Library Technology Digest- Issue no. 53

A weekly post of technology articles for librarians.

Hacking into a car — Andy Greenberg, a senior writer for WIRED let two hackers hack into his Jeep while he was driving on the highway. They were able to play with the radio, locks, windshield wipers, brakes, and even turn the car off. Click the link to watch the video. The hackers, Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, openly shared their code with car manufacturers and hope to raise awareness about the vulnerability in many vehicles with connectivity features.

How libraries can compete with Google and Amazon — In this Quartz article Sonali Kohli writes about how libraries compete with Amazon and Google for “customers,” but asks what customers libraries can best serve. “One answer is low-income Americans, a community in dire need of access to information and education.”

Wi-Fi Aware — The Wi-Fi Alliance is adding new features to Wi-Fi technology that will make devices aware of nearby information and services before connecting to any network or app. Watch this video to see examples of how this could fundamentally change the mobile experience. Think of how this could be applied to library services!

Was there life before smartphones? — A recent Gallup poll shows that nearly half of all smartphone users “can’t imagine life without it.” The poll produced a few more interesting results: women are more attached to their phones than men, iPhone users are more attached than Android users. “The smartphone is transformative for those who use it, not only by making their lives better, but by becoming something of a fifth limb.”

Tech review of hotspots leant out at Seattle Public Library — James Risley writing for GeekWire posted a very positive review of the Wi-Fi hotspots loaned out to patrons at the Seattle Public Library. The library includes surveys with hotpots, so patrons can provide feedback. The response has been overwhelmingly positive- “people like me don’t have Internet at home and this has improved the quality of my life immensely,” said one anonymous survey respondent.”

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