IS Magazine Blog Offers Speech Conversion of Popular Microsoft Formats

Apr 28 2009

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In conjunction with, a popular online storage application, is now making the conversion from Microsoft Office formats to audio easy. In a press release today announced that their text to speech technology is available to anyone utilizing the online services at

Simply upload your important Microsoft Word, PDF, Powerpoint, Excel, and Web documents to and they instantly become available in a speech format. The audio files make learning and retrieving reference material much easier and less time consuming than previous methods employed by the 50,000 companies currently using for their content storage and collaboration, according to the company.

Take a look at or for more details.

Sirius Radio is Taking on the NFL Draft

Apr 22 2009


Sirius Radio is Taking on the NFL Draft

If you are looking for 16 hours of coverage from the floor of Radio City Music Hall on Saturday as the NFL holds their 2009 draft, Sirius Radio (official NFL sponsor) will be providing the coverage you need. Hosts include Gil Brandt, Pat Kirwan, Tim Ryan, and Adam Schein will cover the first two rounds in their entirety interacting with fans on Mad Dog Radio. But that isnt' all, Sirius will return on day two to cover the other rounds as your favorite teams select picks 3 through 7.

Additional Coverage

The coverage is looking to include not only the announced draft picks but also interviews with the draftees, the general managers making the selections, and the coaches of the teams drafting. Listen as the hosts give their unique perspective on each selection as they happen. Pre and Post Draft coverage will also be featured to give you the news before the draft happens and analyze the outcome afterward. Don't miss a draft pick this year, take Sirius XM Radio with you wherever you go this weekend.

Community TV Makes Television Broadcasting Easy

Apr 18 2009


Community TV Makes Television Broadcasting Easy has released a new web-based digital video product this week called Community TV. Community TV allows small organizations to produce television broadcast material easily and more affordably then before. Schools, churches and not-for-profits should be able to take advantage of the advanced features in Community TV to produce high quality video and better prices than previously available.

NAB 2009

Content needs to be produced and viewed by’s TV software but their online solution allows for secure access for editing by offsite technicians in addition to many advanced features. Released at the NAB 2009, the web 2.0 application is ideal for broadcast journalist and mobile journalist alike according to the company.

InformationWeek Releases Global CIO and Think Tank

Apr 08 2009


InformationWeek Releases Global CIO and Think Tank

If you are a  Chief Information Officer (CIO) or aspire to become a CIO for your company than take a look at a new service developed by InformationWeek, Global CIO. The initiative provides CIOs and higher ranking technology managers with information, insights, and tools plus the invitation only Global CIO Think Tank, according to a release this week.


Features of the new website service include InformationWeek articles, analytics reports, virtual environments, webcasts, and local networking events. There will be blogs from InformationWeek writers and guests posts from CIOs. Plus a best practices area which is set to launch in mid-March and promises many useful pieces of information for any IT manager. Offers Live Final Four Coverage Online

Apr 04 2009

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March Madness on demand just got better with Final Four coverage online. Watch the finals Monday night from your computer with live streaming video. This is only the second time in history a sporting event is being shown live and streaming online. With television ratings up 7% compared to last year for the NCAA tournament, an online option for the Final Four made sense to all parties involved; Including the NCAA and CBS Sports.

Sponsors Make It Free

This standard and high definition coverage is offered for free thanks to a number of sponsors. AT&T, Coca Cola, and Pontiac have been instrumental in bringing this great product to million of viewers online. So catch Michigan State vs North Carolina in high definition from anywhere that has an Internet connection Monday night.

Renter Foreclosure Alerts. What?

Apr 01 2009


Renter Foreclosure Alerts. What?

RealtyTrac is now offering renters an alert service if their landlord is about to be foreclosed on and they will subsequently be evicted from there rental, according to a press release today. How strange is it when renters need to worry about their landlords losing their properties? Seems that if the rent is coming in, there shouldn't be an issue. But according to RealtyTrac some landlords are using rents for other purposes than paying their mortgage payments.

Landlord Foreclosure

According to national statistics, 30% of all foreclosures are on non-owner occupied homes. And during 2008, 2.3 million homes went into foreclosure. With 2009 possibly having more foreclosures, the number of renters losing their place of residence is more common than some would think. So for $24.95 a year, RealtyTrac will alert you by email about your current residence or properties you are considering moving in to. This is an introductory rate, so cancel before the foreclosure rate in American drops significantly.

Ultimate Steal Promotion Gives Away Microsoft Software

Mar 25 2009


Ultimate Steal Promotion Gives Away Microsoft Software

Today Microsoft kicked off their Ultimate Steal Promotion for students at the largest US Black Colleges and Hispanic student organizations at universities across the country.  Students in these select groups can download the complete Ultimate 2007 Office Suite for a small fee of $59.95 which is roughly a 91% discount on the normal price of the top selling Microsoft software package.

Students Use the Tools Extensively

Microsoft is proud of the benefits students achieve by using their office suite for higher education purposes. Students use the software for organizing their work load, making presentations, and managing class projects. Microsoft also feels the exposure to their common business tools will give students a step-up when applying for business careers after graduation.

Internet Explorer 8 is Good for Developers

Mar 20 2009

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Internet Explorer 8 is Good for Developers

In a release about Internet Explorer (IE) 8, Microsoft explores why the new browser will be good for developers. At the recent developers conference, Mix09, Big Softie demonstrated why their new browser provides better performance, easy web development, improved security and more. Some larger Internet properties were on hand to explain how they are using the new browser to create a better experience for users.

New Features

A couple enhancements that Microsoft feels will benefit developers are Accelerators and Web Slices. One Riot testified that users using web slices along with better search functionality visited their site 18% more than previously. ESPN likes the ability to offer one click access to much of the content on their site to web surfers that are looking for in-depth sports information. Launches Social Network

Mar 18 2009

Divorse Network Launches Social Network

If you have been affected by Divorce and are looking for a social network online for support, advice, events, giveaways and resources, new social networking service is perfect for you. In a press release today, the social network describes itself as a mix between Google and Facebook for the divorced community.

Forums and Blogs

The website features a number of forums and blogs for useful advice on divorce. The "I got screwed" forum is for open discussion on difficulties with lawyers and judges during a divorce. The site also offers information on the three stages of divorce; breaking up, the legal process, and moving on afterward.

ATM Skimming Leads to 1 Billion in Losses for Consumers

Mar 11 2009


ATM Skimming Leads to 1 Billion in Losses for Consumers

In a press release this week by ADT Security Services, the company announced a new security product for ATM operators that will eliminate skimming of customer data and large amounts of theft from the stolen data. Skimming occurs when an electronic device is placed over the debit card reader of an ATM to obtain card information in addition to a small camera to find pin numbers for access. These two pieces of information are transmitted wireless to a criminals laptop where the information is collected and used to withdraw large sums of money at a later time. Over $1 Billion is stolen annually in by this means.

Anti-Skim ATM Security Solution

ADT has brought out their Anti-Skim ATM Security Solution which prevents skimming of ATM data. The solution is adaptable to all models of ATM devices in the United States and Canada. It prevents skimming by detecting any device other than a debit card placed into the card reader and also detects devices placed outside of the card reader. It can trigger a silent alarm to alert authorities if a detection has been made.