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Sharecase | UCSF Mobile App


Sharecase

Sharecase, a one-day event showcasing the best of IT@UCSF. The event is free for any UCSF faculty and staff and will be held on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 9 am to 4 pm. We invite you to participate in this exclusive and informative event at the Mission Bay Conference Center.

This event has been created to expose the technology and IT services available to the UCSF community. The day will feature an exhibition area, how-to sessions, hands-on tutorials, demos on specific software you use every day, presentations by UCSF IT service providers, researchers and industry leaders and answers to your most challenging IT questions.

We are especially looking forward to keynote addresses from UCSF's Chancellor, Susan Desmond-Hellmann.

Top 6 Reasons to Attend:

  1. Bring any of your technical questions to our IT Guru Booth
  2. Discover new technologies and services emerging at UCSF and how they can help enhance your productivity and efficiency.
  3. Hear the Chancellor talk about the alignment of IT with UCSF’s strategic goals
  4. Meet representatives from leading IT companies to learn about their new products and services and how they benefit you.
  5. UCSF IT Innovation Contest Winners: hear how IT innovators hope to change UCSF’s IT landscape.
  6. Games, raffles, and prizes.

Visit the Sharecase website frequently over the next few weeks. We’ll keep you informed of the pre-registration process, session submissions and more information.

Click here to add the event to your calendar.

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UCSF Mobile App

Technology has given us the ability to work remotely from our desks by allowing us to check e-mail, voice messages, and look at our schedules. A few years ago this wasn’t entirely possible. We are now glued to our mobile devices while working at the same caliber as if we were sitting at our desks.

There are definitely many apps out there to help out our work life balance. We've covered checking e-mail, viewing our calendars, and a few applications that help our daily lives from the iPhone. Today we will look at a more UCSF centric application.

Welcome to the UCSF mobile app. The new 2.0 version is much better than its predecessor where it was an app that pointed to websites instead of being a fully integrated application that relied on a browser. On this application, you can take a look at the shuttle schedule, view the directory, read UCSF specific news, view maps of the various locations, find books at the library, view the schedule for the fitness centers, view UCSF events in the calendar, and read what UCSF posts on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook.

The two main features I use are the shuttle schedules and the directory. The shuttle schedules help you navigate between campuses by telling you the next departure and arrival times. You can request the next shuttle available or give it a time of when you would like to depart. Also, you’ll feel good inside since you didn’t print out the schedule onto paper. The schedules may change too. By looking at the schedule via the app, you’re able to get an updated schedule without using paper.

The other feature I use is the directory. While you can use the contact portion on your iPhone to look up people at UCSF, the directory provides a better interface that works just like directory.ucsf.edu where you can search by first name, last name, and/or department. After finding the person via the app, you can click on the phone number or email address to make contact.

What’s really cool is that the same app is also available on the iPad. They both have the same features but what I enjoyed about the iPad are the maps of the different campuses. The larger screen definitely makes it easy to navigate the maps and other PDFs. The UCSF Mobile app can be downloaded from the iTunes store and from the Android Market for Droid phones.

Instructions on how to install the UCSF Mobile app from your iPhone:

  • Launch the App Store from your iPhone.
  • Tap on Search and type in UCSF mobile.
  • Select UCSF Mobile.
  • On the next screen, tap on FREE and then Install.
  • You might be prompted for your Apple Store login information.
  • Launch the app.

For those of you without an iPhone or a Droid, there’s an alternate choice by using UCSF Mobile Website. Accessing the mobile website will give you all the same features, except for the emergency numbers, to accomplish the same tasks. Between using a browser on the iPhone vs using an app, I’d go with using the app. I feel that the interface is smoother from the app and when it seems to take longer to do the same tasks when using the mobile web version.

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