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April 30, 2004

Table of Contents

Ulead Simplifies Home Movie Making with New Version of Video Editing Software
American Power Conversion Introduces a New Line of Ergonomic Notebook Stands
FIA Announces General Availability of New On3 Digital Media Player and Library
Pioneer Introduces New 8X DVD/CD Writer
Micro Advantage Introduces New 8-in-1 +/- DVD Rewritable Drive
PC Laptops Introduces 17-Inch, Fully Customizable Annihilator 897 Laptop
Research and Markets Releases Optical Disk Drive Report
ATI Announces TV WONDER USB 2.0

Ulead Simplifies Home Movie Making with New Version of Video Editing Software

Due to confusing technology and lack of time, many consumers have shied away from editing and sharing their home videos. Ulead Systems, a top developer of digital media software, has eliminated these traditional barriers to video editing by making home movie creation simpler with VideoStudio 8. VideoStudio 8 offers a unique approach to video automation. The newly added three-step MovieWizard provides a mix of theme-based intro and exit graphics, transitions, text effects, and music. At the same time, VideoStudio 8's Video Editor includes new and enhanced effects and filters, as well as overlay and audio tools for more advanced editing techniques and control.

VideoStudio provides an Auto Analysis tool that examines and removes poorly shot video clips and syncs video to the duration of a music track. A new Music Generator instantly creates musical scores to match the exact duration and mood of a movie, while real-time audio mixing, a rubber band timeline, and audio filters such as Normalization, Remove Noise, and Amplify provide more audio control. With a one-click upload button, VideoStudio 8 users can seamlessly transfer home movies for immediate and convenient viewing via MediaShare.

VideoStudio 8 is available at and will be in North American retail stores and catalogs in May for $99.99. Current VideoStudio users can purchase the upgrade for $49.95.

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American Power Conversion Introduces a New Line of Ergonomic Notebook Stands

American Power Conversion (APC) has announced three ergonomic stands for notebook computers to help improve user comfort and productivity. APC's Ergonomic Notebook Stands offer users better ergonomic positioning of their notebook for increased comfort and better posture, which can help reduce back, neck, and wrist strain. The new solutions offer varying levels of adjustability for a notebook's LCD display height. Each notebook stand elevates the laptop, improves cooling, and helps to maximize performance and battery longevity. One model also includes a built-in 4-port USB 2.0 hub for added convenience.

In addition to built-in cooling and swivel capabilities, one model offers a 5-degree tilt for those users that require only minor ergonomic help in the home or office. The other two product offerings are for those users who want to reorganize their workspace for significant ergonomic help. These units swivel, cool, and allow the user to set their LCD display at four different heights; in many cases eliminating the need for a separate monitor.

The new APC Ergonomic Notebook Stands are currently available in North America and carry an estimated resale price range of $19.99 to $99.99.

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FIA Announces General Availability of New On3 Digital Media Player and Library

First Intelligent Array (FIA, Inc.), has announced the general availability of the FIA On3 Digital Media Player and Library, an easy-to-use home entertainment device that lets users view videos and photos on the TV, and listen to MP3 music on personal stereos. The FIA On3 offers a feature set that includes playback, remote access, an abundant storage library, and easy installation for the starting price of $449. The FIA On3 can be purchased through online merchants PC Connection, Tiger Direct, and Zones, and direct from FIA.

The FIA On3 condenses all digital media and stores information onto one unit then disperses it in up to 4 rooms throughout the house using an optional FIA On3-xr station. The information is managed remotely and streamed through broadband or a wireless connection. The FIA On3 and On3-xr station come with software features to simplify viewing and audio playing. Simple setup functions let you quickly install the unit in less than five minutes, making your entertainment media instantly accessible. The FIA On3 comes in two models of 80 GB for $449, 120 GB for $599, and the FIA On3-xr (extra room) Station for $249, respectively. The portable unit can be used alone or connected to Ethernet LAN.

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Pioneer Introduces New 8X DVD/CD Writer

Pioneer Electronics introduces a new 8X external DVD/CD writer. At 8X, a consumer can burn a DVD-R or +R disc in as little as 15 minutes. With Pioneer's advanced precision recording technology, users are assured optimum recording performance, even if the blank disc is slightly irregular. Additionally, new quiet drive technology reduces operating noise and vibration, making the burning process practically silent.

The DVR-S706 is compatible with the DVD Forum's recording formats, DVD- R/DVD-RW as well as +R/+RW discs. The new drive also records high-speed DVD-RW and +RW discs at up to 4x speed, and CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed. Additionally, the drive can sit vertically or horizontally and plugs into standard IEEE 1394 (Firewire) and USB 2.0 ports.

The software bundle provided with the DVR-S706 includes the following programs from Ulead: DVD MovieFactory 3 Disc Creator, Video Studio 7SE, Photo Explorer 8.0, My Scrapbook 2, Burn.Now, and DVD Player.

The Pioneer DVR-S706 will be available in early May at a suggested retail price of $260.

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Micro Advantage Introduces New 8-in-1 +/- DVD Rewritable Drive

Micro Advantage Inc., producer of computer peripherals and accessories, has announced the introduction of their new 8-in-One Rewritable DVD Burner. Micro Advantage will offer both internal and external models that will allow users to have a single product that has 8 unique uses. The new Micro Advantage drive will be available in retail stores in June.

The new Micro Advantage 8-in-One design is an answer to the growing concern in the marketplace that new peripherals and toys are overwhelming PCs. The new product will combine the functions of: a +/-DVDRW to read, write, and rewrite DVDRW and CDRW disks; a multiple format flash memory card reader to use with various audio and video recording devices; and a USB flash memory port for Micro Advantage QuickiDrives and other USB flash memory products such as MP3 players. Overall the product will serve the reading and writing needs of CompactFlash / MicroDrive / SmartMedia / Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro / Secure Digital / Multimediacard / CDs and DVDs.

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PC Laptops Introduces 17-Inch, Fully Customizable Annihilator 897 Laptop

PC Laptops has introduced the Annihilator 897 high-end portable computer, a laptop computer featuring a 3.2GHz Pentium 4 processor, a 17-inch WXGA active matrix display, and an ATI Mobility Radeon 9700 Pro graphics card.

Other standard features of the Annihilator 897 include a 60GB 7200 RPM hard drive, 1GB of 400MHz RAM, a built-in 2X DVD+/-R/RW dual mode detachable optical drive, an internal 802.11b/g WiFi (Wireless Fidelity) module, three USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports, one 1394 FireWire port, and one Type II PCMCIA slot. Every Annihilator 897 also comes standard with a built-in digital video camera for videoconferencing among other uses, as well as a TV tuner with remote control that effectively turns the laptop into a portable television set.

Like all PC Laptops models, the Annihilator 897 is fully customizable beyond the standard configuration to fit a customer's exact needs, including the ability to add a second hard drive in a RAID configuration. All told, the Annihilator 897 is available in more than 150 different configurations.

The dimensions of the Annihilator 897 are 1.7 x 15.4 x 11 inches (HxWxD). With the battery, the 897 weighs 10.5 pounds. PC Laptops' Annihilator 897 model laptop computer is available immediately for $3,499 in its standard configuration.

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Research and Markets Releases Optical Disk Drive Report

Research and Markets has announced the addition of 2004 Worldwide Optical Disk Device Market Data Book to their offering. The data in this report covering the period from 2001 to 2007, provides an overview of the present market situation and possible trends in the Worldwide Optical Disk Device Market.

"Today's worldwide optical disk device market has gone through drastic changes since 2001; we have conducted an extensive research for that year's optical disk market. At that time in 2001,CD-R/RW market was expanding, DVD-ROM was starting up, and the center of the market was CD-ROM; however, as 2004 arrives, CD-R/RW products have already become commodities, and confronted by rewriteable devices. Further, looking at today's market situation, it is now obvious that nobody can stop the trend of these Re-Writeable devices becoming commodities themselves."

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ATI Announces TV WONDER USB 2.0

ATI Technologies Inc. has announced the TV WONDER USB 2.0—an external TV tuner solution that plugs into both desktops and notebooks. The key features include quick setup, TV viewing with full personal video recorder (PVR) capabilities, and video capture for editing. Available this summer in North America, TV WONDER USB 2.0 will be offered in two versions: TV WONDER USB 2.0 REMOTE CONTROL EDITION with a MSRP of $149 and TV WONDER USB 2.0 with an MSRP of $100.

Powered by ATI's MULTIMEDIA CENTER software, TV WONDER USB 2.0 includes full PVR capabilities. In addition to video capture functionality, TV WONDER USB 2.0 features the EAZYLOOK distance user interface that enables remote access from the couch, bedroom, or dormroom when used with ATI's REMOTE WONDER remote control (provided with the Remote Control Edition).

The USB 2.0 connection allows uncompressed digitized video and audio to be sent directly to the computer for a pristine live preview without any delays. The video can then be compressed using ATI's ALL-IN-WONDER(R) Encode to allow the customer to record the video for later personal viewing.

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