Tech Stories You Might Have Missed December 15 – 19 & December 22 – 26, 2014

Since most people are super busy at this time of year — here is a list of interesting tech articles you might have missed for last week and this week – in other words covering the two weeks of December 15 – 19 and December 22 – 26.

Have a great holiday season!

Linda, SSCL

And don’t forget although the library is closed on 12/24 & 12/25 — we are open our regular hours on Friday 12/26 (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Saturday 12/27 — so while you’re out and about on Friday & Saturday drop by the library and pick up some books or DVDs!

Or, access digital content (e-books, digital audiobooks, streaming videos and music) through the OverDrive Media Console and Freegal Music apps found in your app store!

And here are the tech articles you might have missed!

Article 1: This first article discusses what a great level playing field for life is created by access to the Internet, and, correspondingly how this theoretical equality is actually unequal in practice due to a variety of issues including Net Neutrality and censorship issues – it is an interesting article!

Here’s the link:

Net is ‘less free and more unequal’, says web founder. (11 December, 2014). BBC. Online. Accessed December 17, 2014.


Article 2: Star Trek turbo lifts coming our way!

Wang, Brian. (14 Decenber, 2014). Star Trek Turbolifts will be reality in 2016 with multidirectional elevator . nextBIGFuture. Online. Accessed December 17, 2014.


Article 3: Article 3 is a New York Times article that focuses on how the job market is changing due to the advancing technology and how advanced education is going to increasingly be a necessity for people as smart machines & robots do more and more tasks that have in the past been done manually by humans – here’s the link:

Miller, Claire Cain. (15 December, 2014). As Robots Grow Smarter, American Workers Struggle to Keep Up. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 16, 2014.


Article 4: And article 4 is another article on Amazon and how the company has changed the way it sells items over the last 15 years. It is an interesting article for those interested in how technology is changing society and also for those interested in business trends — here’s the link:

Streitfeld, David. (14 December, 2014.) Jeff Bezos’ Lemonade Stand. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 16, 2014.


Article 5: I found article 5 on a blog called “Coding Horror” which I had never heard of before! However, I think the article is cool because it does offer a “history” of e-ink, as in the e-ink technology of e-readers. And I put the word “history” in quotes because the first commercially successful e-reader, the first generation Kindle, only came out in 2007 – so from a long-term historical perspective that is short period of history!

Here’s the link to the article:

Atwood, Jeff. (15 December, 2014). The Evolution of eInk. Coding Horror: programming and human factors. Online. Accessed December 17, 2014.


Article(s) 6: And you may have heard in the news in the past week that Apple won its long iPod antitrust law suite earlier this month – and here are links to two articles on the subject. The NPR article is short and the Bloomberg article offers more in-depth info on the subject:

Calamur, Krishnadev. (16 December, 2014). Apple Wins $1B iPod Antitrust Lawsuit. NPR. Online. Accessed December 17, 2014.

Gullo, Karen., & Burnson, Robert. (16 December, 2014). Apple Deafeauts $1 Billion iPod Antiturst Suite in Three hours. Bloomberg. Online. Accessed December 23, 2014.

Article 7: Article 7 focuses on a new cutting edge trend – being able to see a doctor via a video chat from wherever you are! Katherine Boehret of the re/code site offers a neat review of the technology:

Boehret, Katherine. (17 December, 2014.) A Soc in Your Pocket: Doctor on Demand Gets Smarter. re/code. Online. Accessed December 18, 2014.

Article 8: And believe it or not as successful as Amazon is they are not quite as unstoppable as their public images might suggest – NY Times tech columnist Farhad Manjoo offered and interesting look at the reason why this past week – here’s the link to his article:

Manjoo, Farhad. (17 December, 2014). Amazon Not as Unstoppable as It Might Appear. New York Times. Online. Accessed November 18, 2014.


Article 9: Article 9 is on a current item of local interest – how Corning is developing new glass – here the link to a Technology Review article on the subject:

Bullis, Kevin. (17 December, 2014).Chemical-Sensing Displays and Other Surprising Uses of Glass: An inside look at Corning’s labs suggests what’s next for the inventor of Gorilla Glass. MIT Technical Review. Online. Accessed December 22, 2014.


Article 10: And another article on the ongoing subject of government surveillance of Internet users and just what can be done about it:

Upton, Fred., Waxman, Harry. Royce, Ed. et al. (18 December, 2014). Protecting the Internet From Government Control. Re/code. Online. Accessed December 19, 2014.


Article 11: And on the subject of self-driving cards – Google just unveiled a fully functional self driving car prototype which can be legally driven in California – here’s the link:,2817,2474069,00.asp

Moscaritolo, Angela. (22 December, 2014). Google Unveils Fully Functional Self-Driving Car Prototype. PC Magazine. Online.


Article 12: And here’s a link to a Time’s article on just what really happened with that JP Morgan data breach earlier this year:

Goldstein, Matthew., Perloth, Nicole. & Corkery, Michael. (22 December, 2014). Entry Point of JPMorgan Data Breach Is Identified. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 23, 2014.


Article 13: Article 13 is a quick and neat read for those who love both history and technology as it discusses how our looking to the future when discussing technology was really a though process developed during the Victorian Era – here’s the link:

Morus, Iwan Rhys. (10 December, 2014). aeon. Online. Accessed December 23, 2014.


Article 14: And the final article for this two week period is actually my favorite! This Venture Beat article discusses how the rapidly advancing technology is, and will continue to, transform the way we live and both cause certain manual jobs to disappear while fostering the creation of new jobs in newly emerging fields – here’s the link:

Wadhwa, Vivek. (22 December, 2014). Our future of unlimited wealth — and joblessness. Venture Beat. Online. Accessed December 23, 2014.

Tech Articles For Your Weekend Reading Pleasure Week Ending December 12

Article 1. An interesting Times’ article that focuses on how the use of technology can be used to help lessen income inequality

Cowen, Tyler. (2014, December 6). How Technology Cold Help Fight Income Inequality. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 6, 2014.

Article 2: A helpful re/code gift guide for those purchasing gifts for families that include young children – the gifts are mostly for young children although the lists includes a few items for the parents:

Boehret, Katherine. (2014, November 25). Holiday Gift Guide: Tech Relief for Parents of Young Children. re/code. Online. Accessed November 25, 2014.

Article 3. I found this article on the Quartz blog – Quartz is a blog owned by the Atlantic Publishing Group – the people behind The Atlantic magazine – and I thought this article was neat because it offers us a brief look at the divide between the U.S. where we collectively highly value technology and other parts of the world where the technology we value, and most of which is produced in the U.S., is seen in a more negative light as exemplified by the “Right to be Forgotten” issue which has been a huge bone of contention between European countries and Google – here’s the link to the article:

Chibber, Kabir. (1 December, 2014). American cultural imperialism has a new name: GAFA. qz. Online. Accessed December 2, 2014.

Article 4: This article is from the La Prensa (The Press) site and it discusses how a group of students at the U. S. C. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism had a 15 week software production (aka Hackathon) session where the developed new software applications for Google Glass. The session was overseen by Web Journalism Professor Robert Hernandez.

Here’s the link to the article:

And a link to the U. S. C. Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s website in case anyone wants to check that site out to learn more:

Students develop Google Glass app that gives users encyclopedic knowledge. La Prensa. Online. Accessed December 4, 2014.

Article 5: Article 5 offers info on the second Sony hack in recent weeks:

Hesseldahl, Arik. (2014, December 8). Hackers Hit Sony, Again. re/code. Online. Accessed December 8, 2014.

Article 6: This article discusses how & why many people under the age of 30 expect that they can view and listen to digital content for free:

Grappling With the ‘Culture of Free’ in Napster’s Aftermath. New York Times. Online. Accessed December 8, 2014.

Article 7. Another cool re/code gift guide – this one focuses on the gadgets you might buy to please the combo tech and fitness people on your gift list:

Goode, Lauren. (2014, November 25). Holiday Gift Guide: Gadgets for Fitness Freaks. re/code. Online. Accessed December 10, 2014,.

Article 8. This week T-Mobile launched a new and cheaper family plan that allows you to have two lines with unlimited date for only $100 per month!

Here’s the link:

Seifert, Dan. (2014, December 9). T-Mobile launches $100 two-line family plan with unlimited data. The Verge. Online. Accessed December 9, 2014.

Article 9. If you have an Amazon Prime membership and i you purchased a new 4 K TV in 2014 then you might want to check out this article because Amazon has just updated its software so that you can access 4 K content from the Amazon Instant Video Store!

Katzmaier, David. (2014, December 12). Amazon 4K streams start (updated with hands-on). cnet. Online. Accessed December 12, 2014.

Article 10. And yet another sign of the fact that we live in a high tech era – The State of Iowa will soon put out a new app that will allow residents to keep their official drivers’ license – on their smartphone!

Calamur, Krishnadev. (2014, December 12). Coming Soon To Iowa: Driver’s License On A Smartphone App. NPR. Online. Accessed December 12, 2014.

Article 11. Here’s a tech column from the New York Times that offers info on just why Windows computers keep doing those annoying updates, and, what type of scanning & virus protection software you might use on a Mac:

Biersdorfer, J. D. (2014, December 10). Keeping Up With Windows Update/Scanning A Mac. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 12, 2014.

Article 12: And if you like cooking and technology checkout this cool NPR article that discusses a new high tech pan!


Ralphelson, Samantha.(2014, December 3). Weekly Innovation: A Smart Pan That Helps You Cook Like A Chef. Online. Accessed December 8, 2014.


Tech Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week – December 1 – 7, 2014

Hi everyone, here’s a list of personal technology related stories that you might have missed over the past week!

Just in time for your weekday evening reading pleasure!

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

 Tech Articles Week of December 1 – 7, 2014:

Article 1. The first link is to a Re/Code article that offers suggestions as to what holiday gift you can buy for that hard-to-buy-for teenager or college student:

Cha, Bonnie. (25 November, 2014). Holiday Gift Guide: Cool Tech for Teens and College Students. re/code. Online. Accessed December 2, 2014.

Article 2. In case you missed it the Girl Scouts will now be selling their delicious cookies online! Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the subject:

Olson, Elizabeth. (1 December, 2014) Online Sales for Girl Scout Cookies Are Approved. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 1, 2014.

Article 3. Article 3 offers insight into how Netflix is growing its streaming video service by offering original programming:

Steel, Emily. (29 November, 2014) How to Build an Empire, the Netflix Way. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 4, 2014.

Article 4. As you may have heard Sony Pictures had their computer system hacked last week & it is thought that the Korean Government was behind the hack. Here is a link to an NPR article on the subject:

Sanders, Sam. (1 December, 2014). North Korean Government Thought To Be Behind Sony Pictures Hack. NPR. Online. Accessed December 2, 2014.

Article 5. The use of robots in factories

Myrow, Rachel. (1 December, 2014). Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster. NPR. Online. Accessed December 4, 2014.

Article 6. CNET offers a review of the new Amazon Echo voice activated combination speaker and personal assistant:

Carnoy, David. (1 December, 2014). Amazon Echo talks the talk, but still needs a little work on walking the walk. CNET. Online. Accessed December 3, 2014.

Article 7. The Edutopia blog offers an interesting article on using photography as a digital literacy tool:

Dell’Angelo, Tabitha. edutopia. Literacy Through Photography for Enlish Language Learners. Online. Accessed December 2, 2014.

Article 8. Forbes offers a really cool article that discusses the fact that businesses that successfully use technology are not necessarily big technology business:

McKendrick, Joe. Paradox: It Takes More Than Technology To Lead With Technology. Forbes. Online. Accessed December 2, 2014.

Article 9. The New York Times offered an interesting article on the well-known Russian Programmer Pavel Durov who kept getting in hot water with the Putin government and has now left Russia and is promoting programming as a citizen of the world.

Hakim, Danny. (2 December, 2014). Once Celebrated in Russia, the Programmer Pavel Durov Chooses Exile. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 3, 2014.

Article 10. And tech columnist Molly Wood offers a timely article on how to be safe while shopping and paying with debit or credit cards during the holiday season:

Wood, Molly. (2 December, 2014). Minimizing In-Store Shopping Dangers. The New York Times. Online. Accessed December 3, 2014.

Monthly Tech Movies @ The Library January – May 2015

Hi everyone, our next Monthly Tech Movie is the last one for 2014!

We’ll be showing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial next Friday, December 12!

So if you’ve never caught this classic film on the big screen here’s your chance!

And since we’re running out of 2014 — here’s a link to a PDF that lists our Monthly Tech Movies for the months January – May 2015!

Hope to see you at the library movies!

Linda, SSCL

Monthly Tech Movies January – May 2015

Please feel free to print off and share this PDF too!