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IT News: For IT Students, a $1,000 Reason To Stay in School

Plus, developer population grows, new products.

Got IT aspirations? Here's your chance to make achieving them a little easier. The Circuit, a Cincinnati-based IT association, is now accepting applications for its sixth annual scholarship awards. Five $1,000 awards for local high school and college students pursuing IT-related degrees are up for grabs. A board of IT professionals will review the applications and award scholarships based on students' personal statements and letters of recommendation. The deadline for the online application is Dec. 15, 2006. http://www.thecircuit.net

Developer Population Develops in a Big Way
In the spirit of population figures -- the U.S. census hit the 300 million-mark early last week -- a report by Evans Data Corp. predicts the worldwide developer population will hit 17 million by 2009, a 46 percent jump from last year's numbers. The Asia-Pacific region will become home to about four of every 10 developers, a boom of 81 percent from 2005. In comparison, North America's growth will be a meager 15 percent, the report says. http://www.evansdata.com

New Products: PSP Media Manager, RoadSync, More
The updated version of Sony's Media Manager lets you transfer just about everything from your PC to your PlayStation Portable system with hardly a fuss. Downloadable now for $16.99 (boxed, for $24.99) this latest version of Media Manager can transfer bookmarked Web sites, documents and even home movies -- on top of the usual multiple-format music files and digital photos. It also includes a built-in RSS directory for popular feeds, like radio stations, and support for multiple feed downloads. http://us.playstation.com/mediamanager

Now in beta is DataViz Inc.'s RoadSync version 3.0, which provides wireless synchronization for the upcoming MS Exchange Server 2007. Currently, the beta is available only for Nokia smartphone users who are running the S60 3rd edition software on the Symbian OS. Supported Exchange 2007 features include E-mail flagging, message retrieval, mailbox search, and SharePoint and UNC file access. http://www.dataviz.com/RSbeta

How do you give users access to certain applications while still keeping your system secure? The new Privilege Manager from BeyondTrust, formerly a subsidiary of DesktopStandard, promises to help you do both by giving you the ability to adjust user permissions on a case-by-case basis. The company says Privilege Manager can decrease a system's susceptibility to zero-day exploits and malware attacks by limiting users to only authorized tasks -- but without hampering their productivity. http://www.beyondtrust.com/products/PrivilegeManager.aspx

If you've been putting off managing your system's event logs, look into GFI's EventsManager, which gives round-the-clock system monitoring and alerts you of any security breaches and potential hardware or software failures. Starting at $495 to monitor three network devices, EventsManager sends detailed reports on the status of various network components, like login activity and server health. http://www.gfi.com/eventsmanager

Here's the latest for software developers looking to expand their global niche: Lingoport Inc.'s Globalyzer 2.3. Besides more support for programming language internalization, the latest version of Globalyzer features the PseudoJudo, a pseudo-localization module that "pads" messages with characters to reflect how much space a language will take up on the interface, letting developers test their software in a number of different languages without translation. http://tinyurl.com/y4nsw8

About the Author

Gladys Rama is the senior site producer for Redmondmag.com, RCPmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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