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A figure wearing a shirt with a peach icon sneers at the figure next to them, who hums happily and plays with their phone. IPhone users, stop discriminating against Android phone users. (Mary Ngo | Northern Star)

Stop Android discrimination

By Kahlil Kambui, Senior News Reporter | February 4, 2024

The Apple vs. Android debate has ruffled many feathers of phone users. Both sides are extremely passionate and loyal to their phone brand. Unfortunately, the debate is too polarizing and can cause people to feel otherized.  Apple’s popularity is...

Spotify allows patrons to mute artists

By Peter Zemeske | January 27, 2019

Music streaming giant Spotify is releasing a new feature which allows users to block artists from appearing in their libraries, playlists and radio stations. However, it won’t block songs the artist is featured on. The feature is currently only available...

Students with Android or Apple devices can download the MyNIU app from the Google Play store (shown here) or Apple store.

MyNIU app launches for Android, Apple devices

By Northern Star staff | March 16, 2015

MyNIU is now available as an app for Android and Apple devices.Students can use the MyNIU app to register for classes, view their grades and class schedule and look up financial aid and account information, among other things.The app is available through...

Pass/Fail: NIU cleans, redesigns Web homepage; Post-game traffic rush could improve

By Carl Nadig | October 12, 2014

Pass: NIU cleans, redesigns Web homepageNIU’s Web redesign is a progressive step for adapting to technology-savvy students.I’m sure everyone has his or her own opinions on how he or she is adjusting to the redesign of NIU’s website, Regardless...

Developing courses to focus on smart phone app creation

By Ryan Felgenhauer | October 24, 2011

NIU will team up with Lextech Global Services to create new courses. The courses will teach students how to write applications for several different smart phone platforms. The university offers two courses now, but the full program will be offered fall...