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Cell Phone Charger Alternatives and Tips when Traveling

Going short of juice in your smartphone is not a major bother when you’re at home. When traveling, running short of power may leave you stuck at a gate with no boarding pass, get lost in a backcountry, or dining at a cheap restaurant instead of a starred bistro whose details had been texted to you by a friend. Here are some tips from Dev Randhawa to make sure you’re never stuck in this terrible situation. Therefore, when packing your bags for a few days travel, carrying a portable charger will be useful in ensuring that the above mishaps...

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3 Tips to Increase Your Chromebook’s Battery Life

Given that Chromebooks employ a less resource-intensive operating system, the battery life is so much compared to Macbooks or even PCs with Windows. However, there are other tweaks that can be made so as to ensure the battery last even longer. Having said that, here are 4 tips to increase your Chromebook’s battery life: #1: Reduce the number of Chrome tabs The more number of Chrome tabs you have open, the more it reduces battery life. Keeping fewer tabs open will ensure that it lasts longer, of course. In order to do this, right-click your mouse on a browser tab and ‘Close other tabs’ or two finger-press the trackpad for the same thing. #2: Turn off Wi-Fi Even if it’s a Chromebook which depends heavily on the internet, turning off the Wi-Fi can help save battery life especially you’ve got very little to go on. Apart from this, you can also perform a number of tasks offline such as Gmail, Google Docs among a host of other apps that are available. Of course, you turn on Wi-Fi again, these services will sync with Google’s servers. #3: Turn off Bluetooth It makes no sense keeping this service on if you aren’t using it. For this, navigate to Settings>Advanced Settings in the Chrome options menu. After this, scroll down to the Bluetooth section and then uncheck the box. Of course, you...

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All About SD Cards

By definition, the acronym SD stands for Secure Digital, and in short, is referred to as SD cards. And as you all know, SD is the present standard for removable flash storage cards used in mobile devices and come in a wide range of three physical sizes along with a number of speeds and capacities. As for the word ‘Secure’ used in the term ‘SD card’, there are a few features that are rarely used that benefit not only Hollywood (such as the DRM feature) as well as a write-protect notch and password protection on a select few of these devices. As for their sizes, they come in three and are called Mini, Micro and normal SD cards. The normal SD cards have slots in PCs while the Micro version is largely used in Android devices. Alternatively, Mini SD cards are obsolete now. Also, these card are classified by their sizes too with the standard capacity measuring up to 2 GB, high capacity is 32 GB and extended capacity going up to 2 TB maximum. SD cards are also classified based on their speeds with the lowest being signified by the letter ‘C’ and a number where 2 is the lowest and 10 is the highest. Other cards have a ‘U’ and are designed for ultra high speeds and only for specific devices. Apart from the usual SD cards...

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How to open Google Drive files in Office directly

When Office 2013 was rolled out by Microsoft, there was a promise made that it would be deeply integrated with the cloud. Of course, this only applied to Microsoft services such as OneDrive but not for Google Drive or even Dropbox. So, Google, in seeking to fix this problem, released its plugin that works with literally every version of Office and as far back as 2007. This includes the upcoming Office 2016 too. With this plugin, you can open Google Drive in Office just as you would OneDrive. Here’s how the plugin works with Office 2013: Download and install...

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The Importance of Installing Windows Updates

Are you one of the many people who ignore the popup about available windows updates? You should not. Windows updates are issued every Tuesday by Microsoft and are available to download shortly afterward. Urgent updates are pushed as soon as they are available. These patches, and the urgent ones even more so are important for several reasons, here are some of them: Security A lot of windows updates are focused around system security. They fix vulnerabilities discovered in windows that hackers or malware can exploit. These fixes are not limited to windows itself, but to the components and software...

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