News 05-08-2001

Janet Murray to Address Syllabus2001

Janet Murray, author of Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narrative in Cyberspace, will present the opening keynote address at the Syllabus2001 conference, July 22, in the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif. The address, titled, "The Ivy-Covered Holodeck: Narrative, Learning, and the Digital Revolution," will consider the profound effect on academic life of the computer as a medium of presentation. Murray, hailed as a "visionary cultural and digital thinker," argues that the computer is reshaping our fundamental knowledge structures and calling forth new interdisciplinary studies while allowing sound to begin to supercede the print library as the focus of research. According to Murray, one unexpected but powerful thread through these developments is the importance of storytelling, one of the oldest forms of understanding and transmitting knowledge. Her talk will trace that thread, and offer examples of the kinds of changes that widespread access to broadband digital environments might bring us.

Director of the graduate program in Information Design and Technology at Georgia Tech, Murray is also a professor in the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture. She lectures and consults widely on several areas of academic and cultural expertise, including the future of television, interactive narrative, and curriculum development for interactive design.

For complete conference information and an online registration form, go to http://www.syllabus.com.

Sixteen Suppliers to Work on Common Design Interface

A group of sixteen companies recently announced a new initiative for next generation 10 Gigabit Pluggable (XGP) fiber-optic transceivers that will offer their customers maximum configuration flexibility, resulting in quicker time to market. These XGP member companies include: Blaze Network Products, E2O Communications, Finisar Corporation, Ignis Optics, Infineon Technologies, Intel, Molex Incorporated, Optical Communication Products, Inc. (OCP), Picolight, Samsung, Sigma-Links (a joint venture of Fujikura and OKI) and Tyco Electronics. Members of the XGP group will independently develop 10-gigabit transceivers based on this Multiple Source Agreement (MSA). The XGP group will leverage off much of the work that was done by last year's Small Form factor Pluggable (SFP) MSA to provide a quick market-ready design. For information on specific product development, pricing and availability, contact the individual companies mentioned above.

WebEx Launches Web-Based Seminar Service

WebEx Communications, Inc. a provider of infrastructure for real-time business communications, recently announced the availability of OnStage 2.0, the latest version of the company's large-scale Web seminar service. WebEx now offers OnStage as a customer branded service that enables customers to manage and produce large Web seminars internally. Because WebEx OnStage is built on the WebEx interactive platform, it works across multiple platforms and offers full presenter capabilities for users with Windows, Macintosh, and Solaris operating systems. WebEx OnStage is a communications service, eliminating the expense of hardware investment, installation and maintenance. WebEx's unique global communications network means that WebEx OnStage can deliver presentations quickly, securely and reliably worldwide.

Brockovich to Speak at Jones International Cyber Graduation

Erin Brockovich, subject of the critically acclaimed, Academy Award-winning film Erin Brockovich,will deliver the commencement address at Jones International University's (JIU*) Cyber Graduation on May 22, 2001, at 11 a.m. EDT. Brockovich will speak to graduates of JIU, the first fully online accredited university, about the importance of life-long learning. The commencement exercises will begin with a Webcast of the degree conferment ceremony, followed by an online chat session that will enable faculty, students, and guests to share in the celebration of JIU's class of 2001. On May 22, 2001, the ceremony can be viewed by logging onto http://www.jonesinternational.edu. After May 22, 2001, the graduation ceremony will be archived on the JIU site.

Technical Alliance to Develop Online Microscope

Front Porch Digital, Inc., a leader in the conversion, preservation and management of information assets, recently announced an alliance with Rutgers and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School researchers to develop the technology needed to create a "virtual" microscope that can broadcast real-time images over the Internet. Although images currently can be transmitted over the Internet, they cannot be transmitted in streaming video formats with the high resolution necessary for medical applications. Front Porch Digital will contribute technology designed to capture, compress, encode and transcode the digitized images at the highest possible resolution. Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Front Porch Digital each will retain the rights to their respective technologies.

For more information, visit http://www-caip.rutgers.edu, http://pleiad.umdnj.edu/~djf/cbi/, or http://www.fpdigital.com.

SRC Awards $9.6 Million in University Research Contracts

The Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC), the chip industry's long-term research consortium, awarded more than $9.6 million in university research contracts during the first quarter of 2001. A total of 50 research projects at 29 universities received new or additional funding in the first quarter. SRC, based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., with an office in San Jose, Calif., is the largest continuous industry-driven university research program in the U.S. Currently, the SRC sponsors research conducted at 67 universities in the U.S. and Canada. Since 1982, SRC has funded more than $452 million in long-term semiconductor research contracts on behalf of its member companies.

For more information, visit http://www.src.org.

Professor Teaches Product Offers Interactive Training

Individual Software Inc., a developer and publisher of personal productivity and educational software, recently released Professor Teaches Office XP Plus. Professor Teaches Office XP Plus offers complete interactive instruction on Office XP products covering more than 500 topics. Office XP users at all levels can increase their productivity by using this training tool to learn the newest versions of the leading Microsoft applications. The product includes nine CDs that cover leading Office XP applications plus all current versions of Windows, with more comprehensive, in-depth teaching content. Each module's main menu is a gateway to new skills; lessons allow practice on what was learned in a simulation of the Office XP environment; a quiz at the end of each chapter reinforces learning; and narration, graphics, and instructions are included.

For more information, visit http://www.individualsoftware.com.

Product Site Re-Launched

ICONOCAST, a resource for Internet marketing and resources, recently announced the re-launch of Prosumer.tv (http://www.prosumer.tv), a free, bi-weekly e-zine for professional consumers interested in well-designed products. The site now includes a "Buy-Consider-Stop" table covering popular technologies and product categories. Regular features include "Five Tools Prosumers Can't Live Without" and "Top 5 ToolsProsumers Can't Wait For." Prosumer.tv is aimed at the rapidly emerging field of digital convergence.

Xilinx Joins Bluetooth Special Interest Group

Xilinx, Inc. announced its membership as an early adopter of the Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The Bluetooth SIG is working to define and promote an open, royalty-free specification for seamless wireless connectivity and cable replacement for a wide variety of mobility-enhancing devices. Future revisions to the Bluetooth specification are in development and are intended to extend current data rates approximately 720 Kbps to support applications requiring higher bandwidths.

For more information, visit http://www.xilinx.com.

Canon Unveils Hybrid Document Scanner

Canon U.S.A., Inc., a provider of digital imaging solutions, recently unveiled the DR-5060F, a high-speed, high-volume document scanner that combines Canon's digital scanning and analog microfilming technologies for a solution to the problem of long-term record keeping. The DR-5060F is capable of simultaneously backing up images with obsolescence-proof microfilm.

For more information, visit http://www.canonusa.com.

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