How comfortable are you with some minor hacking that will almost certainly void your warranty but can vastly improve your phone?
By Howard WenPosted 03.06.2012 at 5:19 pm 6 Comments
Manufacturers of Android smartphones often won't provide an updated, custom version of the operating system for models they no longer sell, so users can't take advantage of new features. For older phones, there's a workaround: CyanogenMod, a free OS built from the source code for the latest versions of Android that Google releases to developers. CyanogenMod is very similar to the official Android platform, but it includes a few extra features, such as Wi-Fi tethering, a screenshot tool, and more security and power-management settings.
Without conducting some tests on a smartphone, it’s hard to tell whether an upgrade is overdue or just a waste of money. The most important component to benchmark is the CPU, which is most easily done on Android phones—the free application Quadrant generates a graph comparing processor speed with that of other popular phones.
Thieves make off with millions of dollars’ worth of laptops and mobile devices every year. Most stolen gadgets go unrecovered, but tracking software can help. The software runs in the background of the operating system or, with some services, the boot-level layer, which makes detecting the tracker much more difficult. Services like Prey provide free software for up to three laptops or Android devices. BlackBerry, iPhone or iPad owners can use GadgetTrak(from $4).
By Rick BrodiaPosted 10.08.2011 at 3:13 pm 2 Comments
One of the most significant changes might be in speed, says Avi Greengart, the research director for consumer devices at market-intelligence firm Current Analysis. Carriers are rolling out faster 4G LTE (Long-Term-Evolution) networks, and hardware manufacturers will soon produce smartphones with powerful multicore processors.
A case in which the conventional wisdom is scientifically inaccurate
By Gordon Mah UngPosted 09.04.2011 at 5:48 pm 0 Comments
Laptop computers used to run on nickel-cadmium batteries, which experienced the "memory effect," where they lost capacity over time if recharged before they were drained. That's no longer the case. Newer laptops use lithium-ion or lithium-polymer batteries. Repeatedly discharging the battery to zero doesn't help a lithium-ion; in fact, it will probably shorten its overall life and capacity.
By Darren MurphPosted 08.11.2011 at 11:01 am 4 Comments
The most affordable way to stay connected is to rely on Wi-Fi to make calls and get online. If you’re stuck in a hotel, plug a $99 AirPort Express into the wall to turn an Ethernet connection into your own personal Wi-Fi network so you can use your smartphone and other devices.
The Netflix app has been available on Apple’s iOS and Windows Phone 7 since last year. When it finally came out for Android in May, some users found, to their great frustration, that it didn’t work on their phones--not even their fancy new 4G phones like the HTC Thunderbolt.
By Robert HeronPosted 03.25.2011 at 1:04 pm 9 Comments
Television manufacturers are already starting to produce equipment with an image resolution that far exceeds today’s HDTV standards. In part, that’s because passive 3-D glasses cost you picture resolution, so LG, Vizio and others plan to compensate by doubling the resolution of 1080p screens by next year—and double it again by 2013. Those sets will be able to display an amazing picture.
By Jorge SierraPosted 10.14.2010 at 4:19 pm 0 Comments
Whether you’re a traveling salesman or a globetrotting superspy, there are times when you’re on the road but wish you had all your familiar applications with you. To get all the features you’re used to, carry them on a flash drive that you can plug into someone else’s computer.