CES Roundup for 1-5-2016

CES_Logo_smToday’s interesting stories from CES 2016 for January 5, 2016:

Fitbit Announces the Fitbit Blaze Smartwatch! (Gear Diary) And then immediately took a stock hit for it…. (Techcrunch)

First app-enabled pregnancy test is delivered at CES (Mashable) – This was probably inevitable. But an app to wait for results with you?

This is how you get smart drunk at CES 2016 (The Verge) – Yes! Let’s have better drinking through technology!

Reclaim Your Privacy with the eBlocker (Gear Diary) – Forget those pesky ad blockers! This one stop solution can do all the work for you.

Sony’s new Walkman comes in splashy rainbow colors (The Verge) – Look! This year in colors! Do we really need another iteration of a Walkman?

No, I am not going to CES, but I love reading about the gadgets. I will be doing these roundup posts intermittently during the week. The official CES website is here.

Did you know that Amazon has a page for products from CES2016? You can find it here.

Daily Links: Is The Password Dead? The Future Of Web And Mobile Authentication

daily_links_1Daily Links for day, January 5, 2016:

Is The Password Dead? The Future Of Web And Mobile Authentication (Techcrunch) – We need a solution that works for mobile and laptops and desktops….

LastPass adds emergency access for loved ones to get into your Vault (The Next Web) – This is a much needed feature.

Files on nearly 200 floppy disks belonging to Star Trek creator recovered (Ars Technica)- Lovely bito of Trek trivia.

Here’s What 10,000 Characters Looks Like (Techcrunch) – Hilarious look at the implications of Twitter raising the tweet character limit.

And, two posts about Facebook: Who Controls Your Facebook Feed (Slate) and Facebook just gave us one more reason never to trust it (The Verge) – I think this is really creepy. So tell me again, why are you still using Facebook?

Deals of the Day:

Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal  for today includes Allison Leotta’s A Good Killing:(Anna Curtis Series Book 4) for $1.99.

Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software is one of today’s Gold box deals and is priced at up to 60% off. There are versions for PC and Mac. I use this and love it!

Barnes and Noble Nook Daily Find is Simply Tuesday: Small-Moment Living in a Fast-Moving World by Emily P. Freeman for 99 cents. The Romance Daily Find is That Boston Man by Janet Dailey for $1.99.

This month’s B & N free serial read is Brava, Valentine by Adriana Trigiani. You get one chapter a day which you can read on the Nook app.

Kobo has “Is This Thing On?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming by Abby Stokes for $2.99.

The iTunes Weekly Bestsellers Under $4 includes Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential for $2.99.

And, finally, Google Books has a “Start an reading habit” special going on with prices starting at 99 cents. Titles include Jeffery Deaver, Kathy Reichs and a lot of New Year, New You type of self-improvement books.

(A note on Daily Deals: All prices current at the time of posting and subject to change. Most items marked Daily Deals are good for only the day posted.

Many large promotions have discount pricing that is set by the publisher. This usually means that titles can be found at a discount price across most platforms (with iTunes sometimes being the exception). If you have a favorite retailer you like to patronize, check the title on that website. There is a good chance that they will be matching the sale price.)

Daily Links are interesting links I discover as I go about my online day. The frequency and number of links posted depend upon the daily news. I also post other, different links of interest on Twitter and on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.

Library Corner: 1-5-2015

Library corner imageHere is this week’s roundup of library news:

US Library News:

North Carolina: State program helps public libraries share books (The News & Observer)

Tennessee: For Internet To Go, Check The Library (NPR)

International Library News:

UK: British Librarians Are Suing Government Over Library Closings (AdWeek)

New Zealand: ‘Born-digital’ records a minefield for archivists (ZD Net)

Policy and Privacy:

New report looks to future of libraries building digitally inclusive communities (ALA News)

Shaping the Library to the Life of the User: Adapting, Empowering, Partnering, Engaging (OCLC)

191 million voters’ personal info exposed by misconfigured database (Databreaches)


Authors challenge Google’s book copying project (SCOTUS Blog)

Anne Frank’s diary can be copied for scientific research: court (Dutch News.NL)

US Copyright Office Wants Your Input on the DMCA Rule-Making Process (The Digital Reader)

Reference and Statistics:

Lists: Top Book Check Outs of 2015 at the New York Public Library (Systemwide, by Borough, by Branch) (Infodocket)

Digital Collections:

Archives: Fascinating finds in National Library of Israel Jewish newspaper archive (Jewish Heritage Europe)

Bronx Black History Archives Open to Public (Fordham News)

New Manuscripts From the National Library of Greece (Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts)

Researchers building digital archive on WWI poetry by American immigrants (KU)

FILLING IN DIGITAL BLANKS OF HISTORIC TEXTS: Engineering students fix common glitch in digitization of books published before 1700 (Northwestern)

Osher Map Library at University of Southern Maine digitizes its rare globe collection (Portland Press Herald)

Literary Journal: Complete, Searchable Digital Archive of the “Jewish Book Annual” Now Available Online (Infodocket)

About once a week, I post links to digital-related library news articles and information about digital collections available online.  I also post other links of interest about the digital life daily on the Google Plus eBook Evangelist Page.