Reviews and Blog Posts: Technology

Wow! Zoom! Sweep! with Prezi Presentations

Do you know what a Prezi presentation is? It's ok, neither did I a few months ago. It's kind of a new thing. I'd even wager to say it's The New Thing as far as presentations are concerned.

Prezi is a free cloud-based program that allows users to create moving (literally) presentations by zooming in, out and around visual objects, whether they're images or power words. Think of it like this: Prezi is to Powerpoint as a landline phone is to an iPhone. There are advantages to both, but Prezi has a lot more bells and whistles, capabilities and is all around a more impressive product.

On the Hunt for Ghosts, History, Crafts, and Bread!

SpiritPI

On the hunt for great adult cultural programs? Look no further than Fresh City Life My Branch this week!

Meet the Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. at the Ross-Cherry Creek Branch! Denver's leading ghost hunters, Spirit Paranormal Investigations, will provide a fun and informative presentation about ghosts and the art of ghost hunting. SpiritPI will share spooky stories about what it's like to investigate the paranormal and demonstrate the tools they use to detect ghosts.

Creative teens + technology = ideaLAB!

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This last week brought terrific news: the Community Technology Center at the Denver Public Library was awarded a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Colorado State Library and the Institute of Museum and Library Services! The grant will fund the creation of what we’re calling the ideaLAB, a digital creation space just for teens.

The purpose of the ideaLAB is to provide a space where Denver youth have access to professional-level equipment and software, creating a positive, safe after-school space where teens can become producers of digital media. In the lab, you can create and record your own music; film, edit, and produce your own videos; make your own video games and distribute them online; create digital art and photo manipulations and print them out in color; create 3-D models for animation and games; and much more.

Fresh City Life My Branch--We've Got Tech!

The Library's amazing Community Technology Center has a wide range of technology classes at the Central Library, everything from computer basics to job search skills, but did you know that Fresh City Life My Branch also offers technology classes with friendly folks from the CTC or with your neighborhood librarian?

From one-on-one help to current tech topics, check out the technology classes available at a branch near you!

Tech Open Houses are designed for you to bring in your gadgets (laptop, tablet, eReader) and get one-on-one help with your questions--especially ones about downloading eBooks!

Every Monday, 11 a.m. - 12 noon at Ross-University Hills

Looking Ahead--Schedule for September & October Now Available!

Making Sense of the American Civil War

The Fresh City Life My Branch September & October adult cultural programs schedule is now online and will soon be available in your branch! Get these great events onto your calendar NOW--you don't want to miss our Haunted Happenings or finding your soul mate!

Some Fresh City Life My Branch programs require registration, and they can fill up quickly. Take a look, and register now if you're interested! To register, call the branch where the program is happening, or email: fclmybranch@denverlibrary.org with your name and phone number. These programs are all for adults.

At Smiley, 720-865-0260:

Coming Soon...from Fresh City Life My Branch!

Get the scoop this week from DPL staff on technology and books!

Start your week with our Monday Morning Technology Open House at 11 a.m. on August 6 at Ross-University Hills. Staff will be on hand to answer any technology questions you may have. Have you been wanting to find out how to check out e-books from the library? This is the perfect chance to learn!

Free Video Field Production with Denver Open Media!

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Do you enjoy taking iPhone footage of your cat chasing the laser pointer light around the living room? Perhaps you're a slightly more seasoned cinematographer looking to improve your understanding of lighting and audio. Either way, Denver Open Media's Video Field Production workshop is for you!

Join fellow video enthusiasts at the Central Library next Tuesday and learn the nitty gritty about cinematography, lighting and audio. This workshop focuses on the manual controls available through larger 3-chip DV cameras, such as the Sony PD170. Don't know what that is? Don't worry! Beginners are welcome too!

Celebrate Your Independence with Fresh City Life My Branch!

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You're free to learn & grow this week with Fresh City Life My Branch!

Finally get those technology questions answered at our Tech Open House this Thursday, July 5, from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Schlessman! Bring your gadget (laptop, tablet, eReader), and a librarian will be available to help you with what you need!

Music, History, and Mysteries!

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Do you want to learn about organizing music on your computer? Interested in Denver history? Are you a mystery buff? Feed your mind with Fresh City Life My Branch programs this week!

Tuesday Technology Night at the Ross-University Hills Branch on Tuesday, June 26 at 6 p.m. will focus on MUSIC! Bring your questions about playlists, iTunes, Windows Media Player, or anything else related to music and computers (bring your laptop and/or your portable device, too!), and a librarian will help you out!

Be smart about antivirus protection!

Sick computer being inspected by doctors in haz-mat suits

So the antivirus trial or subscription you had has expired, and now our computer is giving you messages like “YOUR VIRUS PROTECTION HAS EXPIRED! RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION NOW OR EVERYTHING WILL CATCH FIRE! AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!” Once that happens, you have a choice: pay to renew what came with your computer or find a replacement.

But don’t just install the first thing that shows up in Google. A little research can help you make a decision that ensures your computer is protected – and it might protect your wallet, too. There are two main sites I turn to for information on antivirus products: AV-Test and AV-Comparatives. Both are independent organizations, not connected to any vendors of antivirus software, who run comprehensive detection, cleaning, and usability tests.

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