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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How To: Make Your Android Phone's Battery Last Longer



One of the biggest problems with Android is its lacklustre battery life. Compared to iOS and Windows Phone, Google's mobile platform saps battery at a faster rate. Many Android phones don't even last from dawn till dusk. There's no silver bullet to solve this problem. However, by altering a few settings, you can make your device's juice last a little longer. Here's how to go on about it:

Lower The Screen Brightness
Cranking up the brightness improves the screen readability. However, high screen brightness can drain your phone's battery like anything. So if you want your phone's battery to last longer, go to Settings, and set the brightness to the lowest value you're comfortable with. If your phone has an AMOLED screen, use a black background. AMOLED, being an emissive type screen, can switch off pixels to produce deep blacks. In effect, the phone requires relatively less juice to power the display. In addition to this, shorten your phone's screen timeout time to minimum.
De-Activate Live Wallpapers And Useless Widgets
Unique to Android, the Live Wallpapers look fancy. However, rendering all these real-time animations take a toll on the battery life. If you want to conserve the phone's battery, do not use the live wallpapers. Similarly, widgets continuously consume your phone's battery. However, some of the widgets are useful as they serve you the information right on the homescreen. So, what you need to do is remove the widgets that you don't really require.
Use Wi-Fi Instead Of 3G
To make the most of your smartphone, it needs to be connected to Internet all the time. While 3G offers excellent browsing and download speeds, it eats-up battery rapidly. Things get worse, when the 3G signal reception is weak and flaky. On the other hand, in recent smartphones, Wi-Fi uses less battery compared to 3G. So whenever available, make it a point to choose Wi-Fi over 3G data. Plus, it will also help you save money on data charges.
Keep GPS And Bluetooth Off
Smartphones these days come with a multiple wireless radios including Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and Wi-Fi. Save for Wi-Fi, you don't require these connectivity options most of the times. Therefore, it's advisable to switch them off unless you're actually using these features. On stock Android, you can quickly do so by pulling down notification bar and then selecting the Settings Panel. If not all, at least keep the GPS and Bluetooth radios off as these two connectivity options drain the battery at a rapid pace.
Keep A Check On Background Processes
From the multitasking menu, clear the list of recently used apps. You don't want to keep a heavy game run in the background as it can hurt your phone's battery life real bad. Also, check the list of services running in the background. If you see any unnecessary process running there, stop it. If you're unsure about a certain service, click on it to find more information regarding it.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Motorola to replicate India success in South East Asia



BANGALORE: Mobile phone brand Motorola is hoping to replicate the success it has had with the web-only strategy in India in other markets like Indonesia.

Five months ago Motorola started selling its phones in India only through online retailer Flipkart. The site has sold one million Motorola phones across three models in that time, said Flipkart chief executive Sachin Bansal.

Last month the company started selling its Moto G phones in Indonesia only through online portal Lazada, backed by German investor Rocket Internet.

"We are leveraging lessons learnt here and applying it in Indonesia," said Magnus Ahlqvist, corporate vice president for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific at Motorola Mobility.

Ahlqvist said the company is now evaluating the online-only route in other markets in South East Asia.

The Motorola partnership has worked well for Flipkart as well. The cheapest Motorola phone, Moto E, is priced at Rs 6,999. That would mean Flipkart has sold at least Rs 700 crore worth Motorola products in just five months. Last fiscal Flipkart sold Rs 6,000 crore worth of goods.

Amazon Asks Permission From F.A.A. to Test Drone Delivery System



In some ways, this was not the best week for Amazon. The Federal Trade Commission sued it for improperly billing customers for games used by their children. And it continues to be enmeshed in a nasty public relations battle with the publisher Hachette.
But Amazon still has the drones. In a filing with the Federal Aviation Administration that got widespread attention Friday, Amazon asked for permission to test its drone delivery system outdoors, a practice that is banned for safety reasons.
Never mind for the moment the fact that the F.A.A. said a few weeks ago that there would be no commercial uses of drones in a memo that did not mention Amazon but pointedly excluded even the free shipping of items by drone. That’s a lobbying battle for another day.
Delivery by drone was first mentioned by Amazon last year on “60 Minutes,” and quickly became a viral sensation despite, or because of, the fact that it was unlikely to happen anytime soon. If nothing else, it was a vivid demonstration of Amazon’s gift for showmanship.
In the filing to Michael P. Huerta, the F.A.A. administrator, Amazon said that it should get an exemption from the rules because of the “enormous consumer benefits” of what it is calling Prime Air: getting stuff to people quickly.
Amazon said that if it did not get what it wanted, it would have to move the drone team to another country.
“Of course, Amazon would prefer to keep the focus, jobs and investment of this important research and development initiative in the United States,” the letter said.
Amazon stock shot up Friday faster than a you know what, jumping more than 5 percent. It was either the power of the drone or analysts’ reports predicting a good second quarter.

Monday, July 7, 2014

ET deals: $270 off Toshiba Satellite P50T Core i7 touch laptop


Sometimes you want a laptop that just has it all, but while you know it’ll be expensive, you still don’t want to pay the sticker price. Enter the Toshiba P50T, an excellently spec’d machine at the lowest price we’ve seen yet, thanks to a limited time $100 coupon. That helps knock the price down to $1530, a tidy 15% off.
Toshiba’s Satellite P50T-BST2N01 is absolutely loaded with cutting edge features, highlighted by the gorgeous 15.6″ Ultra HD 3840×2160 touchscreen panel, an incredibly rich display that you’ll find on precious few other laptops out there. It also packs an overclockable Core i7-4700HQ processor and a 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon R9 M265X graphics card, so it will easily fly through even demanding tasks from hardcore gaming to professional multimedia creation. Pretty much no matter what you’re doing, this laptop will make it look easy.


For your top dollar you’re also getting plenty of other notable specs. Data storage is taken care of on the speedy 1TB hybrid hard drive, and multitasking is handled by a gigantic 16GB of RAM.

Connectivity will be about as strong as it gets, with an ultrafast 867Mbps Intel Dual-Band Wireless-N 7260 AC wireless card, plus Bluetooth 4.0. There’s also a generous allotment of four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI with 4K, gig ethernet, a multicard reader, and a DVD-RW too.
With a backlit keyboard, harman/kardon speakers, and plenty of other premium features, this is a beast of a laptop that will remain a powerhouse for years to come. At 5.1lbs and with 3 hours of battery life, it’s even reasonably portable considering the firepower within. Pick up this souped up notebook today for the best price we’ve found.