Tech Tips

Online Trends

Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

Thumbnail image for Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It? by Barbara J. Feldman July 28, 2014

Last week Amazon announced a Kindle book membership program that includes unlimited books from their Kindle Unlimited library of 600,000 titles for $9.99 a month. Is it worth it? First of all, it’s certainly worth taking advantage of their Kindle Unlimited 30-day free trial. The free trial will give you access to to all the […]

0 comments Read the rest of the tip →

Crowdsourced Traffic Data Coming to Google Maps

Thumbnail image for Crowdsourced Traffic Data Coming to Google Maps by Barbara J. Feldman August 20, 2013

After beating out Facebook and Apple for the purchase of Israeli mapping startup Waze, Google is now integrating the crowd-sourced Waze traffic updates into its mobile mapping apps. Google Maps will continue to buy traffic data from third-party vendors, but now that data will be bolstered by real-time updates about accidents and obstacles provided by […]

0 comments Read the rest of the tip →

Is Feedly the Heir Apparent to Google Reader?

Thumbnail image for Is Feedly the Heir Apparent to Google Reader? by Barbara J. Feldman June 25, 2013

If you’re a Google Reader fan, then you already know that the much loved (free) service is shutting down on July 1st. I’ve read dozens of roundup articles on alternative services, such as this one from Gizmodo. At the moment, based on updates in my Twitter stream and Facebook wall, Feedly seems to be the […]

1 comment Read the rest of the tip →

It’s Official! Tweeting isn’t Just for the Birds

Thumbnail image for It’s Official!  Tweeting isn’t Just for the Birds by Barbara J. Feldman June 18, 2013

In its latest update, the Oxford English Dictionary has added a new definition for “tweet.” And I say that makes it official, tweeting is no longer just for the birds! Congratulations, Twitter! Other new tech words included in this month’s OED update are “big data,” “crowdsourcing,” “e-reader” and “mouseover.”

0 comments Read the rest of the tip →

What is Goodreads?

Thumbnail image for What is Goodreads? by Barbara J. Feldman April 1, 2013

Goodreads is a social network that revolves around book reviews and recommendations. Founded in 2007, Goodreads has 16 million members, 30,000 book clubs and over 23 million book reviews. And Goodreads recently announced that they are being acquired by Amazon. For me, the best part of Goodreads is their recommendation engine. Rate just twenty books, […]

0 comments Read the rest of the tip →

How Google Tracks the Flu

Thumbnail image for How Google Tracks the Flu by Barbara J. Feldman January 14, 2013

Google Flu Trends tracks flu season internationally and down to the city. To drill down on the data, just click the map for your country, then your state. The city data is available on its own tab. It’s looking scary out there. Be sure to wash your hands frequently through out the day. But is […]

0 comments Read the rest of the tip →