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The Toys Of Summer

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: The Toys Of Summer
2. Today's Top Story
    - AMD Outlines Processor Road Map
3. Breaking News
    - PaineWebber Systems Admin Faces Trial For Computer Sabotage
    - VA Shake-Up Follows Identity Theft
    - Symantec Spells Out Answers To Microsoft
    - Newest Ransomware Threat: Buy Drugs Or Else
    - Yahoo Makes Web Video Search More Like TV Channels
    - State IT Budgets Still Tight
    - Computerized Records Help UNC Health Care Doctors Treat Patients
    - Europe To Crack Down On Chip Tax Fraud
    - AMD Will Continue To 'Reinvent' The Tech Industry, Ruiz Pledges
    - IBM Touts Missing Link To Utility Computing And Shared IT Resources
    - Sun CEO Schwartz Plans To Cut Up To 5,000 Jobs
    - Half Of Tech Pros Planning To Look For New Jobs, Survey Says
4. Grab Bag
    - Senior Home Mixes Tracking Technology With Freedom (NPR)
    - Outward Bound For Robots (Technology Review)
    - Diary Of A Spam-Hungry Madman (Wired)
5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech
    - The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide
    - Apple Starts Free Computer Recycling
    - Segway Scooters Take New Direction
    - Review: Treo 700p
    - Review: TiVo Series2 DT DVR
    - Hot Apps: SkyMap Pro 11
6. Voice Of Authority
    - DMCA Takedown: A Double-Edged Sword
7. White Papers
    - IBM Deep Computing Visualization
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language." -- Henry James


1. Editor's Note: The Toys Of Summer
Summer doesn't really start until June 21, but most of us count Memorial Day as the unofficial start of the season. And you'll be dancing in the streets after you read "The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide."

We gave technology writer George Jones the enviable task of hunting down this summer's gotta-have-it gadgets. He found everything from a digital camera the size of a credit card to a 10-foot-long personal submarine that can dive underneath the water as well as skim along the surface. (I swear I'm not making this up.)

Want to show movies on the side of your house? We've got a media center laptop and DLP projector combo that makes it easy. Trying to improve your golf game? Here's a watch that will help. Looking for the best in-car navigation system for summer road trips? That's here, too. There's even a photo gallery for a close-up view of all the gadgets in the roundup.

We didn't let just any gadget into our guide. For instance, we considered including these innovative solar-powered bags from Voltaic Systems that you can use to recharge your small electronic devices. It's a brilliant concept and perfect for summertime, but $240 is too much to pay for a bag that ugly. Hint to Voltaic: Hire a decent designer and you just might have a hit on your hands.

Other near misses were tiny portable XM satellite radio players from Samsung and Pioneer that double as MP3 players. We love the idea of listening to satellite radio wherever we go this summer, but short battery life and stingy amounts of storage kept these devices off our list.

So kick back with a cold beverage of your choice and find out which products will help you make the most of your summer. If you've got other great gadgets for summer, we'd love to hear about them. Add your faves at my blog entry.

Valerie Potter
vpotter@cmp.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

AMD Outlines Processor Road Map
No. 2 chipmaker plans to roll out more advanced chip designs, faster processors for servers, and cooler ones for notebooks.


3. Breaking News

PaineWebber Systems Admin Faces Trial For Computer Sabotage
The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday for a former employee charged with building and planting malicious code that took down two-thirds of the company's network, hindering investment trading for several weeks and racking up $3 million in recovery costs. But the defendant's lawyer says the cops got the wrong man.

VA Shake-Up Follows Identity Theft
Heads are rolling at the VA after the agency's data debacle in which 26.5 million veterans' identities were stolen in a residential burglary.

Symantec Spells Out Answers To Microsoft
Symantec spells out how it will compete with Microsoft for consumers' security business, but again declines to promise that its by-subscription security service will be available this year.

Newest Ransomware Threat: Buy Drugs Or Else
A Trojan horse that tries to extort money from victims encrypts all the files in Windows' My Documents folder after it infects a PC.

Yahoo Makes Web Video Search More Like TV Channels
Among the changes Yahoo is introducing to its video search service is a simple way for users to subscribe to and watch "channels," or groups of videos related by video maker, programmer, or keyword topic.

State IT Budgets Still Tight
While increases in state revenue continue, so does the competition for dollars.

Computerized Records Help UNC Health Care Doctors Treat Patients
A Web-based interoperable health record system lets 7,000 caregivers access medical data for more than 1 million patient visits annually.

Europe To Crack Down On Chip Tax Fraud
The EU Tax Commissioner will urge 25 EU member countries to back a plan designed to prevent cross-border tax dodging. The plan would change the VAT levy to once-only, at the point of sale.

AMD Will Continue To 'Reinvent' The Tech Industry, Ruiz Pledges
AMD's product road map includes new manufacturing capabilities, a continued push on multicore processors, and an opening up of its technology for greater coupling with third-party products.

IBM Touts Missing Link To Utility Computing And Shared IT Resources
The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager lets users measure and bill for virtual server, storage, network, software, middleware, and e-mail consumption by company, department, or individual.

Sun CEO Schwartz Plans To Cut Up To 5,000 Jobs
Sun sets a six-month cost-cutting plan to cut jobs and increase efficiency.

Half Of Tech Pros Planning To Look For New Jobs, Survey Says
IT workers aren't scared of losing their jobs—indeed, the improved IT employment market has made pros more willing to see if the grass is greener elsewhere.

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4. Grab Bag

Senior Home Mixes Tracking Technology With Freedom (NPR)
A system of infrared and radio-frequency sensors allows residents with Alzheimer's or dementia the freedom to roam, while giving staff and loved ones the ability to check in at any time.

Outward Bound For Robots (Technology Review)
A new approach teaches objects how to navigate unfamiliar territory as humans might.

Diary Of A Spam-Hungry Madman (Wired)
How many reckless days does it take to ruin a computer with spyware, viruses, and worms? Steve Knopper finds out.


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5. In Depth: Reviews And Personal Tech

The Ultimate Summer Gadget Guide
From a top-of-the-line cycling computer to the perfect GPS for road trips and a digital camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand, these 17 amazing devices will help you make the most of your summer.

Apple Starts Free Computer Recycling
The company is offering to recycle customers' old machines, even non-Macs, and said all systems will be recycled domestically.

Segway Scooters Take New Direction
Although popular in Europe, the electric scooters haven't caught on here en masse. The company is hoping the rising price of gas and a new consumer finance program will change that.

Review: Treo 700p
Palm has fixed the memory issues, increased the quality of the camera, and made a host of improvements that add up to the best Treo ever—and for Palm OS fans, the best smart phone you can buy anywhere.

Review: TiVo Series2 DT DVR
It's the same TiVo you know and love, but with the new ability to record two channels at once.

Hot Apps: SkyMap Pro 11
Explore heavenly bodies (of the celestial kind) with awesome power, speed, and intuitive ease of use.


6. Voice Of Authority

DMCA Takedown: A Double-Edged Sword
One of the most powerful provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is also one of its most dangerous—and most widely abused, says Matt McKenzie.


7. White Papers

IBM Deep Computing Visualization
Get the scoop on IBM's Deep Computing Visualization framework, connecting IBM xSeries IntelliStation workstations in a scalable graphics configuration that uses commodity components.


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