Submitted by Jason Griffey on November 19, 2010 - 9:44am
With the Holiday season quickly approaching, I decided that I should try and condense the last few months of gadget craziness into something like a recommended list for that special someone in your life. Or just for you...
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Submitted by Jason Griffey on October 7, 2010 - 9:15am
Amazon announced a new piece of their eBook strategy this past week, with the launch of Kindle for the Web. This allows you to:
- Read a book sample from Amazon.com without leaving your browser. No download or installation required.
- Share book samples with your friends via email or social networks.
- Embed a book sample in your personal blog or website and earn referral fees on sales.
This is the first step in what I think will be the logical progression of their “read your books anywhere” strategy, which will probably end with the ability to access your library directly in the browser. They haven’t announced this, but it seems like the natural endgame for accessing your Kindle books: you can already buy an ebook from Amazon and read it on your: Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on August 10, 2010 - 8:47am
For years and years, content producers knew that High Definition video was coming, and entire studios revamped their workflows to accomodate HD. Not that long ago, HD started rolling out to the public, in two sizes: 720 and 1080. For those who haven’t yet upgraded to HD video in their living room, those numbers basically are a count of the number of horizontal lines being projected on the screen. Standard Definition television is 480 lines in the US, 570 in the UK, and 720 and 1080 produce much higher quality pictures...if you watch something in true 1080 HD like a Blu-Ray movie, the picture is really mindblowingly detailed, better than double the vertical resolution of the SD video we watched for all these years.
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Submitted by Jason Griffey on July 26, 2010 - 9:50pm
I’m not able to participate synchronously with the rescheduled TechSource Trends webinar about ALA Annual, but I wanted to chime in and explain a bit about my somewhat vague set of slides that I put up just after the technical issues from the originally scheduled one. So here are my thoughts, and the talking points that I had for the slides if I were able to participate. So sorry that I won’t be there, but I’m sure it’s going to be awesome. Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on June 16, 2010 - 10:01pm
The 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known simply as E3, took place this past week. E3 2010 is the largest video game conference and press event in the US, and is the stage from which nearly all revolutionary new products and games are announced. So what was the major announcement this year that libraries and librarians should be aware of?
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Submitted by Jason Griffey on May 20, 2010 - 9:29am
I decided that this month I wanted to share a couple of very specific tools that I find invaluable for dealing with information online. These two tools make reading long form text online so much easier and more convenient that I can't recommend them enough. The two tools are the Readability bookmark from Acr90 Labs, and the Instapaper service.
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Submitted by Jason Griffey on April 9, 2010 - 9:13am
With the launch of the iPad and the development of desktops like the Lenovo c200, I'm starting to think that we need to stop thinking in terms of the size/resolution of the screen and positioning when doing web design. Instead, we need to really start thinking about digital objects, and how we physically interact with them. Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on March 11, 2010 - 10:04am
Over the course of the last year, there has been a lot of discussion about the interaction between the real and the virtual via mobile phones, specifically about using barcodes as a unique identifier that can be read by a mobile phone's camera. In Japan and other countries, it is very common to see this sort of thing done via a type of code called a QR Code, a form of 2 dimensional barcode. There are lots of places online wh you can create your own QR Code, and many phones come with the ability to read them built in. For smartphones with applications stores, like the iPhone App Store or Android Market, there are many barcode reading apps to chose from.
Some libraries are playing around with QR Codes and other methods of annotating the real world via digital metadata. One tool that I just discovered is called StickyBits, and it takes a different model that I find really interesting. Instead of concentrating on linking physical objects to a single virtual place or information, StickyBits allows people to attach content to a given barcode, and have others see it. It's a form of tagging, but instead of tagging via terms, the user is tagging with any digital information they want: audio, video, photo, or text. For instance, a user could use StickyBits to tag a book with a video review. Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on February 22, 2010 - 10:20am
Google Buzz, the Big G's newest and shiniest tool, launched last week to a huge amount of sturm und drang. What is Buzz? It's a lot of things, all shoved neatly into Gmail and leveraged with every ounce of power that Google could give it. If you've logged into your Gmail account in the last week, you've see a pop-up announcing Buzz, and asking if you were interested. Want to know what you're in for? Here's the very, very general idea.
Buzz is a combination of a few different existing ideas. The first is the concept of the "status update" or microblogging service, a la Twitter or Facebook. The second is the idea of conversation, as Buzz threads your discussions, instead of isolating replies like Twitter. This means that posts and replies are presented as a single thread, similar (very, very similar) to FriendFeed. Read More »
Submitted by Jason Griffey on February 1, 2010 - 9:46am
On Wednesday, the most anticipated technology product announcement of the last few years took place (video of the event here), and Apple finally showed off their tablet computer, the iPad. The iPad is going to dominate the technology discussion for the next several months, but here's a first-blush look at the tech specs and features that are going to be important for libraries and education. as well as what's missing and what we should be worried about.
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