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Actiontec Breaks Into Software Biz

SUNNYVALE, CALIF. — Home-networking manufacturer Actiontec today released Kid Defender, the company's first software product. Kid Defender allows parents to monitor everything their children are doing while online. The application notifies a parent's PC when the child goes online and then lets them watch what the child does on the Internet. Parents can access their home PC from any Internet connected computer. The software allows parents to monitor several PCs at once, set different access rules for different children and save a PC's activity for later review. The initial cost is $79.95, which includes a free one-year subscription for the required service. After that there is a $9.95 per month fee, add $2.49 for each additional child to be monitored.

Maxtor Ships 250GB Hard Drive

MILPITAS, CALIF. — Maxtor has brought its highest capacity hard drives to the retail market. Starting this week, the company's 200GB and 250GB Ultra serial ATA hard drive kits will ship to select retailers, the company reported. Suggested retail prices are $329 and $399, respectively.

Canon Fires Out New Bubble Jets

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y.— Canon announced two new entry-level desktop color Bubble Jet printers: the Canon i250 and i350. The units will ship in July for a suggested retail price of $49.99 and $59.99, respectively. The i350 delivers color resolution of up to 4,800 by 1,200 dpi and the high-density print head produces print speeds of up to 16 pages per minute (ppm) in black and up to 11 ppm in color. The i250 printer also sports Microfine Droplet technology, for up to 4,800 by 1,200 dpi color resolution. It prints at speeds up to 12 ppm in black and up to 9 ppm in color.


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