What We’re Reading: Sept. 14 – Sept. 20

New iPhone, new iOS, best apps, and a bookless library

Apple launched its latest iPhone last week. Models go on sale this Friday, Sept. 20. The reviews are starting to come in from early users. Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal says “If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5S will be a big step up.” Walt’s colleague, Lauren Goode, reviews the iPhone 5C over at All Things D and says the new colorful plastic-backed phone is solid, and not a ‘tacky plastic phone’, but also doesn’t have the ‘latest and greatest hardware’.

All those fancy features in Apple’s new software release, iOS7, have the potential to ruin your battery life. TAUW gives some advice on how to stop iOS7 from killing your battery. And if you haven’t upgraded, maybe you should wait. But of course, you  already have anyway, haven’t you? Not happy with some of the features? Britain’s Telegraph newspaper gives some tips on how to disable some of iOS7’s more annoying features.

Time just came out with it’s annual 50 best iPhone apps – how many do you use?

Reuters reports that losses due to the flooding in Colorado will amount to almost $2 billion dollars—half from housing and half from commerce/government.  The fierce floods have resulted in 8 deaths.  The Colorado Association of REALTORS® is finalizing two plans to help Colorado REALTORS® and members of the public, and help through non-profit organizations.  Results should be finalized by next week.  Please check back with the Colorado Association of REALTORS® website as more information becomes available.

Wearables (think Nike FitBand) aren’t just for adults anymore. There’s a new crop of startups hoping to give parents peace of mind and deliver more insights about young children and their sleeping patterns through wearable devices for babies.

Agents will go out of their way to get noticed, but would you appear in a bikini? make a rap video? get a tattoo? All of these have been done. It’s an annoying slide show on bankrate.com but still interesting.

San Antonio recently opened a library…with no books. It claims to be the nation’s first all-digital library. Don’t have a Kindle? You can check one out from the library too!


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