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VoxOx


VoxOx is s a new Web service launched recently by TelCentris.  VoxOx is probably the first universal communicator that combines the IM/e-mail/social networking functionality with free voice.  The software interface is very much like iPhone.  The key features of VoxOx include a unified meta address book which contains contacts from all the various services and social networks; VoIP telephony with two initial hours of free talk time; inbound/outbound calls; voicemail; call forwarding; inbound faxing and fax-to-e-mail; instant messaging for MSN, ICQ, AOL, Jabber, Yahoo, and Google; video conferencing; e-mail; two-way texting; and file sharing up to 100MB.  And the best of all, VoxOx gives out a free phone number for each user.  This means your students, friends, and colleagues can call you right on your desktop. VoxOx is currently available for Windows and Intel-based Macs, with versions planned for Linux, PowerPC Macs, iPhone to be released soon.

The VoIP service is similar to Skype in that calls are free between other VoxOx users.  However, VoxOx users can make free outside calls as long as they are willing to frequently view video ads to rack up points for minutes.  Each point equals one minute of call time.  Also, users can get free minutes each time they recommend the service to a friend.

I have tested VoxOx for the past few weeks and I like it so far.  VoxOx is simple to use and has many great features.  As a regular Skype user, I find the call quality is as good as Skype.  Though VoxOx is still very much in beta, I think VoxOx will be a strong Skype competitor.  You can try VoxOx out by downloading it here.

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The 2009 Horizon Report was released two days ago at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.  The annual Horizon Report is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the ELI.  Each year, the report identifies six emerging technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on higher education in the next one to five years.  In addition, the report presents an overview accompanied by examples and suggested readings for each technology.  The areas of emerging technology cited for 2009 are:

  • Mobiles (i.e., mobile devices)
  • Cloud computing
  • Geo-everything (i.e., geo-tagging)
  • The personal web
  • Semantic-aware applications
  • Smart objects

You can download the 2009 Horizon Report here or view the Web version.

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Top Wired Colleges in the U.S.


Few months ago, PC Magazine and The Princeton Review revealed the America’s Top Wired Colleges, 2008 Edition.  It was interesting to see which universities were made the list.  In order to rank America’s Top Wired Colleges, The Princeton Review contacted 368 colleges featured in the 2009 edition of The Best 368 Colleges to complete an online survey.  The survey contained 18 questions that were grouped into categories of academics, student resources, tech support, and infrastructure. Each question was assigned a point value and weighting, and each of the overall categories was assigned a weighting.  Based on these data, they came up the top 20 most wired campuses.

The table below shows the top 20 high-tech colleges of 2008.  In addition, it provides the 2006 ranking for your comparison.  I was not surprised by the top rank, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  However, the high-tech poster child, MIT, dropped from #2 in 2006 to #20 in 2008.

Source:  http://common.ziffdavisinternet.com/util_get_image/21/0,1425,i=219119,00.gif

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