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Maximizing your Apple laptop battery charge tips

Apple Portables: Tips for maximizing your battery charge

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Your notebook battery life depends on your computer’s configuration and how you are using the computer. Here are some settings and steps you can take to get the most from of your MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air laptop battery.

About the battery status menu

The battery status menu shows you how much charge your battery has and whether it is currently charging. This menu is at the right side of the menu bar:

Battery menu

The battery status menu updates frequently and changes depending on your screen brightness and system work load.

For example, if you are using a MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2010) to edit a text document and the menu bar reports 8 hours of battery life, then you close the text document and begin playing a DVD movie, the time left in the menu bar will decrease. If you immediately quit DVD player and resume editing a text document, the time left in the menu bar display should return to a higher number due to the reduced power usage by the computer.

If your Apple portable computer is running Mac OS X v10.6.x or later, you can hold the Option key and click the battery status menu to display your battery’s condition, as in the image below.

Your battery’s condition may help you determine if the battery needs a replacement:

  •  If the condition is “Normal”, the battery is functioning normally.
  •  If the condition is “Replace Soon”, it is still working but may be starting to lose its ability to hold a charge.
  •  If the condition is “Replace Now” or “Service Battery”, the battery likely needs to be replaced.  If you plan to visit an Apple Retail store, you should make a reservation at the Genius Bar using (available in some countries only).Your one-year warranty includes replacement coverage for a defective battery. You can extend your replacement coverage for a defective battery to three years from the date of your notebook purchase with the AppleCare Protection Plan. However, the AppleCare Protection Plan for notebook computers does not cover laptop batteries that have stopped working or are exhibiting diminished capacity except when it is the result of a manufacturing defect.
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Set your screen brightness to the lowest comfortable level

Compared to any other setting on your computer, your screen brightness can have the greatest impact on battery life.
  Press the F1 key to dim the screen until the brightness is as low as possible and the screen is still comfortable to view.  For example, on a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) computer, you can increase your laptop battery life up to three hours by changing your screen brightness from 100% to the middle setting, as in this image:

Screen brightness settings

Optimize your battery settings in Energy Saver preferences

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, choose Energy Saver.

Options in the Energy Saver preference pane will vary depending on your Apple portable and operating system version. Some examples of items that can be enabled to save power include:

  • Putting the hard disk to sleep when possible.
  • Slightly dim the display when using this power source. (Choose “Battery” or “Power Adapter“.)
  • Automatically reduce brightness before display goes to sleep.
  • Setting the computer and display sleep sliders to induce sleep of the display or computer more quickly.
  • Choosing the Better Battery Life option if available.
  • Choosing Automatic Graphic Switching if available.

Some of these settings will put the hard disk to sleep whenever possible and reduce the computer’s microprocessor or graphics performance to maximize its battery life. If you are using processor-intensive applications or graphic-intensive applications, you may wish to change these settings so that performance is maximized at the expense of battery life.

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Your graphics performance settings can affect your battery runtime.

The MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) and MacBook Pro (17-inch, Mid 2010) include a feature in the Energy Saver System Preferences pane called “Automatic graphics switching” for adjusting graphics performance.  This feature is enabled by default to allow your computer to automatically switch to the best graphics system for the applications currently running on your computer.  Using this option may also maximize battery life.

Tip: Running graphics intensive applications such as 3D games, Aperture, iMovie, iPhoto, and so on consumes more power. Quitting these applications will allow your computer to switch to the energy efficient graphics processor, which can give you better battery life.

The MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008), MacBook Pro (17-inch, Early 2009), and later include a feature in the Energy Saver System Preferences pane for adjusting graphics performance. You can select “Better battery life” or “Higher performance”.

  • Select “Better battery life” for situations when you are not using graphic-intensive applications or when use of the MagSafe adapter is limited.
  • Select “Higher performance” while playing games or carrying out other tasks which involve heavy graphics processing.

By default, MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2008) and later computers use the Better battery life option.

Turn off unused features and technologies

Just as you would turn off the lights in an unoccupied room, turning off unused features and technologies can help maximize your battery life, too. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Eject CDs and DVDs you’re no longer using. Sometimes the optical drive spins to read CDs or DVDs that are in the drive. This consumes a small amount of power.
  • Disconnect peripherals when you’re not using them. Connected peripherals—such as printers and digital cameras—can draw power from your battery even when you’re not using them.
  • Shut down any runaway applications.
  • Quit any applications that are running but not in use.

If you’re not in a location where you need to use AirPort or Bluetooth, you can turn them off to save power.

To turn off AirPort from the menu bar:

  1. From the menu bar, click the AirPort icon .
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose Turn AirPort Off.

To turn off Bluetooth from the menu bar:

  1. From the menu bar, click the Bluetooth icon .
  2. From the drop-down menu, choose Turn Bluetooth Off.

You can also turn off Bluetooth or Airport from System Preferences:

  1. From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
  2. From the View menu, choose Bluetooth or Network to open the appropriate System Preference pane.

About Apple laptop battery life claims

Published battery life is based on a light duty test that involves wirelessly browsing various websites and editing text in a word processing document with display brightness set to the middle setting.

The more intensive the usage of a computer, the faster the battery will drain. For example, while a MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) used as described above can get up to 9 Hours of battery life, the same MacBook Pro computer continuously playing DVD movies with the display set to full brightness will drain the battery more quickly.

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Top 10 best budget laptops

1. Packard Bell Dot S

This netbook stands out, with a purple swish pattern on its lid. It has a very sturdy base and good battery life. It’s very well connected, too, with three USB ports and an SD card reader.

2. Grade A2 Acer Aspire One 722

This netbook punches above its weight. Just 1in thin, it has a Qwerty keypad and a screen with a backlight and HD resolution – perfect for watching films.

3. Samsung N145 Plus

Durable and with a six-cell laptop battery lasting for 10 hours, this chic model with a matt cover finish is very usable and its Intel processor offers 1.6GHz of speed and a 320GB hard drive.

4. Toshiba NB500, £296

Mobile without compromising on performance, this netbook is crammed with decent kit and has a 250GB hard drive and a stylish finish. Its screen brightness has been commended.

5. Dell Inspiron Duo

Dell’s hybrid design includes a flip hinge, which allows you to switch between a touchscreen tablet with docking system or laptop. As such, it’s brilliant for those on the go.

6. Asus Eee PC X101CH

This petite and light notebook makes others look like giants. It also boasts instant-on technology, which allows the machine to resume from “sleep” mode in seconds.

7. Samsung NF110, £209.99

This mini-machine is a stunner, with a chiclet-design keypad and a long Acer as07b31 Laptop Battery life. It’s good for music, too, with speakers that can compete with those of full-sized laptops.

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8. Acer Aspire One Happy 2

If you’re after a burst of colour in your machine, tropical-themed lids such as banana cream and strawberry yoghurt may tempt you – especially combined with up to eight hours’ Acer as07a41 battery juice.

9. HP Mini 210 3002sa

With impressive stereo speakers made by Beats Audio, decent speed (a 1.6GHz processor) and in a luminous-rose colour, this netbook packs a bigger punch than its screen would suggest.

10. Acer Aspire One 522

This netbook is ahead of the pack with a 1,280 x 720 high-resolution screen and a powerful integrated Radeon HD graphics chip, while being exceedingly thin and light too.


4 + useful websites for find interesting free eBooks for your iPad

4+ More Websites To Find Free eBooks for iPad

A while back we wrote about the best places to find free iPad eBooks. The article yielded many useful comments and suggestions from you, and made me want to explore the area even more. I’ve been using the iPad as a reading device more and more lately, and the quest for quality, free eBooks that I can read on the iPad is an ongoing challenge.

Don’t get me wrong, I am more than willing to pay for books, but when I do they are usually the paper kind. So here are 4 lesser known yet very useful websites where you can find interesting free eBooks for your iPad.


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DigiLibraries claim to have over 20,000 free eBooks, and I certainly believe them.

The eBook database is searchable and browsable in numerous ways, just choose your favorite. You can browse by letters, by categories, view most popular books, newest books or just perform a plain old search. I think the ability to browse is really important when searching for new books, and being able to browse in so many different ways is a real treat.

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The website itself it pretty attractive, and books usually come with a huge cover picture. Most books are available in either ePub or PDF format – both good for the iPad. Some are only available in one of the two.

Download is easy and fast and the books I tried came complete with cover art and everything.

DigiLibraries contains many fiction and non-fiction books, and if you’re looking for some interesting titles, this is a good place to start.

E-Books Directory

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E-Books Directory is not a site that excels in looks. The interface is very simple and there are no eye-catching animations or lists. But when you get down to it, it’s a real treasure.

You can find eooks for iPad by browsing categories or searching, and the download links are usually pointing to other sites. So E-Books Directory is really just that – a directory you can use to browse and find free eBooks all over the Web.

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Some books are only available as PDFs (but I found some beautiful ones), and some are available in multiple formats, including ePub. I only wish the available formats were always specified next to the download link so I don’t have to click it and go to the other website just to see if the format I want is available.

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E-Books Directory also connects to many social networks and other platforms which allows you to save and share books – a fun addition.

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The Book Depository

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Many of you probably know about The Book Depository – this website offers worldwide free shipping on all its books, and is a mighty useful asset if you’re still into paper books. But they also boast a very large collection of free eBooks available for download in PDF format.

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If you’ve used the site before, it will try to give you some recommendations right off the bat. You can also browse numerous categories and search for keywords. The great thing is you can do all this only within the free eBook collection, so you can be sure all you find are just free eBooks.

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The PDFs come with very inconvenient file names, and no cover art to be seen (at least those I tried), but the content is definitely there, and The Book Depository is a great place to find many titles you will not see anywhere else.

Google Books

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Google Books apparently offers a very large collection of eBooks which you can download as ePubs. There’s a designated Google Books app you can download, but you don’t have to. You can use the website to browse and download books and then read them using your favorite reading app.

Surprisingly, the interface is not as usable and friendly as I’ve come to expect from Google, but don’t worry. You can still find loads of free eBooks for iPad.

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There’s no convenient way to just browse free eBooks, but you can search for books in different categories. If you just want to randomly browse, you can search for something very general. Once you’ve done that, you can screen your results to show only free ones.

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When you’ve found a book you want, don’t click the “Get it now” button, but the “Read on your device” link under the buttons. The interface will also show you what devices support this specific eBook and which don’t.

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Now scroll all the way down and you’ll find the ePub and PDF links. Here you can download the book for your iPad.

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If you are already looking at a book in your browser, you can use the “Download” link on the right side to download an ePub or PDF (if they’re available for this book).

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In my book, Google Books is not the best resource, but it’s still a valuable resource to have, especially if you prefer ePubs over PDFs.

Bonus: Neotake

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Neotake is an eBook search engine that lets you search for multiple languages, multiple formats and free/non-free books. It searches multiple websites, so if you’re not sure where to find what you’re looking for, Neotake can help you.

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The search results are not the prettiest thing in the world, but you can see immediately what languages, formats etc. the ebook is available in. Clicking further will lead you to the site the eBook is actually on, where you can download it.

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I am hoping to see more websites providing a good searching and browsing experience for free eBooks. After all, these books are legal to download, and are an excellent gateway for people who’re just starting to discover the world of eBooks.

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Laptops move towards all-day battery life

Business travellers expect a lot from their laptop but a trio of tightly-connected features tops the list. The ideal notebook should be thin, it should be light and it should have enough battery life to last a whole day and then some.

The first two traits naturally go together and they’re ideal for maximising space in your carry-on bag as well as taking from one client meeting to the next meeting.

And being able to use the laptop at your airline’s departure lounge, during an international flight and still being able to do a quick email session at the airport while waiting for your bags to hit the carousel? That seals the deal.

So when will you be able to get a laptop that’s made for the long haul? When can you hit the road but leave the AC adapter at home?

The answer to that question is ‘today’, depending on the price you’re prepared to pay and sometimes the compromises you’re willing to make. Some netbooks easily strut past the 10 hour mark but they lack the muscle, features and capabilities of a fully-fledged laptop.

In some cases you can add a secondary battery which replaces the notebook’s CD/DVD drive or attaches to the notebook’s underside (this type of Acer aspire 5920 battery is sometimes called a ‘travel slice’) so you can hit the road with two full tanks of juice – although this adds to the laptop’s bulk.

But within the next few years that won’t even be an issue. The ever-onwards march of technology in computer chips and other components will make ‘all day computing’ a trait of almost every laptop.

“The challenge for us is to bring all day battery life to the mainstream so that you take the laptop to work and leave the power supply at home” says Mooly Eden, general manager of Intel’s Mobile Platforms group.

“But ‘all day’ means different things to different people” Eden tells Australian Business Traveller. “For me it might be eight hours, for you it might be ten hours. And we need to do even more than that, because as the laptop gets older the battery life will slowly get lower.”

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Intel’s Mooly Eden showcases a next-gen concept notebook that’s wafer-thin, waif-light but can put in a solid day’s work before you reach for the battery charger.

Making notebooks better is part of Eden’s technical DNA. Through his revolutionary work creating Intel’s Centrino laptop technology, which in turn laid the foundations for today’s entire Core line of processors, the highly animated Israeli-American engineer and self-confessed ‘chip-head’ is widely considered to be the father of modern mobile computing.

And Eden’s goal for Intel? “We need to deliver 10-12 hours without the charger. And we will be able to do that, because all day battery life is not just possible, it is inevitable.”

The foundations are already in place. Intel’s family of Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7 chips perform the neat trick of running faster than any previous generation of Intel silicon while drawing less power from the battery.

And even that dollop of extra speed is being channeled into eking out extra battery life. If you divide the laptop’s typical working day into tiny slices of time, most of that day is spent in varying states of idle rather than being actively used.

More processing muscle means the notebook can do the heavy-lifting faster so that it more quickly returns to the low-power idle state – and the more time it spends there, the longer the battery lasts.

Eden calls this feature “hurry up and get idle”, and it’s enhanced by ‘turbo boost’ modes which further accelerate the processor for short but intense bursts.

These can be everyday tasks like opening an email attachment or previewing a PowerPoint deck as a set of thumbnails. Tasks that take six seconds suddenly take three or four: but it’s less about speed than sleep.

“The idea is wake the notebook up, do the job and then go to sleep again” Eden explains. “If the chip does the job faster it can go back to sleep sooner, so you get better performance and you also get extended laptop battery life. This is the real secret of energy efficiency.”

Notebooks such as Apple’s MacBook Air  (above) and the new Asus UX21 ‘Ultrabook’ (below) use advanced design and solid state drives to keep the waistlines slim and the weight down without sacrificing battery life.

Yet the processor is just one part of the notebook. The screen is responsible for the largest portion of a laptop’s power drain, followed by the hard drive. Dramatic efficiencies in these areas are slower to come, with fewer breakthroughs and smaller leaps.

That said, notebooks screens with LED backlighting draw less juice than the non-backlit models while also providing a brighter picture.

And while ‘solid state drives’ (SSDs) draw almost no power compared to the conventional and battery-hungry spinning platters of a hard disk, their high price and relatively low capacity can make them impractical for many notebook users. Seagate is leading the move towards a new wave of ‘hybrid’ hard drives where a high capacity hard disk is partnered with a slab of solid state memory which automatically stores the most commonly-used files and data.

There’s also a growing trend towards lightweight operating systems which let you dive into email, browse the Web and play music or movies without loading Microsoft Windows.

Typically based on Linux and embedded into a flash memory chip inside the laptop, these ‘Instant On’ systems spring to life within seconds instead of the hard disk-hammering (and power sucking) minute that Windows often demands – making them a boon for short work sessions on the go.

Those are some of the technologies now converging into the next generation of notebooks. Give us a few years, the experts say, and almost every laptop will be built for the long-haul.

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Top 3 New iPad Apps: Faster Facebook, intuitive PDF editing and Dropbox camera syncing


Social networking is an integral part of the business landscape, and thanks to a complete overhaul, the new Facebook app for iOS is speedier and much less crash-prone than previous versions.

While the old Facebook was essentially a container for HTML 5 code, the new app is entirely native, and incorporates the camera and messenger features that were previously seperate apps. In addition, loading time is vastly improved, and a handy banner lets you quickly see more stories without having to wait for the app to refresh.

PDF Cabinet

PDF Cabinet takes the pain out of viewing and editing PDFs on your iPad. The sleek interface doesn’t overwhelm with buttons and settings, but you still have easy access to plenty of editing options. In particular, we love the branching tool selection, which lets you choose tools and options by simply tapping and dragging through a dynamic menu.

When you’re done editing, PDF Cabinet lets you share your changes via email, or share with other PDF Cabinet users via WiFi or Bluetooth.

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Dropbox is one of the best cloud syncing services—and their iPad client just got a lot better with a recent update. The Camera Upload function automatically uploads your shots to Dropbox. It’s much faster than iCloud’s PhotoStream, and has the added benefit of letting you access your images from the web.

The new Dropbox also has some great new features for power users. You can upload files of any size, as well as move and delete sets of files at one time.


Laptop AC Adapter Repair Guide by

If your laptop doesn’t work one day, you need to follow some troubleshooting steps. The power failure is is the most common disease in a variety of reasons.The laptop is usually powered by a laptop battery or an AC adapter/charger. Of course, when you use an AC adapter, you need to connect it to a wall outlet to back your portable computer. your laptop can operate normally with a laptop battery, you should check your card. If the adapter is broken, it is possible that some broken internal components.Find out the right problem, and then you can repair the adapter quickly.
You should firstly check out the adapter’ wire. You will find a plug at one end of the adapter and another conductor connecting to itself at the other end. Make certain that whether these connections are tight or not. And you also need to check the pins in the socket. If it is damaged, you need to choose for a brand-new one. Besides the wire, you can find out the right malady be the LED adapter light. Most of LED light will illuminate the adapter is working. If you find out that the light isn’t working, you need to take it apart to see its internal structure. In addition, you can test an AC adapter with a DMM device. And then you can easily see how much current is flowing through the unit.

If the wireless adapter is broken, you need to find rest or frayed areas on the wire. Disconnect the laptop in advance, and then you can cut the broken or worn cable and reconnect it with solder. When finished welding is necessary to save the cord carefully. Good insulation is very important, otherwise you will get a shock at some point. Moreover, the welding must choose the color corresponding to your wireless adapter.

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If you have not found any breakage on the external wire, you can check out the internal wire. If your adapters are assembled by screws, you can simply open it by removing screws. And some adapters are glued together; you need to take it apart with some special tools. It is up to you to open the adapter or not, but you need to do this carefully. You can get high quality laptop adapters at cheap price online, so you can certainly change the existing map to a completely new.

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New wireless hard drive for iPad now available

You can get it drivin’. You can get it flyin’. You can get it loungin’ in a hotel … Matter o’ fact, I got it now. Movies streaming from a wireless hard drive.

A new wireless hard drive from Seagate is set to revolutionise the way travellers store and share movies, photos and info while they’re on the move.

The GoFlex Satellite hard drive is much like a standard USB hard drive, except that it has an inbuilt battery that lasts for five hours between charges, and high speed Wi-Fi built in.

As a result, anything a traveller has loaded on to the hard drive is available to their laptop, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or Android-based smartphone.

The Wi-Fi built in to the hard drive is the fastest available — the “N” type — which Seagate says will allow up to three iPads to stream a movie at once from the hard drive.

(On the flip-side, it’s no more than three — Seagate is limiting the maximum number of devices that can connect to the hard drive to three at any one time — a precautionary measure to ensure good performance for each user.)

Laptop users can access files on the hard drive directly on their computers without an app — it comes up in My Computer or the Mac OS X “shared devices” list as a networked hard drive.

It also comes with a compact A/C wall charger, as well as a car charger for use on the road. (Nice that Seagate is not going down the path of providing nothing but the USB cord for charging, as Apple has done with iPods nowadays.)

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It comes with a three year warranty, too — longer than most bits of tech, and especially good for travellers who might be subjecting the drive to a bit of rough and tumble.

The capacity of the hard drive is 500GB, which should be enough for 300 movies at 720P HD resolution.

Seagate has made a special app for iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch which provides a menu system for accessing stuff stored on the hard drive. You can already download it from the iTunes App Store though the drive itself won’t be available until July.

The one big downside of the drive is that because it creates its own Wi-Fi network (which isn’t connected to anything except the hard drive), any laptop or iPad connected to it can’t access the internet via Wi-Fi.

To get on the net, you have to disconnect from the hard drive’s Wi-Fi network and reconnect to another Wi-Fi hotspot, or a 3G network.

Seagate says it is planning to fix this with a software update, making it possible for the GoFlex Satellite hard drive to act as a Wi-Fi extender for an existing Wi-Fi network such as one of the compact travel routers that many travellers user to set up a Wi-Fi network in their hotel room or one of the many MiFi type 3G/Wi-Fi modems.

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Top 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

As the Internet progressively moves towards real-time information, the need to know what’s popular right now is becoming increasingly important.  Here are the best ways to track trends of all types, so you’ll always be in the know about what’s hot on the Internet.

1. How to track popular Internet video trends

magma 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet is the definitive source when it comes to tracking what’s hot for Internet videos.  It aggregates all the hot videos from sites like YouTube, Vimeo and Daily Motion, takes into account social media buzz, links, positive reviews, how fast views are growing, then and shows you a selection of videos which are up and coming.

Because it tracks chatter from around the web and links to the video as well, using, you’ll usually be able to watch viral videos very early on rather than waiting for it to hit the masses.

2. How to track hot Twitter trends

trendistic 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

Trendistic is one of the most visual ways to track Twitter trends out there.  What I really like about it is that it helps you understand popular trends, and the tweets that were happening at that particular point in time when the topic became hot.  Many other services just show you what’s hot and the current tweets about that topic (you can also get that here), so there is little retrospective understanding about what actually happened when the topic was trending and became viral.

It also offers up some great tools like hourly/weekly/monthly charts, and the ability to embed these charts into your own website.

3. How to track popular search trends

googletrends 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

Google Trends Hot List shows you the hottest searches on the web right now.  Close to real time, this is probably the single greatest indicator as to what people are searching for now.  Google trends of course also allows you to track buzz of any given keyword across time.

Trendy Bing uses Google Trends hot list, but the results are published in Bing instead of Google.  The result is a slightly richer experience with videos and photos to complement the search results.

4. How to track popular image trends

diggimages 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

Digg Images is my favorite location when I want to find out what images are taking the Internet by storm.  While Digg showcases all the most popular content of every genre be it videos/news/tech, the image section is particularly unique as there are few sources online which really capture what images/photos are really popular now.

5. How to track popular news trends

newsmap 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

Newsmap is a fantastic visualization tool when it comes to determining what news is hot right now.  It aggregates Google News and makes the more popular (the more written about) stories larger and more prominent, so in one glance, you’ll be able to see what’s hot.  You can also customize it by topic and location to give you an even more focused look.

6. How to track popular feed subscription trends

feedcompare 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

Website subscription can be considered the ultimate gauge of reader loyalty.  These are people who have signed up and subscribed to your news/blog feed, and want to be notified every time something new comes out.  In terms of measuring loyal readers, this measure makes more sense than raw traffic.

Feed Compare is a free way to compare and chart RSS subscription of most websites (if they use feedburner).  Just type in the websites you want to compare, choose the timeframe, and just compare away!

7. How to track your email trends

mailtrends 7 Ways to Track Hot Trends on the Internet

No, there isn’t a service which allows you to track what people are saying on email :)  There is however, one called ˜Mail Trends’ which allows you to track what you are saying on Gmail.  It allows you to get more insight on key email stats for example:

  • Distribution of messages by year, month, day, day of week and time of day.
  • The top senders, recipients and mailing lists you’re on.
  • The distribution of thread lengths and the lists and people that result in the longest threads

Try it, the results may surprise you.

Do you track any other popular trends?  Or do you have different ways of tracking them?  Tell us in the comments :)

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New Android Smartphone HTC sensation reviews

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy S2, the HTC Sensation has been laid down as the benchmark for Android success. On paper, this is an absolute stunner, chock-full of the very latest tech and the best software available. But how does it stand up to rigorous testing? Read our review now to find out.

First impressions

HTC Sensation

To hold the HTC Sensation is to realise just how far the Taiwanese mobile maker has come in just a few short years. The build feels, well, sensational. Its rounded back means it sits easily in the hand, especially important considering the vast 4.3-inch screen sitting on top.

Ultimately though, this takes its cues from HTC’s other Android devices, with the same three-tone rear as the Desire S, the same soft keys down below and the wide, tapered earpiece up top.

That’s not a criticism, more that HTC clearly prefers evolving the look of its phones rather than going in for extreme design overhauls. Add in new HTC Sense software, Full HD video and an ace camera, and you’re looking at a real winner. If you’ve already got a HTC phone, you’ll love this.



htc sensation back

As mentioned above, the curved rear makes this phone a delight to handle, whether tapping out texts in portrait mode, or watching video and browsing web pages in landscape. In comparison to its key Android rival, the Galaxy S2, it feels more considered.

The latter is neat, but lacks design flourishes, while the Sensation’s edge-to-edge glass, well-placed and obvious soft keys and HTC’s standard battery cover make this a better bet.

That said, this does once again show that Android phone makers are still not quite up to the standards of Apple and Jony Ive. The iPhone 4’s sharp looks still can’t be beaten, but HTC certainly comes close with the Sensation.



The Sensation’s key features are all about tweaking and amping-up the Android experience. The 1.2 GHz processor means things move at lightning fast pace, whether that means flipping from app to app, or just scrolling through web pages. 1080p HD video recording is very slick, with images looking beautifully defined.

As ever, with mobile phones and pocket camcorders, the sound isn’t quite up to snuff. That’s an issue if you’re making a lengthy masterpiece, but not so bad if you’re making quick clips to load up on YouTube. The on board editing smarts aren’t as good as those on the Galaxy S2, however. It’s simply a case of trimming footage before uploading it, rather than being able to cut and move shots. This can be done by snagging a third-party editor from Android Market, but is a shame considering video is at the front and centre of this device.

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The eight megapixel stills camera is a real winner, however. With dual LED flash, it’s great for taking snaps for social networks and works as an ample compact replacement on nights out, working well in low light. The Instant Capture feature also means you don’t end up missing a shot while the camera tries to catch up with you. It’s a major breakthrough when it comes to camera phones.




Android 2.3’s skills are very much in evidence on the Sensation, with personal hotspot and beefed up keyboard smarts. But it’s HTC Sense 3.0 that steals the show. The active lock screen now lets you dive directly into the camera, email, SMS or phone functions without having to unlock the phone fully. The web browser has been given a makeover too, with multi window access. In practice, this is great, giving a slick approach to the web unseen on other Android devices.


Ease of use

HTC Sense 3.0 makes the Sensation one of the breeziest phones to use on the market. Issues could arise if this affects the upgrade path of the underlying Android software, but for now the custom skin makes everything tick along brilliantly. The UI is a doddle to understand and there’s no sluggishness thanks to the 1.2GHz processor. The Sensation is truly stunning.



  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with HTC Sense 3.0
  • 4.3 inch, 540 x 960 capacitive touchscreen
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • 3.5mm jack
  • Wi-Fi, HSDPA, 1GB storage and microSD expansion

Overall: 9/10

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HTC planning one something unique tablet

HTC is planning a tablet — and it claims to have a real trick up its sleeve to challenge the likes of the iPad, Asus Transformer Prime and Google Nexus 7.

HTC told PC Advisor that a tablet is definitely on the way, and that it will have “something unique to offer”.

HTC’s only entry into the tablet game so far has been the HTC Flyer, pictured above, one of the earliest 7-inch tablets. Despite the name, the Flyer never took off. But with the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire in the US and the coming of the Nexus 7, compact 7-inch tablets are much hotter now than they were then — could HTC be looking at building another dinky slate?

The fact the latest version of Android has arrived works in HTC’s favour. The Flyer used Gingerbread, an older version of Google’s Android software that wasn’t designed for the larger screen of a tablet. But version 4.1 Jelly Bean works across phones and slates. Arriving this month on the Nexus 7, Jelly Bean is here in good time to make an appearance on a new HTC device.

At least the Flyer had a decent tablet interface, in the form of a tweaked version of HTC Sense, the interface for HTC phones.

But most importantly, what’s the unique feature set to be? The Flyer was unusual at the time for including a stylus. That’s no longer unique, however: the Samsung Galaxy Note comes with an S-Pen stylus, and even Apple has worked on souping-up the humble pointer into a fancy digital pen.

The market-leading iPad provides the tablet template, and in order to stand out, many other tablets have had to come up with their own gimmicks. The Sony Tablet P folds in half, the Microsoft Surface has a kickstand, the Transformer Prime docks with a keyboard, and the BlackBerry PlayBook… er… makes an excellent doorstop.

I’m interested to see what HTC comes up with. The Flyer was a false start, but HTC makes great phones — like the excellent One X and Sensation XE — so an Android tablet could be just the ticket.

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