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Display What’s on Your iPhone or iPad’s Display on an HD TV Using AirPlay
By Jason R. Rich
Jun 15, 2015
Jason R. Rich, author of iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, explains the easiest way to make AirDrop work so that you can wirelessly stream whatever is being seen on your iPhone or iPad’s display to any HD television set. This includes digital slide presentations, photos, television and movie programming, or other content you stream from the Internet.
Introducing Windows 10’s Cortana
By Michael Miller
Jun 3, 2015
Cortana is the new “virtual assistant,” similar to Apple’s Siri, built into the upcoming Windows 10 operating system. Users can control Cortana with either keyboard or voice commands (“Hey, Cortana”), and use it to perform intelligent searches, retrieve personalized news headlines, view local weather, manage notes and appointments, and more. In this article, Michael Miller, author of The Internet of Things, introduces you to Cortana and discusses its most important features
Introduction to the New Pebble Time Smart Watch
By Jason R. Rich
Jun 1, 2015
Jason R. Rich, author of iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, takes a look at the all-new, second generation Pebble Time smart watch. Like Apple Watch, which is priced much higher, Pebble Time is designed to work in conjunction with the iPhone.
Playing Music on Pandora
By Michael Miller
Jun 1, 2015
Pandora is one of the largest streaming music services on the Internet, with more than 250 million users. In this article, best-selling technology writer Michael Miller shows you how Pandora works and helps you get the most of this popular service on your computer and on your mobile device.
Listening to Local Radio Online
By Michael Miller
May 26, 2015
There are lots of streaming music services available online, such as Pandora and Spotify, but what do you do if you just want to listen to your local radio station on your computer or smartphone? Michael Miller, author of The Internet of Things, shows you how to use iHeartRadio and TuneIn to listen to AM and FM stations from anywhere in the United States or around the world!
Disney World, Here We Come! Using the Maps App on the Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
May 25, 2015
The Amazon Fire phone's Maps app does much more than just help you with directions to get where you need to go. Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, pinpoints some of the many useful features of this well-equipped app.
A Personal Staff in Your Pocket: The Amazon Fire Phone's Firefly
By Lonzell Watson
May 18, 2015
Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, points out a feature of your Fire phone that will soon become a best friend. Point Firefly at text, artwork, product QR codes, and so on, and your phone becomes a secretary, a research librarian, a personal shopper for music and movies, and even a moderately good translator.
Look Inside Your Music, Videos, and Books with X-Ray on the Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
May 11, 2015
It's easier to sing along with Coldplay on your Amazon Fire phone when you actually know all the words to "Viva La Vida." Don't just rely on your memory. Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, explains how to use the built-in X-Ray features to learn details about the music, films, TV shows, and books stored away in the apps on your phone.
The Kindle Books App: Enjoyable e-Reading on Your Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
May 4, 2015
As you would expect, your Amazon Fire phone is a powerful e-reader, with features based on Amazon's popular Kindle. Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, gives us a tour of the powerful Kindle Books app, one of the Fire's biggest attractions.
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Silk Browser on the Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
Apr 27, 2015
If you've spent time browsing the Web on your Amazon Fire phone, you're probably familiar with some of the default features of the built-in Silk browser. But more discoveries await! Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, clarifies some of Silk's interesting behaviors and settings, such as why panels might slide in and out from the sides of the phone when you haven't even touched the surface.
Editing and Enhancing Your Photos on the Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
Apr 21, 2015
These days, most people reach for their phone rather than their camera when something interesting comes into view. But with modern casual photography, the captured photo doesn't have to be the final version of the image. Lonzell Watson, author of My Amazon Fire Phone, explains how to alter your photos with your Fire phone, producing results that rival the images you could capture with a dedicated camera. It may not be Photoshop, but the Fire offers a lot of great visual effects.
Browsing the Web with Your Samsung Galaxy Note 4
By Craig James Johnston, Guy Hart-Davis
Apr 14, 2015
In this chapter from My Samsung Galaxy Note 4, discover how to browse the World Wide Web, including how to browse incognito, using the Chrome browser app that comes with your Galaxy Note 4.
Smart TVs: Viewing in a Connected World
By Michael Miller
Apr 2, 2015
For many people, today’s so-called “smart TVs” represent the first foray into the connected world of the Internet of Things. Just what is a smart TV, and how smart is it, really? Whether or not today’s smart TVs are truly part of the Internet of Things is an open question, but there’s no question that these connected viewing devices are changing the way people watch TV and movies. Read on to learn more in this chapter from The Internet of Things: How Smart TVs, Smart Cars, Smart Homes, and Smart Cities Are Changing the World.
Get to Know Your Amazon Fire Phone
By Lonzell Watson
Mar 2, 2015
In this chapter from My Amazon Fire Phone, you learn about the external and internal features of the Amazon Fire phone and the basics of getting started.
Build Your Own Web-Interacting Robots
By John Baichtal
Jan 12, 2015
Wouldn't it be cool if you could trigger a robot via the Web to perform some activity, even if you're halfway across the planet from your device? You can! John Baichtal, author of Robot Builder: The Beginner's Guide to Building Robots, shows how easily you can do it.
How to Upgrade Your Mac to OS X Yosemite and Get Acquainted with Apple’s Latest Operating System
By Jason R. Rich
Jan 7, 2015
In this article, Jason R. Rich explains how to upgrade your compatible Mac to OS X Yosemite and take advantage of the new features and functions this latest edition of the Mac operating system has to offer.
Recording OTA TV with Tivo's Roamio
By Michael Miller
Jan 5, 2015
Roamio is Tivo’s new set top box designed for recording over the air programming, as well as programs from various Internet-based services, including Netflix and Hulu. In this article, author Michael Miller discusses who Roamio is designed for, and how it can make life easier for all the cable cutters out there.
How to Prevent Your Personal Photos from Being Hacked
By Michael Miller
Dec 30, 2014
With the latest celebrity nude photo hacking scandal in the news, it’s worth examining just how private your private pictures really are. In this article, author Michael Miller discusses the relatively safety of various types of photo storage, including cloud-based services such as iCloud, and details the steps you need to take to make your photos as secure as possible – and make sure you don't see your nude selfies online.
Upgrading Your iPhone
By Jason R. Rich
Dec 29, 2014
Jason R. Rich discusses several of your options when it comes to upgrading your current iPhone to the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, or switching from another smartphone to one of the newly released iPhone models. As you’ll discover, not all cellular service providers require a two-year contract, or make you wait until your existing contract expires before you can upgrade.
Getting Up to Speed with Your Android Device
By Guy Hart-Davis
Dec 25, 2014
It's time to get familiar with your Android device! This chapter from Android Tips and Tricks will show you how to identify skins, manage notifications, enter text, set up a tablet for multiple users, optimize battery performance and manage storage.

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