Apple's iPad performs as a multi-purpose device for conducting tasks such as web surfing, watching videos, checking e-mail, and reading e-books horizontally or vertically. The iPad has a 9.7-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen with multitouch display for operating through finger tapping and dragging on the glass. Built-in 802.11n can locate available Wi-Fi networks, while Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR can connect the iPad to accessory devices such as wireless headphones or a wireless keyboard. Although iPad doesn't support Adobe Flash content, it offers an on-screen keyboard and a high-performance processor for quicker web browsing as compared to a common laptop. A dock connector port connects the device to accessories and charges it. The device's battery power can last roughly 10 hours, nine if running on a 3G data network. It weighs about 1.5 pounds. Pricing starts at $499. Visit www.apple.com.
The web platform, www.MYCOLLEGEi.com, provides prospective student applicants with the ability to create and upload an online video profile for conducting the college interview process. Admissions officers can send questions relating specifically to their institution to prospective students to be answered in their video profiles. The applicants then upload their custom-made video profile to the website. Through the site, officials can review profiles. All profiles are password protected. Students, even those outside of the United States, can submit videos for free. For institutions, the cost for using the site starts at $3,500 annually. Learn more at www.mycollegei.com.
Bento for iPad from FileMaker is a new version of the database software made specifically for the new Apple device. In the landscape setting, a split screen can display listings of complete records and a single record's details simultaneously. Or, rotate the iPad to portrait to view one record at a time. Users can touch the iPad screen to edit information in choice, date, and ratings fields, as well as checkboxes. A quick tap allows for watching videos, viewing photos, and sending e-mails. One can even browse weblinks in Safari while staying in Bento. The software includes 25 predesigned templates to help organize information and some background themes. Bento for iPad is available for $4.99 at iTunes' App Store. Visit www.filemaker.com.
Canon U.S.A. has six new LCD multimedia projectors: two WXGA resolution (1280 x 800) widescreen models and four XGA resolution (1024 x 768) models. They all share features for reducing power consumption and providing high brightness in areas with ambient light. Operating at a lower wattage, the lamp lighting system extends the lamp life up to 4,000 hours in normal mode and 5,000 hours in quiet mode. An Auto Energy Saver feature automatically switches the projector to quiet mode when no input signal is received for one minute. Each projector includes an RS-232 port and a built-in RJ-45 network port for remote monitoring as well as multiple inputs. The Canon LV-8310 and LV-8215 are priced at $1,199 and $1,099. Additionally, the LV-7385, LV-7380, LV-7285 and LV-7280 are $1,699, $999, $899, and $799, respectively. Visit www.usa.canon.com/projectors.
The HP Z200 Small Form Factor Workstation by Hewlett-Packard has a compact design so it can be placed in locations where space is constrained. The workstation comes with HP SkyRoom software, providing a high-definition videoconference solution for real-time collaboration between students and/or educators. It is also made to be energy efficient. The Energy-Star qualified hardware has USB ports conveniently placed on the system's front panel for easier accessibility and a FireWire 1394a card option. The HP Z200 SFF offers both quad-core and dual-core processor options and a choice of features such as storage, graphics, and high-speed memory. It starts at $739. Visit www.hp.com.
MacroView Labs has created a development platform for designing custom interactive smartphone apps that can be used to foster various opportunities for branding and promoting an institution. Ideas for apps include GPS tools for audio/visual campus tours, campus safety alerts, or campus phone/e-mail directories. Or, officials may consider establishing apps for other administrative purposes such as fundraising or alumni affairs. A monthly service fee covers everything from development to licensing to technical support. Depending on certain factors such as services and features, pricing for the platform can range from $600 per month to $3,500 per month. Visit www.MacroViewLabs.com.
Halogen Software has developed Halogen eAppraisal Education, a talent management suite to aid human resources staff in evaluating employee performance and growth to better manage workforce talent. The software can automate and simplify evaluation reviews, eliminating excess paperwork. Users can identify skill gaps, assign targeted development plans, and measure how effective these efforts are based on increased staff performance. Pricing is by subscription licensing per year, starting at $6,546.60 for 150-review licenses. Halogen Software hosts the solution for the client. The number of licenses purchased will correspond to the number of employees appraised annually. Learn more at www.halogensoftware.com.
The Port?g? M780 Tablet PC from Toshiba deploys multi-touch capabilities to help simplify everyday computing tasks such as finding and organizing information. With just a finger, users can scroll through webpages and documents, as well as tap to launch programs and open files. The tablet has a 12.1-inch diagonal LED backlit display, faster DDR3 memory, an Intel Core processor and an eSATA/USB combo port. PC Health Monitor and EasyGuard solutions, plus a spill-resistant keyboard, guard the tablet from everyday bumps. The tablet can come with either Windows 7 Professional or be downgraded to Windows XP Professional. It starts at $1,279. Visit http://laptops.toshiba.com.
TechSmith's two new versions of its Camtasia software enable users who are not multimedia savvy to record and edit sharp video presentations and tutorials. Camtasia Studio 7 ($299, with a 50 percent upgrade price break for current users) comes with free Digital Juice media assets and sequences for adding various background features such as titles. New effects for callouts and cursors are also available. A new editing interface helps users spend less time on editing and deliver their video content faster for playback on just about any screen size. Also new, Camtasia for Mac 1.1 ($99, free upgrade for current users) lets users record a particular area of the screen and choose the monitor they would want to record from. It has audio enhancements, a voice-only recording option, and a pause/resume recording capability. Visit www.techsmith.com.