I have a number of stories in the August 2014 issue of APC magazine (out now):
* The cover feature is all about how to setup your own ‘ultimate home media jukebox’ and my part is showing you how to rip your DVDs and Blu-ray discs and converting them to H.264 video format using my brand-new APC Simple Video Converter 3 app. (H.264 is the ideal format, not only supported by virtually all hardware media players, but just about every mobile device too.)
* My Arduino Masterclass this month delves into the world of cryptography by showing you how to build your own Enigma Cipher Machine. My little ‘black box’ project is a functional replica of the genuine German Army Enigma with the exact wiring simulated in software. I show you how to build it as well as give you the software to make it work.
* My Android Masterclass looks at the secrets of USB charging. Just because you plug your portable device into a USB port and see the charge light come up is no guarantee whatsoever that you’re getting anything like the maximum charge rate. There’s a considerable science to USB charging. I take a look at the USB standards and show you ways to know just how well your charging ports are working.
This, plus lots more excellent stories are in the August 2014 issue of APC, out now at all good newsagents and stockists.