DUE OUT IN DECEMBER - is a new breed of "portable" info scanners, HP CapShare, that creates instant digital versions of paper documents. You simply run a sensor down a page and a digital version is stored and displayed on a built-in LCD screen. The captured document can be transferred to a PC or handheld organizer for emailing, faxing or printing or beamed directly to an infrared-enabled printer. It can store approximately 50 pages. And - if you're wireless, you can fax and email from the road. (Working Woman Nov 98, p 48)
MINDSHARE - is that ephemeral quality that causes Web surfers in large numbers to think of your site first. An upcoming Growing Mindshare Workshop focuses on Outreach for Web Sites. It's a six week workshop conducted entirely by email and the World Wide We (WWW) to help achieve a favorable mindshare for Web sites. Workshop Topics include:
* Positioning sites for maximum advantage on search engines, portals and indices.
* Setting up tags using standardized approaches like the Dublin Core.
* Understanding how XML-based search engines work.
* Advancing mindshare through promotional activities.
* Gaining visibility for information in an environment where content is increasingly being made open.
* Making Web sites configurable and adaptable to changing needs through database publishing and effective interface design.
* The ins and outs of transactions processing.
* Analyzing server log statistics in order to maximize Web site effectiveness.
The Workshop is November 2 through December 11,1998. Taught by Thomas P. Copley, Ph.D. To sign up email: firstname.lastname@example.org and in the body of the message, place subscribe grow. The cost is $35 US with a discounted price for past participants of Copley's workshops. Either an up-to-date version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator is needed.
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY - creates For-profit Subsidiary for Online Learning. Moving to become a major player in the emerging market for education on the Internet, New York University plans to create a for-profit subsidiary that will develop and sell specialized online courses to other colleges, corporate training centers, as well as students who simply prefer to attend class at home.
The move is a direct response to what many educators see as the biggest challenge to higher education: the rise of profit-making institutions, like the University of Phoenix, which threaten to use the Internet to siphon off some of academia's most profitable courses - continuing education for adult learners - and leave universities only in the expensive business of undergraduate education. They are even flirting with taking the new venture public through a future IPO. See details at: http://www.ny times.com/library/tech/98/10/biztech/articles/07nyu.html
RESEARCHERS AT THE MIT MEDIA LAB - are vying with acoustical engineers at American Technology Corporation to be the first to deliver an addressable audio beam that can carry a narrowly focused sound to a specific recipient. The technology under development uses a parametric array to send sound through the air in a tight beam. The result could be a public address system that could target a specific worker on a shop floor or a museum loudspeaker that could describe an exhibit only to the people standing directly in front of it. (# 74 TechLearn Trends Masie 8 Oct 98)
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