Cornell will not ban the iPad

Contrary to media reports, Cornell is not experiencing bandwidth problems as a result of iPad use on campus, reports the Cornell Daily Sun. Though Princeton and George Washington University have banned the use of some iPads, Apple’s newest handheld touch-screen device, because of possible security issues, Cornell has not taken such measures, according to Dave Vernon, director of information technology. The Wall Street Journal reported late last week that Cornell was experiencing problems with connectivity and that it feared it would experience bandwidth overload as a result of the iPad. The story, which also noted that Princeton and George Washington had banned iPad use, was picked up by a number of technology blogs. Vernon maintained that these reports about a Cornell iPad ban were untrue. “We have researched the issue and have found no negative impact at Cornell at this time,” he stated in an eMail message. The iPad is currently on sale at the Cornell Store, and users have been able to operate the device successfully on campus…

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Cornell students unveil iPhone app for campus library users

Students from a software engineering class at Cornell are releasing a new application Feb. 16 that will enable iPhone users to access the university library’s web site, reports the Cornell Daily Sun. “You can do catalog searches, look at your library account, check hours and maps of the libraries,” said Beth Brown ’10, who was a student in the class where the software was developed. “You can even access research databases if you want.” She added that users could text librarians with personalized questions. Computer Science 5150 is an upper-level software engineering class in which students develop programs that can be produced and used in the real world. The library regularly submits ideas to the class. Last year, it proposed an application that would give students easy access to the university’s library system when they could not get to a computer. “I consider myself a frequent library user, but I never go there,” said Prof. William Arms, who teaches Computer Science 5150. “So many people use their cell phones as computers, the library basically wants to be accessible to those people.”

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