Here’s a listing of Tech Stories You Might Have Missed for last week!

The week beginning February 2, 2015

  1. Better Battery Life for Mobile Devices: Re/code tech columnist Katherine Boehret offers a cool article that discusses new technologies that allow you to re-charge your smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices sans those obnoxious power cords!

Here’s the link:

http://recode.net/2015/02/04/waiting-for-better-battery-technology/

Boehret, Katherine. (4 February, 2015). Waiting for Better Battery-Charging Technology. Re/code. Online. Accessed February 5, 2015.

  1. Amazon Taking Over Radio Shack Stores? PBS offers a report that discusses the proposed Amazon buyout of some of the bankrupt Radio Shack’s brick and mortar stores – it seems Amazon wishes to expand its presence to a store near you so you can buy things from Amazon locally instead of with one click online!

Here’s the article link:

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/amazon-coming-radioshack-near-2/

Sillers, Anna. (3 February, 2015). Amazon, (maybe) coming to a RadioShack near you. PBS Newshour. Online. Accessed February 4, 2015.

  1. Libraries Offering Kits That Allow Patrons To Make Things: The Non Profit Quarterly site offered a cool article last week that discussed the new facet of collection development in public libraries that offers patrons the option to check out things, usually in kits, that allow them to make other things; i.e. tools to create projects, cameras to take photos, kits that focus on creating certain things from pot holders to basic electronic items and more!

This new trend nicely compliments the trend of incorporating Makerspaces into public libraries – stay tuned to our website for news about the SSCL Makerspace coming sometime this year to your library!

And in the meantime here’s the link to the Non Profit Quarterly article:

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/policysocial-context/25556-libraries-of-the-future-will-also-be-libraries-of-things.html

Hasan, Shafaq. (4 February, 2015). Libraries of the Future will also Be “Libraries of Things.” NPQ. Online. Accessed February 6, 2015.

  1. Time For Music Copyright Laws To Be Updated: Article 4 focuses offers insight into the reasons why now is a good time for music copyright law to change; and a great deal of the slice of the pie of reasons why is due to the advent & popularity of streaming music services.

Here’s the link:

http://recode.net/2015/02/05/copyright-office-has-thoughts-on-what-streaming-music-services-should-pay-for-music/

Schatz, Amy. (5 February, 2015). Copyright Office Has Thoughts on What Streaming Music Services Should Pay for Music. Accessed February 5, 2015.

  1. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Editorial On Net Neutrality: And unless you didn’t read, watch or listen to the news at all last week you’ve probably already heard that F.C.C. Chairman Tom Wheeler came out in favor of the re-classification of Internet service as a utility.

However, as there have been many, many stories & comments made on the subject of Net Neutrality and the plan to reclassify Internet service as a utility by many different public personages and companies in the last week – you might have missed the editorial Wheeler did for the Wired site where he explained in his own words why he believes reclassifying Internet services as a utility is the best way to gain true Net Neutrality for all U.S. citizens – so here’s the link to his editorial:

http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fcc-chairman-wheeler-net-neutrality?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

 

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