Which apps work well?

August 10, 2011

A teenager has offered to help me learn how to make the most of my new iPad but it could be a few weeks before we’re able to schedule a lesson.

In the meantime I’d welcome any advice on must-have or even nice-to-have apps.

I’ve downloaded a dictionary, a few news sites, a couple of bookshops and Google Maps (which doesn’t have the road we live on) and World flights which lists all commercial arrivals and departures.

I’ve also got Yelp which found restaurants in Hawaii but tells me it doesn’t recognise New Zealand.

What else might I find useful or entertaining?

I also have a technical problem: when I connect it to a PC for updating it tells me I’ve purchased items which haven’t been transferred to my iTunes library but I can’t work out how to do that. Any advice (in simple language as befits a digital immigrant) would be appreciated.

SIT beats Oxford & Cambridge

December 15, 2009

Southland Institute of Technology has top spot on the list of most popular education downloads on iTunes.

The institute’s Intensive English series has spent the past three weeks atop a list of content offered through iTunes University, a free education area within the Apple iTunes online music and video store.

SIT is the first organisation outside the United States or United Kingdom to occupy the No1 spot, from a stable of more than 300 education providers worldwide.

Internationally renowned universities Cambridge and Oxford in the UK and Stanford, Texas A&M, MIT and UCLA in the US are some of the bigger names in SIT’s cyber shadow.

I wonder how the students cope with the New Zealand accent and if they learn to roll their Rs?

Otago Uni iTunes

June 24, 2008

I first enrolled at Otago University (or for pedants the University of Otago) so long ago (1975) that I’m not sure there were any computers on campus, or if there were they certainly weren’t available for lowly Arts under-grads.

When I returned in 2003 most communication between the University and students was by email; and some lectures and a variety of other resources were available on the internet.

Now an email from the alumni office informs me I could listen to lectures, short films and musical performances via the University of Otago on iTunes.

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