IT Trends :: Thursday, May 31, 2007

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Augmenting Reality: Measuring It First
By Terry Calhoun

When advanced technologies for handheld devices start to take off in the United States, the primary location of their first, most intensive use is going to be on or near college campuses. It's not just me. Google thinks so and in fact might be causing that to happen....

IT News

Sakai Launches SCLE 2.4
The Sakai Foundation recently released version 2.4 of its Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (SCLE), an update six months in the making. SCLE is an open-source course management system targeted toward schools, colleges, and universities....
Case Study: U of Tennessee MBAs See the Light with Data Visualization Software
Students in Professor Mary Holcomb's MBA courses at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville are spending less time figuring out how to manipulate data and more time learning how to make good decisions from that data....
German University and SpeechCycle Team Up for Speech Recognition
Ulm University in Germany and SpeechCycle have partnered to develop complex speech applications for telephony-based voice recognition technology. The research will focus on human to computer communication, according to SpeechCycle....
CTI Awarded $68K in HP Gran
The Hiram G. Andrews Center's Commonwealth Technical Institute (CTI), in Johnstown, PA, has been awarded $68,000 from the Hewlett Packard Technology for Teaching grant program that includes a teacher's stipend of $19,000 and $48,000 worth of equipment from Hewlett Packard....
Review: Adobe Creative Suite 3 Design Premium
Some of the most common applications IT professionals have to administer (besides the usual, ubiquitous office and productivity tools) are to be found in the Adobe's design software portfolio--Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, and InDesign, among others. And, no doubt, those of you who have not yet upgraded to Creative Suite 3 are feeling the pressure to do so. And, beyond that, you're probably also feeling the pressure to upgrade to the Premium Editions of the design suite. Is it worth it?...
Academics Joining Ranks Declaring 'E-Mail Bankruptcy'
More university professors are joining the ranks of those who have given up or severely curtailed their use of e-mail as a medium for personal--and most of all--private correspondence. They have had enough with electronic spam, come-ons, nonsense and smut-vertisements....
Google Bans Ads from Essay-Writing Services
Google said it would ban advertisements for essay-writing services in an effort to help cut down on campus plagiarism. As part of the ban, Google will not accept ads from companies that sell essays, theses, and dissertations....

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