Science and Technology
You might have noticed the success of the Do-It-Yourself movement, which is being headlined by the runaway popularity of desktop 3-D printers. Even our library is getting its feet wet with the Mobile Maker Lab, (click here and select your nearest branch for times and dates). 3-D printing’s popularity is defined by the virtually unprecedented open community that has grown up around it.
Technology rules over us. I remember what made me the object of ridicule and bullying in middle school is now thoroughly ingrained in every aspect of modern life. These days, we’ve shed more digital technologies than we can probably remember, but we’re still using quite a few that are past their prime. Here is a list of my favorites - which ones didn’t you realize were on their way out?
I'll admit it: at the end of the workday, I want little more than to sit in front of the TV and do nothing. This is an indulgence I allow myself far more frequently than I should. Of course, no one just watches TV anymore, do they? Thanks to wifi, laptops, and now smartphones and tablets, our lazy time is much more engaging. Who said technology has to be productive? Here are my top smartphone and tablet apps to zone out with.
Whether you are an avid birdwatcher, a student preparing a report on the state bird of Virginia, or just interested in hearing the real drumming sound of a woodpecker, then Birds of North America Online is for you! In addition to the sound recordings of each bird, there are also photographs and often video clips of each species. Articles about the bird’s appearance, food habits, migration, life cycle and much more are also available.
The Consumer Electronics Show is an annual showcase for new and emerging technologies for the consumer market. Some technologies are a few months from the market; others are simply concepts. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to CES in the past, given that a lot of what I saw was obviously just hype. This year’s show, however, had some things that piqued my interest.
Candy Crush Saga, the tile-matching clone of the classic game Bejeweled, is the most popular “free” game on Android and iOS. As a hardcore mobile gamer, I'm here to tell you there are far better alternatives to Candy Crush with deeper gameplay, better graphics, and, in a few cases, actual game narratives.
Even though it may not seem like it to me, smartphones are not actually a necessity of life. Shocker, right? I love the suckers! To see if my affinity for all things “smart” was shared by my peers, I conducted a highly scientific survey of whichever of my Facebook friends chose to respond, asking them whether they owned a smartphone and if not, why? A surprising (to me) number of them confessed they did not own a smartphone.
Inspired by a recent computer training-on-demand session I instructed, here is a list of my favorite keyboard shortcuts. A mouse and keyboard are a powerful combination, but with the proper keyboard shortcuts you can be a far more time-efficient user.
I'm sure by now you're all-too-familiar with the annual mobile device product line refresh. Every fall we get updated versions of the now ubiquitous mobile devices. Apple, Amazon, Google, and others all push out slightly updated hardware just in time for the holiday shopping season. This year's upgrades are almost all incremental. If you already own a 2012 device, you should feel comfortable hanging on to it. Users looking to upgrade from models that are two or more years old or shoppers new to mobile devices have good reason to be excited.