My stories inside APC magazine – January 2015 issue

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The January 2015 issue of APC magazine goes on sale today! And it’s a reasonably busy month for me:
* first up, I take a quick look at maximising the lifespan of your solid-state drives. I have a half-a-dozen tips I use to ensure I get maximum value and performance from my SSDs that should help you too.
* next, I look at how you can get Android 5.0/Lollipop features now on your old KitKat/4.4 or Jelly Bean/4.3 & earlier… Read more

Learn to code Java #2 – variables, inputs and interest rates

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Working with electronics and microcontrollers isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get involved and go deeper into your tech. There’s been much said of late about learning to code and I just want to throw my hat into that ring as well.
Learning to code will end up being one of the smartest things you’ll ever do – not just because you learn more about computing, but you learn how to think (yep, Steve Jobs… Read more

Learning Arduino Basics #2 – weather measurements

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One of the great things about microcontrollers is that they allow you straddle the divide of pure electronics hardware and computing software.
Now there’s no substitute for seriously learning the two, but Arduino is a great way to strike out gently in both directions – you can learn the basics of coding and combine it with some simple electronics. The more you learn, the more you can branch out into the ‘internet of things’ and start building your own smart… Read more

How to be tech-safe this Christmas

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It’s Christmas, which means there’ll be mountains of tech from all corners of the globe soon to be unwrapped. But while you’re enjoying your new swag, make sure you give a thought to safety – particularly when it comes to AC mains power adapters.
Many tech devices now get their power through a USB socket from tiny lightweight AC plug-in adapters. They’re convenient and you can buy these USB power adapters almost anywhere.
But you need to be careful –… Read more

Quad-core Pendo Pad 7 for $30 @ Coles

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Coles Supermarkets are selling the Pendo Pad 7 PNDPP44Q7GPBLK quad-core Android KitKat/4.4 tablet for $30 – but you’ll need to be quick.
I managed to pick up one from my local Coles, but it was the last one.
The Pendo Pad 7 is no Google Nexus 7, for sure – but hey, it’s a $30 tablet. Having played with it for the last couple of hours, I’m not going to complain too much at that price.
Here’s a basic run-down… Read more

Following my Java Masterclass series in APC

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For the last few months, I’ve been doing a ‘Learn to Code Java’ masterclass series in APC magazine – and it looks like a few new readers have been joining of late, given the emails.
The series will eventually hit the APC website, but you’ll be a few issues behind – so grab the latest issue of APC to get the latest!
If you want to get started, all you need is a computer and some free software – the… Read more