June 25, 2021

A sneak peek into Embracing Technology

Children watch a slide show on a Bioscope (old-style movies projector) at Dilli Haat, Janak Puri, New Delhi

I had previously posted about my upcoming book Embracing Technology. Here’s a sneak peek into the contents of the book:

The book begins by discussing about devices such as your Windows PC, and Android Smartphone/tablet and covers their day-to-day usage. You’ll then learn about device connections such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and some others. You’ll also learn about the Internet, how it works, and about web browsers.

We will then discuss the different types of productivity applications, covering their concepts and basic usage. In this section, you’ll find chapters dedicated to email, photos, music, videos, office apps (documents, presentations, spreadsheets and PDFs), and maps. You’ll see usage examples from the Google suite of products: Google Docs suite, Google Photos, YouTube, YouTube Music and Google Maps.

We’ll then switch gears and discuss the different ways in which you can connect with
people on the Internet. You will learn about social media and online communication tools. We’ll also explore the commonly-used features of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Hangouts/Chat and WhatsApp, including the privacy settings for each.

In the next section, we’ll discuss the various nuances of online shopping,
namely, online payments, reviews, e-Commerce, tracking, event/movie booking, and booking travel online. The chapter on Online Payments includes digital wallets and India-specific payment methods such as NEFT, IMPS, RTGS and UPI. The specific nuances of booking flights, hotels, buses and trains is also covered. In this section, you’ll see examples from some e-commerce and travel websites which are popular in India.

Towards the end of the book, we’ll discuss some applications of computing and
Internet that go beyond a computer and smartphone/tablet. In this section, you’ll learn about cloud applications, media players/Smart TVs and voice assistants (with examples for Google Assistant).

Each chapter of the book covers the security and privacy aspects related to that topic.

The book can be read in chapter-sequence by beginners. Alternatively, you can jump directly to a topic of your interest too.

Embracing Technology is coming soon to popular online and offline stores!

Update: Target audience for this book

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10 Responses

  1. Srinivas Vrudhula says:

    G8 Manik you have given the glimpses of childhood Babaji Ka byscope when we were child, jokingly. It gives immense happiness to see your book coming and the see the author in you surfacing. Every human being is an book and eagerly waiting for the book. Congratulations.

  2. Shruti Gupta says:

    Many Congratulations for this awesomeness.. It surely is going to be a popular book . Looking forward to enhance my knowledge through it .

  3. Vimal Nikore says:

    Since the book covers universally felt need to understand and effectively use internet how about adding some information on methods \ companies used for payments other than India.
    May be the book has that or gives transferable information on this. Suggestion coming from your preview. Would you be setting a site for questions in case people need guidance ? Can not wait to get a copy of it. Good Luck !!

    • Thanks for your wishes, Vimal Aunty. I had just shared some highlights, there’s more in the book. Most of the content in the book is universally applicable and Cards which are the universally accepted form of payment are covered too. I also clarified this point in my latest post. Since this is a book which is a self-help resource, there’s no plan as-such to provide support. However, I’ll try to reply if I get one-off 1-to-1 questions on email.

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    Congratulations! May you achieve all the success!

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