Yesterday, Learning Services launched their Code Breaker Challenge - aimed at getting new (and returning) students to find their way around the facilities and try out a bit of new technology along the way. It makes use of QR Codes - 2D barcodes that can be scanned with a smartphone. The payload of a QR … Continue reading QR Treasure Hunt
This week I bought a new mobile phone and moved networks to Vodafone. I signed up for access to view bills online but 24 hours later when I tried to log back in I couldn't for the life of me remember what username I'd chosen. I tried all my usual combinations of usernames and passwords, … Continue reading When is a username not a username?
A couple of weeks ago, Mark Power and I were approached to cover Anthony Doherty's workshop Mobile Apps vs Mobile Web. We spent a week working through some ideas then finalised what we were talking about on arrival in Sheffield on Monday afternoon. After the session, Kirsty Pitkin collared me to record a short piece … Continue reading Mobile Apps vs Mobile Web
Last week I mentioned that while I couldn't give a definitive list, our initial focus for a mobile website would be higher end devices. One thing we do know is what people are using at the moment to access our sites on the move: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikenolan/4698128898/ Data for the above chart is taken from 14th April … Continue reading Mobile device usage
http://www.flickr.com/photos/khedara/2441552217/ Exactly a year ago we launched our first mobile websites at Edge Hill using a plugin for WordPress to provide a mobile friendly theme for our blogs. Yesterday we committed the first code for a mobile version of the main Edge Hill website. It's been a long time coming with a lot of talk … Continue reading Going mobile
Last Thursday was Eduserv's annual symposium. The theme this year was "The Mobile University", a topic we've been talking about for years as being the next big thing but has finally crept up the list of priorities and is now something we're starting to act on. So I was really looking forward to spending the … Continue reading Eduserv Symposium 2010: The Mobile University
Last week I was catching a train and noticed a poster in the station I'd not seen before advertising the new Merseyrail website. Even more interestingly they encouraged travellers to access from their mobile. Only one URL was printed on the poster - www.merseyrail.org was printed on the poster so I tapped it into my … Continue reading Merseyrail mobile website?
As mentioned by our colleagues in Core Services first year students have been given Edge Hill University Google Mail accounts. We're a couple of months into the semester and roll out seems to have gone OK. Students have been able to happily click on the Mail link in GO and be taken directly to their … Continue reading Google Apps Mail – POP/IMAP/iPhone
So mobile is the next big thing, right? People have been saying that for the last 10 years! First WAP, then those crazy phones from Japan... Now we've got Apple iPhone and Google Android and Palm's Pre and even Nokia have been able to produce some reasonable devices! With modern phones come modern web browsers … Continue reading Blogs on the go