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News archive (7 / 1999)

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ATI: DVD for $99

Written by Jari Ketola @ 30 Jul 1999 8:14

ATI Technologies Inc. today announced the XPERT 2000(TM), with 32 MB of memory, 32-bit true color acceleration and full hardware DVD acceleration for only $99.

The XPERT 2000 is ideal for system builders and resellers looking to differentiate their low cost PCs. Traditionally, low cost PCs come with just 8 MB of graphics memory, poor 2D and 3D and no DVD. For just $99 (ESP) system builders can now add strong 2D and 3D, 32-bit true acceleration, hardware DVD and 4 times the amount of graphics memory. For system builders 32 MB of graphics memory will be the standard.

``The XPERT 2000 will change the image of the low cost PC and smash the perception that they are featureless and unable to handle today's latest games and popular applications'', said Ed Grondahl, vice president of marketing, ATI. ``The XPERT 2000 transforms the featureless low end PC into a 3D, DVD multimedia powerhouse.''

The XPERT 2000 will make 32 MB of graphics memory a standard with system builders. Having 32 MB of memory boosts the performance and visual quality of graphics intense games and also secures the user's investment. As games become more complex, the 32MB will continue to provide the necessary bandwidth for high frame rate, texture intense game play for future games. The XPERT 2000 is fully optimized to operate in 32-bit true color to provide optimal visual quality graphics. And it does so with minimal performance degradation, providing true color with a performance level equal to that of a card that supports only 16-bit color.


AfterDawn: News

It's a girl!

Written by Jari Ketola @ 30 Jul 1999 2:51

Congratulations Petteri & Aretta from the whole After Dawn staff!!

AfterDawn: News

Sigma Designs' REALmagic DVD technology to Set-Top Boxes

Written by Jari Ketola @ 29 Jul 1999 7:11

Sigma Designs, Inc., the well known manufacturer of hardware DVD decoders, announced today that Itautec, a leading PC company in Brazil, has selected the REALmagic Ventura Plus DVD playback card using Sigma's EM8220 REALmagic DVD decoder chip to probide DVD playback as an option for its personal computer product line.

The DVD models were initially launched earlier this year as an option for Itautec's top-of-the-line systems. With DVD's emergence as one of the most explosive new home entertainment technologies of all time, Itautec has now decided to provide REALmagic DVD capability as an option for all of its shipping PCs.
``Our customers require reliable and superior computer performance,'' said Gabriel Antonio Marao, Itautec vice president. ``Sigma's award-winning reputation has given us that reliability. For this reason, Itautec is working together with Sigma to market a set-top box in Brazil based on Sigma's reference design, the STB-2000, in the near future. This unique convergence appliance will provide our customers with a single TV-centric product for browsing the Internet, sending/receiving e-mail, playing DVD and CD discs, and more.''
``We are delighted to work with Itautec to open up a new marketing channel in Brazil. Itautec is our first OEM customer to adopt both Ventura Plus and our set-top box reference design based on our EM8220 silicon as a hardware DVD feature in PCs as well as set-top boxes,'' stated William K. Wong, Sigma's vice president of marketing. ``The fact that Itautec selected our DVD decoder chip confirms our belief that hardware DVD solutions meet customer requirements for seamless DVD playback in a multitasking, interactive environment. The current set-top box application enables consumers to plug into their TV for web surfing, e-mail, e-commerce, and DVD playback. With the appropriate hardware and software configuration, the set-top box will be able to support video on demand and digital VCR time-shifting capabilities in the year 2000.''


AfterDawn: News has been sold!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 28 Jul 1999 4:06 bought world-famous skinpage, Customize will be added to their [changemusic's] mp3 portal very soon.

This is fifth huge deal that ChangeMusic and it's mother-company Rare Medium Group has done during last 6 months -- the war against has begun.

The price was not announced, but some rumours say that it can be descriped as "good money" :-)

(this article is modified from the article released in Yahoo!)

AfterDawn: News

'Eagles: Hell Freezes Over' Audio DVD holds the record

Written by Jari Ketola @ 27 Jul 1999 4:34

Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading DVD licensee and distributor has held the number one DVD music chart position for the 16th week in a row for the exclusive release, Eagles: Hell Freezes Over, according to Videoscan, the industry's most respected reporting agency.

The DVD release also holds the distinction of being the number one selling music title in the history of the DVD format.

Featuring classic live performances of ``Hotel California,'' ``Tequila Sunrise,'' ``Take It Easy,'' ``New York Minute,'' and thirteen more Eagles' hits, the DVD also contains a DTS audio-only bonus track of ``Seven Bridges Road.'' The concert was recorded during the band's sell-out reunion tour in 1994.

Image released the program in two packaging configurations, one of which highlighted the presence of a DTS 5.1 multichannel soundtrack. The actual DVDs, in both configurations, were identical, containing both DTS 5.1 and PCM stereo soundtracks.

DTS-branded packaging appeals to retailers selling to a more audio-savvy consumer, whereas the non-branded packaging is appropriate for the mass-merchants and general DVD audience. Sales of the DTS-branded DVD are very strong, accounting for more than 35% of the overall sales.


AfterDawn: News

AT&T, Music Giants Take Aim At MP3

Written by Sami Lämsä @ 27 Jul 1999 12:42

AT&T Corp. has joined with a number of leading entertainment companies to launch a new secure music and media distribution system. An alternative to the MP3 format, a2b is designed to let users listen to high-quality songs that can be downloaded quickly while protecting the copyrights of labels and artists. Read the full article HERE

AfterDawn: News

Digital Music Revolution Begins

Written by Jari Ketola @ 25 Jul 1999 8:25

Yahoo sums up the recent events in the world of digital music in their excellent article. Here's a snippet:

"Here's the catch: since MP3 was an open standard, it allowed anyone to take music from a CD and post it on the Internet, allowing an infinite number of perfect copies of the music to be made. Unlike analog technology like cassette tapes, where making more copies means poorer sound quality, a copy of a digital file is identical to the original."

Read the full story here.

AfterDawn: News

MGG unveils seven James Bond special editions

Written by Jari Ketola @ 25 Jul 1999 7:05

MGM has finally unveiled the first batch of the upcoming James Bond DVD releases. The seven movies released first will all have 16x9 transfers, and new packaging. All discs also contain trailesr, TV spots and music videos (apart from Goldfinger, Live and Let Die and Thunderball). Detailed booklets will also be included for each movie.

Retail price is $34.95 and street date 19th of October.

Details for each movie are:

· GoldenEye: 3 Documentaries: Short Promotion Featurette, Documentary "The World Of 007", and "The Making Of GoldenEye", and commentary by director Martin Campbell, producer Michael Wilson and writer Bruce Fierstein

· Goldfinger: 3 Documentaries: "The Making Of Goldfinger", "The Goldfinger Phenomenon" and a featurette with screen tests; Still Gallery with over 1,000(!) images, additional ABC promo and audio interviews with Sean Connery, and a commentary track by Director Guy Hamilton and members of the crew

· License To Kill: All-new Documentary "Inside Licence To Kill" plus an additional production featurette; Still Gallery with over 300 images; and 2 commentaries with Director John Glen and and members of the cast, plus second track with Producer Michael Wilson and Vic Armstrong and members of the crew


AfterDawn: News opens!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 24 Jul 1999 6:39

A new service for mp3 freaks has been opened today, offers 25megs of FREE hdd space for people who want to save their traded mp3s temporarely in the Internet.

I don't know what the nags are at the moment, but sounds like interesting idea...

AfterDawn: News

WinDAC Fix!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 23 Jul 1999 1:15

WinDAC v1.49 has a bug in DAC32.DLL file - using the feature "spin-up" caused system failure. Now there's a fix for that problem, download it from here!

AfterDawn: News

MSDN makes a move towards DVD-ROM

Written by Jari Ketola @ 23 Jul 1999 6:19

MSDN, Microsoft Developer Network, announced that beginning in January 2000, all MSDN subscribers can choose to receive their MSDN Subscription on DVD-ROM media. Initially the DVD-ROMs will be in DVD-5 format that are capable of storing the content of about 6 regular CDs. Other formats, like DVD-9 are a possibility in the future.

This move is a clear sign of the increasing popularity of the DVD-ROM format. Only good things can come out of that.

Read the full announcement here.

AfterDawn: News

Grundig launches portable MP3-Player

Written by Hannu Pekkanen @ 22 Jul 1999 9:35

Grundig launches portable MP3-player called MPaxx.

The basic package includes two 16MB cards, a stereo headset, a Mac adapter, a PC cable and software for Windows 95/98/NT, Linux and Mac operating systems. In future 32MB and 64MB ROS-cards (Record on Silicon) will also be available for MPaxx

MPaxx will be available worldwide soon and it costs about $200.

AfterDawn: News

DVD PRO Announces Finalists of Discus Award

Written by Jari Ketola @ 22 Jul 1999 3:10

The organizers of the DVD PRO Conference & Exhibition have announced today the finalists in the Discus Awards for Creative Excellence sponsored by The Broadcast and Sony Elecronics. Winners will be announced at the evening ceremony on August 16, 1999 at the DVD PRO Conference & Exhibition in San Francisco, California.

"The titles nominated this year really reflect the sophistication of both the authoring tools and the developers," said Adam Pemberton, President of Online Inc. "The number of titles nominated this year grew by 80% and they are all great examples of creativity, design, and production."

The twenty-four finalists were selected from over 120 nominations. The finalists in following six categories are:

Best Consumer DVD-Video
·From the Earth to the Moon
·Ghostbusters Collectors Series
·Tender Loving Care
·Tomorrow Never Dies


AfterDawn: News's first day in NASDAQ

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 22 Jul 1999 2:58's first day in NASDAQ was a really roller coaster ride -- the share started at $28 and reached the top with $105 and started going down to $58 1/2. After the bottom, it started to go up again and reached $63 5/16 when NASDAQ was closed.. Interesting to see, what will be the average level in long term for this mp3 "revolution" pioneer.

AfterDawn: News

7/27/99 DVD Releases

Written by Jari Ketola @ 22 Jul 1999 2:47

Here are the After Dawn picks from the DVD releases due out on 7/27/99. Can you live without any of them?

Heat (1994)
Mercury Rising (DTS) (1998)
October Sky (1999)
Patch Adams (DTS) (1998)
Payback (1999)
Striptease (1996)

AfterDawn: News IPO today - raise up to 158%!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 21 Jul 1999 9:57 announced its IPO! This IPO has been a muchly anticipated event for online Mp3 and music fans and especially for those lucky investors who already have a few shares. Prior to the IPO, had raised their inital stock price several times from the first announced $9. When the stock was finally made available for trading earlier this morning, it started at $28. Right now the stock is at $70 and has already hit a peak of $103!

(edited from the article in

AfterDawn: News

MTV starts to promote mp3 format!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 21 Jul 1999 5:57

MusicTV NetWorks and Diamond Multimedia, the manufacturer of Rio mp3 player have made a deal that guarantees the thing that MTV starts to promote mp3 format and Rio player on their channels and first of all, on MTV's websites (,, and

AfterDawn: News

Upcoming DVD releases from Columbia TriStar

Written by Jari Ketola @ 21 Jul 1999 2:58

Here are some juicy highlights of the upcoming Columbia TriStar DVDs during the last quarter of 1999.


7th: The Buddy Holly Story, Fright Night, Sleepless in Seattle: Special Edition, The Tingler, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail

14th: Alvarez Kelly and Tommy

21st: The City of Lost Children, The Dark Crystal, Heavy, Someone to Watch Over Me, The Thirteenth Floor, and This is My Father

28th: Night of the Living Dead (1990), Immortal Beloved, and Inferno


5th: The Blue Lagoon, Labyrynth and Hard Eight

12th: Easy Rider, Hideous Kinky, and S.L.C. Punk!

19th: Beverly Hills Ninja, The Last Hurrah, The Nuttiest Nutcracker, and Persuasion

26th: Arlington Road, and The Taming of the Shrew


2nd: Heavy Metal: Special Edition, Pal Joey, and The Mask of Zorro: Deluxe Edition


AfterDawn: News

Digital music player patented?

Written by Tommi Hietavuo @ 15 Jul 1999 9:17

"The Register" today reported that:

Audiohighway patents MP3 digital music player
US purveyor of online music put the cat among the digital music pigeons yesterday when it announced it had been granted a key patent on portable digital audio players.
The company applied for the patent, number 5,914,941, back in 1995. It describes the use of a "portable information storage/playback apparatus having a data interface" used to store and play back downloaded content regardless of the format that content is stored in.
So essentially anyone who ever produces a digital audio player, such as Diamond Multimedia's Rio, now has to cough up a royalty to Audiohighway, something clearly not lost on the company.

The whole article can be seen at:

AfterDawn: News

WinAmp v2.24 released!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 14 Jul 1999 7:52

New features in WinAmp v2.24 (directly from NullSoft webpage):

-WSZ (Winamp Skin Zip) handling (simply open a .WSZ file in explorer to have it installed)
-Two distributions (one with WMA and ASFS, one without)
- Better equalizer presets
- Better shuffle logic
-Better docking code
-Better support for invalid ID3v2 tags (for people putting invalid tags on)
-Minibrowser optimizations
-Fixed occasional random crashes from 2.23

AfterDawn: News

DVD Profiler open beta available

Written by Jari Ketola @ 14 Jul 1999 1:59

DVD Profiler - the wonderful free DVD database software from InterVocative software - has gone into open beta phase. You can download the software from InterVocative Software's homepage.

You also need to register to obtain an activation key. The registration is free for the version with advertisements and low resolution cover scans.

AfterDawn: News

A new mp3 search engine - again

Written by Hannu Pekkanen @ 12 Jul 1999 8:09

Even that the Net is full of mp3 search engines, there is still some faith left - a new beginner opens in search engine fight, called theseek. A special features that this one has are in the search options - theseek can find besides mp3s but also video clips, album covers and lyrics. Give it a try!

AfterDawn: News

Public Enemy goes mp3

Written by Hannu Pekkanen @ 12 Jul 1999 7:54

Public Enemy releases their newest album "There's a Poison Goin' On" in the Internet as mp3 streaming in 20th of July. You'll need WinAmp and mp3Spy for listening. Check out AtomicPop's homepage for listening times and listening guide.

AfterDawn: News

HUM v1.6 released

Written by Hannu Pekkanen @ 11 Jul 1999 11:14

UtopiaSoft released a new upgrade of their superb mp3 player for WinCE platform. New version is 1.6 and new and/or improved features include:

-You can now set the MP3 playback quality to High (44kHz), Medium (22kHz) or Low (11kHz)
-Switch between Mono or Stereo playback
-Improved [ AdaptivePlay ] with on/off switch
-Easier playlist editing. You now can save your playlists in any folders you desire, and it also allows you to create folders within Hum
-More affordable. Hum v1.6 now only costs $19.95!
-Supports all display resolutions
-Customized downloable color [ skins ] for all resolutions
-Random and repeat play
-Lower CPU power usage

You can download a free trial version from our software archive!

AfterDawn: News

Microsoft is offering free personal home page.

Written by Sami Lämsä @ 06 Jul 1999 9:57

After hotmail service Microsoft has moved forward and is now offering free personal homepages. Read more or enroll here

AfterDawn: News

TNT3 - A wet dream come true?

Written by Sami Lämsä @ 06 Jul 1999 3:33

Nvidia's next product TNT3/NV10 will propably deliver photorealistic dreams(or nightmares) to your home, in the form of games. In the article by Kristian H.Andersen he speculates possibilites of TNT3 and delivers information of TNT3, possibly most waited 3d chip ever.

Here are some highlights from the actual article:

"Nvidia has revealed TNT3/NV10 will have support for transform- and lightning acceleration - geometry acceleration - and thereby should photo-realistic graphic be possible on even the modest computers. - According to Nvidia's roadmap TNT3/NV10 will have 15,000,000 transistors on the same chip; the same amount as Intel's planned 800MHz Merced processor. Hence the massive numbers of transistors the micron will surely drop from 0.25 to 0.18 or even 0.15 allowing much higher clock rates. - Like Voodoo3 TNT3/NV10 will presumably be released in four different versions (or perhaps even five); an OEM-version with 16/32MB of RAM, a standard with 64MB, a standard ultra with 128MB, a professional with 192MB and perhaps an professional Special Edition with 256MB of RAM."

After these teasers, why not try actual article written by Andersen here

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Sonique v1.05 released!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 01 Jul 1999 11:12

Sonique 1.05 has been released! This update adds enhanced skin support, numerous improvements and a new WMA decoder. Grab this swooby new version now from the download page.

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