Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hi everyone, here are our suggested daily recommended titles in print or media and digital formats.

Our digital suggestion for today is the streaming video:

eyes-on-the-prize

Eyes on the Prize, Episode 1 Awakenings 1954-1956:

From PBS – A look at the events in post-World War II America that led to the civil rights protests and marches. The program depicts Southern race discrimination that prevailed at the beginning of the civil rights movement’s activities.

Note: This is the first video in a six part series – all six episodes of this critically acclaimed PBS series can be streamed through OverDrive!

Here’s a link to the checkout page in the Digital Catalog:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2952756

And the physical item for today is a print book:

into-the-firestorm

Into the Firestorm by Kat Martin:

“I love her books!” —Linda Lael Miller

“Martin is superb.” —RT Book Reviews

At Brodie Operations Security Service, Inc., following your instincts is company policy . .

M. Cassidy—Luke Brodie had heard the name before, some novice bounty hunter working Seattle, catching tricky skips with more success than a newcomer should expect. But the dark curls, sparkly top, and impressive cleavage were not what Brodie had pictured.

Emma Cassidy is tough and smart and sexy as hell. She’s also popping up a step ahead of him every time he’s close to the capture he wants most . . . and there’s no room for learning on the trail of this monster.

Emma has idolized Luke Brodie, the bounty hunter who can bring anyone in. The big man in the soft shoes, with a face like a fallen angel and a reputation for breaking hearts. Watching him in action is intoxicating. But her fight with Rudy Vance is fiercely personal. If he gets too close, Brodie will find out just how ferocious she can be . . .

Here’s a link to the request page in StarCat:

https://goo.gl/x7RGbr

Or by calling the library at: 607-936-3713 x 502.

Have a great day!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Daily Print & Digital Suggested Reads: Friday, December 23 – Monday, December 26, 2016

Hi everyone, just a reminder, during the holidays, the library is closed Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2017.

The library will be open our regular hours all other dates and as a refresher, here is a list of our regular hours:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m.

Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 a. m. – 8:00 p. m.

Saturday: 10:00 a. m. – 4:00 p. m.

Sunday: Closed

And now back to those cool materials you can check out!

Since the library is closed today through Monday I’m offering a dozen digital suggestions for the next few days and they are all streaming videos!

Check them out!

milton-berle

1) The Milton Berle Show, Volume 1

First, Uncle Miltie is joined by Zsa Zsa Gabor, actress/singer Denise Darcel, and Ray Anthony and His Orchestra in a 1956 installment recorded at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Then, in a 1953 episode, Ronald Reagan asks Berle to bankroll a movie for him.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2351258

dark-shadows

2) Dark Shadows, Volume 1, Episode 218

This video features the introduction of Jonathan Frid’s vampire Barnabas! — here’s a brief description of the episode:

Barnabas asks permission from Roger and Elizabeth to take up residence in the Old House.

Note: If you’re not familiar with it — Dark Shadows was set in the late 1960s and was a gothic, supernatural TV series set in the fictional town of Collinsport, Maine.

The most prominent family in Collinsport, was you guessed it! The Collins Family! The Collins family consisted of Elizabeth Collins Stoddard (Joan Bennett), her brother Roger Collins (Louis Edmonds), Elizabeth’s daughter Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett) and Roger’s young son David Collins (David Henesy).

The Collins Family lived in the grandest and largest house around – Collinwood.

And life was relatively quiet and uneventful in the small town of Collinsport until one day when Barnabas knocked on the door of Collinwood!

For Barnabas, was, unbeknownst to the Collins Family, a member of their family and a vampire who had been chained in a coffin for about 200 years.

Barnabas was broken out of his coffin by a thief named Willie Loomis, who was played by a very young John Carlin, and right after that supernatural things began to unfold!

And if you like the intro episode of Dark Shadows — there are more episodes of the series in the Digital Catalog that continue the story of Barnabas and the Collins Family.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1976979

jack-hunter

3) Jack Hunter and the Quest for Akhenattens Tomb:
Jack Hunter is abducted blindfolded to a Turkish US base to be recruited by the NSA, told his mentor was killed because Albert Littmann’s Russian mob employer Doridanov want the ancient Osiris-weapon. He accepts to go look for the other part in Gizeh, where archaeologist Lena Halstrom has dug up a lead on a site which was attacked by mysterious, mythologically cloaked men, hence the Egyptian in charge, Said, shut it down till further notice. In fact it’s the doing of a Midianite (Sinai desert) sect of Akhenaton-worshipers, who try to steal the obelisk from the museum after Jack deciphers its Ugarritian cuneiform text, which contains clues for a treasure-hunt to the pharaoh’s tomb-treasure. Said assumes their flight criminal and mobilizes an army colonel, whose unbridled ambition proves even more dangerous for Jack’s party, which includes his Syrian friends from the first.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1813631

the-organization

4) The Organization: 

Police detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) returns to finds himself in hot water with the police over his acceptance of help from a neighborhood anti-drug group. The group has done some things which are far from textbook legal, such as stealing and destroying a large shipment of drugs. Though they pulled off their robbery without loss of life, a corpse is found at the scene of the heist. Tibbs, now suspended from the force, uses their help to string together clues which enable him to break up a large drug ring. This is the third movie made starring Poitier and based on John Bail’s novels In The Heat of the Night and They Call Me Mister Tibbs.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2351311

apollo-8

5) Apollo 8: Christmas at the Moon:

This one hour documentary profiles the first manned Mission to the Moon, and includes interviews with the astronauts and many of the NASA officials who were a part of this historic event.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1320067

im-still-here

6) I’m Still Here:

Oscar®-nominated actor Casey Affleck, in his directorial debut, together with fellow Oscar® nominee Joaquin Phoenix blows the roof off of conventional filmmaking in this unique and groundbreaking experimental project. Joaquin gives a powerful performance as “JP,” an out-of-control Hollywood celebrity who commits career suicide in announcing that he is “retiring” from acting, while at the top of his game, to become a hip-hop star. JP shuts himself off from the protection and better judgment of his agent, manager and publicist, and sets out on a jaw-dropping journey into a decadent frenzy of sex, drugs and outrageousness, as he tries desperately to break away from his old celebrity persona to develop his rap career. Mired in self-doubt and harsh criticism from the media, he struggles to find his identity.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1931322

red-balloon

7) The Red Balloon:

Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar 1956

Winner of the Palme d’Or 1956 Cannes Film Festival (short film)

A Boy makes friends with a seemingly sentient balloon, and it begins to follow him. It follows the boy to school, to the bus, and to church. Boy and balloon play together in the streets of Paris and try to elude a gang of boys that wants to destroy the balloon. Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, and there is almost no dialog spoken in the film.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2351407

acorns

8) A.C.O.R.N.S. Operation Crackdown:

Frankie, a smooth-talking squirrel finds out that the acorns are being stolen by the evil A.C.O.R.N.S. Corporation. Now he must assemble a rag-tag team of forest animals with only three days to pull-off their biggest heist.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2968659

abbot-costello

9) Abbott and Costello: The Christmas Show:

Delightful Christmas special starring comedy team of Abbott and Costello on The Colgate Comedy Hour.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/2046510

navigator

10) The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey:

This fantasy stars Hamish McFarlane as a young 14th Century boy with acute psychic powers. During the period of the Black Death, Hamish believes that he can rescue his fellow villagers by leading them into an abandoned mine. The fugitives tunnel their way through the darkness and emerge on the other side–into a bustling New Zealand metropolis in the year 1988. The phenomenon is seen from the point of view of the “aliens,” to whom every modern convenience and invention is a miracle comparable to the Resurrection. The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey creates its own logic, framing the story in the linear form of an ancient legend.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1999743

planet-of-the-apes

11) Planet of the Apes:

Nominated for 2 Oscars.

Taylor (Charlton Heston) and two other astronauts come out of deep hibernation to find that their ship has crashed. Escaping with little more than clothes they find that they have landed on a planet where men are pre-lingual and uncivilized while apes have learned speech and technology. Taylor is captured and taken to the city of the apes after damaging his throat so that he is silent and cannot communicate with the apes.

Note: the three sequel films that followed this one are also available in the Digital Catalog.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/1999658

weather-girl

12) Weather Girl:

Succumbing to the stresses of work and romance, a Seattle morning weather anchor (Tricia O’ Kelley) melts down live on-air. Closing in on forty, she is now unemployed, lacks career prospects, and must cope with her cheating boyfriend (Mark Harmon)—a devilishly handsome newscaster. Weather Girl is a slice of life comedy about reckoning the difference between growing old and growing up.

Here’s a link to the checkout page:

https://stls.overdrive.com/media/899837

Have a great holiday season!
Linda, SSCL

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Online Catalog Links:

StarCat: The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD etc. http://starcat.stls.org/

The Digital Catalog: The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos: https://stls.overdrive.com/

Freegal Music Service: This music service is free to library card holders and offers the option to download, and keep, three free songs per week and to stream three hours of commercial free music each day: http://stlsny.freegalmusic.com/

Zinio: Digital magazines on demand and for free! Back issues are available and you can even choose to be notified by email when the new issue of your favorite magazine is available: https://www.rbdigital.com/stlschemungcony

About Library Mobile Apps:

You can access digital library content on PCs, Macs and mobile devices. For mobile devices simply download the OverDrive, Freegal or Zinio app from your app store to get started. If you have questions call the library at: 607-936-3713 and one of our Digital Literacy Specialists will be happy to assist you.

Adult Services, Digital Literacy & Makerspace Events December 7 – 12, 2015

Makerspace Hours
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Dec 7, 2015
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM Dec 9, 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 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. Programs are made possible by the Friends of the Library.
 
Coffee, Tea & English
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Dec 9, 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.
 
Senior Tech: The Online Library: Freegal, OverDrive & Zinio
10:00 – 11:30 AM Dec 10, 2015
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 and magazines 24/7 via computers, tablets and smartphones. This program will offer an overview of the digital library materials SSCL patrons can checkout from wherever they are 24/7/365! Refreshments will be served.
 
Please call or email us to register: Tel: 607-936-3713 x502 or DIGLIT@STLS.ORG
 
Corning Area Writer’s Group
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Dec 10, 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.
 
Quarterly Crafting: Crafts for Christmas
4:00 – 6:00 PM Dec 12, 2015
Featured crafts will be paper beads for gift giving Mini Christmas Trees for decorating. Feel free to bring something you are working on or choose from materials set out. There will be salad, pizza and desserts. Pleasant music and relaxed conversation are a highlight. Call: (607) 936-3713 x502 to register.
 
Have a great week!
Linda, SSCL

Newly Added E-Books, Digital Audiobooks & Streaming Videos: July 31, 2015

Hi everyone, new e-books, digital audiobooks and a handful of new streaming videos have been added to the STLS Digital Catalog — all the titles listed below should show up in the Digital Catalog, and through the OverDrive app later today or early this evening — just in time for the weekend! Linda, SSCL

Audiobooks:

Title/Creators:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Sir Ralph Richardson

Cat and Jemima J by Jane Green, Jane Green

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety  by Jimmy Carter

Halloween Poems, Volume 1 by Lord Keats, John Byron, William Shakespeare, Edgar Poe, Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Copyright Group

Halloween Poems, Volume 2 by Lord Byron, John Keats, William Shakespeare, Edgar Poe, Ghizela Rowe, Gideon Wagner, Copyright Group

Harry Bosch Box Set by Michael Connelly

Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator! By Mo Willems, Mo Willems, Trixie Willems, Cher Willems

John Keats: Selected Poems by John Keats, Frederick Davidson

Judge & Jury by James Patterson, Andrew Gross, Joe Mantegna

Lights Out, Everybody! By Arch Oboler

Nick Carter, Master Detective: Echoes of Death by Nick Carter, Lon Clark

The Shadow: Silent Avenger by Lamont Cranston, Orson Welles, William Johnstone, Agnes Moorhead

Wish You Well by David Baldacci, David Baldacci, Norma Lana

E-Books:

1968 by Joe Haldeman

Beowulf: The Graphic Novel by Stephen L. Stern, Chris Steininger

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal by David E. Hoffman

The Book of Joan by Melissa Rivers

Chief Joseph & the Flight of the Nez Perce: The Untold Story of an American Tragedy by Kent Nerburn

Chocolate Covered Murder: Lucy Stone Series, Book 18 by Leslie Meier

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America by Arthur C. Brooks

Dark Places: The Haunted House in Film   by Barry Curtis

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny by Holly Madison

The English Spy: Gabriel Allon Series, Book 15 by Daniel Silva

Hell or High Water: Deep Six Series, Book 1 by Julie Ann Walker

Historic Journeys Into Space by Lynn Homan

Liberty’s Son: A Spy Story of the American Revolution by Paul B. Thompson

Luckiest Girl Alive: A Novel by Jessica Knoll

Lyric Poems by John Keats

Mindbridge by Joe Haldeman

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg

The Naked Eye: A Nove by Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen

Naked Greed: Stone Barrington Series, Book 34 by Stuart Woods

Nemesis: FBI Thriller Series, Book 19 by Catherine Coulter

The New York State Capitol and the Great Fire of 1911 by Paul Mercer

Nora Roberts Land: Dare Valley Series, Book 1 by Ava Miles

Off the Page by Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer, Yvonne Gilbert

The Oregon Trail: An American Journey by Rinker Buck

Scoundrels by Timothy Zahn

The Tartan MP3 Player: Highland Secrets Trilogy, Book 1   by C. A. Szarek

A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America by Ted Cruz

Under a Summer Sky by Nan Rossiter

When the Heart Heals: Sisters at Heart Series, Book 2 by Ann Shorey

Where Wildflowers Bloom: Sisters at Heart Series, Book 1 by Ann Shorey

World’s Fair: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow

Streaming Videos:

Cop Dog starring/featuring Billy Unger, Stephanie Michels, John Murlowski, John Murlowski

Dragons Love Tacos starring/featuring Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri, Chris Patton

A Monster in Paris starring/featuring Bibo Bergeron, Stephane Kazandjian, Mathieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis

Postman Pat: The Movie starring/featuring Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent, Mike Disa, Robert Anich

Sophie’s Choice  starring/featuring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Alan J. Pakula, Keith Barish

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/

 

HBO al la carte Coming In April To Apple TV Streaming Box

One of the big  announcements Apple made at its press event last week was about a deal with HBO which will now allow you to purchase HBO al la carte, as in without subscribing to a cable package through your local cable TV provider!

Of course, there is a caveat, you have to have an Apple TV streaming box (and Internet access) to access the HBO Now library of programs.

The Apple TV box now sells for $69 and the HBO Now monthly subscription price will be $14.99 a month; however, this is a huge, huge deal as far as video fans being able to watch TV shows and movies wherever and whenever they want to because for the first time ever a major cable channel is offering a subscription to their video offerings that does not require you to purchase a cable TV package!

Hopefully now that HBO has put a crack in the walled in garden of TV Packaged the flowers of stand alone TV subscriptions will grow!

Here are links to two articles on this subject the first from The Wall Street Journal and the second from NPR:

http://blogs.wsj.com/moneybeat/2015/03/10/with-apple-tv-deal-hbo-frays-the-cord/

http://www.npr.org/2015/03/10/392041850/new-hbo-now-streaming-service-shows-consumers-will-is-king

And if you’d like to see how an Apple TV streaming box works — let us know! We do have one at the library we can show you!

Have a great day!

Linda, SSCL

New Streaming Videos Added To The STLS Digital Catalog!

Hi everyone, today there are new streaming video titles available in the STLS Digital Catalog. You can check them out and stream them to your smartphone or tablet by simply installing the OverDrive Media Console app. And of course, you can check out free e-books and audio books too! I’ll be posting a separate list of new e-books and audio books that have been added to the STLS Digital Catalog today too shortly.

Have a great day!

And please pass the word on about the availability of the free streaming videos anyone can watch for free courtesy of our library and other libraries within the Southern Tier Library System.

Linda R.

Streaming Videos:

Title:                                                                        Creator/Director/Star:

95 Miles to Go(Documentary)                                T. Caltabiano  & Ray Romano

Accidental Hero: Room 408                                     Steve Rosen,

Adopted                                                                       Pauly Shore

Anansi and the Talking Melon                                  Eric A. Kimmell, Janet Stevens,

Changing Seasons: The Earth                                  Encyclopaedia Britannica

The Company Men                                                     Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones

The Education of Charlie Banks                                Jesse Eisenberg & Jason Ritter

Flight For Survival                                                      Martin Cray

Found Memories (Film Movement)                          Julia Murat, Lisa Fávero

If Only I Were…                                                            Carl Sommer, Kennon James

The Iron Lady                                                                Meryl Streep

Jack Goes Boating                                                          Philip Seymour Hoffman

Killing Them Softly                                                         Brad Pitt

The King’s Speech                                                           Colin Firth, H. B. Carter, G.Rush

Library                                                                              Sarah Stewart, David Small,

Little Fish                                                                         Cate Blanchett, Sam Neill, Hugo Weaving

Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity (Film Movement)  Sandra Oh, Ric Young,

Looking for Fidel                                                                 Oliver Stone, Fidel Castro

The Republic of Love (Film Movement)                          Bruce Greenwood, Emilia Fox, Deepa Mehta

A River of Waste (Documentary)                                      Don McCorkell

Sarah’s Key                                                                           Kristin Scott Thomas

Twilight Children (Documentary)                                     Marie Vidal-Michel

The Violin (Film Movement)                                             Don Ángel Tavira, Dagoberto

Yosemite: Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Devils Postpile

Sorry about the spacing above — here’s a link to a PDF version of the same list which has the proper, non-Word Press changed, spacing:

Newly Added Streaming Videos March 25, 2014

And the link below brings up our streaming video poster should anyone wish to print it off and/or share it!

OverDrive Streaming Video Poster

Have a great day!

Linda R.

Streaming Videos Come To The STLS Digital Catalog!!

Hi everyone, if you’ve already checked out the Southeast Steuben County Library’s Facebook page — then excuse the duplication!

We’ve got very exciting news on the streaming video front today! Because as of today you can stream videos from the STLS Digital Catalog or through the OverDrive app for your smartphone or tablet — you don’t have to download them to a PC!

You can simply open the OverDrive app, which is available in your app store and the full name of which is OverDrive Media Console and then tap on any of the categories under the Streaming Video title or tap on “View More” which will allow you to browse all the streaming videos available — so all you need is an Internet connection –and you can watch movies, TV shows and documentaries on your tablet or smartphone very cool!

More videos will be added to the Digital Catalog streaming video library in the near future — in the meantime — enjoy!

Have a great day!
Linda R.

http://stls.lib.overdrive.com/00941FE9-8429-406A-9149-5C29B3246CF2/10/50/en/Subjects05.htm

Google Chromebooks Coming To A Store Near You & DreamWorks Animation Signs A Deal With Netflix

Google Chromebooks Coming To A Store Near You: Google has announced that is now selling its inexpensive cloud-based Chromebook laptops at Walmart and Staples. Walmart is carrying the Acer C7 Chromebook that costs $199 and Staples will sell the Acer Chromebook along with the slightly more expensive Chromebooks from Samsung and HP at its stores.

And just on an FYI note the library owns a Google Samsung Chromebook that patrons are welcome to come in and sit down and try out!

And Chromebooks – if you’re not familiar with them – are light weight, cloud based laptops running the Google Chrome operating system. These laptops are meant to be used with an Internet connection and you are pretty much locked into the Google ecosystem – meaning that you can use the online Google Docs service to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations but you can’t install software on a Chromebook the way you can install Microsoft Office on a Windows PC. However, for the price – and the Chromebook that I’ve seen that has the best reviews is the Samsung Chromebook which costs $249 (and that the model the library owns) – the Chromebook is a reasonable choice for an inexpensive laptop for one to do light word processing, email and/or web related tasks upon. And if you simply need a second laptop for light weight tasks or even perhaps for your cottage at the lake (provided you have Internet service there) a Google Chromebook might just fit the proverbial bill.

Here’s a link to a CNET article that relays more information on the fact that the Chromebooks are coming to a store near you titled “”Google’s low-cost Chromebooks coming to 6,600 more stores:”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589721-93/googles-low-cost-chromebooks-coming-to-6600-more-stores/

And a second link to a CNET review of the Samsung Chromebook:

http://www.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-chromebook-series-3/4505-3121_7-35500150-2.html

DreamWorks Animation Signs A Deal With Netflix: DreamWorks Animation has signed a deal with Netflix to offer new programming. DreamWorks is known for its visually stunning videos and is working on expanding its offerings by sidestepping traditional cable companies and instead offering new shows for Netflix subscribers to stream. The new deal was announced on Monday and this new partnership will translate into 300 new hours of episodic television being created. The deal can also be seen as another battle in the Internet TV vs. Traditional Cable Television because the new shows will not able available to TV fans through traditional cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast but will be available for Netflix subscribers stream. The details regarding the new shows have yet to be released but DreamWorks did say that the new shows would be inspired by their back catalog which features a number of notable franchise videos including: Shrek, Mr. Magoo, Lassie and Casper the Friendly Ghost. The first of the new programs is tentatively slated to be aired in 2014.

Here’s a link to a New York Times article on the subject titled “DreamWorks and Netflix in Deal for New TV Shows:”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/business/media/dreamworks-and-netflix-in-deal-for-new-tv-programs.html

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Barnes, Brooks. (2013, June 17). DreamWorks and Netflix in Deal for New TV Shows. New York Times. Online. Accessed June 19, 2013. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/18/business/media/dreamworks-and-netflix-in-deal-for-new-tv-programs.html

Kerr, Dara. Google’s low-cost Chromebooks coming to 6, 600 more stores. CNET. Online. Accessed June 19, 2013. http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57589721-93/googles-low-cost-chromebooks-coming-to-6600-more-stores/

Portnoy, Sean. (2013, June 19). Acer’s $199 C710-2865 Chromebook laptop includes SSD, will be sold at Walmart. ZDNET. Online. Accessed June 19, 2013. http://www.zdnet.com/acers-199-c710-2856-chromebook-laptop-includes-ssd-will-be-sold-at-walmart-7000017015/

Samsung Chromebook review: The one we’ve been waiting for (at least in price). Accessed June 19, 2013.

 

 

Internet Television Update & Supreme Court Says Human Genes Cannot Be Patented

Internet Television Update: I’ve seen numerous articles in the last week that discuss the changing landscape of television – and by that I mean the fact that movie and TV fans are increasingly watching television shows and movies on their computers, smartphones and tablets whenever and wherever they want to through online sources like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu and YouTube. And in response to this trend the major cable companies like Time Warner and Comcast are dragging their feet as far as embracing this new way consumers increasing want to watch videos. The traditional cable companies would much prefer to hang on to their traditional status quote that demands their subscribers pay a monthly fee for many channels when those same consumers would really rather only pay for the channels and/or programs they want to watch and of course they’d like to watch the content they pay for whenever they want to on whichever internet connecting device they have on hand.

The tech company Intel is trying to change the cable company status quote by introduction a high speed internet connecting media streaming box that would allow consumers to accesses online video content quickly and easily – and would take its place alongside the Roku, Apple TV and Google TV media streaming players. We’ll have to wait and see how successful Intel is but for my two cents worth for whatever it is worth – probably about two cents! I think the traditional cable companies need to jump on board the internet TV bandwagon or eventually they will get left behind. I think those companies can delay the explosion of Internet accessed television for a while but eventually consumer demand will shift the money flow and more and more people will pay for internet accessed television shows, movies and subscription internet services like Netflix that they can then use to access the video content they want to watch when they want and where they want and on whichever internet connecting device they want to whether that device is a smartphone, laptop, tablet or the large HDTV in their living rooms.

Here’s a link to a Bloomberg Business Week article on the subject titled “How Big Cable Companies Keep Internet TV At Bay:”

http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-06-13/how-big-cable-keeps-internet-tv-at-bay

A second link to a New York Times opinion piece on the same subject titled “The Television Will Be Revolutionized” which has tech writer Tristan Louis offering his five cents worth on the subject (I gave him three cents more since he’s a professional tech write and I’m a librarian!):

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/12/televisions-next-frontier/the-television-will-be-revolutionized

And a link to a New York Times opinion section on internet video aka streaming video titled “Streaming for the Small Screen: An Introduction:”

http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/12/televisions-next-frontier

Supreme Court Says Human Genes Cannot Be Patented: The Supreme Court ruled today that human isolated human genes cannot be patented. The case was brought before the court by the Utah Company Myriad Genetics a company that does testing that shows a relationship between certain genes and a hereditary risk of getting cancer. The patents that Myriad was trying to protect had been challenged by a number of scientists and doctors because the costs of the tests – due to the patents – was around $3,000 which was making the genetic tests cost-prohibited for many people. So the cost of the genetic test should now come down. And interestingly the Court actually offered a split decision ruling that “isolated” genes couldn’t receive a patent but that genetically engineered genes can.

I think the entire subject is fascinating because it illustrates, among other things that we are on the cusp of revolutionary advances in medicine that may indeed one day soon lead to a cure for cancer and the common cold among other maladies.

Here’s a link a Washington Post article on the Supreme Court ruling titled “Supreme Court rules human genes may not be patented:”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rules-human-genes-may-not-be-patented/2013/06/13/9e5c55d2-d43d-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story.html

And a second link to an article on the same subject from the New York Times titled “Supreme Court Rules Human Genes May Not Be Patented:”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/14/us/supreme-court-rules-human-genes-may-not-be-patented.html

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Bachman, Justin. (2013, June 13). How Big Cable Keeps internet TV at Bay. Bloomberg Businessweek. Online. Accessed June 13, 2013.

Barnes, Robert. & Brady, Dennis. (2013, June 13). Supreme Court rules human genes may not be patented. The Washington Post. Online. Accessed June 13, 2013.

Louis, Tristan. (2013, June 13). The Television Will Be Revolutionized. New York Times. Online. Accessed June 13, 2013.

 

The Rise Of Group Subscriptions Or Accessing Television Subscription Content You Don’t Pay For & And Rdio Vdio Streaming Service Debuts

The Rise Of Group Subscriptions Or Accessing Television Subscription Content You Don’t Pay: The New York Times featured a cool article over the weekend which chronicles a growing trend – the growing number of people who access paid television content by using the cable subscription of a friend or relative so they don’t have to pay for the content. It seems an increasing number of people are accessing paid television shows and movies by accessing cable accounts online or via apps through their tablets or smartphones and then logging into their cable accounts with the log in information of a friend or relative. This new trend seems to be the most popular way for Cord Nevers. The term Cord Nevers referring to young adults that have grown up and accessed television shows and movies both online and by their parents or some other family members’ cable subscriptions and never had to pay for that content – and now they don’t want to so they are essentially getting accessing their favorite television shows and movies by a work-around logging into the HBO, Time Warner or other cable vendors subscription accounts with someone else’s login information.  

Consider this example that is relayed in the article – the HBO television series Game of Thrones is in the midst of its third season. And episodes of the series can be streamed for free from the smartphone and tablet HBO app and also through the HBO website. And the only thing a person needs to stream the episodes is someone’s’ cable subscription login information – it doesn’t have to be theirs. Having the login information in hand can allow five or six members of the same family to watch episodes of Game of Thrones, or any other HBO content, on demand and when they want to! The only stipulation is that two people cannot be logged in and watching the same television episode at the same time.

This is an interesting trend as it shows how the traditional cable TV bundled channel subscription package business model is walking down the road to obsolesce.

Here’s the link to the New York Times article which is titled No TV? No Subscription? No Problem:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/business/streaming-sites-and-the-rise-of-shared-accounts.html?ref=technology

And Rdio Vdio Streaming Service Debuts: The company behind the Rdio streaming music service has just introduced a new video streaming service called Vdio. Unlike Rdio, which is a subscription music service, the new Vdio service allows you to buy or rent streaming videos. And currently Vdio is only available to Rdio Unlimited subscribers who can watch the Vdio videos through a web browser or if they have an Apple device through the Apple app – there isn’t yet a Vdio app for Android smartphones and tablets.

And as I’ve already gotten up on my soapbox on for the above section on the New York Times article and gone on about how the traditional cable TV bundled channel business model is changing in our 24-7-365-Internet connected world – I won’t do it again today!

Sufficient to say the new Vdio streaming videos service is another example of how the traditional way people watch movies and television shows.

Billboard offers an article with more in-depth information on this new streaming video service via the following link:

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/1555894/rdio-launches-vdio-new-tv-and-film-marketplace-updated

Have a great day!

Linda R

References

Dredge, Stuart. (2013, April 4). Vdio streaming TV and film service goes live in the US and UK. The Guardian. Online.

Wortham, Jenna. (2013, April 6). No TV? No Subscription? No Problem. New York Times. Online.