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Using Arduino to Build Robots

Jul 19, 2011 9:00:00 AM

Apress’s latest book, "Arduino Robotics," takes the versatility and accessibility of the Arduino platform to provide readers with hands-on instruction in building both basic and advanced robots. Using Arduino for robot building has become a very attractive option for electronics hobbyists because Arduino microcontrollers are inexpensive, Arduino software is open source (free to use and modify), Arduino is an easy-to-learn programming language derived from C++, and there is a strong, Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau
Technical professionals typically dive deeply into small segments of technology—like writing lines of code or designing a circuit. As a result, techies often have trouble seeing the bigger picture and how their work supports an organization’s goals. But ignoring or dismissing the business or operational aspects of projects and products can lead to career stagnation. In fact, understanding the larger business environment is essential for those who want a higher management position, a Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau

What is a 3D Printer?

Jun 2, 2011 12:00:00 PM

There’s been a lot of buzz around three-dimensional printers, amazing devices that are taking the DIY community by storm. But what exactly is a 3D printer and where are they sold? Unlike inkjet or laser printers that print with ink on paper, 3D printers apply melted plastic that cools and hardens. The plastic is applied in layers on a flat surface, creating the 3D effect. 3D printers can be purchased for around $10,000, but why spend that money when it can be built for a fraction of the Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau
Apress today announced the introduction of "Apress Business," a new line of business books designed to meet the detailed information requirements of today’s business professionals. The announcement came at the BookExpo America (BEA) 2011 Conference in New York City. Titles cover technical areas of the business sector and topics including IT, management, finance, regulation, technical analysis, trends, project management, and current events that affect business people. "Apress Business" Read More
Filed under: Company News by Lisa Lau
There is incredible excitement over Android, especially now as Google’s fourth annual developer conference, Google I/O, takes place this week. Mario Zechner, author of Apress’s latest title, "Beginning Android Games" explains, “The annual Google I/O conference is an event every Android developer looks forward to each year. At Google I/O, the latest and greatest Google technologies and projects are revealed, among which Android has gained a special place in recent years.” For anyone Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau
Apress today announced it has published "The Business of iPhone and iPad App Development: Making and Marketing Apps that Succeed." With more than 10 billion apps downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store and approximately 15,000 new apps and updates submitted each week to the Apple app review team, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for new apps to get noticed. Without the necessary marketing plan and exposure, apps simply get lost in the endless stream of new software that floods the App Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau
For iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch app developers, the release of version 4 of the iOS software development kit (SDK) has meant many useful improvements. Apple has provided a set of elegant, well-documented tools for developing iOS applications. iOS is an incredible computing platform and an exciting new frontier for mobile development. "Beginning iPhone 4 Development," Apress’s latest title released today, offers a complete soup-to-nuts course in iOS development. The authors of the Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau

New Guidebook for Your Droid

Jan 4, 2011 10:00:00 AM

For all Droid smartphone owners, Apress’s latest book "Droids Made Simple" is a new handy book available to help get the most out of the Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global device. Authors Gary Mazo, Martin Trautschold, and Marziah Karch provide hundreds of annotated screenshots, clear instructions, step-by-step directions, tips, and tricks to transform readers into Droid experts. About "Droids Made Simple: For the Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, and Droid 2 Global" If you have a Droid Read More
Filed under: Book News by Lisa Lau