Digital Literacy Programs & Creation Station Hours Week of March 28, 2016

Creation Station (Makerspace) Hours
Monday, March 28 & Wednesday, March 30: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 29 & Thursday, March 31: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Creation Station is our makerspace in the library. Come in and make something incredible. Makerspace projects that will be available to be created at the Southeast Steuben County Library include:

• 3 D Printer created projects*
• Computer created projects
• Sewing projects*
• Scanning projects (slides, photos & documents)
• Art projects*
• Scrapbooking projects*
• Drawing

All Patrons interested in using the Creation Station will be required to receive training before using the space. Projects that require training are only accessible upon staff availability.

*Some projects will require a small fee for materials.

Note: Creation Station hours will be changing as of April 1! The new hours will be posted to our blogs later this week.

Digital Photo Slideshow: Back in the 20th century families used to gather to watch images of birthdays and family vacations projected onto living room walls. Nowadays almost all of us use digital cameras, but family slideshows don’t have to be a thing of the past. Using Microsoft PowerPoint we can create exciting slideshows with added music, and even video, and they can be viewed on our TVs and shared in a variety of ways, including online. Please bring a flash drive or CD with your photographs. We encourage you to bring your own laptop if you have Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer, otherwise we are happy to provide laptops for everyone. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Date/Time: Thursday, March 31, 2016, Time: 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Programs On Deck for Next Week:

The Online Library: In the 21st Century a public library offers more than onsite access to books, DVDs and the Internet. Today public libraries offer patrons access to digital books, audiobooks, videos, magazines, interactive learning materials and special research resources 24/7 via computers, tablets and smartphones. This program will offer an overview of the digital library materials SSCL patrons can checkout and access from wherever they are at any time of the day or night. To register for this program call the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502. You can also register by sending an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p. m.

Also Available:

Free Digital Literacy Appointments: If you need help in learning how to use a computer, tablet, e-reader or smartphone, or, if you want to learn how to use the equipment in our makerspace, Creation Station, you can make an appointment with a member of our Digital Literacy Services staff at a time that is convenient for you and we’ll show you the basic operating ropes!

To make a free technology appointment, call the library at 607-936-3713 x 502 or send an email to us at the following address: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

All library programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events November 28 – December 6, 2015

Makerspace Hours
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dec 1, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dec 3, 2015

Creation Station is our makerspace in the library. Come in and make something incredible. Makerspace projects that will be available to be created at the Southeast Steuben County Library include:
• 3 D Printer created projects*
• Computer created projects
• Sewing projects*
• Scanning
• Art projects*
• Scrapbooking projects*
• Drawing

All Patrons interested in using the Creation Station will be required to receive training before using the space. Projects that require training are only accessible upon staff availability. *Some projects will require a small fee for materials. Programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.

On Saturday, November 28 the library is open our regular Saturday hours of 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM so drop in while you’re out and about!

Note on Monday, November 30, 2015 – The library is closed for rug cleaning and staff training.

Coffee, Tea & English
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Dec 1, 2015
This is an informal, relaxed time to practice every day English conversation, share cultures and make new friendships.

Special programs or guests will also be scheduled from time to time.

Corning Area Writer’s Group
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dec 3, 2015
Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Spin a Yarn!
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dec 3, 2015:
Bring in a knitting or crochet project you are working on, get instructions or help or use club materials to make something for a greater good. For more details, call (607)936-3713. All skill levels welcome.

Free Friday Films: Tim’s Vermeer (2014)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Dec 4, 2015
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did Dutch master Johannes Vermeer manage to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? Spanning a decade, Jenison’s adventure takes him to Holland, on a pilgrimage to the North coast of Yorkshire to meet artist David Hockney, and eventually even to Buckingham Palace. The epic research project Jenison embarks on is as extraordinary as what he discovers. MPAA Rating: PG-13. Run Time: 80 minutes.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 – Happy Birthday to the Southeast Steuben County Library!

Create Christmas Gift Tag Mini Albums
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Dec 5, 2015
Space is limited. Sign up by calling (607)936-3713. Tarren Young will lead the class through completion of your own beautiful art journals suitable as gifts. All materials provided. Light refreshments offered.

Library Birthday Party: You’re Invited!
5:00 p. m. – 9:00 p. m. Dec 5, 2015
Happy 15th Birthday to the Southeast Steuben County Library!
Join us in Celebrating 15 Years we’ll be offering:
Crafts for Kids
Costumed Characters
Theater Workshop Premiere
Prizes and Birthday Presents!
Fine Forgiveness Week (Dec 1 – 5)
Hot Chocolate & Birthday Cake

Have a great day,

Linda, SSCL

Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events Week of August 24, 2015:

Tuesday, August 25, 2015:

Sticky Notes: A Thematic Book Club: The theme for August will be “Books set outside the USA.” Simply pick a book to read related to that theme in some way, fiction or non-fiction, any genre, then come tell the group about it – what it was about, what you liked, or didn’t like. Then we’ll vote on the next theme! Light refreshments served. For questions, call Michelle Wells at 607 936 3713 x 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

This program is held the 4th Tuesday of the month @ 1 pm

Creation Station, The Southeast Steuben County Library’s Makerspace, will be open from 1 – 4 p.m.

About Creation Station:
Creation Station (Makerspace) projects that will be available to be created at the Southeast Steuben County Library include:

3 D Printer created projects*

Computer created projects

Sewing projects*

Scanning

Art projects*

Scrapbooking projects*

Drawing

All Patrons interested in using the Creation Station will be required to receive training before using the space. Projects that require training are only accessible upon staff availability.

*Some projects will require a small fee for materials.

3 D Printer Program: Kitchen Accessories: This program will include a brief 3 D Printer presentation and then attendees will download and customize a selection of kitchen accessories from the Makerbot companion website Thingiverse. The kitchen accessories will include: wall hooks, salt & pepper shakers, napkin holders, bag clips & measuring spoons. Program attendees will pick two items to print.

Note: Since the 3 D Printer process takes a while program attendees will have to pick up their printed items at a later date. Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015:

Walking Club: Using Fitness Trackers, Mobile Music Players and Fitness Apps: Join the Digital Literacy Services Team and learn how to use a fitness tracker, MP3 player and health apps to improve your walking experience. We will have a brief presentation each week discussing popular fitness trackers, MP3 Players and health apps available. Then, we will put on our walking shoes and hit the pavement for a nice walk around our new Tioga Avenue walking park and utilize some of those devices to see how they work! Bring your walking shoes, bottled water and any new health tracking device you might already own or try one of ours!

Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Thursday, August 27, 2015:

Creation Station, The Southeast Steuben County Library’s Makerspace, will be open from 5-8 p.m.

About Creation Station:
Creation Station (Makerspace) projects that will be available to be created at the Southeast Steuben County Library include:

3 D Printer created projects*

Computer created projects

Sewing projects*

Scanning

Art projects*

Scrapbooking projects*

Drawing

All Patrons interested in using the Creation Station will be required to receive training before using the space. Projects that require training are only accessible upon staff availability.

*Some projects will require a small fee for materials.

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext. 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Personal Technology (Digital Literacy) Programs @ The Library: August 2015

Here is a listing of our upcoming Personal Technology, AKA Digital Literacy, programs — for August 2015.

Also included on the list is a description of our new Makerspace, Creation Station, and its hours of operation for August.

Check it out!
Linda, SSCL

P.S. Feel free to print off and share copies of this flyer — just note it has been created to print on a legal size sheet of paper.

Here’s a photo of the flyer:

SSCL Digital Literacy Services Programs August 2015

And a link to a PDF version:

SSCL Digital Literacy Services Programs August 2015

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

SSCL Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events Week of July 13, 2015

Tuesday, July 14, 2015:

SSCL’s Makerspace: Creation Station – Open From 1- 4 p.m. To answer the obvious question that some people will have regarding the new Southeast Steuben County Library Makerspace – that being simply “What is a Makerspace?” We’re going to offer a little bit of recent library history!

Public libraries have always been places where people can go to access information, to acquire knowledge, learn new skills and create projects.

With the dawn of the Computer & Internet Age public libraries expanded their offerings to patrons and became places where anyone could go to use computers and the Internet for free; and create computer based projects that they could then share with others across the globe.

And the role of offering patrons access to technology that they can use to learn and create projects has evolved in the last few years to include yet a new role – that of offering patrons designated places within public libraries where they can go to create computer & 3 D Printer projects, audio projects, video projects and even more traditional hands on projects including sewing, knitting, crafting, and scrapbooking projects.

These new creation places within public libraries are known as Makerspaces.

In keeping with the times, the Southeast Steuben County Library has just installed a Makerspace called Creation Station. Creation Station is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays – come and check it out!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

SSCL’s Makerspace, Creation Station is open from 5-8 p.m. To answer the obvious question that some people will have regarding the library’s Makerspace – that being simply “What is a Makerspace?” We’re going to offer a little bit of recent library history!

Public libraries have always been places where people can go to access information, to acquire knowledge, learn new skills and create projects.

With the dawn of the Computer & Internet Age public libraries expanded their offerings to patrons and became places where anyone could go to use computers and the Internet for free; and create computer based projects that they could then share with others across the globe.

And the role of offering patrons access to technology that they can use to learn and create projects has evolved in the last few years to include yet a new role – that of offering patrons designated places within public libraries where they can go to create computer & 3 D Printer projects, audio projects, video projects and even more traditional hands on projects including sewing, knitting, crafting, and scrapbooking projects.

These new creation places within public libraries are known as Makerspaces.

In keeping with the times, the Southeast Steuben County Library has just installed a Makerspace, which is called the Creation Station.

Creation Station is open on Thursdays from 5-8 p.m. – come and check it out!

Heroes & Villains and Other Writing Exercises: Join us for a discussion of writing great heroes and villains, led by Michelle Wells. Whether you’re the hero of your own memoir or you’re writing a comic book, we’ll do some writing exercises to help you develop your characters. Refreshments will be served. A Corning Area Writer’s Group program.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext. 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 -8:00 p.m.

Spin a Yarn! Bring in a knitting or crochet project you are working on, get instructions or help or use club materials to make something for a greater good. For more details, call (607)936-3713. All skill levels welcome.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: July 18, 2015

The Throwaways: Screening and Discussion: Film 62 minutes – discussion to follow. The Throwaways explores the devastating impact of police brutality and mass incarceration on the black community through the eyes of activist filmmaker Ira McKinley. This award-winning documentary film speaks directly to the national movement rising up to fight back against a wave of police killings of black people in America.

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Have a great week!

Linda, SSCL

Southeast Steuben County Library Adult Services & Digital Literacy Programs Week of June 22, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2014:

Sticky Notes: a thematic book club: The first theme, for May 26th, will be “Beginnings.” Simply pick a book to read related to that theme in some way, fiction or non-fiction, any genre, then come tell the group about it – what it was about, what you liked, or didn’t like. Then we’ll vote on the next theme! Light refreshments served. For questions, call Michelle Wells at 607 936 3713 x 209 or email wellsm@stls.org

Sticky Notes is held the 4th Tuesday of the month @ 1 pm

3 D Printer Program: Jewelry: This program will include a brief 3 D Printer presentation and then attendees will modify select Jewelry templates from the Makerbot companion website Thingiverse to customize and print bracelets, necklaces & pendants.

Registration is required for this program. To register please call the library at 607-936-3713.

Note: Because the 3 D Printer Process takes a while – attendees will have to pick up their creations at a later date.

Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015:

Exploring Excel Workshop: Join guest presenter DJ Dates; Assistant Professor in Computer & Information Science at Corning Community College and learn more about Microsoft Excel! This class will BUILD on the basics of Excel. Attendees will learn how to do Simple Functions, Loan Payment Function and Relative, Absolute & Mixed Cell Referencing. You will also create an Amortization Table and learn how to Link Data across Worksheets & Files!

Registration is required for this program. To register call the library at 607-936-3713.

Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Thursday, June 25, 2015:

Computer Security & Privacy Workshop: Computer Science expert D. J. Dates will host this program. Workshop attendees will gain insight on how to safely travel around their computer and the Internet. D. J. will also discuss Encryption and Script Blocking!

Registration is required for this program. To register call the library at 607-936-3713.

Time:  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Evening Book Talk: Emerging from the Shadows: The Needs of Older Women and The Benefits of Supporting Them by Dr. Ron Hofsess: (TLOW) Trust in the Lives of Older Women- Did you know that women do roughly 2/3 of the work in the world, paid and volunteer, done by people over 60 years of age? And yet, as they age, they lose their support network. What issues do they face and what can we do to help them? Come find out.

Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Corning Area Writer’s Group: Inject some socialization into your solo writing time by join the library’s Adult Creative Writers Group for conversation, inspiration and feedback on writing projects. No sign up is required. This group meets every Thursday from 6-8 pm. On the third Thursday of the month the group meets in the library. On the other Thursdays the group meets at Soul Full Cup CoffeeHouse.

For more information, please call Adult Services Director Michelle Wells at (607) 936-3713 ext 209 or email wellsm@stls.org.

Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 27, 2015:

Quarterly Crafting: Choose among the multitude of materials and projects to make something crafty. As always, there will be veggies, pizza and dessert as well as relaxed conversation. Come create with us

Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Monday – Friday: One-On-One Sessions: One-On-One personal technology assistance sessions are available at the library at variety of times through the week by appointment.

If you’ve purchased a new laptop, e-reader, smartphone or tablet and have questions about how to use it – give our Digital Literacy Service staff a call and we’ll set up a time for you to come in and meet with one of our specialist to learn the usage ropes of your device.

And if you have questions about how to use the Internet, how to send email, how to Skype, how to use software including: Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, iTunes or Windows Media Player likewise call us to make an appointment today.

One-On-One sessions are available for free! Just contact us in person at the library, by telephone at 607-936-3713 or by sending an email to us at: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Time: Appointments are available at a variety of times during library hours of operation. Call the library for the library for additional information.

All library programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library, SSC.

SSCL 3 D Printer Demo @ The CCLD Maker Fair This Saturday, May 30

Come and see the SSCL’s 3 D printer demo at the Chemung County Library District Maker Faire this Saturday, May 30 @ The Steele Memorial Library in Elmira.

Library staff will be there from 11-3 and, in addition to showing off 3 D Printing technology, we’ll be offering information on the new SSCL Makerspace which will be opening July 2.

Have a great day!
Linda

http://www.stargazette.com/story/entertainment/2014/09/15/maker-faire-saturday-steele-library/15699843/

National Safety Board Wants Cars To Talk To Each Other, 3D Printing Ready To Go Mainstream & Cool Long Exposure Photo Gallery

National Safety Board Wants Cars To Talk To Each Other: The National Safety Board has just made a recommendation that all new cars be equipped with computer technology that allows them to talk to each other and thus avoid traffic accidents. This is in response to fatal school bus crashes that occurred in Florida and New Jersey in 2012. The technology to do this is already available and it is included in the newly emerging self-driving cars – like the Google driverless, aka self-driving, cars. I think this is a cool idea because most traffic accidents occur due to human error. Drivers get distracted by their cell phones, conversations with others in the car and an endless number of other things and then those drivers don’t drive a safely as they might and accidents can occur. Imagine a car that wouldn’t allow an accident to occur – ideally there wouldn’t be any injuries of fatalities involved in driving or riding in a car at least not due to human error – and that is a cool idea!

Here’s a link to a Boston Herald article on the subject titled “Technology for cars to talk to each other urged;”

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2013/07/technology_for_cars_to_talk_to_each_other_urged
3D Printing Ready To Go Mainstream: I came across an interesting article on the subject of why 2014 will be the year that 3 D printing goes mainstream. It seems that a number of the patents on 3 D printing technology expire  next year which will result in a drastic drop in the price of basic 3 D printers so we should see affordable home 3 D printers in the very near future.

Here’s a link to the article which is titled “Why 3D printing is set to explode in 2014;”

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/07/23/why-3d-printing-is-set-to-explode-in-2014/
Cool Long Exposure Photo Gallery: On a final note for today here’s a link to a cool gallery of long exposure photos found on the Mashable website – this doesn’t really have anything to do with technology except perhaps for the fact that some of the cameras used in taking the photos may have been digital cameras – but the photos are cool! The photos feature a misty waterfall, a foggy almost gothic looking shoreline, fishing boat seen under a glorious starry night-time sky and a number of other cool things in the 13 photo gallery. Here’s the link:

http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/long-exposure-photos/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Photo Challenge Long Exposure. Mashable. Online. Accessed July 23, 2013. http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/long-exposure-photos/

Technology for cars to talk to each other urged. (2013, July 23). The Associated Press. Online. Accessed July 23, 2013. http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/national/2013/07/technology_for_cars_to_talk_to_each_other_urged

Impact Lab. Why 3D Printing Is Set To Explode in 2014. Online. Accessed July 23, 2013.

http://www.impactlab.net/2013/07/23/why-3d-printing-is-set-to-explode-in-2014/

 

Want To Buy A 3 D Printer? Staples Will Have Them Soon! Nook HD Becomes A Real Tablet & More On Aereo

Want To Buy A 3 D Printer? Staples Will Have Them Soon! You’ve probably heard a bit about 3 D Printers and how they will transform the way we life when they become available. And that day is almost here! Staples spokesmen have announced that in June it will begin selling the Cube 3D Printer for $1,299!

And just as a refresher in case you’re thinking the term “3D Printer” sounds familiar but you can’t quite recall all the ins and outs about it…3 D Printers aren’t really printers but instead can be thought of as entry level replicators (for all the Star Trek fans out there!). The “printers” will create 3 dimensional objects based upon information users send a 3 D printer via a computer. So if you need a new cover or case for your iPhone or tablet – and you’d like a bright blue one you’ll be able to create one at home with your 3D Printer. If you want to create a chess set, a new shirt, new hat, new action figures for your grandchildren or colorful jewelry to go with that new outfit you just bought – you can use your 3 D Printer to create those items!

3 D Printing is cool technology and will be available at a Staples near you very soon!

Here’s a link to a Verge article, titled Staples becomes first major US retailor to sell 3D printers with $1,299 Cube, on the subject:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/3/4297612/staples-first-major-us-retailer-sell-3d-printers-cube-3d-printer

And if you’d like to know more about 3D Printers or the 3D Printing process this link will take you to the tech site Mashable were you can learn more:

http://mashable.com/category/3d-printing/

Nook HD Becomes A Real Tablet: Barnes & Noble has just made the Nook HD a real tablet! And by “real” I mean that the tablet will now have access to the Google Play Store and be able to run all Android apps in the store. This new functionality does make the Nook HD a real tablet because previously you could only run select Nook tablets on it – which means you didn’t have access to all the apps in the Play Store. But now if you have a Nook HD, or  you get one for Mother’s Day (B&N is running a big sale on them this week) you’ll have access to the entire Play Store and be able to install any apps in the store like for example the Amazon Instant Video app or the Amazon Kindle app! Yes it is true for the first time ever you can now read Amazon Kindle e-books on a Nook! And that is something you cannot do in reverse – you cannot read Nook e-books on a Kindle — at least not yet but Amazon isn’t one on its laurels so I bet we’ll see that functionality added to the Kindle Fire HD series in the near future.  

More On Aereo: I came across a cool article on the Aereo TV services this weekend that pretty much sums up my reaction to the outrage the traditional media companies and networks are expressing over the success of to this television service company.

Just as a refresher Aereo made its debut last year and what it does is to assign an antenna to each customer; and that antenna then records the free over the air video transmissions that major networks have always sent out over the airwaves for free for people so that people who don’t have cable television can receive those signals/videos via rabbit ears or some other type of antenna. It is legal for people to use antennas to receive and record television programs over the air for their own use and it has been twice ruled as being legal for Aereo to provide a service to customers by offering the same service – assigning one antenna and DVR for each customer and those customers can then access recorded content on any tech device they own at any time – smartphone, tablet, PC etc.

So having finished with the refresher section I have to say I agree with Nick Mokey the author of the Digital Trends article on Aereo titled “Aereo’s quasilegal TV streaming is just what we need to slap big media awake.”

I too think that established media, network and cable companies want to hold on to their traditional status quo and would rather everyone pay them for an expensive cable package then to be able to watch the television shows, movies and other content they broadcast whenever they want to on any Internet connecting device that they own. So those same media, network and cable companies are dragging their feet when it comes to providing consumers with access to television shows, movies and e-books on all their devices and on demand – they could do so — they have the ability to do so – they could create a CBS, ABC & NBC, Universal, MGM etc. video store with accompanying app that would allow consumers to buy al la carte content on demand directly from them at any time – they’d make money hand over foot just not via their traditional business models. So I definitely concur with Nick Mokey that Aereo’s success is a very good thing because just maybe those media, network and cable companies will start to innovate and get on the bandwagon of allowing easy 24/7/365 access to content that their customers and many others want. I know I’d be happy to pay for episodes of television series that I want to watch and if back catalog content were available through Network stores I’d be thrilled I might actually get to watch seasons 4 & 5 of Hill Street Blues again – you can stream and buy season 1 & 2 but forget about buying a DVD or streaming seasons 3-7 they are not currently available in either format.

And I’m getting off my soap-box now! Thanks for reading & have a great day!

Linda R.

Here’s the link to the Digital Trends article on Aereo:

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/aereos-hellraising-is-just-what-we-needed-to-slap-tv-networks-awake/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Bohn, Dieter. (2013, May 3).Nook HD & HD+ get full Google Play support for Android apps. Online.

Mokey, Nick. (2013, May 2). Aereo’s quasilegal TV streaming is just what we need to slap big media awake. Online.

Welch, Christ. (2013, May 3). Staples becomes first major US retailer to sell 3D printers with $1,299 Cube. The Verge. Online. 

The Future of Shopping & A New Angry Bird

The Future of Shopping: Technological change is happing so quickly today that it is literally transforming the way we live in ways both large and small. And so much technological change is happening so quickly that we sometimes lose track of how recently things have changed! For example, consider the fact that the iPhone, which one sees in the hands of many, many people seemingly on every street corner, subway station and in almost every store and restaurant didn’t even exist six years ago. Nor, correspondingly, did the mainstream persons’ expectation of being able to instantly connect to the Internet, watch videos, listen to music, type text message, play games, read e-books or simply check email instantly and at any time from just about anywhere in the world via a touch screen device. And yet today most of us do expect to be able to do just that; have the ability to access the Internet, communicate with almost anyone almost anywhere in the world and access a great variety of media items at any time we wish by using a smart phone or tablet.

And just as the way we communicate with others and access information has been transformed by technological progress so too will our shopping experience be transformed in the near future. Sometime in the next ten to fifteen years we will do most of our shopping online. Brick and mortar stores will still exist but only as places to go and check out products before ordering them online and having them quickly delivered to our homes and offices. Additionally, computer technology will advance to a point that we’ll be able to virtually try on sunglasses, clothes, make-up and other accessories and really be able to see how we’ll look wearing those items via an accurate, computer generated three dimensional image of our selves. And 3 D printers will eventually allow us to easily produce new clothes, household textiles and other items at home at the touch of a button. So in ten to fifteen years’ time we may be explaining to our children or grandchildren what it was like to actually have to go to a store and spend hours looking through racks and racks of clothes and then trying them on to find a new pair of pants that actually fit!

USA Today has a cool article on this subject, titled Why shopping will never be the same, and it can be accessed via the following link:

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-08-05/future-retail-tech/56880626/1

A New Angry Bird: Rovio the makers of the hugely popular game Angry Birds are adding a new bird to their Angry Birds Seasons game. The new bird, aptly named Pink Bird, is pink with blue eyes and is able to produce deadly bubbles with which to combat those sheepishly laughing green pigs.

Information Week offers more in-depth information at the following link:

http://www.informationweek.com/hardware/handheld/apple-sold-24-times-more-tablets-than-sa/240005268

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linda R.