Try The Gadgets Before You Buy Them @ The Library: Tomorrow evening (11-15) the library is hosting a pre-holiday Try It Before You Buy It program.

And you might well be thinking “That’s great! But what does it mean?”

And the answer is that we will have a selection of e-readers (Kindles, Nooks etc.), tablets (iPad, Galaxy Tab etc…) and even a Windows 8 touch screen laptop for patrons to come and try out as a precursor to patrons actually braving the holiday shopping storm and going out to buy a new e-reader, tablet or Windows 8 computer.

So if you’re thinking of purchasing a new e-reader, tablet or Windows 8 computer for yourself or someone else in the near future – here’s your chance to try out some of these neat gadgets (and see which ones you like best) before you buy them!

Library staff members will be on hand to assist patrons in trying out the devices!

The program starts at 6 PM and runs until 7ish (the “ish” simply means that members of the library’s tech staff will be on hand to answer all questions and if we run past 7 or 7:30 while we’re answering questions– that is fine! We’ll stay until the tech team has answered all questions)

Personal Wristband Health Monitor: The Jawbone company has updated its personal health monitor wristband – which is called the “Up.”  The Up monitor consists of a wristband monitor, in colorful, fashionable colors, that users wears and which monitors how many steps a user takes each day, how long, and how well, the user sleeps and even offers an alarm feature that goes off if the user has been sedentary for a long period of time. The Up features Bluetooth technology and must be used in conjunction with an app that talks to the monitor and sends reports to a person’s smartphone or tablet. Right now the device, which retails for $129.99, only works with Apple’s iOS but Android support is coming shortly*. So if you’re in the market for a personal health monitor either to use as a gift or for yourself (perhaps in conjunction with a resolution made at the new year!) than you might want to check out the Techland article on the Up.

The article is titled Jawbones Up Wristband Its Back (the title refers to the fact that the original monitor –which was briefly on the market more than a year ago had battery issues which the Jawbone company has now fixed); here’s the link:

Have a great day!

Linda R.

*The fancy terminology means that you must currently own an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to download and use the Up monitor app and that in the near future Android devices like the Google Nexus series of tablets, the Galaxy Tab series of tablets and the Droid Razor smart phone will also get the app so you’ll be able to use the Up monitor with those devices too.



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