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7 Things You Should Know About Ning
April 23, 2008

Ning is an online service that allows users to create their own social networks and join and participate in other networks. No technical skill is required to set up a social network, and there ar…

7 Things You Should Know About Google Apps
March 19, 2008

Google Apps is a collection of web-based programs and file storage that run in a web browser. The applications include communication tools (Gmail, Google Talk, and Google Calendar), productivity …

7 Things You Should Know About Flickr
February 15, 2008

Flickr is a photo-sharing website where anyone can upload and tag photos, browse others' photos, and add comments and annotations. Users can create photo sets and collections to manage conte…

7 Things You Should Know About Lulu
January 22, 2008

Lulu is a web-based self-publishing service, providing online access to the tools an individual needs to design, publish, and print original material, including books, brochures, reports, calend…

7 Things You Should Know About Skype
December 5, 2007

Skype is a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) application that lets users make free phone calls between Skype-equipped computers and inexpensive calls between Skype computers and landline or cel…

7 Things You Should Know About Citizen Journalism
November 15, 2007

Citizen journalism refers to a wide range of activities in which everyday people contribute information or commentary about news events. With the birth of digital technologies, people now have un…

7 Things You Should Know About Data Visualization
October 11, 2007

Data visualization is the graphical representation of information. Information technology combines the principles of visualization with powerful applications and large data sets to create sophist…

7 Things You Should Know About Haptics
September 19, 2007

Haptics technologies provide force feedback to users about the physical properties and movements of virtual objects represented by a computer. Human-computer interaction is largely visual -- word…

7 Things You Should Know About Cyberinfrastructure
August 20, 2007

Cyberinfrastructure is not a new technology, per se, or merely a better, faster Internet. While cyberinfrastructure brings together high-performance computing, remote sensors, large data sets, mi…

7 Things You Should Know About Twitter
July 18, 2007

Twitter is an online application that is part blog, part social networking site, and part cell phone/IM tool. It is designed to let users describe what they are doing or thinking at a given momen…

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