By Garrick Chow | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
By Garrick Chow | Friday, November 07, 2014
If you’re looking for a truly unique gift for a special friend or family member this year, you may already have the tools you need to record a song in GarageBand — and give it as a one-of-a-kind present.
Included free with all new Macs, or at just $4.99 to download from the Mac App Store, GarageBand is your key to a truly personal gift that won’t break the bank. In this three-part series, we’ll take a look at how to create a new project in GarageBand, record your tracks, edit them, and share your completed song.
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