Tech Notes – 17 February

This week’s roundup of interesting tech news and tips:

  • This quick video shows you all the things Google Search can do.
  • In less than four years Smashwords has published more than 100,000 ebooks from over 36,000 authors. You’ll find a good number of their genealogy-related titles at Moultrie Creek Books.
  • Apple releases the next OS X  – Mountain Lion – to developers. Looks like it has even more iOS goodness in it. You can get a sneak peek at the beta version of Messages – the replacement for iChat – with a free download.
  • Lifehacker has a great tip for keeping your earbud cables organized using a Chapstick cap. Yep, that Chapstick – and it works great!
  • I recorded my presentation – The Future of Memories – today for Family Tree University’s Spring Virtual Conference – March 9-11, 2012. Are you going to be there?
  • Puzzazz has developed handwriting recognition for the Kindle eInk readers and put it to use in their Sudoku Unbound #3 game. Players use their finger to write the numbers into the boxes to solve the puzzle. Hopefully we’ll soon see their TouchWrite technology put to work in even more Kindle apps!
  • This week’s featured title at Moultrie Creek Books is Somerset Homecoming: Recovering a Lost Heritage. Dorothy Spruill Redford spent ten years tracing the lives of Somerset Plantation’s slaves and their descendants. Her endeavors culminated in the joyous, nationally publicized homecoming she organized that brought together more than 2,000 descendants of the plantation’s slaves and owners and marked the beginning of a campaign to turn Somerset Place into a remarkable resource for learning about the history of both African Americans and whites in the region.
  • Did you know you can get your favorite genealogy blogs delivered to your e-reader? Learn how easy it is to have your Genealogy News Delivered.

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