Posts Tagged ‘iPhone’

New platform to showcase Stanford student innovation… FoSho

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

An incredible new product is ready to launch here on campus and change the way that Stanford innovators are able to promote their work. Stanford Founder’s Showcase, or Stanford FoSho for short, is a platform designed to help Stanford developers gain recognition for their creations, let the rest of us to see the cool stuff that our fellow students are building every day, and provide dynamic, relevant content for life on the Farm. The platform will host student-built mobile apps, websites, and video, and will be available for download in the app store by the end of July.

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Got an app? FoSho is opening its first round of submissions.

As developers know, the app store has become a sea of over 700,000 apps, each competing to get on the “featured” page to drive downloads. Without serious help in the right places, even the best apps can fail to get recognition, slowing their growth and limiting the hype they deserve. With this in mind, we envisioned a platform that was the first stop for any Stanford innovator when trying to get their creations airborne, providing valuable recognition from the Stanford community and useful feedback from the world’s techiest campus. The win-win here is tremendous: developers get to hit the ground running with their innovations and Stanford students get a sneak peek at the next generation of the world’s best apps.

The platform is designed with a built-in feedback tool for users to rate their experience, giving the developers analytics and data which provide much deeper insights than the App Store. Even cooler – users don’t have to update the app to receive and access new content, meaning new stuff goes straight into users’ hands. Once we receive and approve an app, we plug it into the platform and it appears on the user’s device in real-time.

The first two pages of the app will be split into “Around Campus” and “Developer’s Club”. All the apps and mobile sites pertaining directly to campus life will go on “Around Campus”, while other Stanford-built apps and cool stuff will go on the Developer’s Club page. We’re still working on a third page which will change all the time depending on the time of year. Fall quarter will likely include resources for frosh, football, and other autumn-y things for life at Stanford, for example.

But we need to start from somewhere. Step 1 is to scour the area for apps being built right now and launch version one of Stanford FoSho, so we are hereby opening our first round of submissions for the platform. Calling all Stanford developers: we want your apps! You can be a current student, recent grad, or anyone working on an app meant to serve the Stanford student body. Below are instructions on how to submit:

Step 1: Like us on Facebook:

Step 2: Fill out this form:

Step 3: Wait to hear back! You will be hearing from a member of our team in the following days after completing steps 1 and 2.

If you have any other questions, want to network with us, or want to join our team, we’d love to talk. Contact us and learn more via the links below:

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Interested in joining our team? Contact the co-founders:

James Mwaura:

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Was YOUR Stanford App This Impressive?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Apparently, the Common App and Supplementary Essays aren’t enough these days.

One aspiring CS major, Alex Greene, decided to create an iPhone app as part of his Stanford App. Check it out here:

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So TUSB readers, what do you think?

Based on his app, should Alex be admitted to the Class of 2017?

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Personally, I think the app is a cute idea but not particularly noteworthy on content…also, it’s much better if you watch it on mute. Still, I give the kid kudos for thinking of a new way to express himself. Best of luck, Alex!

Well Hello, Verizon iPhone.

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

The iPhone is a powerful device. Is it now a necessity for our high-powered campus?

Or should I say, hello ridiculously huge hint of a Verizon iPhone? It seems that Apple fanboys on the interweb are abuzz since being invited to a special Verizon event in New York City on 1/11/11 at 11 am.  I think for most people, this is fabulous news! I know more than one person who has been waiting all year for Verizon to finally release the iPhone. They wanted a smart phone but because of their parent’s refusal to switch mobile plans (or let them get their own) they’ve been forced to settle for some version of the Droid. Or even worse, they’ve been forced to wait for the unidentified date of Verizon’s iPhone release.

Yet the wait appears to be close to an end. There seems to be a blackout on Apple employee vacations around February 3rd. Maybe for the launch? Either way, the end of the wait is near. And with the end of the wait comes a shift in the cell phone service on our campus.

Stanford quite fondly supports Apple. It’s obvious in the fact that every dorm comes equipped with numerous Apple desktops with all the software a little freshman can dream about. But something that seems to have developed without Stanford’s direct influence is At&t’s prominence. I’m not actually sure which came first, the iPhone or the cell phone towers, but not only are there more At&t users on campus, but it’s also a widely held knowledge that regardless of your phone type At&t also offers the best service. There were once rumors of a Stanford/At&t deal but there’s not enough evidence to support that idea. Apparently all service providers offer their best coverage here. Yet with Verizon getting in on the iPhone market, things may change.

I have no doubt that when the iPhone goes on the market for Verizon, many students will rush to buy it. And if there were more users, possibly running on upcoming 4G networks, it would be just rude if Verizon didn’t come around to fix their lackluster service. More iPhones, and better service for more students all around – it seems like a win-win situation, right?

Yet one of the things that has always surprised me was Stanford’s technological homogeneity. Considering the amount of engineers and general technological know-how on campus, it’s amazing how many people religiously buy Apple products. Our students are smart – some can defend their reasons for buying a Macbook Pro like an industry insider. Yet after trying to have novelty and variety  in so many other areas, it’s funny how little we try different devices.  So while this launch will give Verizon a big boost on campus, I can’t help but feel that all of us walking around with staring into the abyss of our iPhones deters from the uniqueness we love about our campus. It is just a phone and (that label is actually probably too simplistic for new smart phones) but Apple sells a lifestyle through its brand. We’re the perfect age group (teens and twenty somethings) living right next to the Silicon Valley. In a way, we may become some garish, living advertisement for Apple through its simple representation at our school.  The iPhone may be cool and snazzy, but it’s still the same product for a very diverse student body.

EDIT: It’s official. Here’s some info on the Verizon iPhone.

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Crash Course: VEVO

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

An odd mix, but Vevo encompasses them all

What do Iron Maiden, Rick Astley, Eminem, Justin Bieber, Marilyn Manson, Sublime, Shania Twain, Limp Bizkit, and Abba have in common?

Vevo channels.

Are you surprised?   Perhaps on the basis of the wide variety of musical genres represented by these artists, yes.  However, with regard to current trends in music consumption, online and elsewhere, Vevo makes perfect sense – which is why it’s taking over how America receives its music.

Vevo to the rescue?

According to Credit Suisse analysts, YouTube only makes 0.4 cents per video view.  This garners a measly $240.9 a year for a venture whose bandwidth, licensing, and operation costs will run upwards of $700 million.  In other words, “Google will lose $470.6 million on YouTube, for which it paid $1.76 billion in 2006.”

Vevo's "world premiere" of the Telephone music video changed the way we perceive online music promotion.

Vevo may provide the solution to Google’s online video woes.  Launched on December 8, 2009, with the slogan “Music Evolution Revolution!,” Vevo overcame MySpace Music as #1 music site in the US within its first month.  The company represents a collaboration between Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Abu Dhabi Media.  Vevo has domain over music videos from three of the “big four” major record labels: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and EMI.  (Warner partnered with MTV Networks.)

Today, approximately 23,000 videos are available on Vevo.  Vevo’s near dominance of the major music labels is allowing it to approach monopoly status.  According to Wired Magazine, “there could soon be no other game in town.”

How does this help Google?  Well, Google and VEVO share the advertising revenue, and the institution of Vevo ended Google’s licensing difficulties with Universal Music Group.  “The purpose behind Vevo is to sell advertising at higher rates than YouTube does now.”

Changing music as we know it

According to Wired, Vevo “could save the music business.”  Mashable’s top 5 predictions for the music industry in 2011 suggest the following:

Now, we’re not saying Vevo has single-handedly sparked the renaissance of the music video, but it has helped give the format a kick in the you-know-what.”