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 Thursday, May 27, 2004

Still More Uses for Cell Phones

Cellphone as Virtual Mouse, Keyboard

"stab writes 'Check this out! High Energy Magic have announced a public beta of software to let you use your camera-phone as a physical mouse by just pointing and clicking and rotating it in the air. Some very cool videos available: check out the volume control and flight booking ones in particular! The tags used are really robust - they did a wastebasket torture test for a bit of fun as well.' " [Slashdot]

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A Lot More People Are Going to Be Using MP3 Players This Year

Business Week: iPod Not the Titan It's Said to Be?

"If you're at all interested in the business aspect of the MP3 player market, you should by all means read the Business Week article iPod: Leader, but Not Ruler. What drives the article is the common notion that Apple has a 25% market share. While all the data to build an iron-clad case on Apple's worldwide market share isn't available, we're guessing that the 10% figure is at least a little low. What's really striking here though is the estimate that the MP3 player market will grow by 85% this year and that Apple is poised for well over 100% growth in 2004." [Player Blog]

Emphasis above is mine, because there still isn't a library anywhere that can circulate a commercial, digital music file to a patron's iPod or any other MP3 player.

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More RSS Classs at SLS!

We've scheduled two more sessions of my RSS class at SLS, so registration is officially open! Amazingly, this class is still free!

How to Use RSS: Know More & Do Less!

"RSS or Really Simple Syndication is an XML format that allows syndication of Web content. But what does that really mean? Learn how to use a news aggregator to read multiple sites to keep current while reducing the strain of your workload. Learn how news aggregators help you beat information overload and keep you more informed at the same time! In addition, you can start providing RSS syndication of your own news for your library's patrons."

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
At SLS Headquarters

Wednesday, September 22, 2004
1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
At SLS Headquarters

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