Link Roundup #8

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Happy Birthday, iPad: How Apple’s Tablet Revolutionized Business Computing. Thought it was important to notice, from deep within the revolution, how quickly it is happening. The article also makes the important point that one of the things that changed in business (and education) computing is the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) concept. It frees the user to use productivity apps/websites anywhere they go – while increasing security problems for the IT people.

5 School-Worthy iPad Alternatives for Education. Article covers a mix of Android and Windows tablets that can work well for educational purposes, and points out education-friendly features of each.

40 Years Later: 11 Game-Changing Phones. The tech world is having fun this week celebrating 40 years since the first call on a cell phone. This article is a good discussion/slideshow of how cell phones have changed and innovated over those 40 years. Now they are fundamental parts of our productivity, and it is fascinating to contemplate where communications will be 40 years from now.

A Matter of Perspective – Elsevier Acquires Mendeley…or, Mendeley Sells Itself to Elsevier. This acquisition has been rumored for months, and is now publicly announced. Note that this post is from The Scholarly Kitchen blog, which is produced by scholarly publishers and reflects their point of view, but it has an interesting perspective. See Elsevier’s take on the acquistion and Mendeley’s.

Become an Evernote Power User: 10 Must-Know Tips. While I see a number of similar articles, this one has some of the better and most up-to-date tips.

5 Best Firefox Education Addons. Includes short descriptions of ImTranslator, Evernote Web Clipper, Zotero, Wired Marker, and Biobar.

Best Video Editing Software for Enthusiasts.  Mostly this article is about software for sale, but does mention the video editing software that comes with Windows and Mac.  I’m including this article because so many college assignments now include creating videos.

Foxit Reader 6.0 Adds PDF Creation, Handwritten Signatures, and Office 2013-Style Ribbon.  Sounds like some good added features to one of the favorite PDF readers.

Skitch Brings Markup Tools to Evernote PDFs.  Skitch is a basic drawing tool that is now owned by Evernote.  The new relsease for iOS now includes support for marking up PDFs, and even generating a cover sheet with links to the annotations.

If you are a blogger, you might want to have a look at the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF) Legal Guide for Bloggers.  It covers legal liability issues, bloggers as journalists, other legal topics, and has an index to questions and a list of additional resources.

Ultimate Evernote Guide – an ongoing and quite up-to-date series of tips and tricks posts on Evernote from Teleread.  Hmmm…lots of useful Evernote articles lately.  Another one is 15+ Tips and Tricks to Use Evernote Like a Pro.  It is also up-to-date and mentions a lot of tips left out of similar articles.

How to Get Organized with Reference Managers for Science – An Overview.  Brief overview of what reference managers do, and a comparison table of useful features for several reference management software programs.  Included are Mendeley, ReadCube, Papers, Endnote, and Zotero.  This is the first of the series, with the next post on Mendeley published as of this writing.

iAnnotate – Whatever Happened to the Web as an Annotation System?   I’ve been wondering about the potential for exporting annotations of ebooks and other digital documents.  Seems like that could be important in scholarly research.  This article talks about that and more, an overview of the state of the art in annotation.

5 Alternatives to WordPress – if you are a librarian looking for a Content Management System (CMS) or a researcher thinking of starting a blog, this article offers some good options.  This blog is on WordPress, and it has a lot of features, but there are things that could be easier.

You’ll Never Learn! . Article about the damage multitasking is doing to students abilities to learn. The various studies looked at students from elementary school into college.

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