Get the Most Out of Your iPhone with These Tips You Didn’t Know Existed

For many of us our iPhone is not just a phone, it’s an appendage. I don’t know what I would do without mine. When you realize all the things your iPhone can do that you didn’t even know about, you will love your phone even more! If you will be at COM today stop by room 211 at noon to learn a host of ways to get the most out of your iPhone at our monthly BYOL Lunch & Learn. If you can’t make it, here are three bonus tips you can start using today.

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Tech Talk Thursday: Your Black Friday 2016 Gadget Guide

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November is here, and that means that Thanksgiving is only three weekends away. Which means that Christmas and Hanukkah and the other winter-time holidays are only about seven weeks away. Crazy, right?! To be honest, I started listening to Christmas music two days ago.

If you’re anything like us, you may be hoping to get some of your holiday shopping done on or around Black Friday – after all, it pays (well, saves) to be a savvy shopper, especially when it comes to newer technology releases. At this stage, precise Black Friday 2016 deals have yet to be confirmed; however, that doesn’t mean we don’t have a good idea of the sort of tech-y goodies you’ll be able to snap up on the cheap, so we’ve rounded up a list of the top technology products to look out for this holiday season. Be sure to make any tech-savvy family member or friend happy by keeping an eye out for these products, which are shaping up to be the most popular steals of the shopping season!

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Tech Talk Thursday: Say Hello to the Google Pixel

Tech Talk bannerApple products hold a special place in our heart, but we would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to cover neat tech announcements from other successful companies as well. If you missed it yesterday, Google held an event officially unveiling their jump into the smartphone market, the Pixel and Pixel XL. The event also highlighted other hardware and software coming soon. We’ve got a recap for you right here!

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Tech Talk Thursday: iOS 10 Summer Sneak Peek!

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It’s that time again, Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference 2016 (WWDC2016) kicked off its June preview with the demo of the highly anticipated new operating system for mobile devices, iOS 10! Some tech blogs are referring to this as the “Biggest iOS Release Ever”. No pressure, Apple! Along with iOS 10, Apple will also be releasing a new macOS, Sierra, as well as new softwares in tvOS and watchOS. The public beta version of iOS 10 will become available sometime in July and can be found here, if you’re interested: https://beta.apple.com/sp/betaprogram/

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Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition

A big thank you to all who attended our Winter 2015 HSL Info Expo last Thursday! The library team presented on a variety of technology topics, with our usual dose of fun and some holiday good cheer. Our newest segment, Apps & Gadgets, made a return appearance, and this time it was all about holiday shopping.

We always have far more content to share with our guests than time permits, so today we’re bringing you Apps & Gadgets: Holiday Shopping Bonus Edition! Here are the cool apps and gadgets that didn’t make it into our presentation, but that you should definitely check out before the holiday shopping season comes to an end.

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Tech Talk Thursday: S’more to Come Soon: Google’s Nexus Event and the dawn of “Marshmallow”

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Android MarshmallowApple wasn’t the only company holding product events this month. Google had its Nexus event the evening of September 29th and unveiled what’s to come for the next year.

Some of it we already knew about, like the release of the latest Android operating system, Android 6.0 (named  Marshmallow), which will be available next week. However, some of he information unveiled at the event was brand new!

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Tech Talk Thursday: Apple Harvests Early this Year

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Apple's September 2014 Keynote Event

Apple’s September 2014 Keynote Event

The greatly anticipated and legendary event that is Apple’s annual platform for debuting the cream of their product crop is rumored to be early this year. Usually Apple debuts new devices and software in October or November but this year it’s suggested to be sometime during the week of September 7th.

Some might say the date is irrelevant as 2015 promises to be a big year for new Apple products.

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Tech Talk Thursday: The Latest Throwback in Technology

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An interesting new wearable is soon to be released. There are those who think that I might be referring to Apple’s new entry into the smartwatch field. The release of that new device is indeed imminent. In fact Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, has said that the Apple Watch will be released in April. To that end Apple will be holding a “Spring Forward” special event on Monday, March 9 (the very day after we all spring forward in time and lose a precious hours of sleep). During this event Apple is expected to release new details about Apple’s forthcoming smartwatch.

But, while I am certainly interested in Apple’s new device, the wearable of which I speak is the Runcible, a new smartphone that saw its public premiere this week during Mobile World Congress. What is so interesting about another smartphone? First take a look at a couple of pictures.

The front

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The back

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Pictures from PCMag.com.

This new smartphone/wearable is a throwback of sorts to the day of the pocket watch. It is in fact a modern smartphone outfitted with all of the technology expected including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and LTE. The Runcible, a creation of a company called Monohm, runs the Firefox OS. The makers of this smartphone feel that the other smartphones of today immerse us in notifications to the point of overwhelming us. The Runcible, while technically capable of providing these notifications, chooses to take a step back and allows us to stay connected to the data that we need through our smartphones while not losing focus with the real world around us.

For more information on this new phone click through the following links.

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