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Create a Minecraft Mod with the Spigot API
By Rogers Cadenhead
Nov 12, 2015
Mods are special Java programs that run on a Minecraft server. They can’t be run anywhere else. Writing a mod requires the use of the Spigot API, a set of Java programs that do all of the background work necessary for the program to function inside a Minecraft game. This chapter from Absolute Beginner's Guide to Minecraft Mods Programming, 2nd Edition demonstrates how a mod is created.
Introduction to the Apple Music Service
By Jason R. Rich
Nov 12, 2015
Jason R. Rich takes a look at the new Apple Music service, discusses some of its key features, plus focuses on its integration with the Music app for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as the iTunes software for the Mac and PC.
Building Basic Formulas in Excel 2016
By Paul McFedries
Nov 11, 2015
This chapter from Excel 2016 Formulas and Functions takes you through some formula basics, including constructing simple arithmetic and text formulas, understanding the all-important topic of operator precedence, copying and moving worksheet formulas, and making formulas easier to build and read by taking advantage of range names.
Getting Started with the BeagleBone Black
By Brian McLaughlin
Nov 5, 2015
In this chapter from The BeagleBone Black Primer, Brian McLaughlin walks you through where to get equipment, how to set up "Hello World," and connecting to Ethernet.
Apple Watch Accessories Round-Up
By Jason R. Rich
Nov 4, 2015
Jason R. Rich takes a look at some of the watchbands, insurance options, stands, and accessories that are available for the Apple Watch, and discusses which of these options can enhance your overall experience using the watch.
Using the Lollipop Notifications Screen on the Galaxy Tab S
By Eric Butow
Nov 4, 2015
After you upgrade the Android operating system on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S to Android 5.0 (Lollipop), you’ll see several important changes to the Notifications screen. This article shows you how to get the most from the Lollipop Notifications screen.
Using Microsoft Family to Manage Your Child's Computer Access
By Jim Cheshire
Nov 3, 2015
Microsoft Family is designed to help adults monitor and control what children can do on a PC. In this chapter from My Windows 10 Tablet (includes Content Update Program): Covers Windows 10 Tablets including Microsoft Surface Pro, Jim Cheshire shows you how to use Microsoft Family to keep children from wandering into websites and apps that contain inappropriate material, control the days and times that a child can use your computer, and configure your tablet so that when a particular family member logs in, he or she can access only a specific app.
Digital Engineering with Minecraft: Crafting a Super Maze
By James Floyd Kelly
Nov 2, 2015
In this chapter from Digital Engineering with Minecraft, learn how to create your custom maze, use online-convert.com to create your .svg file, use Tinkercad to turn your 2D maze into a 3D maze, and import your maze into Minecraft.
How Apple Watch and the iPhone Can Help You Achieve Your Diet Goals
By Jason R. Rich
Nov 2, 2015
Jason R. Rich takes a look at some of the stand-alone diet, nutrition, and cooking/recipe apps, as well as apps designed to be used in conjunction with well-known diet plans, like: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Atkins, Nutrisystem, or South Beach Diet. Some of these apps make it much easier to monitor your nutrition, caloric intake, and weight, and allow you to compare this information against your daily activity to get a broader and more accurate virtual picture of your situation and progress.
Using the Lollipop Notifications Screen on the Galaxy Tab 4
By Eric Butow
Oct 29, 2015
After you upgrade the Android operating system on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 to Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop), you’ll see several important changes to the Notifications screen. This article shows you how to get the most from the Lollipop Notifications screen.
Becoming Familiar with Lollipop on the Galaxy Tab S
By Eric Butow
Oct 28, 2015
In spring 2015, both models of the Galaxy Tab S were updated with version 5.0.2 of Android, which is known by its moniker Lollipop. This article gives you a quick tour of what’s new in Lollipop on your Tab S.
Using the Windows 10 Interface
By Brian Knittel, Paul McFedries
Oct 28, 2015
The Windows 10 interface might look familiar, but there’s lots that’s new, so the goal of this chapter from Windows 10 In Depth is to help you get comfortable with this new look. That is, you learn exactly how the Windows 10 interface works, what shortcuts you can use to make it easier, and what customizations you can apply to make it your own.
The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft: Gathering Resources
By Stephen O'Brien
Oct 27, 2015
It might not look like it on the surface, but each Minecraft world is rich with resources. Making the most of them is the next step in getting the most out of the game. This chapter from The Ultimate Player's Guide to Minecraft, 3rd Edition shows you how to build an outdoor shelter, find food to stave off hunger, improve your collection of tools, and build a chest to safely store items.
How Apple Watch is Changing the Shopping Experience
By Jason R. Rich
Oct 26, 2015
Jason R. Rich takes a look at some of the online and retail shopping-related apps currently available for the Apple Watch and discusses ways to make your shopping experience more efficient, and potentially save you money in the process.
Optimizing the Start Menu in Windows 10
By Alan Wright
Oct 22, 2015
This chapter from Windows 10 Absolute Beginner's Guide covers working with and resizing tiles, using groups in the Start menu, and customizing the Navigation menu.
Using SideSync with a Samsung Phone with Lollipop on the Galaxy Tab S
By Eric Butow
Oct 22, 2015
This article shows you how to use the SideSync 3.0 app on your Samsung Galaxy Tab S to share data and screen information between the Tab S and a Samsung smartphone, which in this article is a Samsung Galaxy S6.
Note-Taking with Apple Watch
By Jason R. Rich
Oct 21, 2015
In this article, Jason R. Rich explains some of the ways you can compose, access, and manage notes, to-do items, and information using the Apple Watch, by utilizing Siri, as well as the Reminders, Evernote, or Microsoft OneNote apps.
Using the Activity, Workout, and Other Fitness Apps with Your Apple Watch
By Jason R. Rich
Oct 21, 2015
In this chapter from Apple Watch and iPhone Fitness Tips and Tricks, learn what the Apple Watch editions of the Activity and Workout apps can do, discover how to use the iPhone edition of the Activity app, and find alternatives to the Activity and Workout apps.
Video: Creating, Editing and Formatting Typed Notes Using Evernote
By Jason R. Rich
Oct 20, 2015
In this excerpt from Managing Your Information Using Evernote: Gather, Organize, Archive and Share Your Information (Que Video), Jason R. Rich shows you how to populate your Evernote notebooks with your typed notes.
Get Started with the Updated Windows 10 Troubleshooting Tools
By Alan Wright
Oct 19, 2015
Windows 10 comes with familiar troubleshooting wizards and utilities you know from previous versions, along with some powerful new features. Which tools you need immediately depends on the trouble you're having. Alan Wright, author of Windows 10 Absolute Beginner's Guide and a computer support professional with over a decade assisting home and business users, points out the most useful Windows 10 troubleshooting tools.

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