In the video above, “Terrier Tech” host Warren Towers talks with Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore about his favorite mobile apps.
During the summer months, BU Today is revisiting some of our favorite stories from the past year. This week we feature the video series “Terrier Tech.” Cohosts Warren Towers, Courtney Bogard, and special guests give you the lowdown on the apps and gadgetry making a splash in the mobile market.
This week, “Terrier Tech” welcomes guest host Kenn Elmore (SED’87), dean of students and fellow techie, to talk about his five favorite iPhone and iPad applications and about BU’s move to Google’s cloud network.
Starbucks Card Mobile
The Starbucks Card Mobile app allows you to pay for your morning mojo with your iPhone or iPad. The app provides the barista with a barcode to deduct funds from your account and tracks purchases for future rewards. Starbucks Card Mobile is free from the App Store. Activating your account requires a visit online or to your local Starbucks.
Hailed by Macworld as the 2010 Twitter Client of the Year, Twitterrific has a clean, well-designed interface that lets you filter tweets, follow trends, and tweet with ease. Did we mention it’s free?
Walk and text with ease with Dragon Dictation, an app that turns speech into text. Simply activate the application, start talking, and watch as the program transcribes—accurately. The correction suggestion function works well, and you can copy and paste the text into emails, notes, and other apps, or store them for later use.
Customize and centralize your news with Zite, a virtual magazine app for the iPad that does all the work of sifting through the internet to compile stories relevant to your interests. Start by choosing news categories, from sports to celebrity gossip, and Zite will track and personalize your news experience.
BU’s premiere mobile application, the BU Mobile app is great for all your University needs. Find class schedules, events, BU Today stories, and the Boston University Shuttle (BUS) schedule with a push of a button. You can even track the BUS in real time, so you’ll know how fast you have to run to catch it.
There’s more. Starting with the Class of 2015, incoming students will have their BU emails provided through BU Google apps, and everyone enrolled will have access to Google documents, calendars, and Google mail. Current students can make the switch at the Information Services & Technology website.
“I for one welcome our Google overlords,” says “Terrier Tech” host Warren Towers. “Now go download those apps!”
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This article was originally published on May 10, 2011.