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  • iPad Drives Tablet Growth While Android Tablets Slump

    Worldwide shipments of tablets increased significantly in the first quarter of 2012, driven by strong sales of Apple's iPad. But owing to a slump in Android tablet sales, overall growth was weaker than expected. Meanwhile, on the smart phone front, Apple dropped to second place as Samsung more than tripled its unit shipments in the quarter to land in the top slot.

  • MSEIP Grants Fuel STEM Programs at Predominantly Minority Colleges

    The United States Department of Education has awarded grants to "predominantly minority" colleges and universities looking to effect "long-range improvement in science and engineering education."

  • Researchers Add Sound-Based Gesture Recognition to Commodity Computer

    A small team of Microsoft and University of Washington researchers are developing a technology that will allow ordinary computers--and eventually mobile devices--to detect gestures and motions in order to control them. SoundWave, as it's called, uses the speaker and microphone already built into most computers to sense in-air actions, such as a wave of the hand to specify an action like, "scroll the screen up" or "scroll it down."

  • Texas A&M, Tulane First To Use New 'Voice in the Cloud' Managed Services

    Texas A&M and Tulane University will be among the first universities to adopt the "Voice in the Cloud" managed service being offered by the educational communications networking consortium Internet2 in collaboration with telecommunications vendors Aastra and Level 3 Communications.

  • University of Maine Rolling Out Ultra-High-Speed Gigabit Community Network

    The University of Maine and its surrounding communities will soon have access to an ultra-high-speed gigabit Internet network. The project, called Gigabit Main Street, is being built by GWI and will provide business and residential customers in the Old Town and Orono communities with 125 times faster download speeds and 1,000 times faster upload speeds than current offerings.


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