Saturday, May 20, 2017

Computer or Laptop Buying Guide for Dummies

HP 22-b016 All-In-One Desktop (Intel Pentium J3710, 4Gb Ram, 1Tb Hdd) With Windows 10
If you're planning on buying a computer or a laptop for yourself or as a gift, the first thing to consider is the person. Are they computer savvy or computer illiterate? There are different criteria for each situation. If you're purchasing for someone who knows computers, you'll want to look at something with enough power and functions to satisfy their needs. If you're going to buy a computer for someone that is a novice in front of the keyboard, you'll want to keep it simple and common.

Before I continue, I would strongly suggest that you don't purchase a used computer. Yes, there are plenty of pre-owned systems that will provide exactly what you need, but there are also a lot of used computers out there with hidden problems waiting to be discovered. Stick with a new system and give the gift of a new system with a good warranty and customer support. I would also recommend staying away from buying a Mac unless the recipient is already familiar with it. Not that there's anything wrong with a Mac, but a PC is better from a market saturation point of view. There are a lot more resources for PCs than Macs.

Dell OptiPlex Desktop (Intel Core2Duo 2.0GHz CPU, 160GB, 4GB Memory, Windows Professional 32-Bit) w/ 19in LCD Monitor (brands may vary) (Certified Refurbished)

The most important things on a laptop or a computer

Laptop Poin2 Chromebook 11 (11.6-Inch, 4GB, 16GB eMMC, Purple Black) LT0101-02USLets start with the easiest things first. Are you looking for a laptop, desktop or tower system? If you're buying this computer or laptop for someone on the go, like a college student then I would suggest a laptop. If the recipient will be using it for their home or office, then I would go with a desktop or tower. If they have a lot of desk space, go with a desktop computer. If things are a little cramped, opt for a tower. Before you buy anything, you could even take some measurements to ensure you buy something that will fit the space available.

HP 8100 Tower Computer Intel i5 3.2GHz Processor 8GB Memory 1TB HDD Genuine Windows 10 Professional (Certified Refurbished)

It has looks, but does it have brains? After deciding on form, you'll need to wade in and decide on function. The brain of any computer is called the central processing unit (CPU). Just like the brains in our heads, the more powerful the CPU the more things it can do and the faster it can do them. There are a number of different types of CPUs, really too many to get into so we'll concentrate on the kind of power you want. In the world of computers, power equates to speed. If you want to run average programs at an average speed, don't choose any CPU less than 1 GHz (Gigahertz). The fastest retail CPU right now is around 4 GHz but isn't worth the tremendous amount of money it costs unless you're running NASA from your loft. If you're looking for something fast but economical, stick to the 1.5-2.5 range.

LAPTOP ASUS Chromebook C202SA-YS02 11.6" Ruggedized and Water Resistant Design with 180 Degree (Intel Celeron 4 GB, 16GB eMMC, Dark Blue)

Next up is memory. Like the CPU, there are a lot of different kinds of memory. If you're purchasing a new computer (and you should be), then just like the CPU, you'll want to be more concerned with numbers than names. Memory is measured in MB of RAM, or Megabytes of Random Access Memory. Modern systems usually come with 512 MB RAM. The more memory your computer has, the more it can do at once, so you'll want to use 512 as a baseline. Consider getting 1 GB MB or more if you want to run some of today's bigger and more demanding programs. Luckily, memory is easy and fairly inexpensive to upgrade on your own so even if you can't get the memory you want now, you can always get it later on.

Faster it's better!

LAPTOP Poin2 Chromebook 11 (11.6-Inch, 4GB, 16GB eMMC, Purple Black) LT0101-02US

Okay, so now you've got the fastest computer on the block! Now you need a place to store all the work you've zipped through. You're going to need a hard drive, sometimes called a hard disk. Again, like the CPU and memory, there are a number of different types of hard drives. Like everything else inside a computer, speed and capacity are the key. The inside of a disk drive spins. The faster it spins, the quicker stored information can be accessed. This speed is measured in revolutions per minute (RPM). Slower hard drives run at around 5400 RPM and faster ones can race along in excess of 7200 RPM. Now that you know about speed, let's talk size. In this instance, size does matter! Hard drive size is measured in GB, similar to memory. Sizes range anywhere from a fraction of a GB to several hundred GB. With the amount of work computers do today, don't bother with anything less than 30-40 GB. Always aim for more size than you need. Just like your kitchen cabinets and garage, your hard drive will fill up pretty quickly.

Desktop Computer Dell Inspiron 24 3000 Series All-In-One (Intel Core i3, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD)

Alright! It looks like things are shaping up nicely. You've got speed, power and space. Everything you need to hit the ground running, right? Well, not quite yet. You need a CD drive to install programs onto your computer. There are a couple of different types of CD drives out there. This is one of the times you'll need to pay attention to names as well as numbers. If you're a novice, this could get a little confusing so read carefully. A CD drive can do a lot of things. They can record information and music (CD-R). They can also re-record on the same disk over and over, like erasing a cassette tape and recording on it again (CD-RW). They can even be used to play movies and use really powerful programs (CD-DVD). You can get a computer with a drive that does any one of these things or you can buy one that does all of them. It may cost you a few extra dollars, but getting one that does everything will save a lot of headache and heartache in the future. Remember how I mentioned speed earlier? CD drives are measured in X speed. For example 24X is nice, but 64X is much better.

Laptop Apple A1181 Macbook MB403LL 13.3 Inch Laptop (2.1 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile, 2 GB SDRAM, 120GB HDD, Mac OS x 10.7 Lion), White

Unless you're purchasing a bare bones system, any new computer will come with a sound card and video card. Today, even the most basic cards available will be powerful enough to tackle most applications. If you want to buy a system with upgraded sound or video cards, I recommend talking to the salesperson at the store and explaining what you want. Keep in mind that the better the component, the more expensive it can be. Some of the better cards sound cards can cost as much as $300, while top-end video cards can set you back a cool $400.

If you want to connect to the Internet, you'll need a modem. A modem is a piece of equipment that allows one computer to talk to talk to another, surf the Internet and even receive faxes. The good news here is that pretty much any computer on the market had a 56k modem, which is the fastest modem that uses a phone line. Better still, most computers can use their cable TV and get even faster access to the web.

Acer Aspire Desktop, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7400, 8GB DDR4, 2TB HDD, Windows 10 Home, TC-780-AMZKi5 Computer

The last thing you want to look at is the monitor (pardon the pun). The bigger monitor you get the better. The quality of a monitor is measured by its dot pitch. Dot pitch measures the distance between the teeny color cells on the screen that create the picture. The lower the dot pitch, the closer the pixels and the better picture you get. The average dot pitch is .28, anything above that will be a waste of money. Also, unless you're purchasing a laptop computer, you'll need to choose what sort of monitor you want. The big, bulky monitors of 7 or 8 years ago are practically gone. Instead look for a nice flat-screen monitor at least 15", although 17" or even 19" is pretty much the standard.

If you've purchased computers before, you probably found this information of minimal use. On the other hand, if you've never bought a computer until now, all this information may have overloaded you. If that's the case, I have some final tips that will set everything straight. Look for a big named computer like Gateway or Dell. You can find dealerships in most cities and on the Internet. You can have a system custom built or purchase one already built. Even the base models will be powerful enough for just about anything out there. Set your budget and stick to it. If you're a shrewd shopper, you can find a great low-end system for around $300. At $500, you can get a really nice system, while a top of the line computer will cost around $1600. If you're looking at a laptop, add 20-30%. Whatever brand and level of computer you choose, do your research and make sure you get everything you want at a price you're comfortable with. Thanks for these valuable information provided by Mark Murphy, but also please check more ideas about this subject - desktop computer buying guide.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

10 High School Graduation Gift Ideas

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High school graduation is a special time for students and us parents. We've seen them work extremely hard to get to this point. Now it's time to show we're proud of them. Here are 10 graduation gift ideas for your high school graduate.

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Now may be the time to upgrade your child's mobile phone to a smart phone. A smart phone like the Blackberry or iPhone is versatile and convenient. One benefit of smart phones is that they have Internet access. So you'll have more ways (e-mail, Facebook) to stay connected with your child. Be sure you understand the different data plans before signing a phone contract.
A New York City driver using two handheld mobile phones at once.
iPod touch 
The iPod touch is more than just a music player. It is a mobile media device. It is a wi-fi enabled device, so it can easily connect to the Internet where available. The latest iPod touch has an eye-popping, high resolution screen. It can also take video, record, and play sounds through an external speaker. There are also tons of free games and apps. There's so much to like about the latest iPod touch. 
Apple iPod Touch 16GB Space Gray (6th Generation) MKH62LL/A (Certified Refurbished)
iPad 2 
The iPad 2 is a great gift, if you can find one. These are in high demand right now. It sells for about $599. It can connect to the Internet via wi-fi. As a tablet computer, it can be very useful to college-bound students.
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Casio G-Shock Watch 
It's always good to have a trusty watch. That's exactly what the Casio G-Shock is. These watches are tough and versatile. There's a G-Shock watch for everyone. You can learn all about Casio G-Shock watches in this article.
Casio Men's G-Shock Classic Analog-Digital Watch

The Kindle is an amazing little eBook reader. Selling for as low as $139, this book reader would be useful to any student. With more textbooks being offered electronically, the Kindle is a smart choice. It is light and easy to carry, much easier than carrying full-sized text books.
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Laptop computer 
Laptop computers are a little more functional than tablet computers like the iPad. With a real keyboard, laptops are a good choice for completing assignments, taking notes in class, or doing research. Laptops vary in price; it depends on the features you choose. Make sure you get one with a web cam so you can video chat with your child while they're away at college.
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Class ring 
If your child's high school offers a class ring, now is a good time to buy one. Class rings are probably the best souvenirs you can buy to remember your high school.
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This multitool is a handy little item that is multiple tools in one. It comes with scissors, small knife, screw drivers, etc. For about $20, this handy, versatile, and portable tool has many uses. You can buy it on (link).
A computer printer is a great choice for a student going to college. Being able to print out your own assignments, pictures, etc., is a major convenience while away at school. It'll save them a trip to the media center.
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Camera / Video Camera 
Any student would love to have a camera or video camera to bring to college. College is truly the time of their lives, so they'll want to cherish and remember these moments. Any good point-and-shoot digital camera usually can take video too. If not, you can look at the FlipVideo series of portable video cameras. They are very easy to operate and they take HD video too. They start at around $129. You can see the all the FlipVideo models first and then choose the right one.

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Smartphone Navigation Showdown: Google Maps Vs Nokia Drive

One of the standout features of smartphones is their ability to be used as GPS units. In this article we will take a look at both Nokia Drive and Google Maps, two powerhouse GPS apps. I have road tested both, so buckle your seat belts as these two navigation apps go head to head. 

Google Maps is a powerful tool that is integrated well throughout the entire Android OS. It is feature packed and can offer a deep GPS experience. 
Google Maps also has the ability to show real-time information regarding businesses that are close by, traffic information, detours, weather, special offers and much more. The level of integration throughout the OS is superb. You could be searching for a business in the browser of the phone, then when the address pops up you can click it and your phone automatically switches to GPS. You can also use a feature like this to point your GPS to the contacts in your phone book (if you have their address information saved); you can also just type in any address and Google Maps will find directions for you. 

Google Maps is perhaps the most powerful navigation tool available in the smartphone world, but it is also the most complicated, which is no surprise because Android has never been known as user-friendly. The main Google Maps screen is cluttered with information, and there are dozens of menus to dig through. Getting Google Maps setup to your personal liking can take a while. 
Another negative is that there is no real option to use Google Maps offline. You can save 10 small chunks of map to your phone to use offline, but this is hardly adequate. What this means that every time you use Google Maps you are burning through data. Best not to use it if you have a small data plan. Google Maps is good, but there are other alternatives. 
When WindowsPhone was first launched it did not have a native navigation app, but now, Nokia Lumia devices have Nokia Drive, and when Windows Phone 8 is launched, all Windows Phone devices will have access to it. 
Nokia Drive is integrated throughout the entire OS just like Google Maps is on Android: see an address in an app, tap it and Nokia Drive launches so that you can get there. Need to reach a contact: tap the address in their profile and Nokia Drive does the rest, and of course, you can type in any address. As you can see it works just like a regular GPS

Nokia Drive is beautiful to look at. The main screen is not cluttered with information; everything is clean, crisp, and serves a purpose. When looking at the map you will see that businesses are displayed as a small icon, and a simple tap will bring up all information about that business. Traffic delays and detours are visible, and your daily commutes are remembered so that it can tell you if there are any delays on the roads you use the most. These are great features, but perhaps the biggest feature is that Nokia Drive can be used offline. 
During initial setup you will be asked to download maps to your phone. The maps are then stored on the phone, and you can use Nokia Drive without ever having to worry about data usage. You can download as many maps as you want and they are all free. 
The other big difference compared to Google's offering is ease of use. Nokia Drive is very easy to use. No complicated menus and a simple set of options that allow you to tweak the most important aspects of the app are what you will find here. Compared to Google Maps, Nokia Drive is as simple as plug and play. Nokia Drive is a joy to use, it is beautiful to look at, and you do not ever have to worry about using up your expensive data. 

Both Nokia Drive and Google Maps are excellent navigation aides. Both are packed full of features, and both will get you from A to B, but Nokia Drive has the slight edge. Nokia Drive is far easier to use, is easier on the eye, and it will not burn through all of your data. If you use your smartphone for GPS on a regular basis, you really owe it to yourself to check out Windows Phone and the amazing Nokia Drive. Thanks to Brett Day for this great article!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Relief for Laptop Users: How to Reduce Eye and Back Pains

With the usage of laptops increasing, doctors are beginning to see more pains, strains and injuries coming from hunching over to see the low screen.

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Kantek LCD Protect Deluxe Anti-Glare Filter for 19 to 20 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitors (LCD20W)

Laptops have become so convenient with the efficiency of the components, allowing you to get work done or movies watched without having to get out of your bed. However, using a laptop for too many hours can cause strain on your eyes and back. Fortunately, there are some accessories that you can purchase to reduce such pains!

1. Because you tend to blink less often when looking at screens, buying an anti-glare filter will aid in reducing eyestrain. You can get Protection Filters from Staples, with prices ranging from $35 to $55, all depending on how big the size of your monitor is. If you want a bit of privacy from people sitting next to you or around you, you can get the Privacy Filter, which is quite inexpensive, $40 to $60. The Privacy Filter make the screen on your laptop seem black to anyone, except for anyone sitting right in front of the monitor.

2. Do you use your laptop on your desk? Does your neck and back throb afterwards? Experts say that the problem with laptops is that the keyboard and screen are too close together, causing you to squeeze your arms together so that you can type and it also leads to hunching over just to see the screen. Good news though! You can now purchase the APC Notebook Stand at Best Buy for $80. What the stand does is it elevates the screen and allows you to connect a full size keyboard and mouse. And with a 360° swivel, it allows you to move into your most comfortable position. Not only that, but it comes with a circulatory air cooling design, which provides additional cooling for your notebook computer! What a way to get your money's worth.

3. Laptops heat up really fast and therefore, buying a cooling pad would be a smart move. It has been proven that placing notebooks on laps for prolonged periods can cause cause fertility problems in men. However, by using a notebook cooler, $40 from Staples, it will conduct heat away the aluminum surface. The cooler will prevent you from getting burnt and extend your notebook's life by preventing it from overheating.

4. And last, but certainly not least, the most important thing to remember is to TAKE A BREAK! Step away from your beloved laptop, and stretch for 5 to 10 minutes. Not only do your eyes need a break from staring at the screen for so long, but your body needs a good stretch. Stretching will do wonders to your aches and pains. Thanks to karen for these infos!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Men's Accessories: Watches - Are You Using Analog or Digital Watch? Who was Patek Philippe?.

In olden days, pocket watches were the only means of checking time on the move. However, these watches had only a hour hand and the watch mechanism was highly inaccurate. But after a few hundred years, Patek Philippe invented the first ever wristwatch. Initially, it was considered to a woman's accessory. But as time passed on men, too, began to use them.
There are two main ways in which watch displays: analog and digital. Analog display is one of the most primitive display methods. Watches with analog display have a numbered dial upon which are mounted a short rotating hour hand, a longer rotating minute hand and a third hand that shows the current second of the current minute.
             Jewelry, designer and dressy watches almost always have analog display of the time. These watches come in a wide range of styles of hands, numbers, and other aspects of the analog dial. On the other hand a digital display simply shows the time as a number, e.g., 10:10 a.m. instead of a pair of hands pointing towards the numbers 10 and 2 on a dial.

Watches have to be powered to keep them running day in and day out. Some of the most common methods of doing so are springs or batteries. Some of them operate on the self winding mechanism while others can operate on light energy, kinetic energy or thermal power. The spring operated watches have a wound spring which has to be rewound by the user periodically while the battery operated ones use electricity derived from a replaceable battery.
The watches which operate on kinetic energy are powered by the movement of the wearer. Some electronic watches are also powered by light by using a photovoltaic cell. A thermal power based watches use the temperature difference between the wearer's arm and the surrounding environment to power up.

Modern watches can be chronographs and chronometers. These two terms sound similar and are often confused, although they are altogether different things. A chronograph is a watch in which the watch movement can function as a stopwatch whereas a chronometer is an all-mechanical watch or clock whose movement has been tested and certified to operate within a certain standard of accuracy by the COSC (Contr�le Officiel Suisse des Chronom�tres). See the Patek Philippe history.

Digital watches haven't replaced analog watches. In fact digital watches have fallen somewhat out of fashion, and these days most of the watches display time in analog form, although the internal parts of the watch are electronic. Jewelry or dressy watches rarely have digital displays. Digital display is particularly popular with "geek watches" that have a large number of features besides simply showing the date and time.
So the choice of digital or analog displays completely depends upon the user, his personality and, of course, the occasion as well.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dress for Emotional Success, Your Clothing Choices Can Affect Your Mood!

       Our clothing style definately impacts the way that others see us. People that we meet for the first time make judgements and assumptions about our personality and lifestyle based on what we chose to wear that day. The "dress for success" principle is often emphasized during job training sessions.

It is important to dress meticulously when you are going to job interviews or to make presentations. Yes, our clothing style impacts the way others perceive us, but it also affects the way that we feel about ourselves. Here are a few tips on dressing for emotional success.

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Dress for Success: A Step-by-Step Guide to Looking Polished and Professional at Work 
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       First of all, dress in clothing that is suitable to your profession. If you work in a business office, professional attire such as dress slacks and blouses would be appropriate choices. Dressing in jeans or t-shirts gives your customer a less than optimal opinion of you and of the entire business.

This isn't fair or respectful of your employer. Dressing in professional clothing implies that you pay attention to small details, that you are successful, and that you are confident. Again, if you dress with confidence, you will begin to feel confident.

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Dress For Success: Get Great Ideas On How to Dress for Success, Professional Dress and More 
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Second, dress in clothing that fits well. If you wear clothing that is too large, you tend to be pulling, tugging, or re-arranging portions of fabric most of the day. Not only is it annoying, but it also is distracting. Clothing that doesn't fit well looks sloppy and disorderly. That messy look can take the bounce right out of our step. Dressing in clothing that fits well makes us feel better and smile more!

When choosing clothing, make sure that it is appropriate for your age. When older women wear clothing that is styled and fitted for the younger crowd, it does nothing more than embarrass the wearer and most everyone that she meets. If you're older, you don't need to look dowdy and drab, but just don't head for the low rise jeans at The Gap. A more mature look will accentuate your body without making you look like you are trying to find the fountain of youth.

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     Once you've chosen a wardrobe that makes you feel wonderful, go the extra mile and shop for some great accessories. Nothing says "old lady" faster than a pair of tan or navy SAS loafers. Comfort is important, but do Some extra shopping and find some shoes that are comfortable, but a little more trendy.

Find and carry a bag that is not ten years old. Accessorize your look with great necklaces and bracelets. These all can be found for affordable prices at places like Target.

Something that isn't clothing related, but still you related to the way that you feel about yourself is your hairstyle. Unkept and frizzy hair sends the message that you don't pay attention to details and that you are unkept. While this may not be true, it is still what people may think. A fun and trendy hairstyle implys that you are approachable, up to date, and fun. The style doesn't have to be anything outlandish, just neat and flattering to your face. 

Lastly, it is true that real friends and family will love you no matter how you dress. This article is not about your friends or family. It is about you and how you feel. Putting a little more style or fun into your wardrobe can be an ice breaker for those who are unfamiliar with you. Make the way that you dress a reflection of your personality. You aren't really all that boring, are you, Cookie White?

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Getting a Tattoo

While tattoos may be taboo and off limits to some, they can be a sense of art and self expression for others. Everyone has their own reasons for getting a tattoo, but there are a few things to remember before getting one, especially if you've never had one before.

The first thing to remember is making sure a tattoo is what you want. After all, this is something permanent that you're doing to your skin, and while there are certain ways of removing one, such as surgery, it may not be removed completely. Why go through all of that in first place? So if you want a tattoo, be sure about it first, as well as the kind of tattoo you want to represent you.

There are plenty of classic tattoo mistakes, so avoid them at all cost. Don't get a tattoo that you were motivated to get in the heat of the moment that you might regret later, and don't get a boyfriend or girlfriend's name. While getting a significant other's name can be a special and romantic thing, you don't know what the future holds when it comes to whether or not you'll still be with that person. In case you break up, it's best to not get anything that relates to them. It's okay to get a tattoo of your children's name or the name of someone in your family that may have passed away, however.
While some people want to get a tattoo that looks pretty, others may want to get one that has a deeper meaning. When it comes to how you want to represent yourself with a tattoo, be sure about it and make sure people understand why you chose it by getting one that clearly states "this is me" instead of something that may look ridiculous or confusing to someone else.
If you're getting a tattoo that's in a different language, such as Chinese or Japanese characters, make sure you know what the meaning is before getting it. There are a lot of people who have gotten Asian characters as their tattoo, but its true meaning wasn't what they originally thought. If it helps, ask an Asian person who understands that particular character, or you can do your own research.

Tattoo Artist:
Believe it or not, there are a lot of tattoo artists that shouldn't be giving tattoos at all. When you select the person you want to give you a tattoo, make sure you're aware of their credentials first. Ask to see some of their work, and make sure they are licensed to give you a tattoo.
Take your surroundings into consideration. Hygiene is very important so if you see signs of bad hygiene, it's best not to get a tattoo in that place. If it helps, do some research on that particular place, keeping an eye out for good and bad reviews. Learning all you can about a tattoo parlor, and tattoo artist is very important so never skip this step before getting a tattoo. Toya Bass.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Extend Your Smartphone’s Battery Charge

Does your new Smartphone battery drain too quickly? For the most part, the standard batteries that come with the new Smartphones aren't up to the tasks demanded by the many apps and widgets running on the phone. In addition, the 4G network drains batteries even more. To top off all of that, your cell phone provider may be adding to your battery woes. No wonder your standard battery is giving up the ghost!
Everyone agrees that the 4G network drains your battery faster than the 3G network. Forums are reporting 4G drains the battery 20% faster than the 3G. The only thing you can do to combat this is to turn off the 4G unless you are streaming video or data. You can buy an extended battery, but that means your case won't fit as the extended battery is thicker than the standard battery. There is a good solution to this dilemma.
Buy a spare battery and a Sync and Charge Cradle. For example, the HTC EVO 4G Sync and Charge Cradle not only allows you to sync your EVO 4G, but will charge it will you're streaming video. It has a spare battery charger built into it so you can be charging the spare battery as well. No need to get the bulkier extended battery that your case won't fit. Sure you have to carry around the spare battery, but that's a small inconvenience.
Another cool gadget that may save you bacon from the fire is called an Emergency Portable Charger. It is external and just plugs into your Smartphone or iPhone and recharges your battery. It is great for those times when the power is out (like during the upcoming winter storms) or when you are out and about without access to electricity.
There are some simple, easy to do steps that will help your battery life. These include conditioning your new battery, configuring your Smartphone services, and being selective about which apps you use on your cell phone. These tips are the pretty much same whether you have an iPhone or an Android Smartphone. The only big difference is that you can't get an extended battery for your iPhone or change it out easily. For those iPhone owners there are some cool gadgets that help, like the Rechargeable Battery Case for theiPhone 4, 5s, 5c and more.
Battery conditioning and battery care is critical to get the most out of your mAh (milliampere-hour). The mAh determines the length of talk time and stand by time your battery will give you. When you get any new Smartphone or cell phone, you should always condition the battery so that it utilizes the most charge it can. Conditioning the battery means that when you get the new battery you should take it out of the phone and then replace it. Keeping the device off, plug it into the AC charger and then let it charge for 6-8 hours without being on or using it (overnight is usually best.) This will bring the battery's charge up to its highest capacity initially, an important step in conditioning the battery. 
The next step is to use the phone and discharge the battery until it is almost dead. Then repeat the charging process overnight. Do this for the first 2-3 times you charge the battery. Repeat this process about once a month as we tend to do a shallow discharge and recharge the battery frequently. (We all do it. We have a fear of having a dead cell phone.)
Reduce your screen brightness. Your screen is without a doubt the worst offender for taking down the battery charge life. Turn the screen brightness down to 30%. Unless you are out in really bright sunlight, you will still be able to read your screen just fine. This adjustment alone could enable you to have another few hours of battery life per charge.
Change your email settings. Unless you are totally addicted to getting your email immediately, change the frequency of checking email to every couple of hours. While it may not be as exciting as getting your email instantaneously, your battery charge will last much longer.
Turn off the GPS locator, the Wi-Fi, and the Bluetooth. If you are going to go on a trip and need the Google Maps feature, you can turn it back on. Other services that use the GPS are Weatherbug, Latitude, etc., but again, if you don't absolutely need them, turn off the GPS locator. Just having the GPS off will save your battery. If your phone is constantly searching for a Wi-Fi connection you will drain the battery quickly. Turn it off and only use it when you get to a location you know has a Wi-Fi connection. As for the Bluetooth, turn it off at night or when you aren't using it. It will save you lots of battery charge.
Be selective with running apps. Your new Smartphone has a bunch of application running, and you may have downloaded even more. There are so many cool apps available for the various Smartphones. But having all these cool apps running takes down the battery in a big way. I have downloaded an app called Advanced Task Killer for my Droid X, which allows you to manually stop apps you choose. You can always access the apps from your home screen any time you wish. I automatically kill running apps every time I access my phone. This saves the life of your battery. For iPhone owners there is the AppManager.
By being smarter than you Smartphone, you can extend your device's battery charge life. As with anything else in life, management is key. So again, condition your battery and be choosy about what's running on your phone. You will get a whole lot more life out of each battery charge! Info provided by Mobile Maiden.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Turn Your Smartphone into a Travel Guide with the Right Apps

Best Smartphone Apps for Your Trip to Europe

Taking your dream trip to Europe and don't want to carry a backpack full of guidebooks and maps everywhere? Your smartphone can store all the information you need to find your way around and have a wonderful time. Here are some tips to help you get started.


The simplest way to get tourist information on your smartphone is to buy your favorite guides in e-book form. Download them to your smartphone for reading with your book app of choice. While your smartphone may not be the best format for general reading, it is perfect for keeping reference material easily to hand. Have a day out in Paris and find yourself with some extra time? Look up nearby tourist attractions in your downloaded guide book, and find your way using your map function.

Rick Steves:

Travel author and TV host, Rick Steves, has his own audio-app for playing travel podcasts. The app and podcasts are free of charge, and available for iOS and Android. From inside the app, you can choose and download the podcasts that interest you. Once downloaded to your phone, there is no need for Wi-Fi or a data connection in order to play them. Podcasts are available for destinations all over Europe - from "Backroads Scotland," to "Caves of Slovenia."
Steve's many podcasts for Paris include a hilarious and informative interview with David Sedaris. We enjoyed his audio walking tours around historic Paris, as well as the audio-guide to Versailles Palace, which is designed to complement the official audio-tour. I quickly learned that Steve's advice is never wrong - especially whenever I thought I knew better.

iTunes U:

If you have an iPhone, search iTunes U for offerings about the history, art, or archaeology of the region you're visiting. For example, I found a great series of short videos from The Open University on the archeology of Rome and Ostia Antica. I watched all of them before our trip, and viewed them again while we were on site - a huge help in understanding the details of complex Roman archeological sites.

Restaurant guides:

If you go to your smartphone's app store and search for your destination city, you'll find numerous guides offering reviews and other information about restaurants and more. Go ahead and read the descriptions and download any that appeal. They're great for getting an idea of the range of restaurants, bars, and food shops. Depending on where you're staying, you might find recommendations for the perfect nearby café, bistro, or cheese shop.
To be honest, I did not find food guide apps particularly helpful in finding local restaurants in Rome or Paris. We had better luck strolling around and reading posted menus. I did, however, find the wonderful "Caruso" gelato shop in Rome thanks to the "Eat Rome" app. In my book, that one tasty treat was totally worth the download!

Site-specific apps:

Some sites of interest have their own guide apps available, which are advertised by signs at the location and/or linked to their website. For example, signs at the Eiffel Tower and the gardens at Versailles Palace advertised their own apps, as well as free Wi-Fi for downloading. The bad news is that we were unable to connect to the Wi-Fi at either site, so had to make do without their guidance.
I recommend checking the websites of attractions you're interested in to see if they offer downloadable app guides or podcasts - before you leave for your trip. Using your own home Wi-Fi is both more reliable and more secure than downloading to your phone from a public site.
I downloaded the Versailles Gardens app after we got home from Paris. It is both beautiful and informative, with photos and embedded audio and video commentary about specific points of interest. I believe if you are on site, location markers will trigger the app to show you information about what you are looking at. I wish we'd had it when we were there! 

With these few tips in mind to help, your smartphone can be your guide to a wonderful vacation. Credits for this article goes to to Grace M. Drake!