Tech Stories For Your Weekend Reading Pleasure: Week of 11/17 – 11/21/2014

Hi everyone, the library is closed tomorrow, Friday, November 21, 2014 for a combo Staff Development and Library Rug Cleaning day; thus my list of personal technology related stories you might have missed this week is coming to you a bit early!

Here is a list of seven interesting personal technology related articles you might have missed during the week of 11/17 – 11/21/2014.

Article 1. The Creation of Artificial Retinas: In a collaborative effort researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’ Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Newcastle University in Britain are have created and are testing artificial retina films. This technology when perfected should allow persons who have lost their sight due to macular degeneration to regain vision!

Here’s a link to a Business Standard article on the subject:

http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/artificial-retina-could-help-restore-vision-of-elderly-114111300902_1.html

Artificial retina could help restore vision of elderly. (2014, November 13). Business Standard. Online.

Article 2. The Right To Be Forgotten Vs. Google: In Europe there has been a major league, and ongoing flap and court case, over the amount of information Google, and other online companies, compile and keep versus the rights of persons to have their personal information deleted from Internet – basically for them to be forgotten as far as the online records goes.

The Guardian offers and interesting story that sheds light on this complicated and controversial subject – here’s the link:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/nov/11/right-to-be-forgotten-more-questions-than-answers-google

Floridi, Luciano. (11 November, 2014). Right to be forgotten poses more questions than answers. The Guardian. Online. Accessed November 17, 2014.

Article 3. The Bullying Of Women Online: NPR offered an article this week on the problem of women being bullied in online forums – here’s the link:

http://www.npr.org/2014/11/16/364479377/why-women-get-the-worst-of-internet-bullying

Why Women Get The Worst Of Internet Bullying. (16 November, 2014). NPR. Online. Accessed November 17, 2014.

Article 4. iCloud Guide: Re/Code offered a neat how-to use Apple’s iCloud feature to store photos this week – here’s the link:

http://recode.net/2014/11/19/apples-icloud-photo-library-a-quick-how-to-guide/

Boehret, Katherine. (19 November, 2014). Apple’s iCloud Library: A Quick-To Guide. re/code.Online. Accessed November 19, 2014.

Article 5. Libraries In The Digital Age: The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle featured a cool article this week on just how public libraries have changed in our modern high tech age – and they are right! As some who started working in the public library field in 1984; I concur with the assessment that public libraries today offer books and a great deal more– with a large slice of that great deal more being personal technology related materials and services.

Here’s a link to the RD&C article:

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/10/25/libraries-competing-digital-age/17897503/

McDermott, Meaghan. (25 October, 2014). How libraries are competing in the digital age. Democrat & Chronicle. Onlie. Accessed November 19, 2014.

Article 6. Samsung Launches New Milk Video Service For Galaxy Phone Users: Samsung launched a new video service this week for Galaxy phone users. This new service is free and helps Galaxy phone users more easily find popular online videos.

Here’s a link to a CNET story on the subject:

http://www.cnet.com/news/samsung-dives-into-video-with-milk-video-but-only-for-galaxy-phone-users/

Tibken, Shara., & Solsman, Joan. (19 November, 2014).Samsung aims for a splash with Milk Video — but only for Galaxy phone users

Article 7. Texting Can Be Dangerous To Your Spine: NPR also offered a story this week on the amount of pressure your spine endures when you lean forward to read, send and type text messages. And I think we better all hold our heads up higher when we text!

Here’s a link to the article:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/20/365473750/keep-your-head-up-text-neck-can-take-a-toll-on-the-spine

Sullivan, Laura. (20 November, 2014). Keep Your Head Up: ‘Text Neck’ Takes A Toll On The Spine. NPR. Online. Accessed November 20, 2014.

And in case anyone is wondering — the library will indeed be open our normal hours of operation on Saturday, November 22, 2014 of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — come and see us!

Have a great weekend!

Linda, SSCL

Hacking Update — Change Your Apple Password!

It seems hackers have struck again — this time they’ve managed to get passwords to access Apple’s iCloud system — so just FYI — if you own an Apple device it would probably be a really good time to change your password!

It seems with this particular hacking group — they are remotely locking Apple device and then demanding $100 to unlock them — so just FYI!

And granted the article focuses on people living in Australia but even so — one can’t be too careful in our current high tech age where hacking is rampant!

Here’s a link to a Sydney Morning Herald article on the subject:

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/apple-icloud-users-urged-to-change-passwords-as-hackers-target-idevices-20140611-zrwzy.html

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Tactile Touchscreens, Why Net Neutrality Is Important! & What Is iCloud Anyway?

Tactile Touchscreens: I came across a cool article today on the Tactus touch-screen technology which will allow the smooth surface of a tablet to transform into a tactile keyboard ideal for the viewing impaired to use!

The article is from The Business Insider website, is titled This Insane Technology That Makes Buttons Appear On A Flat Smartphone Screen Is Pretty Close To Magic, and features some neat photos of the raised keyboard:

http://www.businessinsider.com/tactus-technology-tactile-touchscreen-2014-1

Why Net Neutrality Is Important!: You’ve probably heard a bit about a U.S. Circuit Court decision which invalidates the Federal Communications “Net Neutrality’ decision from 2010. And you may well be wondering what is Net Neutrality and what is the big deal is anyway?

The cliff notes answer is that the FCC’s Net Neutrality guidelines are intended to make sure that Internet Service Providers treat all Internet service equally. In other words Internet Service Providers don’t slow down an Internet connection because it goes to a service that in some way rivals its service. For example, say Comcast or Time Warner Cable provided slower than normal service for Netflix and Netflix subscribers unless all parties that obtained Internet service through those ISPs paid a higher fee per month or even per streaming video. Imagine having to pay a $2.00 fee to watch a YouTube video or be stuck with a broadband connection that rivals dial up! Well okay, that is a little bit of an exaggeration but you get my point!

I came across two articles today that discuss the basics of what Net Neutrality means and the reasons why it is important that we have Net Neutrality today. The first article is from CNN and is titled “’Pay to play’ on the Web?: Net neutrality explained” – here’s the link:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/tech/web/net-neutrality-explained/

And the second link is to a WIRED article written by American Library Association President Barbara Stripling, titled “Why Net Neutrality’s Demise Hurts the Poor Most,” which offers a really solid explanation of why Net Neutrally is super important:

http://www.wired.com/opinion/2014/01/killing-net-neutrality-means-killing-economic-equality-access/

What Is iCloud Anyway? I’m running out of day here! However, I wanted to share one last article – which is by Katherine Boehret, the former All Things D tech reviewer/editor who now is a part of the new re/code tech news and reviews site. It seems that over the holidays Ms. Boehret was cornered by a number of friends and family member who own Apple devices and didn’t quite understand what iCloud is and/or how it works – so she provides a simply explanation in her article!

The article is humorously titled “Seeing Through the Haze of iCloud” and can be found via the following link:

http://recode.net/2014/01/03/seeing-through-the-haze-of-icloud/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Boehret, Katherine. (3 January, 2014). Seeing Through the Haze of iCloud. re/code.Online. Accessed January 16, 2014, http://recode.net/2014/01/03/seeing-through-the-haze-of-icloud/

D’Onfro, Jillian. (9 January, 2014). This Insane Technology That Makes Buttons Appear On A Flat Smartphone Screen Is Pretty Close To Magic, http://www.businessinsider.com/tactus-technology-tactile-touchscreen-2014-1#ixzz2qbT3FlTs

Gross, Doug. (15 January, 2014). ‘Pay to play’ on the Web?: Net neutrality explained. CNN. Online. Accessed January 16, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/15/tech/web/net-neutrality-explained/