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Don’t wait in the cold – use DoubleMap

Bus tracking icon from One.IU

When the wind chill goes below zero, getting from one end of campus to another can be downright brutal. You might think of taking an on-campus shuttle bus, but sometimes standing still and waiting in the cold is worse than walking. Ah, but you don’t have to stand in the cold – at both IUPUI and IU Bloomington, there’s a bus tracking service run by DoubleMap that can be found at One.IU; just search (“bus” is enough!), click on the tile for your campus, choose your desired bus line, and see where the bus is – in real time! You can wait inside a nice warm building, out of the wind, until the bus is almost at your nearest stop.

DoubleMap logo

Not near a computer? There’s an app for that, of course. Just download DoubleMap (available for iOS and for Android devices) onto your mobile device, and choose the appropriate campus (you’ll be surprised to see all the places DoubleMap serves).

12 Free Courses from Adobe KnowHow

partial listing of free courses on Adobe KnowHow.I just got an email from Adobe KnowHow about free courses available on popular programming languages.  When I went to investigate, I discovered that Adobe KnowHow is a learning platform providing training on various Adobe programs. While most of the courses on KnowHow are not free, there are 12 courses, including the Try an Hour of Code for Free, which are available without charge.

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Is Smartphone Test Driving Smart?

Samsung ultimate test drive

A while ago, I ran a short series of tips on how to simplify your tech life. One of those tips was to pilot products–hardware or software–when you can, to see if it’s a fit before you commit.

Samsung agrees with that approach. The company recently introduced an “Ultimate Test Drive” promotion to allow iPhone owners to take a Galaxy smartphone for a spin for 30 days. The price? A whopping… one dollar.

I find this very interesting from a teaching and learning perspective. With this test drive program, Samsung is acknowledging that switching to a new phone is not easy for many people. In fact, for a lot of us, the thought can be overwhelming. Learning new hardware, a new user interface, and gaining new muscle memory introduces quite a large learning curve for people who are used to a certain way of working with their phones.

But for the first time in a long time, I’m tempted to see if 30 days will really convince me.

More on mobile:

IT Training and IT Community Partnerships recently held a couple of webinars on using key mobile apps here at IU. You can find those webinar recordings here:

If you’re interested in additional mobile app information/training to help you be successful in your IU work and/or studies, please leave a comment on this post or contact ittraining@iu.edu about topics you’d like to see us address.

6 Facts about Charging

A title image that says "6 facts about charging" and has a picture of an iphone 4 on an off-brand charger.

Every day we hear another myth about charging your device. Should you let it die completely? Does turning off Bluetooth really save your battery? Or, my personal favorite, can I put my phone in the freezer to extend it’s life? When it comes to charging any device at all there are many different facts and rules in which you should follow. Today we will finally debunk the truth from the myth.

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