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+Articulating the Wisconsin Idea
  From iTunes U, which lets students take educational podcasts on the road; to the computational tools running on Xserves, which allow students to see and explore the structure, function, and behavior of molecules; to the Digital Academic Television Network, which delivers live TV via a network connection using QuickTime as a client), Macintosh computers, servers, and software help educators articulate the “Wisconsin Idea.” Erasing completely the “borders of learning,” they depend on the Mac to let learning go on—for students and teachers alike—anywhere and at anytime.

+“Great games” available for iPod
  Marc Saltzman (usatoday.com) offers another reason to love your iPod: “great games. More than 20 downloadable digital diversions are now offered including Ms. Pac-Man,Sudoku,Texas Hold ‘Em and soon, Pole Position: Remix, based on Namco’s early ’80s arcade racing game.” In his CyberSpeak column, Saltzman also takes a close look at two of the latest games for iPod, ”Peggle” and “Phase.”

+Apple Introduces the new Mac Pro
  The fastest Mac ever, the new Mac Pro has eight processor cores and a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor.* It combines two of Intel’s new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz, powerful new graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage, offering the ideal system for creative professionals, 3D digital content creators and scientists. The standard 8-core configuration starts at just $2,799.* Based on estimated results comparing a preproduction 2.8 GHz 8-core Mac Pro with a 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Mac Pro running professional applications like Maya, modo and Logic Pro.

+Introducing the new Xserve—the most powerful Apple server ever
  Starting at just $2,999, the new Xserve has up to two Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon processors for 8-core performance, a new server architecture, faster front side buses, faster memory, up to 3TB of internal storage and two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots for greater performance and flexibility. “With the latest Intel processors and no client access licenses, Xserve offers unbeatable server performance and value for under $3,000,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing.

+District doubles its computing power with iMac
  On the verge of signing a large order for PCs, the superintendent of Carterville City Schools quickly put down his pen when Technology Coordinator Sheryl McDonald demonstrated how an iMac could run both Mac and Windows applications. “Our superintendentjust about lost it; he was so excited by the capabilities of Boot Camp. We saw that we could have the best of both worlds,” McDonald says. In no time, CCS cancelled its PC purchase plans and ordered a flock of iMac computers.

+Now Available: Bento from FileMaker
  FileMaker today announced the immediate availability of Bento, its stylish personal database. With an iTunes-inspired interface, Bento offers you an easy way to organize—in one convenient place—all your contacts, calendars, projects, events, media, and other data. Affordably priced at just $49 ($99 for a five-license family pack), Bento runs on Mac computers running Leopard.

+Sign up for GraphiStudio and Aperture tour
  Next month, top wedding and event photographers Bob Davis and Mike Colon travel to nine US cities as part of the GraphiStudio and Aperture tour. During the full-day “Master Your Craft” seminars, Davis and Colon detail how they became successful pro photographers and explain how they use Aperture as complete workflow solutions—from editing a shoot to making image adjustments to publishing client web pages.

+Out of the Garage: Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump
  He’s not only the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for megaband Fall Out Boy. Patrick Stump is also one of the most prolific composers in pop music. And he composes that music all over the world using his MacBook Pro and GarageBand. “The beauty of GarageBand is that it’s only limited by what you want to do with it,” he says. “Ultimately, you can do anything. It’s a sequencer and you can record and edit audio. And it runs on my laptop. I’ve composed and recorded on the plane, on the bullet train in Japan. It’s made me so much more prolific because I don’t have to think about where and when I can record or write music. I can do it anywhere.”

+iPhone and iMac share limelight among tech 2007 highlights
  iPhone certainly caught Dean Takahashi’s (mercurynews.com) attention in 2007. “Apple tossed out the design parameters for cell phones and came up with a device based on what you wished cell phones would be,” he reports. iPhone “has a 3.5-inch display, a touch screen that makes it easier to use your fingers to browse Web pages, an instant link to YouTube’s top videos and an easy way to call contacts or create group calls.” Takahashi also thinks the “ new iMacs look great as wireless all-in-one units without a lot of ugly cables. They have great automatic backup systems, wonderful video editing tools, and cool methods for keeping your desktop organized.”

+“iPhone tops big tech year”
  “The biggest tech story of 2007 occurred shortly after the new year when Apple announced the iPhone at the MacWorld Expo in San Francisco,” writes Larry Magid (cbsnews.com) in his assessment of the tech innovations for 2007. And, Magid points out, Apple “also came out with a new operating system last year called Leopard.” In fact, “unlike the lukewarm response to Vista, Mac users seem to be generally impressed by Leopard.”

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