IT Trends :: Thursday, April 13, 2006


New Technology

PayPal to Allow Text Message Payments

No, not payments for the outrageous fees your service might be charging you, but payments to purchase things like DVDs and other items online through a code text-messaged to PayPal. The move marks a big step in bridging the worlds of electronic commerce and brick-and-mortar stores by giving consumers a pay option via telephone. We suppose people might pay their phone bills this way, too…(InformationWeek)

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Now Starring on the Internet: YouTube.com

How can something so outrageous, and that violates copyright so frequently, be considered by big-money movie studies to be a "good corporate citizen?" If you thought MySpace was startling, YouTube will really get you! It’s a file-sharing service that makes it easy for people to share homemade videos on the Web. The buzz is growing and the service has become an outlet for sharing everything from amateur videos made by teenagers to slick productions posted by the likes of Nike, MC Hammer, and the director of the upcoming movie, Superman Returns…(USATODAY.com)

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Macalester's Own Version of iTunes?

Macalester College considered signing up for iTunes U. However, some say a small liberal arts school is not the right place for such a technological teaching tool. Apple Corporation has offered Macalester the chance to pilot its new file-sharing program. The program is designed for file-sharing between faculty and students. While specifics aren’t yet released, the program consists of a professor-student file-sharing database. Professors and students can upload content onto the Apple-hosted database through which users can browse and search. Apple intends to make both audio and video files available on iTunes U…(The Mac Weekly)

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Headphones Go USB

Hamilton Electronics’ USB-compliant line of headphones eliminates the need for a sound card or any additional software. The headphones are equipped with preloaded software offering digital sound quality and plug-and-play convenience. Accessories like microphones and USB headphone adapters allow the user to convert the headphones into a USB-ready model…

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