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September 02, 2004

Table of Contents

Apple Unveils the New iMac G5
Verbatim Unveils High Performance Pro Line of Store ‘n’ Go USB Drives
Primera's DS360 Disc Shredder Destroys CDs and DVDs
Microsoft Drives a New Category of Digital Entertainment
DVD Shows How to Make Indie Films
Go Video PDS/Condre is the first to ship 11 Target CD/DVD R Tower Duplicator
Sony Pictures Digital Networks Introduces Upgraded Versions of Top-Selling Consumer Software Products
Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM Specification Adds MPEG-4 AVC and Microsoft's VC-1 Advanced Video Codecs

Apple Unveils the New iMac G5

Apple has unveiled the new iMac G5, featuring the high-performance G5 processor and a stunning new design that integrates the entire computer right into the flat panel display. The iMac G5 packs a complete computer system into a mere two inches of depth—the world's thinnest desktop computer. The new line offers 17- or 20-inch active matrix widescreen LCDs and G5 processors running up to 1.8GHz starting at just $1,299.

The entire computer, including the power supply and slot-load optical drive, is built right into the display and rests on a sleek aluminum foot. All the I/O ports line up neatly along the rear right side for easy access, and with optional AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth wireless modules, there's no more cable clutter.

The new iMac G5 features a PowerPC G5 processor, as well as numerous system performance improvements designed to help consumers turbocharge their digital lifestyle applications. The 17-inch models come with either a 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 processor and a SuperDrive for burning professional-quality DVDs, or a 1.6GHz PowerPC G5 processor and a Combo drive for watching DVD movies and burning CDs. The 20-inch model has a 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 processor and a SuperDrive. With a completely redesigned system architecture, the new iMac G5 now offers up to a 600MHz front-side bus, 400 MHz DDR memory expandable to 2GB, AGP 8X graphics, and 7200 rpm Serial ATA drives up to 250GB. The new iMac G5 comes standard with high-performance NVIDIA graphics with dedicated video memory.

The new iMac G5 line will begin shipping worldwide in mid-September through the Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

www.apple.com

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Verbatim Unveils High Performance Pro Line of Store ‘n’ Go USB Drives

Verbatim Corporation has announced an all-new Store ‘n' Go Pro line of USB flash drives. Offering higher performance, higher capacities, and more advanced security features, the ultra-sleek Pro devices are available in capacities ranging from 256MB to 2GB. Ideal for content developers, IT professionals, and digital photo and music enthusiasts, the Store ‘n' Go Pro drives provide a fast way to store, share, and transport large data files, presentations, photos, music, and video. With a maximum write speed of 14MB/sec speed (over 90X in terms of CD speed rating), and a maximum read speed of 23MB/sec (over 150X), the Store ‘n' Go Pro USB drive can transfer a 100MB folder to a host system in less than 7 seconds.

Store ‘n' Go Pro is plug & play-compatible with Windows 98SE*/ME/2000/XP or higher as well as Macintosh 9.x OS and higher operating systems and Linux kernel version 2.6.x (RedHat, Suse, and Turbo Linux) and higher systems. (*Windows 98SE requires Internet access for downloading the driver.)

The Store ‘n' Go Pro USB 2.0 Drive is now being released to Verbatim's distribution and retail channels and will be available in September, 2004. Capacities include 256MB, 512MB, 1GB, and 2GB. Suggested list prices range from $74.95 for 256MB to $599.95 for 2GB. The complete package includes the Store ‘n' Go Pro USB Drive, Carry Lanyard, User Labels, pre-loaded V-Safe Security and V-Key File Synchronization Software, and a Quick Start Guide. All Store ‘n' Go USB Drives are backed by Verbatim's limited lifetime warranty and toll-free technical support.

www.verbatim.com

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Primera's DS360 Disc Shredder Destroys CDs and DVDs

Primera Technology, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of CD / DVD duplication and printing equipment, has announced its DS360 Disc Shredder. DS360 is a compact and heavy-duty shredder that ensures business and personal security by completely destroying CDs and DVDs so that they can no longer be read.

DS360 has a 5-inch (127mm) top-fed slot to insert discs. It shreds up to 12 CDs or DVDs per minute. It can also easily shred a variety of other media such as credit cards, financial and bank documents and up to seven sheets of folded paper in a single pass. The DS360 turns discs and these other items into useless 1/8" by 1 3/8" (3.2mm x 9.5mm) shreds. An integrated eight-liter wastebasket is built-in for easy disposal.

The DS360 Disc Shredder sells for US$129.95 (MSRP) and is available now through Primera Authorized Resellers and Distributors. Hundreds of retailers also sell Primera's products online.

www.primera.com

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Microsoft Drives a New Category of Digital Entertainment

Microsoft Corp. has announced that the first Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers from Creative Labs Inc. will be available to the public at Best Buy and Creative.com, and in the coming weeks from Amazon.com Inc., CompUSA Inc., Fry's Electronics, Good Guys Inc., and other electronics retailers nationwide. Portable Media Centers from Samsung Electronics and iRiver International will be available later this fall. Microsoft also solidified content sources for Portable Media Centers, with the first online offerings from MLB Advanced Media (MLB.com) and CinemaNow Inc., as well as support from four digital TV tuner card manufacturers and software company SnapStream Media Inc.

Portable Media Centers are a new category of multimedia players that allow people to enjoy all the digital entertainment they store on their PC—recorded TV, music, movies and pictures—on one device. Portable Media Centers are one of three new digital entertainment products being introduced by Microsoft, including Windows Media Player 10, and the MSN Music Service. The Creative Zen Portable Media Center is available at retail now. A 20GB hard drive model will be sold for an ERP of U.S. $499

Microsoft Corp. also announced the final availability of Windows Media Player 10, which is designed to make it faster and easier for consumers to discover, download, play and transport their digital media. The player includes the first built-in Digital Media Mall, which enables consumers to browse and acquire music and video from a broad number of online stores. Windows Media Player 10 also enables consumers to transfer their music to more than 70 portable devices and automatically sync their entire media library—music, video, recorded TV, and pictures—to new Windows Mobile-based Portable Media Centers, which Microsoft announced will be also available at retail.

www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/mp10/default.aspx
www.creative.com

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DVD Shows How to Make Indie Films

K2 Films has announced the release of its sci-fi action film, RADIUS, available now for purchase on a 2-disk DVD ($19.95) at www.radiusmovie.com. RADIUS also features a DVD first: an unprecedented "Guerrilla Film School on Disk," which offers 26 filmmaking lessons and over 4.5 hours of frank, real-world advice on how to make an indie film on an ultra-low budget, using RADIUS as the model.

The RADIUS 2-disk DVD is an epic of independent, guerrilla filmmaking. Despite being shot on 35mm film in extreme locations such as California's Death Valley, and featuring over 150 visual effects shots, RADIUS was made by a first-time director on a budget of under $60,000—less than the budgets of most TV commercials.

First-time director Helmut Kobler drained savings accounts and credit cards to raise RADIUS' meager budget. What followed was a grueling filmmaking odyssey: shooting in 120 degree Death Valley heat, coaxing favors from cast, crew, and suppliers, and conjuring up every other guerrilla filmmaking trick to get the film done.

This war-story is familiar among indie film productions, except that Kobler meticulously video-taped the entire project, from early casting sessions to RADIUS' final sound mix. "I wanted to give people an in-the-trenches feel for what it's like to make a guerrilla film, through the good times and the bad," said Kobler.

So Kobler created RADIUS' "Guerrilla-Film-School-on-Disk," personally editing and narrating 26 documentary videos, with each video dedicated to a specific filmmaking step. Topics include: casting, location scouting, storyboards, costume design, set design, props, cinematography, on-set production, film editing, sound, visual effects, music, marketing, and more.

www.radiusmovie.com

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Go Video PDS/Condre is the first to ship 11 Target CD/DVD R Tower Duplicator

Go Video PDS/Condre have announced the release of the CD/DVD duplication industry's first 11-drive Tower Duplication Solution, supporting both 52X CD-R and 16X DVD-R write speeds. The configuration utilizes new controller technology that does not require a daughter board or other bridge technology to support 11 CD or DVD writers, and features a high performance and ruggedized enclosure for maximum duty cycle capability. Available at a suggested list price of $1199.00, the new Go Video PDS Tower Duplicator is available from an authorized Go Video PDS Dealer.

www.govideopds.com
www.condre.com

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Sony Pictures Digital Networks Introduces Upgraded Versions of Top-Selling Consumer Software Products

Sony Pictures Digital Networks has announced that the newest versions of its consumer software products—Vegas Movie Studio+DVD, ACID Music Studio 5 and Sound Forge Audio Studio software—are now available. With new features developed from Sony's professional tools and technologies found in broadcast, film, TV, and recording studios around the world, consumers can now easily create memorable movies from video and photos, and great sounding music in just about any style on the PC.

With Vegas Movie Studio+DVD software, you can seamlessly capture video and still images from digital devices, and add effects, transitions, titles, and music. It's everything you need to turn your video into memorable movies in minutes.

ACID Music Studio 5 software is an award-winning loop-based music creation program that lets you create royalty-free songs instantly from over 1,000 included pre-recorded loops. If you want to make your own music or remixes, add soundtracks to videos, or burn your own songs onto CD, ACID Music Studio 5 software is all you need.

Sound Forge Audio Studio software lets you record, edit, and process audio using simple drag-and-drop operations. It includes many of the same features found in Sound Forge 7.0 software, our professional digital audio editor. This streamlined version makes it easy to record, edit, and process audio using your PC.

Vegas Movie Studio+DVD, ACID Music Studio 5, and Sound Forge Audio Studio are now available. Vegas Movie Studio+DVD has an MSRP of $99.95; ACID Music Studio and Sound Forge Audio Studio have an MSRP of $69.95.

www.sony.com/mediasoftware

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Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM Specification Adds MPEG-4 AVC and Microsoft's VC-1 Advanced Video Codecs

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has added the video codec MPEG-4 AVC High Profile to the Blu-ray Disc BD-ROM specification.

Video codecs are used to compress video images for storage to a disc and then decompress them for viewing. A critical piece to Blu-ray Disc was making sure that any advanced compression codecs included in the specification accomplish the compression and decompression with little or no visible loss of image quality.

Also, the Blu-ray Disc Association and Microsoft have agreed to include the VC-1 advanced compression video codec, the proposed SMPTE standard based on Windows Media Video 9, as a mandatory codec in Blu-ray Disc's BD-ROM specification for video playback equipment.

www.blu-ray.com
www.microsoft.com

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