MacFormat 299 – reviews and a roundup

MacFormat 299My latest contributions to Future’s best-selling Mac title can now be viewed in the May 2016 issue. I wrote a group test comparing six smart security cameras, plus contributed a full-page review of Synology’s DiskStation 216+ network hard drive and half-page review of Mountain Duck 1.1. Click here for more details and to order.

Linux Format 210

LXF210The latest issue of Future’s best-selling magazine for Linux enthusiasts is on sale now, and features my ongoing series on learning how to use the Terminal (this issue, navigating your file system and simple file management from the command line). There’s also a single-page review of FlexiHub 2.2, a service for connecting USB devices remotely. Click here for more details and to order.

Windows Help & Advice 121 – spring cleaning, photo management and more

wha121The May 2016 issue of Windows Help & Advice is on the shelves now, and features a bumper crop of work from yours truly. I’ve updated the lead article on spring-cleaning your PC, plus contributed two brand new tutorials on getting photos from your phone to your PC and managing them using Adobe Bridge.

There’s also my regular four-page Support Squad column answering reader questions, while two of my previously published tutorials get new airings, one on recording your family history, and the other on making a fail-safe backup with Macrium Reflect Free. Enjoy.

Linux Format 209 – tablets, streaming sticks and more

LXF209Three of my tutorials feature in the latest issue of Linux Format: the first of a new series examining basic Terminal use, plus in-depth guides to installing Ubuntu on a hybrid Windows tablet device, and building your own media streaming stick using the Pi Zero and OpenELEC.

Visit the magazine website for full details – subscribers can also access these and all my previously published tutorials in PDF format through the magazine’s PDF archive. The latter article has also been published online at TechRadar.

MacFormat 298 – build an AirPlay receiver for under £50

mac298The latest issue of Future’s bestselling Mac magazine has hit the newsstands, and features my four-page project on building an AirPlay receiver using a Raspberry Pi Zero and PiDAC-Zero add-on for under £50.

It’s not often I get ridiculously over-excited about stuff I write, but this is the exception. My Pi Zero-powered music box has taken pride of place in my home stereo setup, and is used on a daily basis to deliver superb sounding music to my office.

You can pick up the current issue here, or click here for details of subscribing to the recently revamped magazine, packed full of useful and interesting content for any Mac user.

iPad User, issue 26 – two new tutorials

IPU26I have two brand new tutorials appearing in the latest issue of Future’s digital-only magazine for iPad users. The first is a guide to creating your own ebooks, and the second looks at how to organise notes and manage projects using the powerful Outline+ tool.

The magazine is exclusively available through the iOS app store – individual issues cost £2.99, but you can set up a rolling £1.99 subscription or purchase an annual subscription (£19.99) through Future’s website.