With the latest release of the Canvas iOS app, reminders can now be set for upcoming assignments or To-Do Items in K-State Online powered by Canvas courses. Continue reading “K-State Online: Receive assignment reminders on your iPhone and iPad”
With the introduction of iOS 6 by Apple, Apple has changed the way that application developers and advertisers within apps are able to target ads and track usage. Previously, Apple allowed developers access to a hardware-based ID number to allow such tracking ability, but they have moved to a software-based system in iOS.
Apple is allowing users to turn off such targeted tracking with a “Limit Ad Tracking” feature, but they make it difficult to find. Continue reading “New ad-privacy control in iOS 6; how to limit ad tracking”
With tomorrow’s anticipated launch of iOS 6, some may be surprised at the lack of a YouTube app. Apple’s contract with Google (owner of YouTube) expired earlier this year; it included provisions for hosting a pre-installed YouTube app on iOS. Starting with iOS 6, YouTube will not come as a pre-installed app.
In a preemptive move by Google, a new YouTube app is now available for iPhone and iPod touch in the iOS App Store. It is a free app that features an updated user interface and enhanced features. Continue reading “New YouTube App for iPhone and iPod touch launches today”
The launch of iOS 6 is just around the corner and will be introducing new features as well as substantial changes to well-known functions and included apps. This is a brief overview of some of the more substantial changes as well as new features available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Continue reading “A preview of iOS 6, the new operating system for Apple mobile devices”
A new Kansas State University mobile app for iPhone and iPad users is now available for download from iTunes. If you’re new on campus, the geolocation feature will help you figure out what building you’re near and the descriptions will help you know what’s inside. You’ll also be able to access the university’s Twitter and news feeds, find information about area attractions and even hear an audio rendition of the Wabash Cannonball.
K-Staters may have noticed some funny-looking images of black-pixeled boxes popping up around campus lately, notably in Hale Library. So, what are they used for and what can you do with them?
These are “QR codes” or Quick Response codes (also known as QR barcodes). This technology allows the public to access information fast through graphical links.
QR code readers
To access the information behind a QR code, you first need to download a free QR reader to your smartphone and then scan/capture (take a picture of) a QR code. (Some smartphones may come with a QR reader already installed.) Here are a few that seem to work well:
- For the iPhone, RedLaser is a free, general purpose barcode reader app.
- For Android smartphones, Barcode Scanner is a free app that has received positive feedback.
For more choices, do a Google search for “QR code reader”. Continue reading “QR codes (+ free tools): Quick access to all kinds of data”
Artist David Hockney’s new work uses no brush, ink, paint, or paper… and it was e-mailed to the curator for the exhibit at the Pierre Berge-Yves St. Laurent Foundation in Paris (Oct. 20-Jan. 30, 2011). First using an iPhone and the Brushes app, Hockney created works on the iPhone surface, which was followed with experimenting using the iPad.
Thomas Kuhn will present “Mobile Devices” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, in 401B Hale Library. This session will give an overview of the best features of various mobile devices such as BlackBerry, Droid, and the iPhone.
TechBytes seminars are free and open to the K-State community. The series is also video-streamed live for off-campus viewers and others who wish to view it from their desktop. Use the View live video link on the TechBytes homepage to watch the next live video as it’s being recorded.
Eric Dover and Gerry Snyder will present “Cool iTouch and iPhone Apps” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in 301A Hale Library. Attend this session to learn about how many of the applications for the iTouch and iPhone are being used for learning and collaboration.
TechBytes seminars are free and open to the K-State community. The series is also video-streamed live for off-campus viewers and others who wish to view it from their desktop. Use the “View live video” link on the TechBytes homepage to watch the next live video as it’s being recorded.
AudioBoo (aka Audioboo, audioBoo) is a social media software launched in March that’s promoting verbal interactions on the Web. Located at audioboo.fm (think of “FM radio”), it allows users to post brief verbal comments called “boos” that can be followed by others. It’s already networking with other social media — including Facebook, FriendFeed, Tumblr, and even Twitter — and the first AudioBoo newsletter was e-mailed today.
“It’s like Twitter, but with audio snippets,” said Ben Ward, instructional designer in K-State’s Information Technology Assistance Center. He noted the primary way to publish AudioBoo content is through an iPhone (it’s an iPhone application, after all) but a computer interface is promised.
One of the most exciting aspects of AudioBoo is its ability to do audio-to-text conversion after SpinVox voice-to-text service was integrated. Continue reading “Spotlight: AudioBoo, a verbal form of Twitter”