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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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HOW TO stretch the battery life of portable devices

Tips from a recent NY Times article on increasing the battery life of portable devices like BlackBerry, iPhone, smartphones & laptops:
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  • Consider using G.S.M. over CDMA for your mobile
  • Turn down the devices' screen brightness.
  • Turn off Bluetooth & Wi-Fi when not required otherwise portable devices will continue to look for Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth headset, using power
  • If you’re in a weak signal area turn off your portable device’s mobile capabilities as your phone must work even harder to find one, decreasing battery life.
  • Set up your phone to check for e-mail and instant messages manually.
  • Put your smartphone into "airplane mode" to cut power to a minimum.
  • Disable Flash when not using wall power; Flash animations are a power hog
  • Get an app to monitor battery life and shut off various functions that cut down on a mobile device’s effective power.

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