Tag Archives: apps

Advertising in apps: Decisions behind those targeted, sometimes invasive ads we see

By | August 15, 2019

New research from the School of Information shows those who create the apps we use are not making decisions about which ads are attached to their apps, but they are picking which ad networks are used. And those often-arbitrary choices may be making us vulnerable to questionable ads and data privacy concerns. “Despite this reliance on ads, we… Read More »

Designing social technology for rural areas

By | August 12, 2019

When we think about the technological divide between urban and rural communities, our minds likely go to infrastructure—a lack of a physical grid, wiring, or towers to connect those in remote communities. While this is a large part of the issue, School of Information doctoral student Jean Hardy says a bigger concern is the lack of innovation in the way… Read More »

Tech Tip: CloudConvert for easy file conversion

CloudConvert is an easy-to-use online file conversion tool that has saved me time, frustration, and has eliminated the need to install more software on my computer. Sometimes you have a file that needs to be converted to another format. Perhaps it is an .mp3 audio file that you need in .wav format for video editing. Or maybe it… Read More »

Caution: Only use Google apps with U-M Google

The Collaboration Services team has discovered that using third-party apps to connect to a U-M Google account can lead to unexpected results. Google-created apps and applications Apps and applications created by Google provide the most seamless experience when using Google services, particularly with mobile devices. Google-created apps and applications are also supported by Google, whereas third-party apps are… Read More »

Tech Tip: Print Friendly & PDF

This month’s tip is a simple, online tool that can be quite helpful if you would like to print a web page or download it as a PDF. Many websites include advertisements, menus, comments, and other items that may not be useful or relevant to your needs. Rather than printing/downloading the page in its entirety, this tool automatically… Read More »

Google Apps Script UI service ending

By | February 21, 2019

Google announced that it will discontinue its Apps Script UI Service on July 15, 2019. Apps Script is a development platform used to create applications that integrate with G Suite. Only the UI service is being discontinued. Apps Script will remain available. We have notified affected U-M users based on a list we received from Google. This is… Read More »

Gallery Tool unlocks peer feedback possibilities for MOOC learners

By | February 5, 2019

As part of its work supporting faculty member Anita Gonzalez with an  online course, Academic Innovation has developed a tool that allows learners to share their text- or image-based work with other learners in an easy and open manner, and to also receive robust feedback from other learners. “Because of the nature of our learners’ work in the course,… Read More »

Your kid’s apps are crammed with ads

By | November 2, 2018

Many developers market apps for children as being educational. So Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician at the U-M Medical School who wrote the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines for children and media, wanted to check that out. Her team of researchers spent hundreds of hours playing 135 different games. Published in the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, the… Read More »

Tech Tip: Wakelet turns many links into one

Starting in about 2011, Storify dominated the niche of tools to harvest, collect, and organize social media and related content into meaningful collections or “stories.” But by early 2018, when Storify announced it would be closing, the market was wide open for a replacement and Wakelet came to the forefront. My colleague, emerging technologies librarian Patricia Anderson (who co-authored this post),… Read More »

U-M startup launches 3D app that maps pain

By | September 17, 2018

GeoPain, a mobile pain tracking app, launched to the public last month from MoxyTech, a U-M startup. It gives users a 3D image of the body to zero in on the pain—its location and intensity—allowing patients to quickly “paint” their pain on anatomically accurate 3D models using a phone or tablet. “It’s a more objective measurement of pain that… Read More »

EIAM Program improves experience for tens of thousands

The Enterprise Identity and Access Management (EIAM) program began 18 months ago to improve how people obtain and use accounts to access U-M services. The program came to an official close this summer. The program’s ambitious scope included the entire U-M community—Ann Arbor, Dearborn, Flint, and Michigan Medicine. The team sought to reduce today’s pain points and to plan for improvements into the future.

It’s official! New Michigan App now available

If you were one of the many who joined the beta testing for the Michigan App, you’ve hopefully taken the opportunity to explore the new features and more modern interface, and provide input. After several months of incorporating tester feedback, the new Michigan App is now available to everyone! The new Michigan App was first released to beta… Read More »