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Top 15 Ultimate Tips to Extend Your Laptop Battery Life

Notebooks tend to lose their charm quickly when you find yourself searching for a power terminal once in every couple of hours to help your dieing laptop battery that is plunging towards the red zone! How do you keep your laptop/notebook battery going for as long as possible? Here are 15 easy tips to do so. Read them now. You’ll thank yourself later.

1. Sleeping Rejuvenates your Body, and your Laptop Battery Too

Use your laptop’s power management features (in Windows XP, under Power Options in the Control Panel; or in Vista, under Mobile PC in the Control Panel) sensibly. The system will run at lower processor speeds when enabling power management features and it will go into “sleep” mode faster when inactive. And if you can spare the extra time it takes for the machine to resume, make sure that you set your laptop to hibernate, not just sleep, when you close the lid.

2. All that Glitters are Not Always Gold

Unless you are still using the laptop that your dad gifted you in the summer of 1999, most modern laptops come with the ability to dim the laptop screen.  Some even come with ways to modify the processor and cooling performance.  Turn down the brightness of the LCD panel (via the Function-key combo, or in the Control Panel’s Display Settings dialog). Cut them down to the minimum level you can tolerate to squeeze out some extra battery juice. And also consider switching off the backlight that sucks away power from your notebook’s battery like a vacuum cleaner!
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3. Cut down Gaming when Running on Battery

Unless you’re running high-order mathematical calculations to solve the university project, chances are great that you don’t need the maximum processing power that your CPU can give. So in Vista, select the “Power saver” power plan (found in the Control Panel, in the Power Options section) to extend battery life when on DC power, and leave the 3D video gaming for when you’re near an AC adapter outlet.

4. Avoid Memory-Hungry and Less-Essential Apps

When you aren’t actively using the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and IR radios, turn them off (via the hard switch, if your laptop has it, or in the appropriate utility set), so that they don’t trickle you dry trying to connect. Photoshop, iTunes, Google Desktop Search, etc.  All these add to the CPU load and cut down battery life drastically.  Shut down everything that isn’t crucial when you’re running solely on battery power.

5. Turn Off the Auto-Save Function

Microsoft Word and Excel’s autosave functions are great but because they keep saving at regular intervals, they make your hard drive spin harder than it should. However, if you plan to do this, you may want to turn it back on when the HP prbook 4720s battery runs low. While it saves battery life in the beginning, you will not want to lose your unsaved work when your battery dies, will you?

6. Wisely Schedule Virus Scans

Be sure that your periodic virus scan is set to a time when you’re usually plugged in; running a full-disk virus check keeps the hard drive and CPU fully engaged for the better part of an hour.

7. Lower the Graphics Use

You can do this by changing the screen resolution and shutting off fancy graphic drivers. Graphics cards (video cards) use as much or even more power as hard drives.

8. Go Easy on the Multimedia

A little music is nice while you construct that PowerPoint presentation for your upcoming meeting, but streaming music from your hard drive (or playing a CD) means the disk is always spinning thus sipping away power from your notebook battery.

9. Defrag once in a while
The faster your hard drive does its work – less demand you are going to put on the hard drive and your laptop’s battery.  Make your hard drive as efficient as possible by defragging it regularly (but not while it’s on battery of course!) Mac OSX is better built to handle fragmentation so it may not be needed for Apple systems.

10. Cut down External Devices

Use USB-attached devices only when absolutely necessary. They aren’t getting their power from positive ions in the air, you know. USB devices (including your mouse) & WiFi drain down your laptop battery.  Remove or shut them down when not in use.  It goes without saying that charging other devices (like your iPod) with your laptop when on battery is a surefire way of quickly wiping out the charge on your laptop battery.

11. Get more RAM

This is probably obvious but this will allow you to process more with the memory your laptop has, rather than relying on virtual memory.  Virtual memory results in hard drive use, and is much less power efficient. Note that adding more RAM will consume more energy, so this is most applicable if you do need to run memory intensive programs which actually require heavy usage of virtual memory.

12. Use Hard Drive rather than CD/DVD

As power consuming as hard drives are, CD and DVD drives are even worse.  Even having one disk in the drive can be power consuming.  They spin, taking power, even when they’re not actively being used.  Wherever possible, try to run on virtual drives using programs like Alcohol 120% rather than optical ones.

13. Operate at Low Temperature

Your laptop operates more efficiently when it’s cooler.  Clean out your laptop’s air vents with a cloth or keyboard cleaner.

14. Jack of all, Master of None! Avoid Multitasking

Do one thing at a time when you’re on battery.  Rather than working on a spreadsheet, letting your email client run in the background and listening to your latest set of MP3’s, focus your mind to one thing only.  If you don’t you’ll only drain out your batteries before anything gets completed!

15. Prevent the Memory Effect

If you’re using a very old laptop, you will want to prevent the ‘memory effect’ – Keep the battery healthy by fully charging and then fully discharging it at least once every two to three weeks. Exceptions to the rule are Li-Ion batteries (which most laptops have) which do not suffer from the memory effect.

What do you do to extend your laptop’s battery life? How do you make sure that your battery doesn’t die down in the middle of your work? Do share your ideas with us.


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Top 10 Professional Cameras

A digital single-lens reflex camera (digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera that uses a mechanical mirror system and pentaprism to direct light from the lens to an optical viewfinder on the back of the camera.
Professional dSLR cameras are fundamental for serious photographers. From top-of-the-line resolution to fully customizable settings, professional dSLRs combine functions and performance to create professional quality photos with every shot.

10. Canon EOS 50D

Cannon EOS 50 Top 10 Professional Cameras

  • Resolution 14.6 MP
  • Continuous Shooting Speed 6.5 fps
  • Battery Life 620 shots
  • LCD Screen Size 3 in.
  • Warranty 1 year
  • Focal Length 18mm – 55 mm
  • Max Shutter Speed 1/8000 sec
  • Memory CF.

9. Olympus E-30

Olympus E 30 Top 10 Professional Cameras

  • New 12MP LiveMOS sensor (E-3: 10.1 MP)
  • Brighter and larger LCD screen
  • E-30 has a mode dial
  • Art Filters, multiple exposures, aspect ratio options and lots of scene modes
  • No card door lock, no eyepiece shutter
  • Glass fiber reinforced plastic vs weatherproof magnesium alloy body shell
  • Slightly (8mm) shorter and around 115g lighter
  • Slightly smaller viewfinder with reduced frame coverage
  • AF fine tuning for up to 20 lenses (and per AF point!)
  • Built-in digital level guage
  • Contrast detect (Imager) AF with face detection
  • Slightly reduced raw buffer size (12 frames)
  • Adds vertical panning mode to stabilizer (IS3

8. Pentax K-7

Pentax K 7 Top 10 Professional Cameras

  • 14.6 MP
  • 720p/1536 x 1024 HD video recording
  • Smaller magnesium/steel alloy body
  • Revised viewfinder (less magnified but with greater coverage)
  • Updated sensor with four-channel readout
  • 3.0″ VGA (920,000 dot) LCD
  • New shutter mechanism with 1/8000th shutter speed
  • Faster continuous shooting (up to 5.2 fps)
  • 77 segment exposure metering sensor
  • Revised autofocus algorithms
  • AF illumination lamp
  • New dust removal system
  • HDMI output
  • New dedicated ISO button
  • Distortion and chromatic aberration correction for DA and DFA lenses (also available in RAW conversion using supplied software)
  • Adjustable dynamic range highlight and shadow correction
  • Three-shot in-camera HDR capture
  • Electronic level indicator
  • Composition adjustment (Uses the SR system to reposition the sensor to fine-tune composition)

7. Olympus E-3

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  • New sensor (10MP Live MOS vs 5MP CCD) and latest TruPic III processor
  • Live view
  • Sensor-shift image stabilization
  • All-new autofocus system (11-point AF, claimed to be world’s fastest with certain zoom lenses)
  • Faster continuous shooting, bigger buffer
  • Higher top shutter speed (1/8000 sec) and higher flash sync speed (1/250 sec)
  • Improved viewfinder (bigger, brighter)
  • Bigger, higher resolution vari angle screen
  • Masses more customization options

6. Nikon D5000

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  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 2.7″ tilt and swivel LCD monitor (230,000 dots)
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection and subject tracking
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • 11 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing engine
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
  • Connector for optional GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
  • New battery with increased capacity
  • 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback

5. Nikon D90

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  • 12.9 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 3.0-inch 920,000 pixel (VGA x 3 colors) TFT-LCD (same as D3 and D300)
  • Live View with contrast-detect AF, face detection
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • Illuminated focus points
  • Movie capture at up to 1280 x 720 (720p) 24 fps with mono sound
  • IS0 200-3200 range (100-6400 expanded)
  • 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 7 RAW, 25 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing engine
  • 3D tracking AF (11 point)
  • Short startup time, viewfinder blackout and shutter lag
  • Slightly improved viewfinder (96% frame coverage)
  • Extensive in-camera retouching including raw development and straightening
  • Improved user interface
  • New optional compact GPS unit (fits on hot shoe)
  • Same battery and vertical grip as D80
  • Vignetting control in-camera
  • 72 thumbnail and calendar view in playback

4. Nikon D300S

Nikon d300s Top 10 Professional Cameras

  • 13.1 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor (effective pixels: 12.3 million)
  • 720p HD video
  • 3.0″ LCD monitor (920,000 dots)
  • Image sensor cleaning (sensor shake)
  • 51 AF points (with 3D tracking)
  • IS0 200-3200 range (6400 expanded)
  • 7 frames per second continuous shooting (buffer: 17 RAW, 44 JPEG fine, 100 JPEG Normal)
  • Expeed image processing
  • Picture Controls – image parameters consistent with all current Nikon DSLRs
  • Same EN-EL3e battery as D300
  • 72 thumbnail view in playback
  • 14-bit A/D conversion
  • Super fast operation (power-up 13 ms, shutter lag 45 ms, black-out 100 ms)
  • Shutter life 150,000 exposures
  • Multi-CAM3500DX Auto Focus sensor (51-point, 15 cross-type, more vertical coverage)
  • Auto-focus tracking by color (using information from 1005-pixel AE sensor)
  • Auto-focus calibration (fine-tuning) now available (fixed body or up to 20 separate lens settings)
  • Scene Recognition System (uses AE sensor, AF sensor)
  • Picture Control image parameter presets (replace Color Modes I, II and III)
  • Custom image parameters now support brightness as well as contrast
  • Compact Flash UDMA support
  • Live View with either phase detect (mirror up/down) or contrast detect Auto Focus
  • HDMI HD video output
  • ‘Active D-Lighting’ (adjusts metering as well as applying D-Lighting curve)
  • Detailed ‘Control Panel’ type display on LCD monitor, changes color in darkness
  • New MB-D10 vertical grip fully integrates into body, multi battery type compatible
  • Buttons sealed against moisture

3. Canon EOS 7D

Cannon EOS 7D Top 10 Professional Cameras

  • 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • 8 frames per second continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
  • 3.0 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots
  • 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
  • 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage viewfinder
  • Wireless flash control
  • Environmental sealing

2. Sony Alpha a850

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  • 24.6 MP 35mm format full-frame CMOS sensor (still the highest res in class)
  • SteadyShot INSIDE full frame image sensor shift stabilization (world first)
  • Dual Bionz processors
  • Eye-level glass Penta-prism OVF, 98% coverage, 0.74x magnification
  • 9 point AF with 10 assist points, center dual-cross AF w/2.8 sensor
  • 3 frames per second burst
  • 3 User programmable custom memory modes on mode dial
  • Advanced Dynamic Range Optimizer (5 step selectable)
  • 40 segment honeycomb metering
  • 3.0″ 921K pixel Photo Quality (270 dpi) LCD display, 100% coverage
  • Direct HDMI output
  • ISO 200-3200 (ISO 100-6400 expanded range)
  • User interchangeable focusing screens (3 options)
  • CF Type I/II and MS slots, LI-ION battery, STAMINA 880 shots
  • Weight 850g (without battery, card, accs)
  • Optional vertical Grip
  • Magnesium Alloy body and rubber seals for dust and moisture resistance
  • AF micro adjustment

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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  • New 21.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with improved EOS Integrated Cleaning System (E.I.C.S.)
  • New Full HD 1080 resolution movie recording
  • 3.9 frames per second continuous shooting
  • High performance DIGIC 4 providing superb image quality
  • Maximum 310 large JPEG images in a single burst with a UDMA card
  • 3.0” VGA (920k dots) Clear View LCD
  • ISO 100-6400 (expansion from 50 up to 25,600)
  • 9 AF points + 6 Assist AF points
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iPhone 5′s Battery, Back Camera and Audio Flex Cable

Apple’s iPhone 5 is knocking at the doors, its design has been finalized, its production has made its pace, and the flood of leaked parts has also set its way to tech blogs. It is much expected that the iPhone 5 supply chains would reveal more and more leaked parts and information before the iPhone 5 sees the day light in September/October. Recently, an iPhone parts supplier TVC Mall has posted a few new purported iPhone 5 parts including the Battery, Back Camera Lens, and Headphone/Earphone Audio Jack Flex Cable.

These new leaked parts are quite different from the parts currently used in iPhone 4. Here is a side-by-side comparison of these parts with images of iPhone 4 parts, courtesy of aussiebattery.

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No significant change seems there in iPhone 5 battery as it is almost same in size and shape to the cell phone battery that we have in existing iPhone 4 device. Both iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 batteries also have the same power specs as iPhone 5 battery is labeled as 3.7V and 5.3Whr while the iPhone 4 battery shows 3.7V and 5.25Whr.

The new part also grabs a reasonable part number of 616-0580 as compared to the iPhone 4′s 616-0513 and 616-0521 part numbers while the connector on the iPhone 5 battery is rotated contrary to the iPhone 4 part.

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Now come to iPhone 5 back camera module that exhibits a closely embedded camera flash similar to the iPhone 4′s design. It negates all the previous rumors that describe; iPhone 5′s camera may be separated from the camera module, or suggest dual LED flash for iPhone 5. It is expected that The iPhone 5′s would be equipped with an 8 mega pixel camera, upgraded from the 5 mega pixel camera incorporated in the existing iPhone 4.

iPhone 5 iPhone 4 Camera iPhone 5s Battery, Back Camera and Audio Flex Cable

As with all these early iPhone 5 parts, the supplier website has scant details on the specifications. In fact, we doubt that they even know the specifications at this stage. Some dimensions do seem to be given for the parts, but when compared the dimensions for known parts (such as the iPhone 4 battery) on the same site, there seemed to be a wide discrepancy against other published specs we’d found on the internet. So, we can’t put much faith in the listed dimensions.

Finally, comes the new leaked part of iPhone 5- An Audio Jack Flex cable. At present, we are not in position to say much about it, though it looks very different from the cable we have been using in current GSM and CDMA parts.

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Top 5 ways to squeeze more battery out of your laptop

We’ve all been there: you’re in the middle of something on your laptop and you get the warning to back up your information because it’s about to run out of juice. To reduce the odds of that happening, take heed to these simple tips.


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It has happened to many a traveler: you’re onboard a flight from, say, Vancouver to Montreal, with plans to finish the stack of work tucked into your laptop case.

After all, an airplane is often a great place to be productive, thanks to the absence of nagging colleagues, email and ringing phones — providing, of course, the battery technology you need is in working order at 30,000 feet.

Sometimes, you barely make it over Edmonton before your computer warns you it’s about to “hibernate” as you’re battery power is at just five percent. Now how exactly do you plan to finish that sales report before you land?

Unless the airline you fly has AC power in the seat, you’re S.O.L.

Energy management has been a problem since the earliest days of mobile computing. Thanks to more powerful batteries and processors with better energy management, it’s getting better all the time, though there’s still no magic-bullet solution.

But there are some things you can do aside from lugging a spare laptop battery. The following are a few tips for squeezing more juice out of your laptop:

1. Turn down the brightness of your monitor a great deal as it will help preserve battery life. This can usually be found on your laptop’s secondary keyboard commands (such as blue icons that look like little suns) and then manually reducing the brightness. When you’re near an electrical outlet again — at home, the office or in a hotel – then crank the brightness back up, if you like. If you’re shopping for a new laptop, keep in mind the bigger the laptop screen the faster the battery drain, in most cases.

2. The Asus A32-F3 Laptop Battery will drain faster if there’s a spinning disc in your optical drive such as a game, music CD or DVD movie. Some games offer you the choice to install it all to the hard drive so choose this option as you’ll get more life out of your laptop. Same with music and movies – copy your favourite tunes to the hard drive instead of spinning the CD or use the “Digital Copy” option on the last Blu-ray or DVD flick you purchased. Needless-to-say, your laptop computer battery will last much longer in programs with little drain on system resources, such as a word processor.

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3. Make sure you have no devices plugged into the laptop that can be draining its power, such as a webcam, USB thumbstick or headphones. Connected peripherals can be a factor in eating away at its battery life, so get used to the touchpad instead of using an external mouse when you’re away from an electrical outlet. Ditto for enabling wireless connectivity, such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so be sure these radios are turned off when you don’t need them (they should be turned off in an airplane, anyway!).

4. Windows users can also click on Power Options in the Control Panel to manually reduce the power consumption of your laptop. Some may turn off your monitor when not in use for, say, 3 minutes, but will turn on instantly again when a key is touched. Also, you can also set alarms when the battery is about to die (say, at 5 percent) so you can safely save your information before powering down. Also, per above, if you’re in the market for a new laptop, be sure to choose a processor that does well on energy management (do your research) like the Intel Core family.

5. While not cheap, you might want to consider a better (or second) battery than the one that shipped with your PC. For example, HP laptops typically ship with a regular 6-cell laptop battery that can deliver up to four or so hours of battery life, depending on the application. But you can choose to buy an 9-cell battery that can last up to 10 hours on a single charge or a 12-cell Smart Lithium-Ion Ultra-Capacity battery – for just under 16 hours of battery life.

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Top 5 Essential OS X Mountain Lion Tips

Perhaps you’ve upgraded your Mac to Mountain Lion, but have you turned on all the best features? Make sure you’re not missing out on all the ways OS X 10.8 can interact with iOS devices, from iPads to the new iPhone 5.

 Top 5 Essential OS X Mountain Lion Tips Apple users, who may be thinking this week about getting ready for a new iPhone and mobile operating system, will do well to make sure their Macs are up to date. Assuming you’ve already installed Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion ($19.99, 4.5 stars), there are a few features and options you’ll want to make sure you’ve enabled to fully take advantage of the operating system. You’ll get more out of your Mac when it’s set up to interact with your iPhone, iPad, and other Apple devices.

 Top 5 Essential OS X Mountain Lion Tips

Turn On iCloud

To take advantage of how Mountain Lion syncs and interacts with your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple devices, you have to turn on iCloud.

iCloud has many uses, including backup, but for the purpose of this article, let’s look at using it for syncing. Part of what makes OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion special is that you can start something on your mobile device and finish it on your Mac, practically seamlessly. Previous versions of OS X do support iCloud, too, but with Mountain Lion, you’ll see even more features that leverage iCloud in some neat ways.

You’ll find iCloud on your Mac in Settings, the same place you can find it on your iPhone and iPad. The first step is to simply log in with your Apple ID. Make sure you turn on iCloud on all the devices where you want to use it.

 Top 5 Essential OS X Mountain Lion Tips

Turn on the various apps that you want to sync. If you use the Contacts apps on your iPhone or iPad, I definitely recommend turning it on in Mountain Lion, as some of the other apps and services will leverage your Contacts list. I also recommend most users sync Safari bookmarks, Calendar, Reminders, and Notes, too. Plenty more apps and services sync, of course, so turn on the ones you prefer. And with iOS 6 (coming later in September), photos can be shared with your contacts automatically, if you’ve set up iCloud’s Photo Stream.

(Note: If you have Apple mobile devices but use a Windows computer, you can still use a lot of iCloud’s services and features, but not all of them. For some features, Apple gives you a Windows alternative; for example, you can sync bookmarks between Internet Explorer and iOS devices.)

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Set Up iMessage

iMessage is by far one of my favorite features in Mountain Lion, and it replaces the old iChat. iMessage is Apple’s messaging service that optimizes texting by bypassing SMS when it can. On an iPhone or an iPad, it’s part of the Messages app. What iMessage does is improve messaging between Apple devices. When you send messages between iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads running iOS 5 or later, iMessage prioritizes sending and receiving the messages via Wi-Fi when it’s available and through 3G when it’s not.

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When you’re on your laptop or Mac computer running Mountain Lion, you can pick up your text conversations right where you left them—except for messages from non-Apple users that came in as SMS texts on your phone, unfortunately. You can also see new messages come in on your computer, which is better for productivity than moving away from the keyboard and screen to view incoming messages on a phone or tablet. Another reason I love iMessage is it supports AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber, letting you merge Messages with systems you’re already using. Also would be nice if it tied in with FaceTime, since the old iChat did video.]

To set up iMessage, go to the app and log in with your Apple ID.

To get the most out of iMessage, you’ll want to use Contacts (Apple’s address book) to store phone numbers, handles, and email addresses of the people with whom you will likely swap messages, iMessage integrates cleanly with that data. Type a few letters of a person’s name, and within a few clicks, you can be text-chatting. However, you don’t have to use your Contacts list. You can also type a phone number of an iPhone into the “to” field and start a message. That’s something you couldn’t do with iChat, and it’s central to the whole concept of renaming the app Messages.

Turn On FaceTime

FaceTime is Apple’s video chat app. Once you have iCloud handling all your contacts, FaceTime becomes much more usable, so be sure to turn on iCloud and sync your contacts first to be sure you have everyone’s email addresses on hand.

Setting up FaceTime is a snap. When you launch the app, it will prompt you to log in with your Apple ID (or another email address if you prefer). From there, it’s just a matter of figuring out who else among your friends, family, and business associates uses the program. You can choose their names from the contact list that shows up in the app. It doesn’t matter if your friends are using FaceTime to make or receive video calls from their Macs, iPads, iPhones, or iPod touches, and when iOS 6 rolls out (September 19), mobile users will be able to access FaceTime over their cellular networks as well—not just over Wi-Fi as was previously the case.

Enable Twitter

Across Apple products, we’ve seen Twitter become more tightly integrated with the operating system itself rather than just apps. Mountain Lion is no exception. The idea is that you should be able to share various goodies, such as URLs and photos, to Twitter in just a click or two.

 Top 5 Essential OS X Mountain Lion Tips

To set up Twitter, you can either turn it on in the Settings, or just log into Twitter from your machine, and Mountain Lion will suggest enabling it automatically.

Coming soon, according to Apple, we’ll see the same kind of integration with Facebook. Apple’s iPhoto software already integrates pretty neatly with Facebook, letting you not only share photos to the social networking in a snap, while also letting you keep an eye on the activity that happens around those images after you share them. iOS 6 will also tie Facebook into its basic sharing services, so do expect to see more information about this feature in the near future.

Customize Alerts

Once you have iMessage turned on, you’ll want to make sure the app notifies you of incoming messages in the manner you want. To customize alerts from iMessage, as well as from other apps, you’ll need to hit up the Notifications section of the Settings.

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You can turn on or off alerts for a number of different apps and services, as well as change where they appear on the screen and what (if any) sound they include. The “alerts” option (shown in the image above) will put you notifications in a collapsible right pane on the screen.

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In my testing, I’ve found that the most useful alerts come from iMessage and Calendar, but you can also turn them on for incoming Mail, Twitter activity, Reminders app reminders, Game Center activity, Facetime calls, and more.

Get Ready for iOS 6

The single biggest change from OS X 10.7 Lion to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was just how much tighter the desktop operating system became with the mobile operating system. And with iOS 6, Apple users will see a few more improvements in terms of how their mobile devices work in collaboration with OS X—just one more reason to make sure you customize Mountain Lion to take advantage of all that the system offers.


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If you’re looking for information on how to repair a hard drive, How to Clean PC, How to Design Website or any other questions, you’ll find it in my picks for the best how to sites on the Web. These are some of the best websites and laptop battery shop which will really help you alot.

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1. CNET Online Courses – Free online how to classes and tutorials on everything from car technology to digital photography.

2. eHow - eHow is a treasure trove of how to information, anything from arts and entertainment to sports and fitness.

3. wikiHow - wikiHow is a giant how to manual, but since it’s a wiki, anyone can add or edit the information you find here.

4. Instructables – Share what you like to make and how others can do the same at Instructables, a community driven how to site.

5. HowStuffWorks – HowStuffWorks gives you great how to explanations and tutorials – you can find how to guides on a wide variety of subjects here.

6. Make – Make magazine is a fascinating site full of how to guides, many extremely eclectic.

7. Wired How To Wiki – The Wired How To Wiki is a site full of technology tutorials that help you figure out how to do it yourself.

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8. How To Do – Find articles from experienced contributors on how to do just about anything.

9. WonderHowTo – A human-edited collection of video tutorials from more than 1700 websites.

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11. VideoJug – How to videos for just about everything in life.

12. The Java Tutorials – A collection of Java tutorials from Sun on using various components.

13. the How-To Geek – A collection of computer tutorials covering everything from protecting your children online to using different wallpapers on dual monitors.

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15. How to Podcast – A complete, free tutorial that teaches you how to set up your own podcast.

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20. How to Start with GTD – A basic 10-step guide to starting out with GTD.

21. How To Be More Productive – A very complete guide to becoming more productive, covering everything from technology to dietary changes.

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23. How To Meditate – A complete online guide to teach you how to meditate in the Buddhist tradition.

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29. Expert Village – A collection of more than 130,000 video tutorials.

30. How To Do – Find articles from experienced contributors on how to do just about anything.

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Top 10 things you need to know about Windows Phone 7.1 Mango

A quick and easy guide to everything that’s good about Microsoft’s Mango update.

Microsoft’s Mango update for Windows Phone, also known as Windows Phone 7.1, has been mooted for months. But the Big M has finally handed over full details of what we can expect from the next-gen version of the ace mobile operating system. Dive in now and read our Top 10 things you need to know about Windows Phone 7.1 Mango.

1 It’ll be available for all current Windows Phones

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Perhaps the best news of all. Microsoft isn’t cutting off any older Windows Phones, meaning the likes of the HTC Mozart and Samsung Omnia 7 will be getting the update. This should give it good ammunition to fling at Apple and Google, both of whom have copped flack for not upgrading legacy devices.

2 Bing search has been given an overhaul

This is a seriously impressive update, with visual, audio and voice search. Visual search lets you snap pics of products and barcodes, before delivering local pricing and availability. A new Local Scout feature will track your location and give you results fine tuned to where you are.

3 Twitter and LinkedIn are coming

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One of the big misses with Windows Phone 7’s contacts app was the lack of Twitter integration. Happily, this is being added, along with LinkedIn, so you’ll be able to see the latest updates from contacts on these social networks in one place.

4 New partners are on board for 7.1

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Nokia is obviously the big new addition to the Windows Phone family. But Microsoft has confirmed that Acer, ZTE and Fujtisu are also joining the party. That means it should be able to expand hugely in Asia, as well as offer more choice on top of phones from the likes of HTC, LG and Samsung.

5 It won’t be out until autumn

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The bad news: Mango is being held back for a few months. That could work in Microsoft’s favour in terms of getting apps ready for it, but may also hamstring it what with the expected September release of iOS 5 and the Q4 release of Android Ice Cream Sandwich.

6 Conversation threads integrate IM, text and Facebook chats

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Cross platform integration has been one of Windows Phone’s strong points. Mango adds a new conversations feature so you can natter with any given friend no matter what service they’re using. That means if they stop using text and switch to IM, you’ll still be able to see your previous conversation.

7 Multitasking is here at last

This has been known for months, but one of Windows Phone 7’s biggest misses is finally on its way. Multitasking should hopefully mean more devs are willing to bring their apps to WP 7.1.

8 Live Tiles have been bolstered with more live app info

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Arguably the best feature of WP7 was its Live Tiles’ ability to show real time information without having to dive into apps. The National Rail app was a great example. Microsoft says it’s bolstering this, with the chance to get more essential news delivered to the homescreen.

9 Contact group tiles promised

With Mango, you’ll be able to pull together groups of contacts, pin them to the homescreen and then email, SMS or call them at the press of a button. This will help push WP 7.1 is a decent workplace solution, as well as a winning consumer OS.

10 Devs can get working on it straight away

Devs have been told they can get going on updating their current apps and working on new ones straight away. Microsoft has already released the software development kit, so app fanatics can bring new Live Tile layers and improved features to their add-ons from the get go.

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Top 5 important things tablets can’t do yet

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1. To type or not to type
Typing on any touchscreen device can be a tricky thing to get used to. On a smartphone it’s probably easier than on a tablet, at least at first. This is because you’re already used to letting your thumbs do the typing from using keypad mobile phones. But when it comes to a tablet, it’s a whole new ballgame.

Some tablets (the 7″ size is a great example) can still be used in this manner by placing the tablet in the portrait position. The keyboard usually fills the bottom of the display screen, and is still easily accessible by the thumbs of an average person.

On larger tablets, such as the iPad, it’s a bit difficult to make your thumbs stretch across the width of the device, even in portrait mode. This is probably the motivation behind Apple’s new split keyboard feature, which will be implemented in iOS 5.

Any size of tablet can also be used in the landscape position, which also gives you a much bigger keyboard. But is it really big enough? A lot of people find it uncomfortable to type on a tablet keyboard, simply because the keys are spaced together very tightly. If you’re accustomed to the tactile input of a traditional keyboard when typing, you might have trouble keeping your fingers in position.

Any way you look at it, typing on a tablet is a far cry from typing on a desktop, laptop, or netbook. There are solutions out there on the market to solve these problems, like bluetooth keyboards, tablet keyboard docks, and even specialized cases with keyboards built in. But you will pay extra for all of these accessories. Out of the box, the tablet’s keyboard and typing still leave much to be desired.

2. App compatibility
There has been a noticeable shift in the way software is distributed in the tablet world. With a Mac or PC you can purchase software offline and install it yourself, or you can sometimes download software after purchasing it online. Software companies catered to the majority of computer users by usually offering their product in versions that were compatible with Microsoft Windows and Apple’s Mac OS.

With the creation of the tablet came the mobile app and app store. While Apple probably has the biggest selection, there is stiff competition from Google and RIM as well. The thing that is different about tablet software, with the notable exception of Android apps, is that you can only get it through your manufacturer’s marketplace. This can be synced through your PC software or done directly on the tablet via wifi or 3G, but the physical aspect of software is long gone.

While tablet software is priced dramatically lower than its PC counterparts, there is a catch. Tablets are so new and their operating systems are changing at such a rapid pace, that the software developers are struggling to keep up. Frequent OS updates mean frequent app updates, leaving some users in the lurch when their apps no longer work as expected.

Despite all the testing done by software developers and device manufacturers, many apps still have glitches on launch day. Perhaps they think it’s okay since apps don’t usually cost as much as traditional software. In reality, it’s just another problem created by a new platform and quickly changing operating systems. Sure, app updates are usually free (so far), but who wants to go through the hassle of waiting for a “fix” to an app you just purchased?

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3. Printing is up in the air
With your desktop or laptop computer, you can quickly and easily set up a printer and print documents, whether it’s through a cable connected printer or over your home wifi system. Even with the latest tablet changes, this can still be a major challenge. Here’s why.

A tablet like the iPad isn’t connected to anything, unless you’re syncing or updating the OS. Of course, with the iOS 5 update on the way, you won’t even need to connect for that.

Apple made a step forward by including print support in one of its latest updates, but of course, without a USB port, only wifi-capable printers are supported, and only select models of those. If you’re printer is still attached to your computer via a USB cable, you won’t get any help from the Apple update. So despite being billed as something akin to a netbook or laptop, the tablet still is at a disadvantage when it comes to taking your hard work to the physical medium of paper.

4. Business not as usual
Why we use tablet computers may be easy to understand, but how we use them is another thing altogether. If it’s productivity you’re looking for, there is no tablet designed just for you. With the purchase of a few apps you may be able to wing it for a while and do some types of work from your tablet. Based on its size and weight, it should be a road warrior’s best friend, right?

Unfortunately, the apps that are available will only perform relatively basic tasks. Even Apple’s iWorks offerings on the iPad have limited functionality compared to their full version Mac counterparts. Any tablet available is going to leave the business person shorthanded if they want it to replace the full suite of productivity applications on their usual on-the-road workhorse laptop or netbook.

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5. Limited multimedia
Well, at least you can surf the web and get your entertainment from a tablet, right? Not necessarily. The best selling tablet of them all, the iPad, doesn’t have support for Adobe Flash. Instead, Apple is placing its future bet on HTML5 to solve the problem of streaming video and multimedia content.

Android has taken a definitive step to support flash in the latest versions of the OS, the truth is that it’s far from the dependable experience that you’ve come to love from your Mac or PC system. Some websites may work, while others do not. Unfortunately, you’re at the mercy of the marketplace and Adobe for an official update to make the functionality better. With each device having its own tweaks to the Android OS, this also presents a challenge for flash developers to make their apps work on more than just one device.

As for Apple, Steve Jobs has made the statement in the past that he has no intention of supporting Flash at any time in the future for mobile devices. His argument stems from the fact that Adobe Flash apps and web features take up more processing power and reduce battery life. While this is true, other tablet makers are moving forward and finding ways to work around these limitations to the best of their ability. Why can’t Apple do the same?  In the end, the only one who really suffers in this battle is you, the consumer.

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Dell latitude d620 laptop battery buying tips

Things to remember order Dell Latitude D620 battery

Every laptop battery is given a power rating in order to show you, the consumer, about how long your Dell Latitude D620 battery should last before it needs to be recharged. These electrical specifications are given using volts (V) and milliAmps (mAh). For example, you may see your Dell Latitude D620 Laptop Battery is given a rating of: 11.1V, 4400mAh.

Volts and milliAmp hours are used because they measure the amount of energy used by a Dell Latitude D620 battery. A volt (V) is a measurement used for the amount of pressure the positive and negative electrodes produce in a laptop battery pack during the process of discharging energy. Amps (A) measure the amount of resistance the energy in your Dell Latitude D620 battery produces in order to power a laptop.

You may also notice that increasing the size of the pipe and shower head without having to open the faucet all the way will produce similar results.This is an example of the amount of resistance in the flow of energy. Measuring this resistance is measured in terms of amps. In terms of a Dell Latitude D620 battery, the amount of resistance is dependant on the size of the Dell laptop battery and the amount of energy inside.

Laptop ratings are given in terms of amp hours (Ah). Amp hours measure the length of time a Dell laptop battery will discharge energy before it needs charging. In order to adequately measure v, manufacturers use milliAmp hours (mAh). This means that every 1000mAh is equal to 1Ah. What does this mean for your new Dell Latitude D630 Battery? If your original Dell Latitude D620 battery is measured at 2500mAh and your replacement Dell laptop battery is measured at 5000mAh, then your Dell Latitude D610 Battery run time will double.

Keep in mind that technology constantly changes. Your old Dell D620 battery may be rated at a lower run time than a newer one because of technological advancements that have produced longer lasting laptop batteries.

One way of conserving Dell Latitude D620 battery is to go to your Power Management settings icon in the Control Panel. You can shut off settings or programs you do not use. Also consider dimming your screen and shutting off your wireless card when you don’t need it. In this way, you can save your Dell Latitude D620 battery a lot.

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Things to Know Before Buying a Replacement Laptop Battery

There are many laptop batteries manufacturers, and even more retailers to buy your laptop battery from. However, your biggest concern in purchasing a laptop battery will be to choose the battery that fits your computer. For this you will need to know the make and model number of your laptop; if you don’t know this offhand or don’t have the necessary paperwork, check the inside of your laptop’s battery compartment while the computer is off and unplugged. There you should find the model number, along with some other information. You may also find the part number of your laptop battery, located on the casing of the battery itself.

How to Choose a Replacement Laptop Battery

When buying a laptop battery, you will probably only have one or two choices that fit your computer. Choose the battery with the longest life available for your computer. There are several different kinds of laptop batteries; because the battery technologies of each are very different, a laptop must be designed specifically for the type of battery it uses. Most laptops are only designed to use one type of battery technology.

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A laptop utilizes a battery for power when it is not plugged into an electrical outlet. Dell Inspiron laptops use rechargeable lithium ion batteries. The laptop battery has a life expectancy of 12 to 24 months, depending on several factors, such as care and battery usage tips. If the battery is not holding a charge, it may be damaged or dead and need to be replaced. Prior to replacing the battery, you should troubleshoot it, just to be sure.

Attempt to fully charge the battery. Plug the power adapter into the laptop and allow the battery to charge overnight.

Turn the Dell Insprion laptop off. Unplug the laptop from the laptop power adapter.

Flip the laptop upside down so the battery is visible. The HP 484170-001 battery is located on the underside of the laptop.
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Slide the battery lock switch and hold it in place. Lift the battery upward for removal. Once removed, release the battery lock switch.

Examine the laptop computer battery. Look for signs of damage to the battery. If you notice any damage, the battery must be replaced.

Clean the battery contacts. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and clean the battery contacts and the contacts inside the battery bay to remove dust.

Check the battery charge. Press the “Status” button on the back side of the battery. It has five lights that will display how charged the Dell inspiron 1520 battery is. Five lit lights indicates a full charge, one lit light indicates a low charge and no lit lights indicates the battery has no charge. If the Dell vostro 1520 battery has no charge, it is dead and needs to be replaced. If the battery does indicate it is partially or fully charged, continue troubleshooting.

Recalibrate the battery. Place the battery back in the laptop. It will just pop into place. Turn the computer on and allow the computer to run on battery power until the battery dies. Once the battery dies, plug the power adapter into the computer and allow the battery to fully charge again. Remove the battery and check the battery charge. If it still has not fully charged, you need a new replacement laptop battery.

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