Did you know you can print from your iPhone?

Photo of an iPhone

You should know that you can print from our common-use computers, or wirelessly from your laptop (if you didn’t it’s time to catch up, stat).

But did you know you can also send documents to our printers from your iPhone? Yep. No need to log on to a common-use computer, or bother booting up your laptop. If you have an iPhone, you can simply use that.

Now, the process is a little different from printing from our computers or your laptop. First, you’ve got to download iCMSIP from the App Store onto your iOS device, then simply install and configure it.

You’ll also have to make sure that the document that you want is on your iPhone (you may need to download an app to open it).

And don’t forget to ensure you’re printing to the right queue (South for Logan and Gold Coast campuses, and North for Brisbane campuses).

The process may seem a little fiddly at first, so we recommend you follow the iOS printing using iCMSIP guide to get started. Happy printing!

Stop your iPhone from being hacked


Download the latest security patch released by Apple! On Thursday, Apple released an urgent update to its operating system due to a malware attack.

Apple issued a global update to their iOS software after a sophisticated piece of malware was found to be able to compromise any iPhone in the world.

The malware gives attackers the ability to steal information from your phone, intercept calls and SMS, view emails, contacts and other applications.After confirming the vulnerability, Apple developed a patch that is deployed with its latest iOS update (9.3.5)

After confirming the vulnerability, Apple developed a patch that is deployed with its latest iOS update (9.3.5), and are advising people to download this fix immediately.

For instructions on how to update your iOS device, please refer to the Apple website.

How to improve your iPhone’s battery life


I swear I don’t use my iPhone every minute of the day – it’s chilling beside me on the desk right now.

Aside from sending the occasional text message, taking or making the odd phone call and staying abreast of current affairs (i.e. checking social media), I hardly use it. Okay, so this may be a slight understatement, but my iPhone is definitely not overworked.

So it’s always baffled me as to why it needs to be recharged every single night. Really iPhone? What are you doing that takes so much juice?

I needed answers. And I figured you did too. So after doing some research I found two easy-peasy ways to conserve your iPhones battery. Do they work? Time will tell…

Fetch your email

It would be super tiring if you had to keep asking the same question over and over again, right?

Well, your iPhone is constantly asking your email server if it has any mail. Do you have any mail?  What about now? And now? Any mail now?

Make it stop already! You can stop your iPhone from harassing your email server by simply changing the settings.

  1. Click Settings
  2. Click Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Click Fetch New Data
  4. Turn off Push at the top
  5. Scroll down to Fetch
  6. Select Every 15 Minutes

Turn off background app refresh for sucky apps

Apparently, Facebook carries out ‘Background Activity’ and used 53% of my battery in the last 7 days. I had to shut that sucker down fast!

To find out which apps are a drain on your battery, go to Settings and click Battery. You will find a descending list of apps by battery ‘suckiness’.

If you spot a sucker in the list, try cutting off the apps background activity (which is what I did for Facebook):

  1. Click Settings
  2. Click General
  3. Click Background App Refresh
  4. Find the App in the list
  5. Turn it off

Further resources

Do you want more tips and tricks? Here are some helpful resources:

Why Lecture Capture will be your new best friend!

Lecture capture

You can listen to lectures on your phone, tablet or computer from a location of your choice!

Lecture Capture is here to help you finish off the semester like a pro!

If you’re yet to discover the wonderful world of Lecture Capture then prepare yourself coz we got the goss!

Lecture Capture allows you to stream or download face-to-face recordings of your lectures! These recordings can be found via your Learning@griffith and are usually accessible within just a few days after the lecture. Lectures are automatically published to the course site and can be viewed on most mobile devices like phones and tablets.

But the coolest thing about Lecture Capture is that lectures are completely searchable and bookmarkable, which means you can pinpoint the most important parts of each lecture. This makes compiling study notes so much easier! It also means Lecture Capture isn’t just for when you miss the odd lecture it can also be a valuable revision tool come exam time – bonus!

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support contact the awesome IT Service Centre:

07 3735 5555 – Brisbane

07 5552 5555 – Gold Coast



Print from your iPad or iPhone

Do you have an iOS device? Do you need to print? Download the iCMSIP app.

We’re making your student life easier! You can now print directly from your iPad or iPhone using the iCMSIP app. You can print Microsoft and PDF documents from your Apple device at all campuses.

If you need a bit of help, don’t stress, check out the Student Printing page for full download and configuration instructions.



Popular Science Apps : Biology

In our popular science apps series, we are now focusing on a few apps suitable for our students studying biology. These are helpful tools that you can use for reference and to assist you in your lab work. Where possible we have selected free apps for iOS and Android devices. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

iPhone, iPad and Android
iCell (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology). Price: Free

This handy little app is useful as a reference resource to view 3D models of organelles within cells. The top level has three main sections: animal, plant and bacteria. Clicking on one allows you to see the typical structure of an animal, plant or bacteria cell. A user can then rotate the 3D image by dragging the finger around on the screen. A user can zoom in and out by pinching and flaring the fingers. Each organelle can be zoomed in on to see the name and a basic description. In the iPad version, a user can also choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Tap again and the image zooms out.Student with mobile device

Visual Anatomy Free (Education Mobile). Price: Free
iPhone and iPad
Visual Anatomy Lite (Education Mobile). Price: Free

The Visual Anatomy app is an interactive reference tool showing all human body anatomy systems in visual detail. Some images come directly from the premier reference book, Gray’s Anatomy. All images from Gray’s Anatomy are included in the paid version of the app.

The app has more than 500 feature points with labels, full descriptions and high-resolution images. Organs have rotational 3D images able to be viewed and muscles have a highlighting tool to view them in more detail. It has a search function to find the organ, system, bone or muscle a user is looking for. A user can pinch or tap zoom on each feature to look at it more closely. It also features a multiple-choice quiz to test yourself on your knowledge. It supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German.

Popular Science Apps : Environment

Continuing with our series of popular science apps, we have searched for apps that are suitable for Griffith School of Environment students to use, particularly in their fieldwork. Again, where possible, we have ensured these apps are highly rated in both iOS and Android devices.

iPhone, iPad and Android

Weatherzone (Weatherzone). Free.

This Australian-developed app for both iOS devices and Android is very useful for looking up weather data sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology to determine local forecasts and current weather conditions for your field work. It gives additional information such as the current, maximum and minimum temperatures, humidity, chance and amount of rain, rain radar, wind speed and direction forecasts, UV forecasts, and sunrise and sunset times for over 2000 Australian and 1500 international locations. It includes fire danger ratings and BOM real-time weather warnings. The user can search for data by postcode, town name or GPS location.

iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android

Image of girl with smart phone

“Trying not to get lost.” by Monash University is licenced under CC BY-NC 2.0

ClimateWatch (EarthWatch Institute). Free.

This app is particularly useful for students in recording data and helping to identify species of animals that are encountered during field work. It contains species’ images as well as bird, frog and mammal calls to help users to identify plants and animals in the field. Photos can be submitted into the app along with the sound recordings, locations, dates and times. Data can be entered into the app even in areas with poor mobile signal.

iPhone and iPad

MyEnvironment (Australian Department of the Environment). Free.

This iOS app is handy to carry around with you to look up environment sites of interest around your location in Australia. It uses the GPS inherent in the mobile device to connect to datasets from the Australian Department of Environment on heritage sites, protected areas and species, threatened ecological communities, invasive species, weeds and wetlands. It lists only Australian plants, animals and ecological communities listed as protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Users can choose to view photos and location maps of places of interest and species.