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Library Tech Programs Week of October 8 – 14, 2012: iPads, Streaming Video Players and More!

Wednesday, October 10 2012

BE:Lab Wednesday One Hour Tech Workshop: iPad: Time: 2:00-3:00 PM.

Learn to use an iPad, navigate between screens and search for and download apps. Registration is required please call (607)936-3713 ext. 502 to register.

Thursday, October 11 2012

Evening Tech Workshop: Streaming Video Players: Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM.

Check out the cutting edge way of watching movies and TV shows. We’ll demonstrate the two most popular media streaming players: Apple TV and Roku, and show you how to access TV shows, movies, music, photos and more- all so you can watch and view them on that big HDTV in your living room. Registration is required please call (607) 936-3713 ext. 502 to register.

Free one-on-one assistance is also available throughout the week! So don’t forget if you have tech questions – you can come to the library for assistance!

So if you have questions about how to use that new gadget or tech item you just got – whether that gadget or tech item is a PC, Mac, a new piece of software, an e-reader or tablet etc. Let us know  – our tech staff is here to help! We don’t know everything of course, however, we are not afraid to do research on a tech subject and find out and will do our best to assist you.

And you may be able to walk into the library and find one of our staff free to assist you, but as we also teach several classes and could be busy with another one-on-one session we suggest that you call or email ahead of time to schedule a session, and tell us a bit about what you are seeking.  You can call us at either: 607.684.0361 or 607-936-3713 ext. 212 to make an appointment, or email us at either: or

We encourage you to bring your own laptop or device. Please let us know if you would like the use of one of our laptops or check out (in-house) one of our tablets or e-readers.

Linda R.

Library E-Book App Now Available for Nooks & A Cool Article On Serendipity

Library E-Book App Now Available For Nooks: Owners of the Nook Tablet, Nook Color, Nook HD and Nook HD+ (basically Nook owners who own a Nook with a color screen) rejoice! There is now an app that will allow you to quickly and easily download free library e-books directly to your Nook without you having to first download the e-books to a computer!

Barnes and Noble & OverDrive just announced the new app. The link to the OverDrive story that announces the new app is titled OverDrive Media Console: Library eBooks Audiobooks, and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

And if you have a Nook with a color screen you can cut to the chase and just open the web browser on your Nook and then open the following page which will allow you to download the app:

A Cool Article On Serendipity: In reading news and book reviews for my work as the Acquisitions Librarian at SSCL I came across a neat New York Times article today. The article was written by the author Mark Helprin and it illustrates, by his real life examples, how serendipitous events can occur in our lives.

The article of course has absolutely nothing to do with technology – I just thought it was cool and figured I’d share it!

Mr. Helprin kicks off the article by stating that “THE great essayist Roger Rosenblatt once generously reminded me that “good writers have good accidents.” Helprin then goes on to illustrate how those little accidents – that occur to one simply because one is in a particular place at a particular time – can and do occur in everyday life and add spice to our lives.

To give you an example, Helprin recalls that as a child he and his family lived in a grand old house on the Hudson River and that he used to walk past a certain old house in the region on a regular basis. And in walking past the house he heard someone in the house playing the piano and he notes that the piano player was quite good and that his name was…insert drum roll here for dramatic effect …the piano player was Aaron Copland!

Not all of the author’s real life examples include famous personages; however, they all relay what I might deem the extra spice of life that one gets when time, place and events conspire to bring about those delightful and fleeting moments of serendipitous wonder that are so hard to describe; but that we all experience during our lives.

So if you like serendipitous events or would just like to read an article that contains gentle humor and dashes of nostalgia you should check out this one!

The article is titled Bumping into the Characters and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Have a great day!

Linda R.


Humorous David Pogue Post On The E-Reader Wars!

And I had to share this! David Pogue, the New York Times resident tech guru and reviewer, has a humorous article on the e-reader war going on between Amazon and Barnes & Noble. And he notes how exhausting it must for the e-reader development teams at both companies to try and continually out-do each other – and he compares the new Amazon Kindle Paperwhite e-reader to the Barnes & Noble Glowlight e-reader to do so. It is a fun and informative article titled New E-Reader Lets There Be More Light and it can be accessed via this link:


Linda R.

Self Publishing Your Own Novel Via Amazon, Some Helpful Apps For The Absent Minded Among Us & The Cheerful Computer Smiley Face Has A Birthday!

Self Publishing Your Own Novel Via Amazon: PC Magazine offers an interesting article on their website regarding the way e-books are changing the landscape for writers. It used to be, and not so long ago either, that if you had written a novel you had to really sell it to a traditional publisher – that is convince them the work would sell if they published it.

And if you couldn’t get a publisher interested in your book you could shell out money and try and sell the book yourself but you were usually out of luck as far a attracting a large audience and getting your book read.

Today all that has changed.

The E-Book revolution currently underway translates into aspiring writers being able to very easily self-publisher their works as e-books – and they don’t have to convince traditional publishers that their books deserve to be published either!  There are naturally a number of digital publishing platforms you can use to publish your work and to translate that – I simply mean that you can sell your e-book through well-known e-book sellers with self-publishing services like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks (Apple) as well as independent e-book publishers like Smashwords and Book Tango. However, The PC Magazine article highlights some of the reasons why you might want to consider using the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing service to get your e-book read by the largest number of people. So if you’re a writer who’d like to get your work published and ready by as many people as possible you may want to check out the article!

You might also want to talk to the library’s writer in residence and all round literary guru Michelle Wells who also knows a thing or two about the process of self publishing one’s works electronically!

And here’s the link to the PC Magazine article, titled How To Self-Publish Your Novel on the Amazon Kindle that focuses on the benefits of using the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing service to get your novel published:

Some Helpful Apps For The Absent Minded Among Us: You know how the common adage goes that your memory at mid-life isn’t quite what it was when you were twenty?  Well… as someone who now has both feet planted firmly in that middle age category, I can tell you there is some truth to that adage! Thank goodness for the synched calendar app on my iPad and iMac because if not for that – I’d be forgetting to do things I wanted to get done!  And to assist all of those people that are of a certain age in remembering things we’d like to get done – there is, as the expression goes – an app for that!

Or several apps for that!

The New York Times offers an article on just that subject – apps that assist one in remembering all the items on one’s to-do list! The article is titled For the Absent-Minded, a Few Forget-Me-Nots and the three apps discussed are Any.DO and Remember the Milk, both are free and available for both Android and iOS devices, and, It’s Clear which is only available for iOS devices and costs one dollar.

Here’s the article link:

The Cheerful Computer Smiley Face Has A Birthday!  I have to admit I didn’t know that the computer smiley face, the one you create by pressing first on the semi-color key, second on the dash key and third on the right parentheses key so it looks like this 🙂 actually has a name.

As it turns out it does! And this week that cheerful friendly dweller of the web turns thirty! NPR has a short and fun article and podcast combo on the subject titled The Emoticon Turns 30, Seems Happy About It 🙂 and the article link can be found here:

Have a great day!

Linda R.

More on the iPad Mini & Time Warner Cable Will Begin Charging Modem Rental Fees

More on the iPad Mini: The tech rumor mill is a-buzz today with rumors of the impending unveiling of the new iPad Mini. The most noteworthy report on the subject comes from Fortune magazine who cite “a major Apple investor who says he’s heard it from “multiple sources;”” “it” of course, being the news that Apple is getting press invitations ready to be sent out on October 10 inviting the press to an event on October 17. And if all of that comes to fruition the iPad Mini could be unveiled by the end of the month. And I think that is very exciting news because if it is true, and Apple is notoriously mum on its future plans until the events where the actually unveil those new items occur, than there should be a cheaper 7” Apple tablet for sale before the holiday shopping season starts.

And if you’re thinking to yourself “Why is the introduction of an iPad Mini exciting?”

My answer to that question is that it is exciting because at the present time the best tablets, as far as a smooth, exciting and in-depth usage experience goes, are Apple tablets.

And anyone who owns both an Apple and an Android tablet knows that how great the hardware is…that is only half the story – the other half is about the apps – how many apps there are in categories that interest you and how well they work are of great importance too and Apple’s App Store offers thousands more apps than the Android (aka Google Play) App Store. And Apple seemingly has higher standards for which apps it allows to be sold through its App Store so those apps tend to generally work quite well.

Additionally, I have found using the iPad to be a smoother more user friendly experience overall than using an Android tablet. So for Apple to step into the less pricey 7” tablet space is exciting because it will offer a more affordable iPad to the general public which translates into more people being able to purchase a cheaper Apple tablet and truly experience what I’ll call the joy of using a tablet to access information, content (think TV shows, movies and music), play games, Skype, take pictures and modify them and even get some work done!

Not that I am a tablet fan or anything…

And speaking of tablets – if you’d like to sit down and play with an iPad, Kindle Fire or Nook stop by the library sometime – we have iPads and e-reader here for patrons to use in-house and even circulating Nooks with pre-loaded ebooks for patrons to check out. And that is not to mention the e-books in the STLS Digital Catalog…

Here’s the link the brief Fortune article, titled Rumor iPad Mini Invitations Set to be Mailed Out October 10, reporting the iPad Mini unveiling event via the unnamed Apple investor:

And here’s an AppAdvice story titled How the iPad Mini Could Change Everything that offers more information as to why the introduction of a cheaper Apple tablet could greatly impact the tech world:

Time Warner Cable Will Begin Charging Modem Rental Fees: The New York Times Bits Blog relayed some unsurprising information today; for just as the price of just about everything seems to keep going up, certainly gas prices come to mind, Time Warner is adding a new fee for its wireless customers to pay.  The fee is a new fee that will be charged to Time Warner Cable customers who have Wi-Fi set up at their houses via a Time Warner provided modem. The Time Warner modems have been provided free of charge in the past but now there will be a monthly fee of $3.95 to rent the equipment. Of course, Time Warner also offers a list of suggested modems that will work well with their equipment if you’d rather buy a modem than lease one from Time Warner.

Here’s the link to the Bits blog article titled Time Warner Cable Modem Rental:

And here the link to the Time Warner Cable page that suggests modems you can buy that will work well with their equipment:

Have a great day everyone!

Linda R.

Tech Events of the Week, The Book Sale is Coming, Did You Know: The Library Has A Scanner? & New Items Are Available in the Digital Catalog

Hi everyone, the library is offering one lone tech program this week – but it is a great one! It is our Wednesday One Hour Tech Workshop on how to use a digital camera!

And of course, we always offer free one-on-one instruction for patrons so if you just purchased a new PC, Mac, e-reader, tablet, smartphone or other device and have questions about how to use it – call us! You can make an appointment to go over key usage details of your new device with a member of our tech staff! Tel: 607-936-3713 ext. 502

And having said that here are the items of the day!

Tech Events of the Week: October 1 – 7, 2012

Wednesday, October 3, 20120

BE:Lab Wednesday One Hour Tech Workshop: Digital Camera: Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM 

Description: Learn how to transfer photos from your digital camera to a PC. Also, learn to do basic editing and saving of photos. Sign up is required by calling (607)936-3713 ext. 502.

The Book Sale is Coming! This has nothing whatsoever to do with tech! Instead it is one of those off-subject items I sometimes like to throw in for variety! So all ye book lovers note that the Friends of the Southeast Steuben County Library will be hosting their fall book sale starting next Saturday, October 7, 2012!

And for your convenience here’s the book sale schedule:

Saturday, Oct. 13 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Members only preview- nonmembers can join at the door

Sunday, Oct. 14 Noon – 5 p.m. All Welcome (full price day)

Monday, Oct. 15 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. All Welcome (about 10% off)

Tuesday, Oct. 16 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. about 20% Off Full Price

Wednesday, Oct. 17 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. about 30% Off Full Price

Thursday, Oct. 18 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. about 40% Off Full Price

Friday, Oct. 19 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. about 50% Off Full Price

Saturday, Oct. 20 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bag & Box Sale

For additional information regarding the book sale please call the library at: 607-936-3713 or click on the following link:

Did You Know: The Library Has A Scanner? If you didn’t know the library has a scanner – we do! You can come in and scan your documents, photos or slides and save them to a flash drive or email them. If you have just one or two photos or documents to scan feel free to just drop in. If you have a whole tray full of slides or a scrapbook full of photos you’d like to scan call us and make an appointment to use the scanner! And if you have any questions about scanner usage please ask us! Call us at 607-936-3713 ext. 502.

New Items Are Available in the Digital Catalog: the library has placed its digital content order for October and our newly ordered e-books, downloadable videos and downloadable music titles are now available in the Digital Catalog.

You can download the formats in the Digital Catalog to a variety of devices including a PC if you’d just like to try one or two of them out! You can download an e-book to your PC and see what you think of reading an e-book before you purchase an e-reader!

And here is the list of newly added e-books, e-music and e-video titles that are available via the STLS Digital Catalog today!


Accidental Princess by Michelle Willingham

Adventures of Sir Balin the Ill-Fated by Aaron Renier, Gerald Morris

After the Armistice Ball by Catriona McPherson

Becoming Modern America by Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster

Belong to the Night by Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden, Sherrill Quinn

Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

Cape Perdido by Marcia Muller

Changing America by Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster

Claimed by the Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson

Corvus by Paul Kearney

Cover Your Assets by Patricia Smiley

Craving the Highlander’s Touch by Michelle Willingham

Croak by Gina Damico

Crocodile on the Sandbank, Amelia Peabody Series, Book 1 by Elizabeth Peters

Curse of the Pharaohs by Elizabeth Peters

Cyanide Wells by Marcia Muller

Defining America by Peter Jennings, Todd Brewster

Delectably Undone! By Elizabeth et al.

Do You Take This Cop? by Beth Andrews

everafter by Nell Stark, Trinity Tam

False Profits by Patricia Smiley

Fractal Murders by Mark Cohen

Frisco’s Kid by Suzanne Brockmann

Ghosts by Robert C. Belyk

Happy Halloween, Curious George by H. A. Rey

Hotter After Midnight by Cynthia Eden

If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

Jade Lady Burning by Martin Limon

Jade Venus by George Harmon Coxe

Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths

Killing Casanova  by Traci McDonald

Killing in China Basin by Kirk Russell

Name of this Book Is Secret by Pseudonymous Bosch

Next of Kin by Sharon Sala

Night Maneuvers by Jillian Burns

Night of the Cotillion by Janet Dailey

Night Whispers by Leslie Kelly

Nightcap by Kathleen O’Reilly

Night’s Kiss by Amanda Ashley

Night’s Touch by Amanda Ashley

Persuasion by Brenda Joyce

Secret Father by James Carroll

Seduced by Her Highland Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Seduction by Brenda Joyce

Slicky Boys by Martin Limon

Swordmage by Richard Baker

Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate

This Book Is Not Good For You by Pseudonymous Bosch

Wanting Heart by Rionna Morgan

Widow’s Hope by Mary Ellis

Word Gets Around by Lisa Wingate

E-Music Titles (Downloadable digital music titles):

The 12 Days of Christmas. Description/Artists/Composers: Traditional, John Rutter, Edward Caswall, John Goss, Phillips Brooks, Lewis H. Redner, Johann Sebastian Bach et al.

America the Beautiful. Description/Artists/Composers: Various Artists, (c) 2012 APM Music

Another Night Before Christmas & Scrooge, Description/Artists/Composers: John Fox, Bryan George Kelly, Charles Dickens, Philip Lane, Carol Ann Duffy, Matthew Curtis, Vladimir Rebikov, Franz Liszt, Gordon Jacob, Adam Saunders, Angela Morley, Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Gavin Sutherland, RTE Concert Orchestra, Simon Callow, Mia Cooper, Royal Ballet Sinfonia

Bach For A Haunted Halloween, Volume 1, Description/Artists/Composers: The Poltergeist Players, ©Maxximus Music ASCAP

The Best of Christmas Cocktails. Description/Artists/Composers: Various Artists, (C) 2007 Capitol Records, Inc.

A Christmas Celebration. Description/Artists/Composers: Celtic Woman, (C) 2006 Celtic Woman Ltd. under exclusive license to Manhattan Records.

Christmas With the Chipmunks (2010). Description/Artists/Composers: The Chipmunks, (C) 2010 Capitol Records, LLC.

History of Rock and Roll, Vol. 1, 1948-1954. Description/Artists/Composers: Amos Milburn, Lola Anne Cullum, Paul Hucklebuck Williams, Lloyd Price, Leroy Kirkland, Danny Taylor, Ahmet Ertegun, Jesse Stone, Joe Morris, Bill Haley, John Wallace, Herb Lance, Charlie Singleton, Artie Glenn, James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, James Edwards, Floyd McRae, Jerry Wexler, Clyde McPhatter, Chuck Willis, Adolph Smith, William Davis, Daniel Sonny Norton, Morris Levy, Bill Monroe, Curtis Williams, Gaynell Hodge, Jesse Belvin, Vernon Green, Mack David, Mabel Godwin, James Pookie Hudson, Calvin Carter, Amos Milburn, Paul Hucklebuck Williams, Lloyd Price, Clovers, The, Clyde McPhatter, Drifters, The, Faye Adams, Comets, The, Bill Haley, Ruth Brown, Orioles, The, Crew Cuts, The, David Carroll Orchestra, Spiders, Crows.

History of Rock and Roll, Vol. 2, Part I: 1955. Description/Artists/Composers: Winfield Scott, Ferdinand Washington, Don D. Robey, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Esther Navarro, Jesse Belvin, Curtis Williams, Gaynell Hodge, Boyd Bennett, Chuck Gorman, John Young, Arthur Gunter, Buck Ram, Ande Rand, Bo Diddley, Dave Bartholomew, Pearl King, Etta James, Hank Ballard, Johnny Otis, Chuck Berry, Bill Taylor, Stan Kesler, Jake Vernon Porter, Forest Wilson, Eunice Levy, Chuck Willis, Freddie Slack, Don Raye, Fats Domino, Bob Merrill, Beverly Ruby Ross, Julius Edward Dixon, LaVern Baker, Johnny Ace, Cheers, The, Cadillacs, The, Crew Cuts, The, Fontane Sisters, The, Elvis Presley, Platters, The, Bo Diddley, Smiley Lewis, Etta James, Chuck Berry, Five Keys, The, Chuck Miller, Robins, The, Fats Domino.

History of Rock and Roll, Vol. 2, Part II: 1955. Description/Artists/Composers: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Harvey Fuqua, Alan Freed, Boyd Bennett, Chuck Gorman, John Young, Robert Allen, Kokomo Arnold, Buck Ram, Etta James, Hank Ballard, Johnny Otis, Henry Glover, Nappy Brown, Frederic Madison, Rose Marie McCoy, Hy Zaret, Alex North, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Leroy Kirkland, Fats Domino, Dave Bartholomew, Eugene Adkinson, Wade Buff, Jake Vernon Porter, Forest Wilson, Eunice Levy, Lincoln Chase, Little Junior Parker, Sam Phillips, Rudy Toombs, Jenny Carson, Al Hill, Richard Penniman, Dorothy LaBostrie, Joe Lubin, Charms, The, McGuire Sisters, The, Boyd Bennett, Four Lads, The, Elvis Presley, Platters, The, Georgia Gibbs, Midnighters, The, Lula Reed, Crew Cuts, The, R. Hamilton, Turbans, The, Fontane Sisters, The.

Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble: I Dig. Description/Artists/Composers: Les Baxter, Elmer Bernstein, Joey Altruda, Robert Drasnin, Moises Vivanco, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Henry Mancini, Ira Newborn, Rudy Toombs, Leonard Bernstein, Quincy Jones, Duane Schulthess, Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble, Janet Gottschall Fried.

E-Video Titles (Downloadable digital music titles):

12 Dogs of Christmas. Description. Children’s Video. A girl who uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.

1966 World Tour [The Home Movies], through the Camera of Bob Dylan’s Drummer Mickey Jones. Biography & Autobiography, Documentary, Entertainment, Music, Nonfiction. Description: With a set of drums and an 8mm color home movie camera, Mickey Jones toured the world in 1966 with Bob Dylan and The Band. He filmed “The tour that changed Rock and Roll forever” and the booing crowds, scathing reviews, stomping feet, and infamous catcalls….

All About Construction. Children’s Video. Description: Hop in the driver’s seat and take a magic ride with Hard Hat Harry ™ the construction genie as he shows you the “biggest baddest most awesomest construction equipment in the whole wide world”: bulldozers excavators clam diggers forklifts compacters pile drivers track hoe buckets barrier movers and an off-road dump truck that’s so heavy it would crack a road in two just by driving over it!

An American Affair. Feature Film. Description: Set in 1963, in the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy’s Washington into Camelot, a young teenager has an inside view of JFK’s torrid affair with his neighbor and secret CIA assassination plans. History unfolds in front of your eyes in this gripping and dramatic coming of age story.

Angel Dog. Children’s Video. Description. Angel Dog is an uplifting drama with sorrow, sincerity, hope, and humor…a journey of recovery for Jake Bryant, a man who has to learn to love, how to smile, how to live again after he loses everything that matters to him. His inspiration to get off the sofa and go on living comes from somewhere Jake never would have expected a lovable stray named Cooper.

Chilly Dogs. Adventure, Comedy. Description: When slacker Kevin receives a letter from his long-lost grandfather telling him he’s inherited land in Alaska it seems to be the answer to his prayers for excitement and adventure. But there’s a catch: in order to claim the land Kevin must compete in the worlds toughest dog sled race across Alaska.

Cowboys & Angels. Drama, Western. Description: Left at the altar, heartbroken Danny fears that he will never love again, until the mysterious and angelic JoJo appears in his life.

Dog Jack. Children’s Video. Description: This Civil War family film is the story of a slave boy and his dog who escape from a plantation, join the Union army and eventually face their former master on the battlefield. The story is based on the true-life adventures of the mascot of the Pennsylvania 102nd.

Last Kung Fu Monk. Action, Feature Film. Description: A Shaolin monk and Kung Fu master, Li Long finds himself in New York caring for the son of his recently killed brother and opening a school to teach the ancient arts. Unbeknownst to him, his school has been funded by the Russian mafia, a ruthless organization that kidnaps his nephew and forces Li Long to battle for his life in an underground fight club. Now he must once again become The Last Kung Fu Monk and take on a bevy of vicious foes to save Dave and wipe out the mafia in this high-octane, high-kicking thriller.

Lifted. Description: Lifted is the story of Henry, a middle school student in Alabama, who finds refuge in music from the challenges of his surroundings: a drug addicted mother, a Reservist father recalled to active service in Afghanistan, the financial stress of a Reservist s pay, a racist, redneck grandfather, and bullying schoolmates. A singing competition provides Henry the vehicle for his personal triumph.

Qigong for Stress Relief Health & Fitness. Nonfiction. Description: Francesco and Daisy are two of the world s leading Qiqong and mind-body health experts. Francesco is an author and Emmy award winning TV producer. Among his many credits is a well-known PBS documentary on Qigong. Daisy also works in the television industry and, together, they run an energy healing workshop facility in Hawaii.

Have a great day!

Linda R.

New Barnes & Noble Nooks & Streaming Video Service & Other Items of Tech Note!

New Barnes & Noble Nooks: On the tablet front, Barnes & Noble introduced two new Nooks on Wednesday; the Nook HD and the Nook HD+. The former is a 7” tablet and the later a 9” tablet. Both tablets have improved screen resolution over previous Nook models. In addition, they are family friendly because they have the capability of allowing up to six people to log in individually and personalize the Nook via their individual log ins. The tablets both have parental controls as well so parents can decide what their children can access e-book and app-wise. Both models will be coming out November 1st and can be pre-ordered from Barnes & Noble now.

Here’s a link to the B&N Nook description page if you’d like to see all the bells and whistles these new tablets offer:

New Barnes & Noble Streaming Video Service: On the video streaming front, B&N announced this week that it is rolling out a video streaming service. This new service will allow Nook owners to rent, buy and view television shows and movies from Barnes & Noble on their Nook tablets.  In addition, this new service, like Amazon’s Instant Video service, will allow people to purchase and view video content on other devices – so you’ll be able to watch B&N videos on your Nook and also, via apps or a software download, to your PC, smartphone, iPad, Galaxy Tab etc.

Here’s a link to a CNET article on the subject titled Nook Video Opens New Chapter for B&N e-Reader:

California Approves Self Driving Cars: On Tuesday (9-25), California Governor Jerry Brown really did sign that law that will allow self-driving cars on California roads!

PC Magazine offers a nice article on the subject titled California Governor Signs Self-Driving Car Bill Into Law – here’s the link:,2817,2410180,00.asp

And if you’d rather watch your news – here’s a link to a YouTube video that shows the governor signing the bill with Google co-founder Sergey Brin looking on!!

CNET Reports You Can Sign up for a Free Year of Sirius Internet Radio: CNET has an article on their site today titled Freebie Friday Get A Free Year of Sirius XM Internet Radio; it relays the news that the company know for its Car Satellite Radio service actually offers an Internet Radio service too. The service is similar to Pandora and Spotify in that you can access it via apps on your tablet or smartphone and also via the web. The service usually costs $14.99 per month but right now Sirius is offering a free one year subscription to the service – available for a limited time only. Here’s the link:

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linda R.