Duke University has become the latest institution to join the mobile-application arms race, announcing today the release of “DukeMobile,” a suite of programs for students who use the iPhone and iPod Touch. The applications weren’t actually designed by Duke students, though—they were developed by a company run by students at Stanford University.
Among other functions, the software allows users to watch Duke content on YouTube and iTunes, look through the university’s course catalog, and pinpoint the location of campus events on a searchable map. By March 30, those using Blackberrys with multi-touch capabilities will also be able to use the software.
Similar software bundles have been developed at other campuses, including the University of Cincinnati and University of Maryland-Eastern Shore.
Duke is encouraging students to participate in a competition to design applications geared towards the university. But DukeMobile was created by TerriblyClever Design, which is run by Stanford students and which released a similar mobile-application suite for Stanford in October. —David Shieh