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“Access Restricted:” 1984 Meets The Handmaid’s Tale

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Access Restricted (Harlequin Teen) is the gripping follow-up everyone has been anticipating from Gregory Scott Katsoulis after his original hit All Rights Reserved. Katsoulis takes us on another top-notch dystopian adventure using the same important themes of power and censorship from his first story. All Rights Reserved took us far down a topsy-turvy technological rabbit hole to a society overpowered by lawyers and led by the formidable Silas Rog. Allied in corruption, this tight group of Affluents put copyrights on all expressions of speech in a WiFi bubble. The consequences of speaking without having the money or power to do so in this society resulted in painful eye shocks or for those with greater debts, lives of indentured servitude. Speth, as hero for…

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Wonderland: Steven Johnson on How Play Shaped the Modern World

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What you are reading now is made possible by either a computer or mobile device that connects to WiFi or a hotspot. With little thought, you may check your text messages, email and social media for updates.  None of this was possible 25 years ago as these things did not exist or were in their infancy and only afforded to the super-rich. Still, we are so dependent on these modern marvels that to be away from them, even for just a moment, is difficult. We all take the world around us— the advances and accomplishments— for granted some of the time. Of course Google is a thing, everyone knows what Google is (honestly, it’s just almost all the information in the…

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Distraction with Dr. Ned Hallowell Podcast: Season 2, Episode 6 — Connected, Yet Utterly Disconnected

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Dr. Ned Hallowell is considered to be one of the foremost experts on the topic of ADHD. He is the co-author, with Dr. John Ratey, of Driven to Distraction, and Answers to Distraction, which have sold more than a million copies. In 2005, Drs. Hallowell and Ratey released their much-awaited third book on ADHD, Delivered from Distraction. “Delivered” provides updated information on the treatment of ADHD and more on adult ADHD. Dr. Ned Hallowell’s most recent book, Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive was published 2015 and is an Amazon No. 1 bestseller! In Driven to Distraction at Work, Dr. Hallowell identified the underlying reasons why people lose their ability to focus at work. He…

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6 Tips to Conquer Cyber Monday! Plus: Score the Best Technology and Travel Deals

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Scouring the internet for the best deals can be a bit overwhelming on Cyber Monday. Where do you start? What will you need to know? Can you really get the complete Harry Potter series for $50 or less?! A laptop for $200? Perhaps! How? No worries. We’ve got you covered with the best tips for 2015’s online haul. Check the times when things go on sale and show up on-time, better yet—get yourself situated early. Most deals take place quickly and are limited availability and you don’t want to be left in the dust. Have an idea of what you’re looking for—lists are your friend. Don’t run around the internet like a turkey with its head cut off (too soon?).…

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12 Black Friday Deals for Every Book Lover

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Black Friday has arrived, and you’re geared up for battle. You’re wearing your most comfortable shoes, your bag-stuffable jacket, and your pants with the best back-pocket wallet access. Your shopping senses may already be tingling, but we went ahead and scoured the depths of the internet for the very best Black Friday deals for every book lover in your life. Check ‘em out below: For the technologically challenged book lover: Barnes & Noble’s NOOK GlowLight Plus & NOOK by Samsung 7.0 Tablet $99 each! Find out more at Barnes & Noble.  For the gym bunny who owns every Jillian Michaels book: Walmart Fitbit Flex for $59! Find out more here. For the music lover: Walmart VIZIO 38” Bluetooth Soundbar for…

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How Can Libraries Survive in the Digital Age?

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For many of us, libraries are magic. We treasure the feeling when we walk through the door that we’ve entered someplace awesome, the thrill of the hunt through the catalog for exactly what we’re looking for, the wonder of discovering new titles, and the rush of joy we experience when we see the book that we want waiting for us on the shelf. What’s to become of libraries now that the sum total of human knowledge is literally in the palm of our hands? What will happen to libraries when virtually every book, every image, every piece of music ever produced is available instantly in our homes at the touch of a keyboard? Don’t despair. Not only is there still…

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EXCLUSIVE! Google’s Joris Merks-Benjaminsen Discusses Today’s Digital Job Market

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Can millennials work for baby boomers when it sometimes seems as if they don’t even speak the same language? What unique skills can millennials offer—and what are millennials looking for in return from their employers? These are the kind of questions that Joris Merks-Benjaminsen, Google’s European Head of Insights Communication, looks to answer in his new book, Think and Grow Digital: What the Net Generation Needs to Know to Survive and Thrive in Any Organization (McGraw-Hill Education, 2014). In the book, Merks-Benjaminsen shows how millennials can thrive in a digital corporate world still dominated by the older generation while retaining their own ideals and values. Merk-Benjaminsen will be the guest of a #BTLiveChat on July 22 at 1 p.m. EDT.…

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Why I Gave My Fitbit Away: A Cautionary Tale

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Look, it’s no secret that I’m prone to bouts of unbelievable idiocy. There was the time I decided rock climbing was, “totally the exercise I’ve always been looking for” and wound up on display, stricken with vertigo half-way up a rock wall in a crowded shopping mall. I’d known I had vertigo issues for about 20 years up to that point, but believed with absolute certainty that climbing would be different because, “The ground doesn’t move.” I’m still not sure what’s worse, the throng of laughing children or the sarcastically polite way the rope handler (Butch) kept insisting as he lowered me to the ground that, “It happens more often than you’d think, man.” One of my more recent journeys…

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No — it’s a quadcopter! WIN: Build Your Own Quadcopter

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So much has been written in the news lately about unmanned aircraft—from drones carrying out military missions overseas to Internet companies delivering goods by automated mini-copters—that one almost expects the skies to soon fill will all kinds of strange flying machines. We’re not quite at that point yet. But according to Donald Norris, author of the new book Build Your Own Quadcopter (McGraw Hill, 2014), building and operating small, automated choppers is a great hobby—and a practice that has many practical applications. Norris, who teaches Information Technology at Southern New Hampshire University, describes himself as a “multi-rotor geek hobbyist.”   “I’ve always been kind of interested in the helicopter, and the multi-roter copter,” he told BookTrib.com. “It tweaked my interest, and…

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