Category Archives: Mobile

Wi-Fi Overhaul Being Planned

Last spring, CTS worked with our Campus Technology Advisory Board to survey the campus on their satisfaction with the services we provide to the campus.  The results of that survey indicated that the campus wi-fi needs to be more reliable and easier to use. Since then, a re-design of wi-fi has become one of our highest priorities.

Currently we are in the planning stages of the re-design.  We are working with Cisco, Gartner and other Universities to learn how we can make the wi-fi easier to use for employees, students and guests of the College, while also maintaining a level of security that protects sensitive data and network resources.  CTS will have a plan to move forward by the end of the year.

In addition to the user-interface changes, we will also be expanding wi-fi infrastructure.  When it was first introduced in academic spaces in 2003, wi-fi was an alternative to the then preferred wired connections and was available in public gathering spaces, not individual offices.  Obviously, wi-fi is the preferred connection now and we will be expanding wi-fi coverage beyond the originally designed spaces to include offices.

 

Wi-Fi Installs Completed for Residence Halls

Over the last two years, CTS has been aggressively equipping residence halls with wi-fi.  This summer ended that project with the completion of Onondaga Hall.  Over 200 access points were installed throughout the ten-floor building.   All residence halls now have wi-fi coverage in individual rooms as well as public gathering spots such as lounges.

iPhone Spring Cleaning

With the release of the new iPhone 5S just around the corner, you may be stowing away for the latest & greatest offering from Apple. However, those who are content with their current iPhone model may want to take steps to keep it fast and ready for the new iOS 7 (Apple’s latest Operating System for the phone). The folks over at LifeHacker put together a Spring cleaning list for those iPhone users dissatisfied with their sluggish system. One of the quickest ways to improve speed is often to simply reboot (“turn it off & on again”). This clears the system memory and often results in quicker speeds!

Mobile Office Apps

We’re often asked about Office apps on the iOS and Android mobile operating systems. While an official Microsoft Office app does exist for most mobile systems, it requires an active Office 365 subscription. For those users who don’t have that subscription (probably you, if you’re reading this), there are several great alternatives.

I recommend the official Google Drive app, available for iOS and Android systems. It allows you to access all of your LakerApps files stored on Drive, including spreadsheets and presentations. Best of all, it’s free!

Alternative apps can be found under the “Productivity” category on the Google Play and iOS App Store. A popular iOS alternative is Pages ($9.99), an Apple made app. On the Android side of things, expert Office aficionados prefer Quickoffice Pro ($14.99) for an expensive experience.
Drop us a line in the comments and let us know what mobile Office you prefer!

Looking to buy a new tablet or smartphone?

The popularity of tablets & smartphones is growing at a fast rate (while PC sales slump). However, for many users it is frustrating to choose not only “what” to purchase, but “when” to do so! Because competition is so fierce among top companies like Samsung and Apple, models seem to become obsolete literally as they touch store shelves.

While that may be a bit hyperbolic, it’s certainly a bummer when your recently purchased tablet is left in the dust by that flashy new i-Quadcore-5X…-thing. Luckily for the rest of us, the good folks at MacRumors keep an up-to-the-date Mac Buyer’s Guide to let you know when is the best time to buy.

Unfortunately for Android aficionados, there is no ultimate (up-to-date) guide, because a whole slew of companies create the slates. However, there are some sites that offer brand agnostic buyer’s guides.