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ArticleSearch is free app which allows simultaneous searches across multiple sources, for easy access and instant results using your iPhone, iPod-touch or iPad. You can browse scientific papers, journals, articles, magazines and more academic publications by filling in just one field or a small form for advanced searches. These are shown as individual test tubes on screen, which you tap to access, as if you did the search in the sources’ own website. Using the built-in web-browser, check short abstracts or access the full article. Save it as a favorite or share with one button. Searches or results sent via SMS or email don't require your recipient to have the app. ArticleSearch comes with two standard search engines and a huge list of premium ones to choose from. Free users can also select one engine from the premium list and do the searches with all three at once.




Shazam’s LyricPlay

2012-11-07T10:28:10.490+10:00


(image) LyricPlay is the fun new feature that lets you see full screen lyrics in time with the music you're listening to and is now available to in the FREE, Encore and (SHAZAM) RED Apps on iPhone and iPod touch. This app makes listening to music a little like karaoke.





Sites for finding free images and clip art

2012-04-20T11:42:58.021+10:00

Find Icons - FindIcons.com is an icon search engine that helps you find free icons. Humanline - Humanline.com is a visual library related to history, art and science. Museums, libraries and galleries are invited to sign up and contribute their digital assets for educational and commercial licensing. The Open Clipart Library (OCAL) is the Largest Collaboration Community that creates, shares and remixes clipart. All clipart is released to the public domain and may be used in any project for free and with no restrictions. FreePhotoBank is a free stock photo site. You are free to download pictures (up to 2048 pixels, Creative Commons licence) but don’t forget to link back to FreePhotoBank. 3DToad puts a spin on education. It has 3D/360 degree rotatable images on a variety of educational subjects. [...]



What's New 20 December 2011

2011-12-20T14:05:54.978+10:00

Now Mapping the Indoors – Google Maps is Going Inside Google Maps is great for getting from Point A to Point B, but what happens after you get to Point B? Retailers, airports and transit stations in the U.S. and Japan are currently partnered with Google on the project. When you’re inside an airport, shopping mall or retail store, a common way to figure out where you are is to look for a freestanding map directory or ask an employee for help. With the release of Google Maps 6.0 for Android, that directory is brought to the palm of your hands, helping you determine where you are, what floor you're on, and where to go indoors. ALIA Training - Love 2 Read!  In support of the National Year of Reading 2012 campaign, the Love 2 Read online course aims to introduce participants to the wide range of literature in library collections and the ways libraries can promote its use to clients. This online course can be completed in 6 weeks (one topic per week) but as it is developed to be self paced, it can be finished earlier or later depending on your learning styles and needs. It runs from 21 February - 3 April 2012. Register by 7 Feb. Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter archive  The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed an agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library’s repository of historical documents. Every public tweet since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. The archives don’t contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else — billions and billions of tweets — are there. Apple Updates iBooks with Night Mode & More, and Also Updates Cards  Apple updated two of its own apps – iBooks and Cards. With iBooks users can read eBooks and documents which they load on their iPhone. The update includes the ability to read in a night-time mode with white text on a black background. There’s also a new full-screen mode that lets you only see the text of your book or document. A new set of fonts made into the iBooks update. They include Athelas, Charter, Iowan and Seravek. Public domain books get new covers and text highlighting was improved as well. Apple introduced Cards with the latest version of iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S. The app lets you send snail mail cards using your iPhone photos. The app’s improvements include “improved verification of postal addresses,” text entry improvements and a better checkout process. Funky Photo Funky Photo creates 6 different image effects. Simply upload a photo and then edit the effect. Roamz: find things to do around you  Be a local! Roamz is a location-based app that helps you find out what is happening around you. It shows you social content about places, events and activities that are relevant to you. It uses information from the networks you know and love - Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and Twitter - and cuts through the noise to deliver you personalized and intelligent suggestions. It’s like having your best friend in your pocket, showing you things that you are actually interested in. The best part is, the more you use Roamz the smarter it gets, so no matter where you are you’ll always be a local. You can capture and share Roamz moments at places that you discover too, by connecting your Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare accounts. National Broadband Network explained NBN Co has released a series of short animated videos about the National Broadband Network project and the rollout process. Watch the videos here: The NBN explained  The NBN – Your telephone  and the NBN - Property developers [...]



What's New 30 November 2011

2011-12-01T12:52:37.141+10:00

Improve Your Google Search Skills Don’t limit yourself to just plugging in simple search terms to Google; check out this infographic and learn a search string search or two. Here are some crucial tips for refining your Googling. Get More Out of Google. Updated Google Search for iPad - Side-by-Side Search and More http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djw6AJqHFOU&feature=player_embedded frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/djw6AJqHFOU?rel=0" style="border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px; border-right-width: 0px; border-top-width: 0px;" width="650">If Google is your search engine of choice and you do some serious searching from your iPad, you’ll want to grab a free copy of Google’s radically updated iPad search app. What’s new with Google iPad Search? This version of the app sports Google Instant, coverflow style image search, enhanced voice search, Google+ integration, and overall better integration with Google’s services. My favourite feature is the enhanced side-by-side search. You can pull up search results and simultaneously look at a page. The Contra Costa County Library Snap and Go Project The Tri Delta Transit bus company has partnered with the Contra Costa County Library to provide instant access to free audiobooks and library services on the bus. Choose from over 600 audio book titles! With "Snap & Go" mobile library, library users can wirelessly download audiobooks directly to their mobile phone. All they have to do is scan the QR barcode with a camera phone and they’ll automatically be connected to library services including hundreds of audiobook files they can download to their mobile phone for free! Smartphones replacing library cards and self check-out machine  You may have heard of apps like CardStar and Key Ring that allow you to input the numbers from all the club and rewards cards from your wallet and display the barcode on your mobile phone. Library users can also use these apps for their library card numbers although some traditional scanners won't read barcodes off a smartphone screen. The scanners that can read barcodes on smartphones are called CCD scanners. These CCD scanners can be purchased for about $30 each. And the next step… The Cuyahoga County Public Library is calling itself the first public library in the U.S. to create a mobile smartphone application that will allow users to borrow library items using their mobile device. Users can also extend the lending period and manage their media with a mobile device. The library created the app with the help of Boopsie, a mobile app-developing company specializing in public and academic libraries. Boopsie can deliver mobile applications that are compatible with all Web-enabled phones. No more standing in line. Just download the free app from the app store on your smartphone and then scan your selection by taking a picture of the barcode on the item. Then you're free to leave the library. App users will not have to worry about security sensors going off as they exit the library. The library’s security gates in their libraries are no longer in use. Watch a video to see how it works.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C_bvyqJVfU Smart Books Atria is publishing its first book to be equipped with a smart chip. Tapping the RFID-enabled sticker with an NFC-enabled smartphone will bring up a website with additional resources for the book. The debut smart book is The Impulse Economy: Understanding Mobile Shoppers and What Makes Them Buy by Gary Schwartz The smart book allows the physical book to become interactive for both the book buyer and the book browser. The reader can tap to rich interactive content on their phone. The goal is to engage the consumer and start a permission-based two-way relations[...]



What's New 3 November 2011

2011-11-03T09:55:11.918+10:00

How to build a free desk statistics tracker in less than an hour using forms in Google docs Are you still collecting daily usage statistics on a paper tally sheet, and then transferring them to a spreadsheet? The information is hard to analyse and you are using reams of paper. Forms in Google Docs allows data to be entered into a spreadsheet from a form. The form can be accessed via the web or directly emailed to users. The steps to creating a desk statistics tracking tool are simple: 1. Create a Google account (if needed) 2. Log into Google and open Google Docs 3. Open a new spreadsheet 4. Create a form 5. Add/format questions and customize form 6. Create an access point 7. Start recording Read the full article on how the University of Minnesota Library did it.     Our Pad Brings Multiple Account Management to the iPad iPad: You use your iPad, your spouse uses your iPad, so who gets the privilege of having the iPad remember their Facebook and Gmail info? With Our Pad, you both do. It’s one of the more glaring oversights in the iPad design. Unlike an iPhone that is usually only used by one person, multiple people often use the same iPad. A simple mechanism for switching user profiles would be enormously helpful but is conspicuously absent from the device. Our Pad steps in to help fill the gap. It’s not a perfect solution but it does make it dead simple to switch between Facebook, GMail, MSN/Hotmail, Yahoo!, and Twitter accounts for multiple users. Our Pad is free, iPad only.   Google Now Shows Your IP Address via Query Thousands upon thousands of people would go to Google and type in “what is my IP” only to immediately click the first link to find out. Now Google offers the answer right along with your query results. Visit Google and enter a search query like “what is my ip”, “my ip”, or “ip address”, and Google displays your public IP address right below your search query–as seen in the screenshot above. It’s a handy way to find your IP address that saves you that extra click through to a third-party site.   How to Customize and Decorate Your QR Codes with Pictures The colour of the QR code doesn’t matter, as long as it is readable by a QR code reader.. You can create a customized QR code online, but the level of customization will be limited. The second option is to generate a simple QR code, and then play with it in Photoshop, GIMP or your favourite image editing program to create a customized version. The only thing you need to keep in mind is that the integrity of the QR code remains intact, and it doesn’t lose the encoded information. The simple method - If you just need a simple QR code with a bit of colour based style, go to Unitag [http://en.unitag.fr/qrcode].  The expert method – see the How-to-Geek blog for details http://www.howtogeek.com/96226/how-to-customize-and-decorate-your-qr-codes-with-pictures/ The Daring Librarian has created a great poster - How to Create a QR Code In 3 Easy Steps. How to Change Your Browser's Default Search Engine Sometimes addons, toolbars, etc. may be installed on your computer as part of or in addition to software you install on your computer. It can be an annoyance if it changes your browser's search engine to one you don’t like or you just don't want to use. With a few quick changes, you can restore it back to your normal search preferences. Follow the instructions according to the internet browser you are using. Firefox Find the search query URL for your desired search engine (see below). The easiest way to find this is to visit your favourite search engine and make a search. Copy the URL address, remove the unnecessary bits (that aren't related to your search), so that the query will be the last thing added to t[...]



What's New 20 October 2011

2011-10-20T14:36:12.020+10:00

BookLikes BookLikes http://booklikes.com/ is a book-based social network that recommends great books based on your reading preferences. It’s a complete website for book-lovers. BookLikes gives only individualized book recommendations, books that really define you. A new kind of social algorithm takes into consideration users’ reading preferences, general book information and category it belongs to as well as individual social experience. This is a place where people can search for books by author, title, category, etc and then review them. QuickScreenShare If you need to share your screen with a friend or peek in on their screen and you don’t want to deal with installing software, QuickScreenShare is a nearly instant and dead simple solution. Simply visit QuickScreenShare http://quickscreenshare.com/, start a session, send your friend the link, and you’re ready to start screen sharing between any two browsers with Java installed. It’s that simple and it’s a free service. Check out this video to see it in action. How to Use the Cameras on Your iPad 2 With the iPad 2, you can take photos and HD video using the tablet's dual cameras. This article shows you how to do just that, as well as how to share videos and photos, upload them to your computer, and trim videos. You’ll also learn how to use FaceTime, Apple's free video chat service. http://www.wikihow.com/Use-the-Cameras-on-Your-iPad-2 Need an app? Try this app search engine If you're looking for apps on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome, Firefox, Facebook, or web, Quixey has just become one of your very best friends. Type in what you're looking for, limit to the resource that you're interested in, read the little summary and then click on the link to go and get it. If you're into apps for your smart phone or iDevice, then you're going to be very happy indeed. It includes priced as well as free apps. KeepRecipes a Recipe Manager for Food Lovers http://keeprecipes.com/ Whether you’re a home cook looking to explore new dishes or a chef looking for a place to store all of the recipes you’re collecting for a cookbook, KeepRecipes is a new web service that gives you a way to enter your own recipe collection, or snip recipes from cooking sites around the web, similar to the way Instapaper or ReadItLater lets you save articles and news stories. KeepRecipes is a combination web app and iPhone app. The web app lets you organise and enter recipes into categories so they’re easy to search and dig through later when you want to find something specific. You can also search other recipes members have added to their own accounts to see if there’s something you’d like to try that another user knows how to make. Use the KeepRecipes bookmarklet (again, like Instapaper or ReadItLater) to automatically save recipes on sites like Food Network, the New York Times and other cooking sites to your account. The bookmarklet only saves ingredient lists and highlighted text at the moment-so if you want the instructions saved with the ingredients; make sure to highlight them before clicking the bookmarklet. The service also offers a mobile app for iOS that lets you view ingredients and search your recipes while you’re out shopping, view photos, see what’s new on the site, and use as a kitchen companion while you’re cooking. Both the iOS app and the web site are completely free. Open Library http://openlibrary.org/ Open Library is an open, editable library catalogue, building towards a web page for every book ever published. Just like Wikipedia, you can contribute new information or corrections to the catalogue. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome. You can browse by subject, author or lists members have [...]



What's New 7 October 2011

2011-10-07T12:25:43.194+10:00

Fill PDF forms on-line PDFfiller [http://www.pdffiller.com/] lets you Fill PDF Forms on-line free. The PDF typewriter works by converting PDF forms into images and allowing the user to type right on top of the images. When the user is ready to print, the image and the text are combined into a single image. This is printed and the result is a professionally filled form. ·         Upload your Form. ·         Click anywhere and start typing. Sign your form. ·         Print, Email, Fax, or Export your Form. HearWho HearWho [http://www.hearwho.com/] converts your text to speech and saves it as an MP3 file so that you can listen to it on any device capable of playing MP3 files, such as iPods, PDAs, mobile phones, MP3 players. There is no software to download. You simply type or paste your text into the text area, then click "MAKE MP3 FILE". HearWho.com uses lifelike, natural sounding voices that come in a variety of languages. Listen while doing. It saves time... Make studying easy. Listen to it.  Commuting  at the gym  Running / walking / cycling  Listen instead of reading. Ziggity Zoom At Ziggity Zoom  [http://www.ziggityzoom.com]you can play kids online games, colour pictures, read and listen to kids books online about many different characters, watch kids videos or explore Play Worlds and other kids arts and crafts. This site is designed for kids and their parents to encourage creativity, reading and to really let your imagination soar. Our mission is to encourage kids to learn, be creative, be active, and to help parents by providing worksheets, tools, and articles that promote positive values and healthy living. We are a Top Kids Web site for education, crafts, home schoolers and recipes. Game Classroom Game Classroom [http://www.gameclassroom.com/] scoured the web for the best and most trustworthy educational games for grades K-6 with the single goal of providing students, parents and teachers with an interactive homework help site! These games are arranged by subject (maths or language arts) and grade level. Educators can also find other excellent resources such as: videos, worksheets and lesson plans. Deliver your own Food Tales event Holding events at the library is one of the best ways to activate the space, encouraging people who may not otherwise use the library to come in, and showcase what your local library has to offer the community. Find out how you can deliver your own Food Tales event with the State Library of Queensland’s Hosting an Event: a guide to hosting your own Food Tales event in your library. How to Personalize the Settings on Your iPad 2 There are many different ways to customize the settings on your iPad. Among the most important are Notification settings, location services, and carrier data. This article also discusses how to personalize the video settings. http://www.wikihow.com/Personalize-the-Settings-on-Your-iPad-2 Google Analytics Introduces Real-time Stats The new real-time feature of Google Analytics helps you to see what’s going on in your site at this very moment. It’s a part of the new version of analytics so you need to first click the New Version link at the top of your analytics dashboard. There’s a big Right Now button that shows visitors currently on your site, both new and returning. There’s also the top referrals and top active pages to help you understand where the traffic is aggregated on the site. The feature is being rolled out and will take sometime before it is there for everyone. You’ll see it under the Dashboards tab in the new version. However, if you hate to wait, you [...]



What's New 22 September 2011

2011-09-22T13:01:05.397+10:00

WhatWasHere Creates Historical Maps Using Crowd Sourced Photographs WhatWasHere [http://whatwashere.com] is a project that uploads historic photographs to Google Maps so you can see what a location looked like in the past. Photos can be uploaded through the WhatWasHere website or via an iPhone app. The success of this online project depends on people's willingness to prepare and upload photos. The site tries to make it easy by requiring people to enter in only the location and the year of the photograph. But it will need a lot of participants and a lot of photographs to make it work. If you have a few boxes of old photos sitting around your library or council, why not do your part and start scanning and uploading. Think Tutorial Think Tutorial [http://thinktutorial.com] is a database of simple, easy to follow tutorials covering all aspects of popular computing. Think Tutorial is a site for free computer tutorials on any number of subjects divided into categories including communication tools, browsers, Microsoft Office, iWorks, smart phones and social media. These tutorials are text based with pictures, which is nice for those who don't want to sit through watching a video. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Explained by Common Craft If you’re the owner of a website, you know the power of search engines. If your website shows up high in the results, it means more visitors to your website. There are tactics you can use that help your website look more attractive to the search engines. These tactics are called Search Engine Optimization or SEO.  This video provides a review of the basics of SEO. Watch it now [http://www.commoncraft.com/video/search-engine-optimization-seo]. Tonara – iPad app With Tonara [http://tonara.com/], turning pages is a thing of the past! Tonara listens to you and knows when to turn the page on its own, based on what the musician is playing. It can even work with multiple instruments playing at the same time. Although the app is free, each piece of music costs between $1 and $4 depending on its length and complexity. Classical music, whose practitioners typically carry around heavy musical scores, are an obvious target audience for an app like this. However, Levy said pop music could soon find its way into the app too. Introducing the world’s first interactive sheet music app ·         Download and view sheet music on your iPad ·         See your exact position on the score as you play ·         Pages are turned automatically for you, just in time ·         Best of all it’s free. Montage I don't have much artistic or design skills so I like playing with tools that help mask this lack of skill. The following is a tool that allows me to create more flashy presentations, visualizations and mashups without much skill or effort. Montage is a flexible web-based service that makes it fun and easy to create and share a visual album of the web on the topics you care about. You can design your Montage around any topic you can imagine by adding content that pulls information from a variety of sources, including RSS feeds, Twitter, Bing News, and YouTube. Blogger iPhone app Google has released an iPhone app for Blogger. Great for posting while on the go. It includes upload of images and location services. Organize Your Ebook Collection with Calibre Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories: ·&nb[...]



What's New 7 September 2011

2011-09-22T13:04:57.345+10:00

Getting Started Series: Free Self-paced Instruction This site offers clear explanations of popular software and web applications, addressing the fundamentals without over-simplifying all in a series of six downloadable self-guided tutorials in PowerPoint format: ·         Microsoft Office 2010 covers the basics of Excel, PowerPoint and Word in the latest release of the standard Microsoft office tools. ·         Getting Started with Blogging and Blog Writing Workshop for Librarians provide an overview of blogging and “no panic” methods for generating ideas and becoming a successful blogging librarian. ·         Getting Started with Facebook walks through creating an account and untangles the labyrinth of privacy settings and how to manage them. Try them now. Top 10 iPad Tips & Tricks http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&EntryId=3001                          Reset - Probably the first thing a new user to an iPad is going want to do is learn how to reset their iPad without having to turn it all the way off and on again. To do this, just hold down the power button and home button for a few seconds and the iPad will reset. Force Quit - This is really simple to do. If a program gets frozen or you want to exit right away, just click on the home button to return to the main screen. Screen Shot - Something I do on a daily basis as an educator is taking a screen shot on my mac for tutorials and professional development. This can also be done on an iPad by holding down the power button and home button for a second and then releasing. A camera sound will go off as the screen turns white. The screen shot will be stored in photos. File Transfers - Probably the easiest way to transfer a file from the iPad is simply to click the share button in the upper right and then email the file as an attachment. Copy and Paste - Just tap and hold down on the text and select copy; go to a new app and then tap and hold down and click paste. To copy a whole paragraph, tap and hold down on a paragraph 4 times to select it all. Other tips include: Web Scrolling, Wireless Keyboard Deleting and Copying and pasting. Customize Clip Art to Meet Your Needs Even though it looks like a single image, a piece of clip art is made up of a number of layers—the background, the foreground, text, etc.—that are drawn on top of each other. When you insert a clip into Word, you can work on and change each layer separately, which means you can customize the clip art that you get from the Clip Art and Media site to fit the look and feel of your project. Separating a piece of clip art into layers is called "ungrouping" it. Consider this clip art of the baseball player. There are many layers to this piece—for example, the black border around the green background, the green background, and the batter himself: his cap, his shirt. What if you don't like the colour of his cap, the location of his bat, or the green in the background? Change them. The first step in making these elements of the picture fit your needs is to separate them.  Note   Although this tip uses Microsoft Office Word, this general task can also be performed in Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Office PowerPoint.   How to ungroup clip art Ungroup clip art Copy the clip you want to work on into a Microsoft Office Word document. Click on the clip. A box appears around the clip. Now you can edit it. Right-click on the clip and select Edit[...]



What’s New 18 August 2011

2011-08-18T10:15:52.460+10:00

School Sparks The SchoolSparks website offers hundreds of free printable worksheets for parents to use at home and for teachers and library staff to print and use in the classroom or library. The worksheets cover a variety of topics from letter tracing (both uppercase and lowercase), math/number awareness, visual discrimination, auditory processing, phonemic awareness, letter/word awareness, social/emotional development, fine motor development and gross motor development. Computer Viruses and Threats - Explained by Common Craft Here is another great video by Common Craft. It explains computer viruses by comparing them to human viruses and focuses on the role of prevention in being protected. Major points include: · A basic look at computer viruses as computer programs that can spread like a disease and can be prevented by anti-virus software. · An introduction to worms, how they cause damage in networks and can be prevented by software updates. · An introduction to trojans, how they trick people into downloading a virus and how awareness is important for prevention. Watch the video here. Conduit Mobile Conduit Mobile is an all-in-one app platform. It enables you to create an app once and distribute it on all leading platforms, without any developing or coding skills. By cutting the technical workload, they allow you to focus on the content, delivering apps quickly, simply, and across all mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Bada, Windows Phone 7 and more). What's more, it's all absolutely free. Here is a test I carried out - It took me less than 5 minutes! The Best Way to Store Stuff in the Cloud Brent Rose at Gizmodo provides a list of eleven of the most popular cloud storage services out there in his article The Best Way to Store Stuff in the Cloud. This post provides detailed reviews and screenshots of each cloud service including: Amazon Cloud Drive Dropbox Google User Managed Storage iCloud iDrive Sync SkyDrive The Updated Social Media Video - 2011 The world's most watched social media video by Erik Qualman. Based on #1 Best Seller Socialnomics. Version 3 with Fat Boy Slim music. Watch it now. Slidestaxx Slidestaxx enables you to gather various social media into a beautiful slideshow for your blog, website or directly on slidestaxx. It's fast, easy and free! Check out some stacks other people have created with slidestaxx here. It's fast, easy and free! Add pictures, videos, websites and more into your slideshow and then embed the slidestaxx into your own website or blog. slidestaxx brings it all seamlessly together. Just for Fun Customise your own Barbara Streisand song with GoBarbra. You can type in text in different languages (English, French, German, Polish, Romanian, and Spanish) and pick different voices. http://gobarbra.com/ . Here is a song I put together for the State Library  http://gobarbra.com/hit/new-795d637d97a0169f5446c6beacb70874 . [...]



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2011-08-18T09:11:12.881+10:00




What's New 2 August 2011

2011-08-03T10:34:36.506+10:00

KnovioKnovio [http://www.knovio.com/]  is a free tool for turning PowerPoint slides into rich video presentations right from your web browser. No fancy hardware or video software is needed - just a webcam and microphone. Simply take a static PowerPoint slide, record a video of you talking about that slide and Knovio syncs both together. These video and audio presentations can be accessed anytime on-demand and shared with others through email and social media. See Knovio in action: Show Me What’s WrongTrying to diagnose computer issues remotely is really hard unless you can see what's actually going on. The next time someone needs your help with their computer, point them to ShowMeWhatsWrong [http://showmewhatswrong.com] and have them take a quick screencast. Simply go to the site, enter your name and email address, and the app will generate a unique URL you can pass on to the person you're trying to help. When they click the URL, all they need to do is click "Start Recording" and the app will automatically take a screencast of their computer for as long as five minutes—though you can stop the action at any point along the way. The app also picks up the user's voice through the built-in or connected microphone, so the person you're trying to help can talk as they walk you through the problems they're having. Click stop and the app automatically packages and uploads the video to its server, then sends you an email letting you know it's there. You've got seven days to view it before it expires. It's a foolproof way for even the most novice computer user to capture and send a video of what's going wrong on their system, and they don't have to install anything. Why not use it to assist your clients with their home computer issues? 15 Beautiful and Creative QR Codes  Amy-Mae Elliott at Mashable has compiled a list of 15 Beautiful and Creative QR Codes. Did you know that these 2D barcodes have a 30% tolerance in readability? That really opens up a lot of opportunities for libraries to be creative. The codes that made this list are exceptional. If you’re looking for inspiration you won’t want to miss this post. Social Media Revolution 3 Video Have you watched Social Media Revolution 3 Video http://www.socialnomics.net/?p=3790 Contains some amazing statistics. iPad presentations using KeynoteIf you have an iPad2 you may be interested in doing a Presentation with your iPad (only for iPad2). The iPad version of Keynote (Apple’s PowerPoint-like presentation software purchased from Apple’s iTunes Store for $9.99) has a handy presenter notes feature that is easy to use so your notes are on your screen, and your slides still appear on the LCD projector. The screengrab above shows the presenter notes view on the iPad. If there’s more text than shows on the screen, just use your finger to scroll down to the rest of the text.You also use your finger to advance slides – just swipe the screen, and slides advance. Swipe the other way to go back a slide. Pretty simple to use! Now – how does it work?You need to use the iPad VGA adapter, and plug that into the LCD projector. Then the iPad magically does everything else, no need to mess with screen resolution compatibility, etc.You can then just hold the iPad, and finger-swipe away, or place it on the podium/desk.There are a couple of oddities, too:·     If you stand with the iPad, you need to hold onto the VGA cable. Otherwise, the weight of the cable will pull the iPad VGA adapter out of your iPad. Not good.·    The on-screen slide appears first, followed by the presenter notes, so there is a bit of lag time. So if y[...]



What's New 6 July 2011

2011-07-06T12:54:45.547+10:00

Many Books: the best ebooks at the best price: free! http://www.manybooks.net/ Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from readers. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available here and they are all free! If you still can't decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what strikes your fancy. There are over 29,000 free ebooks. Mr Printables Mr Printables http://www.mrprintables.com/ is a site offering free printables for children, parents and teachers. Resources include flash cards, games, masks, colouring pages, stationery, calendars, planners and puzzles. Animaps Animaps http://www.animaps.com is an innovative site for creating animated maps in Google Maps. This is done by creating a map and then adding markers, text, images and shapes that are all set to specific timings. Tildee Tildee http://www.tildee.com allows you to create your very own how to page and then share it with others. This is done by creating text, uploading images or videos and then clicking on share. A unique URL is then created for these tutorials that can be shared with others. Also, a person can view the public tutorials of others to find self help information as well. View an example of a featured tutorial Editing your work using Microsoft Word's 'Track Changes' feature here. Gnowledge Gnowledge http://www.gnowledge.com/ is a new (beta) free test paper repository that's free to use. You can take, create and share any tests that you find on the website. You can also: · Access any tests' answers at the end of taking a test · Track your taken test scores history · Save the progress in your test, so you can continue it at any time · You can have access to your own Vanity Page detailing your profile information and all of your. Evaluating Web Pages The World Wide Web can be a great place to accomplish research on many topics. But putting documents or pages on the web is easy, cheap or free, unregulated, and unmonitored. I am often asked “How do I evaluate a web page?” or “How do I know if a website is reputable?” The University of California, Berkley Library have compiled a guide - Evaluating web pages: Techniques to apply and questions to ask http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html to help you to establish the validity, authorship, timeliness, and integrity of what you find. Why not create a link to this page from your website? Image Embellisher Image Embellisher http://www.chami.com/html-kit/services/imge/ is an online tool that can apply special effects to images. Image Embellisher makes it easier to create special effects with a few clicks. Simply pick the Image Effect you'd like to try, select your image and click Submit to generate a new image. Screen Capture Tool – Free PicPick http://picpick.en.softonic.com/ is a full featured screen capturing tool. The program is a screen-capture tool that allows taking screenshots of an open window, rectangular areas, a free-form area or the entire screen. PicPick is also an image editor. You can easily perform simple editing tasks to your photos, including brightness, contrast and colour adjustment, greyscale, blur, pixelate and other special effects. There is also a whiteboard feature which enables you to write and draw directly on the screen. Papyrs Papyrs http://papyrs.com/ is a new (beta) site for file sharing. This is done in a social network type environment and is ideal for sharing documents, notes, and more. What makes this more than just a file sharing service is the social network in[...]



Thinking eBooks

2011-06-21T13:20:13.790+10:00

http://youtu.be/LV-RvzXGH2Y Mike Matas: A next-generation digital bookhttp://youtu.be/1eITfhOwyTU The Finnish Library Association http://youtu.be/Je90XRRrruM  Harper Collins 26 Check outshttp://youtu.be/9uGLt1tSOrE Abbey the digital native. John Scott - Burdekin  Library http://www.mediafire.com/?uci18zw7gow2cid [...]



What's New 15 June 2011

2011-06-15T10:01:21.381+10:00

Staff your desk wiselyYour library's questions and answers put to their best use. Know when your desk will be busy. Everyone on your staff can find answers to difficult questions.Just $10 a month per library branch. Free trial. No credit card required. Pricing detailshttp://gimlet.us/ Twitter unveils automatic link shorteningTWITTER has overhauled its service, offering automatic link shortening, direct uploading, and a new search engine for photos and videos. Having trouble fitting a link into just 140 characters?With Twitter’s new auto link-shortening feature, you can now paste a link of any length into the Tweet box on Twitter.com, after you’ve composed your Tweet and you hit the “Tweet” button it will be shortened to 19 characters. You no longer have to worry about fitting a long link into the 140 character limit. As part of the rollout process, this will initially be available to a small percentage of users. It will eventually be available for everyone. You should see it soon. Of course, if you want to keep using your favourite link shortening service, you can continue to do so. An ability to directly upload photos to the Twittersphere is likely also to influence the way professional and serious Twitter users seek to attract followers. Twitter is likely to become a more visual platform. Read more here. If you want to know more about Twitter, ask those who already use it at one of two Twitter training sessions next week at slq. Do you want to know how to use Twitter effectively for conferences, workshops, work and as a personal learning network? Some staff already use Twitter and are happy to share their knowledge with you. The sessions will cover effective marketing, how to develop a personal learning network and what’s out there to make Twitter more effective. Sessions will be held in the training room on level 1 on Monday 20 June from 9am to 10am and Tuesday 21 June from 1pm to 2pm. Bring your mobile device, phone or tablet, or you can use a PC or just follow along with someone else. Feel like getting away from it all?The OSTRICH provides a refuge for a mid-afternoon power nap. Lying somewhere between a travel cushion and a soft bag to put over your head, the OSTRICH is a design concept that aims to provide a portable retreat from any waking daytime environment where the stresses and strains of the day can melt away. See more images here. Sendoidhttp://sendoid.com Sendoid is an on-demand peer to peer (P2P) transfer system. It makes transferring any size file between two people as simple as clicking a link! This is done by generating a unique URL where all files are sent P2P rather than stored on the cloud/internet. A desktop app can be downloaded to eliminate size restrictions when sending/downloading files. A simple explanation about the cloudYou may have heard about cloud computing. People in your work unit may make reference to utilizing The Cloud for an upcoming presentation. Have you ever sent yourself something via email just so you could access the document or file later at another computer? Do you use Google Products like Google Docs, Google Reader, or Google Calendar? Have you uploaded photos to a photo storing site like Flickr to be able to share with friends and family, as well as to be able to access anytime? If so, you’ve used cloud computing. Cloud computing is simply the act of using a network, usually the Internet, to store information that you want to access from multiple network devices. No longer do you have to worry that the file you need can only be opened from the hard drive o[...]



What’s New 18 May 2011

2011-05-19T12:09:19.324+10:00

What’s New 18 May 2011 EBSCOHost releases an iPhone app EBSCO has just released an iPhone app. It'll also work on an iPad, but not at full screen. So how does it work? Log on to an EBSCO database. I’m going to use MasterFile Premier for this example. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. There you should find a link that says EBSCOHost iPhone/iPod Touch Application: Select EBSCOHost/iPhone and enter an email address. You will receive a link to the App Store (you can also search and find it there without the link), and also a link to click that will marry the app to your specific institution. A very seamless and straightforward process. There is just a basic search box, no option for "advanced search". Limiters such as Full Text, Peer Reviewed, date etc, appear under the Settings tab, but all the way at the bottom of the screen, below the list of databases. All databases appear to be checked by default. The app helpfully remembers recent searches, and you can save both searches and articles for later viewing. Individual articles can be emailed, with full text. PDFs are available within the app. Results can be sorted by date or relevance. Recipefy: Manage, Share and Discover Recipes http://www.recipefy  Recipefy is an easy to use recipe manager to create and share your cookbook online. Organize recipes by tag, share it with your friends and bookmark your favourite one from people around the world. Explore Artworks in Top Museums of the World Using Google Art Project http://www.googleartproject.com/ If the big museums and their amazing art collection are something that you only get to see in the movies and documentaries then you should check out this awesome product by Google that’s called Art Project . It lets you virtually browse the art collection of some of the most well known museums across the globe. You can also explore the museums virtually using this tool. The Art Project shows you high resolution images with deep zoom levels. It almost gives you the feel that you are standing right in front of them in a museum. The homepage lists the museums on the left and the options to explore the artwork and the museums themselves on the right. The Art Project isn’t just about browsing the artworks and the museums. You can also create your own art collections by signing in with your Google account and saving the artworks you like. Then you could add comments at specific zoom levels and share that collection with others. QR Codes: Resources for Librarians A QR code (short for Quick Response) is a specific matrix barcode (or 2D code), readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. They are easy to create and offer a quick and interactive way to promote library events and services as well as engage students and patrons. Blogger Ellyssa, aka the iLibrarian, has compiled a list of resources to get you started. Here are a few: ·         How To: Make Your QR Codes More Beautiful Hamilton Chan, CEO and founder of Paperlinks, writes a quick guide for Mashable about How To: Make Your QR Codes More Beautiful. This excellent article offers tips and techniques for making these useful barcodes more attractive, including adding color, rounding edges, and incorporating 3D impact.   ·         QR Code Quest: a Library Scavenger Hunt Gwyneth A. Jones, Teacher-Librarian at the Murray Hill Middle School, aka The Daring [...]



What's New 7 April 2011

2011-04-08T13:34:19.278+10:00

Little Bird TalesLittle Bird Tales http://littlebirdtales.com/ is a wonderful site for digital storytelling for young learners. Children can create and upload their artwork, narrate and record their voice, and add text to their story. The finished story can then be viewed online or emailed out. Watch a demonstration video here. Amazon Cloud Drive & Cloud PlayerAmazon has introduced Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. The two services are connected, but distinct in capabilities and effects.Amazon Cloud Drive, is similar to Dropbox or Windows SkyDrive. Amazon is giving everyone 5GB of space for free, with the ability to purchase additional storage for $1 per Gigabyte in chunks: 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, or 1000 GB levels are all available. While 5GB free is more than Dropbox's 2GB, and way less than SkyDrive's 25Gb, for raw storage in the cloud, Dropbox has everything else beat in usability. For Cloud Drive, you have to do all file interactions (uploading/downloading) within your browser. The exciting thing here isn’t Cloud Drive by itself...it’s the associated Cloud Player and the model that Amazon is using for the connection between the two. Cloud Player is a web-based media player that has access to the files uploaded to your Cloud Drive. That is, if you use your Cloud Drive to hold MP3 or AAC encoded music files, those will be automatically available to Cloud Player, and can be streamed to nearly any browser. Cloud Player has the basic controls that you would expect from a music player, allowing you to view your collections by album, artist, or genre. It also allows you to build or import playlists, shuffle, and repeat songs in the same way that pretty much every music player does. This means that with Cloud Storage + Cloud Player, I can take my own music, upload it to Amazon, and then listen to it anywhere I have a browser...or on the updated Amazon MP3 for Android app on any Android based phone or tablet. In a brilliant marketing move, Amazon is also letting you automatically cross-load any MP3 that you buy from the Amazon MP3 Store directly to your Cloud Drive...and anything that you buy from them doesn’t count against your storage limits. They are also offering a free upgrade to their 20GB storage level if you just buy any MP3 album from Amazon through the end of 2011. So you can purchase any amount of music from Amazon, and it will all be available for streaming to any computer or directly to your phone if you have an Android handset. For free.  Screen ReadingDo you need a screen reader? NonVisual Desktop Access NVDA is an Australian free and open source screen reader for the Microsoft Windows operating system. Providing feedback via synthetic speech and Braille, it enables blind or vision impaired people to access computers running Windows for no more cost than a sighted person. Major features include support for over 20 languages and the ability to run entirely from a USB drive with no installation. You can download the application to your computer and it will screen read with spoken or braille outputs. It even comes with a portable version, which you can keep on a memory stick and plug in anywhere you need to. Why not put it on your public library terminals?  Give Away Some EbooksThe Denver International Airport has some large advertisements up in the airport giving away free ebooks (see the pic in this post). All you need is a smartphone with a QR Code reader – aim and read the code, and you w[...]



What's New 4 February 2011

2011-02-04T12:17:37.934+10:00

Simple Way to Share Files I like syncing services like Dropbox https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTExNTU4NTc5 because I can keep my files synced across multiple computers. Dropbox makes sharing files with your clients and colleagues super easy. One of the challenges with Dropbox is that it requires the other person to download and install the Dropbox application.  Quite a few organizations don’t allow the installation of outside applications.  Plus, many people are blocked from accessing the Dropbox site because it’s a file sharing site. This is where Airdropper http://airdropper.com/ comes in.  It’s a service that lets you create a way for people to upload and send files to your Dropbox without requiring that they actually sign up or download any Dropbox applications.  Essentially, you share a folder with Airdropper and they send the files to you via that folder. Juxio http://www.juxio.com/beta/index.php Juxio is a site for creating visual mash-ups. Juxio allows you to easily create elegant, large-format posters for display at events such as birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. During Beta, they've added templates to simplify the poster-making process and to provide smaller formats for personal framing and gift-giving. Educators and librarians in particular have found Juxio's simple, linear, organized way to tell stories a useful tool. How to Create Printable Booklets in Microsoft Word Have you ever needed to create a small booklet of literature for your library? Thankfully Microsoft Word 2010 makes the process easy. Here’s the quick guide on how to do it. Create Booklets Open Word and select the Page Layout tab, then click on the icon in the corner of Page Setup to launch the Page Setup dialog. It’s probably best to do this before creating your document, then you’ll get a better idea of how the layout will look. However, you can make your document first then create the Booklet layout, and edit it from there. In the Page Setup screen under Pages, change multiple pages to Book fold from the dropdown. You might also want to change the Gutter setting under Margins from 0 to 1. Otherwise, there is a chance words will get jumbled in the binding or crease of your booklet. Also, after selecting Book Fold Word automatically changes to Landscape Orientation. Click OK after you’ve made your adjustments, and you’ll be able to get an idea of what your booklet will look like. Of course you will have the power of Word 2010’s editing features so you can make your booklet as simple or complex as you want. After you have the Booklet setup in word, you can navigate to each page, and make any edits or changes you need. You can also create booklets in Office 2003 & 2007, but of course the options and layouts are different. PreZentit PreZentit is a new free site which allows you to create, share and show your slide show presentations. ·         Work with your team in the same presentation at the same time. ·         Your presentations can be private or public. And each one has its own web address. ·         Download your presentations and show them even without an Internet connection. ·         There is no limit in the number or length of the presentations and you have 250MB to store your images. ·         The presentations are web pages (HTML) so you could even edit them manually (if you want it).. Miro Video Converter http://mirovideoconverter.com/ Miro Video Converte[...]



What's New 25 January 2011

2011-01-25T11:54:31.774+10:00

Top 10 Sites for Images and Clip Art Finding images on the internet for use has been a problem for many librarians and educators, for reasons such as copyright privileges, inappropriateness, etc. While there are a number of paid solutions for finding images such as Nettrekker or Discovery Streaming, there are a number of free alternatives that work nicely as well. This list includes: Pics4Learning - Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images Pics4Learning - Very popular site to find free, safe-to-use images Open Clip Art - Great way to find free clip art. Go to the full article to see all ten sites http://www.techlearning.com/blogs/35376. Grow with Good Reading Recently gr helped run a competition in conjunction with Joondalup Library in WA for the promotion of gr online (gro). The results were brilliant! Joondalup saw a significant boost in online stats for gro, library members won prizes and there was an overall increase of online resources awareness. If you would like to find out how gr can help with in-house competitions to promote gro, email Bonnie at: subscriptions@goodreadingmagazine.com.au Incredibox Incredibox http://www.incredibox.fr/  is a fun site for creating and mixing music similar to Soundation Studio. It is user friendly and allows you to drag and drop your choices lots such as: effects, voice, chorus, etc. Google knows what time it is where you are This is likely very old news, but it's new to me so I thought I'd share.  I just noticed that within Gmail, Google will tell you what time it currently is where the sender of an email is. A little thing, but pretty cool and potentially very useful! Google Place Search Google have introduced Place Search, a new kind of search result that organizes the world’s information around places. Whether you’re looking for a park, a great restaurant or a local plumber, you’ll find what you’re looking for more quickly and easily. They have clustered search results around specific locations so you can make comparisons and decide where to go. You should already be seeing place results automatically for many local searches. If you don’t see Place Search results at first, you can always click Places in the left-hand panel of the results page. On the right hand side of each result, there’s a review and place page link that directs you to the corresponding Google Maps location review page for that place. Best Free Web Stuff for Broke Libraries Here is Sarah Houghton Jan’s presentation for the best free web stuff for broke libraries from Internet Librarian 2010. Enjoy! http://www.slideshare.net/librarianinblack/il10-freestuff Sarah will be a keynote speaker at the ALIA Information Online 2011 conference in February. Mybrainshark My brainshark http://my.brainshark.com/ is a great free site for creating online slide shows/presentations or adding voice/effects to existing ones. This site can also be used for a number of different educational purposes, such as creating a podcast, powerpoint, etc. DeweyDigger DeweyDigger http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/2010/10/deweydigger.html is a site that is designed to categorize the web via the Dewy Decimal system. It works very much like a search a engine and the results are a combination of articles, pictures, and videos. The user has the ability to share their results page via a uniquely generated URL.[...]



What's New 3 December 2010

2010-12-03T12:55:37.398+10:00

Google Gives Searchers ‘Instant Previews’ of Result PagesNoticed something different with Google?  Google now offers you an instant preview of webpages for your search query. “Instant previews” are snapshots of webpages stored on Google’s servers that pop up on the right side of your screen. They can be launched by clicking on a magnifying glass that shows up to the right of a search-result link. Mobile Number Lookup Tells You Which Network a Contact UsesThis tool lets you lookup any Australian mobile number to check which network they reside on. This is particularly handy to see whether you can use your free talk time, free sms and other services available only to other mobiles on the same network as you.http://www.smsfun.com.au/mobile_lookup.php.  Search For Creative Commons-Licensed Media At CC Searchhttp://labs.creativecommons.org/demos/search/It’s a challenge to find exactly what you need among the mountains of Creative Commons works on the web. CC Search scans nine popular media providers to drill down and find the CC-licensed media you’re looking for.  CC Search is an updated and expanded version of the Creative Commons search tool. You can search for CC licensed content (including those works licensed for commercial use and/or to be modified and built upon). CC Search taps into Blip.tv, Flickr, Fotopedia, Google, Jamendo, Open Clip Art Library, SpinXpress and Wikimedia Commons. The spread of sources ensures you can find audio, video, images and more.  Try out CC Search and find Creative Common licensed works for your next project CC Search. Get Your Loaned Item Back with This Simple Tracking SystemsRemember when you completely forgot to ask your friend to return your favourite book or DVD?  ReturnMyPants  provides a solution to this problem.  ReturnMyPants is a free personal inventory tracking system, it uses a simple form to let you record the details of the items you lent or borrowed from your friend, it even allows you to send a friendly reminder email to the borrower of your precious item.  Making it impossible for you to loose a book again!http://www.returnmypants.com/ QR codes link patrons to the libraryImagine if students could simply scan a barcode at the bottom of your handout with their cell phone and be taken to a website or tutorial you’d created. This sort of seamless access is now possible with QR codes. Also known as Quick Response codes, QR codes are 2D barcodes that any camera-enabled mobile phone can read. There are many free websites where you can generate QR codes. You can program the barcode to take users to a website; dial a phone number or send a text; or pull up text, image, or video content. To scan a QR code, mobile users need to download one of the many free QR code readers available.  This article highlights the potential applications for QR codes in libraries, providing yet another way to connect with your users.  Read the full article at: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/columns/practice/guided-barcodes#comment-770 Google’s Nifty Guide To Web Technology 20 Things I Learned About Browsers & The Web is actually an interactive web app meant to look like a children’s book. The book’s content is all about web technology, the interactive book itself shows off some of that technology as it’s built entirely in HTML5. And it’s very slick.    Cool things about the book include clickable table of contents, a quick-jump area alon[...]



Is there an app for that?

2010-12-01T11:34:57.148+10:00

What is an app?APP is an abbreviation for application. Application software, also known as an application or an "app", is computer software designed to help the user to perform singular or multiple related specific tasks. It helps to solve problems in the real world. Application software is contrasted with system software and middleware, which manage and integrate a computer's capabilities, but typically do not directly apply them in the performance of tasks that benefit the user.  What is Android?Android is a mobile operating system initially developed by Android Inc., a firm purchased by Google in 2005. Android is based upon a modified version of the Linux kernel.  Go to www.android.com/market/   to search for Android apps Go to http://www.itunes.com/ to search for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch apps The Apps Social NetworkingFacebook – iPhone, Android Twitter - Tweetdeck iPhone and android –        Twitteriffic for iPhone, iPad –        Twidroid – for Android –        Tumblr – Android OfficeDocuments Free – for iPad and iPhoneGDocs – Android. Allows users to edit, view, create, import, export and send documents as well sync documents with their Google Docs account. Listable – iPhone - Allows users to share to-do lists with partners, housemates or colleagues. Once you’ve set up a list, you can share it via an e-mail invite. The new collaborator can then view the list on his or her iPhone, or online if they are iPhone deficient.- lists are simple - you create tasks as text entries and then tick them off or delete them once complete. - the app also offers an “activity stream” view, so if you have shared lists with others, there’s an at-a-glance way to view who has done what, and when. DropBox – app for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Blackberry is software that syncs your files online and across your computers.- Put your files into your DropBox folder on one computer, and they'll automatically appear on any of your other computers that also have DropBox installed (Windows, Mac, and Linux too!). - The Public Folder lets you easily share single files in your DropBbox.  Any file you put in this folder gets its own Internet link so that you can share it with others-- even non-DropBox users!  These links work even if your computer is turned off.  - My dropBox file is at C Drive – Docs & settings – makajew – my docs – my dropbox Printing for iPad – for iPad only Bump – iPhone and Android-    a quick and easy way to connect two phones, simply bump them together  -          share contacts info, pictures, calendar events, and even connect on social networks with just a bump Calendar – Outlook – Citrix web - iPhone & iPad Find iPhone - Notes BooksAmazon Kindle – iPhone, iPad & Android iBooks – iPhone, iPadeBook ReaderBordersFreeBooks Kobo – 1.8 million Free Books BlueFire Reader – iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch- First free application to allow access to public library books on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches. It allows you to download to your iPAD from Overdrive via Adobe Digital Reader.- Brings e-books from public libraries, independent bookstores and national retailers into a single digital libr[...]



What's New 17 November 2010 - iPhone Special

2010-11-18T14:00:13.063+10:00

With the increased popularity and ownership of iPhones, this weeks ‘What’s New’ pays homage to cool iPhone apps. Google search app for Windows Phone 7 Google has released its first Windows Phone 7 app: Google Search. The application allows you to search in four sections: web, images, local, news and more.  The Google Search app includes several features that help you to search faster – suggestions appear automatically as you type, you can choose to repeat a query from your search history, and your current location is used to provide more relevant results.  Get Google Search at: http://www.google.com.au/mobile/search/ Path - “personal network” app for the iPhone Path is a new free social network app for the iPhone that lets you share what’s going on in your life with friends and family.  Path is based on sharing photographs.  Snap one on your iPhone, tag it with any number of people, places or things, and fire it off to your friends. It’ll show up on their Paths and a feature called “See” shows you which of your friends have actually stopped by and viewed your photo. Download Path for your iPhone here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/path/id403639508?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4 Lonely Planet Sydney Guide Free For iPhone Users A couple of weeks ago, Lonely Planet were offering its Melbourne city guide for iPhone users free of charge. Now it has a similar deal for its Sydney iPhone app.  Grab it now for free, especially as Lonely Planet hasn’t said how long it will offer the app for free before reverting to full price.  Download it free for your iPhone here: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/lonely-planet-sydney-city/id334758552?mt=8 FixVegas iPhone Application Have you noticed something in need of fixing around Brisbane? From blocked drains to damaged street signs, rubbish or graffiti, FixVegas allows you to send fix-o-gram requests directly to Brisbane City Council.  Just use FixVegas to snap a shot of the problem and your fix-o-gram is submitted to Council along with the location information of the issue that you are reporting.  Download it free for your iPhone here: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/fixvegas/id371652681?mt=8 Menulog How many times have you wished you could order your food while you’re out and have it delivered to your home when you arrive?  Now you can order your food at any time, anywhere! Get Menulog’s free Mobile App and have access to 900+ delivery restaurants in the palm of your hand.  Download it for your iPhone here: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/home-delivery-takeaway/id327982905?mt=8 (Don’t have an iPhone.  Don’t panic you can use the online version http://www.menulog.com.au/) How to read public library eBooks with DRM on an iPhone Bluefire Reader is an eBook app for iOS which lets you read digital books in PDF and ePub formats. As of today, it supports the DRM used by public libraries, which means you can download free eBooks from hundreds of public library web sites and read them on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Up until now you could only read those books on a Sony Reader or a computer. Bluefire is available as a free download at: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/bluefire-reader/id394275498?mt=8For ‘how to’ instructions, read the full article at: http://mobiputing.com/2010/11/how-to-read-public-library-ebooks-with-drm-on-an-iphone/ [...]



What’s New 11 November 2010

2010-11-11T12:04:44.382+10:00

Batalugu: create digital booksBatalugu [http://batalugu.com/] is a new free (beta) site that is great for creating digital books. The easy to use on-line tools will take you on a step by step journey as you write, rhyme, illustrate, design and print your book. This user friendly site has lots of options to choose from such as: themes, page layout, and is ideal for digital storytelling. The book you create can be shared online with everyone. Get Your Loaned Item Back with These Simple Tracking SystemsRemember when you completely forgot to ask your friend to return your favorite DVD? It’s time to start using a good system to keep track of the items that you lend or borrow to your friends. ·         ReturnMyPants [http://www.returnmypants.com/ ] is a personal inventory tracking system that helps you keep track of items that you lend or borrow. ·         IOWEYou [http://www.ioweyou.co.uk/ ] is a similar service to ReturnMyPants designed to keep track of money that you borrow or lend among your peers. How to Force Reboot and Quit Apps on iPhone, iPad, or iPod TouchLike all operating systems, sometimes iOS will slow down or applications will freeze. If you do have an application freeze, your best bet will be to try and force quit the application first. It that doesn’t work, or your device is completely frozen, you can force reboot your device instead.·         Manually Force Quit AppsIf you’re using an older device that doesn’t support multi-tasking, you can quit an application manually—though this also works as a force quit on the newer devices if you prefer. You’ll need to follow the following steps:·                  Hold down the Sleep/Wake Button on the top.·                  Wait for a red slider to appear. Don’t slide it.·                  Let go of the Sleep/Wake Button.·                  Hold down the home button and the app will force quit.Once you’re back on the home screen the application should be closed, and you can re-open it normally again. ·         Reboot Your Device NormallyIf your device is completely frozen, or you’re having other problems, you’ll want to reboot your device instead of just quitting an app. You can simply hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears, and then slide it across. Once the device is off, you can use the Sleep/Wake button to turn it back on again—just hold the button down.              ·         Force Your Device to Reboot ManuallyIf the device is just completely frozen—which shouldn’t usually happen, but every so often it does—you can hold down both the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time until the device reboots itself. Make sure you let go of the buttons once the device starts rebooting, otherwise you might end up in Recovery [...]