Long gone are the days of library books and trolling the aisles of your local library for research and entertainment. Around the country, the old institution is still going strong, but the New York Public Library is standing out by adapting to the changing times and offering a new service; the ability to check out WiFi. According to the Wall Street Journal, beginning later this month, New York City residents will be able to check out wireless Internet hubs at no charge from their local library. Over 10,000 WiFi units will be made available in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn public libraries, thanks in part to a $1 million donation from Google.
Besides growing demand for such services and the need to stay relevant in our digital age, the initiative is part of New York’s most recent attempt to provide everyone in the five boroughs with WiFi. A related project includes turning about 6,000 of NYC’s payphones into WiFi hotspots as well. For the almost 2.5 million city inhabitants who don’t have Internet at home, this initiative could be a huge boon to those who need access for work, online learning programs or job hunting. A chance to check our email wherever we go and help out less advantaged folks? This is a program we can totally get behind.
What do you think? Would you utilize a service like this at your local library? Share your thoughts below!
The Internet is always changing. There are major strides and trends happening right under your nose that are likely to make an impact in the way we live online within the next few years. No matter if you’re about that startup life or want to identify the next emerging tech to become an early adopter. If you’ve ever been curious about where the Internet is heading or how to get ahead of the curve, this infographic is for you – Seven Shocking Stats & Trends about the Internet.
Which of these interesting online facts shocked you the most? With the world wide web changing daily, are you more likely to research the latest internet news to stay ahead of the curve or just keep up with everyone else?
Gogo, Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC
Last month, I got the chance to hang out during the Engadget + Gdgt Live event in NYC. During the event, I got the chance to check out Gogo’s amazing ultra lounge, Instaprints & spin the win for some amazing prizes. I joined hundreds of tech and gaming fans for Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC for up close & personal tech fun. Engadget + Gdgt Live is the only nation-wide tech event series that connects thousands of real people with the top brands in technology. During the event, held in SoHo we kicked it in mobile lounges packed with the latest tech from from Samsung, Monster, Gogo and more! Check out my entire experience on their blog and the event experience featuring an interview with Monster Ambassador Tyson Beckford below:
DivasandDorks.com Youtube Video Interviewing Tyson Beckford below via YouTube.
Check out the complete recap on Gogo’s blog at Gogo, Engadget + Gdgt LIVE in NYC.
About: Gogo® is fast becoming everyone’s favorite part of flying. By allowing travelers to get online, in air, Gogo keeps them connected to life. Using exclusive network and services, passengers with laptops and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can get online on all domestic AirTran Airways and Virgin America flights and on select Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways flights – as well as on thousands of business aircraft – bringing the total to more than 6,000 Gogo equipped aircraft to date.
Back on the ground, with 400+ employees in Itasca, IL and Broomfield, CO are working to continually redefine flying as a productive, socially connected, and all-around more satisfying experience. Connect with us at gogoair.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/gogoand on Twitter at twitter.com/gogo.
Two of the most powerful women in media — Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington — are joining forces.
The two on Thursday launched “HuffPost OWN,” a new section on the Huffington Post website that will feature material from the Oprah Winfrey Network and Oprah.com. The new online destination will focus on lifestyle advice and personal inspiration.
Winfrey said she was “delighted to join the conversation” at the Huffington Post. In a blog post, Huffington said Winfrey is “made for the Internet,” given her qualities of engagement and authenticity.
There are now nearly six dozen niche sections on the Huffington Post.
If we didn’t have another reason to be excited about Samsung for it’s amazing products, how about the fact that they’re doing something great for communities all across the world… particularly Africa.
Samsung’s Solar-Powered Internet Schools Initiative brings mobile classrooms filled with gadgets to rural towns like Phomolong, home to about 5,000 to 10,000 people. By outfitting a mobile shipping container with desks, a 50-inch electronic board, Internet-enabled solar-powered notebooks, Samsung Galaxy tablet computers and Wi-Fi cameras, children can receive a technology-rich education without traveling far.
“I have this motivation in me. It’s this need to just grow up and become something better in life and help others to become a success so that in South Africa, or in the whole continent of Africa, we can have a better life,” a Phomolong Secondary School student named Lefa told us in a video by the Samsung Corporate Social Responsibility team.
For her, the computer lab presents an opportunity to “learn all the things” she’s ever wanted to learn. (read more)
Sometimes, rappers and the internet just don’t mix…just ask DMX! The opinionated rapper spoke with Power 105.1 – The Breakfast Club and discussed everything under the sun, however when it came to talking about technology and the internet…that’s when things really got funny.
We now live in a day-and-age where everyone and their mother (literally) has a computer. Most homes have multiple desktops, laptops, or notebooks and even kids know how to operate a system. DMX, however, took a trip to New York’s Power 105.1 radio station recently and admitted that he not only hates computers, but he’s never even used google.
Watch how confused he gets when he tried to Google himself on a laptop without a mouse and gets frustrated when the arrow pointer turns into a hand when he scrolls over an icon.