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New Technology: Gadgets & Trends David Bott Manager, IT & Networks St. Catharines Public Library Gadgets Digital Content MP3, MP4, WMA, WMV, AAC, FLV, OGG, DivX What is it & where do I get it? Web 2.0 – The Interactive Web Blogs, Wikis & RSS Podcasting Social Networks www.facebook.com

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new technology gadgets trends

New Technology:Gadgets & Trends

David Bott

Manager, IT & Networks

St. Catharines Public Library

digital content
Digital Content
  • MP3, MP4, WMA, WMV, AAC, FLV, OGG, DivX
  • What is it & where do I get it?
web 2 0 the interactive web
Web 2.0 – The Interactive Web
  • Blogs, Wikis & RSS
  • Podcasting
  • Social Networks
    • www.facebook.com
    • www.myspace.com
    • www.secondlife.com
  • Cool Applications
    • Picasa
    • Google Earth
gadgets memory
Gadgets: Memory
  • Memory Storage
    • Floppy disks are slow, low-capacity (1.44 MB) and unreliable
  • USB Thumb Drives
    • Faster, higher capacity & more reliable
    • Replacing floppy disks and CD-R / DVD-R
  • New generation of USB drives
    • U3 and PortableApps.com
    • Applications run right from the drive
  • Cameras, MP3 Players, Phones
    • Require storage for content
      • Compact Flash
      • SD Cards
      • MMC
usb thumb drive with u3
USB Thumb Drive with U3
  • Stores data & applications
    • Office applications & documents
    • E-mail, browser & bookmarks
    • Passwords, anti-virus
    • Free & commercial applications
  • U3
    • Proprietary software pre-installed on certain models
  • PortableApps.com
    • Free alternative that you can install on any USB drive
digital cameras
Digital Cameras
  • Point-and-shoot
  • Digital SLR
  • Get that perfect shot
    • Instantly preview every shot
  • Edit & print your own digital pictures
  • Make digital movies
  • Post pictures online
    • Flickr.com
    • MyPhotoAlbum.com
    • Facebook.com
    • Weblogs (aka “blog”)
mp3 players
MP3 Players
  • iPod, Zune, Zen, Yepp
  • Purchase & download music from online music stores
    • iTunes, AOL Radio, Puretracks.com
    • Rip from your own CDs
  • Download free content
    • Podcasts, vidcasts
digital video recorders players
Digital Video Recorders & Players
  • Not your father’s VCR
    • Pause & rewind “live” TV
  • Appliances:
    • TiVo*, AppleTV
    • ExpressVu PVR
    • Cogeco DVR
    • Sony, Panasonic, Phillips
  • PC-Based:
    • MythTV,
    • Windows MCE
  • Portable
    • iPod, Archos
    • Cell phones
    • Sony PSP
gps devices
GPS Devices
  • Global Positioning System
    • System of 24 GPS satellites
    • Device uses Trilateration
  • Various Implementations
    • Factory-installed devices for cars
    • After-market installations
    • Portable Units
  • Software & USB GPS Receiver
    • Laptops, Palm Pilots & iPAQs
pda personal digital assistant
PDA – Personal Digital Assistant
  • PocketPC, Palm Pilot & even Linux E-mail & Internet
  • Address Book
  • Calendar
  • Task List
  • Applications
    • Word processing
    • Spreadsheets
  • Media
    • Audio & Video
  • Digital Camera
fun games
Fun & Games
  • For the serious gamers:
    • Sony PSP
    • Nintendo DS
  • Some devices have:
    • Built-in web-browsers
    • Wireless
    • Media Player for movies and music
cell phones convergence
Cell Phones - Convergence
  • One device to do it all!
  • Krzr, Blackberry, iPhone
    • Phone
    • Audio & Voice Recording
    • Video & Pictures
    • Internet
    • E-mail
    • PDA
    • Camera
    • Games
wireless technology
Wireless Technology
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n
    • Computers, PDAs
    • WLAN - 30m up to 100m
    • 11 Mbps, 54 Mbps, 108 Mbps+
  • Bluetooth
    • Keyboards, mice, headsets, cell phones
    • PAN - 10m
  • CDMA & GSM
    • Cell phones
    • PC Cards (for laptops)
    • Must be in digital coveragearea for enhanced services
digital content16
Digital Content
  • How do I get it?
  • Subscribe (RSS - Push)
    • Requires RSS Reader
    • RSS Owl, Sage
  • iTunes (Download – Pull)
  • Direct from website (twit.tv)
  • Some content is free
  • Some is paid
web 2 0 the next generation
Web 2.0 – The Next Generation
  • Interactive Websites
    • Slashdot.org
    • Digg.com
  • Social Networking
    • MySpace.com
    • Facebook.com
    • SecondLife.com
  • User-Created Content
    • YouTube.com
  • Dynamic & Customizable Content
    • iGoogle.com
  • Mash-ups
mash ups
Mash-ups?
  • Many developers publish their API:
    • Google Maps, Amazon
    • Can provide maps for real estate listings, restaurants, etc.
  • Combining content from different sites or services into a new site:
    • maps.google.com
    • MTO camera feed
  • Mash ‘em up
    • Up-to-date traffic information with pictures

http://toronto.ibegin.com/traffic/

blogs wikis podcasting
Blogs, Wikis & Podcasting
  • Blogs
    • “Web logs”, online journals
    • Amateurs to professionals (Anderson Cooper, Rick Mercer)
  • Wikis
    • Websites that allow visitors to add, edit and delete content
    • Great for collaborative authoring
    • Wikipedia.org
  • Podcasting
    • User generated audio or video content
    • Resides at a unique web feed address
    • Users can subscribe to content
cool applications
Cool Applications
  • Google Earth
    • Hi-res sat images
    • Layers of data
      • Roads
      • Parks
      • Restaurants
      • Landmarks
      • Terrain
      • Etc.
  • Picasa
    • Organize photos
  • Widgets
    • Floating Desktop Icons
      • Weather
      • News
      • Stocks
      • Clocks
      • Photos
operating systems
Operating Systems
  • Microsoft is Dominant on the Desktop
    • Security has always been an issue
    • Viruses, Worms & Spyware
  • Apple has a small niche market
    • Very secure
  • Linux is another alternative
    • And it’s free!*
    • Free as in beer and free as in speech
    • Dell has recently started offering Ubuntu on their systems
windows xp
Windows XP
  • Dominant desktop OS at present
  • Most hardware and software support
  • Security** is an issue
    • Most users run as “admin”
    • Can be made secure
mac osx
Mac OSX
  • Innovative Graphics & Features
    • Aqua & Quartz
    • The Dock
    • Widgets
    • Exposé
  • Better Security**
    • LUA
    • Few viruses
    • Built on BSD
  • Inter-operable with Windows
windows vista
Windows Vista
  • “Eye Candy”
    • Aero Glass
    • Sidebar and Gadgets
  • Improved Security (LUA)**
  • Hardware and Software Compatibility Issues
linux
Linux
  • Free* & Open-source
  • Thousands of free applications
  • Secure**
    • Few viruses
  • Choice
    • Many differentdistributions
    • KDE, Gnome, XFCE, Fluxbox
  • Inter-operable with Windows
  • “Live” CDs
important notes
Important Notes
  • Free*: There’s nothing preventing anyone from charging money for the software. Some do, as they may provide support or regular upgrades.Free-libre open-source software (FLOSS) permits the end-user to modify, upgrade or build-upon existing software, as long as they return the modified code to the community
important notes29
Important Notes

Security**:

  • No computer is really secure
  • Any time your computer is connected to a network, you are vulnerable
  • Security vulnerabilities occur in:
    • Operating Systems
    • Applications
    • Programming Languages
  • Users can be tricked into phishing scams or unknowingly install malware.
security what you can do
Security - What You Can Do
  • All Operating Systems are vulnerable
  • Security requires a layered approach
  • Turn on firewall / Get a router
  • “Least-privileged User Accounts”
    • Don’t use “root” or “admin” accounts
  • Keep OS and Applications up-to-date
  • Turn off unneeded services
  • Use Firefox
  • Anti-virus and Anti-spyware
  • Don’t eat yellow snow on the internet
links
Social Networks

www.facebook.com

www.myspace.com

www.secondlife.com

Audio & Video

www.youtube.com

www.itunes.com

www.puretracks.com

Google Products

GoogleEarth, Picasa, GMail, Blogger

www.google.ca/intl/en/options/

User-driven Content

www.digg.com

www.slashdot.org

Mash-ups

http://toronto.ibegin.com/traffic/

http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/search/label/Toronto

Linux

www.distrowatch.com

www.ubuntu.com

Firefox Web Browser

www.getfirefox.com

RSS Readers

Extensions for Firefox

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/browse/type:1

www.rssowl.org

Podcasts

www.twit.tv

www.itunes.com

U3 & PortableApps

http://www.u3.com/

http://portableapps.com/

Links
questions
Questions?
  • This presentation can be downloaded from:www.stcatharines.library.on.ca/content/present