IT Trends :: Thursday, May 3, 2007

Opinion

Voices from the Sky: The Technology Is the Easy Part
By Terry Calhoun

So, you go out and purchase a communications system that will alert tens of thousands of people simultaneously in a crisis situation using ... text messages ... e-mail ... loudspeaker systems ... whatever. Finding a technology that will do the job, even purchasing and installing the software and hardware is the easy part. Some institutions are finding that they may already have a fairly practical solution in place, one that they did not know they owned....

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Full Sail Dishes Out Macs to Creative Students
Creative arts college Full Sail Real World Education in Orlando, FL will be handing out Apple MacBook Pro systems to students across six disciplines. The notebooks will be pre-loaded with Apple's pro-level creative software, including the Final Cut Studio and Logic Pro....
U Illinois Partners with Nvidia for Parallel Computing
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is partnering with graphics processor developer Nvidia to offer a course in parallel computing--a course that will be taught by both the chair of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the chief scientist at Nvidia, David Kirk....
Angel LMS Integrates with Tegrity
Angel Learning this week rolled out enhancements to its Angel LMS (learning management system), bringing integration with Tegrity Campus 2.0, a widely used student achievement system....
University of California Picks LMS for System-Wide Staff Training
The University of California signed a contract to purchase a learning management system to host the delivery of compliance training materials and services throughout the UC systems. The university purchased the LMS from SumTotal Systems Inc., along with software for creating training content called TotalLCMS. The system will track and deliver compliance training for the system's 170,000 faculty and staff across 10 campuses....
Joint Venture To Link 6 Universities Via HD Video
Three firms involved in high-definition video networks have christened a project to link six universities with HD video channels to support interactive collaboration and research. The three companies are LifeSize, which makes HD equipment; kynamatrix Research Network, a non-profit focused on science education; and GBH Communications, which does Internet-based teleconferencing....
University of Pennsylvania Launches Communications Suite
The University of Pennsylvania is launching a service for its students called "Penn Live." The aim of the program is to provide communications tools for students, such as e-mail, blogging, and photo sharing....
NYU Prof Awarded for Noise Algorithm
At a ceremony held this week at New York University, Ken Perlin, an NYU professor in the Media Research Laboratory in the department of Computer Science, was awarded $10,000 by visual arts software developer Trapcode for an algorithm he developed called Perlin Noise....

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