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September 17, 2012

Computer Science major Anthony Morla recently joined the ranks of innovators who have developed cell phone apps accepted by Apple.

Morla is the creator of Gratuity Genius, an app that functions as a guide for any tipping situation. The app will calculate tips for a variety of different venues, including hair salons, delivery food and restaurants. It also assists with splitting a bill.

Morla says he decided to create the app because he wanted to put what he was learning in the classroom to a practical use.

“I decided to go with a tip calculator because I wanted it to be something fairly simple, but also useful,” he says. “There are thousands of tip calculators out there, but I tried to differentiate mine by making it a complete reference guide and by making it look nice and easy to use.”

Morla, who was born in Framingham and now lives in Shrewsbury, had to pay $100 to register to create the app, but he sees it as a solid investment.

“It’s definitely a nice thing to have on my resume,” he says. “I’d love to work for a place like Apple or Google someday.”

Now that he’s created an app, Morla plans to move on to games.
“I’m going to see if I can program a fairly simple game,” he says. “That seems like the next logical step.”

Morla says he decided to attend Framingham State because the University has the educational programs he was looking for, he loves the campus and it’s affordable.

“Everything has worked out really well for me,” he says. “My professors are great and I’m really happy here.”

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.

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