Link Roundup #2

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Microsoft Office Coming to iPad and Android Devices Early Next Year. From TabTimes, an excellent website and newsletter for all tablet news.

50 Great Apps for Librarians – Website built around a presentation by Richard Le and Tom Duffy. Includes info about the two librarians, the presentation, handouts, a form to suggest apps, and more apps (i.e., apps suggested by other users. The presentation divides apps into Android and iOS, with categories for specific topics and for reference apps.

Delicious Bookmarks Get Redesign – Many people moved away from Delicious when there was a scare it would be going away, but it survives and has a team that seems working on improvements, including a soon-to-be-announced iPhone and iPad app.

20 iPad Apps for Productivity. While I don’t use an iPad, not all of these apps are iPad-specific. and if they are now may get ported in the future. Aimed primarily at business users, but many will also be of use to academics.

Livescribe Sky WiFi Smartpen Review. Smartpens may be of particular interest to students and to faculty who have to attend a lot of meetings. Livescribe has a large percentage of the U.S. market for digital pens, and generally users give the company good reviews. The new Sky pen adds wireless syncing of notes using Evernote. This review gives detailed information on the product’s pros and cons.

Windows 8 – Disappointing Usability for Both Novice and Power Users
. Recent article from Jakob Nielsen, THE usability guru. When he talks, people listen. On the other hand, Windows 8 is new and will likely be improved. Overall, it sounds like one of the most innovative products from Windows in years, and such innovation should be encouraged.

Which is part of what the C|Net critique of Nielsen’s usability studies says in “Why Jakob Nielsen’s Windows 8 Critique is Old-School Thinking“.

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