December 12, 2017

Statistics: U.S. Commercial Computing Device Sales Set to End 2013 with Double-Digit Growth

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From the NPD Group: Year to date through November 2013, 14.4 million desktops, notebooks, and tablets were sold through U.S. commercial channels, leading to a 25.4 percent increase over 2012, according to The NPD Group’s Distributor Track and Commercial Reseller Tracking Service.  This stellar performance follows the 3.1 percent sales increase experienced in 2012 Desktop sales through the […]

Article: “Bringing in the Experts: Library Research Guide Usability Testing in a Computer Science Class”

The following article appears in the latest issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice (Vol 8, No 4). Title Bringing in the Experts: Library Research Guide Usability Testing in a Computer Science Class Authors Laura Cobus-Kuo Ithaca College Ron Gilmour Ithaca College Paul Dickson Ithaca College Source Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Vol 8, […]

Play Vintage Video Games Online via the Internet Archive’s New “Console Living Room”

Note: The following item reports on a number of vintage video games becoming available to play (for free and direct from your browser) via the Internet Archive (IA). As the blog points out, this new material is part of an expansion to the IA’s Historical Software Archive that went live at the end of October. From […]

Iowa: Former School Teacher Leaves Council Bluffs Public Library $2 Million

From The Omaha World-Herald: She spent hours upon hours during her 70 years there, reading about faraway lands, visions of the future and dramas about life and love. As a gift to the institution that gave her so much joy, the former school teacher left $2.5 million to the Council Bluffs Public Library. [Clip] Cook […]

How Airport Bookstores are Reacting to a Changing Industry

From The Deseret News, National Edition: Airport bookstores may be on the front lines of the transition to eBooks. Cheaper prices and new methods of reading are causing concerns among booksellers, experts say. But the future isn’t all bleak, said Sara Hinckley, spokesperson for the Hudson Group, which owns several airport bookstores throughout the country. […]

U. of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab Releases Digital Edition of “Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States” First Published in 1932

Here’s new and wonderful reference resource from the University of Richmond. From the U. of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab Web Site: Here you will find one of the greatest historical atlases: Charles O. Paullin and John K. Wright’s Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States, first published in 1932. This digital edition reproduces all […]

Copyright: U.S. Judge Rules Sherlock Holmes in Public Domain

From The Wall St. Journal: In a ruling Friday, chief judge Ruben Castillo of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois found that four novels and 46 short stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle about the temperamental detective were in the public domain and could be freely re-interpreted by anyone wanting to […]

Amazon Delivers A Great Christmas For Its Kindle, What About Others?

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Some new findings from Flurry, a data analytics company. From a Flurry Blog Post: To identify what types of devices are most gifted, we compared new device activations on Christmas to the average for the first three weeks of December. This approach adjusts for the fact that the smartphone and tablet installed base is growing […]

Science Reference: New York Botanical Garden Digitizes Biodiversity History

From Popular Science: There’s a trove of biodiversity information out there, but much of it is locked in natural history collections. To make all this plant data more accessible, the New York Botanical Garden—one of the four largest herbariums in the word—is turning its more than 7.3 million specimens into a browsable digital database. [Clip] The digitizing […]

Reference: New Web Database Provides Estimated Data Usage of Popular Apps

From PC World: A new website launched by mobile trade group CTIA shows smartphone and tablet users how much data is used by popular apps. KnowMyApp.org, unveiled by CTIA Thursday, allows mobile device owners to estimate an app’s data usage before it’s downloaded. This is the first tool allowing consumers to learn about an app’s […]