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Save Battery Life in Android Phones


It was in no time Android supported devices hit the market.Main reasons behind this are ease of use, affordability and thousands of millions of applications to assist in daily and professional lives. Many phone manufactures turned to android leaving there native traditional operating systems. The main drawback every android user is concerned with is battery life. Here are few tips to save the battery life to an extend.

  1. Android phones are designed in a way that it always connected to internet. It consumes the battery a lot. Of course you may have some applications which require connection always. However there are instances like when you sleeping where you are not using phone at all. Turn off your data traffic during those period unless you are using corporate mail exchanges and want to sync your mail box periodically. Add a power control widget in your home screen and you can turn off your data traffic from there.
  2. GPS and WiFi are high resource hungry compared to other components. You not always want your phone to navigate you unless you are in a new place or searching for a bar or restaurant nearby! Turn off your GPS location service. If you want your applications locate you, you do have an option in Location & Privacy in Settings. You can enable network based GPS(A-GPS) by which applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Places etc can make suggestions to you if you want to show your check ins to friends. Also, turn off WiFi when you are not using it. Power control widget helps you to turn off these services with ease. So is for bluetooth. Remember the rule, if you are not using a service let it sleep!
  3. No doubt, you would have installed lot of applications installed in your device. Android phones do not have close button. If you are opening an application and closing it with back button still there will be some of its component services running in background. These are consuming your data, memory and finally battery. Use task manager to kill unwanted applications or install some task killer applications which will check for unwanted applications and fire them if found roaming around. If you are using applications seldom, better do not install it.
  4. If you want your phone to save battery than showing you some eye candy animations, turn them off. Animations consumes memory and of course battery. Use either some animations or none.
  5. LCD Brightness, it is hard to compromise here. There is nothing worst in a phone like a bad and dark LCD. You do not need to turn of the backlit at all, try to reduce backlight to 30%. Or if your phone has light sensor, you can use auto brightness mode which will adjust brightness according to the ambience. When you are in strong sunlight phone will automatically adjust the screen so that you do not have to look hard to see what is on display and it will not harm your eyes when you are browsing in bed time.
  6. Turn off the motion sensor effect in LCD. Ask it not to rotate your screen when you turn the phone unless you are using some webpages where you want to see it in landscape mode.
  7. Brighter wallpapers eat more battery than dark ones. Try some dark still beautiful wall papers. If you wish to do more, never touch your live wall paper section. Such animated wall papers will consume more energy.
  8. Turn off the notifications: Most of the applications require data traffic. Applications like Facebook, twitter, email etc periodically connects to server to update. If you are not mad at social service sites or not craze to know what your celebrity does in Twitter, turn off notification options in them. Disable the notifications and try manual updates. In the case of e-mails, if you are not expecting any urgent mails, you can push your update interval to the maximum limit or disable it completely. This will help to save battery drastically
  9. 3G networks render fast data traffic and it consumes battery faster like that. If you are not using VoIP or video chat or streaming videos, EDGE/GPRS will suffice your request. Switch to 2G network when you don’t require fast data traffic.
  10. By default google applications are designed to sync automatically. Your contacts, email, photos, calendar etc will be periodically sync with server. Turn off the auto sync option in Settings. Still it is recommended to sync your data manually once in a week.

Best Internet Browser


It is a hard tsk to judge which is the best browser in current market. If this question was raised before an year, we had two options. Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. Situations changed with the launching of  internet giant Google’s Chrome. Though it has to struggle in its intial days, it showed a big hike in its popularity graph. Whatsover, this can be said to lighted on the fight for best browser. Mozilla introduced many features and it reaches with the latest feature Sync, which enables to sync your bookbarks and preferences. This feature soon enabled in Chrome as well. Apple’s safari and Opera also tried to improve their perfomance by tweking.

All these time, Microsoft was standing like a lazy child which made a big fall in their Internet Explore’s graph. At last they realised they can’t compete any more without a change. They came with much awaited IE9 beta, with hardware acceleration and support for HTML 5. Though Mozilla and Google were started support for HTML 5, they didn’ t care much about hardware acceleration. (Though th word is pretty good in hearing it was not so in performance. ) No sooner IE 9 released, Mozilla came with Hardware acceleration. Google is yet to add this. But the most interesting fact is that, users have to off this hardware acceleration for smooth browsing.

So, I was just breifing about the past trends in browser market.  So out of these 5 browsers, viz. Firefox, IE9, Chrome, Safari and Opera, which is the best browser? We can blindly exclude Opera and Safari from this list right away. So left three, IE9 has candy look and more browsing area. But since it is in beta, you may have to use in compatibility mode. Also, this is not satisfactory as expected. Now left Firefox and Chrome. I dont want to say the drawbacks of Firefox, since I was a firefox fan for long time. Even in office I was using Firefox! 🙂

So i suggest or elect or nominate, whatever it is, Chrome as the best browser for a nominal user. How? I’ll explain the features briefly. Once of its best feature is that, it has address autocomplete. Yes, I agree, the same feature is with Opera, Safari and in IE9 with google search. But, if you do a thourough check, you can see Chrome has a powerful feature that it offers most perfect result. See the below figure.(Click to enlarge) Can you check with your browser if you are getting a result like this?

Another feature is that Sync. Chrome’s syc is so powerful that it even sync the extention to a synced browser. Also you can sync your themes too. Google Chrome’s latest release 7 is very powerful that it loads pages very fast, less time for opening browser, and many more. I personally suggest Google Chrome unless you are using any sites exclusively built for IE.

ReadyBoost- Speed up your system using USB


ReadyBoost is introduced by Windows. Its main aim is to speed up Windows by means of using USB drives. It helps a system when it run or low memory. Using ReadyBoost capable flash drives allows Windows for cashing to service random disk reads with more performance provided by a typical hard drive. I dont want to explain more complex functions in background which may not be easy to digest. In a short, a ReadyBoost means a USB drive which is used for increasing the performance of Windows. Note, only Windows, not Ubuntu or Mac!

ReadyBoost Image

Before setting up a ReadyBoost, we can check the features and importance of a ReadyBoost device. According to Microsoft, a ReadyBoost device store cache data in 2:1 ratio. That is if Windows is storing 2 GB cache data in your USB drive, it is worth contain a data of nearly 4GB! One of the main ideas behind ReadyBoost is flsh drives has a very fast seeker time while comparing with hard drives. If you are using a laptop or notebook ReadyBoost can help you in two ways. Performance and Energy management. A typical laptop flash drive is of 4200-5400 RPMs. Allowing USB drives to cache, flash drive access can be reduced. Since this helps to spin down drive, battery power can be conserved.

ReadyBoost works with Windows 7 and Vista. Windows 7 allows to use upto 7 USB drives as ReadyBoost and to a maximum of 256GB in total. Now we can see how to setup a ReadyBoost device. A USB falsh device of minimum capacity 256 MB(250MB after formatting) and a maximum of 256GB can be used for this. However, if you are unsure of the capacity, no worries! Windows can help you in deciding whether your device is compatible.

Plug in your USB drive to your system. If you have an Autoplay you may see a dialogue box with an option to “Speed up my system”.

Autoplay

If you are not getting any messages, go to My computer. You can see your plugged device listed under “Devices with removable storage”. Right click on it and open properties. Select the tab “ReadyBoost” if available. Otherwise, your device is not supporting ReadyBoost.

If you are planning to use this drive for speeding up alone, you can select “Dedicate this device” option. Also, you can see the amount of memory Windows recommends to use. Select any of these option and press OK. At any time if you want to free up your USB from being used as ReadyBoost , you can chnage the option to “Do not use this device”

You can experience the performance of ReadyBoost while using using resource hungry utilities such as Photoshop.

Please note, do not remove USB drive without stopping the device. Otherwise it can either damage the system or USB drive.

ReadyBoost- Speed up your system


ReadyBoost is introduced by Windows. Its main aim is to speed up Windows by means of using USB drives. It helps a system when it run or low memory. Using ReadyBoost capable flash drives allows Windows for cashing to service random disk reads with more performance provided by a typical hard drive. I dont want to explain more complex functions in background which may not be easy to digest. In a short, a ReadyBoost means a USB drive which is used for increasing the performance of Windows. Note, only Windows, not Ubuntu or Mac!

Before setting up a ReadyBoost, we can check the features and importance of a ReadyBoost device. According to Microsoft, a ReadyBoost device store cache data in 2:1 ratio. That is if Windows is storing 2 GB cache data in your USB drive, it is worth contain a data of nearly 4GB! One of the main ideas behind ReadyBoost is flsh drives has a very fast seeker time while comparing with hard drives. If you are using a laptop http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=tecare-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B003NE5K50&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifror notebook ReadyBoost can help you in two ways. Performance and Energy management. A typical laptop flash drive is of 4200-5400 RPMs. Allowing USB drives to cache, flash drive access can be reduced. Since this helps to spin down drive, battery power can be conserved.
ReadyBoost works with Windows 7 and Vista. Windows 7 allows to use upto 7 USB drives as ReadyBoost and to a maximum of 256GB in total. Now we can see how to setup a ReadyBoost device. A USB falsh device of minimum capacity 256 MB(250MB after formatting) and a maximum of 256GB can be used for this. However, if you are unsure of the capacity, no worries! Windows can help you in deciding whether your device is compatible. 
Plug in your USB drive to your system. If you have an Autoplay you may see a dialogue box with an option to “Speed up my system”.
 If you are not getting any messages, go to My computer. You can see your plugged device listed under “Devices with removable storage”. Right click on it and open properties. Select the tab “ReadyBoost” if available. Otherwise, your device is not supporting ReadyBoost.
If you are planning to use this drive for speeding up alone, you can select “Dedicate this device” option. Also, you can see the amount of memory Windows recommends to use. Select any of these option and press OK. At any time if you want to free up your USB from being used as ReadyBoost , you can chnage the option to “Do not use this device”
You can experience the performance of ReadyBoost while using using resource hungry utilities such as Photoshop. 
Please note, do not remove USB drive without stopping the device. Otherwise it can either damage the system or USB drive.

How to increase netbook performance in windows 7


Recently netbook sale has increased rapidly as everyone is using netbook instead of laptops. But netbook is comparatively slower. Todays most of the softwares are resource hungry. As netbooks are designed to perform basic net surfing documentation, presentation etc., they are not powerful enough to run resource hungry OS and softwares. However here is some tips for increasing your netbook performance.
1. Upgrade your memory
Most of the netbooks are shipped with 1 GB memory. It is advisable to upgrade it to 2 GB to get better performance.
2. Adjust your windows for best performance
There is an option inside windows to adjust performance settings. Adjust it as below. Right click on My computer icon and select properties. Then select advanced settings. There you can see advanced tab as shown in below picture
Then select settings under performance. 

Here select the option adjust for best performance. In this mode, all special features will be turned off. If you need any special kind of features, you can select the check boxes below.

3. Use CCleaner

CCleaner is a utility which helps to fix registry errors. Registry errors are generated after installing/uninstalling a software. Also it provide an option to take a backup before you fix registry errors.

4. Do not use antivirus

Antivirus is something which is highly resource utilizing softwares. In windows 7, windows defender is preinstalled which will take care of spywares. Also run CCleaner, which will delete temporary files. Also, avoid browsing sites which you are not familiar with.

5. Use ReadyBoost

This is a feature in windows 7, which enables to use your USB drive as an additonal to your memory and will help to speed up your device. Once you plug in a USB drive, an option will be shown in auto play whether you like to use it as a ready boost. If you choose, windows will show you how much memory in USB will be used for ReadyBoost. Always use this device plugged in your netbook.

6. Do not install too many softwares

If you are not using a software, uninstall it immediately. Because most of these softwares will be running in background, which will reduce the sysytem performance.

7. Turn off unnecessary system startup

Some programs will be starting up along with windows. If you dont use those softwares, turn it off. You can do it by type msconfig in run box. Also, if you are using CCleaner, there is an option to delete/modify startup values

8. Plug your netbook to AC supply whenever possible

Always try to use netbook with AC power supply. While on battery, some services will be turned off to save battery.

9. Turn off Media options

In windows 7, you can see media center software, which is high resource utilizing one.You can turn it off in control panel > Programs and Features > Turn off windows features

10. Use linux

Linux is super fast OS. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, is such a powerful OS that it boot in 3 or 4 seconds where windows 7 takes nearly a minute to ready to use. Also, there are many softwares are provided for free of cost. For more info go to www.ubuntu.com