Sun - October 9, 2005

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Fri - September 30, 2005

Press Release: Lexar and Sony Expand Licensing Relationship

Sept. 30, 2005--Lexar Media, Inc. (Nasdaq:LEXR), a leading manufacturer and marketer of high-performance digital media and accessories, today announced that it has expanded its licensing relationship with Sony. Under the new agreement, Lexar has granted to Sony a license to Lexar's patents for Sony products not covered by the companies' existing cross-license agreement. This agreement builds on the relationship that began in early 2000, when Lexar and Sony signed a fundamental patent cross-license agreement under which Lexar gained the right to manufacture and sell the Memory Stick line of products.

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Sensors cut the cost of handset imaging

New low-cost imaging solutions are designed to directly replace existing quarter-inch VGA image sensors and quarter-inch VGA SoC image sensors in camera-enabled mobile phones.

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Blu-ray fires back at HD DVD camp, Microsoft responds

Calling the reasons cited by Microsoft and Intel for choosing HD DVD over Blu-ray "inaccurate," members of the Blu-ray Disc Association group issued that they characterized as "corrections" on a number of issues, ranging from capacity to managed copy support. Strap yourselves in folks, because we are two days into what is going to become a media war.

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SanDisk Corporation and Sony Corporation today announced the development of the “Memory Stick Micro” format, an ultra-small IC recording media designed to meet the growing storage needs of highly compact, multifunctional mobile phones. Licensing for the development of “Memory Stick Micro” compatible hardware will begin October 3, 2005.

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Thu - September 29, 2005

DVD dispute burns at PC makers

After quietly heating up over recent months, the battle over next-generation DVD formats boiled over Thursday, as Dell and Hewlett-Packard assailed Intel and Microsoft, which have lined up in the opposite camp.

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The Lessons For Sony At Samsung

When Sony Corp. (SNE ) CEO Howard Stringer unveiled a major restructuring in Tokyo on Sept. 22, the market yawned. Sure, Sony will cut 10,000 employees, shutter factories, and reshuffle management in an effort to get its famously fractious divisions to work together. But nowhere did analysts see much proof that Stringer is tackling the most urgent task: reforming Sony's engineering-driven culture to create gadgets that customers actually want.

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Press Release: Manfrotto Launches New Portal Website Focused On Data Management and Integration

Bassano del Grappa, Italia (29 September 2005) - Manfrotto, the world‚s leading manufacturer of support products for pro video and photography, is proud to announce that it has launched the first phase of its new portal website. A natural evolution of the company‚s previous website, the new portal features many similarities in appearance; however, content and data integration amongst various business units has been enhanced, reflecting much more accurately the way Manfrotto operates.

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Press Release: NUR Macroprinters Previews NUR Expedio 3200 Wide-Format UV-inkjet

Sept. 29, 2005--NUR Macroprinters Ltd. (Pink Sheets:NURM), a leading supplier of wide-format inkjet production printing systems for the out-of-home advertising market, previewed today the new NUR Expedio(TM) 3200 wide-format UV-inkjet press at the Viscom 2005 exhibition in hall 6 at Messe Dusseldorf, taking place between September, 29 -- October, 1, 2005.

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Press Release: Alien Skin Announces General Availability of Eye Candy 5 Bundle

Raleigh, NC (September 29, 2005)—Alien Skin Software today announced the widespread availability of the Eye Candy® 5 Bundle, a suite of 30 versatile, Adobe® Photoshop®-compatible filters. The Eye Candy 5 Bundle includes full versions of Eye Candy 5: Impact, Nature and Textures and renders a wide variety of beautiful effects. Eye Candy 5: Impact creates chrome, bevels, glass buttons, perspective shadows, and more. Eye Candy 5: Nature simulates a variety of natural phenomena, including fire, smoke, rust, snow and ice.  Eye Candy 5: Textures collects 10 seamless texture generators and produces surfaces such as snake and lizard skin, fur, brick, stone and wood.

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Press Release: Fujifilm FinePix F11

Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. has announced the debut of the new Fujifilm FinePix F11, a 6.3-megapixel digital camera featuring a 3x optical zoom lens, a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor, sensitivity of up to ISO 1600 and expanded manual shooting functions. The FinePix F11, an upgraded version of the award winning FinePix F10 which features great high-sensitivities as well as incredibly powerful battery life, as many as 500 shots battery life. Inheriting the basic functions of the FinePix F10, including Fujifilm's innovative Real Photo Technology, the new Fuji FinePix F11 incorporates manual shooting functions, such as aperture and shutter priority settings to meet more advanced consumers.

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Press Release: Fujifilm FinePix F460

Fuji Photo Film Co., Ltd. has announced the debut of the new FinePix F460, a 5.1-megapixel digital camera featuring a 3x optical zoom lens, a large, 2.5-inch LCD monitor, and 13 megabytes of internal memory, all packaged in a stylish slim, metallic body. Distinguished by a full array of basic functions and innovative design, the ultra-slim Fujifilm FinePix F460, a mere 19.7mm thick, features a grip that fits well in the hand and a mode dial that allows selection of any of three modes (Auto/SP/Movie) with a single touch, making this digital camera remarkably simple to operate. Also the scene positions, selectable via de mode dial, have been expanded to 10 positions.

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Press Release: Olympus Mju Digital 800 black introduction

Joining glossy dark blue and silver, Olympus now adds a sleek black version to its very range of Mju Digital 800 cameras. Available in a specially-designed package which includes a case and silver neck strap along with the camera, the limited-edition Black Premium Kit is just the ticket for individualists, especially those wanting to capture the spirit of the night. The 8.0 million pixel Olympus Mju 800 features BrightCapture Technology which significantly improves night-time shooting and incorporates an extra-large 6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD to ensure results are easy to see and show off to everyone around. The Olympus Mju 800 Black Premium Kit will be available from approx. October 2005.

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Metuchen, NJ (September 29, 2005) – New Jersey-based online photo and video sharing service Phanfare, Inc. ( HYPERLINK "" announces support for users of Apple Mac computers running Mac OS X. Public beta testing of the new Mac version of Phanfare begins today.

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Press Release: UpperCut Images Offers Rights-Protected Images by A-List Photographers

UpperCut Images has entered the stock photography market armed with a not-so-secret weapon: great images by great photographers. With a masterful collection, an elite roster of photographers and advanced rights protection, UpperCut Images is awakening the design world with its artistic commercial offerings.

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