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%% Computer Product News %%
** New Family PC Magazine to be Launched by Disney and ZIFF **
This week, the Walt Disney Co and Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. announced
the creation of a joint venture to publish 'Family PC', a new computer
magazine for parents and children. It's anticipated that Family PC will
be launched in the third quarter of this year. Jake Winebaum will be the
publisher and editor-in-chief.
J. Scott Briggs, president of the Ziff-Davis Consumer Media Group
said, "Jake Winebaum created the family magazine category with the la-
unch of FamilyFun. We're convinced that he'll create a hot new category
with Family PC. He's shaped much of the thinking that's gone into this
magazine, played a major role in putting this joint venture together,
and has the editorial and marketing expertise to make it a big success."
Family PC will publish two issues this year and will appear monthly
in 1995. The magazine's circulation and advertising rates will be an-
nounced at a later date.
** Worldwide Computer Sales Up in 1993 **
According to a survey from Dataquest, a market research firm, sales
of computer systems worldwide grew by $7.1 billion in 1993 to a total of
$120.7 billion. This was due in large part to the increased sales of
Reports say that personal computer revenues were up 16.2% to $66.3
billion, while workstation revenues grew by 8.6% to $10.1 billion.
Mainframe revenues dropped 9.5% to $21.2 billion, and midrange com-
puter revenues slipped 3.7% to $21 billion. Supercomputer revenues grew
6% from $2.06 billion to $2.2 billion.
** IBM and Apple to Seek VCR Standards **
Rumor has it that IBM and Apple Computer Inc. have joined an inter-
national group seeking to standardize digital video cassette recorders
for use in high-definition TV sets. According to reports from Japan's
business daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the two firms decided to take part
in the 3-month-old industry council on expectations that the computer
business would be further involved in home-electronics markets in the
The council was formed by 10 international electronics manufacturers,
aiming at completing standardization of digital VCRs by December this
Japanese participants include Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Indust-
rial Co., Hitachi Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Victor Co., Sanyo
Electric Co., Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. Other council members are
the Netherlands-based Philips Electronics and French concern Thomson
** Adobe Cuts Type Library Prices **
Prices on its Type Library for Macintosh and IBM systems are being
lowered by Adobe Systems Inc. Adobe says it hopes the price reduction
will make its typefaces more available and will help existing customers
expand their type libraries.
Overall, individual typeface package prices are reduced by 25%. "For
example," Adobe said, "Lithos prior to the price reduction had a sugges-
ted retail price of $185 and is now $145. Special typeface combination
packages and products, such as Adobe Wild Type, Adobe Type Basics, and
the Adobe Font Folio, will retain their current pricing."
If you are interested, you can contact Adobe at 800/83-FONTS.
** CD-Rom Sales Reach $97.1 Million **
According to new figures from the Software Publishers Association,
sales of software on CD-ROM disks reached $97.1 million on 3.86 million
units for the first three quarters of 1993.
The SPA's survey of 53 leading software makers in the CD-ROM market
indicates sales grew progressively. The third quarter saw $38.3 million
in the total sales on 1.3 million units. Second quarter sales were $28.3
million on 1.2 million units, while in the first quarter sales were
$30.4 million on 1.3 million units.
The survey also found:
-:- 59% of the CD-ROMs reached the user from the original equipment
manufacturer, while the remainder were distributed through other
-:- Because of higher unit prices, revenues were split 69% to 31% in
favor of non-OEM channels.
-:- The average price was $42.28 per CD for sales through non-OEM
channels, compared with $13.09 for OEM-direct purchases.
-:- Traditional operating systems (DOS, Windows and Macintosh) acco-
unted for 85% of sales in the first three quarters (90% in the
-:- Content-based CDs continued to be the largest selling category,
accounting for 40% of sales in both the third quarter and the
first three quarters. Home education software accounted for 21%
of sales through the first three quarters. Games and other home
software accounted for 27% of sales.
** Six Face Chip Theft Charges **
Five men and one woman in San Jose, Calif. have been indicted on cha-
rges of conspiracy and attempted robbery in an alleged scheme to steal
$6 million in computer chips.
The six, all arrested Dec. 17, are being held on $5 million bail each
with arraignment is set for next week in Santa Clara County Superior
The suspects are accused of trying to hijack a truck they thought was
carrying Intel Corp. chips on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Jose. The
alleged heist was really a sting operation by San Jose police and the
** SPA Raids 3 Singapore Firms **
Announcing raids on three operations in Singapore, the Software Pub-
lishers Association says it is taking its first action against software
pirates in Asia.
Three retail stores were targeted by SPA representatives, who, accom-
panied by Singapore police officials, seized software at the locations,
including business application software, education and home software,
CD-ROM applications and games. Also seized were copyrighted manuals and
other program documentation, according to a Washington statement from
Says the statement, "Under Singapore law, copyright infringement is
both a civil wrong and criminal offense. Remedies under a civil suit
would include an injunction, damages including exemplary damages, dis-
covery and legal costs. Maximum criminal penalties for persons convicted
of copyright infringement is a $100,000 (Singapore Dollars) fine and/or
five years' imprisonment."
** Lotus Makes Big Software Sale **
Lotus Development Corp. and accounting giant Coopers & Lybrand anno-
unced this week that Coopers has signed a contract to equip 28,000 of
its PCs worldwide with Lotus' SmartSuite and Lotus Notes products.
The companies say the initial order will be distributed to 15 Coopers
& Lybrand firms and is likely to eventually increase to 40,000 PCs.
** Intuit Offers New QuickPay **
Intuit Inc. has announced enhanced versions of its QuickPay software
for DOS and Windows. The firm says QuickPay 3.0 provides more complete,
faster and more flexible payroll-processing capabilities.
Among QuickPay 3.0 new features are printing capabilities for W-2 and
W-3 information on standard forms and additional payroll reports such as
those showing year-to-date employee earnings, withholdings, hours
worked, sick and vacation hours, company payroll taxes and a liability
report listing all payroll liability account balances.
Both DOS and Windows platforms are included in a single package
selling for $74.95.
** Microsoft Introduces Multimedia Schubert **
Microsoft Corp has introduced Multimedia Schubert: The Trout Quintet,
a multimedia software program for IBM-PC compatible computers.
Reports say that the CD-ROM software highlights composer Franz
Schubert and one of his most popular works, "The Trout Quintet." It
features a digital stereo audio track that allows the novice or trained
listener to explore and experience this lively work of music with a
freedom and depth unequaled by albums and printed references.
"The music exploration series brings significant pieces of music to
life on the home computer and gives both expert musicians and new com-
puter users a chance to experience music on a new level," said Nils von
Veh, product manager, consumer division at Microsoft. "High-quality
interactive products like Multimedia Schubert allow users to signifi-
cantly expand their knowledge of music and important composers with
commentary that lets them actually see the shape of the music as they
listen to it. Full-color reproductions of art works that are expressive
of Schubert's era heighten the experience."
Other titles in the CD-ROM music exploration series from Microsoft
are Multimedia Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony; Multimedia Mozart: The
Dissonant Quartet; and Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.
Multimedia Schubert will be available this month and will sell for
** Microsoft Unveils New Mac Products **
Microsoft Corp. announced that it's bringing three of its popular
Windows multimedia titles to the Macintosh.
The Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia 1994 Edition, the Mic-
rosoft Cinemania 1994 interactive movie guide and the Microsoft Book-
shelf 1994 CD-ROM reference library are scheduled to become available in
"We are delighted to respond to requests from our Macintosh customers
for these award- winning titles that demonstrate the extraordinary
range, power and ease of interactive multimedia," says Tom Corddry,
manager of the family reference business unit at Microsoft. "Encarta,
for example, is more complete and extensive than a printed encyclopedia
because it includes more than the full text of a major, printed ency-
clopedia, plus color photos, video, animations and hours of audio not
collected anywhere else. Our editorial staff for Encarta, headed by a
former senior editor from World Book, has been very busy with this
Microsoft Encarta 1994 Edition for the Macintosh has a suggested re-
tail price of $139. Microsoft Cinemania 1994 for the Macintosh has a
suggested retail price of $79.95. Pricing details for Microsoft Book-
shelf for the Macintosh will be released upon the product's availa-
** Claris Ships MacWrite Pro 1.5 **
Claris Corp. reports that MacWrite Pro 1.5, a new version of its
Macintosh word processor, is now available. MacWrite Pro 1.5 works with
System 7 Pro, the new Macintosh operating system from Apple Computer
Inc. System 7 Pro includes support for AppleScript, QuickTime and
PowerTalk, a new feature that allows users to exchange electronic mail
Also new to MacWrite Pro 1.5 is a Table of Contents feature that lets
users create a customizable table of contents for complex documents.
MacWrite Pro 1.5 is available now for a promotional suggested retail
price of $99. The offer runs through May 31, after which the price will
rise to $249. Claris is also offering "Bonus Bundle" coupons in the box.
** New Spreadsheet Aimed at Younger Users **
Davidson & Associates Inc. has developed a spreadsheet program for
younger Macintosh users.
The company is now shipping The Cruncher, an easy-to-use, talking,
animated spreadsheet program targeted to users ages 10 and up. Using
step-by-step tutorials, The Cruncher teaches spreadsheet and math
fundamentals. By using real- world examples such as party planning,
family budgeting and baseball statistics tracking, the $59.95 software
illustrates how to use math and spreadsheets in everyday life.
"Everyone knows what a spreadsheet is, and many adults use them every
day," says Jan Davidson, president and founder of Davidson & Associates.
"But never before has a spreadsheet been designed specifically for
students -- one that helps them understand how a spreadsheet works, how
it can be useful in their lives and how it can be fun to use. The
Cruncher does just that and it teaches math concepts at the same time."
** Apple Unveils Online System **
A new online service called eWorld has been announced by Apple Com-
puter Inc. Apple says the service is expected to be available in the
U.S. this spring and worldwide later.
Reports from Apple's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters say, "The service
will only work on Apple's Macintosh computers initially. However, Apple
will expand it to the much wider base of IBM-compatible PCs running
Microsoft's Windows software later this year and to devices based on its
The computer maker says initial services on the system will be sup-
plied by the Boston Computer Society, Dow Jones Business Information
Services, InfoWorld, MacWorld, Regis McKenna Inc. and Reuters America.
The basic monthly subscription will cost $8.95, including two free
hours of evening or weekend use. Each subsequent hour of weekend or
evening use will be $4.95. There will be an additional network surcharge
of $2.95 an hour during business hours.
** WordPerfect Extends Introductory Upgrade Special **
WordPerfect Corp. has extended to March 15 its $59.95 introductory
upgrade pricing for WordPerfect 3.0 for Macintosh.
Besides allowing current WordPerfect Mac users to upgrade to 3.0, the
program also enables users of competing word processing package to trade
for WordPerfect 3.0 for $99.
In a statement from its Orem, Utah, offices, WordPerfect said sales
of WordPerfect for Macintosh have doubled with the release of version
3.0, and channel sales have exceeded company expectations.
The $495 package runs on any Mac with a hard drive and 2M (System
6.0.7 or higher) or 4M (System 7.x) of RAM.
Apple Computer's eWorld
To Change The Shape Of Online Services
CUPERTINO, California--January 3, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc. today
added a new dimension to the world of electronic information services
by announcing eWorld , a new family of online services which will
bring the world of electronic information within reach of millions of
people across the globe. eWorld services will keep people in-touch,
informed, and entertained, at home, at school, and at work.
eWorld for Macintosh will be the first of a series of eWorld
interactive services, and will be available to Macintosh personal
computer users in the United States in Spring 1994, with releases for
the global market later in 1994. eWorld for Macintosh will be
distinguished by its collection of meaningful information and
transactional services from popular, well-known publishers and
service providers, initially targeted to meet the needs of
professional users at work and at home, via a simple, intuitive and
These publishers and service providers are expected to include such
industry leaders as the Boston Computer Society (BCS), Berkeley
Macintosh User Group (BMUG), Claris Corporation, Dow Jones Business
Information Services, Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc., Inc.
Magazine, INDIVIDUAL, Inc., InfoWorld, MacWorld, Regis McKenna, Inc.,
Reuters America, Inc., Tribune Media Services, USA TODAY Information
Center, WordPerfect Corporation, and ZiffNet/Mac, among others.
Following the introduction of eWorld for Macintosh, Apple will also
provide eWorld interactive services for Windows-based PCs, and for
devices based on Newton technology. The first eWorld messaging
service for Newton , NewtonMail , was announced in November 1993 and
will become commercially available during the first quarter of 1994.
Real World Metaphor
Recognizing the appeal of the familiar, eWorld is modeled on a real
world metaphor, presenting people with a bird's eye view of a
colorful and attractively-illustrated online community. The eWorld
community consists of an electronic neighborhood of buildings, each
representing a specific area of the online service--the Library for
research, the Newsstand for news and sports publications; the
Business and Professional Plaza for business information and
services; the Arts and Leisure Pavilion for after hours entertainment
and hobbies; the Computer Center for computer assistance and
software; the Marketplace for purchasing products and services; the
eMail Center for worldwide electronic mail; and the Community Center
for interactive communications ("chats" and discussion areas) and
As people explore eWorld--to read up-to-the-minute news, to plan a
business trip, or to scan reviews of the latest movies--the online
experience is made familiar and comfortable through the use of a
consistent interface design. This extension of the real world
metaphor is supported by color-coded organizational schemes, a
carefully-designed language of icons representing standard eWorld
functions, and a thoughtful sound design to provide useful cues and
helpful feedback. For example, each area of eWorld is distinguished
by a different color, and each online publication within eWorld is
represented by a unique icon. Both these navigational aids prevent
subscribers from getting lost or disoriented, and clearly indicate
when they have moved from one area of the eWorld community to
This attractive, understandable, and familiar interface empowers
people to filter and select information according to their
professions, their interests and their needs. eWorld enables people
to find what they want efficiently, and revisit that location
quickly; to purchase goods and services conveniently; and to exchange
information interactively in real time.
eWorld provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use global e-mail
service that offers professional features and reliability. eWorld
users can also easily communicate with users of the Internet, as well
as many other electronic mail services, through mail gateways that
allow the use of simple address abbreviations instead of complex
network addresses. eWorld offers a range of real-time interactive
communications capabilities, including lecture and information
sharing forums, or town meetings, that enable up to 250 people to
participate simultaneously. People can witness lectures, debates,
and discussions of topical issues by experts in a wide variety of
fields. Smaller groups of eWorld users can chat and collaborate
electronically in both public and private forums. In the future,
eWorld's communications capabilities are expected to include
incorporation of Apple's Open Collaboration Environment (AOCE)
technologies to provide integration with PowerTalk services.
eWorld is uniquely designed to be a global online service.
Incorporated into eWorld"s distributed architecture are numerous
capabilities specific to supporting worldwide operation. These
include support for multiple languages for both content and
applications, a global/local content model that allows publishers of
all sizes to reach a global market and still offer information of
local interest, and network services from multiple vendors providing
local access points around the world. While initial availability
will be provided in the United States, eWorld services will steadily
expand their reach toward worldwide access and availability. English
language versions of eWorld for Macintosh will be extended to
countries around the world in 1994, followed by native language
versions for German, Japanese, and French.
eWorld services will be made available on a range of devices,
including Macintosh personal computers, Windows PCs, and Newton
devices, and people will be able to access common features across the
different platforms. For example, an eWorld customer will be able to
use the same e-mail address and mailbox from any supported device,
allowing consistent communications across a variety of situations. An
eWorld customer who uses a desktop computer for electronic mail in the
office or at home will be able to use a Newton MessagePad, or other
device based on Newton technology, to send and receive e-mail while
traveling. Services and information will also be consistent across
supported platforms, allowing Macintosh and Windows users to interact in
forums, post messages to bulletin boards, send mail, and perform
transactions without boundaries related to platform.
Publishers will find eWorld an appealing environment, rich with
intriguing business opportunities. Building on the principles of
empowerment which Apple pioneered with great success in the desktop
publishing industry, Apple Online Services has designed powerful
publishing tools to simplify dramatically the creation and
maintenance of online publications. Under the name eWorld Press,
these tools allow publishers to design and prototype new online
products and then to update those products cost-effectively by
migrating information from the publisher's existing repositories to
eWorld's global servers and online services infrastructure.
In the United States, the basic monthly subscription fee will be
$8.95 which will include two free hours of evening or weekend usage.
Each subsequent hour of evening or weekend usage will be $4.95. An
additional network surcharge of $2.95 per hour will apply during
business hours in the United States. For customers who receive the
software bundled on their hard disk, there is no sign up fee.
Neither is there a surcharge for use of the Internet Mail gateway or
9600 baud access. Pricing for services outside the United States
will be announced later.
eWorld for Macintosh will begin beta testing in January of 1994 with
commercial launch slated for Spring of 1994 in the United States.
Some of the publishers currently working with Apple will be
furnishing eWorld with pilot versions of their services during the
beta testing period. eWorld for Macintosh will be bundled in most
Macintosh computers by the end of 1994 in the United States. eWorld
services will be made available outside the United States in stages,
starting with native language versions in French, German and