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Quick Tips on Improving Your Tablet Shopping Experience

clock August 17, 2011 00:16 by author Jeremy

Thinking of buying a new tablet sometime soon? Sure, you can read professional reviews online that provide charts, graphs, numbers - the works. But what's a rating of "over 9000" more points really mean to regular ol' folks like us?

If you're going to look online for reviews, take a few tips from pcworld.com and their guide on how they test tablets; you might want to adopt some of their methods. Rather than always providing feedback through numbers given to them by a testing machine (granted, they still do that as well), they offer ideas to compare tablets through raw data. For example, how long does Tablet A take to boot up, in comparison to Tablet B? If the answer is more than a 30 second difference, then what it comes down to next is... are you okay with that?

Tablet A may take longer to boot up, but wow, does it play these videogames so well! Are you into gaming on tablets? Or maybe you prefer Tablet B since, even though it's not as visually stunning, it just performs faster?

These simple ideas and comparisons sometimes get overlooked when you're digging too deep, so how about we take a step back and look at the big picture: what are you looking for in a tablet?

Source: pcworld

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Sony Unleashes a 198-pound Backup Battery

clock August 9, 2011 00:02 by author Jeremy

That's right: 198 lbs, or 90 kg's, of pure power. This monster battery was created by Sony in the event of a blackout for large companies, universities, governments and networks. And with 2.4kWh of power, holding a maximum load of 1000VA, you bet that this emergency power source will be able to handle quite a bit. It can even charge up to 95% capacity in 2 hours. I don't think my old laptop even does that.

Made out of Olivine-type Lithium-ion Phosphate batteries (say that 10 times really fast), the ESSP-2000 was designed to last more than 10 years, say Sony. Check out their (translated) press release in the link below.

Source: Sony



Universal Digital Camera Battery Charger Video Review - DRCHDIG

clock July 23, 2011 00:05 by author Jeremy

What's better than charging your digital camera? Having the ability to charge a handful of different kinds of digital cameras! The DRCHDIG Duracell universal digital camera battery charger comes with 6 easily-attachable plates and supports products from multiple brands, including Canon, Casio, Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony and many more. Both AC and DC power adapters are provided, so you can charge your digital camera at home or in your car. An easy-to-use manual is included to help you figure out which plate you need so you can charge your battery and get back to snapping pictures. All this for a low price and the satisfaction that comes with the Duracell brand name.

Specs:

  • 12 volt AC Adapter
  • 12 volt DC Adapter
  • 6 plates with different batteries
  • Supports 3.6/3.7 volt to 7.2/7.4 volt batteries

Duracell Universal Digital Camera Battery Charger



SEI's Aluminum-Celmet, perfect for batteries

clock June 29, 2011 00:59 by author Jeremy

Simotomo Electric Industries, Ltd. (SEI) has developed a new battery based on Celmet, a highly porous metal made from nickel. Due to the structure of Celmet, it has become reknowned as a current-collecting ingredient, making it ideal for collecting charges in a battery.

Celmet has been gaining popularity recently due to its use in nickel-hydrogen batteries for hybrid cars. And now, SEI has combined Celmet with Aluminum, making the material Aluminum-Celmet.

This offers a few advantages, such as the fact that Aluminum is lighter than Celmet's frequent-partner Nickel. Also, Aluminum is used often with smaller batteries, such as AA's and AAA's. Due to its light weight, it coudl likely be added to lithium-ion secondary batteries and capacitors to improve their capacity.

With Aluminum-Celmet inside of rechargeable batteries, we could see the creation of even smaller, faster-charging batteries for our electronic devices.

Source: SEI

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Helpful Tips: Unplug Appliances and Save Money on your Electricity Bill

clock June 23, 2011 00:34 by author Jeremy

Here's a fact people don't think about too often: even if your laptop's AC adapter isn't plugged in to your laptop, as long as it's hooked up to a power outlet it will soak up electricity. Sure, it may not take a lot of electricity since it's technically not powering anything for the moment. But think about that small amount your laptop adapter is absorbing, and consider that it's doing that nonstop while it's plugged in... you've basically got a power-leech right around the corner.

Now think about how many adapters, chargers, and appliances you leave in all the time just out of convenience. Scary thought, isn't it? If your electricity bill has been high recently, you might want to consider ways to take that cost down a notch or two. And just maybe, you've stumbled upon a few quick tips on how to do just that.

Computers: Whether it be a desktop or laptop, even in standby-mode these machines are still consuming power. Especially if you've got that brick of an AC adapter for your laptop. Be sure to actually remove the power cord from the outlet in order to stop wasting energy.

DVD Players/VCR's: Ever wonder how that DVD Player of yours always displays the correct time, even though it's not on? You essentially leave it plugged in just to have another clock. If you're not the kind to watch old movies spontaneously, perhaps it's time to ditch this extra clock.

Stereos/Radios/iPods: Just like above with the DVD Players and VCR's, these musical devices are doing the same thing while not on: consuming power just so that you can be ready to listen to music in a heartbeat. Especially with those iPods! Don't leave them plugged in even though they're full on battery: you're not only wasting electricity, but also wasting away its battery.

Modems: If you work the typical 8-to-5 job, chances are that your house is empty during the day. So what good is leaving your modem on if no one's around to use it? Unless you like leaving it on without a password for WiFi-thieves out there, there's not really a good reason for it to stay on for those 8 hours of worktime.

Now, I know this sounds like a major pain. Who wants to spend the first 5 minutes of coming home by plugging everything back in? Another tip would be to buy a power strip - rather than unplugging everything, just connect it all to a power strip and shut that on/off when you need to.

Certain appliances, like a cable box or washing machine, might take a few minutes to "reboot" itself; obviously, these ones might be a bit more hassle than they're worth to shut off, but that's up to the user.

There's plenty of other electronic devices and appliances around the house (toasters, coffee machines, lamps, etc) that could go with a bit of down-time, but to me, these seem like the major ones. So try cutting back, and watch your electricity bill do the same!

Source: walletpop.com

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