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T.H.E. News Update :: January 16, 2008

News & Issues

Blackboard To Buy Out Mass Communications Firm

CMS/LMS developer Blackboard announced this week its intent to acquire NTI Group. NTI is a provider of mass notification and emergency alert systems used in higher education and K-12. Both companies have already approved the acquisition, and the deal is expected to close this quarter, pending regulatory approval....

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3ware Sidecar SATA II RAID Adds Leopard Support

At the Macworld Conference & Expo this week in San Francisco, Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) announced that its SATA II hardware RAID solution, the 3ware Sidecar, now offers support for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. The units have also undergone a price reduction, and the company is offering a $100 Macworld show discount....

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SATABeast Xi Delivers 42 TB Storage for Xserve

At the Macworld Conference & Expo being held this week in San Francisco, Nexsan is debuting a new high-density storage solution for Apple's Xserve and Mac Pro systems. Dubbed the SATABeast Xi, the 4U rackmount system, which is expected to ship in mid-March, will offer up to 42 TB of storage and features that allow it to improve energy efficiency....

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Office 2008 for Mac Arrives

At the Macworld Conference & Expo, Microsoft this week released Office 2008 for Mac, the latest version of the company's ubiquitous office productivity suite. Office 2008 was originally supposed to have shipped last summer but instead arrives today in three versions, including a new education edition. The company is providing guided tours of the latest edition at the Macworld convention through Thursday....

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Omtool, eSped Partner for Special Ed Document Management

Technology providers Omtool and eSped have partnered to develop a new document management solution for special education in K-12 schools. eSped is a developer of Web-based solutions for special ed, while Omtool is a document capture and management technology provider. The new solution combines the two technologies to help capture, organize, manage, and distribute documents related to special education cases....

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PR: Registrations, Exhibitors Reach Record Levels at FETC 2008

FETC, a division of 1105 Media and one of the largest conferences in the nation devoted entirely to educational technology, announced today that attendee pre-registration for the 2008 conference, staging Jan. 22-25 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., is up 15 percent over 2007 numbers. Nearly 9,000 educators and administrators from all 50 states will be attending 200-plus conference sessions and workshops presenting the latest information and best practices in hot-button categories such as virtual learning, emerging technologies, security plus teaching and professional development and more....

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