Article 1: Presidential Speeches That Include References To Technological Innovation: The first recommend article is from the Washington Post and it takes a look back at past presidential speeches that mention “modern” technology as an innovative tool. The list includes a few lines from John Quincy Adams on the subject of the growing of railroad technology, moves on to note Andrew Jackson mentioning the innovative power of stream, Lincoln offering words on the subject of the first global communications technology – the telegraph and goes all the way forward to 2015 when President Obama mentioned Instagram in his 2015 State of the Union Address – history and technology mixed together – cool!

Here’s the link to the article:

Bump, Philip. (21 January, 2015). The first mentions of technological innovations in State of the Union messages, catalogued. The Washington Post. Online. Accessed January 22, 2015.

Article 2: Technology Has Not Made Life More Stressful: Article 2discusses how many people think that the modern technology has made life more stressful, when in fact many people find the new communications technologies to be stress relievers as they allow people to more easily connect with family and friends.

Here’s the link to the article

Miller, Claire Cain. (15 January, 2015). Technology Has Made Life Different, but Not Necessarily More Stressful. The New York Times. Online. Accessed January 15, 2015.

Article 3: New Features of iOS 8: This article is for iPhone & iPad users who’d like to know more about the new features of Apple’s latest mobile software upgrade – iOS 8. The new features include the ability to ask Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant, questions hands free while your device is plugged in as it might be while you’re in a car, the ability to use third party keyboards and the option to ask Siri to identify a song that is playing. The article comes with a video review found at the following link:

Wood, Molly. (14 January, 2015). Getting the Most Out of Apple iOS 8. The New York Times. Online. Accessed January 15, 2015.

Article 4: Fitness Trackers: This “article” is actually a funny video review of some of the most popular fitness trackers by the always fun Wall Street Journal Tech columnist Joanna Stern:

Stern, Joanna. (16 December, 2014). Review: Best Fitness Trackers to Get You Up Off The Couch. The Wall Street Journal. Online. Accessed January 13, 2015.

Article 5: The Basic Gist of The Term The Internet of Things:  If you’ve heard the term “The Internet of Things” and wondered what exactly that means – then this article is for you! Re/Code tech columnist Bonnie Cha offers an accessible explanation of just what that term means and how the technology is advancing in that integrated direction.

Here’s the link to the article:

Cha, Bonnie. (15 January, 2015). A Beginner’s Guide to Understanding the Internet of Things. re/code. Online. Accessed January 15, 2015.

Article 6: Google Translate Update: Google Translate has recently had an update and this link is to a video that shows how you can now have a conversation with someone speaking another language by using the software:

How To Video: Hold conversations using Google Translate. CNET. Online. Accessed January 22, 2015.

Article 7: Windows 10 Is Coming In 2015! (And the Start Menu will return!): This BBC article offers some basic info on the new Windows 10 operating system that Microsoft will be unrolling later this year:

Kelion, Leo. (21 January, 2015). Windows 10 to get ‘holographic’ headset and Cortana. BBC. Online. Accessed January 22, 2015.

Article 8: Windows 10 Holographic Headset: Windows 10 is being unveiled later this year along with a cool new holo headset that allows you to

Savov, Vlad. (21 January, 2015). Microsoft announces Windows Holographic with HoloLens headset. The Verge. Online. Accessed January 21, 2015.

Article 9: Microsoft Founder Bill Gates Will Be Guest Editor On The Verge Site In February:  Bill Gates will offer guest editorials on the tech site The Verge in February focusing on how technology will make the world a better place in the next 15 years:

Patel, Nilay. (22 January, 2015). Bill Gates is guest-editing The Verge in February: Technology will build a better, safer, healthier world by 2030. The Verge. Online. Accessed January 22, 2015.

Article 10: HBO Standalone Web Service Coming In 2015: Sometime this year HBO will be rolling out a paid standalone subscription service so you won’t need a cable

Kafka, Peter. (22 January, 2015). Will HBO on the Web Pull the Plug on Pay TV? Survey Says: Yep! re/code. Online. Accessed January 22, 2015.

Article 11: Amazon – Good For Readers or Not?  This “article” consists of a short article from NPR and a podcast of 50 minutes on the subject of whether or not Amazon’s e-book practices are good for readers. Essentially, the podcast offers a debate on the subject; on the pro side author Jon Konrath & Matthew Yglesias executive editor of, a digital news company, and on the con side Franklin Foer the former editor of The New Republic and author and lawyer Scott Turow.

Here’s the link:

Debate Is Amazon The Reader’s Friend? NPR. Online. Accessed January 22, 2015.

Article 12: The Battle For Net Neutrality Goes On: And this last article is an NPR offering on the subject of just what will happen later this year when the FCC rules on Net Neutrality & how congress will influence this new rules.

Here’s the link:

Rose, Joel. (21 January, 2015). The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress. NPR. Online. Accessed January 21, 2015.

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