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PICOS TAKING OFF. According to market research firm Pacific Media Associates, projector manufacturers are predicting explosive growth in the worldwide market for pico projectors, from over 2.5 million units in 2010 to over 17 million units in 2012. The tiny, batterypowered devices are expected to have mostly VGA (640 x 480) or lower resolution, with pixel counts shifting upward by 2012.

IMPLEMENTING UC. Fifty-three percent of higher ed institutions, government agencies, and other organizations surveyed by CDW-G are either actively implementing or planning to implement unified communications (UC) solutions. And 70 percent of organizations currently in the UC planning and implementation phases expect to complete their adoption within two years, despite the weak economy. Respondents numbered 766 IT professionals in business, government, higher ed, and healthcare. Read more here.

ACADEMIC SOCIAL BOOKMARKING. Murray Goldberg, founder of WebCT (now Blackboard), has announced the beta launch of, an academic social bookmarking community for higher ed students and faculty. In addition to bookmarking and tagging websites, Brainify allows users to create groups of common academic interest, pose academic questions to the commuity, and closely follow the collections, comments, and questions of other community members. Brainify also records each user's "reputation," a value based on the community's reaction to the contributions of that user.

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INCREASED BANDWIDTH and security needs led to a network upgrade at College of the Canyons (CA).

CAMPUSWIDE CONNECTIVITY. College of the Canyons (CA) has selected Enterasys Networks to provide secure connectivity for 3,000-plus wired and wireless devices serving more than 24,000 students, faculty, and staff, across multiple campus buildings. The fast-growing community college is implementing 10GbE network connectivity throughout all campus locations, to support increased bandwidth and security needs, wireless access, and voice and video traffic.

NAME CHANGE. Document camera vendor Samsung Opto-Electronics will now operate as Samsung Techwin America. The name change better defines the division's alignment with Samsung Techwin, its parent company in South Korea, says a company spokesperson.

SECURITY & COMMERCE MANAGEMENT. Blackboard has announced that a growing number of colleges and universities have recently deployed its Transact campus commerce and security management platform, including Endicott College (MA), Fort Lewis College (CO), and Point Loma Nazarene University (CA). Among the functions encompassed in the Transact platform are campus ID card technology, on- and off-campus payment solutions, facility access control, mass notification, and other security solutions. Read more here.


Ron LangNEW SUNGARD HE CEO. Ron Lang has been named CEO of SunGard Higher Education. Lang joined SunGard in 1998, and most recently served as CEO of the company's Enterprise Solutions Group. He succeeds Michael Muratore, interim CEO of SunGard HE since last September, who has announced his retirement.

Brian MadocksTO REGENT BOARD. Regent Education, a provider of financial aid management software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for higher ed institutions, has appointed Brian Madocks to its board of directors. Madocks most recently was CEO of SunGard HE.

HP VET TO PROSTOR. ProStor Systems, a supplier of removable disk storage solutions for backup and archiving, has appointed Frank Harbist as president and CEO. Harbist joins ProStor after a 21-year career at HP, where he most recently served as VP of strategy and operations for business critical systems.

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