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Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance

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English

Pages

374

Publication Date

May 19, 2015

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In <i>Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future</i>, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. Written with exclusive access to Musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world. Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with Musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way. <br /><br />        Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women
by Kate Moore

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English

Pages

399

Publication Date

April 18, 2017

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<p><strong>A<em> New York Times</em>, <em>USA Today, </em>and<em> Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller!</strong></p><p>"<strong>the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still</strong>."—NPR Books </p><p><em>The incredible true story of the women who fought America's Undark danger</em></p><p>The Curies' newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.</p><p>Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive — until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.</p><p>But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women's cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come. </p><p>Written with a sparkling voice and breakneck pace, <em>The Radium Girls</em> fully illuminates the inspiring young women exposed to the "wonder" substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives...</p>
Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
by Max Tegmark

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

August 29, 2017

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<b><i>New York Times</i> Best Seller<br /><br />How will Artificial Intelligence affect crime, war, justice, jobs, society and our very sense of being human? The rise of AI has the potential to transform our future more than any other technology—and there’s nobody better qualified or situated to explore that future than Max Tegmark, an MIT professor who’s helped mainstream research on how to keep AI beneficial.</b><br />  <br /> How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? What career advice should we give today’s kids? How can we make future AI systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? Should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? Will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? Will AI help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?<br />  <br /> What sort of future do <i>you</i> want? This book empowers you to join what may be the most important conversation of our time. It doesn’t shy away from the full range of viewpoints or from the most controversial issues—from superintelligence to meaning, consciousness and the ultimate physical limits on life in the cosmos.
The 3D Printing Handbook: Technologies, design and applications
by , Brian Garret

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English

Pages

357

Publication Date

November 28, 2017

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<b>If you’re a professional looking to master the key aspects of 3D printing, this book is for you.</b><br /><br /><br /><br />The 3D Printing Handbook provides practical advice on selecting the right technology and how-to design for 3D printing, based upon first-hand experience from the industry’s leading experts.<br /><br /><br /><br />In this book:<br /><br /><ul><br /><li>The mechanisms behind all major 3D printing technologies</li><br /><li>The benefits and limitations of each technology</li><br /><li>Decision making tools for technology selection</li><br /><li>Actionable design advice and guidelines</li> <br /><li>Industry case studies from world-leading brands</li><br /></ul><br /><br /><br /><i>“An impressive job capturing the most important elements of 3D printing in an easy-to-understand and visually dynamic manner.”</i><br /><br />- <b>Michael Molitch-Hou, engineering.com</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><i>“This book acts as a much-needed resource for designers and engineers at any level of experience to better understand [3D printing] technology.”</i><br /><br />- <b>Sarah Goehrke, 3dprint.com</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><i>“Whether you are a novice or a well aged veteran, you will certainly find many things you don’t yet know in this book.”</i><br /><br />- <b>Kerry Stevenson, fabbaloo.com</b><br /><br /><br /><br /><i>“3D Hubs draw on the thousands of 3D printing hours they have clocked up and bring this experience to the reader”</i><br /><br />- <b>Michael Petch, 3dprintingindustry.com</b><br /><br /><br />
Troublemakers: Silicon Valley's Coming of Age
by Leslie Berlin

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English

Pages

513

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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The richly told narrative of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years, laying the foundation for today’s technology-driven world.<BR><BR>At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans say they cannot live without their cell phones,<i> Troublemakers </i>reveals the untold story of how we got here. This is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. Together, they worked across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so, they changed the world. <BR> <BR>In <i>Troublemakers, </i>historian Leslie Berlin introduces the people and stories behind the birth of the Internet and the microprocessor, as well as Apple, Atari, Genentech, Xerox PARC, ROLM, ASK, and the iconic venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In the space of only seven years and thirty-five miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born.<BR> <BR>During these same years, the first ARPANET transmission came into a Stanford lab, the university began licensing faculty innovations to businesses, and the Silicon Valley tech community began mobilizing to develop the lobbying clout and influence that have become critical components of modern American politics. In other words, these were the years when one of the most powerful pillars of our modern innovation and political systems was first erected.<BR> <BR>Featured among well-known Silicon Valley innovators like Steve Jobs, Regis McKenna, Larry Ellison, and Don Valentine are Mike Markkula, the underappreciated chairman of Apple who owned one-third of the company; Bob Taylor, who kick-started the Arpanet and masterminded the personal computer; software entrepreneur Sandra Kurtzig, the first woman to take a technology company public; Bob Swanson, the cofounder of Genentech; Al Alcorn, the Atari engineer behind the first wildly successful video game; Fawn Alvarez, who rose from an assembler on a factory line to the executive suite; and Niels Reimers, the Stanford administrator who changed how university innovations reach the public. Together, these troublemakers rewrote the rules and invented the future.
The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone
by Brian Merchant

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English

Pages

400

Publication Date

June 20, 2017

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<div><b>The secret history of the invention that changed everything-</b><b>and became the most profitable product in the world.</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER</b></div><div><b>Shortlisted for the <i>Financial Times</i> Business Book of the Year Award</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>One of the Best Business Books of 2016 - <i>CNBC</i>, <i>Bloomberg</i>, 1-800-CEO-Read</b></div> <b><div><b><br /></b></div>"<i>The One Device</i> is a tour de force, with a fast-paced edge and heaps of analytical insight." -Ashlee Vance, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Elon Musk</i></b><div><b><i><br /></i></b></div><div><b>"A stunning book. You will never look at your iPhone the same way again." -Dan Lyons, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Disrupted</i></b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>Odds are that as you read this, an iPhone is within reach. But before Steve Jobs introduced us to "the one device," as he called it, a cell phone was merely what you used to make calls on the go.</div><div><br /></div><div>How did the iPhone transform our world and turn Apple into the most valuable company ever? Veteran technology journalist Brian Merchant reveals the inside story you won't hear from Cupertino-based on his exclusive interviews with the engineers, inventors, and developers who guided every stage of the iPhone's creation.</div><div><br /></div><div>This deep dive takes you from inside One Infinite Loop to 19th century France to WWII America, from the driest place on earth to a Kenyan pit of toxic e-waste, and even deep inside Shenzhen's notorious "suicide factories." It's a firsthand look at how the cutting-edge tech that makes the world work-touch screens, motion trackers, and even AI-made their way into our pockets.</div><div><br /></div><div><i>The One Device</i> is a roadmap for design and engineering genius, an anthropology of the modern age, and an unprecedented view into one of the most secretive companies in history. This is the untold account, ten years in the making, of the device that changed everything.</div>
99 things you can do with Amateur Radio
by Peter Parker

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English

Pages

227

Publication Date

December 08, 2017

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Amateur radio has an almost endless number of facets. <br /><br />Some are a century old while others only became possible this year. <br /><br />What is out there now and how do you start? <br /><br />Both questions are answered in 99 things you can do with Amateur Radio, a new book by Peter Parker VK3YE. <br /><br />99 things you can do with Amateur Radio is an ideal primer for the beginner. It tells you things your class instructor probably didn’t have time to cover. Try some of the facets suggested. Be amazed with what you can do even with an entry-level licence and simple equipment. <br /><br />Newcomers to radio aren’t the only ones to benefit. If you’ve been licensed for a while 99 things you can do with Amateur Radio makes a good refresher on new modes and challenges now available. <br /><br />Each specialty has a page. Included is an overview, description and advice on obtaining further information. The writing is clear and many pictures are provided. <br /><br />It doesn’t have to be read from start to finish. Instead you can start at any page. This makes it ideal to read while in the shack or on your portable device when you’ve got a few minutes to kill. <br /><br />99 things you can do with Amateur Radio is an ebook readable on most devices. It’s the author’s fourth, following on from the top-selling Minimum QRP, Hand-carried QRP Antennas and Getting back into Amateur Radio titles. <br />
Life in the Fast Lane: 20th Anniversary Special Edition
by Steve Matchett

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English

Pages

360

Publication Date

November 02, 2015

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Over the last twenty years Life in the Fast Lane has become a staple of Formula 1 literature. In essence a monthly diary of a Benetton grand prix mechanic, this essential book gives a behind-the-scenes account of daily life in the trenches of F1, each page written throughout the tragic and turbulent 1994 season.<br /><br />The author’s unique view alone makes this book indispensable reading for any serious motor racing enthusiast but Life in the Fast Lane is much more than an informative diary of this highly exclusive multimillion dollar world: its remarkable insider setting, its exceptional subject matter, its unfolding tension, its ease of narration, all of these thrilling ingredients have been wonderfully blended, mixed to produce a truly captivating page-turner. From January through to December, the enthralled reader is simply compelled to follow the author’s stunning racing year from start to finish.<br /><br />Written by popular Formula 1 television personality Steve Matchett, Life in the Fast Lane is Matchett’s first book – two more soon followed – and its immediate success proved the catalyst to take him from life in the F1 pit lane to life in America, working first with FOX and now with NBC television, a commentary position from where he has called all the live grand prix racing action for the past sixteen years.<br /><br />When Matchett wrote Life in the Fast Lane, however, he was unknown outside of his highly technical clandestine industry; a Formula 1 race mechanic, a member of the Benetton grand prix team working alongside celebrities like Flavio Briatore, Michael Schumacher and Ross Brawn. His fast-paced story of the frantic, unending backstage activity to become the fastest and best in the world gives a fascinating, unparalleled insight into Formula 1 during some of its darkest and most difficult days.<br /><br />Matchett was the rear jack man in Benetton’s pit crew, and was himself engulfed in the terrible fire in Hockenheim where Jos Verstappen’s race car dramatically exploded. In Life in the Fast Lane he reveals the full inside story of the momentous 1994 season, including the death of Ayrton Senna, the Hockenheim fuel fire and the numerous fines, penalties and disqualifications that embroiled the sport as the Benetton and Williams teams battled tooth and nail for the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships. The final showdown came in Adelaide, Australia, the last race of the year, complete with that still controversial title-deciding racing collision between Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill.<br /><br />First edition hardback copies of this classic motor racing title have risen in value to become near unobtainable, expensive collectors items. Fortunately, this Twentieth Anniversary Special Edition e-book version for Kindle readers makes Life in the Fast Lane readily available to a whole new audience, and for a reassuringly affordable price.
C#: Learn C# in One Day and Learn It Well. C# for Beginners with ...
by , Jamie Chan

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English

Pages

160

Publication Date

October 20, 2015

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<h2>Learn C# Fast and Learn It Well. Master C# Programming with a unique Hands-On Project (Updated for VS Community 2017)</h2><br /><br />Have you always wanted to learn computer programming but are afraid it'll be too difficult for you? Or perhaps you know other programming languages but are interested in learning the C# language fast?<br /><br />This book is for you. You no longer have to waste your time and money learning C# from boring books that are 600 pages long, expensive online courses or complicated C# tutorials that just leave you more confused. <br /><br /><h2>What this book offers...</h2><br /><b>C# for Beginners</b><br /><br />Complex concepts are broken down into simple steps to ensure that you can easily master the C# language <b>even if you have never coded before</b>.<br /><br /><b>Carefully Chosen C# Examples</b><br /><br />Examples are carefully chosen to illustrate all concepts. In addition, the output for all examples are provided immediately so you do not have to wait till you have access to your computer to test the examples.<br /><br /><b>Careful selection of topics</b><br /><br />Topics are carefully selected to give you a broad exposure to C#, while not overwhelming you with information overload. These topics include object-oriented programming concepts, error handling techniques, file handling techniques and more.<br /><br /><b>Learn The C# Programming Language Fast</b><br /><br />Concepts are presented in a "to-the-point" style to cater to the busy individual. With this book, you can learn C# in just one day and start coding immediately.<br /><br /><h2>How is this book different...</h2><br />The best way to learn C# is by doing. This book includes a unique project at the end of the book that requires the application of all the concepts taught previously. Working through the project will not only give you an immense sense of achievement, it"ll also help you retain the knowledge and master the language.<br /><br />Are you ready to dip your toes into the exciting world of C# coding? This book is for you. Click the BUY button and download it now.<br /><br /><h2>What you'll learn:</h2><br /><u>Introduction to C#</u><br />- What is C#?<br />- How to install and run Visual Studio Community 2015?<br /><br /><u>Data types and Operators</u><br />- What are the common data types in C#?<br />- What are arrays and lists?<br />- How to format C# strings<br />- What is a value type vs reference type?<br />- What are the common C# operators?<br /><br /><u>Object Oriented Programming</u><br />- What is object oriented programming?<br />- How to write your own classes<br />- What are fields, properties, methods and constructors?<br />- What is encapsulation, inheritance and polymorphism?<br />- What is an abstract class and interface?<br />- What is an enum and struct?<br /><br /><u>Controlling the Flow of a Program</u><br />- What are condition statements?<br />- How to use control flow statements in C#<br />- What are jump statements?<br />- How to handle errors and exceptions<br /><br /><u>and Others...</u><br />- How to accept user inputs and display outputs<br />- How to use LINQ to save yourself from hours of work <br />- How to work with external files<br />...and so much more....<br /><br />Finally, you'll be guided through a hands-on project that requires the application of all the topics covered.<br /><br />Click the BUY button now and download the book now to start learning C#. Learn it fast and learn it well.<br /><br /><b>Pick up your copy today by clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!</b><br /> <br /><br />Tags:<br />------------<br />C#, C# tutorial, C# book, learning C#, C# programming language, C# coding, C# programming for beginners, C# for Dummies, .NET, Visual Studio, C# operators
Amazon Echo: Amazon Echo 2nd Generation User Guide 2017 Updated: ...
by , Alexa Manual

Language

English

Pages

108

Publication Date

October 14, 2017

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<h1><strong>Don’t Spend HOURS trying to figure out AMAZON ECHO!</strong></h1><p><em>Go from Beginner to EXPERT in 60 minutes.</em><br /></p><ul><li><p>Do you want to Buy the all-new Amazon Echo and curious to understand how this device will add more convenience to your Life ?</p></li><li><p>Have you ordered the Amazon Echo 2nd Generation already and now wondering how to convert this cute little Cylinder into your personal assistant?</p></li><li><p>Maybe you have read a few Amazon Echo guide books but all you got was stale information wrapped in fluffy jargon loaded words? </p></li></ul><h3><strong>***Read this book for FREE on Kindle Unlimited - Download Now!***</strong></h3><p><br /></p><h2><strong>How will this Book help you? </strong></h2><ul><li><p>This book will take you from beginner to an Amazon Echo EXPERT in less that 60 MINUTES. </p></li><li><p>You will setup your new Echo 2nd Generation and start using all your Smart Devices and Applications EFFORTLESSLY.  </p></li><li><p>You will learn all the latest ADVANCED HACKS known to Expert Amazon Echo Users only. </p></li><li><p>And most of all, you will SAVE HOURS running errands and you will control your home and work life from a simple voice command “Alexa, ……….”</p></li></ul><h2><strong>How is this Book Different? </strong></h2><p>This book is a detailed in DEPTH guide to maximise your ALEXA experience. It has ACTIONABLE tips, tricks and hacks. It contains specific step-by-step instructions that are well organised and easy to read. After reading this book you will </p><ul><li><p>Make Calls, Stream Music and Read Books on Amazon Echo</p></li><li><p>Control your Home Appliances using Amazon Echo</p></li><li><p>Setup IFTTT recipes for Advanced Hacks </p></li><li><p>Use Alexa Skills to AUTOMATE your errands</p></li><li><p>Connect your Google Calendar and Pandora Account to Alexa </p></li></ul><h2><strong>Make Amazon ECHO your Smart Personal Assistant!</strong></h2><ul><li><p>SHOP on Amazon for DIGITAL and PHYSICAL products </p></li><li><p>WAKE up to your favourite cup of COFFEE</p></li><li><p>PROGRAM Echo Dot to control your Thermostat, Lights and DOOR LOCKS</p></li><li><p>Get the latest CUSTOMISED Weather, Traffic and News Updates </p></li><li><p>Make and Receive CALLS or Send and Read MESSAGES on Echo</p></li><li><p>UPDATE your CALENDAR, TODO and SHOPPING list</p></li><li><p>Get ALEXA to tell you a JOKE</p></li><li><p>GET the latest SCORES from your FAVOURITE TEAMS</p></li><li><p>Use 500+ PRE-TESTED COMMANDS and Easter Eggs. </p></li></ul><h1><strong>Don’t hesitate, pick up your copy NOW by clicking the BUY NOW button at the top of this page!</strong></h1><p><br /></p><h3><strong>***Read this book for FREE on Kindle Unlimited - Download Now!***</strong></h3><p><br /></p><h2><strong>A Personal Note From the Author</strong><br /></h2><p>Thanks for visiting my book page. I am a hardware enthusiast and love to play with devices. In fact, figuring out all kinds of mechanical and electronic devices and understanding how they work has been a lifelong passion for me. I first started using Amazon Echo in 2014 came across and love the freedom it gives me. I have done a lot of research on Amazon Echo and other Alexa Enabled devices. </p><p>This 2nd Generation User Guide for the Amazon Echo is the 3rd in the series of books I have written on Alexa Devices. I hope that this guide helps you in setting up and using your all-new Amazon Echo 2nd Generation quickly and effectively.  </p>

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