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4B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend, etc. Magazine - Thursday, December 9, 1999
0 73% of retailers will have web sites up during the holidays; only 55% of
them will be taking online orders.
0 80% of Americans will shop at discount depar'.ment stores, 43% will
shop in catalogs and 10% will shop online. 1999 holiday sales may reach
$183 billion to $185 billion, a 6% to 6.5% gain over 1998.
" The Michigan.Daily eekend, etc. Mag
In their first foray into the handheld world, VTech's Helio pro-
vides an interesting alternative to the world dominated by
Windows CE and Palm OS systems.
The devices sport a proprietary operating system that is
simple, functional and intuitive - a bit like the line of 3Com's
Palm Computing devices. Unlike the latest Palms, the Helio
costs less than $200, making it a cool yet inexpensive gift.
Helio OS feature include e-mail, a to do list, calendar and an
address book. A cradle and bundled software allows the Helio to
communicate with a desktop computer - great for synchroniza-^
tion of e-mail, contacts and activities.
Taking a cue from Apple's iMacs, VTech has produced their
products in a lot of different cases. Lime, clear, metallic blue,
bright yellow, and cool grey are just a few of the colors the
Helio is available in.
* Even if e-commerce sales account
figures, that would mean nearly $15
for only 8% of projected holiday retail
billion in online sales.
--Sources: The National Retail Federation and Deliotte & Touche
Look for a full review in the online version of the December 13th paper.
ALL I WANT
With so many newfangled bells and whistles accompanying the millennial holiday
season, even good old Santa can get lost in the clutter.
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No computer I have ever seen ha
than the Vadem Clio. Sleek and styli;
even the iMac to shame.
Running on Windows CE, the Clic
neously. Sporting a built-in modem, F
functionality is elegantly wrapped in
The coolest feature of the Clio is
The 9.4-inch display rotates over 18(
function as a regular laptop, easel di
A full keyboard allows for ease of
often found with other CE-based devi
The Clio has more than 12 hours
enough for a regular day's work - a
battery that powers up quickly with'-
Packing both beauty and brains,
Clio is not wanting to give it away.
THE Y2K SCENE, A-SQUARED STS
Stuck inl town this New Year' Eve? Don 't despair, there '
places to get your groove on without afrir-offjoumne
to start plus
611 Church, 4th floor
Call for info
Stop in to fill out an application
ARBOR BREWING CO.
Mr. Largebeat hosts a costume/dance party
with a futuristic theme.Appetizers, entree, cof-
fee, dessert, beer sampler and UFO-related
party favors for 50. 213-1393.
THE BLIND PIG
Funktelligence and Heavy Weather bring the
funk until 4a.m., plus champagne and lors
d'ouevres for $15. 996-8555.
An luxury cruis
a lavish dinnel
Thornetta Davis ar
half a dozen alter
rockabilly. Plus c
favors, the wo
MAINSTREET COMEDY SHOWCASE
Wayne Cotter does a 10:30 show with gifts
and champagne. $29.95."996-9080.
THE PALACEOF AUBURN HII
We hear some outfit called Metallica
place out for some reason. Cost: Wha
can arrange with a scalper, er, tickel
OPENS EXCLUSIVELYI R 'V HENRY FORD MUSEUM
JANUARY 1, 2000 U EENIED ILAG
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