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Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #7: An Overview of the Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) Interface
By Scott Mueller
Jul 15, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott covers the IDE interface, including definitions of ATA and SATA.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #6: What Is ROM?
By Scott Mueller
Jul 14, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott discusses the basics of read-only memory.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #5: Upgrading a Flash BIOS
By Scott Mueller
Jul 13, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott introduces the basics of upgrading a flash BIOS.
Upgrading and Repairing PCs Tip #4: Motherboard Selection Criteria (Knowing What to Look For)
By Scott Mueller
Jul 10, 2015
In this excerpt from the 22nd edition of Scott Mueller's Upgrading and Repairing PCs, Scott offers a simple motherboard selection checklist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Change Feature Settings to Enhance Your Galaxy Tab 4 Experience
By Eric Butow
May 13, 2015
The Galaxy Tab 4 has a number of features that can enhance your experience every time you use it. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, shows how you can uncover those features and change settings to your Home screen, Wi-Fi connections, and more.
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.
Discovering Hidden Galaxy Tab 4 Tips and Tricks
By Eric Butow
May 7, 2015
There are many hidden features within both the Android operating system and on apps installed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 4, uncovers a number of hidden tips and tricks on Tab 4 settings, features, and apps to make your life with the Tab 4 easier.
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.
Touring the New KitKat Features on the Galaxy Tab 3
By Eric Butow
Apr 29, 2015
There are plenty of new and updated features in Android 4.4, known as KitKat. Eric Butow, author of My Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, reviews new features including expanding notifications, changing default apps, and using the Google Now service to find information on your Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

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