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The book that solves all your 21st Century problems, one gadget at a time is back for a second edition

The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps explains everything you need to know about the world’s most innovative, useful, fun, extravagant or even obscene gadgets

We all rely on technology every day, but how many of us really harness it, or even know what’s available to help us in our work or leisure activities. Now in its second edition, The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps brings together everything you need to know about the latest technology, whether you are an unashamed techie or taking your first tentative steps into geekdom.

This second edition has been completely re-worked, updating every single product to cover any further developments and refreshing many of the included images. A new section, Quick Hits, crams in even more useful technology and websites that still warrant a mention, and the Future of Gadgets looks a little deeper into where technology will continue to take us.

The author, Martin Bailey, has been fascinated with technology ever since he swapped his Scalextric for a Sinclair ZX81 aged 11 and realised his generation was on the verge of something amazing. Since learning BASIC programming language in the 80s, he avidly followed the rise of technology and the explosive growth of the internet, before finally amalgamating his career with his passion to work for two award-winning software companies. The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps is his eighth book, having previously written other guides to make technical know-how more accessible, including Learn to use a PC in 90 minutes.

The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps gives a completely independent, impartial view on all the technology, and items featured are ones the author has owned, used or recommends following in-depth research. The book is designed to be a short, succinct read, that can be picked up and digested quickly, so readers can easily find solutions to life’s little problems, some of which they didn’t even know they had, such as how to:

  • Keep your PC running like new
  • Never lose a password again
  • Protect data from prying eyes
  • Win more online auctions
  • Build your own DropBox alternative
  • Turn any bike into a smart bike
  • Get a better workout on the treadmill
  • Turn your phone into a photocopier, filing system or security camera
  • Change your mood without drink or drugs
  • Remotely check on and entertain your pets

The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps by Martin Bailey is due to be published on 17th November 2017 by Management Books Ltd., priced £12.99. For further information visit www.theusefulbookofgadgets.com.

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Media Reviews

Telegraph Books

Essential reading for anyone interested in portable technology and the perfect gift for the person who thinks he or she has everything.

The Cheshire Magazine

There’s always that one person that’s impossible to buy for, but with the explosion of lower cost technology you can surprise them with a gadget that they’ll love that won’t break the bank.

The Travel and Leisure Magazine

The Useful Book of Gadgets explains everything you need to know about the world’s most innovative, useful, fun and extravagant gadgets. 


Amazon Reviews (verified purchases):

“SInce I've been quite young I've always been rather tech savvy, but lately there's some great new innovations that i just haven't caught up on. This book has loads of gadgets for solving all kinds of issues you didn't even realise you could solve; and some that are just plain weird! Some great ideas in this book for gifts for family members and friends who think they have everything.”

“Great book for anyone out there a little unsure of any type of gadget. It really does teach you step by step instructions, for lots of items on the market. Would consider a must have on you xmas list/stocking filler. Great stuff, from techy dog collars to switching your lights on from your mobile phone. Bargain.”

“This book will make a great Christmas present, or just a present for someone you think may already have everything - there's something for everyone in it. Mrs GMR homed in on the pages that covered getting relief from snoring for some reason while I went for the gadgets of the rich and famous. There is a wealth of detail on the many individual gadgets and apps but Martin Bailey's writing style makes for easy reading and his passion for his subject, which must have required an enormous amount of research, is evident.”

“Excellent purchase, over 100 useful, futuristic and sometimes a bit creepy (watch and entertain your pet online - or someone else’s) gadgets. I'd wholeheartedly recommend getting this book for the coffee table or as a great stocking filler/ birthday present for anyone who could benefit from a little tech help to someone who wants to be at the forefront of modern technology.”

“A brilliant book, I enjoyed reading about all the new gadgets that are available today and I certainly learnt a lot by reading it. I also like the style it's written in, refreshingly simple, not over complex and to a techno phobic person like me, not scary at all!”

-ENDS-

Note to editors: None of the content that appears in this book has been sponsored. All items have been selected by Martin Bailey based on merit alone.

About the author:

Martin Bailey is an unashamed geek. His passion for technology started aged 11 when he bought a Sinclair ZX81, and quickly learnt basic programming before migrating to a ZX Spectrum, BBC Micro and then onto PCs in the early 1990s. His career has mainly been in sales and marketing, but has now completed the loop and is back working with innovative, cutting-edge technology at two award-winning software companies. The Useful Book of Gadgets, Gizmos and Apps (2nd Edition) is Martin’s eighth book, having previously written other guides to make technical know-how accessible, including Marketing Your Business, Learn to use a PC in 90 minutes and Building a website using a CMS in 90 minutes.