Tablet PC News – New Mission for MS Media Center, Ball State Top of “Most Unwired” U.S. Campuses, Futuristic Wireless Services

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Microsoft Has New Mission for Media Center

Microsoft Corp. is about to give Media Center PCs a new point of view.

The Redmond, Wash., software giant is expected to unveil on Friday an update for its Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system that will boost the computers’ abilities to tap online entertainment such as movies, access e-mail and even let users go shopping via the special user interface, designed to allow easy access to multimedia.

The new features, which will come as part of a rollup or collection of updates dubbed Update Rollup 2 for Windows XP Media Center Edition, will expand the capabilities of Media Center PCs and shift their focus from showing photos and videos to on-demand online entertainment and content services, provided by big-name outlets such as MTV…

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Ball State University Moves To Head Of The Class In Intel’s Ranking Of The Top 50 “Most Unwired” U.S. Campuses

Professors at Coppin State University ( Baltimore) and Winona State ( Winona, Minn.) use wirelessly-enabled tablet PCs to transmit data to LCD projectors from anywhere they roam in the classroom.

  • Broadcast across campus wireless networks, sporting events can be viewed anywhere on campus with a wirelessly-enabled laptop PC at Ball State, Purdue ( West Lafayette, Ind.) and Western Michigan University.
  • At Carnegie Mellon and Dartmouth, students can use wirelessly-enabled laptop PCs to check the status of their laundry loads and washing machine availability.
  • Professors are conducting virtual office hours and administering exams online.
  • University operations are being streamlined through wireless Internet access, as schools equip campus security staff, housing services staff and facility managers with wirelessly-enabled laptops to complete paperwork and submit work orders instantly from the field.

    Once just a productivity tool for business travelers to stay in touch with the office and customers, laptop PCs have become an indispensable part of student life. More than 20 million portables (laptop, tablet and convertible PCs) are expected to be sold in the United States this year, almost 23 percent more than last year, according to industry research firm IDC**. Without adding pounds to packs, Intel Centrino mobile technology has helped to fuel a new category of lighter, thinner and more powerful wireless-enabled laptop PCs. Connecting to wireless Internet access points (hotspots) with laptop PCs and other wireless-enabled devices is quickly becoming part of everyday life across America.

    “College-bound students are among the most demanding computer users in the world,” said Ralph Bond, Intel consumer education manager. “They have grown up digital, and campuses across the country are unwiring to meet the needs of these tech-savvy students. Laptop PCs are to students today what a pen and paper and the typewriter was to my generation. Wireless-enabled laptop PCs are becoming a must have’ for college-bound students, enhancing their learning, boosting their productivity and enabling them to more easily stay connected with friends, family, information and entertainment.”

    About the Survey Survey findings are based on the percentage of each campus that is covered by wireless technology, the number of undergraduate students and the computer-to-student ratio for each school. The study examined schools with more than 1,000 students. Data was gathered from university interviews, public documents and additional industry sources; the “America’s Most Connected Campuses” ranking conducted by Princeton Review and published in Forbes; and an online survey that schools completed between May 1 and Sept. 1, 2005, which was executed by the Center for Digital Education and Intel Corporation.

    Futuristic Wireless Services to Adorn APEC

    South Korea plans to show off its technological edge in the mobile phone industry next month on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Pusan (Busan).

    Included in the demonstration will be high-speed data packet access (HSDPA), digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB), network-based robot, telematics and wireless broadband (WiBro). Telamatics refers to the fusion of computer technology and wireless telecom.

    All of these technologies, enabled by wireless network, will offer APEC participants a killer opportunity to experience the futuristic technologies hands-on.

    “Our technical competitiveness will be featured throughout the APEC summit. The gathering will actually become a high-tech gala,” said Oh Kee-ho, director at the Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC).

    The annual APEC summit will take place Nov. 18-19 in Pusan, the nation’s biggest port city located some 450 kilometers southeast of Seoul…

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