Retail Solutions Briefs: Myst, Cyberian Outpost, Logitech

Retail Solutions Briefs: Myst, Cyberian Outpost, Logitech

Ubi Soft gets Mysty

Software publisher and distributor Ubi Soft announced May 10 as the launch date for the next generation of popular PC game Myst.

As the exclusive distributor of Myst III: Exile for Australia and New Zealand, Ubi Soft will partake in a simultaneous launch with the US for a title which is expected be one of the biggest PC game releases of the year.

Darren Macbeth, general manager for Ubi Soft Australia, said in a press release: "The Myst franchise is one of the biggest in the PC games market, with combined sales of more than 10 million units of Myst and its sequel Riven worldwide." www.myst3.comOutpost cuts jobsBusiness to consumer e-commerce retailer Cyberian Outpost has cut 110 jobs, or 30 per cent of its workforce.

Formerly known also as Cyberian, the US company has also named a new president and CEO, and said it's refocusing its business to concentrate on selling to consumers through its Web site,

The site, which will now focus on selling electronics, computers and other technology products to consumers, had also been a business-to-business reseller of technology products and had offered electronic-business services for other retailers, manufacturers and Web sites. appointed Peck, the company's founder and chairman, as its CEO and president, replacing Katherine Vick.

The management shuffle came a day after said it was having trouble getting the money it needed to continue to operate. The company recently announced its quarterly sales rose 58 per cent to 120.9 million, but it reported a loss of $US10.1 million.

New release for Logitech

Logitech has introduced its cordless MouseMan Optical - a mouse that does away with both rollerball and cables.

The company has teamed with Agilent Technologies to create a proprietary optical chip - a key feature in the development of the new mouse since it lengthens the battery life and accuracy of the device. A power-saving system uses four different power consumption modes to conserve energy and users can check the power remaining.

The receiver uses either a USB or PS/2 interface and is compatible with Windows operating systems and Macintosh 8.6 OS or later.

The MouseMan Optical is available now and will retail for $159.

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