March 24, 2018

New World Economic Forum Report and Data Set Looks at Emergence of a New Digital Divide

Direct to: The Global Information Technology Report 2012 Direct to Network Readiness Index 2012 Data Platform (Interactive, Visualizations) via a WEF News Release: Despite efforts over the past decade to develop information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure in developing economies, a new digital divide in terms of ICT impacts persists, according to the latest rankings […]

Information Technology: IT History Society Adds New Research Database

From the News Release: The IT History Society’s ( growing library of databases now includes a hardware database of all information technology hardware ever manufactured. The initial library consists of over 2,000 entries and it is growing by over 100 per day. The database is located on the web at “The IT History Society’s […]

Standards: NISO Publishes Revised Recommended Practice for RFID in U.S. Libraries

From the National Information Standards Organization: The National Information Standards Organization announces the availability of RFID in U.S. Libraries (NISO RP-6-2012), a revision of the 2008 Recommended Practice that provides a set of practices and procedures to ensure interoperability among U.S. RFID implementations in libraries. By following these recommendations, libraries can ensure that an RFID […]

Fast Fact: Apple Has Sold 3 Million New iPads Since Device Became Available Last Friday

From an Apple News Release: Apple today announced it has sold three million of its incredible new iPad, since its launch on Friday, March 16. [Clip] The new iPad is already available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, UK and the US Virgin Islands and will be […]

Prototypes: Microsoft Builds a Browser for Your Past

From Technology Review: Mining personal data to discover what people care about has become big business for companies such as Facebook and Google. Now a project from Microsoft Research is trying to bring that kind of data mining back home to help people explore their own piles of personal digital data. Software called Lifebrowser processes […]

Microsoft Unveils Universal Translator That Converts Your Voice into Another Language

From Extreme Tech: Microsoft Research has shown off software that translates your spoken words into another language while preserving the accent, timbre, and intonation of your actual voice. In a demo of the prototype software, Rick Rashid, Microsoft’s chief research officer, said a long sentence in English, and then had it translated into Spanish, Italian, […]

W3C Launches Work to Simplify Creation of Content in World's Languages

From W3C: Many of the largest and most successful enterprises use the Web to reach customers around the world. Providing information in local languages is pivotal to their business. Today W3C announced new work to make it easier for people to create Web content in the world’s languages. The new MultilingualWeb–LT (Language Technology) Working Groupwill […]

New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries Published and Available Online, Publication is Now Open Access

This is the first issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) that is open access. Congrats, kudos and thanks to LITA for making the switch to open access. ITAL is also now an e-only publication. Learn more in this blog post. Table of Contents Information Technology and Libraries Vol 31, No 1 (2012) President’s Message: […]

Forecast: Gartner Says Personal Cloud Services Will Be Integrated in Most Connected Devices by 2013

From a Gartner News Release: By the end of 2013, consumer cloud services for accessing content will be integrated into 90 percent of all connected consumer devices, according to technology research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc. Speaking at a briefing for technology industry executives in Singapore today, Gartner managing vice president Andrew Johnson said that […]

The Economist Publishes Profile of Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos

From The Economist: Jeff Bezos, the founder and chief executive of Amazon, owes much of his success to his ability to look beyond the short-term view of things. [Clip] If Amazon does one day move into bricks-and-mortar retail, it would not be the first time that Mr Bezos had taken a leaf from the book […]