SMU Mobile App Updated for Fall 2016

Update: OIT is winding down its SMU Mobile app for iPhone and Android. On February 12, 2018, SMU Mobile will no longer appear in app stores and will stop working after February 28, 2018.

SMU Mobile AppLast year, we released a brand-new SMU mobile app for both iOS and Android devices. This year, we’ve made the app even better!

The SMU Mobile App includes quick information about many campus services within easy reach; like dining hall menus, campus maps, your class schedule, sporting event schedules, and more. Soon, you will be able to add and drop courses directly from the app as well, so you no longer have to trek to a computer to log into my.SMU. The add/drop is currently in beta, and we hope to enable this feature for everyone in coming weeks. Continue reading SMU Mobile App Updated for Fall 2016

macOS Sierra: Apple’s New Era Operating System

In the past few years, Apple has worked to integrate features from their highly successful iOS to the desktop realm. The newest version, macOS Sierra, is the most integrated version yet. The connection between the Mac desktop and Apple’s mobile devices is stronger than ever. Continue reading macOS Sierra: Apple’s New Era Operating System

Apple iOS 10: The New Bits

Last week’s Apple Worldwide Developer Conference has come to a close. Now that we’ve heard all that the folks in Cupertino have had to say about what’s new in the world of Mac and iOS; we can now summarize all of the great new things we can all expect this year.

In our summary last week, we only skimmed the surface of the new features of iOS mentioned in the WWDC opening keynote. Since then, several more tricks have been up iOS’ sleeve. This article is still only a snippet of the new things to know in iOS 10, but for a complete rundown you can visit Apple’s iOS 10 Preview page. Continue reading Apple iOS 10: The New Bits

LinkedIn & Lynda.com: The Dynamic Duo!

LinkedIn LogoLet’s say you’re in that stage of your academic career where it’s time to start looking to your future professional career. Be it an internship or a full-time job search, it can be difficult to stand out in a competitive job market.

Along with increased competitiveness, the process of the job search has changed significantly in the past decade, with social media taking an essential role. LinkedIn, the social network for working professionals, has become another place to showcase your talents and work history beyond the paper resume. Continue reading LinkedIn & Lynda.com: The Dynamic Duo!

Apple WWDC 2016: What’s New

macOS with SiriIt’s that time of year again! Apple is hosting their annual Worldwide Developers Conference this week in San Francisco. The WWDC isn’t usually as flashy as the iPhone reveals, but there’s still a lot of cool features and products you can expect to find on your Apple devices in the coming months.

One of the bigger talking points during WWDC is OS X, and this year is no exception. The most noticeable change is the name. After fifteen years, OS X will now be known simply as macOS. The next upgrade of the operating system will be called Sierra, named after the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

The new macOS will also include the debut of the iPhone’s voice-activated assistant, Siri. This will allow Mac users to use the same voice commands they use on their iPhone on their desktop as well. Siri has been studying, too! She will now have a huge amount of additional knowledge and commands to interact with desktop apps. The underlying technology behind Siri is now opened up to developers as well, so expect to see third-party apps using the technology soon.

Also on the horizon is the latest version of iOS: version 10. iOS 10 brings additional security features to iPhones and iPads, along with streamlined notifications on your lock screen.