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Mobile apps to use at IU

Illustration of hand using touch screen to access app icons.

The best way (as a rule) to interact with an online service on your smartphone or tablet is to use an app designed specifically for that service. University Information Technology Services (UITS) has some app recommendations to help you get the best experience when accessing IU systems. Here’s the rundown.

  • As of February 2, 2017, CAS logins for all IU faculty, staff, student employees, retirees, and affiliates require Two-Step Login (Duo). This means you’ll use the Duo Mobile app to access IU systems. Watch this video to see how the app works.
  • I’ll include  Adobe Connect Mobile in this post because IU still uses Connect for conferencing and collaboration. However, the service goes away on August 31, 2017.  Learn about the replacement for Adobe Connect in the next section.
  • Zoom is IU’s new collaboration tool, and IT Training has already adopted it to deliver webinars and online workshops. Zoom’s mobile app is available for iOS and Android. Use it to attend our webinars, but stick to the desktop app for interactive workshops. For best results, enter the event URL in your device’s web browser. You’ll be redirected to the Zoom app where you’ll join the webinar. Learn all about using Zoom in this IT Training webinar.
  • IU’s Unicom service is another option for communicating and collaborating. Read this KB doc to learn how to use Skype for Business/Lync on your mobile device.
  • Access your IU Box files and folders from a mobile device with the Box app. There’s an app for iOS, Android, Windows, and Blackberry. Log in using the Single Sign-on (SSO) option and your IU email address. You’ll be sent to the CAS authentication page.  There’s more about logging in to the app in this IU Knowledge Base (KB) document. You can also access the Box mobile site (box.iu.edu) with your device’s browser, but it offers limited functionality.
  • Canvas in a browser on your device is okay, but the interface can get a little unwieldy. The Canvas mobile app shows a simpler, more manageable view. Some Canvas features are not available in the app. Check this list to see what’s supported in the different operating systems.
  • Google at IU offers a variety of productivity and collaboration tools for use by IU students, faculty, and staff. The service’s mobile apps for Android and iOS include Google Drive, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides, Google Calendar, and more. Find out how to access your Google at IU account from this KB doc.
  • Looking to access IUanyWare while on the go? Download the Citrix Receiver and follow the instructions in the KB for getting connected. You can use IUanyWare with iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows, and Chrome devices. Learn more about IUanyWare in this KB doc.
  • One.IU is your portal to all things IU. It’s optimized for use in your mobile device’s browser. iOS users can also access One.IU via the IU Mobile app.
  • If you’re on the Bloomington campus at night and don’t feel safe walking home, use the TapRide app to contact the Safety Escort service. Safety Escort is an IU-sponsored organization staffed entirely by IU students. The app is available for iOS and Android devices. You can also call 812-855-SAFE to arrange a pickup.

Be sure to check out Using your mobile device at IU for more tips on getting around online with your smartphone or tablet.

Got a favorite app? Comment and tell us about it.

 

Android vs. Apple: Which one is for you?

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With devices in the technology market ever-changing, it’s hard to stay up-to-date on what the pros and cons of each phone are. Hopefully, these next few paragraphs will enlighten you on which system is for you.

Let’s start with Android and its advantages over competitors. Android advantages:

  • Great for multitasking; it can run many apps at the same time
  • Will always notify you – there’s always notification on home screen as well as LED blinking indicator
  • Playstore (app store) – thousands upon thousands of apps readily available, even those from third-party developers
  • Apps are also, on average, cheaper than those on iOS systems
  • Multiple phone options from various manufacturers include Samsung, HTC, Motorola, & more – and each have their own style
  • Custom ROM can be installed
  • Use of NFC for multiple things, such as cashless payments or ease of sharing images & more
  • Ease of customization for user interface
  • Prices are wide in range
  • Flexible – pairs well with many devices

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20 Apps for Teachers and Students

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Tablets are everywhere! And mobile technology is becoming a bigger and bigger thing. Most places on campus are already wired and ready to go, so students can begin using their tables alongside computers. I’ve scoured the internet for some of the top iPad applications that are great for teachers and students! Here are 20 amazing apps… Read the rest of “20 Apps for Teachers and Students” »

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Windows 7: How to Invert Your Mouse’s Scroll Wheel

In the last year or so, I’ve become increasingly dependent on my tablet for day-to-day computing. I’m finding that I rarely need a full desktop computer, but when I’m in the office, that’s what’s most convenient. Everywhere else, however, I have my tablet in my bag and can pull it out for anything from taking notes in a meeting, to grocery shopping, to entertaining myself or friends, to writing, email, and reading. One of the design philosophies in tablet OS design deals with scrolling the content instead of scrolling the viewport. What I mean is this, if I want to scroll down a page on my tablet (or phone), I push the page upwards, I don’t drag the device’s screen down.

If you were to put your hand on your screen, grab the document/page/file you’re viewing, and try to push it down to see the content below. It simply won’t work.

Here’s a more real-world example: Imagine that you can’t move your eyes; they are permanently fixed viewing a specific location on your desk. When you grab a piece of paper on your desk and move your hand downward, the page moves down, changing your focus to an area higher up on the page. If you move the page up, your focus changes to a location further down the page.

This is how tablet scrolling is designed.

This is something that I’ve found myself having trouble with lately on my desktop computer. I browse to a web page, open an email, edit a document, and I find myself pushing my mouse wheel upwards to scroll down a page rather than rolling it downward. Apple’s Mac OS X Lion has inverted the scroll direction, making for a more uniform experience across a myriad of different devices.

I began thinking, “I wonder if I can do that with my Windows 7 machine in the office.” Turns out, it can be done, and it takes changing a registry value in several places.

Here’s how I did it:

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Protect Your iOS Devices Without a Passcode

iPhone Lock Screen with a Passcode PromptIf you have an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch, you’ve probably played around with your passcode lock. If you’re not familiar with the passcode, it’s a way for you to have to “log in” to the device using a four digit PIN or a passphrase. While there is a way to set the device to let you lock and unlock it several times without using a passcode (the “I text message constantly” setting), having an unprotected device is much easier to use.

If you’re like me, you’ve used a passcode sometimes, removed it other times, forgotten it on occasion, etc. This article will detail how I’ve set up my iOS devices to not use a passcode, but for me to still be able to track them down using Find My iPhone as well as preventing them from being wiped and restored should they be stolen.

A quick note before we continue: I am not suggesting that the data on iOS devices is more secure without a passcode. In fact, the opposite is true. All this article is offering is a way to keep your device unlocked while still allowing you to track it down using Find My iPhone should it get lost or stolen.

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Dreamweaver – 5 and a half glasses full

The CS5.5 version of Dreamweaver has significant additions and enhancements.  It will be well worth updating to the new version if you are doing any of the following:

  • creating web pages to be viewed on multiple devices
  • creating mobile applications for Android and/or iOS
  • working with HTML 5 and CSS3

Scott Fegette, the Senior Product Manager for Dreamweaver, gives an overview of the new and improved features:

Videos about the specific features can be viewed at:
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/cs-55-web-premium-feature-tour-/enhanced-html5-capabilities-in-cs55/

You can read more about the specific features at:
http://www.adobe.com/devnet/dreamweaver/articles/whats-new-dwcs55.html

Updated iOS app for lynda.com

Based on the most recent statistics, the lynda.com training offerings appear to be rather popular with the IU community. And they have made another change recently that is likely to only make it easier for those who use an iOS-based device (iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad) to get to their fine work…

The lynda.com app [free!] available in the iTunes Store now works with the IU login method.

Using it is very easy:
1. Install the free lynda.com app on your iOS device.
2. Open the free lynda.com app, and push the “login” button.
3. In the login screen, flick toward the bottom, so you see the “web portal access” button, and push it.
4. In the URL field, enter the URL for the IU lynda.com training portal:
https://shib.lynda.com/Shibboleth.sso/InCommon?providerId=urn:mace:incommon:iu.edu&target=https://shib.lynda.com/InCommon
and be certain the “Remember this URL” switch is ON, then push the blue Go button.

You’ll be prompted for your CAS Authentication information (your IU username and passphrase), and once you type that in properly, you’ll be whisked away into the lynda.com training library!

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