOHO Report
August 1, 1998

One Click Label Printing CoStar has announced a feature that updates its LabelWriter software, integrating its functions into MS Word 97 and allowing for direct label printing from the Word toolbar or Tools menu. This add-in can be found in an updated version of CoStar's EasySuite software (Version 2.05), free to LabelWriter users, ready to be downloaded at HYPERLINK http://www.costar.com/warez or by calling (800) 426-7827. Label printing is as easy as clicking on the LabelWriter icon while writing in a Word document is a feature. Call (203) 661-9700. New Xerox Inkjet Printers Xerox has announced the release of two color inkjet printers for the SOHO

News Japan
August 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ New Video CD Format For China Matsushita, Sony, JVC and Philips have signed a deal with the Chinese government to make a new high-quality Video CD format. As the world's largest CD Video market, China has some 12 million Video CD players. The new format will use MPEG-2 video and hold about 50 minutes of video on a disc. ¥ IBM, NEC Work On DVD 'Watermarks' IBM and NEC are working together to establish a comman to prevent illegal copying of DVDs. The partners are proposing an electronic watermark on each disc, which will limit recording and copying of DVDs. The new technology is

The Top 50 Lead-Generating Products
July 1, 1998

The Retailer's Choice at Mid-Season The Top 50 Lead-Generating Products appearing in Dealerscope Consumer Electronics Marketplace: Oct. 1997 - March 1998 1. FreeTalk Personal Radio (Advertisement) Kenwood Communications Corp. 2. ViaTV Videophones (Advertisement) 8X8, Inc. 3. Equator Ventless Washer-Dryer Combo (Advertisement) Equator Corp. 4. Trinitron Television (Advertisement) Sony Electronics, Inc. 5. Fedco Computer Battery Catalog (Advertisement) Fedco Electronics, Inc. 6. 61" Proscan HDTV Thomson Consumer Electronics 7. Sanyo Energy Single Source Batteries (Advertisement) Sanyo Energy Corp. 8. 1998 Sony Videoscope Television (Advertisement) Sony Electronics, Inc. 9. Dishguard 18" Satellite Protection System (Advertisement) Dishguard 10. GR-DVX Camcorder (Advertisement) (Replacement Model--GR-DVL 9000) JVC Corp. of America 11. Beepwear Watch Beepwear Paging Products (Formerly MTX Paging Products, LLC) 12. Panasonic Palm Theater DVD (Advertisement) Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. 13. GeoBook (Advertisement) Brother International Corp. TIE: 14-15. Neptune Super Stack Washer/Dryer Maytag Corp., Inc. TIE: 14-15. Thomson Digital Products Launch (Advertisement) Thomson/RCA

PC Expo Show Preview
June 1, 1998

233MHz Toshiba Satellite Notebooks at $1,999 An Intel 233MHz Pentium CPU with MMX powers Toshiba's new Satellite 325 notebook, retailing at $1,999. It's outfitted with a 12.1ý DSTN screen, 4.1GB hard drive, 32MB EDO RAM, lithium ion battery and 20x CD-ROM drive. A Xircom K56flex PC card modem, upgradeable to V.90, comes standard. The Microsoft-laden software bundle also features Symantec Norton AntiVirus Scanner and access to Disney's Daily Blast on-line games and entertainment services. Call (888) 598-7802. Fujitsu PC Adds Zip to LifeBook Notebooks Fujitsu PC will use PC Expo to show its new LifeBook 200 Series, targeting the consumer, SOHO and higher education markets. There are

News Japan
May 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Konica Starts Plastic Pickup Production Konica announced it would begin production of plastic optical pickups for use with CD and DVD players. The company expects to produce 500,000 units per month by year's end. ¥ Sony, Itochu Step Back From DBS in Japan Sony and Itochu decided to forgo entry into the digital broadcast satellite business slated to start-up in Japan in late 2000 and will instead focus on digital broadcasts via communications satellite. Both firms are lead shareholders in SKY PerfecTV, the digital communications satellite broadcaster that launches May 1. Matsushita Electric, Toshiba and Mitsui & Co. remain poised for full entry into

Product Spotlight
May 1, 1998

Curtis Adds Room for More A/C Plugs Curtis solved the problem of too few outlets and too many bulky A/C power adapters with its new 8000 and 9000 Series surge protectors. The 8000 Series can accommodate up to nine A/C adapters; the 9000 Series holds up to eight. In addition, the 8000 Series protects up to two telephone devices. The two models in the 8000 Series retail for $34.99 and $44.99 and are available in May. Call (800) 272-2366. GE Names Half-Pint Microwave Mike Beginning in July GE will introduce college students to "Mike," the anywhere microwave--as GE affectionately describes it. The compact microwave

News Japan
May 1, 1998

By Mike Ueda ¥ Konica Starts Plastic Pickup Production Konica announced it would begin production of plastic optical pickups for use with CD and DVD players. The company expects to produce 500,000 units per month by year's end. ¥ Sony, Itochu Step Back From DBS in Japan Sony and Itochu decided to forgo entry into the digital broadcast satellite business slated to start-up in Japan in late 2000 and will instead focus on digital broadcasts via communications satellite. Both firms are lead shareholders in SKY PerfecTV, the digital communications satellite broadcaster that launches May 1. Matsushita Electric, Toshiba and Mitsui & Co. remain poised for full entry into