More on the iPad Mini: The tech rumor mill is a-buzz today with rumors of the impending unveiling of the new iPad Mini. The most noteworthy report on the subject comes from Fortune magazine who cite “a major Apple investor who says he’s heard it from “multiple sources;”” “it” of course, being the news that Apple is getting press invitations ready to be sent out on October 10 inviting the press to an event on October 17. And if all of that comes to fruition the iPad Mini could be unveiled by the end of the month. And I think that is very exciting news because if it is true, and Apple is notoriously mum on its future plans until the events where the actually unveil those new items occur, than there should be a cheaper 7” Apple tablet for sale before the holiday shopping season starts.

And if you’re thinking to yourself “Why is the introduction of an iPad Mini exciting?”

My answer to that question is that it is exciting because at the present time the best tablets, as far as a smooth, exciting and in-depth usage experience goes, are Apple tablets.

And anyone who owns both an Apple and an Android tablet knows that how great the hardware is…that is only half the story – the other half is about the apps – how many apps there are in categories that interest you and how well they work are of great importance too and Apple’s App Store offers thousands more apps than the Android (aka Google Play) App Store. And Apple seemingly has higher standards for which apps it allows to be sold through its App Store so those apps tend to generally work quite well.

Additionally, I have found using the iPad to be a smoother more user friendly experience overall than using an Android tablet. So for Apple to step into the less pricey 7” tablet space is exciting because it will offer a more affordable iPad to the general public which translates into more people being able to purchase a cheaper Apple tablet and truly experience what I’ll call the joy of using a tablet to access information, content (think TV shows, movies and music), play games, Skype, take pictures and modify them and even get some work done!

Not that I am a tablet fan or anything…

And speaking of tablets – if you’d like to sit down and play with an iPad, Kindle Fire or Nook stop by the library sometime – we have iPads and e-reader here for patrons to use in-house and even circulating Nooks with pre-loaded ebooks for patrons to check out. And that is not to mention the e-books in the STLS Digital Catalog…

Here’s the link the brief Fortune article, titled Rumor iPad Mini Invitations Set to be Mailed Out October 10, reporting the iPad Mini unveiling event via the unnamed Apple investor:

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/10/01/rumor-ipad-mini-invitations-set-to-be-mailed-out-oct-10/

And here’s an AppAdvice story titled How the iPad Mini Could Change Everything that offers more information as to why the introduction of a cheaper Apple tablet could greatly impact the tech world:

http://appadvice.com/appnn/2012/10/how-the-ipad-mini-could-change-everything

Time Warner Cable Will Begin Charging Modem Rental Fees: The New York Times Bits Blog relayed some unsurprising information today; for just as the price of just about everything seems to keep going up, certainly gas prices come to mind, Time Warner is adding a new fee for its wireless customers to pay.  The fee is a new fee that will be charged to Time Warner Cable customers who have Wi-Fi set up at their houses via a Time Warner provided modem. The Time Warner modems have been provided free of charge in the past but now there will be a monthly fee of $3.95 to rent the equipment. Of course, Time Warner also offers a list of suggested modems that will work well with their equipment if you’d rather buy a modem than lease one from Time Warner.

Here’s the link to the Bits blog article titled Time Warner Cable Modem Rental:

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/02/time-warner-cable-modem-rental/

And here the link to the Time Warner Cable page that suggests modems you can buy that will work well with their equipment:

http://www.timewarnercable.com/nynj/support/topic.ashx/Buy+or+Lease+Your+Modem

Have a great day everyone!

Linda R.

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