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University Business, Jan 2006

Toshiba's new Satellite R15-S829 is a notebook PC that easily converts to a tablet PC with digital pen-based input and control. With a 14.1-inch display, the Satellite R15 features a writing area similar to a standard sheet of paper when in tablet mode. It also includes a DVD SuperMulti Double Layer drive capable of reading and writing in 10 different formats, with the ability to nearly double a DVD's recordable storage capacity. Loaded with Microsoft's Office OneNote software, the Satellite R15 can capture, organize, and share virtually any kind of information, from typed or handwritten messages to audio recordings captured on the notebook's built-in microphones. The Satellite R15 starts at $1,599. Find out more at

Gateway has added Intel's recently introduced dual-core Xeon chips to the E-9415R rack server and the E-9510T (pictured) for greater performance and processing speed.

The E-9415R server is designed for heavy data use as in web servers and databases, and can easily be scaled to handle ERP and CRM applications. The E-9415R series starts at $2,299.99. The E-9510T Series tower server is ideal for enterprise transaction processing, CRM, database/data mining applications, and computational intensive engineering/research applications. The dual-core Xeon chips result in processor speeds ranging from 2.8GHz to 3.6GHz are possible, depending on configuration. Pricing starts at $1,199. More information is available from

What's better than free? As a public service, clearTXT has created a new version of its text messaging system that delivers time-sensitive notifications, emergency alerts, and other important information directly to the mobile phones of teachers and students. The system is available to colleges and universities at no charge. The new version, called alphaTXT, allows schools to contact every member of the campus community in seconds whether they're on campus, riding in a car, or lounging in their dorm rooms. The system was designed to seamlessly integrate with the Blackboard Learning System. Learn how to sign up at

Sharp's new XG-MB50X DLP projector is ideal for classrooms, boardrooms, or meeting rooms. It is an affordable, full-featured XGA resolution projector, featuring Texas Instruments' DDR DLP technology for enhanced picture quality, and a condenser lens optical system for brighter, more accurate color reproduction. The projector has built-in RS-232C connectivity for remote monitoring and operation so that support departments can check projector lamp life or assist a user from anywhere. The new XG-MB50X lists for $1,599 and has native 1024x768 XGA resolution and high brightness (2000 ANSI lumens) to project a crystal-clear picture in any work environment, regardless of lighting conditions. For more info, go to

Macromedia's new Flex 2 series of developer tools enable developers everywhere to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) on the widely used Flash platform. It's built around four technologies: Flex Framework 2, Flex Charting Components 2, Flex Builder 2, and Flex Enterprise Services 2. Flex Framework 2, as the name suggests, is essentially a frame for building applications. Course designers or others can use prebuilt components or build them specifically for the application. Flex Charting Components 2 allows developers to add data visualization components to any application, while Flex Builder 2 is a coding and debugging environment. Flex Enterprise 2 provides essential data services, automated testing support, and an open adapter architecture to integrate data-intensive RIAs with existing server infrastructures. The product will be available in the first quarter of 2006. Learn more at

Epson has two new lightweight portable multimedia projectors that, with room-filling audio, are optimized for classrooms and boardrooms. The PowerLite 82c (pictured) and PowerLite 62c both feature up to 2,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, broad connectivity options, and quick, four-second start-up. The PowerLite 82c features XGA (1,024x768) native resolution and is priced at $1,299, while the PowerLite 62c offers SVGA (800x600) native resolution for $1,199. For more information, go to

ABBYY Software's next-generation optical character recognition (OCR) and document conversion software is more intelligent than previous versions. FineReader 8.0 converts document images and PDF files to editable and searchable electronic files. FineReader handles a variety of document types, including tables and spreadsheets, magazine articles, contracts, and faxes. Enhancements in version 8.0 give FineReader new intelligence and a significant increase in overall recognition accuracy. For instances when a scanner is not available, the software can even recognize text on digital photographs (this is difficult for OCR software because picture quality, focus, and orientation effect recognition). FineReader 8.0 lists for $399.99. Learn more at

Avio's new iV-200E document camera and scanner is "camera only" without a built-in projector. That makes it ideal for use in rooms with ceiling-mounted projectors. The camera features a resolution of 2 million pixels, so it can easily handle documents with small type sizes. Images shown with the iV-200E can be saved to any USB-capable computer, and edited using the simple annotation software tools (iP Viewer Software) that download to the computer when the USB cable is connected. Education pricing is available. Go to

CallXpress 7.71 from AVST provides administrators and faculty with anytime, anywhere access to messages from a desktop, laptop, PDA, wired telephone, or cell phone. CallXpress also offers sophisticated Interactive Voice Response (IVR) technologies to bring customer service to new levels, by enabling a database to read or fax information on demand. Individual institutions can use this feature to offer customized solutions such as Homework Hotline, Career Connection, eXpress Registration, and Appointment Scheduling and Calendaring. Pricing depends on installation size. Learn more at

Questionmark's Perception assessment management system offers new features in its latest release that save time and effort. A new "question search" capability dramatically reduces the time it takes educators to search for questions stored in large item banks. The function makes it possible for users to enter a simple search word or phrase to quickly locate the questions they are looking for. Other enhancements to Perception include more options for creating and deploying multiple response and essay questions, and enhanced interoperability with Learning Management Systems using SCORM or AICC standards. A 30-day free trial is available from

Tegrity, whose Campus product enables institutions to automatically capture every class on campus and deliver it online, has joined the podcasting revolution. Tegrity's Campus Podcasting software will automatically create audio and video podcasts of instructor content in MP3 audio format. Students will be able to expand classroom and study time with audio replays of class on iPods or other MP3 players, or video replays on Apple's recently introduced video iPod. Campus Podcasting will be available in the spring in limited release, with general availability by summer. Pricing has not yet been determined. For more information, visit

The new DG800 from Promax is a lightweight but powerful visual presenter. It includes a built-in projector control system and central control hub that allows users to control the projector, video output, and two computer signals with the touch of a button. The DG800 features a 220X zoom (powerful enough for microscope slides) and a backlight to show old transparencies or even negatives in full color. A motorized camera head allows image scrolling with the touch of a button, and the Dynamic/Static mode enables fast switching between the analog image mode and digitized image mode. The DG800 lists for $1,895. For more information, go to

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