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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.
Introduction to iCloud Photo Library on the iPhone and iPad
By Jason R. Rich
Dec 24, 2014
In this article, Jason R. Rich explores Apple’s new iCloud Photo Library feature, and discusses how it can be used to organize, sync, archive and share someone’s entire digital image library.
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 Use the Handoff Feature of iOS 8 with an iPhone, iPad, or Mac
By Jason R. Rich
Dec 22, 2014
In this article, Jason R. Rich explains iOS 8’s new Handoff feature and offers step-by-step directions for using some of Handoff’s most useful functions in conjunction with a compatible iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac.
Introduction to the iPad Air 2
By Jason R. Rich
Dec 22, 2014
Jason R. Rich takes a close look at the new iPad Air 2, and offers advice on whether this iPad model is best suited to your needs.
Introduction to Apple Pay
By Jason R. Rich
Dec 18, 2014
Jason R. Rich introduces you to the new Apple Pay service which allows iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users (and soon Apple Watch users) to securely and quickly make purchases from their mobile device at retail stores, restaurants, and online via their existing major credit card or debit card.
Configuring an iPhone to Suit Your Preferences
By Brad Miser
Dec 11, 2014
In this chapter from My iPhone for Seniors (Covers iOS 8 for iPhone 6/6 Plus, 5S/5C/5, and 4S), you learn how to customize your iPhone, including how to adjust brightness, security and privacy settings, keyboard, language and format options, and more.

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