New books on computers and computing this month;
Smarter than you think : how technology is changing our minds for the better / Clive Thompson.
“In the face of concerns over whether digital connectivity has made us generally lazy and shallow, Thompson (columnist, Wired) investigates and demonstrates how technology can be used to improve the ways we think and learn. For instance, he looks at the educational impact of the not-for-profit free online video tutorial platform Khan Academy and describes how its student dashboard system, a teaching platform for instructors, has considerably improved teaching and learning. Thompson includes compelling examples of how technology is furthering scientific discovery. For example, he writes, neuroscientists have been seeking to understand protein folding; an online protein-folding game helped allow them to understand the phenomenon when thousands of gamers found new and interesting strategies by collaborating online.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Learning iOS design : a hands-on guide for programmers and designers / William Van Hecke.
“”Learning iOS Design” will help you think systematically about the art and science of design, and consistently design apps that users will appreciate–and love. Pioneering Omni Group user experience expert William Van Hecke first explains what design really means, and why effective app design matters so much. Next, using a sample concept, he walks through transforming a vague idea into a fleshed-out design, moving from outlines to sketches, wireframes to mockups, prototypes to finished apps. Building on universal design principles, he offers practical advice for thinking carefully, critically, and cleverly about your own projects, and provides exercises to guide you step-by-step through planning your own apps design. An accompanying website provides professional-grade sketches, wireframes, and mockups you can disassemble, rearrange, and use to jumpstart any new project.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
“Using your computer : the beginner’s guide / Kyle MacRae.
Incorporating several developments in technology and software, this manual is suitable for people who have just bought a new PC, but are not quite sure where to start. It helps them learn how to set everything up, get to grips with Windows 7, work with software and drives, get online and send emails.” (Syndetics summary)
Android tablets for seniors / Nick Vandome.
“Android Tablets For Seniors In Easy Steps, shows the value of having a tablet computer and presents clear and visually attractive advice on buying and using an android tablet – in larger type for easier reading. Learn to navigate around the touchscreen; customise your settings; get online and use email, skype and social media to stay in touch; use your tablet as a mobile library for books, music and movies. This guide also suggests the best apps for popular activities as travel, health and online shopping to get you started.” (Book jacket)
Excel data analysis : your visual blueprint for analyzing data, charts, and PivotTables / Paul McFedries.
“Aimed at Excel power users who appreciate logical, clean explanations of techniques, this visual guide features numerous screenshots and easy-to-follow numbered steps in order to show you how to perform professional-level modeling, charting, data sharing, data access, data slicing, and other functions. You′ll find super techniques for getting the most out of Excel′s statistical and financial functions, Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts, Excel Solver, and more. Demonstrates how to crunch and analyze Excel data the way the professionals do in an uncluttered, visual style.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Evernote for dummies / by David E.Y. Sarna with Vanessa Richie.
“This handy guide makes it easy to use Evernote to store, organize, and access practically anything, everywhere, using your computer, smartphone, tablet, and the web.” (Syndetics summary)
Raspberry Pi® : projects for the evil genius / Donald Norris.
“”This hands-on resource gives you a guided tour of the Raspberry Pi hardware, operating system, and IDE. Then gets you running with the Python programming language and the GPIO library so you can start on your creations right away. You’ll learn how to assemble a prototype board to use with your projects, and then you’ll jump right in with illustrated, step-by-step instructions that lead you through projects that gradually grow in sophistication.” (Syndetics summary)
jQuery, CSS3, and HTML5 for mobile and desktop devices / Oswald Campesato.
Hello! iOS development / Lou Franco, Eitan Mendelowitz.
“Hello! iOS Development will cater to novice programmers and give them enough understanding of iPhone development to allow them to move on to more advanced documentation. With the help of engaging cartoons and illustrations, this book will concentrate on teaching concepts and give a step-by-step guide to creating a few simple and complete apps. These apps are designed to be small, but useful, and will be freely available in the App Store for readers to immediately download and use.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)
Visio 2013 : absolute beginner’s guide / Alan Wright and Chris Roth.
“Friendly, direct, and patient, this book reveals Visio2013’s power, and helps you quickly master its updated interface. World-renowned Visiotutorial author Chris Roth provides step-by-step instructions for every task requiring more than one step. He presents screenshots guiding you through complex processes, and illustrations demonstrating the touch gestures you need to run Visio on the latest tablets and Windows 8 devices.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)