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SPARK Challenge Apps Workshop #2 & Round 1 Winner Presentations

The SPARK Challenge invites post-secondary students across the GTA to develop original and innovative applications for the Android market. The Challenge encourages participants to get creative and think about how application technologies can be used for social engagement, knowledge dissemination and collaboration. Develop your application to improve one of three categories: education, business collaboration, or social responsibility.
We look forward to your submissions! Good Luck!
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U of T Partners with Liberated Learning Consortium: Announcement

The Liberated Learning Consortium would like to welcome the University of Toronto as its newest partner in the effort to increase access to information through the advancement of speech recognition (SR) technologies.  (continue reading…)

MyVoice mobile App Launch

Today, the University of Toronto announced the launch of MyVoice, a cutting-edge mobile app and server system that turns smartphones into speaking aids. This new technology is useful for people living with communications disorders caused by stroke, autism spectrum disorders and neurodegenerative disease. (continue reading…)

The Mobile Revolution

Students who arrived at u of t this fall toting an iPad, iPhone or other mobile handset found that the university’s libraries and bookstore are offering several new services for them, including the ability to view course readings and e-books on their device. (continue reading..)

IST Spring Conference – The Role of Mobile Phones in Youth Social Networks: a Study in Transitions

The second speaker at the IST conference was Dr. Rhonda McEwen, a professor at the Faculty of Information at the University of  Toronto.    She spoke about her study on how young people use mobile phones during the first year at university – a time of major transition in their lives.

She studied 175 University of Toronto and Ryerson University students, aged 17-22.  58% were female and 60% were Canadian born.  43% had left home for the first time, and were feeling vulnerable and lonely.  So it makes total sense that 85% called their friends and family on a daily basis.  Mobile phones are the technological ties that bind. (continue reading…)

Whoa! University of Toronto: Oohalala Mobile Launches North America’s First Campus Augmented Reality Game

On January 23rd, Oohlala Mobile announced the transformation of University of Toronto’s St. George campus into a virtual playground. By downloading the app, Oohlala, students become contestants in a digital treasure hunt, utilizing the GPS on their smartphones to locate and acquire the treasure. (continue reading…)

UTORmobi: Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) at  U of T

UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) enables clients to use wireless broadband Internet connection for mobile phone services – including voice calls, mobile browsing, email, MMS, SMS, and basically any mobile service you use a network connection for. This presentation endeavours to expand on UMA technology, currently being used in industry, and provide a scenario in which UMA could potentially provide a significant cost savings to he University communication infrastructure. (continue reading…)