2006 PC World Innovations Awards Winners Unveiled; Twenty-Five Products and Services Set the Standard for Ingenuity, Creativity, and Vision

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JANUARY 4, 2006 – Today, PC World, the most widely-read computer or business magazine, announced the winners of the 2006 PC World Innovations Awards. The online-only article showcases groundbreaking products that transcend the boundaries of computers and consumer electronics as well as push the limits of technology. These devices help define industry standards and raise the threshold for what is considered inspired and unique. PC World's February 2006 issue features the winners list in its monthly "Up Front" column, authored by VP/Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken; the issue hits newsstands on January 17, 2006.

"The PC World Innovations Awards are exceptional because they honor the technology that powers our lives – products that effectively combine originality and performance," said McCracken. "These benchmark, breakthrough items are all standouts among the competition."

This is the third year the editors of PC World have rewarded products that have boldly explored the world of digital entertainment, consumer electronics, and wireless communications. Looking beyond just trendsetting devices, they also considered progressive design and function before narrowing the field to the 25 winners that distinguished themselves from the pack. The awards will be presented at the ShowStoppers Media Reception, an invitation-only event, on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during CES. The complete list of winners follows:


Company Product

Airgo Networks Airgo True MIMO Gen3

Apple iPod nano

Avvenu Avvenu

Creative Technology Creative Zen Vision

Fujitsu Fujitsu LifeBook P1510D

Google Google Earth

JVC JVC Everio GZ-MG70


Kodak Kodak EasyShare V570

Maxtor Maxtor Shared Storage Plus

Microsoft Xbox 360

Mitsubishi Mitsubishi HC3000U


Nintendo Nintendogs for Nintendo DS

Nokia Nokia N91

Panasonic Panasonic Oxyride

Sling Media Slingbox

Sonos Sonos Digital Music System

Sony Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1

Sony Sony DVDirect VRD-MC1

Sony Sony Handycam HDR-HC1

TiVo TivoToGo

Toshiba Toshiba RD-XS54

Yamaha Yamaha RX-V4600

Yamaha Yamaha YSP-1000

About PC World:

PC World Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of IDG, is the publisher of PC World, PCWorld.com ( http://www.pcworld.com/ ), and home of the PC World Test Center. The winner of the 2005 Maggie Award for Best Computer Magazine/Consumer, PC World is the most widely-read computer or business magazine with a readership of over 5.2 million (MRI, Fall 2005). With an average of over 6.9 million unique visitors per month (HitBox, October – December 2005), PCWorld.com, winner of the 2005 Neal Award for Best Web Site, is a leading online resource for technology product buyers and users.

About IDG:

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/ .

PC World Web site: http://www.pcworld.com/

NOTE: All product and company names are trademarks of their respective companies.