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Mitsui announces the release of their new 52X speed CD-R Media
Beyond the Music: Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Web Sites Grow 300 Percent, Reports Websense Inc.
Ulead Brings Professional Video Editing Technology to Consumers with VideoStudio 7
QSound Launches 3D Audio Enhancement Software, iQms2, for Microsoft's Windows Media Player 9 Series
MainConcept Licenses MPEG Encoder to muvee Technologies
SunnComm Unveils MediaMax CD-3 Technology for the Apple Macintosh Platform
Next Stop Hollywood - Gateway Puts Customers in the Director's Chair
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. Announces Fourth-Generation Super CCD Technology

Mitsui announces the release of their new 52X speed CD-R Media

Mitsui Advanced Media, Inc., a subsidiary of Mitsui Chemicals America, Inc. and leading manufacturer of recordable (CD-R & DVD-R) media, today announced that their new 52x CD-R media, available now. The media will incorporate Mitsui's patented Phthalocyanine dye and is rated for use in writers from speeds 1X to 52X. Phthtalocyanine dye was introduced by Mitsui Chemicals and has proven to deliver outstanding performance for speed, compatibility and longevity.

(http://www.mitsuicdr.com)

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Beyond the Music: Peer-to-Peer File-Sharing Web Sites Grow 300 Percent, Reports Websense Inc.

In the wake of Napster, peer-to-peer (P2P) networks have moved beyond trading MP3s into swapping anything from the latest episode of the "Sopranos" to popular video games, reports Websense Inc.  This diversity of content is not only driving the creation of new P2P Web sites and applications, but also creating bandwidth, legal, and security issues for corporations worldwide. In fact, the number of P2P file sharing Web pages has increased more than 300 percent in the last 12 months, totaling more than 89,000 Web pages. Additionally, there are more than 130 unique P2P applications, such as KaZaa, Grokster and others, according to Websense, the a leading provider of employee Internet management (EIM) software.

While trading MP3s remains a popular activity among P2P users, other content is gaining ground on music. According to the research firm The Yankee Group, more than 5 billion music files were downloaded from P2P networks last year, yet more than 5 million video game downloads also occurred, according to game developer Trymedia. In addition, between 400,000 and 600,000 copies of movies are downloaded each day, according to consulting firm Viant, and approximately 3 million users download favorite TV shows from KaZaa every day.

Many employees use their office Internet connections to download P2P files, because less than 17 percent of Americans with Internet connections have high-speed access at home, according to Jupiter Media Metrix.  Yet, despite this problem, 64 percent of companies do not monitor music or video downloads, according to a recent CIO survey.

Websense Enterprise currently enables companies to manage P2P file sharing by blocking employee access to P2P Web sites. The next-generation of Websense software, v5 to be released in March 2003, will provide dynamic protocol management tools, enabling IT managers to manage or block employee access to P2P protocols. The protocols will be updated daily via automatic database downloads.  In addition, Websense Enterprise v5 will also offer an add-on module called Client Application Manager (CAM) which will allow IT administrators to select and manage which applications can run on individual desktops, helping employers curb the launch of P2P applications on employee workstations.

(http://www.websense.com)

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Ulead Brings Professional Video Editing Technology to Consumers with VideoStudio 7

Ulead Systems, Inc., a leading developer of video editing, image editing and DVD authoring software, announced Ulead VideoStudio 7, the next version of its popular, consumer-level video editing software.  VideoStudio 7 features real-time capture, edit and output. Using a display card to output to a second display device, users can now preview their creation on TV with real-time, full-screen previews. VideoStudio 7 is also one of the first consumer software applications to offer increased processing speeds of up to 23% by fully supporting Intel's Hyper-Threading (HT) technology.  Ulead's new software introduces users to the movie-making process with a step-by-step video editing tutorial.  VideoStudio 7 works with a wide variety of file formats, now including Windows Media Video as well as support for Sony MICROMV.  Ulead is among the first software companies to fully support the DVD -VR(a) and DVD +RW Video Recording formats as well as leverage their "on-disc" editing capabilities.  Once a movie is finished, VideoStudio 7 can transfer to tape, DVD, VideoCD, DVD-RAM and the Web.  The new software package will be available in late February for $99.95.

(http://www.ulead.com)

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QSound Launches 3D Audio Enhancement Software, iQms2, for Microsoft's Windows Media Player 9 Series

QSound Labs, Inc., a leading supplier of audio software solutions, recently announced the launch of iQms2, to coincide with Microsoft's launch of www.wmplugins.com as a premier resource and catalog of enhancements for extending the Windows Media Player 9 Series experience for Windows XP. iQms2 integrates with Windows Media Player 9 Series, providing improved sound quality for streaming Internet audio and MP3s with QSound's 3D audio effects.

iQms2 is based on QSound's High Definition audio library (QHD). At the core of QHD is QSound's audio expansion technology, QXpander, which takes the existing mono or stereo sound information and applies 3D processing proportionately to it, resulting in two-channel stereo output with a dramatically wider perceived sound field. iQms2 also uses QSound's QRumble and QSizzle to restore both punch and brilliance to music, bringing the "warmth" of analog playback to digital audio files.

(http://www.qsound.com)

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MainConcept Licenses MPEG Encoder to muvee Technologies

MainConcept, a leader in multimedia technology, announced that muvee Technologies has licensed MainConcept's MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 encoders for use in its newest product, muvee autoProducer DVD Edition. The encoders enable users to save and share their productions in high quality MPEG-2 format ready for DVD authoring and MPEG-1 format for VCD. Also included in the license are MainConcept's MPEG and DV decoding technology, providing high-quality playback for previewing and transcoding.  muvee autoProducer DVD Edition also supports SVCD-ready MPEG-2 formats so that users have the added flexibility of writing their MPEG-2 content.

(http://www.mainconcept.com)

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SunnComm Unveils MediaMax CD-3 Technology for the Apple Macintosh Platform

SunnComm Technologies Inc. of Phoenix has announced that its industry-leading CD copy protection and enhancement technology is now completely functional and secure on Apple Macintosh computers in addition to its present functionality on PC-type computers.

MediaMax CD-3 technology prevents the unauthorized uploading and copying of digital original music to illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing services while, at the same time, allowing those purchasing SunnComm protected compact discs to legally play, move and share the music using SunnComm's PromoPlay functionality.  The overall functionality of MediaMax CD-3 will now allow CD buyers to make authorized copies of music on their computer for their own personal use. They will be also be able to listen to the music on their PCs or transport the content to portable listening devices. All of these features are available through SunnComm's secure proprietary multimedia user interface.

(http://www.suncomm.com)

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Next Stop Hollywood - Gateway Puts Customers in the Director's Chair

Gateway has announced the Gateway 700XL Digital Film Maker for video professionals, a significantly higher-end stablemate to the mainstream PC integrator's Movie Creator line. It features an Intel Pentium 4 processor 3.06gHz with Intel's new hyperthreading technology, 512MB RDRAM, and an ATI Radeon 9700G graphics card. It also features 400GB of hard drive storage (two 200GB hard drives), two 18-inch flat panel LCDs for video playback and editing, a DVD-RAM/-R/CD-RW optical drive based on Matsushita's latest multiwrite mechanism, a SoundBlaster Audigy Digital Audio card, Boston Acoustics speakers, two IEEE 1394 FireWire ports, Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition and the Digital Film Maker bundle including Pinnacle Edition Digital Video Publishing software collection. The Digital Film Maker carries a list price of $4199.

(http://www.gateway.com)

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Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc. Announces Fourth-Generation Super CCD Technology

Fuju Photo Film USA's Super CCD technology has created new fourth-generation devices that will provide increased resolution and extended dynamic range, creating pictures that can begin to match those taken with film for the first time. The technology, which will appear in products later this year, will be marketed under two names: Super CCD HR and Super CCD SR.The new Super CCD HR (high resolution) incorporates a total of 6.63 million pixels into a 1/1.7" chip made possible through new strides in miniaturization. Cameras equipped with this imaging device can produce up to 12.3 million recording pixels, resulting in remarkably high-resolution images.

Incorporating the same miniaturization technology as the HR version, the Super CCD SR (super dynamic range) also features a new configuration that produces dynamic range approximately four times wider than third-generation Super CCD. Also measuring 1/1.7" in size, the new Super CCD SR incorporates 6.7 million total pixels (3.35 million S-pixels and 3.35 million R-pixels). Super CCD SR produces a smooth and wide tonal range without losing detail in dark areas or washing out in bright areas.

(http://www.fujifilm.com)

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