White House Plan To Provide E-Books for Poor Children Reveals Partnership Driven Future with Content as Connector. This piece was originally written for and posted on the “Houston Foresight: Preparing Professional Futurists” Blog “Student Scanning: “Empowering Youth through E-books”” This, my unedited rather verbose text, is a scanning hit, or news tidbits that indicate plausible changes […]

Starbucks is the most popular location for first dates according to a survey by online dating app Clover. This is another way that the coffee chain has impacted (or benefitted from) not only technology in consumer space but also culture as space. Focused on the social and economic factors, this story is an interesting case when […]

Brief description: There are now more Uber cars (14,088) on the streets of New York City than traditional Taxi cars (13,587) as revealed in data from New York Taxi and Limousine Commission data. There are still more daily rides in taxis as taxi driver shifts tend to be longer due to the full time nature […]

A New York Times Article yesterday shared the New York Public Library’s program to lend mobile Wi-Fi hotspot gadgets to library users. As a NYT print subscriber, I was very happy to open the paper and see an article about an innovative library project yesterday. “For Those in the Digital Dark, Enlightenment Is Borrowed From […]

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Taylor Swift the successful music artist shares her thoughts on the shifting music industry. I saw a few takeaways for libraries as a parallel media industry. The opinion piece by Taylor Swift  “For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story. The Singer-Songwriter Says Artists and Fans Will […]

Approximately four in ten US homes have no landline phone a report shows. From “Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July–December 2013” by the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless201407.pdf. In the US: Two thirds of 25-29 year olds are wireless only. One […]

“This Act may be cited as the “Let Me Google That For You Act”” is meant to “streamline the collection and distribution of government information.” (https://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/2206/text). “Let Me Google That For You Act – Repeals the National Technical Information Act of 1988, effective one year after the enactment of this Act (thus abolishes the National Technical […]