Tuesday, March 06, 2012

iPhone 4S Portable Genius

iPhone 4s Portable Genuis

This book is a great comprehensive guide to the iPhone 4s and iOS 5.0 in general. The books is organized in a question format with chapter titles such as “How do I configure my iPhone” and “How do I connect my iPhone to a Network” making more of a functional organization than simply a list of features. This allows the book to be used as a reference manual to skip the stuff you already know, and the chapters are further divided on a more functional basis.

Each concept is presented with an excellent description and screen shots so you know you are doing it right and can follow along with the book. Everything is covered in this book: basics, intermediate and advanced topics; not just setup and sync but video editing, iCloud and troubleshooting.

The Genius series is a great product line from Wiley. It retains all the knowledge of an Apple genius without the attitude and the long wait to get to the bar. Purchase this book and go to a real bar with your spare time! Just don’t leave your iPhone there.

Article was republished by the Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 here as well as other groups listed on the right

Book Review: Privacy and Big Data

With Google not just changing its privacy rules, but these slowly becoming a political and election issue, this book gives a short (75 page) overview of not just how we got here but how other countries deal with this issue.

The book doesn't offer many suggestions about how to approach the issue nor does it take sides in this great debate. An unimpassioned, direct approach is what you'll find here. You might want to get out your tinfoil helmet after this read because the authors paint a grim picture on our lack of privacy not just here in the US but all over the world.

This is not a technology book but more of a short essay on issues that business and governments face in their need to obtain data to protect citizens or to maximize profits - balanced against the rights of citizens and their need to feel like eyes aren't always on them.

Article was republished by the Lawrence Apple User's Group 2.0 here as well as other groups listed on the right