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By Garrick Chow | Friday, August 28, 2015

Are You Taking Advantage of GarageBand's New Features?

garageband new features

Apple recently updated GarageBand to version 10.1.0, adding new features and abilities to what’s arguably been the best and most powerful version of its consumer-level digital audio workstation.

If you’re not already taking advantage of the updates, you should be!

Here’s a rundown of what’s new.

By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, July 29, 2015

5 Cool New Features of Windows 10

windows 10

Today marks the release of Windows 10, the long-awaited and highly anticipated update to Microsoft’s venerable operating system.

Here’s a quick look at five key new features.

By Garrick Chow | Monday, June 22, 2015

iTunes Library Eating Up Space? Spread It Across Drives

iTunes library

If, like many people, you use iTunes as your primary media management system to organize and play your audio and video files, you may reach a point when your content begins to fill up your hard drive and you get dangerously close to running out of space.

I’m going to show you how to extend your iTunes library across multiple drives so you can continue to add media without having to copy or move your existing content to a separate drive.

By Garrick Chow | Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Acrobat DC: What You Need to Know About the New Line-Up

the new Acrobat DC

Adobe recently released the latest versions of Acrobat, as well as the new Acrobat Reader and two brand new mobile apps—all of which aim to make it easier to complete, sign, save, and send forms.

Find out what else is new (revised interface!) and other important tips (download trial first!) about the new versions of this popular PDF-authoring and -management tool.

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, April 26, 2015

From Paper to Prezi, Tackle Your Project with Mind Mapping

mind mapping helps organize your thoughts

Whenever you start a new project or pursuit—whether it’s writing a paper, preparing a speech, or making a decision—one of the toughest hurdles is just getting your thoughts organized.

You often have many of the key pieces of information in your head, but you haven’t yet structured them into coherent thoughts. Or you might not yet have identified which pieces are missing.

An increasingly popular technique for organizing and planning a project, and one I’ve been using more and more frequently, is the practice of mind mapping.

I’m going to show you how to organize your ideas with mind mapping — using pen and paper, or software like Prezi.

By Garrick Chow | Friday, January 09, 2015

CES 2015: 'Smart' Thermometers, Keyless Locks, and More

ces 2015 introduces the smart themometer

Although the vast and thronged expo floors of CES 2015 are brimming with a breathtaking array of electronic devices and gadgets, the majority have one thing in common: the ability to communicate with smartphones.

Integration with smartphones is something we consumers have come to expect and even demand from our electronic products. Nearly every pitch you hear at CES, whether it’s for a fitness tracking device, a camera, or a washer and dryer, follows the script of, “This product can do x, y, and z—and of course you can control it from your iOS or Android device.”

And if there’s one thing made obvious by spending a week at CES, it’s that there are a lot of things you can do when you pair your phone with the right device.

By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Export Your Song: How to Share GarageBand Files

learn how to share garageband files with friends and family

We’ve shown you how to record and mix a song in GarageBand to create a unique custom gift for someone you love. Now it’s time to send your song out into the world.

In its current state, your tune can only be played within GarageBand, so you need to export it—or “bounce it down”—to a single audio file that can be played in common audio applications.

Here’s how to share GarageBand files with someone on your holiday list.

By Garrick Chow | Sunday, November 23, 2014

Giving a Song as a Gift? Your Guide to Mixing in GarageBand

mixing in garageband will give your song that polished sound

There’s no more personal and heartfelt gift you can give someone than a song you wrote and recorded just for them.

I’ve shown you how to record a song in GarageBand. The next step is to make your recorded tracks sound good—both by themselves and when they’re all mixed together.

There are some really useful tools for cleaning up your less-than-perfect takes and mixing in GarageBand. Let me know you.

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