X World 2011 Announcement

X World – the AUC’s annual 3-day hands-on training event specifically for Higher Education Technical staff who support and manage Mac OS X and iOS systems – will be held at the University of Technology, Sydney from the 6th to 8th July 2011 and will feature a wide range of presenters from the University sector and Apple as well as hands-on laboratories so attendees can learn how to configure and administer Mac OS X & iOS and implement it back in their own environments.

X World 2011 will also feature updates on Apple’s latest operating systems, Lion (Mac OS X 10.7) and iOS as well as ample opportunity to network with colleagues at social events.

Registration closes on 26 June 2011 and spaces are limited – see the X World pages for more information and registration details


iPad 2 Seeding Equipment

The AUC has added 5 iPad 2’s to our seeding equipment pool for short-term loan for use in evaluation, testing and development. These iPads are Wi-Fi + 3G however you need to provide your own micro-SIM (3FF) to be able to use the 3G data network.

Each iPad also includes a number of demonstration media files including Apps, Movies, Music, Podcasts and Books. If you sync the iPad with your local machine these demo files will be deleted and you can install your own. See the Seeding Equipment page for more information.


Ruby for Mac OS X

The AUC is pleased to announce it is offering a limited number of partially funded places to each of the AUC Ruby for Mac OS X Workshop to be held in Sydney on the 11-12 July 2011 and Melbourne on 23-24 July 2011.

The workshop is aimed specifically at students who study computing science, computer engineering, information technology, mathematics and/or have an interest in developing applications in the Ruby programming language on Mac OS X. Staff from member Universities are also welcome to attend. It is expected that those who attend will have experience in a modern Object Oriented program language such as Python, C++ or Objective C. No prior Ruby experience is assumed.


iPad in Tertiary Education Seminars

Not long after the release of the iPad just over a year ago, Dr Tara Brabazon (Professor of Media Studies, University of Brighton) told us that “…for academics, the (iPad) platform enhances daily teaching and research. In an age when universities’ core functions are under threat, the gadget offers a vision disconnected from the crumbling teaching and learning experiences in our libraries and classrooms.”

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SDS Winners Announced for 2011

The AUC Student Developer Scholarship Program seeks students who have a talent for, and demonstrated experience in programming on Mac OS X and/or iOS, a strong academic record, and an innovative project idea that doesn’t reinvent the wheel. This is a golden opportunity for top-tier student developers to further their development skills and produce a great software product.

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Wheels for the Mind Autumn Issue

The Autumn issue of Wheels for the Mind is now available for download. This issue includes:

  • The University of Sydney benefits from our iPod Touch loan pool
  • Deakin flies high with the Parrot AR.Drone
  • iPad Art at Curtin
  • Daniel Woo goes back in time at Parramatta
  • Life after the AUC for students
  • iTunes U success at La Trobe
  • Lantaco at Macquarie

and much more including the popular Crossword competition where you could win an iPod nano.