CES Roundup 1-7-2016

CES_Logo_smToday’s interesting stories from CES 2016 for January 7, 2016:

Solar grill adds component for nighttime cooking (hands on) (CNET) – The survivalist in me wants want of these to go with my solar oven….

The Grillbot Is A Robot That Cleans Your Grill (Techcrunch) – I love grilling but hate cleaning the grill, this seems like a no-brainer.

Ily Aims To Be The New Home Phone That Keeps Your Family Connected (Techcrunch)- For families with young children without a landline, this is a great idea.

And finally:

U.S. Marshals Raid Hoverboard Booth at CES (Bloomberg) – I think this one says a lot about the times we live in.

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.

 

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CES Roundup 1-6-2016

CES_Logo_smToday’s interesting stories from CES 2016 for January 6, 2016:

Withings Go hands-on: dabbling with e-ink displays (Slashgear) – Great use for an e-ink screen! I think I would like to try this fitness tracker.

The Killer Chromebase: Acer Unveil 24-inch Chrome OS All-In-One PC (OMG Chrome) – This looks like it could be an interesting choice for a second computer.

The URB-E Is A Foldable Electric Scooter For The Urban Commuter (Techcrunch)-  Do you want one of these? I am not sure how they would work during winter in the Midwest, but…

Intel’s next NUC will be a quad-core mini PC with Iris Pro and Thunderbolt 3 (Ars Technica) – I have several aging desktops that need to be replaced.

This remote control transforms to match the gadget it’s pointing at (The Verge) – I think that this brings new meaning to the term “universal remote.”

Dell has a $199 laptop, and it looks pretty good (CNET) – This might look interesting for the price if it weren’t for the fact that Dell was hacked…

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.

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.

Banned Books Week 9-27-2015 to 10-3-2015

BBW-logoThis week  is Banned Books Week! This is an annual event where the book community celebrates the freedom to read and rallies against censorship. According to the event’s official website: 

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982 according to the American Library Association. There were 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.

Many libraries and bookstore will be hosting events and showcasing special displays of books that have been challenged in the past. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom defines a challenges as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.”

Some of the titles are surprising and include many well-loved classics. Both Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham were on this list from Encyclopedia Britannica. 

There are a number of resources available with information about books which have been banned. Infodocket has a list of resources here to start you out. You can also follow the topic on social media using the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.

Ironically, so many of my personal favorites have been challenged at one time or another. I was thinking of re-reading Daniel Keyes classic, Flowers for Algernon.  What about you? Do you have a favorite banned book?

March is National Reading Month

Library BooksMarch is National Reading Month and there are lots of ways to celebrate!

March 1-7, 2015 is Read an E-book Week.  The week is designed to bring together readers, authors and publishers, with lots of free and discounted books to encourage e-book discovery.  The official Facebook page for the event is here. The hashtag is #RAEW

You can also read about the history of the event in an article penned by Smashwords’s Mark Coker.  Smashwords has a page offering over 50,000 titles at prices that range from 25% off to totally free. Smashwords authors are encouraged to discount their books for the promotions.

Monday March 2nd: NEA’s Read Across America Day. This year’s book is the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! Read Across America has a presence on Facebook and TwitterThe hashtag is #readacrossamerica

Many libraries host a variety of of promotional events during the month. You can check the website of The American Library Association and your local library for more information. 🙂

Is your library celebrating this month?

January 24 is National Readathon Day

NationalReadathonDayThumb2Penguin Random House, GoodReads, Mashable, and the National Book Foundation have joined to sponsor National Readathon Day. The event aims to promote and fund literacy and reading.

According to the website:

You can get involved by joining readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24. From Noon – 4 PM in our respective time zones, we will sit and read a book in our own home, library, school or bookstore.

Funds are raised by getting family and friends to donate via Firstgiving. There will also be group events at libraries, schools and bookstores. The proceeds will be donated to National Book Foundation.

The hashtag for the event is #timetoread.

You can find out more information and details on how to participate on the National Readathon Day page. 

 

 

Read an E-Book Week 2014

LadyFrom March 2 – 8, once again, we are celebrating Read an E-Book Week!  To promote and encourage the reading of e-books,  there are a plethora of free and discounted books to choose from.

This year, Smashwords is acting as the hub for the week-long promotion. Participating authors are offing discounts that range from 25% to 100% off the usual purchase price of the book. Smashwords offers all of their titles in a variety of formats for the various e-readers and apps, including Epub, mobi, PDF, text and online versions.

The Smashwords pages also has links to other retailers who are having special promotions for the week, including Apple, Barnes and Noble and the Diesel Book store.

If you are aware of any other retailers and online e-book stores celebrating with sales and discounts, please leave a link in the comments!