Being an optimistic type of guy, I had hoped to pen a Five of the best from Computex 2012 feature. Alas, there’s not a great deal to write about. Not in terms of new tablets and smartphones, anyways.
Indeed, one of the biggest stories out of this year’s Computex was HTC’s absence from the first wave of Windows 8 tablets. Supposedly Microsoft had reservations about HTC’s prior performance in the tablet field, not to mention a recent cut in sales forecasts. Oh dear.
But I digress. Let’s get back to these new devices. Windows 8 was the star of the show, and that’s exactly what these three chaps rock.
Asus Transformer AiO
We haven’t written anything about the Asus Transformer AiO just yet, and with good reason. See, it straddles the boundary between tablet and desktop, with a massive 18.4in display. Not exactly the kind of tablet you’d use to play Angry Birds on the train.
Asus is a big fan of convergence, and the Transformer AiO – as I mentioned – doubles as a desktop, with a big fat base station type thing.
At the moment, Asus Transformer AiO specs remain elusive. Not even a whisper on resolution. However, we do know that the Asus Transformer AiO will rock Windows 8 and Android Tablet.
A dual-booting tablet/desktop hybrid? It could only be Asus.
Acer Iconia W510
Taiwan-based Acer revealed two Windows 8 tablets at Computex 2012, namely the Iconia W510 and Iconia W700.
You know sometimes you see a tablet or a smartphone or whatever, and you just want it? That’s exactly how I felt when reading about the Acer Iconia W510. No offense, Iconia W700.
Not exactly a unique concept, but the Acer Iconia W510 has a keyboard dock, extending battery life to a juicy 18 hours. The tablet portion can dock either way, so you can use the keyboard as a, uhm, keyboard, or as a stand.
Other than a 10.1in IPS display and 8MP rear camera, exact Acer Iconia 510 specs are fairly guarded. It’s thought to host an Intel chip, so that’ll be Windows 8 as opposed to ARM’s Windows 8 RT.
On the poop side, Acer Iconia 510 price will be somewhere in the region of $599 to $799. Hmm.
Back to Asus for the final in our top three from Computex 2012, and yes – it’s another hybrid beast. The Asus Taichi is part laptop, part tablet. But wait; it gets better.
The Asus Taichi doesn’t have just one display. That’d be ridiculous. Nope, it has a standard laptoppy display above the keyboard, and a second – effectively a touchscreen tablet, of sorts – on the back.
Both Asus Taichi displays boast a resolution of 1920 x 1080, with IPS goodness for angled viewing. There’ll be two options when it comes to size, namely 11.6 and 13.3in.
Other Asus Taichi specs of note include an Intel Core i7 processor (again that means Windows 8 as opposed to RT), 4GB of RAM, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI and a mini DisplayPort.
According to sources of good old DigiTimes, the Asus Taichi is estimated to have a Build of Materials (BOM) value of $900, which means price could – in theory – start around $1,300. Good lord.
Speaking at Dell’s Technology Camp event in London, the company’s vice president of End User computing, Erik Dithmer, said that the new products were all built around a “purpose-driven design,” based on the needs of customers.
“End-user computing is not just about the device any more; it’s about multiple devices, an ecosystem, and a set of solutions that give full functionality for the user, depending on what they want to do,” he said.
Designed primarily for mobile business users, the new Latitude laptops come in a range of sizes, with the E6230, E6330, E6430 and E6530 offering 12.5-inch, 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens respectively. All of the models offer up to 32.7 hours Dell Latitude X300 Battery life and multiple connectivity options – including LTE and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Latitude E6430s has many of the same features, but was singled out for its design, pairing a 13.3-inch chassis with a 14-inch HD display. The laptop has a tri-metal casing and is 18% lighter than any comparable product from HP, according to Dell.
Meanwhile, the 14-inch ruggedised Latitude E6430 ATG comes with a handle and is designed for extreme weather conditions – including vibration, dust and high altitudes – while the 14-inch E5430 and 15.6-inch E5530 are aimed at professionals looking for a more budget-friendly mobile platform.
On the desktop side, the new OptiPlex 3010, 7010, 9010 PCs feature wireless connectivity, microphone and headset mini-jacks, and Microsoft Unified Communications certification. They support up to three digital native monitors and up to four front or side USB ports.
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Finally, the OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One has an 23-inch monitor, integrated power supply, VESA mounting and optional wireless mouse and keyboard.
All of Dell’s new products offer 2GB of memory, integrated graphics and optional 128GB SSD. They also come with version 8 of Intel vPro systems management, to which Dell has added remote BIOS management and remote hard drive wipe.
“The whole concept of bring your own device is very appealing to the end user, but it’s also something that the IT executive has to be very focused on being able to deliver from a cost perspective, a support perspective and a complexity perspective,” said Bryan Jones executive director of Europe public large enterprise marketing at Dell.
“If you look at the products we’re launching today, we’ve embedded a lot of security features and capabilities that really drive that discussion around data sovereignty, data protection and all the things that go along with that.”
Pricing and availability details of the new Latitude and Optiplex models have not been announced.
Leveraging its efficient chip design, Apple says the latest iPad batteries can still run for 10 hours, like the iPad 2, and for nine hours on the 4G LTE cellular network.
Even with a big boost in display resolution, the latest iPad will still have 10 hours of battery life and nine hours on the 4G LTE cellular network.
During the launch of the new iPad, Apple announced a high-definition Retina Display powered by a quad-core A5X chip, along with other features such as an improved camera and high-definition video recording.
The enhanced graphics add a substantial processing load on the iPad and thus demand for battery power, Apple executives said during the launch. But the new iPad will continue to have 10 hours of battery life.
Even on the 4G network, the iPad will have nine hours of Apple A1185 Battery life, which would be a big improvement to many smartphones that don’t last a full day using the cellular network. Apple didn’t elaborate on how it was able to improve the power efficiency of the device, but it’s no doubt rooted in the A5X chip design and how it’s optimised for graphics.
Need more battery life for your iPhone 4? We’ve reviewed three of the top cases to find which is best.
The iPhone 4 is better than its 3G and 3GS siblings in terms of battery life, but it’s still nowhere near enough for a traveller.
The standard battery lasts about eight hours, which is just enough for the phone to last until the nightly commute home on a normal work day, but when travelling (or even if you forget to charge the phone overnight) that limited battery life is annoying.
We’ve taken a look at three of the latest iPhone battery cases available to discover their pros and cons.
All the cases share some attributes in common: they all charge via a micro USB connector so you won’t be using your iPhone dock cable any more. All the cases come with a micro-USB cord that you can plug into your existing iPhone wall charger. The case and the iPhone battery charge at the same time using the single micro-USB connector.
They all have a dock connector inside the case for your iPhone to plug into, and of course, this connects to the Dell vostro 1510 battery inside the case to keep your smart phone full of juice.
Mophie Juice Pack Air 4
It provides good protection for all sides of the iPhone, with the back fully covered and a protective ridge standing above the edges of the front screen so that if you drop it flat on a pavement the screen won’t make contact.
It has holes in the case to allow direct access to the iPhone’s metal buttons, which makes adjustments easy. The Energizer case, in comparison, makes you press through the silicon case, which requires more effort.
One annoying thing about the Juice Pack Air is that its bright, flashing charging status lights and micro USB charging connector are both at the bottom of the case, so no matter which way you lie it down, your bedroom will be turned into a disco overnight.
There’s a charging on/off switch on the case, which is there to help preserve the life of the battery in the case. Mophie suggests you only switch it to charge when your iPhone is actually low on juice, as the battery case can only be recharged 500 times before its battery will start to fail (and of course, the more often you empty the battery into your iPhone, the more frequently you’ll have to charge the case).
The capacity of the Mobile battery is 1500mAh, which gives a little more than twice the battery life of the iPhone 4′s internal battery, which is rated at 1420mAh.
The Juice Pack Air sells for between $75-$100 at the time of writing.
Padacs PowerCase for iPhone 4
It has holes in the side of the case to allow direct access to the iPhone’s buttons.
The styling of the case is somewhat BlackBerry Torch-esque — gloss black on all sides, with sculpted edges that disguise the heft of the battery. As a result, even the 2200mAh case looks pretty good despite its true bulk.
The fact that the case is sculpted and shiny also makes it the easiest of the three cases to slip in and out of your pocket.
The blue charging indicators are on the back of the case, but unfortunately also on a sculpted part of the case, so even if you lie it flat, it will illuminate your bedroom with a bright, rapidly flashing blue light overnight.
One quibble we had with the case is that by default it does not charge your iPhone — you have to hold down a button on the back of the case for it to start charging. Presumably it has been designed like this so you don’t use the case’s battery unnecessarily for the same reason Mophie puts a switch on its case (see above), but it still feels like the decision has been taken out of your hands a bit.
The other minor downside of the PADACS cases is that the case rim sits flush with the iPhone 4 glass screen, providing very minimal protection for the screen if your drop it hard on its face on an uneven surface like bitumen.
You can buy the PowerCases for $49.95 or $59.95 (depending on capacity) directly from PADACS’ website.
Energizer AP1201 iPhone 4 battery case
The charging indicator for this case is on the back — a series of small, deep blue lights. As a result, if you leave the case on its back overnight, the charging light won’t keep you awake. You can get a read on remaining NOKIA 3310 Mobile Phone Battery life by pressing a small button on one of the corners of the case.
One problem with the Energizer case is that it mostly encloses the phone, so if you want to use the volume buttons on the side or the lock button at the top of the phone, you have to squish them through the silicone, which requires considerably more effort than just pressing the buttons directly. The silent on/off switch is still exposed through a hole, though.
The case also picks up a lot of dust and fluff due to its silicone construction.
Unlike the Padacs or Mophie cases, the Energizer case constantly charges the iPhone — there is no option to turn off its charging to keep the case battery in the best possible condition.
In our testing of these three cases, the clear winner is the PADACS PowerCase. It provides greater HP 484784-001 battery life than any of the other cases, has a shape and texture that makes it super-easy to slip in and out of your pocket, and manages to disguise the bulk of the battery with clever industrial design.
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Have you ever run out of battery power on your laptop, notebook, or netbook during a meeting or a class? Sufficient battery life is a persistent challenge for mobile PC users. You can take simple maintenance steps to extend the life of your laptop battery. TheWindows operating system also offers several ways to help maximize the battery life of your mobile computer.
In this article, I’ll introduce some tips that you can use to recharge a battery and extend laptop battery life, and I’ll discuss how to take advantage of Windows settings to manage power more efficiently.
For on-the-go computing, your battery is your best friend. Knowing how it likes to be treated is the first step to keeping both of you happy.
- Keep battery contacts clean. Battery contacts can get dirty or corroded over time, reducing the effective delivery of power. With your mobile PC turned off and unplugged from its external power source, remove the battery. Use a cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol to wipe the metal contacts on the battery and inside the device. Allow them to dry completely before reinstalling the battery and reconnecting to a power source. Repeat this procedure every two to three months.
- Charge your battery correctly. When you’re on the road, be sure to carry a power cord and plug your computer in whenever you have the chance. Unlike the older-generation rechargeable batteries like nickel-based (NiMH) batteries (see next paragraph), modern lithium ion batteries can be partially discharged and recharged repeatedly with no harmful effects, but you should avoid fully discharging lithium ion batteries. Consult your owner’s manual for more specific tips on charging, and never use an AC adapter (power cord) or battery charger not approved by your device’s manufacturer.
- Completely drain nickel-based batteries periodically. If you’re using an older laptop (at least three years old) with a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery, be sure to completely drain it and recharge it (every one to three months—consult your owner’s manual) to ensure that it will hold a full charge. (Most newer mobile PCs use lithium ion batteries, which don’t need to be drained to maximize their capacity.) To drain a NiMH battery, simply turn on your computer, unplug it from its external power source, and let the computer run. To speed things up, you could start several applications, turn the screen brightness to its highest level, and ignore all of the great power-saving strategies below. After the power is completely drained, recharge the battery fully. This may take up to 12 hours.
- Cool it. Your mobile computer generates heat, and higher operating temperatures reduce your device’s efficiency, which in turn demands more battery power and can shorten Toshiba satellite pro a120 batterry life. Make sure that your computer can “breathe”: Don’t let clothing, lint, or other obstructions block the cooling vents.
- Carry a spare. Buying an extra battery is a good investment for your peace of mind. Battery prices vary widely. You can significantly increase the power available to you if you’re willing to splurge a little. Contact the manufacturer of your mobile PC to find a replacement laptop battery.
- Store it properly. If you don’t expect to use your mobile computer for a week or more, it’s a good idea to store the battery, discharged to about 40 percent of full capacity, in a cool place. Click the battery status icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar to check the current charge. Avoid storing a fully discharged—or fully charged—lithium ion battery for extended periods, as this can diminish battery life.
Optimize your power settings
The display and hard disk on your mobile PC are the two biggest consumers of battery power. By choosing a power plan (called a power scheme in Windows XP) you can extend your battery life by automatically lowering screen brightness and reducing other power-hungry functions. A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that control how your mobile PC manages power.
You can also create a custom power scheme to suit your specific needs. You can create as many custom power schemes as you want.
Take advantage of low-power states
The different versions of Windows provide the following battery-saving states:
- Windows 7. Sleep and hibernation (which is like deep sleep)
- Windows Vista. Sleep and hybrid sleep (which is a combination of sleep and hibernation)
- Windows XP. Standby (which is like sleep) and hibernation (which is like deep sleep)
In a sleep state (standby), your display and hard disk turn off, and all open programs and files are saved in random access memory (RAM)—your computer’s temporary memory—rather than to the hard disk. Information stored in RAM is cleared when the computer turns off, so it’s a good idea to save your work before placing your system in sleep or standby mode. Otherwise you may lose data if you lose power or swap batteries or if your system crashes.
Sleep (standby) is particularly useful when you’re using your mobile PC intermittently during the day. For example, when driving between clients’ offices, put your computer to sleep or on standby to maximize the life of your Acer As07b31 laptop battery and to maintain quick access to open programs, files, and documents. When you want to use your computer again, it wakes up quickly, and your desktop is restored exactly as you left it.
In hibernation, your computer saves everything to your hard disk and then shuts down. When you restart the computer, your desktop is restored exactly as you left it. Hibernation uses less power than the sleep state (standby), but it takes a bit longer to resume.
Hybrid sleep is a power-saving feature designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep saves any open documents and programs to random access memory and to your hard disk and then puts your computer into a low-power state.
Adjust screen brightness
You can also conserve battery power by reducing the screen brightness. To adjust your screen brightness, refer to the instructions from your mobile PC manufacturer. Every computer is slightly different, but you can usually use a combination of keys, a function key, or a software tool to dim the screen.
Even better than dimming the screen is blanking it completely when you’re not using your computer. You can further minimize power consumption by reducing the amount of time the computer is idle before the screen goes blank. The power schemes and power plans in Windows let you adjust your power settings to turn off the display after as little as one minute of inactivity. In addition, a number of third-party software developers offer free applications that enable you to turn the display off and on at will.
Turn off wireless
Another significant drain on your battery power is your wireless card. You should turn off your wireless device when you’re using your mobile PC but are not connected to a wireless network. You can either remove your Wi-Fi card or press the manual hardware button (or switch) on your computer, if you’re using a Centrino-based mobile PC. Refer to the instructions from your mobile PC manufacturer to learn where the manual hardware button is. Other computers may require that you turn off the wireless connection using software settings. Again, consult your instruction manual for details.
Additional power-saving tips
In addition to adjusting power settings to maximize battery life, consider the following tips to minimize power consumption when you’re away from electrical outlets.
- Turn off scheduled tasks. If you use scheduled tasks to run programs or scripts, or if you schedule other tasks to occur automatically at a preset time, specify that these tasks won’t be performed when the computer is running on battery power.
- Keep the use of tools in the notification bar to a minimum. Try to minimize your central processing unit (CPU) usage. Look at the notification area of the taskbar and close any tools (or utilities) that are not necessary. Often, these tools are installed on the computer when you first receive it. Windows 7 users can also click the up arrow at the end of the notification area to see tools and utilities that are hidden but available. The notification bar, shown below, is on the bottom right of your computer desktop.
- Limit power-intensive activities. Avoid watching a DVD, listening to a CD, or playing online games on your mobile PC when you need to conserve battery power.
- Add memory. You can minimize the reliance of Windows on virtual memory and reduce power consumption by adding memory (RAM) to your laptop computer.
By adjusting your mobile PC settings to conserve battery power and by implementing these tips, you can relieve the stress and inconvenience of running out of battery power.
A brand new battery – USBCell does away with battery chargers
Look Ma, no charger! Today at DEMOfall, the CEO of Moixa Energy Simon Daniel (a quirky physics PhD from the UK) dropped a bag full of chargers on stage. He kicked them away and pulled out of his pocket the marvel created by his company, a power battery called USBCell that charges from the USB port. Not only is this very cool, it’s smart – because there are billions of USB ports in desktops and laptops that can effectively become outlets for these batteries. It is also elegant, efficient and environment friendly.
The company claims that it takes about 5 hours to fully charge a Dell xps m1530 extended battery, but they are working on significantly reducing this time. There is already a version of this battery for cell phones, which has a USB jack attached to it via wire. Launched just last week, the site has had over 100,000 visitors already. The HP pavilion dv6 notebook battery is going to be available first in UK, then later in US. It will be sold direct online and via major chains.
“This revolutionary rechargeable battery can charge from any USB port without the need for any recharging devices, cradles or cables. Simply pop the lid to reveal a built in connector and charger, plug into any powered USB port on your desktop, laptop, keyboard or games console, to charge the Acer Aspire 5920 Laptop Computer Battery”
Samsung are offering the Verizon Galaxy Nexus with a free extended battery, and the handset is available for $299.99 when you sign up to a new contract with Verizon Wireless.
The extended battery is available when you buy the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon from Samsung Direct, although you may be able to find the handset cheaper elsewhere.
As a reminder the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is LTE compatible and it features a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a dual core processor and a 5 megapixel camera.
If your iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS is no longer holding a charge, and always running out of power, replacing the extended life battery is a moderate level DIY repair. If you’ve got the right tools and parts, it shouldn’t be too difficult to swap out that old battery for a brand new one on your own. It’ll take a little bit of patience and about 30 minutes of your time.
Disclaimer: As with any repair, TiPb nor PXLFIX can be held responsible for any damage you may do to your device. It’s also worth considering that opening up your device to perform any repair or modification can and will void your Apple warranty. If you don’t feel comfortable opening your device, don’t. Use extreme care and caution when performing a repair on any device.
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- A sad iPhone 3G or 3GS
- A new battery
- A #00 Phillips screwdriver
- A suction cup
- A pry tool or spudger
- Sim removal tool or paperclip
Power off your iPhone
Before performing any repair, always power off your device before removing any screws or parts.
Remove the dock connector screws
Using your #00 Phillips screwdriver, remove the 2 screws located on each side of the dock connector.
Remove the digitizer & LCD assembly
This part can be a bit tricky so please do this with extreme care so you don’t tear any cables during the process. I highly recommend using the suction cup method unless your screen is cracked above the home button for some reason and you can’t get a proper seal with the suction cup.
Suction cup method (recommended):
The easiest way to remove the digitizer assembly is by using a suction cup.
- Position the suction cup on the screen directly above the home button.
- Using your other hand, hold down the frame while gently pulling up on the suction cup.
- The goal is to get the bottom of the digitizer loose. Do not pull directly up. There are 3 cables attached in the top right of your iPhone. You do not want to tear these. Just pull up until the bottom of the assembly pops out.
- After you have the bottom up you can remove the suction cup.
Spudger/razor blade method (only use this method as a secondary method):
ONLY use this method if your screen is cracked above the home button. If this is the case, you’ll need to use a razor blade or spudger in order to remove it. And while you’re at it, replace that broken screen!
- Starting in the bottom left hand corner, insert a plastic spudger and gently pry up. Once the first side is starting to pop up, do the same on the bottom right side.
- Run your pry tool along the bottom of the device in order to pop up the bottom of the assembly. Take special care around the home button area.
Remove the cables that attach the digitizer assembly to the logic board:
Once you have the bottom of your digitizer assembly popped up we can remove the cables attaching it to the logic board.
- Gently lift up your digitizer enough to have a clear view of the 3 cables in the top right of your iPhone.
- With your plastic spudger or pry tool, you’ll need to pry up the first two cables that attach the digitizer and LCD. They should be labeled with orange stickers numbered 1 and 2. Simply pop them off the logic board gently.
- Underneath these cables you’ll see one other labeled as cable 3. This one is a bit trickier as it is clipped down. You’ll need to gently pop up the clasp holding it into the fastener. It is a tiny white clip. Simply pop it upwards and the number 3 cable should then slide right out.
- Remove the digitizer & LCD assembly and set it aside.
Remove your SIM card
Using your SIM tool or a paperclip, either works, remove your SIM card and tray from your device.
Unclip cables from the logic board
Towards the top left of the logic board, use your pry tool to pop up the two cables labeled 5 and 6.
Towards the bottom of the logic board, 3G owners will only see one cable to the left labeled 4. 3GS users will see two cables (one on each side of the dock connector) labeled 4 and 7. 3G users will just pop up the number 4 cable while 3GS owners will need to pop up both the number 4 and 7 cables.
Remove your logic board
1. Remove the 8 screws outlined in the video that hold the logic board in place. One of the screws is under a Do not remove sticker at the bottom right by the dock connector. Obviously you’ll have to remove the sticker to get to it.
2. Make sure you place the screws in an order you will remember. They are different sizes in some instances so you’ll need to make sure you put them back in the correct order.
3. Notice the screw holding the camera in place has a metal bracket underneath it. Just take care not to lose this as you’ll need to put it back during reassembly.
4. Gently pop your camera up with your spudger or pry tool.
5. Insert your pry tool in the space between the dock connector and logic board and gently pry upward to loosen the logic board.
6. Gently grab the bottom of the logic board and slide it out downwards to remove it.
There is nothing holding the battery down but adhesive. Gently use your pry tool to loosen the laptop battery pack from the back of the device. Run it along the sides and gently pry up taking care not to bend or damage the HP elitebook 8530w extended laptop battery. They are secured with quite a bit of adhesive so you may have to use a little bit of force to remove it. Just take care not to bend the casing either.
Insert the new battery
Most replacement batteries will come with adhesive already on them. Simply remove the backing from the adhesive and place the Toshiba satellite a105 laptop battery in the device taking care not to trap any loose cables underneath it. Push down firmly to make sure the adhesive stays in place.
Replace the logic board
- Make sure there are no cables in the way. I typically tuck the number 4 cable into the frame (refer to video) so it does not get stuck underneath the logic board.
- Start by positioning the top of the logic board below where the SIM tray sits and start sliding it upwards into place.
- Once the top is in place, you can place the bottom of the logic board into its place. Just make sure no cables are stuck underneath the logic board where they should be on top.
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Insert your SIM card and tray
The easiest way to make sure the logic board is in place is to replace your SIM card tray at this point. If it slides in easily, you’re right on track. Don’t force it if it doesn’t want to go in. That means you don’t have the logic board lined up correctly. Remove it and try again. The SIM tray will also help keep the logic board in place as you replace screws in the logic board.
Reposition and snap down your camera
Once the logic board is positioned right, you can reposition and snap down your camera again.
Replace the logic board screws
Replace the eight screws your removed earlier that secure the logic board. Just make sure you replace the metal clip over the camera before replacing the screw that holds it in place.
Reconnect cables to the logic board
1. Towards the top left of the logic board, reconnect the two cables labeled 5 and 6.
2. Towards the bottom of the logic board, 3G owners will only see one cable to the left labeled 4. 3GS users will see two cables (one on each side of the dock connector) labeled 4 and 7. 3G users will reconnect the number 4 cable while 3GS owners will need to reconnect both the number 4 and 7 cables.
Reassemble the digitizer
1. Begin with the number 3 cable that clips down. Getting it seated can be a bit tricky. Use a plastic spudger to guide it in the opening if needed. Then push back down the clip that holds it in place.
2. Next push down the number 1 and 2 cables onto the logic board.
3. To snap the digitizer assembly back in place, start at the top and make sure it is lined up. Once the top is pushed down and flush, snap the bottom into place on each side of the home button.
4. Replace the two dock connector screws.
If you followed all the steps above correctly you should be able to power on your phone and be on your way! I recommend you drain the FIC 21-91081-00 Laptop Battery completely and do one full charge. You also may notice you’ll need to reset the time and date on your device. Battery pulls tend to reset the clock.
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Vizio has launched its range of ultrabooks, all-in-one desktop computers and a laptop, which it first revealed during CES 2012.
Vizio leapt into the PC market during CES 2012 with a range of good-looking hardware, promising price tags that would put its competitors to shame. The company didn’t provide much more information during the show, but said it planned to start sales in May.
Here we are then, just outside that target, and Vizio has launched its own collection of laptops, desktops and ultrabooks. Except it doesn’t call them ultrabooks, but “Thin + Lights” instead, making them sound like French cigarettes. All come with third generation Intel processors, or Ivy Bridge as they’re known, Microsoft Windows 7, and feature minimalist, stylish designs reminiscent of Apple’s Mac range.
Let’s look at the Thin + Light models first. There are two, the CT14 and CT15, and the numbers refer to the respective, approximate screen sizes. The CT14 has a 14-inch screen with a 1600 x 900 pixel resolution, either an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB or 256GB SSD.
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The CT15 has a 15.6-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution, but is otherwise identical. The aluminum body on both models has a maximum depth of 0.66-inches/16mm, which is almost identical to the MacBook Air. The prices start at $898.
A laptop and two desktop machines
This is the same price as the CN15 laptop, which also shares the 15.6-inch, HD screen from the CT15, but with a choice of either a Core i3, i5 or quad-core i7 chip, 4GB or 8GB of RAM and a 500GB, 1TB or 1TB with a 32GB SSD storage option.
Finally, we’ve got the All-in-One desktop models, of which there are two — the CA24 with a 24-inch display and the CA27 with a screen measuring 27-inches.
Both have 1920 x 1080 HD resolutions, and come with a choice of Ivy Bridge dual-core or quad-core processors, Nvidia graphics cards and the same hard drive combinations as the CN15 laptop.
The 24-inch All-in-One starts, like the others, at $898, but the 27-inch model raises the baseline to $1098. The packages include a remote control with a small touchpanel, a separate subwoofer, a keyboard and a standalone, wireless touchpad.
Vizio will be selling its computers in a variety of different ways, including through “mini-stores” that will be taken to festivals and public events, through retail outlets such as Walmart and Amazon, and on its own website. All are up for pre-order there, with an estimated delivery date of July 9.
Smartphone technology has advanced at a head-spinning rate over the past few years, and our mobile devices can do more than even the most powerful computers could just 15 years ago. Unfortunately, the joy and convenience that we get from these devices are brief and fleeting, because we find ourselves running for our chargers and power outlets every few hours. Battery technology has struggled to keep up with the demands of 4G technology, larger displays and powerful processors, but that could soon change.
Researchers at the University of Michigan have been working on a new battery that helps maximize smartphone battery life up to 50% when connected to a Wi-Fi network. While it sounds very limited in its application, it could open up the doors to improving battery life in other areas, like cellular network connectivity.
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A report from CIO says:
When Wi-Fi-enabled modern smartphones are connected to Wi-Fi and other wireless networks, they’re constantly communicating with those networks to determine if new data, such as e-mail messages, need to be “pulled down” and delivered to users’ devices, according to the researchers–which is why it’s a good idea to turn off your Wi-Fi radio when it’s not in use. So Shin and his student set out to find a way to decrease the amount of power required for this communication, or “idle listening,” between Wi-Fi devices and Wi-Fi networks, and they came up with [""Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening" (E-MiLi)].
The technology will be demonstrated later this month, and while it is still in its infancy, its implications for use with 3G and 4G networks are exciting. Just imagine being able to leave home in the morning without your battery charger or a spare battery, and make it back for dinner with plenty of juice to spare. One can dream.
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Smartphone battery technology being developed will allow 50% more life when connected to Wi-Fi networks