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Thursday, December 03, 2009, 05:00 pm PT (08:00 pm ET)

College develops iPhone app to connect with potential students

The College of Charleston has launched the nation's first app designed as a supplement for students looking to tour the university.

Calling it "the very first interactive and self-guided university campus tour app," the College of Charleston has released an app intended for potential students looking for more information on the campus and its history.

The app features over twenty locations in and around the Charleston campus with accompanying text, pictures, and video for each. The "College of Charleston Tour" app also uses GPS assistance to show the distance to and location of each of the places of interest around the university.

The videos are narrated by College of Charleston students and provide a brief tour of each location along with facts and information about each.

"We are excited to be the first university to offer a campus tour through an iPhone application," says College of Charleston President George Benson. "This innovative application will allow us to connect with prospective students around the globe and to showcase our historic campus using the latest in digital media and mobile technology."



Florida college pledges Macs for every student-athlete

The University of South Florida has announced that it will provide Apple laptops to each of its NCAA athletes in a first-of-its-kind program. According to Tampa Bay Online, the goal is to create an environment where learning can be anywhere, anytime; allowing students to complete assignments and view lectures from wherever they happen to be.

Michael Hageloh, spokesman for Apple's Higher Education group reportedly called the deal "a national game-changing moment led by USF." Every athlete will receive a laptop and the computers are expected to be distributed soon. It is unclear what type of Macs will be available to the students as of this time.