New Canaan Library now offers great gadget advice!
A Technology Table at New Canaan Library? What is it? Where is it? What do we have? What can you do with it? And, most importantly, is there help?
Are you are looking for tablet or e-reader for yourself or for the family gadget freak? Confused and frightened by all the noise coming from the technology jungle? Then come to the library's Tech Table and have a hands-on, upclose adventure with the new devices, from Apple's iPad to Amazon's Kindle Fire. Chat with the library's team of gadget gurus, and learn what you need to know before you commit to a relationship with your newest electronic gadget. Avalaible for patrons use are:
Amazon Kindle– The Kindle only recently started working with the library’s downloadable eBooks, but it is probably the easiest device to use. All other eReaders require separate software to be installed on your computer before you can transfer a title to your device. With the Kindle, it’s all done wirelessly. So if you do not own your own computer, but you do want access to our downloadable titles, Kindle is the way to go!
Kindle Fire - The Kindle Fire is a tablet computer version of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. It has a color 7" multi-touch display with IPS technology and runs a version of Google's Android operating system. It includes access to the Amazon Appstore, streaming movies and TV shows, and Kindle's e-books.
Simple Nook - The NOOK is probably the most popular eReader on the market right now. The NOOK just moved from its old half-touch-screen-half-not interface to a completely touch interface.
NOOK Color – The NOOK Color was the first popular color eReader to hit the market. It worked well with full color children’s books and graphic novels, so it became the choice of most parents. It also has a full touch screen web browser that makes it an even more exciting device than just a regular eReader!
Samsung Galaxy Tab - Discover the next generation of portable, showcasing a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and a dual-core processor for stunning detail and speed Tthe Galaxy Tab 10.1 delivers sharper movies, better game graphics, and crystal-clear video chats. Surf the web, read books and magazine in all their full-color glory with Adobe Flash compatibility and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
iPad 2 - This is the second and current generation of the iPad, a tablet computer. It serves primarily as a platform for audio-visual media including books, periodicals, movies, music, games, presentations and web content. The iPad 2 has a lithium-ion polymer battery that lasts up to 10 hours, a new dual core Apple A5 processor and VGA front-facing and 720p rear-facing cameras designed for FaceTimevideo calling.
Superpad - This magnificent 10.2 inch Android Superpad keeps you connected and entertained everywhere you go! This touch screen tablet comes with a built in webcam for video chat, Wifi, and numerous cable ports, including two micro SD slots which support up to 32GB (16gb per slot, sold separately), two USB sockets (for key board/mouse/USB flash disk), an audio jack, one HDMI socket, one RJ45 socket (Ethernet) for super-fast wired internet connection. The Android 2.1 software delivers multi touch capabilities and access to watching videos, playing games, and browsing the web at a very affordable price.
Webcams - A webcam is a video camera that feeds its images in real time to a computer or computer network, often via USB, ethernet, or Wi-Fi. Their most popular use is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations. This common use as a video camera for the World Wide Web gave the webcam its name. Other popular uses include security surveillance and computer vision and there are also uses on sites like video broadcasting services and for recording social videos.
Still not sure which device to get? Come into the Library and check out the Tech Table located at the reference desk. Play with any of the eReaders, webcams or tablets listed above and ask questions of knowledgeable staff.