Looking for higher-education and technology products and services? Start here.

Looking for higher-education and technology products and services? Start here.

Toshiba's newest projector, the TDP-SC25U, features a monitor output connector that lets users view presentations from an external display, in addition to what is projected on the screen. With this feature, presenters can face their audience directly, rather than turning around to read slides as they appear on the screen. Other features include an 1,800 ANSI lumens, native SVGA 800 x 600 resolution, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and DLP (digital light processing) technology. TDP-SC25U includes a range of multimedia capabilities and connectivity options such as composite, component and S-video inputs and audio in/out capabilities. Weighing 8.6 pounds, including the document camera, users can transport the projector in between classrooms. It is priced at $1,199. For more information, visit www.toshiba.com.

NEC Solutions' new NEC Lamp Protect Program, a first-ever program for IHEs, provides lamp protection for up to three years from the purchase date of the projector. The cost of the program is just $295, less than the replacement cost for one lamp. The program is simple: customers send in their expired lamp, and a new lamp is shipped out the next business day. To qualify, users must purchase the NEC Lamp Protect Program within 90 days from the date of projector purchase. The plan covers up to three years or two replacement lamps, whichever comes first. The replacement program is valid on all of NEC's VT series projectors, including the VT47, VT470, VT570, VT670 and the VT770. The Lamp Protect Program is available through authorized NEC resellers. For more information, visit www.necvisualsystems.com.

The newest version of Lightspeed Systems's Total Traffic Control security software prevents and eliminates known and unknown threats on the network, at the gateway, and on the desktop. Version 5.03 meets internal enterprise standards and external regulatory requirements, including the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Here are Version 5.03's four new spam-blocking features: Identify adult subjects even if subject line is using an alternate character set or Base 64 encoding; automatically add a sender's IP address to the spam content category of the integrated content filter database if the majority of e-mail from that address is spam; conduct a DNS query on known spam URLs and add the corresponding IP addresses to the spam category in the content filter database; and check the IP addresses of unknown URLs to determine whether they are from a spam-categorized IP address. Lightspeed Systems claims Total Traffic Control v5.03 has accurately identified spam more than 99 percent of the time. For more information, visit www.lightspeedsystems.com.

MPC Computers' TransPort T2300 notebook computer, features an integrated biometric fingerprint scanner for added security, which also provides the benefit of replacing all the user's passwords in one scan of the finger. The TransPort T2300 offers the latest in wireless connectivity with Intel PRO Wireless 2915 a/b/g capabilities. This notebook also features a wireless on/off switch, which allows users to easily disable wireless connectivity when necessary and still continue working.

For more information, visit www.mpccorp.com.

Extron Electronics announced Connectivity Configurator, an interactive online tool for designing custom architectural connector solutions for A/V systems. The Configurator makes it easy to select and design the connection plates you need in classrooms, multimedia labs, lecture halls, and conference rooms, etc. The Connectivity Configurator presents an up-to-the-minute list of every Extron Architectural Adapter Plate (AAP) currently available. With this interface, users can sort through dozens of AAPs by signal or connector type, drag-and-drop AAPs into place, change colors on the fly, and print a summary and an image of each individual configuration. All the components of each configuration can then be ordered using a three-step process (requires Extron Dealer website login). The Extron Connectivity Configurator is available now at www.extron.com. The Extron Connectivity Configurator can be launched by clicking on the Configurator icon on an AAP mounting frame, HSA 400, or HSA 402 product page on the Extron website. It is free until the system integrator decides to buy the products in the design. For more information and to try it out, visit www.extron.com/technology/archive.asp?id=aapconfigurator.

Sharp and eCopy, Inc., have partnered to enhance customer workflow. In doing so, Sharp has joined the eCopy Ready Manufacturers Program. This means that Sharp digital copier users now can use eCopy ScanStation OP v3.0 to scan documents to more than 20 enterprise software applications, including Interwoven WorkSite, Biscom FAXCOM, and IBM Lotus Notes. When using eCopy ScanStation OP v3.0, Sharp users transform their digital MFPs (multifunctional peripherals) into an information hub that leverages customers' application software to improve business processes and the security of paper-based information. The eCopy ScanStation OP v3.0 consists of eCopy ShareScan v3.0 software and an ergonomic, integrated touch screen, keyboard, and PC, which is used to operate the software, capture document-specific data, and extend the application's security and permissions to the copier. For more information, visit www.sharp.com.

Apple unveiled Final Cut Studio, a HD video production suite that features Final Cut Pro 5, a major upgrade to the editing software for DV, SD, HD and film. Final Cut Studio also includes tools that complement Final Cut Pro 5 such as Soundtrack Pro, a new audio editing and sound design application; Motion 2, the world's first real-time motion graphics application with GPU accelerated 32-bit float rendering; and DVD Studio Pro 4, the first commercially available DVD authoring software that burns high definition DVDs to the latest HD DVD specification. Final Cut Studio, originally selling for $1,200, is only $499 with the education discount. Soundtrack Pro is now $99 (retail: $299). Final Cut Pro 5 is $299 (retail: $999). Motion 2 is $99 (retail: $299). DVD Studio Pro 4 is $149 (retail: $499). For more information, visit www.apple.com.

Brother introduced IntelliFAX-2820, a laser fax featuring a front-loading, 250-sheet paper tray capacity. It also has an 8MB memory capacity that can store up to 500 pages for out-of-paper reception and memory transmission applications. Other enhancements include faster copying at up to 15 cpm, expanded broadcasting and auto-dial capabilities, and a higher toner cartridge yield. Other features include: a built-in USB interface, a 20-page auto document feed, 14.4K bps fax modem, 220 station auto dialing, broadcasting to up to 270 locations, and auto fax/tel switching for receiving fax and voice calls on a single line. For more information, visit www.brother.com.

SmartCentric has expanded its SmartCity campus card system to support DESFire and iClass RFID technologies. RFID (radio frequency identification) is commonly used in contactless smart card technologies. Initial applications will be for physical and logical access devices, and the company plans to upgrade the remaining applications in the coming months. The move to contactless technology expands the flexibility and choice within the SmartCity system. Existing SmartCity customers may choose to continue using their contact system, or they may migrate their entire system or specific applications, such as physical or logical access, to contactless over time. For more information, visit www.smartcentric.com.

Handmark, developer and publisher of content for smart mobile devices, announced its support for Windows Mobile 5.0, the newest version of Microsoft's software platform for mobile devices. Among the many Handmark products developed to run on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 is Pocket Express, a popular integrated information service for wireless devices. Pocket Express users can easily access news, stocks, weather, sports, 411 directory search, movie details, maps and directions, using non-browser technology that delivers information up to 30 times faster than other systems. For more information, visit www.handmark.com.

Epson's newest photo printer, the Stylus Photo R2400, is ideally suited for photographers. This 13-inch printer replaces the Stylus Photo 2200, and offers improved ink technology with its UltraChrome K3 inks. The Stylus Photo R2400 features higher density pigments and a unique three-level black ink system--black, light black and "light-light black"--for superior color and black-and-white photo quality. The Stylus Photo R2400 retails for $849. For more information, visit www.epson.com.

The New York-based Institute of International Education has launched Project Atlas, a new online resource to track enrollment data on the millions of international students pursuing higher education outside their home countries in leading host countries. IIE's "Open Doors" report on international enrollments in the U.S., and other recent surveys of foreign student applications, have documented declining numbers coming to the U.S. from abroad, while the numbers of students heading to other host countries are dramatically expanding. With support from the Ford Foundation, IIE's new web-based resource provides the latest data from leading host countries, supplemented by other key data on economic and social development. For more information, visit www.atlas.iienetwork.org.

TargetX has created the first "podcast" for admissions officers. Podcasts are programs distributed in MP3 format and playable on most personal music players. The informal On the Road podcasts cover topics of interest to college marketers, such as the need to shorten most e-mail newsletters, the similarities between choosing a college and buying a car, and the role of the communications plan in student recruiting. For more information, visit www.targetx.com/knowledge/podcast.html.


Advertisement