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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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