We rely so heavily on the internet for communication, information, entertainment, business and personal finance that we forget that we take a risk when we enter this digital realm.
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A whole host of dangers lurk beneath the surface, from viruses and malware to hacking and identity theft, not to mention the threat to you and your children's reputation and personal safety, which can be compromised when interacting with others online.
This book takes the reader through what to look out for and avoid, strong passwords, virus checkers and firewalls, other software solutions, how to let your kids surf safely, recovering lost data and keeping safe on smartphones, tablets and laptops as well as PCs.
Beginner and experienced cyclists will love this go-to manual for all kinds of bike repairs. It's free from jargon and will help steer you through a complete maintenance programme.
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From simple, minor repairs to more challenging tasks like tuning your suspension, this handily sized book will help you learn how to repair your bike's brakes, gears and hubs.
With easy, photographic tutorials, there are also chapters dedicated to using GPS gadgets and plenty of quick tips to keep you safe on the road.
Who better to provide ultimate driving advice than The Stig? In How to Drive, Ben Collins, BBC Top Gear's former in-house speed demon and stunt driver for the likes of James Bond and Batman (not a bad CV!), provides drivers with all of the need-to-know information they didn't learn to pass their driving test.
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Honing his skills in just about every class of driving imaginable - from Formula 3 to Le Mans 24 and American stock car racing - this highly entertaining book reveals all on how to make you a better, safer and more economical driver, making day-to-day driving a lot more of an enjoyable experience.
Packed with illustrations, gobsmacking anecdotes and track-honed advice from controlling a skid to smooth-like-butter gear changes, How to Drive is a funny, witty and wise book for anyone who wants (or needs) to become a better driver.
Ever since Halo: Combat Evolved was released on the XBox in 2001, the shoot-em up has gone from strength to strength and is surely one of the most iconic and influential computer games of all time.
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Fully endorsed by 343 Studios and full of eye-catching artwork, this stunning gift book is the comprehensive and authoritative guide to the Halo universe and it covers the entire canon, including games, books, comics, film and television.
It contains the timeline of the Halo universe and charts humanity's battles against the alien forces of the Covenant, Forerunners and the Flood.
Providing a dog's-eye-view of its first year of life, this book ties in with Channel 5's hit show The Secret Life of Puppies and is sure to delight any dog lover.
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Presented in landscape format, it is a very visual account of what puppies get up to as they learn and develop. This book also provides key information on the developmental ages of a puppy, breaking them into the key components of health, training and behaviour.
There are also troubleshooting solutions to common problems and expert advice on everything from neutering your dog to the best food for them and the most effective ways of treating fleas and bites.
A connoisseur of beer, Pete Brown has visited hundreds of pubs across the UK and and in this book he reveals his favourites.
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From country inns to craft beer bars and the traditional local, he showcases those pubs that simply ooze atmosphere and charm - whether it's for their food, people, architecture, location or decor.
From grand Victorian palaces to oh-so-cool gastropubs, Pete also gives credit to some of the truly eccentric pubs - the ones that have outside toilets, limp sandwiches and disturbing decor that just add to the atmosphere.
With 300 pubs featured, 50 of which have full features, the book focuses on each one's local history and provides pen portraits of punters, publicans, legends, yarns and myths.
Aspiring Spielbergs have never had it better. With smartphones and tablets getting ever more powerful, movie making is more accessible than ever before.
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The Movie Making Book will teach you all the skills you need to get started in film-making and is bursting with mini projects and enjoyable games.
It also has advanced projects so that you can put all your skills to the test and advice on the best ways to share your creations online so that they will get the most views.
The Complete Guide to Drones shows you everything there is to know about drones, multicopters and UAVs (all terms associated with these increasingly common aerial vehicles!).
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Written in jargon-free English, the book will show you how they work, how you can fly them, how to choose the right one and how to take amazing photos and videos using drones from above. There are also clear illustrations and brand new photography to give even more insight.
There is even a step-by-step project to help you build your very own modestly priced drone. Great as a first step into the world of drones, this a fun, educational project. The legal issues surrounding drones are also covered in detail.
Whether you are buying at auction, flea market or antique shop this is the book you need to identify and date what you find. More than 6,000 marks are organized for quick, at-a-glance reference with full-colour sections on silver, Sheffield plate, bronze figures, ceramics, glass, costume jewellery, toys and dolls.
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Milan is one of the fastest moving and fashion forward cities in the world. Here, trend is everything and only the present and future seem to count. What's hip in Milan influences boardrooms, runways, and commerce all over the world. But you needn't shop like a Hilton girl to find extraordinary and unexpected treasures in this urban hive of high style. Secreted away are many special, intriguing, and ultra-cool shops that even most Milan hipsters have never heard of. This guide will lead you right to their doorsteps, and remind you what makes this ancient city so thrillingly modern. Far from the mainstream Via Montenapoleone, discover the historical neighbourhood of Isola, brimming with contemporary designers, artists, and artisans. Or visit the traditional farmer's markets near Porta Garibaldi, purchase a newly crafted harpsichord that's an exact replica of a 1600s original, and shop for botanicals in an urban Garden of Eden. Experience the true spirit of Milan, a city of endless contrasts and creativity - and host of Expo 2015.
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Statistics show that 80% of Londoners drink coffee every day and that 800,000 Brits visit a coffee shop at least 4 times a week. Featuring London's most interesting and unusual coffee shops from neighbourhood cafes to third-wave espresso bars, this book shows you how you can get your espresso fix in a gentlemen's toilet; sip a cappuccino in a cafe-cum-upholstery shop; scoop up a vintage Hermes scarf while you wait for your macchiato. London's new and adventurous coffee culture is full of exotic surprises and unexpected entertainments. Coffee enthusiasts in search of the best brew in town are being spoiled by baristas who have turned coffee-making into an art form; many cafes today roast their own beans, combine coffee with art, music, and literature, sell equipment for home brewing, or can be found in unusual locations such as lavatories and barber shops. This modern guidebook takes you on a caffeinated journey to the capital's hippest, tastiest, and most unusual coffee shops.
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NYC Simply the most diverse place on the planet! Its kaleidoscope of cultures brings passion and brilliance to the marketplace. This insider's guide to a world of special shops seeks out the quirky, outlandish, classy, obscure, historic, nearly forgotten, beautiful - from offbeat and edgy to deluxe and delicious. Potions and pinball and pickles, kilims and knishes and kids haircuts, rugs and rugelach and rubber stamps, neon art and naughty lingerie, chopsticks and cookbooks, vases and vintage clothes, tattoos and terrariums, peanut butter and porcelain, crystals and custom shoes, matzohs and magic. For the curious and adventurous this is a discovery tour full of surprises and delights. It explores the reinvented hip neighbourhoods: Soho, Meatpacking District, Dumbo, Williamsburg. And the traditional: Lower East Side, Little Italy, Harlem, Greenwich Village. This city is known the world over as a shopper's paradise. And this book brings it all to life 111 of the most irresistible shops in New York City!
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Everything you need to know to take amazing photographs using your new DSLR The Nikon D5300 Digital Field Guide is filled with everything you need to know to take fantastic photos with your new Nikon. In full color, this portable guide covers all of the essential controls, features, and functions of the Nikon D5300, using step-by-step instructions and providing full-color images of each menu screen. Nikon users will love this comprehensive field guide-it's just the right size to fit into a camera bag, so you'll be able to take it wherever your photography adventures take you. The guide goes beyond camera settings, offering you a refresher course in digital photography principles, and covering the essentials of lighting, composition, and exposure. This perfectly sized field guide features: Compact size, allowing photographers to carry it wherever they go Professional advice on everything from composing a variety of shots to choosing lenses Colorful example images, along with detailed instructions on how to get the most from each of the camera's features A bonus gray and color checker card that allows new DSLR owners to capture perfect color in any environment Filled with amazing examples, this handy guide offers a variety of tips and tricks. You'll learn how to capture portraits, take character-filled candid shots, frame sports action, document travel, work with macro photography, and much more!
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Whether you're a budding blogger or seasoned Web designer, WordPress is a brilliant tool for creating websites, once you know how to tap its impressive features. The latest edition of this jargon-free Missing Manual shows you how to use WordPress 3.9's themes, widgets, plug-ins, and souped-up editing and multimedia tools to build just about any kind of site. The important stuff you need to know: Create your site. Get hands-on, A-to-Z instructions for building all types of websites, from classy blogs to professional-looking ecommerce sites. Add features. Choose from thousands of widgets and plug-ins to enhance your site's ease of use, looks, and performance. Mix in multimedia. Add picture galleries, slideshows, video clips, music players, and podcasts to your pages. Attract an audience. Create automatic content feeds, sign up site subscribers, and help readers share your posts on social media. Fine-tune your content. Analyze site statistics to improve your content and reach, and to optimize your site for search engines. Go Mobile. Choose a theme that automatically reconfigures your site for mobile devices. Build a truly unique site. Learn how to customize WordPress themes to create a site that looks exactly the way you want it to.
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Using Your iPad Basics is the essential guide to the iPad for those who want to get to grips with how to make the most of the tablet. Written in a clear and accessible way, it covers everything from the basics of downloading an app to getting the most out of the great features. With tips and tricks from experts you will learn all the inside information that will help you on your way to getting the very most out of your iPad.
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Everything you need to know to take full advantage of your Nikon D7100 As a well-rounded, feature-rich dSLR, the new Nikon D7100 is a compact lightweight camera that is loaded with sophisticated features. This full-color guide is packed with expert advice that will both educate and inspire you to take amazing photographs with your Nikon D7100. Filled with stunning images by author and photographer J. Dennis Thomas, this guide goes beyond the owner's manual to offer you helpful tips, tricks, and techniques for using the camera's many features and explains when and how to use each function. Features a handy trim size so the book can go where you go, allowing you to frequently refer to the professional-level techniques for capturing memorable photos and handling tricky situations Includes full-color images of each menu screen to reinforce your understanding Contains a grey and color checker card to help you capture perfect white balance and color in any environment Shares helpful examples that offer advice on taking portraits, candids, sports, travel, macro photography, and much more Nikon D7100 Digital Field Guide is the perfect portable companion to your new Nikon D7100!
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Do you want to get maximum value and enjoyment out of your caravan? The open road, the freedom to leave on a whim, the comfort and convenience of a mobile home from home...A caravan makes a fantastic investment if you're looking for flexible, economical holidays. 'Make the Most of Your Caravan' will show you how to get maximum value and enjoyment out of yours. Offering practical advice on all aspects of caravanning, from the initial purchase to basic maintenance, towing and driving to camping and holidaying abroad, this is a uniquely comprehensive manual for every caravan owner, setting you up for some great tips. "I heartily recommend it to all caravannists whether you've been 'vanning for years or whether you are a new boy" Jeremy Clarkson, The Sun "a really useful book which, although aimed principally at novices, will appeal to caravanners with all levels of experience" Caravan Club Magazine
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Exclusively from McGraw-Hill Professional and InfoComm International, the leading audio visual association, this official exam guide covers the latest CTS Certified Technology Specialist exam for AV professionals.CTS Certified Technology Specialist Exam Guide, Second Edition offers complete coverage of the InfoComm Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) designation--the leading internationally recognized audio visual (AV) certification. The CTS credential is based on InfoComm's performance standards for the AV industry and is vendor neutral. This official guide covers all of the exam objectives and features objective callouts at the beginning of each chapter, exam tips, and practice questions with in-depth answer explanations. Electronic content includes one all-new official practice exam and an Adobe Digital Editions eBook Contains a revised four-color insert Covers all topics in the 2013 exam update, including increased IT security, networking, and business content Ideal as both an exam guide and an on-the-job referenceComplete coverage of all exam topics: Site survey; Gathering customer information; Evaluating and recommending changes to a site environment; Developing a functional AV scope; Designing, providing, and selling AV solutions; Conducting a vendor selection process; Marketing AV technologies; Operating AV solutions; Conducting maintenance activities; Managing AV business operations; Managing AV projects and personnel; Conducting estimating, purchasing, and job costing activities; Troubleshooting and repairing AV solutions
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Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers by Photoshop hall-of-famer and acclaimed digital imaging professional Martin Evening has been revamped to include detailed instruction for all of the updates to Photoshop CC on Adobe's Creative Cloud, including significant new features, such as Select and Mask editing, Facial Liquify adjustments and Guided Upright corrections in Camera Raw. This guide covers all the tools and techniques photographers and professional image editors need to know when using Photoshop, from workflow guidance to core skills to advanced techniques for professional results. Using clear, succinct instruction and real world examples, this guide is the essential reference for Photoshop users. The accompanying website has been updated with new sample images, tutorial videos, and bonus chapters.
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Now in paperback! The Lambretta Bible is the in-depth guide to the world's finest scooter, from the Model A to the GP 200. The Lambretta story doesn't end there though, with the focus moving on to machines prepared and built by Lambretta Concessionaires. The book ends with a look at the main British dealer specials of the 1960s.
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Just when you think you've learned all that you could ever know about working in Photoshop, digital artist and photomontage king Steve Caplin comes along with yet another masterful method for creating incredible works of art in Photoshop. This time, he'll show you how to create complete images, from start to finish, entirely within the software program. No source material, photographs, or existing files from other software packages are needed, saving you valuable time and resources. The techniques you'll learn in this ground-breaking new book will help you combine your artistic vision and skills with an understanding of how to manipulate the built-in Photoshop filters to produce impressive, eye-catching artwork. Each chapter opens with a complete double page illustration, created entirely in Photoshop. Then, carefully laid out step-by-step instructions show you how each element in the illustration is created, and how they are all combined in the end to make a convincing final image. Using Steve's proven methods for success, you'll be able to produce images that reflect a more finely crafted, hand drawn approach, whether you're an artist for your own enjoyment or a working professional looking for a leg up on the competition.
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Canon Speedlites and Nikon Speedlights are small, off-camera flashguns that can provide big results - if you know how to use them properly. Acclaimed Boston photographers Lou Jones, Bob Keenan and Steve Ostrowski guide you through the technical and creative aspects of how to get the most out of these powerful tools in this indispensable guide, packed full of inspirational images and comprehensive diagrams of the lighting set ups used to capture them. They are significantly more advanced, lighter and considerably cheaper than a standard flashgun, and have many advantages. They are small (and cheap) enough that a number can be carried in your kit, and they can be used in combination, triggered wirelessly. They use through-the-lens (TTL) metering, which allows you to use the in-camera LCD and histograms to calculate the required power/direction, rather than havng to use a light meter or trial and error. They use proprietary, dedicated technology (from Canon and Nikon) that means there are no compatability issues. Getting the most out of them, however, remains a mystery - most photographers still just use their speedlights in the same way as a standard flash gun. This is where this book comes in.
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Make a big impression with small flashes! In this book, Tilo Gockel shows you how to make magic by mastering the use of light. You will learn how to use speedlights to create amazing photographs in any lighting situation. Tilo uses 40 lighting workshops to teach his methods for producing impressive flash shots in portrait, fashion, macro, food, still life, and high-speed photography.The richly illustrated, easy-to-understand workshops are filled with recommendations and instructions for flash setups, detailed lighting diagrams, and tips and tricks for how to achieve the look of high-end studio shots using simple, accessible equipment, even in your own home. Also included is information on the settings that will help you master complex multi-flash situations, as well as tips on how to create cost-effective, self-built accessories.Foreword by Strobist.com's David Hobby.
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As technology advances in the world of photography, a passionate crowd of professionals, students, and hobbyists is returning to the darkroom in search of a more authentic, handmade feel to their art. Jill Enfield's Guide to Photographic Alternative Processes shows how to do just that. Packed with stunning imagery, how-to recipes, techniques, and historical information on the evolution of processes, this guide provides the instruction to emulate the ethereal, dream-like feel of alternative processing. Whether in a darkroom using traditional chemicals, at the kitchen sink with pantry staples, or in front of the computer re-creating techniques digitally, you will learn how to add a richness and depth to your photography like never before. * Covers alternative processing from its historical roots up through digital manipulation. * Showcases the different styles and processing methods of various artists. * Includes suggestions for vegan and vegetarian-friendly alternative processing!
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