Interesting Personal Technology Stories For The Week of November 3 – 7, 2014

Here are links to nine personal technology related articles for your weekend reading pleasure that you might have missed during your busy week!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

  1. Tech journalist and reviewer Walt Mossberg discusses Apple’s newly introduced Apple Pay payment system, which showcases the emerging technology that allows you to pay for items by simply waving your smartphone or smartwatch at participating stores scanners, and why certain retailers would prefer you use their smartphone scanning payment systems instead…

Mossberg, Walt. (4 November, 2014). What Are the Anti-Apple Pay Merchants Afraid Of?. re/code. Online. accessed November 4, 2014.

  1. Amazon adds new perks to its Amazon Prime service – new service #1 (of 2 for this week) is free second day shipping for some Amazon Marketplace vendors:

Del Rey, Jason. (4 November, 2014). Amazon Begins Extending Prime-Member Perks to Other Shopping Sites. re/code. Online. Accessed November 4, 2014.

  1. Amazon adds new perks to its Amazon Prime service – new service #2 (of 2 for this week) – new service #2 has Amazon offering Prime members unlimited cloud photo storage:

Newman, Jared. (2014, November 4). No Fire Phone required: Amazon Prime subscribers get unlimited photo backups. PC World. Accessed November 8, 2014.

And as a related FYI here is a link to the Amazon info page on its new cloud storage feature:

You can also get the Amazon Cloud Drive app for Apple, Android mobile devices and for PCs.

  1. NPR offered a neat article this week on the new book Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age co-authored by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer – the book takes a look at the very current, relevant and hot debate on the tangled quagmire of outdated copyright laws and digital content:

Picking The Locks: Redefining Copyright Law In The Digital Age. (3 November, 2014). NPR Staff. Author Interview: Cory Doctorow. Online. Accessed November 3, 2014.

  1. The New York Times offered an article at the end of last week on Apple CEO Tim Cook and just why his announcement that he is gay and proud of it is important:

Chen, Brian., & Goel, Vindu. (30 October, 2014). Apple’s Tim Cook Says That He Is ‘Proud to Be Gay.’ New York Times. Online. Accessed November 4, 2014.

  1. A informative New York Times article on the subject of just why our Internet speed in the U.S. is so abysmal as compared to other countries:

Miller, Claire Cain.(30 October, 2014). Why the U.S. Has Fallen Behind in Internet Speed and Affordability. New York Times. Online. Accessed November 4, 2014.

  1. A neat ZDNet article on the new fitness tracker the Jawbone UP Move which costs $49.99:

Miller, Matthew. (2014, November 5) Jawbone announces affordable UP Move and high-end UP3 activity trackers. ZDNet. Online. Accessed November 5, 2014.

  1. An interesting article that offers insight as to how the results of Tuesdays’ election will impact the tech industry:

Schatz, Amy. (2014, November 5). Winners and Losers for Silicon Valley in Tuesday’s Election. re/code. Online. Accessed November 6, 2014.

  1. And lastly an article from PC World on Amazon’s smart gadget the Echo which is another step forward in smart home technology as it is a hands free personal assistant that can play music and answer questions by voice command:

Elgan, Mike. (2014, November 8). Why Amazon Echo is the future of every home. Computerworld. Online. Accessed November 8, 2014..

And just in case anyone finds it convenient to have access to a printable list — here is a link to a PDF of the same list:

Tech Stories of the Week November 3 – 7 2014

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