Just Send Me a Signal: Encrypted Communication, Whether or Not You’re a Spy

How worried should I be about my privacy?  While this question is not yet keeping me up at night, it’s been on my mind more in the past year than ever before. Privacy online, over email, and in a social media context is one thing, but what about the privacy of my personal communications say over the phone or via text message? Considering how startled I am when I actually get a phone call shows how little I use the phone to talk to anyone anymore. I’m more concerned about privacy over text messaging. This led me to explore what I can do to protect the privacy of my messaging on mobile devices, specifically my iPhone. I heard about an open source app called Signal offered by Open Whisper Systems and decided to check it out. Continue reading Just Send Me a Signal: Encrypted Communication, Whether or Not You’re a Spy

TimelineJS: A Superb Open Source Tool

What is it?

TimelineJS is a web-based tool that allows you to easily create visually-rich, interactive timelines generated by your data. It’s an open source tool from Knight Lab at Northwestern University and is free to use — all you need is your content and a Google Drive spreadsheet. Continue reading TimelineJS: A Superb Open Source Tool

App Santa is Back!

If you’re an iOS user, you might want to check this out.

App Santa

For a limited time, get discounts on a selection of popular apps, many of which can help with productivity and idea capture. If you have a break over the holidays, it can be a perfect time to explore a new app or two before the hectic pace resumes. Boost your effectiveness in the new year!

Film, Edit, Share . . . Without Leaving Your Smartphone

Check out this new video from the UCSF Tech Commons on how to properly use the keyboard trays in the Library’s computer labs.

This video will not be nominated for an award at the Sundance Film Festival this year, but would you believe it was filmed, edited, and distributed using just an iPhone? It was, and this post showcases the workflow and technology used to create and share a video using a single device that fits in your hand. It also follows up the previous Mobilized post, Top 5 Tips for Better Mobile Video. Continue reading Film, Edit, Share . . . Without Leaving Your Smartphone

Top 5 Tips for Better Mobile Video

The video capabilities of smartphones are improving all the time, and the iPhone remains the most-used camera on the planet. Most of us are not trained videographers, however, so we often end up with shaky, blurry video and poor sound quality.The tips provided in this post will help you shoot better looking and sounding videos!

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JAMA Network Reader

Interested in reading JAMA articles on the go? You’ll be happy to know that because UCSF Library is a JAMA subscriber, our patrons have access to the latest year’s worth of content from all 10 JAMA journals on the JAMA Network Reader.

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