Monday, July 1, 2019

APPLE WATCH dummies ~ the book



APPLE WATCH ~  dummies 

The Missing Handbook For Apple Watch Owners….

© 2019 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

BOB SKIDMORE

CORRESPONDENT


As is the case with many gadgets, the manufacturers often times neglect to include detailed manuals with their products. These products are so feature packed that to gain the most out of them one needs to have a handy, reliable source to which to turn.  Such is the case with the series 1, 2, 3 and 4 Apple Watch.

Marc Saltzman, a freelance journalist, author, lecturer, consultant, as well as a frequent guest on national radio, and television networks has authored his second edition of “APPLE WATCH dummies. This 324-page reference manual includes the Series 4 Apple Watch. If you’re not familiar with the “Dummies” publications they are not only geared towards the novice, but also for the very tech savvy user. As I mentioned earlier, with so many features and advances packed into each series of Apple Watch, having an expert at your disposal is well worth the $25 investment.

As is typical with all other Dummies books, Marc’s book is broken down into five chapters. Each chapter is geared to cover specific topics from simply getting to know your watch to tips, tricks and cool things you can do with it. The chapters have subchapters that answer specific questions and include detailed how-tos, stuff that would be next to impossible to quickly uncover, understand, or otherwise ever find out on your own. In other words it’s a quick reference manual, written in an easy to understand language, pinpointed to your inquiring mind. If you’re new to the watch you’ll probably want to read the first chapter or two to simply orient yourself to the watch, and then jump around to get the answers that specifically address your concerns. The way this book is laid out you’ll often find yourself referring to it,  I do.

Yes, there are many other books on the subject, but I find most of them that I’ve reviewed are a narrative that must be read cover-to-cover. After such a read all you’ve gained is a basic understanding of the watch, but not any problem solving. So, if you’re looking for easy to understand answers, “APPLE WATCH dummies is a necessity if you own or plan to own any series of Apple Watch.
Existing 

Apple Watch owners may find my March 2019, THE GADGETEER column, entitled, “APPLE WATCH STATUS ICON & SYMBOLS”, of interest too: https://bit.ly/2WADHqL

(Watch for my podcast, CONVERSATIONS WITH THE GADGETEER, coming soon with Marc Saltzman, the author of APPLE WATCH ~ dummies. You can do this by periodically checking my podcast website at: http://thegadgeteer.libsyn.com/ Tune in to Marc Saltzman’s new television series entitled Tech Impact, Saturdays at 11 AM (EDT) on CNBC starting July 6th.)

MSRP: $24.99

GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★

Available at bookstores, Amazon and other on-line retailers.

For more information: https://amzn.to/31kW0ir

Graphic credits: Google Images

Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings.

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Saturday, June 1, 2019

A Universal LCD Battery Checker


DLYFULL  ~  A Universal LCD Battery Tester….



© 2019 BOB SKIDMORE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

BOB SKIDMORE

CORRESPONDENT


Fully charged batteries can be vital in the overall operational success of your electronic devices. Often times a battery may be at the very edge of being useful, but when your device is in a current drawing mode, unexpected failure can occur. This may have you thinking that the device’s failure is due to a technical issue with the device you are powering. In actuality, a quick check of the battery’s energy level could resolve the issue very simply. Now before you think that testers are expensive, complicated to operate and bulky, Power-Stations’, DLYFULL could be an inexpensive solution.

The DLYFULL B2 is a multi-battery, pocket-sized tester. It easily tests AAA, AA, C, D, 9V, CR123A, CR-V3, 2CRS, 2CRS, CR-P2, CR2 as well as 1.5 & 3 volt button batteries. Simply place the battery in the corresponding detent, or cutout and be sure to match the indicated polarity. This is normally shown by either a + or – symbol. Two contact buttons at the top right are used for the testing of 9 volt batteries. Simply place and firmly hold the corresponding polarity contacts of the battery to that of the tester. It’s rare to find a tester that can test all those different sized batteries, especially the button batteries, too.


The easy to read LCD screen shows you the batterie’s condition in three stages, POOR, WEAK and GOOD. As previously stated many electronic items require a GOOD reading to function. Under a load condition, the battery can easily fall into the next condition thus causing a malfunction of your device. So, if the display indicates a borderline status you would be well advised to replace the battery(s).

(TIP: The 1.5 & 3 volt button batteries must be placed into the appropriate
cutout with the negative “ – “ side down. Unfortunately, the polarity for these specific batteries is not shown on the tester. All other batteries have the polarity engraved in the body. Failure to observe the positioning of the proper battery’s polarity will create a false reading, or no reading at all and could possibly even damage the unit. Some testing requires the use of the supplied AAA battery that is placed in the rear battery compartment.)

(TIP: Batteries housed in any device including this tester should be removed when such device is not being used for prolong periods. This prevents battery corrosion and the gumming up of the battery contacts that sometimes can be next to impossible to clean up.)

(TIP: The DLYFULL B2 will not test any rechargeable batteries. Attempting to test such batteries could damage the tester.)

The DLYFULL B2 is an excellent battery charger for the money. It’s easy to use and low cost makes it affordable and thus a great addition to your household.

MSRP: $14.95

GADGETEER’s RATING: ★★★★★

For more information go to: https://bit.ly/2Vt7oJU

Available at Amazon and other on-line retailers.

Graphic credits: Manufacturer & Google Images

Bob Skidmore is a freelance writer, who may be contacted at bob.thegadgeteer.skidmore@gmail.com, or followed at twitter.com/bskidmore for the latest gadget industry news. He does not represent, or endorse any of the products he reviews and his opinions are solely his points of view and not those of the manufacturer, or any legal resource. The manufacturer generally supplies products and press releases at no cost for the articles and no other compensation is received. THE GADGETEER is highly selective as to products he feels worthy of review so as not to waste the reader’s time, thus the reason for many superior ratings.

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