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Fujitsu’s LifeBook T5010 convertible tablet PC can switch over to a standard notebook with a full-size keyboard. The 13.3-inch WXGA LCD display screen is capable of supporting two-finger touch for actions such as panning, rotating, and zooming, and it has LED backlighting with wide viewing angles. Users can switch between applying a pen or touch for carrying out different tasks. Security features include a SmartCard slot and hard drive password protection. The tablet PC is offered with the option of Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Vista Business or Windows XP. Certain models have broadband capabilities. Pricing starts at $1,759 with an active digitizer and $1,859 for a dual digitizer option. The tablet PC also can be customized. Visit www.fujitsu.com/us.

The Enrollment Management Technology Connect CRM from Hobsons enables admissions professionals to access a constituent relationship management system from a smartphone while on the road. They can search for, add, edit, and view data and pull reports in real time. The software allows for uploading data just after meeting a new student contact, which means the student can be on a mailing list before the administrator gets back to campus. With access to up-to-date student data, supervisors can see how staff is performing against recruitment goals. With pricing based on functionality, the software can start at $10,000. Learn more at www.hobsons.com.

Two new document scanners from Canon USA are Macintosh compatible. The imageFORMULA DR-2510M ($795) and DR-2010M ($555) desktop scanners allow for one-touch scanning directly to e-mail, printers, and shared network folders, as well as for transferring images to an iPhone. A slant paper path enables thick documents, multisheet forms, and embossed plastic cards to be scanned easier. Both models meet Energy Star guidelines and have advanced features for producing sharp images, as well as a TWAIN driver for linking applications and scanners together. The DR-2510M scanner can go up to 25 pages and 50 images per minute, while the DR-2010M scanner can reach up to 20 pages and 40 images per minute. Learn more at www.usa.canon.com.

HP SkyRoom, the videoconferencing software from Hewlett-Packard, enables up to four participants to conduct face-to-face meetings for real-time collaboration. They can share documents, stream video to constituents, and view the presenter’s desktop as well as each other through a multiway session. For the presenter, the software monitors and updates changes in the screen’s appearance to help reduce bandwidth requirements and lessen network traffic. The solution is free on certain HP desktop workstations and can be added to the vendor’s upcoming business desktops and notebooks for $149. Those using non-HP systems can also purchase it for that same amount. An accessory kit featuring a webcam and headphones is $119. Visit www.hp.com/go/hpskyroom.

The AutoDome Easy II indoor, pan-tilt-zoom camera from Bosch Security Systems may be compact in size, but it was designed to provide as much coverage to a large area as four fixed minidomes could. It offers 360-degree continuous rotation and has a 120x (10x optical/12x digital) zoom autofocus camera to increase monitoring range. The camera can provide sharp images even in low-light conditions and allows for 12 privacy masks that can change in size to cover up objects not to be seen. A blurred option is also available. The camera has features for easy installation and to prevent damage and theft. It costs $1,440. Visit www.boschsecurity.us.

Panopto’s CourseCast 2.2 has a number of new features for better taping and posting of lecture content. Users can create recordings on Macintosh computers. The solution can integrate with the Blackboard Learn and Moodle platforms to publish recordings to either content management system. Users can choose to begin recordings manually or schedule them in advance and also can download MP4 podcasts. Plus, files can be downloaded and watched offline at the user’s convenience. For academic institutions, the core software is free through the Socrates Project, but they are required to purchase a service contract to gain access to premium features and releases. Learn more at www.panopto.com.

The XD600U DLP projector by Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America is ready for 3D. The projector includes Texas Instruments’ DLP DDP2230 chipset and is touted as the vendor’s first projector with DLP link, making it capable of displaying content in three dimensions. Users can watch the display with shutter 3D glasses. Weighing less than eight pounds, the projector has a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, a closed-captioning decoder, various audio inputs, a glass lens with 1.5x zoom, and a five-segment color wheel. It provides 4,500 lumens, and its life lamp can reach up to 5,000 hours in low power-consumption mode. A visual PA feature enables real-time messages to be remotely created and distributed to other LAN-connected projectors. The XD600U costs $1,895. Check it out at www.mitsubishi-presentations.com.

AegisUSA has unveiled its appliance-based Identity Management Point Solutions, which enables institutions to increase security and automate processes by which constituents use logins and passwords to access certain systems. The four turnkey point solutions (Password Management, Single Sign On, Federated Identity InCommon, and Google Apps Provisioning) offer hardware, identity management software, and configuration services in a single package. For example, the Password Management Appliance provides prebuilt options for users to reset their passwords, while the Single Sign On Appliance allows administrators to centralize security and authentication policies for web applications across their institution. Institutions can purchase a single appliance or the entire suite. Pricing starts at $50,000. Visit www.aegisusa.com.


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