battery

Mon
21
Jan
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'NeoSearch 2.4', and 'Battery Monitor 5.2'

NeoSearch 2.4 NeoSearch is designed to perform a thorough search of your Windows computer system for any and all files stored there. It's very similar to other search programs, but this one has been specially designed to increase search speeds and ... reduce the impact it has on overall system performance. www.koshyjohn.com Battery Monitor 5.2 Battery Monitor shows you vital information related to the activity of your Windows laptop computer's battery pack. In addition, it allows you to change the ways in which your notebook computer uses its battery power, thereby giving you controls so you can ... (view more)

Fri
07
Dec
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Microsoft Surface Pro: Half the Battery Life

On paper, Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablet computer is a whole lot more enticing than the version of the Surface currently available in stores: it boasts more processing power, memory, and storage. It also runs the full version of Windows 8, ... whereas the current Surface uses only the less-impressive Windows RT operating system (OS). Up until recently, the only problem with the Surface Pro appeared to be its price: $899 and up. The current Surface sells for $499 and up. Twice the Price, Half the Battery Life But now there's another reason to worry about the Surface Pro's viability in the ... (view more)

Tue
02
Oct
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iPhone 4, 4S Battery Killed by iOS 6, Users Complain

One of the major attractions of the new iPhone 5 is its brand new mobile operating system (OS): iOS 6. However, it appears when it developed the new OS Apple may have forgotten about users of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Users of those devices are ... insisting their iPhone's battery drains very quickly after upgrading from iOS 5. It remains unclear what is causing the excessive battery drainage. Early reports had pointed to Apple's new and much-maligned mapping service. However, iPhone 4 and 4S users who haven't even installed that application now report having the same battery problems as users ... (view more)

Thu
22
Mar
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Free Smartphone Apps Waste Power, Study Finds

A recent study has found that some smartphone applications unnecessarily waste battery life. The worst offenders appear to be free games that make money for their developers by bombarding gamers with advertising. Most free apps fall into one of ... three categories: Promotional tools or pieces of larger information campaigns. Trial or demo versions of apps that charge for their "full" version. Advertising-supported apps that normally display advertising as they operate. Excessive App Power Use: Researchers Identify Causes Apps in the third category -- ad supported -- have attracted the ... (view more)

Tue
15
Nov
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iPhone 4s Battery Problems Persist, Despite Update

Apple's newest iPhone is highly popular, but its battery-life problem continues despite a system update intended to fix it. On Thursday morning, Apple released iOS 5.0.1, designed specifically to resolve a bug that reportedly drains the iPhone 4S's ... battery at a too-rapid rate. Unfortunately, some users remain unsatisfied, while others seem to feel the update has made the situation worse. (Source: computerworld.com ) Update Problems Prompt Hardware Fears "After upgrading to 5.0.1 my iPhone is draining the battery even faster!" said Apple forum user. Another, user says that after ... (view more)

Wed
10
Aug
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New Batteries Smaller than Bacteria

Just when you thought that innovations could not get any more compact, a new report out of Rice University is claiming that scientists have been able to construct a working battery that is six times thinner in size than a bacterium. The microscopic ... battery measures 150 nanometers in width, meaning that it is literally hundreds of times thinner than a human hair follicle, and more than 60,000 times smaller than a regular AAA battery. Battery / Supercapacitor Hybrid The diminutive power pack is manufactured by the thousands in dense arrays. It is actually a cross between a battery and a ... (view more)

Mon
27
Dec
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Microsoft Considers Reinventing MS Windows: Report

Microsoft is reportedly working on a brand new edition of Windows specially designed specifically for tablet devices. The goal would be to overcome battery life problems with existing portable Windows machines. The key to the new edition would be ... how it interacts with the processor. The CPU (or "processor") is the the chip in any computing device that carries out calculations and processes information. There are two main types of processors in common use for portable devices: Intel's x86 architecture and the ARM chip. The two chips are very different inside, which means that the ... (view more)

Sun
28
Nov
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Online Holiday Shopping? Read Dennis' Top 10 Recommendations

With over 30 years in computing experience, I'm often asked my opinion about computer hardware. Questions like, "What can I do to speed up my computer?", or "What type of laptop should I buy?" and things of that nature. Like anyone else, I love a ... good deal. In order to find the best deal possible, sometimes I spend an entire day shopping online to compare prices and features of similar components. Unfortunately, many of the "recommendations" I've read recently appear to be forged for the sake of making a sale, which means there's an awful lot of time wasted wading through ... (view more)

Fri
15
Oct
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Windows 7 '2goPAD' Tablet PC Officially Launched

Last week Microsoft promised several new Windows 7 tablet computers would be available to home and business consumers prior to Christmas. For those of you who simply can't wait, take note: there's a Windows 7 tablet PC available right now, so long ... as you don't mind a relatively short battery life. CTL 2goPAD: Hardware Specifications Tech company CTL recently released their 2goPAD, a device featuring a 10.1-inch display with 1,024 x 600 pixels, 1.66 GHz Intel Atom N450 (single core, 2 threads) processor and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage of the 2goPAD is listed at 250GB, while boasting a 1.3 ... (view more)

Tue
09
Feb
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MS Rejects Claims that Win7 Causes Faulty Batteries

Late last week, a number of Windows 7 users lit up Microsoft's TechNet forums with complaints that they were experiencing a dramatic decline in the battery lives of their laptop computers after upgrading from XP or Vista to Windows 7. In a recent ... statement, however, Microsoft denies the charge and has stressed that these issues are strictly hardware-related. Windows 7 Not Poisoning Batteries In some cases, un-tethered notebook PCs were going into hibernation or shutdown mode after an incredibly short period of time, leaving recent Windows 7 adopters wondering if the operating system (OS) was ... (view more)

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