By Lisa Johnston
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El Segundo, Calif. — Research firm iSupply has upped its 2004 PC forecast numbers, albeit slightly, stating the market conditions are conducive for better than anticipated shipments. The company's latest report issued in late September sees PC shipments rising to 13.4 percent over 2003 shipments, compared with the 13.3 percent uptick originally expected. Overall, units shipped should exceed 191 million, the report stated. Revenue growth, however, was downgraded. The company expects revenue to grow 12 percent to $132 billion, down 1.7 percent from its previous forecast. The company blamed this on declining notebook computer shipments, which tend to have a higher average selling price then desktops.
Richardson, Texas — Fossil will start shipping three new Wrist Net Smart Watches under the Fossil and Abacus brands. The watches use Microsoft's MSN Direct wireless service, originally called SPOT, to display news, weather, traffic and other information on the watch face. A new addition is expanded baseball and football coverage that goes beyond the scoring now available to include scaled down box scores and real-time game scoring. Suggested pricing is $129 to $199.
Tokyo — Toshiba will start shipping an HD DVD-equipped Qosmio notebook computer in late 2005. The model is part of the company's battle to dominate the blue laser light format that Toshiba, along with NEC and Sanyo Electric, are fighting with Sony and Matsushita Electrical. Published reports have Toshiba giving the notebooks a suggested retail prices in the $2,200 range, but Toshiba would not give any price information.
Round Rock, Texas — Dell has introduced its first consumer notebook computer to sport a 17-inch display. The Inspiron 9200 is optimized for multimedia with an ATI Mobility 128MB Radeon 9700 graphics card and an optional double-layer, dual-format DVD burner. The model comes with an Intel Pentium M processor, with speeds ranging fro 1.6GHz to 2GHz, a choice of a 40GB, 60GB, 80GB and 100GB hard drive, with 256MB to 2GB of memory. The unit is 1.5-inches thick and weighs eight pounds. Pricing ranges from $1,549 to $2,399 depending upon configuration.
New York — Buffalo Technology this month will ship the AirStation Wireless Secure Remote Gateway. The $199 802.11g/b device uses Buffalo's AirStation One-Touch Secure Systems technology to quickly create Wi-Fi networks between similarly equipped devices. It will also work with any Wi-Fi device.
Santa Clara, Calif. — Roxio has inked a deal with STOPzilla to distribute STOPzilla's anti-spyware software through Roxio's sales and marketing arm. STOPzilla said the agreement will allow it to instantly broaden its reach into the consumer market.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.