An aspiring blogger can be overwhelmed with the vast amount of resources, tools, and advice for bloggers available on the net. While in no way definitive – there’s simply too much going on in this space to cover it all – we did our best to bring you a comprehensive list of blogging resources, which should be equally useful to beginners as well as veteran bloggers. Enjoy.
ThemeViewer – The number one location to find WordPress themes to make your page cool, which you will most certainly want to do.
Templates Now – A smaller collection of WordPress themes, but still worth your while to check out.
TemplateMonster – If you want more professional quality themes then this site can be useful. They offer extremely high quality themes that you can purchase
WordPress Themes – a neatly categorized site with a huge selection of themes
Best WordPress Plugins
Akismet – The best blog comment spam prevention plug-in. Ships free with WordPress, but you still have to turn it on and keep it updated.
WordPress Backup – an absolute must if you want to keep your archive in case of something going wrong
WP Cache – if your blog ever experiences a burst of traffic, you’ll be thankful you have WP Cache
Sitemap Generator – everyone who cares about SEO (and that should be everyone) should have this one
Preview Pane – If you upgrade/install WordPress 2.2.x, the Preview Frame has gone missing, as the developers decided to leave it out, and it is a vital tool on checking your posts, so this plug-in restores that functionality.
Facebook Photos – A nice WordPress plug-in that allows quick access to your Facebook photos and the ability to integrate them in to any post within WordPress with ease.
Flickr Photos – Same as Facebook Photos, but for use with a Flickr account.
Related Posts – This plugin lets you display all the posts you have written on the same subject near each post. It increases the chance that a visitor will spend more time browsing your blog posts.
Feedburner Feed Replacement – sooner or later, most people switch to Feedburner for their RSS needs. This plugin redirects all the RSS feeds on your blog to the Feedburner one. Might cause problems with Technorati.
Ultimate Tag Warrior – an advanced solution for all your tagging problems.
Adsense Deluxe – a great way to manage AdSense ads on your blog.
Super Archive – Creates a great dynamic archive for your WordPress blog posts.
Stat Traq – Get detailed statistics in a very effective graphical format.
Sociable – adds all those cute tiny icons for easy social bookmarking
LightBox 2 – A fade effect that you see on a myriad of blogs you visit these days where you click the image, the background fades and then the image itself displays in full view. A very nice effect to have.
WordPress Plugin repositories
Official WordPress Plugins Site – The official WordPress plugin repository is actually one of the best lists of its kind out there
Wp-Plugins – a comprehensive list of WordPress plugins
Wp Plugins DB – another large database of plugins for WordPress
Weblog Tools Collection – an often updated site bringing you the latest WordPress plugins as they arrive
Movable Type Styles
Style Library -If you are looking for a way to make your Movable Type blog look fresh, then look no further.
The Style Contest – A collection of Movable Type Styles created from contests to create the best styles. Only the best is here.
Style Generator – Use this if you wish to take things in to your own hands and
create your own Styles for use with Movable Type.
Best Movable Type Plugins
MT Notifier – This plug-in gives you a great amount of control of notification options for your users and helps with keeping your users connected to your Movable Type blog.
InlineEditor – No more clicking through 3 or more pages to edit your posts on Movable Type, this plug-in allows you to edit through Ajax technology right on the same page as your post.
MT Blogroll – If you want to link to your favorite blogs and sites, then you need a “blogroll” (collection of links to sites and other blogs), and this plug-in solves this problem with providing you the ability to create and manage as many “blogrolls” as your heart desires.
Movable Type Plugin repositories
Official Movable Type Plugin site – a comprehensive alphabetical list of Movable Type plugins
Blog Hosting Solutions
Dedicated & Shared Hosting Services
Dreamhost – Offers a lot for a very small amount of money.
CirtexHosting – Hosting plans starting at as little as $2.
BlueHost – Another affordable hosting solution.
HostGator – Cheap shared personal hosting.
Media Temple – Grid based hosting; known to be able to sustain lots of traffic.
Paid Blog Hosting Services
TypePad – If you are a MovableType fan, then TypePad is the premiere service to be using to host your blog.
Blogsite – An enterprise level blogging and publishing platform. Multiple blogs can reside withing one blogsite. Amazing SEO visibility.
Free Blog Hosting Services
WordPress – WordPress allows you to create and host a blog on their own servers and you can display it to the world. You don’t get as much customization and functionality as if you have it hosted on your own server (for example, advertising is not allowed), but it is still a very good way to blog without paying money.
Blogger – A service owned by Google, Blogger is a way to have your blogs hosted for free and you can post as much as you want. It allows Google’s AdSense to be used.
Xanga – iXanga is a lively community of online diaries and journals. Users create their own profiles and there are many opportunities to interact with other users.
LiveJournal – LiveJournal is excellent if you wish to blog on a personal level and join a community and share your blogs among friends.
Vox – A new contender to the arena but Vox is a very nice and powerful blogging tool; not to mention free!; You receive many social experiences with this option as Vox is based heavily on community based blogging.
Tumblr – Tumblr is great if you don’t have time to blog, but still want to share something now and again. It lets you easily post videos, pictures, links, and of course you can write there too.
Jaiku – Jaiku allows you the ability to post “mini-blogs” which are short blogs (usually under 140 – 160 characters in length) about whatever you decide. Jaiku also allows you to link together content from other services and social sites that provide RSS/ATOM feeds and they can be displayed as well.
Twitter – Twitter lets you say what you are doing in 140 characters or less. Recently new features have been added that have made it into a great communication tool.
Mobile Based Blogging
TextAmerica – A way to blog on the go. You blog with service by adding photos to your mobile blog and then later on you can add text descriptions and people
can see your world on the go.
Twitter – Twitter also has solid support for blogging from mobile devices.
Tips & Advice
Blogs about Blogging
About.com Weblogs – Professional blogger / freelance writer Deborah Ng covers a wide range of blogging topics for all levels of blogger, but is especially good for new bloggers.
Advanced Business Blogging – Two people who are really making money with blogs and new media and showing others how to.
Blogging for Business – Ted Demopoulos focuses “on practical business implications and uses of new media and technologies, including Blogging and Business, pod-casting, and other ‘Cool Internet Stuff’.”
Andy Wibbels – The author of Blog Wild! puts emphasises blogs for small business marketing, but his tips are useful for all bloggers.
Problogger – Darren Rowse is the definitive guide to making money with your blog.
MasterNewMedia – A site about independent publishing and social media which publishes articles showing how to create effective blogs and improve online marketing strategies.
Copyblogger – a great resource of no-nonsense information for bloggers (and everyone else who wants to learn how to write well)
DailyBlogTips – a place where you can find useful tips to improve the quality of your blog. Updated daily.
Blogging Pro – news, tips and technical support for bloggers.
Blogs in Education – a great list of useful resources aimed at those who want to use blogs for educational purposes.
10 Most Practical Blogs for Entrepreneurs – No philosophy, theory or personal rants/raves/ramblings here – just practical tips for business
Twenty Usability Tips for Your Blog – Tips for increasing the usability of your blog for your users which can lead to new and returning readers.
Big list of blog search engines – a very detailed resource for blog search engines.
Search Engine Submission Tips – an interesting list of techniques and strategies you can use to make your blog appear in relevant search results.
How to Make Money From Your Website – a practical guide that explains the differences between the different advertising systems that you can use on your blog.
25 Tips To Optimize Your Blog For Readers & Search Engines – useful tips that help your blog stand out from the crowd.
Research, Promote And Monetize Your Online Writing: A Blogger’s Guide To Twitter – a great guide by Michael Pick that shows you how to get the best out of
25 Tips for Marketing Your Blog – a detailed list of tips to help bloggers optimize their site for online marketing.
9 Lessons for Would-be Bloggers – Joshua Porter shares interesting lessons he learned in 7 years of blogging.
Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes – Jacob Nielsen writes down a list of the worst things you could do on your blog.
How to Become a Freelance Blog Writer – Leo Babauta shows how to become a freelance blog writer and get rewarded.
How To Prevent Running Out Of Blogging Steam – Did you run out of words? Here is what you can do when you have to face a situation like that.
13 Tips To Get Your Blog Noticed – a list of short tips to make your blog shine among the others.
Blogging Forums & Sites
Blogger Forum – This site has a nice forum with plenty of resources for helping you on your beginnings in blogging.
Bloggst – a fairly new community devoted to bloggers, and blogging, with howtos, interviews and other resources.
True Blogging – a forum completely dedicated to bloggers, blogging resources and blog monetization.
Blogger Talk – great resource for bloggers who want to share their experiences.
Bloggeries – a community for bloggers from all over the world to gather and discuss their blogs.
Webloggers – forum on marketing blogs, software for bloggers, blogging news and mobile blogging.
The Blog Herald – a source of blog and blogging related news for bloggers.
Blog Tools and Resources
Blog Search Engines
Technorati – One of the most popular search engines for blogs; its top list is one of the most often cited metrics on the Internet.
Sphere – a blog search engine that offers a contextual widget which shows related posts from other blogs.
Google Blog Search – A very simple blog search engine. It’s basically Google Search that only looks through blogs and comments on blogs.
Ice Rocket – A Google-like blog search engine.
Blog Top Lists
RSSTop55 – the most comprehensive list of blog top lists and blog submission sites on
Blog Statistics & Analysis
StatCounter – A completely free statistics and analysis tool for tracking your blog’s numbers.
Site Meter – Site Meter comes in two flavors, Site Meter Basic and Site Meter Premium and this service offers advanced analytics of your site statistics.
AWStats – A free and open-source alternative to track your site statistics.
Feedburner – A wide range of tools to spiff up your RSS feed, including HTML preview, geotagging, merging link and photo feeds, password protection, and one of our favorites – a customizable GIF-based headline animator. They can also insert ads into your feed and have both free and premium analytics.
Alexa – Alexa has the statistics for all of the internet and it lets you compare your blog to another.
Google Analytics – a free, full-featured (albeit a bit slow) analytics program from Google (ex. Urchin).
MeasureMap – another free tool for detailed analysis of your blog’s visitor habits
PayPal – PayPal allows you to set up a donations system on your site. Your readers can click a button that will bring them to a page where they can send you some cash.
Chitika – Contextual interactive CPC advertising. Requires more screen real estate than AdSense, but tends to have higher click-through rates and payout rates.
LinkAdage – Text links and text advertisements to generate revenue from your website by way of bidding, brokering, and exchanging text advertisements.
Txtswap – If you want to exchange text links to try and bring in more users, and in turn raise the potential to gain income, this is another service to try.
Google AdSense – Almost certainly the largest single source of income to bloggers worldwide. Pay per click and per view.
Yahoo Publisher network – pay per click ads, similar to Google AdSense.
AdBrite – Get paid for text link advertisements on your blog.
Text Link Ads – One of the leading suppliers of text link advertisements.
BidVertiser – an advertising system where you set the bids for pay per click ads.
ReviewMe – a marketplace for paid blog reviews.
PayPerPost – another marketplace for paid blog posts; often criticized, not only because of the idea of paid blog posting, but also due to the fact that they don’t require full disclosure on paid posts.
BlogBurst – get your blog syndicated by the bigtime media; best blogs get paid for their content.
Spreading The Word
Reddit – Social content site with focus on fun stuff, politics, science; sometimes, anything goes. Witty descriptions are obligatory.
ClipMarks – A service that allows you to save and share “clips” from web pages.
Digg – Social content site that likes technology-related content; especially Google and Apple related. Promoting your own blog – especially too aggressively – on Digg is not a good idea.
Blogmarks – another “clipping” service for saving and sharing links from the web.
Newsvine – Social news site with plenty of options and features
Netscape – Netscape’s social news portal, less oriented towards technology than both Digg and Reddit
Del.icio.us – If you need to share bookmarks or you want people to tell you about websites, Del.icio.us will allow you to do that.
MyBlogLog – Possibly the coolest blog community building tool around. Doubles as a simple analytics tool.
BlogRolling – Blogroll manager.
PollDaddy – cool polls for your blog.
BlogPolls – another provider of free polls for bloggers
Favicon Maker – simple service that enables you to easily create a favicon from an image.
Qumana – a desktop blog editor for Mac and Windows.
Blogjet – another desktop blog client, works only on Windows.
Blogarithm – enables you to track all your content at one place.
GeoLoc – a widget that shows your visitors’ locations on a world map.
JunkIWant – display your Amazon wishlist as a widget on your blog
BlogSticker – create stickers for your blog.
MyOpenId – enables you to identify yourself for various online service, using your blog address.
BlogFlux tools – several cool tools for bloggers.
ImageShack – free photo hosting service.
RSS & Aggregation Resources
Everything related to this topic is covered in our previous big feature, the RSS toolbox.
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Being an optimistic type of guy, I had hoped to pen a Five of the best from Computex 2012 feature. Alas, there’s not a great deal to write about. Not in terms of new tablets and smartphones, anyways.
Indeed, one of the biggest stories out of this year’s Computex was HTC’s absence from the first wave of Windows 8 tablets. Supposedly Microsoft had reservations about HTC’s prior performance in the tablet field, not to mention a recent cut in sales forecasts. Oh dear.
But I digress. Let’s get back to these new devices. Windows 8 was the star of the show, and that’s exactly what these three chaps rock.
Asus Transformer AiO
We haven’t written anything about the Asus Transformer AiO just yet, and with good reason. See, it straddles the boundary between tablet and desktop, with a massive 18.4in display. Not exactly the kind of tablet you’d use to play Angry Birds on the train.
Asus is a big fan of convergence, and the Transformer AiO – as I mentioned – doubles as a desktop, with a big fat base station type thing.
At the moment, Asus Transformer AiO specs remain elusive. Not even a whisper on resolution. However, we do know that the Asus Transformer AiO will rock Windows 8 and Android Tablet.
A dual-booting tablet/desktop hybrid? It could only be Asus.
Acer Iconia W510
Taiwan-based Acer revealed two Windows 8 tablets at Computex 2012, namely the Iconia W510 and Iconia W700.
You know sometimes you see a tablet or a smartphone or whatever, and you just want it? That’s exactly how I felt when reading about the Acer Iconia W510. No offense, Iconia W700.
Not exactly a unique concept, but the Acer Iconia W510 has a keyboard dock, extending battery life to a juicy 18 hours. The tablet portion can dock either way, so you can use the keyboard as a, uhm, keyboard, or as a stand.
Other than a 10.1in IPS display and 8MP rear camera, exact Acer Iconia 510 specs are fairly guarded. It’s thought to host an Intel chip, so that’ll be Windows 8 as opposed to ARM’s Windows 8 RT.
On the poop side, Acer Iconia 510 price will be somewhere in the region of $599 to $799. Hmm.
Back to Asus for the final in our top three from Computex 2012, and yes – it’s another hybrid beast. The Asus Taichi is part laptop, part tablet. But wait; it gets better.
The Asus Taichi doesn’t have just one display. That’d be ridiculous. Nope, it has a standard laptoppy display above the keyboard, and a second – effectively a touchscreen tablet, of sorts – on the back.
Both Asus Taichi displays boast a resolution of 1920 x 1080, with IPS goodness for angled viewing. There’ll be two options when it comes to size, namely 11.6 and 13.3in.
Other Asus Taichi specs of note include an Intel Core i7 processor (again that means Windows 8 as opposed to RT), 4GB of RAM, a pair of USB 3.0 ports, micro HDMI and a mini DisplayPort.
According to sources of good old DigiTimes, the Asus Taichi is estimated to have a Build of Materials (BOM) value of $900, which means price could – in theory – start around $1,300. Good lord.
Your laptop goes dead and you don’t understand why because it’s plugged in. The very first thing you should look for is status LEDs. The transformer brick or power adapter usually has a status led on it to show that it’s plugged into a good outlet and is functioning. If the laptop power adapter LED is not lit and the cord is firmly seated in both the transformer and the wall outlet, then the AC adapter is probably bad. But troubleshooting most power problems takes a little more effort. Fortunately, it’s also common for the failure to be the power cord itself, as I’ve noted with some Toshiba models. Many HP and Compaq models use “L” connectors which are less prone to failure, and Sony and Dell cords seem more robust as well, but it’s always a possibility. It seems to me I’ve seen “L” connectors on IBM Thinkpad as well.
If the status LEDs on the laptop blink when you wiggle the power cord or if they can be kept on if you position the cord just right, the failure is either the power cord or the power connector inside the laptop. Of the two, you want the problem to be the power cord because it’s much easier to fix. A power cord can look perfectly good (see above) but be broken inside, normally as result of letting it dangle off the back of the laptop when you work on your lap. The length of cable running from the power adapter to the laptop is shielded coaxial cable, with the inner conductor attached to the inner part of the barrel connector and the outer part serving as ground. The actual AC power cord is often detachable from the power adapter and is unlikely to fail as long as it’s seated. If you have no technician skills, you can buy a replacement laptop adapter from batteries-company.com for a decent price.
Many power cords also include a large choke, probably a ferrite, which I assume is to prevent RF interference generated by the laptop from leaking back onto the cord and turning the length between the laptop and the power adapter into an antenna. Frankly, I just cut them off on a repair if they are close too the barrel connector. It’s nice to have a reasonable wire stripper so you can strip the coax in one shot rather than worrying away the sheathing with a cheap tool. You want to take about an inch of the outer sheath off and then twist the braid shield together. Some techs like to preload the braid with solder before tacking it to the power connector, but if there’s a tab you can wrap it around first it’s not really necessary.
I prefer to buy new connectors than to try to reuse the original for several reasons. First, the original laptop power adapter will have a molded casing on the connector, and the only way to get it off is to hack away a little at a time with a razor. I’ve done it and effected a repair when I was traveling and had no other choice, but the braided conductor on my Toshiba notebook was soldered directly to the outside of the barrel rather than having its own solder point, like a replacement connector. It’s also very difficult to solder factory connectors without melting the insulator unless you have a hot, fine tip iron. I get my replacement connectors at Radio Shack for a buck or so, bring the original for sizing. The inside and outside diameter have to be an exact match, so you might even want to bring your notebook to the store with you.
If you are working with the cord length still attached to the power adapter (transformer), make sure you slide the shell for the new connector onto the cord and faced the right way before you solder on the connector. Otherwise, you’ll be faced with doing it all over or just taping the heck out of the connector. The length of the barrel connector that fits into the laptop body is somewhat flexible, too long can work, to short and you may be able to back-off a little on the connector shell. To the left, you can see the inner (yellow) of the laptop power cord soldered to the center tab of the barrel conector, and the braid soldered to the outer tab. If you have a heatshrink gun and tubing you can make a much neater job of it than I’m doing here:-)
Obviously, you don’t want the two tabs to touch or it just shorts out, so you can work a little tape around one of the tabs if you are paranoid, but leave room to get the shell on. The shell is actually threaded, as is the connector, so they usually hold together pretty good. Since this particular failure gave me so much grief the first time it happened, I always travel with a spare replacement end for my laptop power cord. While my first replacement is still holding up, should it fail, I can just undo the splice and tape the replacement end on in a matter of minutes. It’s unfortunate that so many people buy a new laptop power adapter or even crack their laptop open and start fooling with the inside receptacle when the problem is just the connector on the power cord.
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Speaking at Dell’s Technology Camp event in London, the company’s vice president of End User computing, Erik Dithmer, said that the new products were all built around a “purpose-driven design,” based on the needs of customers.
“End-user computing is not just about the device any more; it’s about multiple devices, an ecosystem, and a set of solutions that give full functionality for the user, depending on what they want to do,” he said.
Designed primarily for mobile business users, the new Latitude laptops come in a range of sizes, with the E6230, E6330, E6430 and E6530 offering 12.5-inch, 13.3-inch, 14-inch and 15.6-inch screens respectively. All of the models offer up to 32.7 hours Dell Latitude X300 Battery life and multiple connectivity options – including LTE and Bluetooth 4.0.
The Latitude E6430s has many of the same features, but was singled out for its design, pairing a 13.3-inch chassis with a 14-inch HD display. The laptop has a tri-metal casing and is 18% lighter than any comparable product from HP, according to Dell.
Meanwhile, the 14-inch ruggedised Latitude E6430 ATG comes with a handle and is designed for extreme weather conditions – including vibration, dust and high altitudes – while the 14-inch E5430 and 15.6-inch E5530 are aimed at professionals looking for a more budget-friendly mobile platform.
On the desktop side, the new OptiPlex 3010, 7010, 9010 PCs feature wireless connectivity, microphone and headset mini-jacks, and Microsoft Unified Communications certification. They support up to three digital native monitors and up to four front or side USB ports.
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Finally, the OptiPlex 9010 All-in-One has an 23-inch monitor, integrated power supply, VESA mounting and optional wireless mouse and keyboard.
All of Dell’s new products offer 2GB of memory, integrated graphics and optional 128GB SSD. They also come with version 8 of Intel vPro systems management, to which Dell has added remote BIOS management and remote hard drive wipe.
“The whole concept of bring your own device is very appealing to the end user, but it’s also something that the IT executive has to be very focused on being able to deliver from a cost perspective, a support perspective and a complexity perspective,” said Bryan Jones executive director of Europe public large enterprise marketing at Dell.
“If you look at the products we’re launching today, we’ve embedded a lot of security features and capabilities that really drive that discussion around data sovereignty, data protection and all the things that go along with that.”
Pricing and availability details of the new Latitude and Optiplex models have not been announced.
Lookout Mobile Security
Interface – When first launching this app I noticed a sleek and simple looking interface. It is set up to easily navigate through, with three main features — Security, Backup and Missing Device. At the very top it notifies you if everything is ok or if there is a security issue with your device. If you tap a category it will provide you with additional information on that specific subject and tell you if there is a problem.
Features – This is a fairly comprehensive, feature-packed app. It provides features such as — finding your phone if it becomes lost or stolen, managing unsecured Wi-Fi networks and backing up your information. At first I was wondering how I would know if it really was doing what it promised to do, but then I got my answer when it notified me that I was near an unsecured network.
Overall, for a free app this is definitely worth the download. Although in a future update I would like to see the ability to back up your photos. This feature would add a great component to the app that does not exist on the market right now. For all of the other features Lookout offers, you already have most of them on your phone. iCloud backs up your information, and Find My iPhone will locate your phone. The main feature that I adore is the notifications, this feature will help you to be aware of what is going on with your phone’s security.
Battery Doctor +
Interface – Battery Doctor + is a free app that has an impressive and easy to use interface. When you first open the app you will notice your battery’s status level in bold at the top of the screen. It will also give you information about your charging habits beneath that. I was an instant fan of this app when I noticed the usage list as I scrolled down the page. I thought this was a genius idea to give users an idea of how much time they had remaining on their battery life for each task they used. A breakdown of some of the tasks displayed included — Internet on Wi-Fi, talk time, video playback, YouTube, 3D Game and many more.
Features – The features are quite remarkable. In addition to a full usage list and time remaining there are also tips on how to lengthen your Acer aspire one zg5 battery life, a comprehensive record of your charging status and tips for proper maintenance of your phone. One thing I particularly liked was the options they give you in the settings menu. You can change your sound selections, the order of your usage list and decide if you would like reminders or not.
The bottom line is Battery Doctor + is the best Acer Aspire 6930 battery and maintenance app for the iPhone that I have come across. Not only is it free but it works perfectly and helps your iPhone be at its best. I would highly recommend downloading this app today.
Battery Life Pro All-IN-1
Interface – This is truly the most unique interface I have ever seen. When you open the app you are met by an interface that looks like it came straight off your dashboard in your vehicle. I have to say it is very cool. At the top it gives you the percentage of battery life you have in the form of a number that looks like the speed you are driving at in your vehicle. Then at the bottom of the screen you will see a breakdown of how long your battery will last.
Features – In addition to Battery Life Pro’s stunning layout it also has some amazing features. You can keep track of your charging time based on your specific needs, learn about battery tips, set an alert to remind you when you need to charge your HP Probook 4710S Battery, and my favorite, change the theme of how you want the information presented to you. They give users seven different options to choose from and they are all absolutely amazing.
Overall I found this app to function excellently well and I really enjoyed the unique graphics. The developers really put a lot of thought into this app. There is nothing I would add or change to make this app better. For a free app, it is definitely worth your time to download it.
Leveraging its efficient chip design, Apple says the latest iPad batteries can still run for 10 hours, like the iPad 2, and for nine hours on the 4G LTE cellular network.
Even with a big boost in display resolution, the latest iPad will still have 10 hours of battery life and nine hours on the 4G LTE cellular network.
During the launch of the new iPad, Apple announced a high-definition Retina Display powered by a quad-core A5X chip, along with other features such as an improved camera and high-definition video recording.
The enhanced graphics add a substantial processing load on the iPad and thus demand for battery power, Apple executives said during the launch. But the new iPad will continue to have 10 hours of battery life.
Even on the 4G network, the iPad will have nine hours of Apple A1185 Battery life, which would be a big improvement to many smartphones that don’t last a full day using the cellular network. Apple didn’t elaborate on how it was able to improve the power efficiency of the device, but it’s no doubt rooted in the A5X chip design and how it’s optimised for graphics.
One of the great advantages of using a laptop computer is its ability to operate it in a portable manner. This is achieved by the use of a battery as its power source. However, most users take the laptop battery pack for granted and are unaware that it will eventually fail.
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Most laptops today are powered by Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries. These are a great alternative to the older technologies since they have a much higher power to weight ratio, are not prone to the memory effect phenomenon and are inherently more environmentally friendly. However, much like the older battery chemistries, they do have a limited lifetime. Although the older chemistries rates of failure were proportional to the number of charging cycles, the capacity of today’s Lithium-ion laptop batteries diminish with age.
When you find that your laptop computer does not hold its charge as long as it used to, or when your system’s power management utility software indicates that its charge level is decreasing, you will need to find a replacement laptop battery to maintain your computer’s operating time. Finding the correct battery is generally a matter of searching for a Dell Latitude D620 Battery that will fit your computer’s make and model number. In addition, the specifications for the battery are usually found imprinted on the charger.
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With this information in hand, there are several sources from which you can purchase a new battery. These generally include the computer manufacturer, specialized electronic and computer retailers and a number of Internet sources. You will also find that, in addition to the OEM battery, there may also be a number of generic equivalents available.
Buying a replacement laptop battery directly from the manufacturer is the easiest choice, but you will be paying a premium price for this convenience. Secondary sources of OEM batteries will generally charge you as much as the computer manufacturer and in some cases you may even pay more.
This is true of both brick and mortar stores and online sites that sell laptop computer batteries. But if you are a value shopper, you will soon realize that generic batteries will offer you the same level of performance at a substantial cost savings. Additionally, you may be able to increase your laptop’s operating time by upgrading your Toshiba Pa3399u-2bas battery and choosing one with a higher milliamp rating in the generic equivalent. These higher capacity generic batteries typically cost much less than the OEM’s standard capacity battery.
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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 Acer Aspire 5520 Laptop 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?
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Have you ever run out of battery power on your laptop, notebook, or netbook during a meeting or a class? Sufficient battery life is a persistent challenge for mobile PC users. You can take simple maintenance steps to extend the life of your laptop battery. TheWindows operating system also offers several ways to help maximize the battery life of your mobile computer.
In this article, I’ll introduce some tips that you can use to recharge a battery and extend laptop battery life, and I’ll discuss how to take advantage of Windows settings to manage power more efficiently.
For on-the-go computing, your battery is your best friend. Knowing how it likes to be treated is the first step to keeping both of you happy.
- Keep battery contacts clean. Battery contacts can get dirty or corroded over time, reducing the effective delivery of power. With your mobile PC turned off and unplugged from its external power source, remove the battery. Use a cotton swab dampened with rubbing alcohol to wipe the metal contacts on the battery and inside the device. Allow them to dry completely before reinstalling the battery and reconnecting to a power source. Repeat this procedure every two to three months.
- Charge your battery correctly. When you’re on the road, be sure to carry a power cord and plug your computer in whenever you have the chance. Unlike the older-generation rechargeable batteries like nickel-based (NiMH) batteries (see next paragraph), modern lithium ion batteries can be partially discharged and recharged repeatedly with no harmful effects, but you should avoid fully discharging lithium ion batteries. Consult your owner’s manual for more specific tips on charging, and never use an AC adapter (power cord) or battery charger not approved by your device’s manufacturer.
- Completely drain nickel-based batteries periodically. If you’re using an older laptop (at least three years old) with a nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) battery, be sure to completely drain it and recharge it (every one to three months—consult your owner’s manual) to ensure that it will hold a full charge. (Most newer mobile PCs use lithium ion batteries, which don’t need to be drained to maximize their capacity.) To drain a NiMH battery, simply turn on your computer, unplug it from its external power source, and let the computer run. To speed things up, you could start several applications, turn the screen brightness to its highest level, and ignore all of the great power-saving strategies below. After the power is completely drained, recharge the battery fully. This may take up to 12 hours.
- Cool it. Your mobile computer generates heat, and higher operating temperatures reduce your device’s efficiency, which in turn demands more battery power and can shorten Toshiba satellite pro a120 batterry life. Make sure that your computer can “breathe”: Don’t let clothing, lint, or other obstructions block the cooling vents.
- Carry a spare. Buying an extra battery is a good investment for your peace of mind. Battery prices vary widely. You can significantly increase the power available to you if you’re willing to splurge a little. Contact the manufacturer of your mobile PC to find a replacement laptop battery.
- Store it properly. If you don’t expect to use your mobile computer for a week or more, it’s a good idea to store the battery, discharged to about 40 percent of full capacity, in a cool place. Click the battery status icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar to check the current charge. Avoid storing a fully discharged—or fully charged—lithium ion battery for extended periods, as this can diminish battery life.
Optimize your power settings
The display and hard disk on your mobile PC are the two biggest consumers of battery power. By choosing a power plan (called a power scheme in Windows XP) you can extend your battery life by automatically lowering screen brightness and reducing other power-hungry functions. A power plan is a collection of hardware and system settings that control how your mobile PC manages power.
You can also create a custom power scheme to suit your specific needs. You can create as many custom power schemes as you want.
Take advantage of low-power states
The different versions of Windows provide the following battery-saving states:
- Windows 7. Sleep and hibernation (which is like deep sleep)
- Windows Vista. Sleep and hybrid sleep (which is a combination of sleep and hibernation)
- Windows XP. Standby (which is like sleep) and hibernation (which is like deep sleep)
In a sleep state (standby), your display and hard disk turn off, and all open programs and files are saved in random access memory (RAM)—your computer’s temporary memory—rather than to the hard disk. Information stored in RAM is cleared when the computer turns off, so it’s a good idea to save your work before placing your system in sleep or standby mode. Otherwise you may lose data if you lose power or swap batteries or if your system crashes.
Sleep (standby) is particularly useful when you’re using your mobile PC intermittently during the day. For example, when driving between clients’ offices, put your computer to sleep or on standby to maximize the life of your Acer As07b31 laptop battery and to maintain quick access to open programs, files, and documents. When you want to use your computer again, it wakes up quickly, and your desktop is restored exactly as you left it.
In hibernation, your computer saves everything to your hard disk and then shuts down. When you restart the computer, your desktop is restored exactly as you left it. Hibernation uses less power than the sleep state (standby), but it takes a bit longer to resume.
Hybrid sleep is a power-saving feature designed primarily for desktop computers. Hybrid sleep saves any open documents and programs to random access memory and to your hard disk and then puts your computer into a low-power state.
Adjust screen brightness
You can also conserve battery power by reducing the screen brightness. To adjust your screen brightness, refer to the instructions from your mobile PC manufacturer. Every computer is slightly different, but you can usually use a combination of keys, a function key, or a software tool to dim the screen.
Even better than dimming the screen is blanking it completely when you’re not using your computer. You can further minimize power consumption by reducing the amount of time the computer is idle before the screen goes blank. The power schemes and power plans in Windows let you adjust your power settings to turn off the display after as little as one minute of inactivity. In addition, a number of third-party software developers offer free applications that enable you to turn the display off and on at will.
Turn off wireless
Another significant drain on your battery power is your wireless card. You should turn off your wireless device when you’re using your mobile PC but are not connected to a wireless network. You can either remove your Wi-Fi card or press the manual hardware button (or switch) on your computer, if you’re using a Centrino-based mobile PC. Refer to the instructions from your mobile PC manufacturer to learn where the manual hardware button is. Other computers may require that you turn off the wireless connection using software settings. Again, consult your instruction manual for details.
Additional power-saving tips
In addition to adjusting power settings to maximize battery life, consider the following tips to minimize power consumption when you’re away from electrical outlets.
- Turn off scheduled tasks. If you use scheduled tasks to run programs or scripts, or if you schedule other tasks to occur automatically at a preset time, specify that these tasks won’t be performed when the computer is running on battery power.
- Keep the use of tools in the notification bar to a minimum. Try to minimize your central processing unit (CPU) usage. Look at the notification area of the taskbar and close any tools (or utilities) that are not necessary. Often, these tools are installed on the computer when you first receive it. Windows 7 users can also click the up arrow at the end of the notification area to see tools and utilities that are hidden but available. The notification bar, shown below, is on the bottom right of your computer desktop.
- Limit power-intensive activities. Avoid watching a DVD, listening to a CD, or playing online games on your mobile PC when you need to conserve battery power.
- Add memory. You can minimize the reliance of Windows on virtual memory and reduce power consumption by adding memory (RAM) to your laptop computer.
By adjusting your mobile PC settings to conserve battery power and by implementing these tips, you can relieve the stress and inconvenience of running out of battery power.
A brand new battery – USBCell does away with battery chargers
Look Ma, no charger! Today at DEMOfall, the CEO of Moixa Energy Simon Daniel (a quirky physics PhD from the UK) dropped a bag full of chargers on stage. He kicked them away and pulled out of his pocket the marvel created by his company, a power battery called USBCell that charges from the USB port. Not only is this very cool, it’s smart – because there are billions of USB ports in desktops and laptops that can effectively become outlets for these batteries. It is also elegant, efficient and environment friendly.
The company claims that it takes about 5 hours to fully charge a Dell xps m1530 extended battery, but they are working on significantly reducing this time. There is already a version of this battery for cell phones, which has a USB jack attached to it via wire. Launched just last week, the site has had over 100,000 visitors already. The HP pavilion dv6 notebook battery is going to be available first in UK, then later in US. It will be sold direct online and via major chains.
“This revolutionary rechargeable battery can charge from any USB port without the need for any recharging devices, cradles or cables. Simply pop the lid to reveal a built in connector and charger, plug into any powered USB port on your desktop, laptop, keyboard or games console, to charge the Acer Aspire 5920 Laptop Computer Battery”
Samsung are offering the Verizon Galaxy Nexus with a free extended battery, and the handset is available for $299.99 when you sign up to a new contract with Verizon Wireless.
The extended battery is available when you buy the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon from Samsung Direct, although you may be able to find the handset cheaper elsewhere.
As a reminder the Galaxy Nexus on Verizon is LTE compatible and it features a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, a dual core processor and a 5 megapixel camera.