Sharing: Sonicblue's new
4000 digital video recorders, due in November, have ethernet
ports and hard drives that store up to 320 hours of video and TV clips. Use
them to stream video from one unit to another on a home network, or to share
programs over the Net.
Photograph by: Kevin Candland
$99 Studio: The
Play Digital Movie Creator provides everything a budding
filmmaker needs: a camera that can record up to a full minute of
320-by-240-resolution video with audio (or 4 minutes of 160-by-120-resolution
video with audio, or up to 1200 still photos), plus software that renders
downloading and assembling clips (with dissolves and effects) a snap.
Small: Olympus says that its cigarette-pack-size
Zoom digital camera is the world's smallest 4-megapixel
digicam. A built-in speaker allows immediate video and audio playback, a rare
feature. It also has presets to handle common lighting situations. Estimated
street price is $799.
Photograph by: Kevin CandlandDid You Know?
In August 2000, 51 percent of U.S. households surveyed reported they had
one or more PCs in their home, up 10 percentage points from December 1998.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
U.S. Internet users who actively use online banking services now number
13.6 million, an increase of 7.5 million since the end of 1999.
Source: Gomez Advisors.Tidbyte
Paying postal: The U.S. Postal Service now offers
electronic services such as Pay@Delivery, an e-version of Collect-On-Delivery
(COD). It lets a buyer--say, an auction winner--deposit a payment that's
electronically released to the seller upon delivery of the package. Also
available are Send Money (like a Postal Money Order) and Electronic
Postmarks.Site to See
Tired of airline entertainment that's as bland as the food? Try
InMotion Pictures , a
service that allows you to rent DVD players and movies to watch during your
flight--or flight delay. You can get one-way (if both airports have the
service) in-airport rentals of a DVD player, a headset, and a movie for
$10--additional movies go for $4 each.
Round-trip rentals are $10 a day and include a movie. DVD rental is $5
for each movie as long as it is returned to an InMotion airport drop box or
mailed back within five days. A player's batteries last about 4 hours.
Additional headsets and batteries are available. Service is currently offered
in over a dozen major North American airports; more are planned.