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New release: Create Your First Website in easy steps – The QuestKids do Coding

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This is the first title in a new sub-series of the popular In Easy Steps series. The QuestKids® series is designed to make learning fun for children aged 7+. It uses the same proven approach of fully-illustrated, easy-to-follow reading and concise instructions, but uses attention-grabbing storylines to inspire children to learn particular topics, starting with coding. The series is supported by a designated website for downloadable resources and further interactive learning.

Who are The QuestKids?

Dan Devices and Tiffany Tech are the best of friends, and an amazing team who love to explore and help each other whenever they can. Dan adores devices; Tiff loves tech, and both are on a constant quest to learn new things and look for fun and adventure in everything they do. The friends are joined by their pets, Smuffy and Chew-Chew, who help them out in their own special way. Together, they are The QuestKids!

Using a great storyline and delightful images, Create Your First Website in easy steps teaches key aspects of building a website. Join the gang at Earth’s most famous space centre, and follow their quest to design a website to power a new planet.

Along the way children will learn how to:

Master HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) basics:
  • Page Titles
  • Page Headings
  • Paragraphs
  • Links
  • Lists
  • Images
  • Tables
  • Page Structure
  • Navigation
  • Styling

 

They will only need a  computer or a laptop, a text editor, a web browser, and an internet connection. By the end of the book, they will have a fully functional website and a great book to refer back to for future projects.

Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.
£6.99, 72 pages (295 x 228 mm)   ISBN: 9781840788198

Publication date: 30 April 2018
Available NOW from our online shop!

Windows 10 April 2018 Update released

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Microsoft released the latest update to Windows 10 on Monday 30th April. Called Windows 10 April 2018 Update, it is being rolled out over the coming days and weeks, and is designed to help users make the most of their time when using their Windows device.

Check out what’s new, here

We’re in the process of updating our key Windows 10 titles to cover this latest update:

Windows 10 in easy steps, 4th edition – will be available at the end of May

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 10 for Seniors in easy steps, 3rd edition – will be available at the end of June


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 3rd edition – will also be available at the end of June


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the links above to find out more details about these titles, and to request to be notified email when they are available.

New release : Get going with Amazon Echo and Alexa in easy steps

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Get up and running quickly with Amazon Echo – the hands-free speaker you control with your voice, and its voice control service, Alexa.

This pocket-sized book shows how to quickly get up and running with this exciting digital personal assistant, and start transforming your day-to-day activities. First, it leads you through the process of setting up the Amazon Echo, connecting it to your home Wi-Fi network and then controlling much of its functionality, so that you can start making the most of your digital personal assistant. The book then looks at the common voice commands that can be used with Alexa and adding to its library of skills: it learns from your commands and can tailor content to your specific interests.

Available NOW from our online shop – price £5.99

 

New release: iPhone in easy steps, 7th edition

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In full-colour and straightforward, jargon-free language, iPhone in easy steps, 7th edition gives you all the information you need to get up and running with your new iPhone, so you will quickly feel you are in control of it.

iPhone in easy steps, 7th edition takes the mystery out of using your iPhone and shows how it can become your most useful digital companion, ready to help keep you in touch, up-to-date and entertained. A great investment for newbies and Seniors.

Covers iPhone X with iOS 11.

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

In Easy Steps Limited announces a new series of books for children: The QuestKids™

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As a sub-series of the popular In Easy Steps series, The QuestKids™ series is designed to make learning fun for children. It uses the same proven approach of fully-illustrated, easy-to-follow reading and concise instructions, but uses attention-grabbing storylines to inspire children to learn particular topics, starting with coding. The series is supported by a designated website for downloadable resources and further interactive learning.

Who are The QuestKids?

Dan Devices and Tiffany Tech are the best of friends, and an amazing team who love to explore and help each other whenever they can. Dan adores devices; Tiff loves tech, and both are on a constant quest to learn new things and look for fun and adventure in everything they do. The friends are joined by their pets, Smuffy and Chew-Chew, who help them out in their own special way. Together, they are The QuestKids!

 

First title in the new series

 

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Create Your First Website in easy steps has a captivating storyline, and will teach children how to build their first website in a fun way, in easy steps. Children will follow The QuestKids on their quest to design a website to power a new planet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along the way children will learn how to:

  • Master HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) basics:
    • Page Titles
    • Page Headings
    • Paragraphs
    • Links
    • Lists
    • Images
    • Tables
    • Page Structure
    • Navigation
    • Styling
  • Launch their new website. Children will only need a computer or a laptop, a text editor, a web browser, and an internet connection.

By the end of the book, children will have a fully functional website and a great book to refer back to for future projects. Suitable for children aged 7 years and above.

 

£6.99

72 pages (295 x 228 mm)

ISBN: 9781840788198

Publication date: 30 April 2018

 

For more information, email: info@ineasysteps.com or visit the book’s page in our online shop.

Tel: +44 (0)1926 831557

In Easy Steps Limited
16 Hamilton Terrace
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 4LY
UK

 

5* review of Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps from The MagPi magazine

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Check out this 5* review of Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps, reviewed by The MagPi magazine – the official Raspberry Pi magazine!

 

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Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps is available to buy now from our online shop – £10.99
(Click the link above to view more details and to get the first chapter FREE!)

or

Buy as a set:

Scratch Programming in easy steps & Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps – only £15.99 (RRP £10.99 each)

Scratch Programming in easy steps, Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps, and Python in easy steps – only £20.99 (RRP £10.99 each)

New release: Photoshop Elements 2018 Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps

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Over 1000 tips, tricks and shortcuts to help you get the most out of Adobe’s Photoshop Elements 2018.

 

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Photoshop Elements 2018 Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts in easy steps has something for everyone: an in depth introduction for new users, and a range of options for those who want to take their photo-editing to the next level. Throughout, there are hundreds of tips and handy hints so that you will feel like an Elements expert in no time!

 

Available NOW from our online shop at the special launch price of only £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

New release: MacBook in easy steps, 6th edition – covers macOS High Sierra

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Get to grips with your new MacBook quickly, in easy steps. Learn the basics first: the Mac Desktop, the Dock, the Finder, and how to use the new Touch Bar – then explore the great features of this popular Apple laptop.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MacBook in easy steps, now in its 6th edition, gives a full rundown about using a MacBook and making the most of macOS High Sierra.

Available NOW from our online shop.

New special offers – Windows or Mac title with FREE mouse mat or magnetic bookmark

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Cross some Christmas presents off your shopping list with our latest special offer!

Know someone who can do with a little help using their computer?

How about an In Easy Steps guide to help them learn Windows or macOS at their own pace?

Now, on offer for Christmas, with a FREE mouse mat or magnetic bookmark with Windows or Mac shortcuts and tips to keep nearby for easy reference.

Everything they need to start using their computer independently.

The perfect present for a Windows or Mac newbie!

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Visit this page to choose your book and accessory, and place your order!

Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps – a new review from techkids.com

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Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps – review

Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps is an awesome book. The projects are really impressive. This is a fairly advanced Scratch book. A lot of children now learn Scratch at school and some are ready for something a bit more advanced at home where they have more time available and a bit of support.

I tried out the book with my 9-year-old who has quite a bit of Scratch experience but is more of a tinkerer than an instruction follower! However, he was drawn to the book because it’s packed with neat techniques that he’ll be able to apply if he takes the time to learn them.

The Projects

The projects, especially the later ones, are very meaty. There’s lots of code to work through and kids need to really pay attention to instructions. The level of difficulty was about right for my son though he found the volume of code quite daunting at first.

Detailed Instructions

The majority of the book gives detailed instructions on exactly what code to enter. This means that kids can create quite impressive projects. Some children won’t understand everything they are entering, but that’s okay, they’ll pick up more over time. My 9-year-old found some of the Scratch blocks quite hard to focus on in the print edition (they’re not all the same size.) I helped him keep track of where he was by reading out instructions and he was fine. It is a lot of information to take in. That’s not a bad thing, following detailed instructions carefully is a great skill to have.

Creating Graphics

My favourite thing about the book is that it spends lots of time on creating graphics using the paint tool in Scratch. This is something I always try to encourage. In my experience young kids are very happy to experiment with the paint tool and create their own sprites and backgrounds. Then somewhere around age 9 they start to think that the graphics they can create are rubbish and just want to use images they can find online. It’s important to teach kids digital arts skills so that they do have the skill to create graphics that they think are good enough. Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps spends lots of time on these skills which is fantastic.

3D Glasses

The printed edition of the book comes with a pair of 3D glasses because some of the projects involve creating 3D effects. This is a great idea and instantly appealed to my son.

Scratch Versions

Although the book is recently published it refers to Scratch 1.4 on the Raspberry Pi. Scratch 2 is now available on the Pi so you don’t have to use Scratch 1.4. Some projects say that they can’t be completed on the Pi but they can (except on older models.) Technology does keep moving on! At the moment there’s no support for programmatically taking photos on the Pi in Scratch 2 (I hope it gets added) and one of the projects does use that feature so you’ll still need Scratch 1.4 on the Pi for that one. The book also includes a taster of Scratch Jr, I guess this is so younger siblings can join in.

Verdict

Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps by Sean McManus is a fantastic book for more experienced scratchers. The steps are fairly easy, but there are a lot of them! Kids will need to invest quite a bit of time to work through all the projects which makes the book good value. I often say that there’s no hurry to move children on to text-based programming languages. Cool Scratch Projects in easy steps is a great way to keep kids on the Scratch platform for longer. You know those really amazing Scratch projects that kids are always in awe of? This book is a great step towards learning the skills that are needed to be able to develop projects like that.

 

See the review on the techkids.com site

Buy the book from our online shop

New release: Java in easy steps, 6th edition – covers Java 9

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Create your own exciting Java programs and compile them into executable files that can be run on any Java-enabled device, with this newly-revised In Easy Steps title! 

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Java in easy steps, 6th edition instructs you how to easily create your own exciting Java programs. Updated for Java 9, which was released September 2017, it contains separate chapters on the major features of the Java language. Complete example programs with colorized code illustrate each important aspect of Java programming – all in easy steps.

Available NOW from our online shop.

 

 

Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 2nd Edition – updated for Fall Creators Update

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Following the Fall Creators Update, released 17 October 2017, we have updated the following pages in Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 2nd Edition:

Page 120 – Currency converter added to Calculator

Page 206 – Support for Emojis added to Mail

Page 216 – People hub added to taskbar

Pages 231 and 240 – Pin to taskbar option added to Edge

Pages 290306 and 406 – Phone and Cortana added to Settings

Pages 246-249 – Creations added to Photos

Page 355 – On-Demand Sync added to File Explorer

New iOS 11 titles for iPad and iPhone

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Following the release of iOS 11, the following titles have been updated and are available to buy now!

 

iPad for Seniors in easy steps, 7th Edition

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A handy guide for any Senior new to the iPad – get up and running quickly! Presented in larger type for easier reading.
For all iPads using iOS 11, including iPad Mini and iPad Pro.

Special launch price: £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

 

 

 

 

iPhone for Seniors in easy steps, 4th Edition

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Learn to use your new iPhone quickly: Messaging, calls and emails, video calls with FaceTime, use iCloud and Family Sharing, explore the iTunes Music Library and much more! Presented in larger type for easier reading.
Covers iPhones with iOS 11.

Special launch price: £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

 

 

 

 

 

New release: Earned Value Management in easy steps

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Keep tabs on the status of all projects, including agile projects, with this new title in our Project Management series:

 

 

  • Earned Value Management (EVM) helps to determine the real status of a project.
  • Monitor how much time and money has been spent, and how much has been achieved.
  • Understand how much still needs to be done, and get good indication of final costs and expected completion dates of the project.

Earned Value Management in easy steps is now available as an ebook (PDF) from our online shop, and from Amazon (for Kindle), Apple (iBooks), Google Play, Kobo, and Nook.

 

Also available in the series:

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Agile Project Management in easy steps, 2nd Edition 

An essential guide for anyone new to agile projects and a valuable source of inspiration for the more experienced. Explains the key principles, techniques and processes of agile project management.

£10.99

 

 

 

 

 

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Scrum in easy steps

An essential guide for anyone new to Scrum, and a valuable reference for the more experienced. Scrum is the most widely used agile framework for developing software products.

£10.99

 

 

 

 

 

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Shows how to make sure your project is successful. Covers risk-management together with insights on how to plan, lead, organize and control a project.

£10.99

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to spot fake news on Facebook

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As the continuing furore over fake news on Facebook shows, you can’t always believe what you see on social media.

Although Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg once said the idea that his company may have influenced the US election is “crazy”, he’s now vowing to tighten political advertising.

But what about “normal” advertising? You’ll often see appealing offers on Facebook, suggesting that a Like, a share or a click-through can reap a reward.

Yet as the old adage goes, you get nothing for free. What may sound like an offer you can’t refuse is more often something that should have you running for the hills.

Thousands of people have fallen for the supermarket voucher scam, for instance. You may well have seen it. It suggests that you can grab yourself a high value money-off coupon for a major retailer in celebration of a special event.

Click it, however, and you’ll simply be directed to a survey page. You’ll be asked to fill in your details and share the offer with others.

But get this: you won’t receive any money off your next shop. Instead, you will have simply given away some of your personal information and encouraged others to do the same.

So how do you spot such scams? Well, a quick look at the voucher below should set alarms bells ringing: for starters, the date is in the US format, which is unusual for a UK company, and the URL is a jumble of letters of numbers.

 

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There are other telltale signs within this fake coupon which we look at in the advanced sections of our new book, Facebook for Beginners in Easy Steps.

We also cover the steps you need to take to enhance your privacy on social media, making it an invaluable guide for experienced users as well as newcomers. It is certainly worth pointing out those pages if you buy the book for a someone just starting out with Facebook. Online safety is, after all, vitally important.

 

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Buy it here at the special launch price of £7.99
(RRP £10.99)

 

Java 9 released!

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Java Oracle have released Java SE 9 – the latest update to the Java Platform.

This release includes much awaited new features like the modularization of the Java Platform, better performance, support for new standards, and many other improvements.

Find out more here.

We are updating Java in easy steps to cover this new version – due for publication in October. More information here.

 

NEW: In Easy Steps Smart Mouse Mats – for Windows and Mac

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New additions to the In Easy Steps Smart Accessories range:

Windows and Mac mouse mats

  • Have all those clever shortcuts to hand.
  • Top tips and shortcuts to make using your Windows PC or Mac even easier!
  • An ideal present for the Windows or Mac user.

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Available NOW from our online shop!

£5.00 each (+ VAT where applicable)

Just released: Facebook for Beginners in easy steps

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Nervous about using Facebook, or know someone who is? Then Facebook for Beginners in easy steps is the perfect companion to guide the new user through joining and using the world’s largest social media site, all in easy steps!

 

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Set up an account and post on Facebook, whilst maintaining your privacy and staying safe.

Have fun perfecting and sharing photos and videos.

Create Facebook Groups and Pages, including your business or charity Page.

Save time by using Events to invite friends, and to organize your social life, in an instant.

Buy and sell items using the no-fee Marketplace.

Eliminate irrelevant adverts and annoying posts from your News Feed.

Use the free messaging service, Messenger, to send private messages, and make phone and video calls.

Learn about Facebook Live, and the television apps.

 

 

 

Even if you are already a Facebook veteran, you’re sure to learn something new with this jam-packed book.

Available NOW from our online shop – special launch price £7.99 (RRP £10.99)

Windows 10 in easy steps, 3rd edition (covers the Creators Update) now available!

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Just published: Windows 10 in easy steps has been updated to cover the Windows 10 Creators Update which was released in April.

Ideal for those new to Windows 10, and for anyone upgrading who wants to grasp the essentials easily and quickly!

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The book is updated to cover the new functions of the Creators Update, which include:

  • The Settings app has been updated to include more options.
  • There is a new Settings category for Gaming, and there is also a new Game Bar which can be activated when playing games.
  • The Start menu has been enhanced, with the option of creating folders on the Start menu so that several items can be stored and accessed within one menu tile.
  • Cortana, the Windows 10 personal digital assistant has new voice commands for turning off, sleeping or restarting a PC, and also a greater range of apps now support Cortana.
  • The Microsoft Edge web browser has enhanced tabs functions, whereby they can be grouped together and also previewed by moving the cursor over a tab.
  • The Share menu has been redesigned to display apps with which certain items can be shared, and this is available from the Share button in a range of apps.
  • 3D features prominently in the Windows 10 Creators Update, with a new app, Paint 3D, for creating your own 3D pictures. Other 3D enhancements include being able to upload and view 3D images in the Edge web browser, and 3D models can be used in PowerPoint for transitions between slides.
  • Developing the 3D theme further, the Windows 10 Creators Update also includes a number of Mixed Reality (MR) features. Mixed Reality is the combining of the real and virtual worlds to create a unique user experience.

Available NOW from our online shop

Special launch price  £7.99  (RRP £11.99)

iPhone X announced by Apple

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Apple announces three new iPhones at the Special Event in Cupertino yesterday:

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iPhone X

Including:

OLED edge-to-edge screen

  • Facial recognition software (unlock, authenticate and pay using your face)
  • No Home button – a single swipe takes you Home from anywhere
  • Animojis – mirror your expressions in 12 different Animoji

£999/$999

Read more here.

 

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8

Including:

  • Wireless charging, using the new AirPower mat
  • Improvements to screen, camera, processing power and more
  • An update to the operating system – iOS 11 is coming

iPhone 8: £699/$699    iPhone 8 Plus: £799/$799

Read more here.

Windows 10 in easy steps, updated to cover the Creators Update

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Due for publication shortly, Windows 10 in easy steps has been updated to cover the Windows 10 Creators Update which was released in April.

The book is updated to cover the new functions of the Creators Update, which include:

  • The Settings app has been updated to include more options.
  • There is a new Settings category for Gaming, and there is also a new Game Bar which can be activated when playing games.
  • The Start menu has been enhanced, with the option of creating folders on the Start menu so that several items can be stored and accessed within one menu tile.
  • Cortana, the Windows 10 personal digital assistant has new voice commands for turning off, sleeping or restarting a PC, and also a greater range of apps now support Cortana.
  • The Microsoft Edge web browser has enhanced tabs functions, whereby they can be grouped together and also previewed by moving the cursor over a tab.
  • The Share menu has been redesigned to display apps with which certain items can be shared, and this is available from the Share button in a range of apps.
  • 3D features prominently in the Windows 10 Creators Update, with a new app, Paint 3D, for creating your own 3D pictures. Other 3D enhancements include being able to upload and view 3D images in the Edge web browser, and 3D models can be used in PowerPoint for transitions between slides.
  • Developing the 3D theme further, the Windows 10 Creators Update also includes a number of Mixed Reality (MR) features. Mixed Reality is the combining of the real and virtual worlds to create a unique user experience.

Click here for more information, and to request a notification as soon as the book is available to buy from our online shop.

Raspberry Pi wins prestigious engineering award

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News from the MagPi (the official Raspberry Pi magazine):

“The Raspberry Pi has won this year’s MacRobert Award, the UK’s longest running and most prestigious national prize for engineering and innovation.

Raspberry Pi has inspired multiple generations to get into coding: children are learning about coding for the first time, often alongside their parents and grandparents. Communities in the developing world are being empowered by the Raspberry Pi and its modern day computing-on-a-budget.”

Read more, and enter a competition to win a Raspberry Pi 3, here.

 

A roundup of the announcements at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, 5 June 2017

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Apple’s annual conference happened yesterday, so here’s a summary of their latest announcements:

New devices:

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  • A new 10.5 inch iPad Pro, with redesigned retina display.
  • A faster and more powerful iMac, with a brighter and more vivid Retina display.
  • Seventh generation Intel Core processors for the MacBook and MacBook Pro, for even faster performance.
  • A powerful new product, iMac Pro – coming in December.
  • A new HomePod – a powerful speaker that is controlled through voice interaction with Siri, and allows  you access to Apple Music so you can play hi-fidelity sound throughout the room, no matter where it’s placed.  It also helps with everyday household questions and tasks. And it’s a hub for controlling your smart home accessories – coming in December.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New operating systems:

iOS 11 for the iPhone and iPad:

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Including:

  • A new Files app to bring all your files together.
  • A new Dock which will be available from any screen.
  • Enhanced Multitasking capabilities.
  • Drag and Drop on the iPad so you can move text, photos and files from one app to another.
  • More versatile Apple Pencil capabilties for the iPad Pro.
  • A new document scanner in Notes.
  • A new QuickType keyboard to speed up your typing.
  • ARKit, a new framework that brings augmented reality to iOS devices by allowing developers to easily build AR experiences.
  • Apple Pay within Messages so you can send money to friends.
  • Live photo enhancements, so you can turn a live photo into a video loop.
  • A new camera on the iPhone.
  • A redesigned App Store.
  • Enhancements to Siri, including new, less robotic voices, and the ability to translate into other languages.
  • Apple Music enhancements, including the ability to share playlists with friends.
  • AirPlay 2 allows you to control  your home audio system and the speakers throughout your house.
  • Redesigned Control Center and Lock screen notifications.
  • A ‘Do not disturb’ function for when you’re driving – iPhone can now sense when you’re driving and prevent you from being distracted by calls, text messages, and notifications until later.
  • Enhancements to Maps to include indoor maps (of airports, shopping malls and other large venues), and lane guidance arrows.

 

A new operating system for Macs: macOS High Sierra coming in the Fall, with enhanced video and graphics capabilities and navigation improvements.

A new Apple Watch operating system – watchOS 4,with improvements to help you stay fit and healthy, new watch faces, and enhancements to the Music app.

 

Of course, we’ll be updating our iPhone, iPad and Mac books later in the year to cover the new features, so keep an eye on our Coming Soon page.

 

Windows 10 S announced by Microsoft

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At its event in New York on May 2, Microsoft announced a new iteration of Windows 10 named “Windows 10 S”. This is a streamlined version of Windows 10, optimized to run on lower end hardware and provide faster login times. To keep the system running smoothly, the OS is limited to only run apps from the Window Store, which allows Microsoft to curb power-hungry or poorly optimized apps. Additionally, the full versions of Microsoft Office apps will be available through the Windows Store soon. Should a user try to download an app from outside the store they will see suggestions of similar apps available in Microsoft’s marketplace. If they really need that specific app, they have the option to upgrade to a full version of Windows 10 Pro. Windows 10 S is in most other respects similar to the regular version of Windows 10 and will be available in the summer of this year.

More details here.

Contributed by Mike McGrath, author of Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 2nd Edition (covers the Creators Update).

The Windows 10 Creators Update is now generally available, ahead of the official rollout!

Written by In Easy Steps Team on . Posted in News

To get started with the installation process, you first need to head to this official Microsoft web page and download the latest version of Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant. After you do so by clicking on the blue “Update Now” button, you should navigate to the folder where the download was saved and click to run the assistant. If all goes well, you should be greeted with this message:

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Then, once the assistant begins running, it will perform compatibility checks on your CPU and for disk space, then it will ping Microsoft servers and begin the download processes of the Windows 10 Creators Update. You should be aware that by going this route your files will be right where you left them, and you can go back to a prior version of Windows 10 if you don’t like it. It’s also worth noting the download and install might take a while, so it’s best to minimize, and sit back and relax.

 

Contributed by Mike McGrath, author of Windows 10 in easy steps – Special Edition, 2nd Edition

Microsoft announces Windows Creators update release date!

Written by In Easy Steps Team on . Posted in Article, News

The Creators Update, Microsoft’s third major update to Windows 10, is scheduled to begin it’s official rollout on the 11th April.

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(http://bgr.com/2016/10/26/windows-10-creators-update-release-date/)

With more than 400 million Windows 10 users, the hotly anticipated Creators Update has now been given a specific release date, the 11th April. After currently being in the works for almost a year, the release falls alongside the April Patch Tuesday release, a release containing new security patches for Windows. Similar to the Anniversary Update, released on the 2nd of August 2016, the Creators Update will gradually filter out in waves targeting specific Anniversary Update devices first, with full rollout continuing over the following weeks. The Creators Up
date will be free to Windows 10 users, and if you are using the system at Anniversary Update level, Windows 10 will automatically download the update for you to confirm and install it when it is ready for you.

Within the Creators Update are reported new features such as ‘Night Light’, Windows Update improvements, stock app updates and more, including prompts to make privacy control easier (Windows Central). These enhancements will help both the advanced ‘creators’, as well as the average Windows 10 user, and certain privacy settings features aim to rectify any negative feedback Microsoft previously received.

Also upcoming in the 11th April update are creative new features, including:

  • Updated Start Menu, including the addition of ‘live folders’ and view options for the All Apps list.
  • Cortana improvements including the use of large text for notifications, improved web browsing capacity and Cortana inclusion when setting up Windows 10 for the first time. Also Cortana will be able to suggest reminders from content such as emails, requiring less user set up overall.
  • Tab saving features and ‘Set Tabs aside’ options in the Microsoft Edge browser, as well as a new Web Payments API for developers, automatically disabled Flash (for security) and an Edge Books area linked to the Windows Store Books Store.
  • Support for 4K screens when using Microsoft Edge and Netflix 4K streaming.
  • Windows Update improvements where systems only download the files they need for a major update, making updates 35% smaller, with less data use and faster downloads.
  • Night Light, a feature giving the screen a warm tint when enabled, blocking blue light which has been proven to trick the brain into thinking it is daylight, prohibiting sleep for users working late at night.
  • Gaming enhancements, with ‘Beam’ built-in streaming in the Game Bar, enabling better functionality of classic Windows PC games, and a dedicated section of the Settings app which allows the configuation of old and new gaming settings for PC gamers.

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