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Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #3: How L1 Cache Works on Your PC
By Scott Mueller
Jul 9, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott explains how L1 cache works like a savvy waiter in a restaurant--most of the time.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #2: Comparing Processor Performance
By Scott Mueller
Jul 8, 2015
How can two processors that run at the same clock rate perform differently, with one running “faster” than the other? In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott discusses how to compare processor performance.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #1: Know Your PC's System Components
By Scott Mueller
Jul 7, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott walks you through all the components and peripherals in a modern PC system.
Getting Started with Google Apps
By Patrice-Anne Rutledge, Sherry Kinkoph Gunter
Jul 1, 2015
Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, Sites, Vault and more make up the Google Apps universe. In this chapter from My Google Apps, 2nd Edition, the authors tell you what the apps are and what they can do for you. After you’ve decided Google Apps is right for you, signing up is easy and fast.
SQL Server AlwaysOn and Availability Groups
By Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein
Jun 29, 2015
SQL Server's AlwaysOn is taking the database world by storm. This chapter from Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed dives into the AlwaysOn new features and availability groups.
Video: Using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive: Giving a Live Presentation
By Michael Miller
Jun 22, 2015
In this excerpt from Using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive, Michael Miller shows you how to give a live presentation using Google Slides.
In-Memory Optimization and the Buffer Pool Extension in SQL Server 2014
By Ray Rankins, Paul Bertucci, Chris Gallelli, Alex T. Silverstein
Jun 18, 2015
To take maximum advantage of the performance improvements that can be achieved from having your critical OLTP tables memory resident, Microsoft developed the In-Memory Optimization feature for SQL Server. Another feature introduced in SQL Server 2014 to take advantage of the lower costs and increased sizes of SSDs, is the Buffer Pool Extension feature. The authors of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Unleashed discuss both of these exciting new features in this chapter.
Video: The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft: Host Your Own Adventure
By Joel Comm, Zach Comm
Jun 18, 2015
In this excerpt from The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft: Multiplayer and Resource Packs, Joel and Zach Comm show you how to set up your own server in multiplayer Minecraft.
Programming with Hopscotch: An Introduction
By Michael Miller
Jun 17, 2015
Hopscotch is a visual programming app for the iPad and iPhone that lets users design their own simple games. It’s being used in many elementary and middle schools as a way to teach students about basic tech principles and programming logic. Michael Miller, author of The Internet of Things, introduces parents and teachers to the world of Hopscotch -- and shows how to create your own simple Hopscotch game.
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.
Importing Your Photos Using Photos for Mac
By Michael Grothaus
Jun 15, 2015
This chapter from My Photos for Mac explains the ways you can import your pictures from various devices, including your digital camera; an iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad; and folders on your computer.
Understanding Themes in Microsoft Office (At Last!)
By Faithe Wempen
Jun 11, 2015
Faithe Wempen, author of Word 2013 In Depth, shows you how to crack open the mystery of the Themes feature in Office and use themes to apply consistent color, font, and graphic effect formatting across documents and applications.
Desktop Publishing with Word Text Boxes
By Faithe Wempen
Jun 10, 2015
Desktop publishing software uses movable frames to give you precise control over a layout, but did you know that Microsoft Word can do basically the same thing? Faithe Wempen, author of Word 2013 In Depth, shows you how to use Word’s Text Box feature to create simple DTP layouts.
Finding Widgets and Using Quick Briefing with Your Samsung Galaxy Tab S
By Eric Butow
Jun 10, 2015
In this chapter from My Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Eric Butow shows you how to find widgets on the Galaxy Tab S, get weather information, use Flipboard, add and view videos, access web bookmarks, and use the Quick Briefing Home screen.
Using the Google Chrome Browser: An Online Guide
By Michael Miller
Jun 4, 2015
Google Chrome is the most popular Web browser today, and for good reason. Chrome is not only a fast browser but it is also a versatile one. Michael Miller, author of Using Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Drive, shows you how Chrome works, and how to get the most out of it.
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
Research Paper Citations Made Easy with Microsoft Word
By Faithe Wempen
Jun 2, 2015
Do you panic when you hear the words “research paper”? Faithe Wempen, author of Word 2013 In Depth, explains how Microsoft Word’s Citations feature makes it easy to create correctly formatted bibliographic entries in whatever format you need.
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.
Choosing Between the Apple Watch and Pebble Time Smart Watches
By Jason R. Rich
May 30, 2015
Jason R. Rich, author of iPad and iPhone Tips and Tricks, compares the Apple Watch and the Pebble Time smart watches, and makes it easier to decide which option is best for you, based on a variety of relevant factors.

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