Pogue's Basics

Pogue's Basics

Essential Tips and Shortcuts (that No One Bothers to Tell You) for Simplifying the Technology in your Life

Book - 2015
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Did you know that can you scroll a Web page just by tapping the space bar? How do you recover photos you've deleted by accident? What can you do if your cell phone's battery is dead by dinnertime each day?

When it comes to technology, there's no driver's ed class or government-issued pamphlet covering the essentials. Somehow, you're just supposed to know how to use your phone, tablet, computer, camera, Web browser, e-mail, and social networks. Luckily, award-winning tech expert David Pogue comes to the rescue with Pogue's Basics, a book that will change your relationship with all of the technology in your life.

With wit and authority, Pogue's Basics collects every essential technique for making your gadgets seem easier, faster, and less of a hassle. Crystal-clear illustrations accompany these 225 easy-to-follow tips.

Tips include:

Make the type bigger on your screen · Bring a wet phone back from the dead · The fastest way to charge an iPad · The 10 best apps to put on your phone · How to type symbols · Bypass annoyingly long voice mail instructions · Use map apps on your phone without an Internet connection · Sign a contract electronically · See what's in a file without opening it · The 12 best free services on the Web · Turn off automatic bullets, lists, and links in Word · Protect yourself from online scams and viruses · Set up an automatic backup system on your computer · What to do about junk e-mail · Send photos so that they don't bounce back · Print or email articles without ads · How to get money for your used electronics · Rename a bunch of files in one fell swoop · Make YouTube videos sharper · and much more.

At last, you can lose that nagging, insecure feeling that you're not the master of your own gadgets. The tech tips in Pogue's Basics are all you need--the shortcuts to a happier technological life.

Publisher: New York : Flatiron Books, 2015, c2014.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781250053480
125005348X
Characteristics: 357 p. : ill. (some col.)

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lcranmer
Dec 29, 2017

Overall not as well written as Pogue's other books on general life hacks and financial advice.

AL_CYNTHIA Jan 31, 2017

Wow your friends with some of these nifty tips and learn something yourself along the way! I especially like the highway exit sign tip and am going to practice tying my shoes differently so the don't come undone.

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meg09
Dec 09, 2016

A good book for knowing some basic things which can save our time in using all the gadgets. Some might find it very basic, but the thing is some of the tips are really handy...

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Swamiram
Dec 06, 2016

Too basic and a lot of them are pretty much available and known for years in Ted from his own lectures and better ones are omitted probably for a new volume...

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Jectoons
Aug 21, 2016

I bought this cos it was 6 dollars; it is alright. Even though most of the tips are pretty basic, it has some interesting things included in it. If anything, skim through it, write down the tips useful to you and then put it down.

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poodlegirl
Mar 10, 2016

I read Pogue's Basics: Tech and it was VERY interesting...lots of tips. This one was also good, however, I knew most of the tricks.

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zipread
Nov 25, 2015

Pogue’s Basics: Essential Tips and Shortcuts (that no one bothers to tell you) for Simplifying the Technology in your Life. --- by --- David Pogue.
It’s the basics all right. A little bit about smart phones: how to charge your Iphone battery in a hurry (in airplane mode); bit about iPads: why your iPad isn’t charging (use the wall plug that came with the iPad); cameras: when not to use the flash (whenever possible). And that’s part one: seventy three pages. And then the rest: two hundred and forty pages on computers. So really this is a book about computer tips and shortcuts. Some you already knew and some (especially the amateurs --- but not your kids) didn’t. Why you should never turn off your laptop? The magic of dropbox. How to type symbols. Free versions of Microsoft Office. Taking a picture of the windows screen.
Not the kind of book I was expecting given its lofty title. But a very helpful one none the less.

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StarGladiator
Mar 01, 2015

Excellent book, even picked up several shortcuts I was unaware of!

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