IT Trends :: Thursday, July 20, 2006


New Technology

WFU Signs Cingular for Wireless Program

This fall, Wake Forest University will give up to 500 Cingular 8125 Pocket PCs to faculty and students. Users will be able to download class schedules, find library books, and participate in that cool new thing everyone's talking about: the ability to remotely find out when their laundry is done drying!… (The Business Journal)

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Computer Trouble? Just Call Teen Tech Team

The Teen Tech Team, which learns how to build and fix computers, is supported by the University of Illinois' East St. Louis Action Research Project and their Graduate School of Library and Information science. The city of Champaign, Parkland College, and Carle Clinic have donated computers set up by University of Illinois students… (The News-Gazette.com)

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Some Colleges Are Abandoning Phone Lines and Deploying New Technologies

The University of Miami's student body president is advocating a plan to increase effective communication in emergencies: a special text messaging system that will allow the school to directly contact students on their cell phones. Take a look at similar initiatives at other schools, including the new Florida International University dormitory built without landlines and the University of Cincinnati's free cell phones for incoming freshman… (MiamiHerald.com)

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Report: The Next Step in Brain Evolution

This thought-provoking piece is about "digital natives," those who grew up amidst 21st-century technologies, and "digital immigrants," those who have to adjust to new technologies. The writer attempts to identify technological innovations' affect on human behavior, and possibly evolution. He even discusses the Flynn Effect and the implications of rising IQ scores… (The Sunday Times)

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