Transparency, Productivity, Genealogy, More: Thursday Morning Buzz, December 26, 2013

Best of! The best Firefox Add-Ons of 2013. 13 listed here.

Thanks to Keith T for pointing me towards these 18 Epic Productivity Apps. And not only is a list of apps, there are productivity hints for each app. Some of these you probably know about (Evernote) but many I had not heard of.

Verizon and AT&T are both going to issue government transparency reports. “Both companies said they’d provide a breakdown of government requests and court orders for their customers’ information by early 2014.”

Apparently Google Glass Prescription lenses will be available in a few weeks.

How many photographs will be taken in 2014? Would you believe — over 800 billion?

Mitch Joel talks about his love affair with Pocket. Couldn’t agree more – it’s my favorite read-it-later app. I am actually probably going to switch from Newsblur to Digg Reader because Digg does support Pocket.

From Social Media Examiner: 25 Creative Ways to use Facebook Cover photos.

VentureBeat takes a guess at the buzzwords of 2014. One that might drive you archivists a bit bonkers – ephemeral sharing.

FamilySearch has added a bunch of additional records. “Notable collection updates include the 834,729 indexed records and images from the U.S., Maryland, Baltimore Passenger Lists, 1820–1948, collection, the 590,658 indexed records from the new U.S., New York, State Health Department, Genealogical Research Death Index, 1957–1963, collection, and the 12,338 indexed records and images from the new Hungary, Jewish Vital Records Index, 1800–1945, collection.”

From TechCrunch: Google wants to build the ultimate personal assistant. A good start would be to quit “correcting” my spelling. Good morning, Internet…

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About Tara Calishain

Covering the world of search engines, databases, and other online information collections since 1996.

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