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SAN FRANCISCO (07/05/2000) - Object of Affection: Talk about slashing prices.

Apple Computer Inc. (800/ 692-7753, http://www.apple.com) has reduced the cost of its WebObjects application server software to US$699 -- and that includes development tools and an unlimited usage license for one server. The previous price? A mere $50,000. WebObjects 5, which will include Java support, is scheduled for release later this year.

Rough and Ready: If you like digital cameras but want one that can survive a 3-foot drop, Kodak Co. (800/235-6325, http://www.kodak.com) has the device for you. The DC5000 comes with 2-megapixel resolution and a 2x optical zoom. You can use the weather-resistant camera even if you're wearing gloves. The $699 DC5000 should ship by the end of June. For more-genteel photographers, Kodak offers the $899 DC4800. The 3.1-megapixel digital camera sports a spiffy titanium-alloy body and will ship in August.

An Imperfect Solution: In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, Corel Corp.

(800/772-6735, http://www.corel.com) has announced that it will no longer develop WordPerfect for the Mac. Instead, the company will put its Mac resources into graphics programs (including CorelDraw) and the products it recently bought from MetaCreations -- Painter, Bryce, Kai's Power Tools, and KPT Vector Effects. Corel last updated WordPerfect in 1996.

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