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

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/07/upshot/how-technology-could-help-fight-income-inequality.html?ref=technology&abt=0002&abg=0

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:

http://recode.net/2014/11/25/holiday-gift-guide-new-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:

http://qz.com/303947/us-cultural-imperialism-has-a-new-name-gafa/

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:

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/2825693_students-develop-google-glass-app-that-gives-users-encyclopedic-knowledge.html

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:

http://www.glassjournalism.io/

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:

http://recode.net/2014/12/08/hackers-hit-sony-again/

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:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/08/technology/grappling-with-the-culture-of-free-in-napsters-aftermath.html?ref=technology

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:

http://recode.net/2014/11/25/holiday-gift-guide-active-people/

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:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/9/7362629/t-mobile-100-two-line-unlimited-family-plan

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!

 http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-starts-4k-uhd-streams/

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!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/12/12/370359601/coming-soon-to-iowa-drivers-license-on-a-smartphone-app

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:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/technology/personaltech/keeping-up-with-windows-update.html?ref=technology&_r=0

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!

ttp://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/12/03/367995538/weekly-innovation-a-smart-pan-that-helps-you-cook-like-a-chef

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

 

The New Battle For Your TV, Voice Commands & Internet Connecting Glasses (Like Google Glass) May Be Mainstream Within Three Years

It has been super swamped today in library land thus a shorter than usual Tech Talk posting!

However, I have come across three cool articles I wanted to share!

  1. The New Battle For Your TV: New online/streaming consoles are coming Microsoft and Sony (Xbox One & PlayStation 4) later this year that will have more bells and whistles and do their best to merge the best of streaming boxes like the Roku player and Apple TV with gaming consoles like the Xbox and PlayStation. The tech site The Verge has a neat article on this very subject titled “With Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft and Sony rekindle the war for your TV” – here’s the link:

http://www.theverge.com/2013/5/21/4351892/xbox-one-playstation-4-comparison-sony-microsoft-next-generation

  1. Voice Commands: Both Apple and Android tablets and smartphones now have the capability for you to enter voice commands (i.e. Apple’s Siri) and according to CNET this year may just be the year this technology becomes mainstream and integrated into our daily lives.

Here’s a link to the CNET article titled “2013 Is The Year Of The Voice Command:”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-33617_3-57585521-276/2013-is-the-year-of-the-voice-command/

  1. Internet Connecting Glasses (Like Google Glass) May Be Mainstream Within Three Years: And the tech site Slash Gear offers an article on Internet connecting glasses like Google Glass – the article speculates that within three years this technology, like the voice command technology, will become mainstream and be integrated into our daily lives.

The Slash Gear article is called “Wearables like Glass and Flex could be a $50bn industry in 3 years” – here’s the link:

http://www.slashgear.com/wearables-like-glass-and-flex-could-be-a-50bn-industry-in-3-years-21282924/

 

Have a great day!

Linda

References

Davis, Chris. (2013, May 21). Wearables like Glass and Flex could be a $50bn industry in 3 years. Slash Gear. Online.

Parr, Ben. (2013, May 21). 2013 is the year of the voice command: Thanks to Google, Apple, Microsoft, Nuance and a few other tech giants, voice recognition has reached a place where it’s consumer ready. CNET. Online.

Welch, Chris. (2013, May 21). With Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft and Sony rekindle the war for your TV. The Verge. Online.

 

P.S. And don’t forget if you just bought, or received as a gift a new tablet, e-reader, PC or other tech item and would like to know more about how to use it — you can make an appointment at the library for a free On-On-One tech session and a member of our tech team will show you the digital ropes! Call the Reference Desk at: 607-936-3713 to make an appointment! Did I mention it is a free service the library offers? It is! 

 

News From Google’s Developer’s Conference & iTunes Gets An Update

News From Google’s Developer’s Conference: Google is hosting its annual developer’s conference this week and PC Magazine has a slide show of what it describes as “The 10 most exciting things Google announced at I/O.” Those new and exciting things include hands free Google search, a new subscription music service (like Pandora) called “All Access,” the ability to send people money by Gmail and an updated Google Hangout app (it has more of the proverbial bells and whistles).

Here’s a link to the PC Magazine article and slideshow:

http://www.pcmag.com/slideshow/story/311550/the-10-most-exciting-things-google-announced-at-i-o

And the New York Times offers an article today that relays the fact that more apps are now available for the Internet connecting Google Glass glasses. The new apps are: CNN, Elle, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and Evernote. Here’s a link to the Times’ article which is titled “New Apps Arrive on Google Glass:”

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/new-apps-arrive-on-google-glass/?ref=technology

iTunes Gets An Update: Apple rolled out an iTunes update today – not a major revamp of the software like the one we saw last fall but instead an update with incremental improvements including a new and jazzy mini player and a fix for the multi-disc album issue – and by that I simply mean that if, for example, you import your two disc version of Billy Joel’s Great Hits into iTunes by putting the disc themselves into your computer – iTunes will no longer treat each disc as a separate disc but instead will put all the songs together where they belong – under the album title. Here’s a link to a Digital Trends article on the iTunes upgraded titled “iTunes 11.3 Arrives With New Miniplayer And Improved Multi-Disc Support:”

http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/itunes-11-03-arrives-with-new-miniplayer-and-improved-multi-disc-support/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

P.S. And don’t forget if you just bought, or received as a gift a new tablet, e-reader, PC or other tech item and would like to know more about how to use it — you can make an appointment at the library for a free On-On-One tech session and a member of our tech team will show you the digital ropes! Call the Reference Desk at: 607-936-3713 to make an appointment! Did I mention it is a free service the library offers? It is! 

References

Albanesius, Chloe. (2013, May 16). The 10 Most Exciting Things Google Announced at I/O. PC Magazine. Online.

Miller, Claire Cain. (2013, May 16). New Apps Arrive on Google Glass. New York Times. Online. 

Google’s Eric Schmidt On The Benefits of Internet Privacy, Google Glass Glasses Will Allow Us To Send Commands To Household Appliances, Tiny Self-Driving Cars & Saying Goodbye To GUI

Google’s Eric Schmidt On The Benefits of Internet Privacy: Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt gave an interview with The Guardian today and in the interview he discusses both the benefits of personal and business Internet privacy and the dangers of the lack thereof. He specifically discusses China and other like-minded countries that want to both censor the Internet and block their citizen’s access to it. Additionally, Schmidt highlights the dangers to personal safety dissenters in Internet censoring countries face and the reasons why the attempts of China to hack into American computer networks, as they did recently with the New York Times computer system, are also dangerous.

You can read part of the interview, found in an article, titled Google’s Eric Schmidt warns on China’s attempts to control the internet, on the Guardian website. Here’s the link:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/mar/21/google-eric-schmidt-china-warning

And look for Eric Schmidt’s new book on how technology is changing and will change our lives. It is called The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and Business and is being published on April 23 – the library will have a copy!

Google Glass Glasses Will Allow Us To Send Commands To Household Appliances: Google is working on an aspect of Google Glass glasses that could one day let you control smart appliances by simply using the Google glasses. The idea is that in the future you’ll be able to communicate with your smart Internet connecting appliances by using the smart Internet connecting Google Glass glasses. So you might tell your refrigerator to turn down the temperature in the refrigerator, tell your thermostat to turn up the temperature so your heat comes on just before you get home or tell your garage door opener to open or close your garage door so you can get in or out of your garage when you want to you! This is cool upcoming technology that we’ll be seeing in all our homes eventually; however, as smart Internet connecting appliances are still rather pricey it will probably be a few years before smart appliances start being bought in earnest by consumers. But even so – this is cool technology! Here’s a link to a CNET article on the subject, titled Google Glass could one day let you control objects around you, on the subject:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57575596-93/google-glass-could-one-day-let-you-control-objects-around-you/

Tiny Self Driving Cars: Popular Science published an article yesterday about a very small one-person self-driving car that can drive on pedestrian walkways. The car was introduced in Japan this week by Hitachi and is called the “Robot for Personal Intelligent Transport System” or “Ropits” for short; and it uses sensors and GPS to navigate sidewalks and offer its rider a smooth ride. This too is cool upcoming technology and should eventually open doors to many people who cannot drive cars themselves. And of course, it may also be a cheaper form of alternative transportation for some of us who live and work in the same town. And I know I wouldn’t mind being able to sip coffee and read the news on my iPad as my self-driving car drives me to work in the morning!

Here’s a link to the article which is titled This Tiny Car Drives Itself:

http://www.popsci.com/cars/article/2013-03/tiny-car-drives-itself

Saying Goodbye To GUI: GUI stands for Graphical User Interface and that fancy computer speak really just means the way you use traditional computers – that is how you use your mouse and/or touchpad and keyboard to open and close programs and documents on a computer and just basically take care of any computer tasks you have to get done.

I found an interesting article on the Wired site today that puts forth the idea that the traditional Graphical User Interface is not keeping up with the demands of our quickly evolving technology and should be replaced with a Conversational User Interface. The term Conversational User Interface, or CUI, is another fancy computerese term that simply means that if you use a computer with this type of interface you instruct the computer do what you want it to do via voice command instead of by using a keyboard and mouse. The example of a CUI the author Robert Kaplan gives is one that anyone who has ever seen many episodes of Star Trek The Next Generation will be familiar with – when Captain Picard walks to the replicator station and gives the computer his order for “Tea. Earl Grey. Hot;” and presto a cup of hot Earl Grey tea materializes in front of him.

Voice activated computers and computing systems using CUI will be easier to use than the traditional point, click and keyboard GUIs we are currently using – we’ll just have to wait and see how long it takes for this technology to become ubiquitous and my bet is not more than 10 years.

Here’s a link to the Wired article titled Forget the GUI: It’s Time for a Conversational User Interface:

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2013/03/conversational-user-interface/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Halliday, Josh., O’Carroll, Lisa. (2013, March 21). Google’s Eric Schmidt warns on China’s attempts to control the internet. The Guardian. Online.

Kaplan, Robert. (2013, March 21). Forget the GUI: It’s Time for a Conversational User Interface. Wired. Online.

Lecher, Colin. (2013, March 21). This Tiny Car Drives Itself. POPSCI. Online.

Whitney, Lance. Google Glass could one day let you control objects around you. CNET. Online

Prescription Google Glass Glasses, Controlling Your Computer With Hand Motion & A You Bet Your Life Story

Prescription Google Glass Glasses: If you’re like me and are both a tech fan and someone who wears glasses and you have heard about the Google Glass glasses; they are the glasses that connect to the Internet and display information, emails and webpages in front of your eyes via voice control, you may have wondered if you’d be able to use them if in conjunction with prescription lenses. And as it turns out you will be able to wear prescription Google Glass glasses. The tech site Ars Technica offers a brief article on the subject of Google Glass prescription glasses, titled Google shows off a prescription version of Google Glass. And although I’m pleased to hear this new and cool gadget will be available for people who wear prescription glasses I have to say – I just hope they work for those of us who have bifocals!

Here is the link to the article:
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/03/google-shows-off-a-prescription-version-of-google-glasses/

Controlling Your Computer With a Wave of Your Hand: May 13, 2013 is a day that may usher a new computing era in – it is the day that the Leap Motion Controller, which will list for $79, will go on sale. And the Leap Motion Controller will literally allow you to control your computer not with a mouse but with by the motion of your fingers or your hand. Want to scroll up a webpage? You’ll be able to do so just by moving your finger in a vertical line in front of you! And if you’re playing Angry Birds you’ll be able to pull back that sling shot with the swipe of your finger and let that bird fly!  How cool is that!

Here’s a link to a Business Insider article on the new Leap Motion Controller titled Watch How This Gadget Lets You Control Your Computer With A Wave Of Your Hand:
http://www.businessinsider.com/leap-motion-video-demo-2013-3

And here’s a link to the Leap Motion product page if you’d like to learn more about the product from the horse’s mouth as it were:

https://www.leapmotion.com/product

And here’s a final Leap Motion Controller related link to a CNET article which has a title that is almost as cool as the controller itself! It is called Leap Motion Gives You Jedi Powers!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57573673-1/leap-motion-creator-it-gives-you-jedi-powers/

A You Bet Your Life Story: This is one of those side-ways topics that really doesn’t have much to do with technology unless of course you count the fact that the television series You Bet Your Life which starred Groucho Marx was saved by his grandson Andy. Andy Marx also wrote the article which relays the story of how in the early seventies as a recent college graduate he saved all the film reels of the You Bet Your Life series by simply picking up the telephone! One day Andy was having lunch at his grandfather’s house with esteemed guest including Jack Nicholson, Marcel Marceau and Elliot Gould and the phone rang and Groucho asked Andy to answer it. When Andy picked up the phone he found that an NBC employee was on the phone inquiring whether or not Groucho wanted the reel to reel copies of You Bet Your Life – it seems NBC was clearing out their warehouse and wanted to get rid of the reels – Groucho was reluctant to take them but Andy convinced him and two weeks later five truck loads full of reels of the show arrives at Groucho’s house! Subsequently, Andy was hired to watch all the episodes and write down a description of each episode so that the shows could be aired as reruns a task that took him two months to accomplish. However, his hard work and effort paid off – because he was chiefly responsible for saving the thousands of reels of the show which would otherwise have vanished in the mists of television history. And now we can watch You Bet Your Life episodes on Netflix 33 years after Groucho’s death – Thanks Andy!

Here’s a link to the article titled The Day My Grandfather Grouch & I Saved ‘You Bet Your Life’

http://boingboing.net/2013/03/12/the-day-my-grandfather-groucho.html

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Brodkin, Jon. (2013, March 13). Google shows off a prescription version of Google Glass. Ars Technica. Online.

Mack, Eric. (2013, March 12). Leap Motion creator: It gives you Jedi powers. CNET. Online.

Marx, Andy. (2013, March 13). The Day My Grandfather Groucho & I Saved ‘You Bet Your Life.’ Boing Boing. Online.

Product. Leap Motion. Online. Accessed March 13, 2013.

Smith, Kevin. (2013, March 12). Watch How This Tiny Gadget Lets You Control Your Computer With A Wave Of Your Hand. Business Insider. Online.

Making Unlocking Cell Phones Legal Again, 10 Apps For Work, Digital Photo Albums & Google Glass (Glasses) To Go On Sale This Year

Making Unlocking Cell Phones Legal Again: In January of this year the Librarian of Congress did not renew an exception to the Digital Millennium Act which made it legal for consumers to unlock their cell phones. So currently, if you buy a locked cell phone via a contract with a carrier like Verizon, Sprint or AT&T and want to switch carriers but use the same phone after your contract expires – you can’t – at least not without permission of the carrier through whom you originally bought your phone. And 100,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website requesting that the exemption that made it legal to unlock cell phones be reinstated or that legislation be passed that would make it legal to unlock cell phones.

NPR offers a brief article on this subject titled Petition To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Meets White House’s 100K Requirement – here’s the link:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/02/21/172614930/petition-to-legalize-unlocking-cellphones-meets-white-houses-100k-requirement

And here’s the link to the petition on the official White House site – just FYI in case you’d like to check it out:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/make-unlocking-cell-phones-legal/1g9KhZG7

10 Apps For Work: The tech site Mashable offers a list of 10 apps they suggest will improve your productivity at work. The ten apps include: Evernote, Wunderlist, Cloud Storage apps and more.

Here’s a link to the list page on the Mashable site:

http://mashable.com/2013/02/20/10-mobile-apps-work/

Digital Photo Albums: The New York Times features a fun article today titled A Digital Update to Those Old Family Photo Albums which relays new ways that you can enjoy digital photos and even create and easily view digital photo albums. Basically you can use apps to organize your digital photos and play slideshows; you can view slideshows on your computer or even plug your laptop into your TV and project photos to your television. And if you’re an Apple fan you can even use an Apple TV player ($99) to stream your photos from your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or computer to your TV so you can easily bring up and show friends all the fun photos of you and your family on your last vacation!

Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/21/technology/personaltech/digital-slide-shows-are-a-worthy-update-to-photo-albums.html?ref=technology&_r=0

Google Glass (Glasses) Will To On Sale This Year: Remember those Internet display glasses that Google has been demonstrating for about a year and that Google co-founder Sergey Brin has been photographed wearing? Google has surprised everyone by announcing today that those glasses, which were previously expected to go on sale in 2014, will go on sale later this year.

Here’s a link to a short CNET article on the subject titled Confirmed: Google Glass arrives in 2013, and under $1,500:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-57570779-1/confirmed-google-glass-arrives-in-2013-and-under-$1500/

And one last link to the Google Glass description page just in case you’d like to read more about what Google Glass glasses actually allow you to do – besides connect to the Internet that is!

http://www.google.com/glass/start/what-it-does/

Have a great weekend everyone!

Linda

References

Berkman, Fran. (2013, February 20). 10 Apps You Need To Dominate Your Work Day. Mashable. Online.

Chappell, Bill. (2013, February 21). Petition To Legalize Unlocking Cellphones Meets White House’s 100K Requirement. NPR. Online.

Eaton, Kit. (2013, February 20). A Digital Update to Those Old Family Albums. New York Times. Online.

Mack, Eric. (2013, February 22). Confirmed: Google Glass arrives in 2013, and under $1,500. CNET. Online.

WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: Make Unlocking Cell Phones Legal. White House. Online.  Accessed February 22, 2013.