SAN FRANCISCO (03/06/2000) - 3.3-Megapixel Cameras: Canon Inc.'s PowerShot S20, Nikon's Coolpix 990, and the Olympus C-3030 Zoom will be among the first 3.3-megapixel cameras, appearing by May for close to $1000. Previous cameras maxed out at 2.5 megapixels. The new cameras let photographers produce crisper large prints--but also require costly media.

Intel InBusiness Small Office Network: Shipping by the time you read this, Intel Corp.'s one-box, easy-setup server lets up to 25 people share files, peripherals, and dial-up Net access (no DSL support yet). Powered by either a Celeron-366 ($1499) or a Celeron-466 ($1999), the Intel units are the first to run Microsoft's Windows for Express Networks OS.

Free PCs Update

Forget free food and primo parking spaces: The newest trend in employee perks is free computers. Ford Motor Company and Delta Air Lines will soon offer their workers free systems and cheap Internet access. The goal: To make these employees more Net-savvy.

Will other companies follow suit? "They have got to find some way in this economy of motivating and retaining employees," says Jonathan Eunice, an analyst and information technology adviser at Illuminata.

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FOR INVESTORS wrestling with their federal tax return, completing a Schedule D that calculates capital gains and losses is a grim ordeal. To ease your pain, try the GainsTracker service at www.gainskeeper.com: It monitors material changes to U.S. equities and creates a realized capital gain/loss report that you can use to prepare the harrowing Schedule D. As of March, the service will cost $35 a year.

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