More stuff on your mobile phone and technology as a marketing strategy for higher ed

AGIS’ new mobile Location Based Services (LBS) software lets cell phone, PDA and PC users locate and track each other, talk, and exchange text and photos. The service works across cell phone carriers and can channel information to specific users. Sign up for a free 90 day trial here. What do you bet that folks suspicious of straying spouses will be among the first adopters? Now, if I could get one for my wandering cat…

Another entry in the How Not to Write a Press Release department: Over-sugared PR prose renders you near-senseless before you get to the actual news in Revolabs’ press release today. To wit, the company launched a plug-and-play wireless USB microphone system, xTag, priced around $250. The company was apparently so busy larding the press release with superlatives they forgot to post it on the website as of this writing. You can find it here.

The United Arab Emirates likes to promote itself as an global economic powerhouse. But when it comes to real western-style innovation, like they say in New York, fugeddaboutit. As reported by, no VoIP except from government sanctioned providers and “initiatives to more tightly regulate internet functions.” Think about it the next time you fill up your car. These people do not share our values.

Today Polycom announced the Video Media Center 1000 appliance for centrally managing video content from creation to broadcast. The device works with all Polycom video endpoints as well as other “standards-based H.323 endpoints.” Availability is planned for Q3 2007.

RemoTV has launched the beta of a new service that allows users to access and share video, audio and image files on a cell phone. The service — consisting of RemoTV Channels! desktop application and the RemoTV Mobile! — follows the model, letting you broadcast and download any content you want as well as messaging and emailing about it.

Students in the 21st century aren’t just looking at academics — or hot party spots — when they apply to college. Technology is also factors in, according to a new study by Belgian research firm Telindus. Campus-wide WiFi access was a requirement for 36 percent of respondants.