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November 24, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITI’s Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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MODERRO Introduces Turnkey “Cloud” Computer

MODERRO Technologies ( has announced a turnkey web-centric cloud computer called Xpack. MODERRO is targeting the Xpack Internet Computer for use in public terminals, kiosks and libraries, education and training facilities, as well as private and government offices ready to migrate to cloud computing. The Xpack Internet Computer is an integrated (hardware, operating system, and web management) solution for the cloud desktop. It features a clean and friendly user interface and operating system that was written by MODERRO specifically for interacting with web-based applications.

The Xpack is an important green technology solution for libraries, since its energy consumption is just a fraction of that of a regular computer (it uses just 13 watts). The Xpack is also a solid state computer with no moving parts to ensure reliability especially when used as a public/school library terminal or kiosk solution. Libraries can also be assured their computer systems will not get taken down by malware and viruses. By using web applications, Xpack users keep their data on MODERRO’s integrated cloud storage or on a personal USB storage device, which allows MODERRO to get rid of local storage and make the system foolproof from viruses and other malware.

The Xpack desktop hardware includes a USB keyboard, a mouse, and a standard VESA mount option, which allows the hardware enclosure to be mounted to the back of the LCD display. Dual VGA/DVI output options coupled with dual monitor autodetection allows Xpack users to increase in productivity by using one display for monitoring and another for working. Communications capabilities include a Wi-Fi antenna and 100/1000 Ethernet port.

Xpack is available direct from MODERRO for a starting price of $395. MODERRO Technologies, headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., builds and markets products and services designed to facilitate transition and adoption of web computing.

Source: MODERRO Technologies

Gale Launches Part I of State Papers Online

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning (, announced the release of State Papers Online, designed to be a cornerstone digital resource for all historians and students of early modern Britain and Europe. The equivalent of today’s papers from the Home and Foreign Offices and the Royal Archives, these historic state papers are considered to be the most valuable and reliable records available for understanding every aspect of Tudor and Stuart government and society. The National Archives, London, played a vital role in the creation of State Papers Online, which signifies the online publication of one of its key collections.

By bringing the state papers together online linked to the calendars of the papers themselves, State Papers Online 1509–1714 creates a completely new resource for understanding the 200 years from the time of Cardinal Wolsey to the Age of Enlightenment. When completed, State Papers Online will contain almost 3 million pages of correspondence, reports, memoranda, and parliamentary drafts from civil servants and provincial administrators, and intelligence reports from foreign ambassadors. All papers offer a vivid portrait of the British monarchy, internal strife, and religious conflict, as well as details of daily life and events across every level of society.

Due to be released in four stages, Part I of State Papers Online is now live and covers the complete collection of State Papers Domestic for the Tudor era (1509–1603). Part II is due for release in early 2009 and will include the Tudor State Papers Foreign, Ireland, Scotland, Borders and Registers of the Privy Council as well as state papers in the British Library’s Cotton, Harley and Yelverton Collections. Parts III and IV containing the 17th-century State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Ireland, Registers of the Privy Council as well as those in the Harley Collection will follow in 2010 and 2011. For more information, visit

Source: Gale

PBwiki Adds Document Management to Collaboration Suite

PBwiki, Inc. (, a provider of hosted collaboration solutions for businesses and education, announced the release of PBwiki Document Management, a major upgrade to the PBwiki collaboration suite. This new release allows organizations to use PBwiki as a fast and easy-to-use document management solution that’s accessible to employees, vendors, partners, and customers, both inside and outside the firewall.

PBwiki Document Management allows teams to collaborate on documents with the same simplicity and flexibility PBwiki brings to wiki pages. In just hours or even minutes, customers can build and fill a document repository that they can share inside or outside the firewall.

Features include the following: 

  • Folders that allow users to organize and control access to documents and files 
  • Ability to automatically capture, store, and organize file revisions 
  • Cohesive new interface for managing both wiki pages and files 
  • Ability to search within documents as well as wiki pages 
  • Ability to easily upload multiple files at once

PBwiki has also dramatically increased the storage available. Free users now get 2GB of storage, while paying business customers get unlimited storage—said to be a first in the industry. For more information and an instructional video, see

Source: PBwiki, Inc.

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