Illicit file sharing isn’t just for kids these days. Once mainly used for downloading pirated music, sites have sprung up on the Internet that allow free swapping of academic journals.
Jibbigo is a new iPhone app that can translate English speech into Spanish—and the reverse—all without going online. You simply launch the $25 app and speak into your iPhones microphone and the translation is played over the speaker.
EDUCAUSE’s Core Data Service Fiscal Year 2008 Summary Report [PDF], based on information from nearly 930 colleges and universities regarding their IT practices and environments. Among the findings: 70% of all campuses have conducted an IT security risk assessment, and only 2-6% of institutions offer 24-7 help desks.
Nearly 12 million post-secondary students in the United States take some or all of their classes online right now. But this number will skyrocket to more than 22 million in the next five years, according to data released recently by research firm Ambient Insight.
[Source: Campus Technology]
By opening the largest online rental service for scientific, technical, and research journals, the company Deep Dyve is hoping to do for academic publications what Netflix has done for movies: make them easily accessible and inexpensive for everyone.
Collaboration is old news. “Radical collaboration” is the way of the future. That’s the idea behind a new partnership announced by the libraries at Columbia University and Cornell University.
If the last four years are any indication, college-student e-mail addresses may soon be a thing of the past.
Today, we’re happy to announce that Similar Images is graduating from Google Labs and becoming a permanent feature in Google Images. You can try it out by clicking on “Find similar images” below the most popular images in our search results. For example, if you search for jaguar, you can use the “Find similar images” link to find more pictures of the car or the animal.
Google Voice, the Swiss Army knife telecommunications service that unifies multiple phone lines, transcribes voice mails, blocks telemarketers, makes cheap phone calls and more, has gotten plenty of buzz. But signing up for Google Voice comes with a hefty price: It requires people to get a new phone number.
Now Google is hoping to lure more users by offering them a small, but useful, subset of Google Voice features — no new number required.
[Source: New York Times]