E-Mail on the Go
Now all you e-mail addicts can get your fix anywhere on campus or off. TelMail from Sharp Electronics is a pocket-sized device that goes with you from dorm room to classroom. All you have to do is compose your message, dial an 800-number and hold the device up to the phone. You can also receive e-mail with the TelMail ($150 plus $9.95/month service fee), which also acts as an electronic organizer.
Keeping in touch with the folks back home doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg anymore thanks to PowWow, an Internet community and communications software that lets you create a central meeting place online where the whole family can gather using voice chat, text chat and instant messaging. Great, you can still get grief from Mom and Dad at the dinner table. Everyone from families to frats to study groups can use the software to huddle together online in real time. PowWow (www.tribal.com) starts at $49.95.
Fee For All
Netscape Communications Corporation is sending universities across the country a pretty clear message there's no such thing as a free lunch, er, server software. The company has quietly begun to charge the schools for the use of software that has previously been free. And schools will now have to shell out thousands of dollars to use Netscape's Enterprise Server. We're betting the new costs are going to be passed along to you, so keep your eyes peeled for that extra charge on your next tuition bill.
According to rankings compiled by RelevantKnowledge, MIT's Web site gets more monthly hits (1.9 million) than any other school. The U. of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the U. of Michigan tied for a close second at 1.8 million visitors each, followed by the U. of Washington and the U. of Texas, Austin, tied for third place with 1.3 million hits.
When it comes to note-taking, nothing beats good old-fashioned pen and paper. According to a recent survey by JobDirect.com, only 5% of college students use tape recorders to take notes in class, while an even lesser percentage of students use laptops or handheld computers.
That endless clutter of federal financial aid papers could soon be a thing of the past. Through a program called Access America for Students, students at a handful of schools will be able to apply for federal financial aid and monitor their expenses online. If this pilot program is successful, the program could extend to as many as 50 schools next school year.
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