Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Free Student Software while you're a student

20+ paid products you can get FREE right NOW if you’re a student

Get these free student software or services while you’re still in uni! Over 20 products, applications or services just because you are a student!

Being a student comes with a lot of responsibilities and deadlines, you have to study and go through projects and exams periodically, not to mention the price you have to pay for the university. But I was very excited to find out that there are deals and offers for students out there and if you look for them, you can find some really good deals of free student software. I want to share these 20+ premium products you can get for free right now if you are a student. I am saying more than 20 because some of the products are really a pack with many more products and they are great free student software.

Office365Logo
Office365Logo

Microsoft Office 365 Subscription

Up until a few months ago, this offer was only available to students in the USA, but Microsoft has expanded the offer to more countries, and that includes the UK. The subscription gives you access to the entire suite of online applications, desktop applications and their mobile versions. This has proved really beneficial when working on a portable device and then picking up where I left the document on my laptop.

If you want to see if you’re eligible access this link:
http://products.office.com/en-GB/student/office-in-education

GitHub Education Pack
GitHub Education Pack

GitHub Education Pack (with over 14 products and services included FOR FREE)

I am sure most of you have heard of GitHub, but for those of you who haven’t, GitHub is a Version Control System, which if you code, is probably one of the best things that exists when managing different versions or deployments of your code/software etc. It even helps when more people contribute to the project because it stores every iteration of your code so if you do something wrong you can always go back. That is why it is a version control system (or better yet a revision control system). Anyway, they have put together this amazing pack which includes a lot of goodies:

  • Free GitHub Micro account (which allows 5 private repositories)
  • Free .me domain and hosting for a year from Namecheap
  • Increased number of emails to use for free with Sendgrid (email marketing service like Mailchimp)
  • $25 credit to use for seeking help with coding questions from professionals on
  • Free bitnami Business 3 account to store your cloud applications (usually $49/month)
  • Access to CrowdFlower platform for crowdsourcing (usually $2500/month)
  • No transaction fees on the first $1000 when using Stripe
  • Access to Unreal Engine while you’re a student
  • Much much more

If you want to signup for the pack you can do so here: https://education.github.com/

Autodesk Apps Suite

If you are into graphics, an architect, a game designer or just interested in how to create models, you must have heard about AutoCAD, 3Dsmax or Maya. And you probably also know how expensive they are. Well you guessed it, Autodesk gives these all free to students and a lot more.

http://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/edumicrosite

Do you know more products that are available for free for students? Let me know to include them here!

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Why ResearchKit is the most important thing Apple announced this week

Why ResearchKit is the most important thing Apple announced this week

On March 9 Apple announced a couple of things at its “Spring forward” event, most of which got the spotlight like the new Macbook and the Apple Watch, but perhaps the most important thing Apple announced was ResearchKit. In fact, it was one of the surprise announcements and is one of the things that really got me excited – especially that they made it opensource. Why ResearchKit is the the most important thing Apple announced this week?

1. ResearchKit will make mainstream technology a very accessible tool

With the popularity of the Apple devices, researchers or developers using ResearchKit can develop specialized apps to collect, analyze and interpret data from anyone who downloads that app. Until now, researchers had to develop the tests and bring their subjects into their experiment to analyze and collect information, but ResearchKit allows them to develop apps and make it available to a massive number of subjects – and they all have what they need for it: their iOS device.

2. ResearchKit has potential to improve lives

Gathering data is not the same as understanding it but potentionally by looking at the collected data, interpreting and understanding it, the medical breakthroughs will accelerate and this will translate into more discoveries and possible cures developments. It will enable doctors and medical researchers understand diseases, how different individual experience them and identifiy patterns and habits. Looking into the future, technologies like this will help improve our lives. And hopefully more companies will come up with such technologies.

3. Although there is no guaruntee ResearchKit will be a success, it is a step forward for medicine

Yes, I realise there might be flaws and that some data might not be consistent or relevant for multiple reasons. But it is a step forward. And these kind of initiatives, especially coming from such a big company excite me and should excite others, more than the launch of a new piece of device. There is close to no reason for why someone wouldn’t try to contribute to these researches – I am a person concerned about my privacy, especially in the digital world – but I trust Apple, more than I trust any other company and not because they say they value privacy but because they actually do it. But even if say my data will be used – they are used by institutions that will analyze it for a greater good, not to try to sell me stuff. Enabling people to help by doing really simple stuff is a step forward to medicine. And they made it open source for everyone to contribute!

4. Big institutions are behind it and willing to use it

And yes, I am talking about Stanford and Oxford University, Penn Medicine, UCLA or American Heart Foundation – and many more who are and have been undergoing tremendous amount of valuable research in the past and which believe this tool will help them shape a more accurate image of the population and how it can prevent, correctly diagnose and cure or at least improve the lives of those with diseaseas such as breast cancer, Parkinson, asthma or cardiovascular problems.

 


We should constantly look into what we can do with the technology to enrich and improve our lives! I see this announcement as “Make research contribution cool and accessible to the masses”, which I don’t think is a bad thing at all and should deserve a lot more attention than the $10,000 Apple Watch Edition.