Droid Update #3

On 2013.04.27, in Technology, by Greg

I switched to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in July of 2012. So I have been using it for nine months. The verdict: excellent, no problems. Especially good with the latest release of Android. Only complaint is battery life could be better … not as good as the iPhone 5, but good enough. The Galaxy S4 should be available soon, and there is a rugged version planned for this summer.

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Go into the Settings, tap on Display, turn off Auto Brightness and then set the brightness that you want. You can comfortably get by on some of the lower settings.

Reduce some of the connections your phone is making. Every time your Galaxy S3 searches for a Wi-Fi network or seeks for GPS, that eats up battery life. This is especially important in areas where there isn’t a stable connection or the GPS signal is weak. In places like this your device will keep searching for a nearby Wi-Fi or GPS signal. This drains the battery very quickly. If you know that you’re not going to need either of these, go into the Settings and turn off Wi-Fi and GPS. You’ll have to manually turn these on when you want to use it, but Samsung made this super simple to do by including quick access to these in the Android notification bar.

Make sure you know which apps have access to your phone’s location features and adjust accordingly. For something like Foursquare or Google Maps, having location capabilities is a must but you should think about whether other apps really need to know where you are.

Turn off background data syncing. For those who need every single Tweet, email or Facebook notification in real-time, turning off background data may seem crazy but it definitely will save on battery life.

You can download JuiceDefender Ultimate or JuiceDefender to help monitor your Android’s battery.

Make sure to charge your smartphone often and don’t let your battery drain completely before you decide to plug it into the charger. Try not to let it get below 10 percent too often. Once per month you can let it completely die. This is called power cycling, and it is important to the health of a battery.

Keep your smartphone at or close to room temperature. Don’t put it in the sun.

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Apple’s Tabla Rasa

On 2010.01.25, in Technology, by Greg

Tabula rasa (Latin: blank slate) refers to the notion that individuals are born without built-in mental content and that their knowledge comes from experience and perception.

We will soon know much more about the new Apple Tablet, on January 27, only two days from now. It could be entertaining to predict what sort of design Apple will announce and find out how far off I am once revealed. If I were designing a new Apple Tablet, this is what I would specify:

  • Thin…very thin…like an 8.5×11 paper pad.
  • 11″ touchscreen.
  • SSD – Solid State Drive…no moving parts, low power consumption.
  • Inspired by the existing Mac Air notebook computer.
  • Multiple USB connections and Firewire.
  • 4GB RAM, Intel low power processor.
  • Non-replaceable battery.
  • Mac OS-X Touch software.
  • Improved software for handwriting recognition.
  • WiFi and maybe WiMax.
  • Data plan for Internet access and media downloads, this time from Verizon Wireless.
  • Speakers, microphone, and camera(s).
  • All software in the iTunes library that works for iPhone will work for tablet device.
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    HP 30″ Monitor

    On 2007.11.13, in Technology, by Greg

    HP has introduced a 30″ competitor to the Apple Cinema Display. 2560×1600 requires two DVI inputs so your video adapter better have two DVI outputs. Pricing looks to start at less than $1,300 shipping included. Search text: HP (Hewlett-Packard) LP3065 Black 30″ Wide screen LCD Monitor.
    HP (Hewlett-Packard) LP3065 Black 30
    Quoting from consumersearch.com: “…the HP LP3065 (*est. $1,360) [is] the most likely contender to knock the Samsung [Syncmaster 305T] off its stand. In its list of top 30-inch LCD monitors, PC World gives a slight edge to the HP as the best, but the models are not directly compared. Conversely, TrustedReviews prefers some features (especially connectivity) of the HP, but Emeran [claims] the Samsung still has better image quality. The Samsung also has better viewing angles. ExtremeTech reports that the HP monitor produced better test results than the older 30-inch Dell LCD monitor. Reviewer Loyd Case makes some comparisons based on now outdated prices.”

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