New Release Books by Preston Gralla

Preston Gralla is the author of Galaxy S5: The Missing Manual (2014), Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual (2013), NOOK HD: The Missing Manual (2013), NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual (2012) and other 51 books.

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Galaxy S5: The Missing Manual

release date: Jul 16, 2014
Galaxy S5: The Missing Manual
Get the most out of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 smartphone right from the start. With clear instructions from technology expert Preston Gralla, this Missing Manual gives you a guided tour of Samsung's new flagship phone, including great new features such as the fingerprint scanner, heart rate sensor, and Download Booster. You’ll get expert tips and tricks for playing music, calling and texting, shooting photos and videos, and even getting some work done. The important stuff you need to know: Get connected. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps from Google Play through WiFi or 3G/4G network. Keep in touch. Call, text, chat, videochat, conduct conference calls, and reach out with Facebook and Twitter. Capture and display images. Shoot, edit, show, and share photos, slideshows, and high-definition videos. Play and manage your music. Buy music from Google Play or Amazon and listen to it with Galaxy S5’s Music app. Work anywhere. Access your files, company network, calendar, and contacts—and work with Google Docs. Connect to Google Maps. Use geolocation and turn-by-turn drive directions to find your way. Stay fit with S Health. Use this built-in app to keep track of fitness goals, walking, heart rate, blood pressure, and more.

Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual

release date: Aug 21, 2013
Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual
Galaxy S4 is amazing right out of the box, but if you want to get the most of out your S4 or S4 Mini, start here. With clear instructions and savvy advice from technology expert Preston Gralla, you’ll learn how to go online, play games, listen to music, watch movies & TV, monitor your health, and answer calls with a wave of your hand. The important stuff you need to know: Be connected. Browse the Web, manage email, and download apps through WiFi or S4’s 3G/4G network. Navigate without touch. Use Air Gestures with your hand, or scroll with your eyes using Smart Screen. Find new ways to link up. Chat, videochat, and add photos, video, or entire slideshows to text messages. Get together with Group Play. Play games or share pictures, documents, and music with others nearby. Create amazing images. Shoot and edit photos and videos—and combine images from the front and back cameras. Keep music in the cloud. Use Google Play Music to store and access tunes. Check your schedule. Sync the S4 with your Google and Outlook calendars.

NOOK HD: The Missing Manual

release date: Feb 15, 2013
NOOK HD: The Missing Manual
Explains how to use the NOOK HD and HD+ tablets, detailing how to manage books, download applications, browse the Internet, connect with others via social networks, and subscribe to magazines and newspapers.

NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual

release date: Mar 26, 2012
NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual
Combine a world-class e-reader with a top-notch tablet—then add know-how from technology guru Preston Gralla—and you have the perfect recipe for portable entertainment. Packed with clear instructions and helpful illustrations, this book gets you up to speed on the NOOK Tablet so you can enjoy ebooks, magazines, games, apps, TV shows, and movies right away. The important stuff you need to know: Relax with a book. Load your NOOK library with ebooks, comics, and interactive books for kids. Play with apps. Enjoy the games and apps everyone’s talking about. Go online. Browse the Web and check your email with built-in WiFi. Be social. Share books and recommendations with your NOOK Friends and Facebook and Twitter contacts. Take in a show. Watch movies and TV series, and listen to your favorite music anywhere. Read all about it. Subscribe to a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Galaxy Tab

release date: Sep 21, 2011
Galaxy Tab
Provides a basic introduction to the tablet computer, covering topics such as getting online, navigating the Web, downloading apps, using Facebook and Twitter, playing music, setting up email.

Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual

release date: May 26, 2011
Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual
Covers the features of the Motorola Xoom, including email, messaging, Web browsing, using GPS location, taking pictures, downloading music, playing video, reading books, and using the calendar.

Droid 2

release date: Jan 27, 2011
Droid 2
An introduction to the Droid 2 explains how to get the most out of the device, with a hands-on approach to learning its functions and applications, a review of its features, customization tips and tricks, and instructions to help users master the Droid 2.

Droid X

release date: Jan 25, 2011
Droid X
An introduction to the Droid X explains how to get the most out of the device, with a hands-on approach to learning the Droid X functions and applications, a review of its features, customization tips and tricks, and instructions to help users master theDroid X.

Big Book of Windows Hacks

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Big Book of Windows Hacks
Provides more than two hundred tips on ways to modify the Windows XP and Vista operating system, applications, and hardware associated with it.

Windows Vista Pocket Reference

release date: Jun 26, 2007
Windows Vista Pocket Reference
A handy, compact-format resource for setting up and navigating the basics of this new operating system, from the new user interface to networking, multimedia, security, and mobility, offers a four-part introduction to the operating system that includes Getting Started; Networking, the Internet, and Wireless; Multimedia; and Security, Mobility, and Troubleshooting. Original. (Beginner)

Windows Vista in a Nutshell

release date: Dec 22, 2006
Windows Vista in a Nutshell
This unique reference thoroughly documents every important setting and feature in Microsoft's new operating system, with alphabetical listings for hundreds of commands, windows, menus, listboxes, buttons, scrollbars and other elements of Windows Vista. With this book's simple organization, you'll easily find any setting, tool, or feature for the task you want to accomplish. Along with a system overview that highlights major changes, and a tour of the basics such as manipulating files and getting around the interface, Windows Vista in a Nutshell offers alphabetized references for these topics: The User Interface: Covers the Sidebar, Aero Glass, the new Control Panel layout, and applets, as well as how to customize animated windows, the desktop, Start menu, pop-up windows on the Taskbar, and more. The File System, Drives, Data, and Search: Discusses working with the new Windows Explorer, Virtual Folders, searches, indexing, saved searches, metadata, and sharing. The Internet and Networking: Examines TCP/IP, RSS, tabbed browsing, and anti-phishing features of Internet Explorer, plus cookie handling, parental control features, and more. Networking and Wireless: Offers an illustrated, step-by-step guide to setting up a home network; covers the Network Center, Sync Center, Hot Spot access, wireless management, collaboration, and sharing. Working with Hardware: Describes how to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot hardware--including keyboards, mice, monitors, USB devices, scanners, cameras, and sound devices--and how to add, install, and troubleshoot drivers. Security: Includes the Security Center, Windows Defender, User Account Protection, System Protection, Network Access Protection, WiFi encryption, Windows Firewall, file encryption, and more. Mobility: Explains Mobility Center settings, plugging a secondary monitor into your computer, and the new "network projection" feature for making presentations. Multimedia: Covers Windows Photo Gallery, Media Player, Media Center, podcasting features, connecting to and synching with MP3 players, recording TV and videos, making videos with Windows Movie Maker, and burning CDs and DVDs. The Command Prompt: Provides commands for working with files, utilities for troubleshooting the network, and instructions on how to create your own batch files. Appendixes include information on installation, keyboard shortcuts, common filename extensions, and more. Windows Vista in a Nutshell is your one-stop source for everything you need from Microsoft's latest operating system.

Google Search and Tools in a Snap

release date: Apr 04, 2006
Google Search and Tools in a Snap
These days, nobody really wants to learn everything there is about a product like Google Tools. And even if you did, who has the time to endlessly tinker and play with it until you figure everything out? You just want a book that will quickly show you how to do things with Google Tools, like perform power searches, find pictures with Google Images, find online bargains with Froogle, use the Google Toolbar, and discover the world with Google Earth. Google Search and Tools in a Snap does just that. Organized into a series of well-organized, bite-sized, quickly accomplished tasks, the book lets you zero right in on the one particular task you want to accomplish, quickly figure out what to do, do it, and then get back to using the plethora of Google Tools.

How Personal & Internet Security Works

release date: Jan 01, 2006
How Personal & Internet Security Works
Provides information on computer and Internet security, covering such topics as identity theft, spyware, phishing, data mining, biometrics, and security cameras.

Windows XP Cookbook

release date: Aug 08, 2005
Windows XP Cookbook
Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 30 million PCs sold in the U.S.--and 90 million worldwide--making it the world's most popular operating system, and proving to frustrated users everywhere that preponderance does not equate to ease of use. There are literally thousands of programs, tools, commands, screens, scripts, buttons, tabs, applets, menus, and settings contained within Windows XP. And it has only been in the last couple of years that Microsoft's documentation has actually been more of a help than a hindrance. But it still isn't enough. Windows XP users and administrators need a quick and easy way to find answers. Plenty of books go into detail about the theory behind a particular technology or application, but few go straight to the essentials for getting the job done. Windows XP Cookbook does just that, tackling the most common tasks needed to install, manage, and support Windows XP. Featuring a new twist to O'Reilly's proven Cookbook formula, this problem-solving guide offers multiple solutions for each of its 300-plus recipes. Solve dilemmas with the graphical user interface, the command line, through the Registry, or by using scripts. Each step-by-step recipe includes a discussion that explains how and why it works. The book is also among the first to cover Microsoft's XP Service Pack 2. With these practical, on-the-job solutions, Windows XP Cookbook will save you hours of time searching for answers. Windows XP Cookbook will be useful to anyone that has to use, deploy, administer, or automate Windows XP. But this isn't a typical end-user book; it covers the spectrum of topics involved with running Windows XP in both small and large environments. As a result, IT professionals and system administrators will find it a great day-to-day reference. And power users will find Windows XP Cookbook a great source for information on tweaking XP and getting the most out of their systems. The bottom line is that Windows XP Cookbook will make just about anyone who uses XP more productive.

Windows XP Hacks

release date: Feb 23, 2005
Windows XP Hacks
A smart collection of insider tips and tricks, Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition covers the XP operating system from start to finish. Among the multitude of topics addressed, this must-have resource includes extensive coverage of hot-button issues such as: security web browsing controlling the control panel removing uninstallable XP components pop-up ads You'll also find timesaving hacks for file distribution; digital media, such as iTunes; and high-visibility web software, services, and exploits that have emerged since the book's last edition. Each hack in the book can be read easily in just a few minutes, saving countless hours of searching for the right answer.Now completely revised and updated to cover Service Pack 2 (SP2), the second edition of this bestseller carefully breaks down the new features that come with SP2, including IE pop-up blocker, Windows Firewall, and the new wireless client.Written by Preston Gralla, the compact and affordable Windows XP Hacks, Second Edition provides direct, hands-on solutions that can be applied to the challenges facing XP beginners, as well as the more experienced power user. Each year, Windows XP is pre-installed on 90 million PCs worldwide, making it the world's most popular operating system.

Internet Annoyances

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Internet Annoyances
Illustrates how to be more efficient in online ventures by making Internet applications behave, getting the most out of online services, stopping spam and pop-up ads, with additional chapters that include searching, security, digital music and email. Original. (Intermediate)

PC Pest Control

release date: Jan 01, 2005
PC Pest Control
Helps you guard against Internet pests like adware, spyware, Trojans, spam, phishing, and more. This comprehensive guide describes each problem and its symptoms, rates the danger level, and then shows you how to solve the problem step by step. It helps you surf the web with a whole new level of confidence.

Windows XP Power Hound

release date: Sep 30, 2004
Windows XP Power Hound
Windows XP can be a great tool, but it is all too easy to trip over Windows XP's annoying traits more often than you leverage its productivity. Windows XP power-users troll online resources, documentation, and the expertise (or lucky finds) of friends for valuable tips and tricks--a keyboard shortcut here, an undocumented double-click there--to eliminate annoyances, save time, and take control of their Windows XP. But what if there was an easier way?This new book presents literally hundreds of problems and solutions, amazing power tips, cool tricks, and clever workarounds in one clearly organized, easy to use, and portable resource. Truly insightful and amusing, Windows XP Power Hound gives Windows XP users practical hints for everything from the desktop to Office programs to the registry, and includes documented (but little-known) tips as well as previously undocumented tricks. Windows XP Power Hound moves far beyond mere productivity and explores what's possible with Windows XP--including cool things you probably never thought of doing.An understanding of Windows XP basics will get the job done. But discovering the most useful I didn't know that! tips and shortcuts will make using Windows XP a far richer and less frustrating experience. The practical, concise format of Windows XP Power Hound makes it easy to dip into for a quick tip from time to time; the warm, jargon-free tone makes it easy to read cover to cover.Anyone who wants to smooth out Windows XP's speed bumps and get some serious speed to accelerate through the bottlenecks will find that even a handful of these useful, to-the-point tips will make Windows XP Power Hound worth its weight in chocolate.

Understanding Cloning

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Understanding Cloning
Examines the structure and function of the DNA molecule; explains cloning, gene manipulation, and government policies on these controversial issues; and discusses the work of the Human Genome Project.

How Wireless Works

release date: Jan 01, 2002
How Wireless Works
How Wireless Works explains every aspect of wireless communications, from the remote control on your coffee table to the most sophisticated wireless Internet networks in full page, four-color, step-by-step illustrations.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Internet Privacy and Security

release date: Jan 01, 2002
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Internet Privacy and Security
Discusses how to set up defenses against hackers and online con artists, encryption methods, anonymizer software, spam, viruses, identity theft, firewalls, and ways to safeguard online purchases.

How the Internet Works

release date: Jan 01, 2007
How the Internet Works
This is a stunning four-colour illustrated title that demystifies the Internet and the technologies that make it work.

How to Expand & Upgrade PCs

release date: Jan 01, 1999
How to Expand & Upgrade PCs
Understand how your PC works with clear, rich illustrations.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cool Ways to Communicate Online

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cool Ways to Communicate Online
A guide to online communication software and hardware explores e-mail, Web cams, message boards, faxing, voice mail, videoconferencing, online newsletters, Web etiquette, NetMeeting, and Internet telephony

EBay in a Snap

release date: Jan 01, 2004
EBay in a Snap
A guide to the Internet auction site covers such topics as proxy bidding, dutch auctions, selling items, and using a PayPal account.

Get More Out of Your PC and Add-ons

release date: Jan 01, 2003
Get More Out of Your PC and Add-ons
Get More Out of Your PC and Add-Ons is a visual, step-by-step solution to PCs and peripherals in one value-priced volume! It covers every topic from installation and upgrading to maintenance and security in a series of well-organized, visual, and quickly accomplishable tasks. The extensive index and visual reference points make it easy for you to efficiently zero in on the one particular task you want to accomplish, then quickly scan the one- or two-page sequence of step-by-step instructions and figures to determine what you need to do to get the work done.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Shopping

release date: Jan 01, 1999
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Online Shopping
For anyone with questions about online shopping, Preston Gralla provides an easy to use source of answers for both computer related and online commerce related questions.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Volunteering for Teens

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Volunteering for Teens
Provides tips on finding the right volunteer position to suit one's own interests and experience, explores why helping others is rewarding, and gives advice on how to be a great volunteer.

Online Family

release date: Feb 27, 1998
Online Family
Plan a complete family vacation on the Internet. Learn how to keep your kids safe online. Get news and reviews on family-oriented movies, television, and music. Find out where to go for help with homework. This user-friendly, jam-packed guide is a great resource for finding the best family-related sites on the Internet. Preston Gralla, author of Online Kids and a leading authority in the field of family computing and Internet resources, explains how families can best access and use cyberspace. His expert advice covers everything from choosing the right online service and navigating the World Wide Web to sending e-mail, using newsgroups, and keeping safe online. You'll discover the best places to go online for current events, entertainment, and up-to-the-minute information on vacation and travel, home improvement, games and hobbies, finance, parenting, and much more. Each chapter includes dozens of useful site listings. Put the awesome potential of cyberspace to use for you and your family!

Windows 8 Hacks

release date: Jan 01, 2013
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