Product Watch

SAN FRANCISCO (07/27/2000) - Four new scanners from Canon Inc. (800/652-2666, http://www.ccsi.canon.com): The N650U and N656U weigh about three pounds, boast optical scanning resolutions of 600 by 1,200 dpi, and hit the market in August.

Also shipping in August is the N1220U, which offers 1,200-by-2,400-dpi resolution. The D660U scanner ships in September. Prices range between US$99 for the low-end N650U and $199 for the N1220U.

IMac upgrade cards from PowerLogix Inc. (877/849-2504, http://www.powerlogix.com): The company will ship two models of its iForce processor upgrades, a $299 400MHz G3 with a 512KB backside cache and a $499 500MHz G3 with a 1MB back-side cache.

OfficeReady Family Essentials from Canon Software (714/438-3000, http://www.software.canon.com): The $30 productivity software offers more than 400 templates for Microsoft Word and Excel.

ViaVoice by IBM Corp. (800/825-5263, http://www.ibm.com): The $149 ViaVoice for the Macintosh Enhanced Edition adds direct dictation into any Mac application, AppleScript support, and a USB-ready headset. It also boasts specialized vocabulary for business and tech documents.

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ViaVoice by IBM (800/825-5263, http://www.ibm.com): The $149 ViaVoice for the Macintosh Enhanced Edition adds direct dictation into any Mac application, AppleScript support, and a USB-ready headset. It also boasts specialized vocabulary for business and tech documents.

ANNOUNCED

A QuickTime deal between RealNetworks Inc. (889/768-3248, http://www.realnetworks.com) and Apple Computer Inc.: RealNetworks will license QuickTime technology for audio and video streaming in RealServer8. The deal lets RealServer8 deliver streaming content to QuickTime Players.

Job cuts at software maker Corel Corp. (800/772-6735, http://www.corel.com):

The company -- which just bought Painter, Bryce, Kai's Power Tools, and KPT Vector Effects -- will cut 320 jobs, or 21 percent of its workforce.

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