Japanese University Tracks Students by iPhone

When applying to a university, odds are you’ll be tempted by the one that throws a free phone your way. Tokyo-based Aoyama Gakuin Univeristy‘s School of Social Informatics does just that, only it’s a sly way of ensuring attendance and locking-down cheating by mobile phone. The custom-built app included on the iPhones, has its uses for the end-user as well – it allows students to catch podcasts of past lectures. After the pilot program with the School of Social Informatics is finished, Aoyama Gakuin University will decide whether or not to roll it out to other departments. One way or the other, free iPhones is an easy way to get students on your side.

[via CrunchGear]

  • Andrew

    HAHA, I thought the Japanese hated the iPhone because of it’s almost featureless design? I remember hearing that Japanese carriers struggle to sell iPhones, even giving them away for free with a contract.

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