Personal Technology Programs @ The Library: April 2016

Saturday, April 16, 2016, Time: 10:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m. 

3 D Printer Demo: Curious about what a 3 D Printer is and what it does? Drop by the Reference & Technology Desk one Saturday each month to see! We’ll have one of our 3 D Printers on display busily creating 3 D printed objects, we’ll offer information on our new Makerspace – Creation Station and we’ll even have a handful of 3 D Printed items to pass out that you can take and share with your friends (first come, first served!).

Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 p. m.

Dream & Create With Pinterest: Celebrate EARTH DAY with us! Make a fabulous recipe and choose to create a Bottle Bird Feeder or Recycle Newspaper Baskets to take with you! To register: Call: 607-936-3713 x 502 or send an email to: DIGLIT@STLS.ORG

Thursday, April 21, 2016, Time: 11:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m.

Tablet & Technology Basics @ Corning Senior Center: We’ve just launched a bi-monthly series of tablet and personal technology basics at the Corning Senior Center. Bring your tablet and your technology questions or try out one of our tablets. Questions are welcomed!  This series is co-hosted by SSCL Digital Literacy Staff and the Corning Senior Center. To register for this class call the Senior Center at: 607-962-8000.

Saturday, April 23, 2016, Time: 10:00 a. m. – 1:00 p. m.

3 D Printer Demo: Curious about what a 3 D Printer is and what it does? Drop by the Reference & Technology Desk one Saturday each month to see! We’ll have one of our 3 D Printers on display busily creating 3 D printed objects, we’ll offer information on our new Makerspace – Creation Station and we’ll even have a handful of 3 D Printed items to pass out that you can take and share with your friends (first come, first served!).

Thursday, April 28, 2016, Time: 11:00 a. m. – 12:00 p. m.

Tablet & Technology Basics @ Corning Senior Center: We’ve just launched a bi-monthly series of tablet and personal technology basics at the Corning Senior Center. Bring your tablet and your technology questions or try out one of our tablets. Questions are welcomed!  This series is co-hosted by SSCL Digital Literacy Staff and the Corning Senior Center. To register for this class call the Senior Center at: 607-962-8000.

 

Tactus Tablet With Pop Up Tactile Screen & The Future Of Tech Innovation

Tactus Tablet With Pop Up Tactile Screen: One of the coolest devices to be shown off at the 2013 Consumer Electronics show last week was a new tablet by the company Tactus. This new table features a tactile screen that rises from the flat surface of the tablet and allows tablet users to actually have a physical keyboard to type upon. The rising keyboard completely disappears once the tablet user finishes typing leaving the surface of the tablet smooth once more. This is really cool technology! Here’s the link to a TechCrunch article with a colorful title (Hands-On: Tactus Technology Gives Flat Touchscreens The Middle Finger With Pop-Up Buttons) that offers more in-depth information and a demonstration via video clip:

http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/13/this-is-the-future/

The Future Of Tech Innovation: I came across another neat article this morning that appeals to both the tech fan and history major in me and I thought I’d share! The article’s full title is Has the ideas machine broken down? The idea that innovation and new technology have stopped driving growth is getting increasing attention. But it is not well founded and the unnamed Economist author discusses how technological advancement flows in small steps interspersed with giant leaps and, correspondingly, how this tech evolutionary pattern has been seen before. The basic gist of the article is that despite what some people in the scientific and tech communities are saying tech innovation isn’t dead it is simply going through one of those small step advancement periods before the next giant leaps occur.

Here’s the link to the article:

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21569381-idea-innovation-and-new-technology-have-stopped-driving-growth-getting-increasing

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Burns, Matt. (2012, January 13). Hands-On: Tactus Technology Gives Flat Touchscreens The Middle Finger With Pop-Up Buttons. TechCrunch. Online.

Has the idea machine broken down? (2012, January 12). The Economist. Online.

Southeast Steuben County Library Tech Programs September 24 – 28, 2012

Hi everyone, here is the listing of the library’s tech programs for this week. If you’re interested in learing about the Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Publisher, Pintrest or entertainment apps – we’ve got you covered!

And as per usual one-on-one free tech usage sessions made be made with our tech staff by appointment. Just call the Reference Desk at: 607-936-3713 ext. 502 to make an appointment!

And here is the listing of tech events for the week!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012:

BE:Lab- Dream and Create with Pinterest! Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM. Description: Are you one of the many who are absolutely fascinated with PINTEREST?  Join Jenn and the Be:Lab every other Tuesday evening to “Dream & Create with Pinterest!” We’ll do some dreaming while searching for great DIY projects on Pinterest, and we’ll do fun and easy projects that you can take home with you. So come in and Dream & Create with us! Please sign up by calling 607.684.0361 or email belab@stls.org.                                                                                                                                                      

Wednesday One Hour Tech Workshop: Microsoft Publisher. Time: 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Introduction to Microsoft Publisher. We’ll look at the templates Publisher comes with that allow one to easily create newsletters, signs, brochures, calendars and greeting cards. Sign up is required by calling (607)936-3713 ext. 502. (A BE:Lab Program).                                                                                                       

Thursday, September 27, 2012

BE:Lab Programming: Microsoft Office Overview. Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Join the BE:Lab and learn the latest features of Microsoft Office 2010.  Learn about “The Ribbon” and how to perform basic tasks in each program offered in Microsoft Office 2010. We encourage you to bring your own laptop if you have Microsoft Office 2010, otherwise we are happy to provide laptops for everyone. Please sign up by calling, 607.684.0361 or email, belab@stls.org. Please let us know if you would like the use of one of our laptops.                                                                                                                                                  

One HourEvening Tech Workshop: Entertainment Apps: Time: 6:00-7:00 PM. Time: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Learn about entertainment apps in different categories for Apple and Android devices: games, movies, music and more. Sign up required by calling (607) 936-3713 ext. 502.

Have a great day!

Linda R.

reimerl@stls.org                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

New Kindle Fires & Kindle Paperwhite

Wow, I just got back from a short vacation and not only is it rip-roaring busy in library land today but additionally Amazon has introduced multiple new tablets. The new tablets consist of three new Kindle Fires and a new e-ink Kindle with a built-in lighting system called the Kindle Paperwhite.

The new Kindles are:

1. The Kindle Fire: This is the new entry-level Kindle Fire. It features a 7” screen, is Wi-Fi only, features 1024×600 pixel screen resolution (a higher screen resolution than the 1st generation Kindle Fire), has stereo speakers and 8 GB of storage. Price: $159.

2. The Kindle Fire HD: This version features a 7” screen, is Wi-Fi only, has a front facing video camera for video calls, offers 1280×800 pixel screen resolution, has Dolby Audio dual-driver stereo speakers and either 16 or 32 GB of storage. The 16 GB model costs $299 and the 32 GB model is $369.

3. The Kindle Fire HD 4G: This Kindle features an 8.9” screen, a front facing camera for video calls, 1920×1200 pixel screen resolution, has Dolby Audio dual-driver stereo speakers and either 32 or 64 GB of storage. The 32 GB version costs $499 and the 64 GB version is $599. Additionally of note regarding the 4G cellular connectivity Amazon states that “Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ offers the most affordable 4G tablet data package. Amazon’s 12 month 4G data package includes 250 MB a month of blazing fast 4G data, 20 GB of additional Cloud Drive storage, and $10 Amazon Appstore promotional credit, all for a one-time payment of only $49.99, no monthly payments required. If you need more data, additional 3 GB and 5 GB data plans are also available for purchase. You can sign up for a data plan right from your device.” So you can in essence tack another $49.95 onto the price of whichever of the two Kindle Fire HD 4G model you pick if you decide to purchase the Kindle Fire HD 4G.

4. The Kindle Paperwhite: And the e-ink Kindle Paperwhite is Wi-Fi only, features a built in lighting system (like the Barnes & Noble Glowlight) and a higher screen resolution than previous e-ink Kindle models. In fact, Amazon says of the screen resolution of the Paperwhite that it offers: “62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution.”  Additionally of note, this Kindle costs $139 for the add free version or $119 for the “Special Offers” version that features screen saver adds. 

And you can find more information on all the new Kindle models at the Amazon website located at WWW.AMAZON.COM

And the Gizmodo tech site has a nice overview of the new models in the aptly named article Amazon’s New Kindle Avalanche Everything You Need to Know:

http://gizmodo.com/5941083/amazons-new-kindle-avalanche-everything-you-need-to-know

And if you’re in the market to buy a new tablet – or even your first tablet you may want to wait a bit despite Amazon’s new offerings as there are other new tablets forthcoming that may be even better than the ones Amazon introduced today. Google has, of course, already introduced its Nexus 7 tablet which has gained good reviews for its features and $199 price tag. Microsoft is coming out with its Surface tablet in October and Apple is likely to introduce a 7 or 8” Apple Mini iPad also in October. And just to add my two cents worth – I’m sure the Amazon’s HD 4G tablet is quite nice, and granted I haven’t seen it yet; however, if you’re spending more than $499 on tablet – I would still suggest you check out an iPad. You can come to the library and sit down with one of ours to test drive it before you buy it!

 Have a great evening everyone!

Linda R.

Library E-Books Part III: How to Download Free Library E-Books to Smartphones & Tablets

As you may be aware the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, NY is a member of the Southern Tier Library system. And Southern Tier Library System member libraries buy e-books for the Digital Catalog through the library e-book vendor OverDrive.

And OverDrive has created an app for all Apple, Android and Windows smartphones and tablets. You can find the app, which is officially called “OverDrive Media Console” in your respective app store.

Once you obtain the app and set it up, which requires you to register for a free Adobe Digital Editions account; you will check out library e-books by:

  1. Opening the app on your smartphone or tablet*
  1. Selecting the Southeast Steuben County Library as your library to obtain e-books from – this will then re-direct you to the STLS Digital Catalog where you can search for e-books or audio books to download*2
  1. Search for an available e-book you’d like to read (if the e-book is available there will be a button to the right of the title that says “Add to cart. If the e-book is checked out; instead, you’ll see a button that says “Place a hold” and you can click that button to be emailed when the title is available for you to download)
  1. Click the Add to Cart link (and the My Cart page will display)
  1. Click the Proceed to Check Out link on the My Cart page (and the Sign in page will display)
  1. Select the Southern Tier Library System (instead of Penn Yan Public Library) from the drop down box in the Library field*2 (just click on the down arrow to the right of the word Library.)
  1. Enter your Library card number in the library card number field.
  1. Enter your PIN number in the PIN field (this is by default the last four digits of your telephone number)
  1. Click the Log In button on that same Sign in page (The Check Out page will display)
  1. Click on the Confirm Check Out button (on the Check Out page and the download page will display)
  1. Click the download button and the e-book should start to download into the OverDrive library within your app. E-books download in a matter of seconds – and you’ll see a download status bar fill with color as the download process unfolds and completes
  1. Read your library e-book!

Tomorrow I’ll discuss how you download library e-books to Nooks and one of next weeks’ postings will be on how you download audio books and media (music and videos) from the Digital Catalog.

Have a great day!

Linda R.

*1) If your tablet is a Wi-Fi only model you will have to be within range of a Wi-Fi network in order to download library e-books.

*2) You can download MP3 audio books to all Windows, Android and Apple smartphones and tablets; however, WMA (Windows Media Player) audio books can only be directly downloaded to Windows smartphones and tablets. If you have another wireless device you should be able to download the PC version of OverDrive Media Console to your computer, download WMA audio books to it and then transfer those to Apple or Android mobile devices. Unfortunately if your main computer is a Mac – you cannot download WMA audio books to it and transfer them to mobile devices; the process will only work if you’re using a Windows PC.