Tactile Touchscreens: I came across a cool article today on the Tactus touch-screen technology which will allow the smooth surface of a tablet to transform into a tactile keyboard ideal for the viewing impaired to use!

The article is from The Business Insider website, is titled This Insane Technology That Makes Buttons Appear On A Flat Smartphone Screen Is Pretty Close To Magic, and features some neat photos of the raised keyboard:

http://www.businessinsider.com/tactus-technology-tactile-touchscreen-2014-1

Why Net Neutrality Is Important!: You’ve probably heard a bit about a U.S. Circuit Court decision which invalidates the Federal Communications “Net Neutrality’ decision from 2010. And you may well be wondering what is Net Neutrality and what is the big deal is anyway?

The cliff notes answer is that the FCC’s Net Neutrality guidelines are intended to make sure that Internet Service Providers treat all Internet service equally. In other words Internet Service Providers don’t slow down an Internet connection because it goes to a service that in some way rivals its service. For example, say Comcast or Time Warner Cable provided slower than normal service for Netflix and Netflix subscribers unless all parties that obtained Internet service through those ISPs paid a higher fee per month or even per streaming video. Imagine having to pay a $2.00 fee to watch a YouTube video or be stuck with a broadband connection that rivals dial up! Well okay, that is a little bit of an exaggeration but you get my point!

I came across two articles today that discuss the basics of what Net Neutrality means and the reasons why it is important that we have Net Neutrality today. The first article is from CNN and is titled “’Pay to play’ on the Web?: Net neutrality explained” – here’s the link:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/tech/web/net-neutrality-explained/

And the second link is to a WIRED article written by American Library Association President Barbara Stripling, titled “Why Net Neutrality’s Demise Hurts the Poor Most,” which offers a really solid explanation of why Net Neutrally is super important:

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2014/01/killing-net-neutrality-means-killing-economic-equality-access/

What Is iCloud Anyway? I’m running out of day here! However, I wanted to share one last article – which is by Katherine Boehret, the former All Things D tech reviewer/editor who now is a part of the new re/code tech news and reviews site. It seems that over the holidays Ms. Boehret was cornered by a number of friends and family member who own Apple devices and didn’t quite understand what iCloud is and/or how it works – so she provides a simply explanation in her article!

The article is humorously titled “Seeing Through the Haze of iCloud” and can be found via the following link:

http://recode.net/2014/01/03/seeing-through-the-haze-of-icloud/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Boehret, Katherine. (3 January, 2014). Seeing Through the Haze of iCloud. re/code.Online. Accessed January 16, 2014, http://recode.net/2014/01/03/seeing-through-the-haze-of-icloud/

D’Onfro, Jillian. (9 January, 2014). This Insane Technology That Makes Buttons Appear On A Flat Smartphone Screen Is Pretty Close To Magic, http://www.businessinsider.com/tactus-technology-tactile-touchscreen-2014-1#ixzz2qbT3FlTs

Gross, Doug. (15 January, 2014). ‘Pay to play’ on the Web?: Net neutrality explained. CNN. Online. Accessed January 16, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/tech/web/net-neutrality-explained/

 

 

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