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.
Researchers at Stanford University have just made a major breakthroughthat may impact the technology industry for years to come: they’ve built a better battery. The project, an attempt to use lithium-sulfur in place of the lithium-ion technology that is used in batteries today, has been in development since 2007. Recently, the scientists’ efforts were rewarded when they created a battery that lasts four times as long as its lithium-ion counterparts while also having the benefit of being “significantly safer” than today’s batteries which occasionally explode after short-circuiting.
Although still a ways off from commercial viability (and availability), the lithium-sulfur batteries promise advances like 80% more capacity, 10 times the power density and, theoretically, the ability to last four times as long as modern batteries.
The new battery technology represents the final step in our quest for always-on connectivity to the mobile web. We already have Wi-Fi hotspots, 3G and 4G networks for Internet everywhere and a host of mobile gadgets from netbooks to iPads and mobile phones to notebook computers. But what we haven’t had yet is a way to keep our gadgets powered up for more than a day or so without a charge. That may be soon about to change.
With these sorts of improvements, lithium-sulfur batteries could lead the way in the next phase of the mobile revolution. They could allow us to fully enjoy the web from anywhere in the world, without having to worry about dying batteries, access to power outlets or having to carry around replacement battery when planning long-lasting mobile computing sessions.
Far more than just a convenience, better battery technology would impact how our mobile devices are designed and how they behave. For example, Apple currently imposes numerous restrictions on members of their mobile device lineup for the sake of battery performance. On Apple iPhones, iPod Touches and the forthcoming iPad, applications aren’t permitted to run in the background and Adobe Flash technology has been banned altogether, supposedly for its CPU usage which rapidly drains battery juice. Other mobile smartphone makers, while not necessarily as restrictive as Apple, still have to weigh the benefits of providing these same types of features with the performance hit their gadgets will take if they do so. And as anyone who regularly fires up their smartphone web browser knows, too much Internet surfing during the day means a phone that dies out before nightfall.
Another example of the technology’s potential impact: e-Readers. Today, if you want to pack your Kindle or Nook device to take with you on vacation, you still have to go through the thought process: how long will I be gone? Will my battery last? Should I pack the cord? Now imagine that you could just throw your e-Reader into your bag without a second thought, just as if you were packing the paperback novel or newspaper these sorts of gadgets aim to replace. Would that encourage more people to make the switch from the analog formats to digital?
What if, in the future, concerns like these were no longer a worry? What if phones, netbooks, e-Readers and other mobile devices could be used for days on end without the need for a charge? That would radically impact the way we think about and use our mobile devices.
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There are a million other use cases that could benefit from this technology change, too, including sensor networks, computing from remote areas, faster news dissemination from areas impacted by disasters (either natural or man-made) where power outages have occurred, gadgets for hikers, campers and other explorers who spend weeks away from civilization and, therefore, away from electricity, mobile location-based services that run in the background on smartphones and other personal mobile gadgets and – OK, we’ll admit it – the ability to Twitter all day long without a recharge.
For the nitty gritty technical details about this new battery technology, MIT’s Technology Review explains everything from the cathodes to the conductivity as well as the challenges still ahead for this breakthrough technology. Most notably, the scientists still need to figure out how to maintain capacity. After five discharge/recharge cycles, the batteries lost one-third of their initial storage capacity and after 40 to 50 cycles, they ceased to function altogether. However, if the researchers can overcome that final hurdle and a few others, the new technology could one day become commercially viable. It’s too soon to know if that will actually occur, but as gadget lovers ourselves, we’re hopeful.
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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.
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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.
If one searches the online forums and shop for discussions regarding laptop parts, one of the issues that people are getting most annoyed and irate about is the warranties being provided by Hewlett Packard. It has to be said at the outset that this doesn’t apply to just HP laptop batteries
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. This is problematic since after 6-9 months the battery life has depleted to a level below what many people expect from their laptop. This issue is especially acute for people who require a lot of mobility within their daily routines.
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Microsoft has released Fix it, which automatically detects system settings that can affect power usage, such as timeout and sleep settings, display settings, and screensavers, and restore them to their default settings. The Fix It troubleshooter is designed to automatically identify problems and set up Windows 7 laptops per the best settings to extend battery life as much as possible.
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Just when you thought apps for iPhones were done, now there are travel apps for iPhone to keep you right on track with your adventures. No more maps you can’t read, or fold up, no more getting lost and last but not least, you can use them where ever you travel. These 5 apps for your iPhone will take you on adventures you never thought you’d have.
Remember back in ye olden days when you were young and you went for the Sunday drive with your family. Stopping here for food and there for directions so you could get back on the road again? Most kids today don’t get to enjoy the Sunday drive with the family. iPhone is about to change that with SundayDrive for iPhone.
This travel app for iPhone will take you where you want to go and back again. Loaded with a growing database for routes to attractions and day and weekend getaways, SundayDrive will find your route using GPS. You’ll always know where you are and where you’re going.
Just plug in the destination and follow the blue dot. Notice (and tap) any of the titles and you’ll see how far you have to go to your destination. One more tap and it will give you points of interests, what it’s all about, images and the best place to start your weekend getaway. Using your Facebook login and you can bookmark your favorite trips and submit them to the database. If your trip is chosen as a featured destination, you’ll earn $10. The fun you could have had if they had this kind of app for iPhone back then but they didn’t even have car phones back then, did they? Nowadays, it’s hard to get lost with this travel app for iPhone.
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Chimani Guides will take you to any National Parks in the US. There are maps, images, and information on the park of your choice. Plus, it will give you a detailed driving tour in audio. You can’t beat that, can you? It also list last minute listings of things-to-do and notifications of any changes going on in the park.
If you’re a photographer it also gives you sunrise and sunset times to catch that perfect shot. Chimani Guides is perfect for iPhone as an electronic guide to Cape Cod, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon, just to name a few National Parks in the US. Travel apps for iPhone is a must have when traveling to your favorite park. Just plug in the park of your choice and you’ll have detailed information on that park at you finger tips.
Most users of Chimani Guides give thumbs up to SpotWorld. SpotWorld is like the SundayDrive where it shows you all the greatest places to visit — rated by visitors. The supplied details are amazing with images, articles, and audio listing of what you can do at any park. SpotWorld has over 500,000 listings of everyone’s favorite spot they have visited. One of the best travel apps for iPhone. You don’t even have to plan your trip anymore.
If you’re flying anywhere, Flight Update is the travel app for iPhone adventures. Never miss another flight. Flight Update gives you all the latest airport information you need to take you to your destination.
Using it is easy – input your trips start and ending date and anything else you think is relevant. Tap “Add a Flight” and go through the listing of flights to start your adventure. Either choose a flight or input your flight number. Save the info and let the flight app do the rest.
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Your flight information comes up with flight number, plane, and status of the flight. It keeps you updated on arrival and departure times in real time, gate number and local weather of your destination. That way you can dress properly instead of arriving in shorts to a winter storm. You can set your seat number and it will give you a list of alternate flights in case you actually miss the one you chartered. Flight Update will even let you know if your flight was cancelled and give you an alternate flight you can catch. That way you can email or SMS your loved ones to your changed status.
The lite version offers more than you need to keep you updated on your flight but if you want more information, the pro version offers the same information, plus Tripit. The ultimate in travel for iPhone.
MotionX GPS Drive
GPS Travel apps for iPhone may be a dime a dozen but they don’t match MotionX for ease of use or live navigation. It’s hard to get lost using these travel applications. Visual navigation is always free; however, you can pay for 30 days to a year for live voice directions.
Just type in the address where you want to go or tap on the “find” for a place to shop, to eat, to get gas, or a hospital, plus a whole lot more. After you find what you want, you get a choice of live voice directions or visual directions. The visual are better than Google Maps and will take you to your choice of shopping or restaurants. You can zoom in to find the smallest roads and MotionX will even give you music to drive by and night visuals while giving voice directions. One of the best travels apps for iPhone for finding your way around in your home town or out of town.
Best Road Trip Ever
Best Road Trip Ever or BRTE is like SundayDrive but better for the more adventurous. It shows the off the beaten track places, and the most unusual places you’ll want to go for even more fun. Don’t want the tourist trap areas, then Best Road Trip Ever is the best app for iPhone you can have.
BRTE has more than 7,000 unusual places to visit as well as the usual tourist attractions you can visit. Most of the unusual places are submitted by users and they aren’t all full of the information you need but you get the picture. If you’re looking for UFOs, the wonders of flying or a crayon artists center, you can find it through Best Road Trip Ever. It’s on of the travel apps for iPhone that is necessary if you want off the beaten track adventures.
Travel apps for Mac iPhone are full of information you need to make any adventure as fun as you can get. When the kids get out for the summer or any day or weekend trip you want to take, you can’t beat travel apps for iPhone. Enjoy!
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Calibrate Battery On Android Devices With Battery Calibration
Experienced ROM flashers of Android devices will be quite familiar with the concept of clearing the battery stats every time in order to calibrate the HP probook 4510s replacement battery. This is mostly needed when a new ROM is flashed with the battery at less then 100 percent. Earlier, we covered the manual method on how to fix the battery drain issue on rooted Android devices, but this manual re-calibration can be quite cumbersome depending on your device type as it requires you to boot into recovery mode, and more. Not anymore, thanks to XDA-Developers forum member marosige, who has come up with an app named, Battery Calibration. This app allows you to clear those battery stats rather more conveniently through a simple user interface. Read on for more on this app and to download it.
Now, the question many would be asking is, “What’s the advantage of using this app over clearing battery stats from recovery and then fully charging and discharging your phone?”. The answer is a threefold one.
- This app first of all, eliminates the need to boot into recovery and rocking a few hardware keys.
- Secondly, the app will only let you delete the battery stats when and only the battery is charged at 100 percent, thereby eliminating any false calibration that may or may not occur when going through recovery.
- That said, this app can be really handy for users with stock recoveries but rooted devices where you can’t clear the battery stats via recovery. This app will still allow you to do that.
But one thing this app will not do for you is discharge the phone completely and then charge back to 100 percent. Yes, in order to truly calibrate your Dell inspiron 1545 battery, you will have to do that manually. There is no automated way out of that for now.
You can see below a few screenshots of the very simple interface that only requires you to hit the Battery Calibration button once the phone is charged at 100 percent. The app shows you the current battery level as well for convenience.