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Slow News Month

August is traditionally a slow month for technology news. It’s too early to begin the announcements for the 4th quarter holiday season, but too late for the back-to-school announcements. Generally speaking, there’s just not a lot to talk about in technology in August. Well, this year shot that...

Apple Thinks Different Part 2

Hello dear readers! I’m trying a bit of an experiment this month, brought about by the reflections in my recent post over on my blog about writing and ownership. I started writing a post about Apple and the way they seem to be trying to change the basic metaphors of computing that we’ve become accustomed to over the last 30 years. That start turned into something over 1500 words, which is a bit...

Google I/O

Today was the start of the Google I/O conference, the developer conference that Google holds every year where they make major announcements, primarily about their Android operating system. During the keynote today, they offered several updates and new products that could potentially be interesting for libraries. Here's the ones that I think are the most interesting: The Android Market was updated...

Amazon Cloud Drive & Cloud Player

On March 29th, Amazon launched two major new services, both of which seem to speak directly to my post guessing at an Amazon Tablet...as well as being shots across the bow of both Apple and the music industry. The two services are connected, but distinct in capabilities and effects, so let's look at them separately: The first is Amazon Cloud Drive, Amazon's answer to other consumer-facing cloud...

Holiday Gadgets 2010

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...eReaderThis particular space is getting really crowded, but there are still a couple of clear standouts. If you want to buy an eInk based eReader, I still like the Amazon...

Jason Griffey's Tech Trends from ALA 2010

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...

Touch-a, touch-a, touch-a, Touch Me...

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. Using the iPad for just a few days has really brought this into focus for...

Researching Your Library Tech Decisions

I spoke this past week in San Diego, at the San Diego Law Library Association's Fall Conference, and one of the members asked me the following question (paraphrased for brevity):How do you make decisions about what technologies to offer or support at your library? With the explosion of Web 2.0 over the last 5 years, how do you decide what to offer your patrons? I decided to share my suggestions...

Fast Flip Flops

The elves over at Google Labs have emerged once again with yet another interesting information experience--Google Fast Flip, which they announced on Monday on the Official Google Blog. Fast Flip was designed to address one of the nagging problems of using the Web as a news source: when trying to browse quickly through several news sites to get up to date on what’s happening, many users, including...

A Tale of Two Twitters

It was the best of Twitter, it was the worst of Twitter, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. Okay, that’s 140 characters.  While I used to be ambivalent about the value of Twitter, now, based on a whole bunch of tweeting that I observed during a recent online conference, I have become strongly ambivalent about...

Annual 2009: Catalogers Look to the Future

ALA Publishing staff working on RDA:Resource Description and Access are watching for library innovation building on bibliographic records.  Shirley Lincicum has offered some fantastic coverage of a technology that had catalogers excited at this year's annual conference. Shirley has been a professional cataloger in academic libraries for 15 years. She currently serves as Librarian/Associate...