December 18, 2012 18:51 by Jeremy
We all know that electronics and water don't mix too well - especially if you like having electronics that work. But that doesn't mean the occasional accident doesn't happen: from pools to washing machines, cell phones, digital cameras, and camcorders 'round the world are being subjected to the occasional slip-up.
Lucky for us, it doesn't mean you need to go out and buy new gadgets just yet. Many sites online have helpful tips and various methods on how to save your waterlogged toys; for example, Gizmodo's Brent Rose recently published an article containing several key points for drying off wet phones.
Also, don't forget that the larger electronic isn't the only one in play - smaller objects, such as your battery or SIM card, can also be water damaged! Batteries in particular can be fairly dangerous depending on the type and what it is exposed to, so be sure to follow the various tips below.
Remove the battery and any other removable parts (SIM Cards, SD Cards)
Use a towel to soak up any external water
Place the electronics in either a tub of rice or rice krispies, and leave it overnight
Turn it back on immediately
Plug it in
Drop it into more water (that one isn't too obvious, is it?)
Keep in mind, the article in the source link is only one method - there are plenty more, so search around and see which ones work best for you! Hopefully you won't have to come across these methods too often, though they could save you a few hundred dollars one day.
December 7, 2012 20:57 by Jeremy
The Samsung Galaxy line has been in and out of the spotlight for years, claiming a spot in everyone’s heads as a set of prestigious smartphones. Now, however, you’ll need to tweak that idea just a little bit due to Samsung’s latest product, the Galaxy Camera.
Unveiled even before IFA and flaunted during Photokina, the Samsung Galaxy has had our heads spinning for a few months now. It’s shaped like a camera with its zoom lens… but has just about all the features our phones would have, minus the important one: making phone calls. The rest of the goodies are still present though: 4.8-inch screen, quad-core processor, 8GB storage (with micro SD slot, of course), and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. On top of being able to connect to local WiFi networks, you’re also constantly connected to the network of your choice (AT&T’s model was released on Nov. 16, while Verizon’s model was just confirmed on Samsung’s website today).
The main feature, of course, is the fact that it’s still a camera. We’re looking at 16MP and a 21x optical zoom – just enough oomph to make those Instagram and Facebook uploads look much better than everyone else’s mobile uploads.
So if you’re with AT&T, toss us a few snapshots and some feedback; if you’re a Verizon-type-of-fellow, hold onto your seats, as this hybrid is coming soon!
Sources: Android Community, PC Mag
November 9, 2012 23:10 by Jeremy
From smartphones to cars, batteries can be found in many of our common everyday electronics. These batteries come in numerous shapes, sizes and capacities, enabling them to power our devices for hours at a time. Whether you're buying a new battery or getting rid of an old one, check out the infographic below to see some general rules and guidelines about batteries.
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August 15, 2012 01:27 by Jeremy
Nowadays, batteries mean more than ever to the common consumer. Our laptops, smartphones and cameras are becoming ever-so-powerful while our battery technology isn't flying as fast. That said, many have resorted to either carrying a charger with them, or spare batteries. This is especially true for cell phones, which are becoming so powerful that they've essentially become really tiny laptops.
Enter the Exogear Exovolt Plus. While external power sources aren't quite new to the market, stackable ones aren't exactly common. The Exovolt Plus is unique in this aspect, since you can take as many as you want and pile them on top of each other. And while piling other external batteries on top of each other isn't exactly out of the question regardless, Exogear just makes it look pretty.
The product itself is a 5200mAh Lithium Polymer battery which can charge any of your USB-devices. This is great for cell phones, digital cameras, camcorders and even tablets; but laptops will have to sit this one out.
With a thin, square design, consumers could actually easily fit this into their pocket, possibly even two. The real question, however, is whether they can fit FOUR in their pocket - then they're guaranteed to never run out of battery life throughout the day.
As if smartphones weren't encroaching on the camera industry's turf enough, Apple's latest plans may sway a few more loyal customers to their cause. It's common to see phones with up to 12-megapixel cameras attached to them, which certainly makes digital cameras lose their appeal - after all, who wants to lug around an extra electronic when your cell phone can handle it all?
Apple seems to be thinking along the same lines, and recently filed a patent to have an iPhone with swappable lenses. Digital camera fans beware, since basic point-and-shoot cameras normally don't even have the option to change lenses.
For Apple, this could mean gaining a few consumers from the opposition, as Android phones don't have swappable lenses just yet. Meanwhile, for the digital camera industry, this is just another obstacle to overcome as they struggle with their hold on the market.
However, better pictures on your smartphone doesn't come without its quirks. While no official information has been released yet (such as, say, whether this is even going to be a feature in the next iPhone), one can only imagine what kind of an effect all the picture-taking and lens-swapping will have on your battery life.
Sources: appleinsider, pcmag