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SAN MATEO (07/21/2000) - Apple Computer Inc. this week announced dual-processor Power Mac G4s and new iMacs. The company also announced a desktop machine built in the form of an 8-inch cube, dubbed the Power Mac G4 Cube. There are two versions of the Power Mac G4 Cube: a 450MHz model with 64MB of RAM and a 20GB hard drive, priced at US$1,799 without a monitor; and a 500MHz model with 128MB of RAM and a 30GB hard drive, priced at $2,299 without a monitor. The Cube machines ship in August. There will be three new Power Mac G4 models based on the PowerPC chip: a 400MHz model with a 20GB hard drive, a 450MHz model with a 30GB hard drive, and a 500MHz model with a 40GB hard drive. The new Power Macs are available now. The company also announced four new iMacs, priced from $799 to $1,499 in base configurations.

Intel Corp. has pushed back the release of its Itanium processor by a quarter to later this year, meaning the first servers and workstations powered by its first 64-bit chip will not hit the streets until early next year. The first "pilot" Itanium systems will be available shortly, but general availability of Itanium PCs, operating systems, and applications will not materialize until the first half of 2001.

Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced the availability of software and consulting assistance for the Corporate Yahoo electronic services portal that allows companies to develop a home page with internal and external content. HP, acting as a reseller for Yahoo Inc., will package Corporate Yahoo with other e-service applications for large Fortune 2000-size companies into a product called HP E-services Portal, the company said. The HP E-services Portal assists companies in providing their employees with targeted Internet, intranet, and extranet content via the My Yahoo interface. HP is expected to make the product available later this month on a per-user license fee and subscription basis.

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