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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.
Video: Predictive Analytics with Excel: Smoothing Constant and Exponentiation
By Conrad Carlberg
Jan 23, 2015
In this excerpt from Predictive Analytics with Excel LiveLessons (Video Training), Downloadable Video: Exponential Smoothing and Autoregression, Conrad Carlberg takes a look a exponential smoothing.
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.
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.
Working with Records in FileMaker Pro 13
By Tim Dietrich
Jan 5, 2015
In this chapter from FileMaker Pro 13 Absolute Beginner's Guide, explore and work with the Filemaker database. You change, add, and delete records; navigate through records and layouts; and much more.
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.
Why You Need a Streaming Media Server
By Michael Miller
Dec 23, 2014
Streaming media server software enables you to stream your local media libraries to various devices throughout your home. In this article, author Michael Miller explains what a streaming media server is, what it does, and why you need one – and then compares some of the more popular servers out there, including Plex and Mezzmo.
How to Build Solar-Powered Robots
By John Baichtal
Nov 20, 2014
In this chapter from Robot Builder: The Beginner's Guide to Building Robots, you'll learn about how to use solar panels in your robot projects, including an introduction to breadboarding, which is a cool way of temporarily constructing circuits. You'll also build two sweet projects. The first is a solar-powered battery charger, and the second is a simple robot that is entirely powered by sunlight .
A Short History of Bitcoin
By Michael Miller
Nov 11, 2014
So Bitcoin is a virtual currency. But how did Bitcoin come about? How did Bitcoin evolve from concept to the most popular virtual currency today? Michael Miller explains the history of virtual currency and Bitcoin in this chapter from The Ultimate Guide to Bitcoin.
Video: How to Use VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel 2010
By Bill Jelen
Nov 11, 2014
This video excerpt from Bill Jelen's Power Excel 2010 with MrExcel LiveLessons shows you how to use VLOOKUP in Microsoft Excel 2010.
10 Best USB Microphones for Your Recording Needs
By Michael Miller
Sep 1, 2014
Whether you’re recording your band or creating a podcast, the microphone you use can mean the difference between and amateur production and a professional one. In this article, writer Michael Miller examines the 10 best USB microphones today at various price levels – and helps you decide which is right for your needs.
Do You Need Office 365? Four Questions
By Katherine Murray
Aug 20, 2014
Microsoft is offering a number of ways for users to get Office 2013. Which version is right for you? This article introduces you to Office 365 and helps you determine whether this product will give you what you need in Office features.
Working with Instagram's Special Effects
By Michael Miller
Aug 7, 2014
In addition to being a burgeoning social network, Instagram is also a first-class camera app. In this article, author Michael Miller describes how to use Instagram’s various special effects – including filters, rotation, and the powerful tilt-shift tool – to create great-looking photos.
Learn 3D Modeling Basics with Tinkercad
By James Floyd Kelly
Jun 20, 2014
This chapter teaches the components necessary for a simple 3D model. Upon completion you will have learned many of the standard features that Tinkercad offers for 3D modeling.
Introduction to Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel 2013
By Conrad Carlberg
May 26, 2014
Conrad Carlberg discusses the balance he chose between teaching statistics and Excel in the introduction to his book Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel 2013.
Top Windows 8.1 Apps: Food and Dining
By Michael Miller
May 23, 2014
This chapter runs down the best Windows 8.1 apps for recipes, restaurant reservations, restaurant reviews, and wine and cocktail creation.
Statistical Analysis with Microsoft Excel 2013: About Variables and Values
By Conrad Carlberg
May 20, 2014
Conrad Carlberg explains how variables and values are at the heart of how you represent data in Excel — and how they have implications when performing statistical analysis using Excel.
Using Time-Saving Features in QuickBooks 2014
By Gail Perry, Michelle Long
May 19, 2014
Save time by learning how to use QuickBooks' time-saving features such as memorized transactions, groups, recurring transactions, and reminders.
Manage QuickBooks or Quicken Data from Your Tablet
By Jason R. Rich
Apr 29, 2014
Jason R. Rich describes these mobile tools that enable you to access and manage your Quicken or Quickbooks financial data directly from your iPhone or iPad.
Enabling and Managing Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Screen Saver
By Eric Butow
Apr 28, 2014
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 comes with its own screensaver called Daydream that you can turn on when the Tab 3 is docked or inactive. You can also download and install a screensaver from the Google Play Store to run when your Tab 3 is inactive. Eric Butow shares all the details.

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