4 Tips to Buy the Right Laptop

Finding it difficult to buy the right laptop? The solution to this problem is not so straight forward. Every user has different preferences and choices and not to worry, there are different varieties of laptops even under a small budget. Since we are living in a digital age, we should make sure that the gadgets are really convenient and reliable. Here, we present you 4 tips for buying the right laptop.

 

 

 

  • Decide Between 2-in-1 Or Simple

Laptops today come with various benefits. The 2 in 1 allows you to bend and fold it all over in order to make it more compact and portable. Some also allow you to detach the screens completely. You should choose between these options depending upon your use and requirement. However, the flexible ones are little high-priced but there is no match to the comfort they provide.

  • Check For Keyboard And Touchpad

The most important specification of a laptop is its keyboard and the touchpad. If you really want to work day and night on your laptop, you need to ensure that the keyboard is really responsive and tactile. The touchpad experience should also be smooth and perfect.

  • Connectivity Support

Since a laptop is smaller and more compact than PC, it has less space to hold all the components of the PC. If connectivity is your big concern, check all the requirements that you would need to plug into a laptop. Large laptops having three USB ports are sufficient to all kinds of users. Besides physical connectivity, also consider the networking abilities of the laptop. Some may provide wireless networking and may not have an Ethernet plug at all.

  1. The Brand Will Speak

A good brand will always produce a good product. Keep few options in your mind before you visit the store or when you’re surfing online. Always prefer a good brand when it comes to buying an electronic gadget.

We hope these tips would help you in the process in order to pick the right laptop. Go through all the specifications carefully and then match it with your demands.

COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT MOBILE DEVICE BATTERIES

Users go to some strange measures to keep their batteries going and going and going. Yet much of what we hear about mobile batteries is simply not true. Let’s examine some of these misconceptions about the batteries that power the devices we depend upon day in and day out.

1: Batteries have “memory”

Nope. Not at all. People used to think that you had to “train” your battery to make sure it would take the most charge. To do that, people would drain it regularly and charge it — and they’d never plug it in when it was over 50%. The thought was that over time, the battery would develop a memory and allow for just a percentage of the charge. This is not true. If your battery is at 80%, top that baby off. Frequent charges will do no damage to your battery.

2: Off-brand chargers will damage your battery

Although some off-brand chargers aren’t optimal (and some even take longer to charge the battery), they will not harm it, as long as the charger is working properly. This means it’s perfectly okay to run to Target and buy that cheap charger to replace the factory charger that came with your phone. The one exception to this is the charger that shipped with your Droid Turbo. Make sure, when looking for a replacement, you find one made specifically for that device; otherwise, you won’t enjoy the 15-minute charge time that delivers eight hours of usage.

3: Charging your phone overnight will damage your battery

False. Most smartphones are now “smart” enough to know when a battery is at capacity and will stop charging. However, there is one thing you can do to extend the life of your battery. Instead of charging your phone all night, every night, try keeping it charged between 40% and 80% most of the time. This will ensure the longest possible life from that battery. If you can leave it unplugged overnight (every so often), do so.

4: Don’t use your phone while it charges

People seem to think that using a phone while it charges will have a negative impact on the quality of charge the battery gets. But unless you’re using a low-quality knock-off charger, this is not remotely true. Your battery will charge as expected whether or not you use the device. Think about it this way. With smartphones, chances are the only way there is no syncing of data (in one way or another) is if the phone is off. So even when you aren’t literally using your phone, your phone is using your phone and data is being synced. So go ahead and use that phone while it charges.

5: Turning off your phone can damage your battery

Nah. There isn’t even the slightest truth to this. Of course, if you leave your phone off for an extended period of time, the battery will drain (that’s the nature of batteries). But it is perfectly fine to shut that device off every once in a while. You can even shut the device off and (if applicable) remove the battery if you like. No harm will come to the battery. In fact, for some devices, a simple reboot can help to restore battery functionality. So even though that Android device runs perfectly fine day in and day out, give it a break now and then.

6: You should always charge your phone to full before first using it

Many people think that the first thing they should do with a new smartphone is plug it in and charge it to 100%. This is simply a myth. Remember, smartphone batteries work best between 40% to 80%, and since most phones ship at half capacity, you should be good to go out of the box. As a side note: If you fire up your new smartphone for the first time and the battery is below 40%, you might want to consider taking it back because that battery could be very old.

7: Putting your battery in the freezer will extend its life

I remember that back in the 80s, we placed batteries in the freezer for a short period to try to get a bit more life out of them. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now. In fact, Li-Ion batteries are negatively affected by both heat and cold. Room temperature is always the best temperature for your smartphone battery. Remember, those devices already get hot, so there’s no need to expose them to extra heat — and cold is an enemy of Li-Ion batteries.

Also, make sure you store your device somewhere with airflow. My wife used to place her phone in a sealed plastic baggie when she road her mountain bike. Yes, it’s good to prevent moisture from getting into the device. But sealing all that heat in will affect both the phone and the battery. A word of caution: Heat is much more damaging to batteries than cold is.

8: Using the internet will run down the battery faster than anything else

Not true.* The single most draining thing you can do on your smartphone is gaming. The graphics engines are massive energy drainers. If you game a lot on your devices, dim the screen as much as you can while playing (if you want to extend your battery life). But if you can play that game while charging, go ahead and keep that screen at full brightness.

* This also depends upon what you are using the internet for. If you’re viewing videos through YouTube, online gaming, or doing other graphics-intensive activities, it will drain your battery faster.

9: Turning off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS will prolong your battery

In and of itself, this is false. The only time these services actually drain your battery is if they are in use. So having Bluetooth turned on, when you’re not using a Bluetooth device, isn’t going to drain your battery any more than having Wi-Fi on when you’re not accessing the network. Yes, they may pull an insignificant amount of energy from your battery, but they will not drain it over the course of a day. If you’re really concerned about getting as much life as possible from your battery, dim your screen.

10: Task managers help prolong your battery life

As much as I hate to say it, third-party task managers do nothing for battery life that the built-in system can’t handle. Yes, those task managers can whitelist/blacklist tasks. But in the end, they really don’t help your battery any more than the built-in system. You might want to employ a task manager to better control your apps, but don’t assume that third-party manager will extend the life of your battery any better than the default tool.

A better approach

Smartphone batteries and smartphone usage of those energy cells get better every year. But those old-school (and some “new school”) misconceptions simply need to die off. With just the slightest consideration, your battery will last you a long time.

HOW TO PROPERLY CHARGE A IPHONE BATTERY

Small changes in the way you use your smartphone can go a long way. Without realizing it, you may be slowing down your iPhone or damaging your phone’s battery.

INSIDER’s beauty writer Brianna Arps learned this the hard way.

Arps, who spends much of her time taking pictures of products or snapping the perfect selfie, lost about 33,000 photos in February, after charging her iPhone 6 incorrectly.

“I’m notorious for not charging my phone and using it until the battery’s very, very low,” Arps told INSIDER.

The night of February 18 was no different: Getting ready to go out, Arps was “blasting music” on her phone and taking selfies while her phone was at 3% battery. When her phone eventually died, she plugged it into a wall charger. When it turned back on at 5%, she unplugged it again and went back to taking selfies.

“That happened about five times. Like off and on, off and on, off and on,” Arps explained.

The sixth time, however, Arps’ phone did not turn on when she plugged it into a charger. Eventually, after 25 minutes and a hard reset, her screen lit up. But this time, Arps saw the iPhone Recovery Mode screen, prompting her to connect her phone to iTunes.

After following the steps of setting up her phone, Arps immediately went to her Photo Album. However, while she saw the selfies she had just taken, she couldn’t find any of the other 33,000 pictures she had saved — pictures from her college graduation, senior year, and more.

“I freaked out,” Arps said. She soon realized her entire phone had been wiped; she lost everything from data stored on apps to contact information to “precious memories from videos.” All she had left were a few Notes and the selfies she took before her phone died.

So what happened? It’s hard to say exactly.

It’s likely that Arps’ phone went into Recovery Mode because it either overheated or detected data corruption, an Apple specialist explained to me.

He recommended avoiding using your phone to download apps or take photos during its last few minutes of battery life. These actions write and execute code to the iPhone, and although rare, an unexpected shutdown during this process might send the phone into Recovery Mode.

In general, you shouldn’t wait until your phone dies to charge it.

While it may seem like a harmless habit, it can actually shorten the lifespan of your smartphone’s battery. To preserve your battery’s health, charge your phone whenever you can, ideally in short spurts when it has lost 10% of its battery.

You should also avoid charging your phone to 100% and leaving it plugged in when fully charged. At 100%, your phone requires “trickle charges” to keep it that way. And according to battery company Cadex, this puts your phone’s battery in an extended period of stress, wearing down its chemistry over time. Removing your phone after its fully charged is like “relaxing the muscles after strenuous exercise” — both your muscles and your phone’s battery need time to recover.

FROM FRUIT TO A PORTABLE TURBINE: HOW TO CHARGE YOUR PHONE

We’ve all experienced the sinking feeling of seeing our phone run out of batteries

There are obvious ways to get some juice in your gizmo, such as using a hand crank or a battery pack.

Others involve hacking a 9v battery or even plugging your smartphone into a piece of fruit.

However, we’d advise you to avoid trying some methods of getting power in your phone, because you could damage your gadget AND yourself at the same time.

You could also try making your phone last longer by deleting these apps.

But where’s the fun in that?

Here are some of the wacky and sensible methods of charging up your phone during a power cut.

Hack a 9V battery

This method requires a 9V battery, the spring from a pen and a car charger adapter.

All you need to do is connect the metallic point of the car charger to one of the connectors on the battery, before attaching the spring to the other.

Finally, just connect the other end of the spring to the charger.

However, Matthieu Dubarry, an electrochemist at the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute and battery expert, told Mail Online that this method could blow your phone and cause an explosion with “as much power as a hand grenade”.

“There’s a risk, and we don’t want people getting hurt because they tried something off the internet without knowing about it,” he said.

Don’t try this one at home.

Build a battery from FRUIT

This is another dodgy method which could damage your phone, so proceed with caution.

You can see what to do in the video above, which comes from the YouTube channel LifeHack2012.

First you need to get a number of pieces of acidic fruit, such as lemons or oranges.

Then get one zinc nail and one copper nail into the fruit, making sure they don’t touch.

Use copper wire to connect the zinc stuck inside one piece of fruit to the copper in another, so they form a circuit.

Then open up the USB end of your charging cord and connect the cables inside to the copper wires.

Theoretically, this should generate enough power to charge your phone – but there’s a major risk you could damage it too.

Tips You Can Use When Buying Ink Cartridges Online

The online world is becoming more versatile thus more and more consumers choose to do their shopping here most of the time. Especially these days where you can hardly see a people just being idle, it is understandable indeed why they embrace the online world easily.

However, there is no denying that scammers are not only popular in the real world but also on the internet. That said, you should be cautious when buying things online. Note that anyone can post things for sale online. They can always make their page look real.

As you need to be really watchful when buying online, these tips might be able to help:

  1. As it will cause a lot of hassle if you end up with the wrong item, you need to be sure that what you order is really the right product. Familiarize first the kind of ink cartridge your printer is using and be sure to know the number of the printer.
  2. Check out online for tips when it comes to these products and check for recommendations. You can also check the options when it comes to the sellers and check the reviews about them as well.
  3. As mentioned above, you need to check your options meticulously. Be sure that you will only deal with an online supplier that is already counting years in their business and that is reputable. You have to also ask around from your network for some recommendations.
  4. Check out their website if they have valid details like email address and telephone number. If they have a physical outlet, that would be much better but even without one, they can still be trusted as long as they are not a fraud. It should be your call to assure that.
  5. Check out more than one supplier for you to make a comparison. Even if you think that you are already with the best provider, you should still check out others even if just to make a comparison. You never know if something good will come out from this and you might find a better provider.

Understanding The Risks To Data On RAID Drives

Due to the fact that most RAID drives have a built-in redundancy and mirror data across hard drives, people often assume their data is completely protected. Unfortunately that isn’t true, and there are still risks to data on RAID drives that you need to be aware of.

First and foremost you should always remember that the redundancy in RAID drives exists to protect it from the risk of a single hard drive failing. But there are other risks that RAID drives do not (and cannot) protect against, such as:

  • File deletion

When a file is deleted on a RAID drive, that deletion is immediately mirrored across all hard drives in the RAID – meaning that the file will be gone and cannot be restored by rebuilding the RAID. Other data recovery methods will need to be used, and may be successful if the data isn’t overwritten.

It is worth noting that file deletion can be accidental, or it could be caused by bugs or malware and viruses that wipe out some files.

  • Corrupted data

If a file on a RAID drive is corrupted, the corrupted data will be replicated across the RAID and rebuilding it will not fix the data. Sometimes (but not always) corrupted data can be recovered using recovery software, but it is generally best to restore it from a backup.

Typically data can be corrupted by viruses or malware, or it may be an early sign that a hard drive is starting to fail. As a rule it is better to be safe rather than sorry, and replace a hard drive in a RAID that starts to contain corrupted data.

  • Fires, floods, theft and other threats

Due to the fact that the RAID drive is in a single location, it is exposed to various threats such as fires, floods, theft, and so on – all of which could compromise its data. If the RAID drive is damaged some data may be recoverable depending on the extent of the damage – but if it is completely destroyed or stolen then all data will be lost.

  • Multiple disk failures

As mentioned previously RAID drives are designed to have a redundancy in case a single drive fails. However if multiple drives fail that redundancy will not suffice, and data will be lost. The risk of multiple disk failures is higher than most people realize because RAID drives often consist of identical hard drives that were manufactured in the same batch. Because of that as the hard drives age the risk of them failing at around the same time is high.

Why Choose To Shop With Prime Cables

Are you looking for office supplies, computer accessories, and similar products? If that is the case, you are on the right page. This article will introduce you to Prime Cables.

Why am I so confident in recommending Prime Cables?

  1. Competitive prices

They can offer the most competitive prices because of the fact that this company is directly working with their manufacturers. In fact, not only that competitive prices will be guaranteed, you can also expect dependable services from their staff.

  1. Free shipping

If you order at least $49, they will ship for free when the destination is in Canada. It will be shipped through Canada Post Expedited Parcel and tracking information will be provided as well.

  1. Delivery is quick

Because their warehouse is huge enough to accommodate their products, they can easily ship every order from their clients. In fact, within just 24 hours after you confirmed your order, the good will be on the way immediately to your doorstep.

  1. Reliable 24/7 customer care

If there are problems about their products or services, you can trust that they will act on them right away. They provide 24/7 customer care through chat, hotline, and email.

Prime Cables know how stressful it is when the order you receive is not the right one. You surely want to talk to the provider right away thus they made sure you can really get in touch with them immediately.

  1. They are safe and secured. If you will check their website, you can see a padlock icon. But that is not just the feature that can make you feel secured. All the information you disclose to them is also encrypted SSL or Secure Sockets Layer. This feature will prevent other people from viewing your details.

One year guarantee

Yes, they provide one year guarantee and life warranty to their cables. You can also return the products received that are defective within 2 years of receipt. For more information about their policies, you can check their website.

It is important that when you are shopping for online providers, you have to check everything especially the safety and security aspect. You have to set some standards so that you can base on them your criteria. It is just a good thing that Prime Cables has a higher chance of becoming everyone’s favorite.

Event Management: 3 Of Your Biggest Staff Planning Strategies Solved

Working in the event service industry is full of excitement since each new project represents another opportunity to show your innovative thinking and ability to think on the fly. Yet, there are some challenges that you can head off before they begin by incorporating technology into your strategic planning. For most planners, managing the workforce is the hardest part of pulling off a stellar event, and you can use these tips to get your crew assembled and follow up on the results instantly.

Your Staff Has Flexible Schedules

Since the demand for staff varies among events, it is common for your crew to have several part-time jobs or other responsibilities. While this does help to keep the cost of labor low, it presents a huge problem when it takes multiple phone calls and emails to figure out who is available for which dates. Crew scheduling software simplifies this process by allowing you to post upcoming events so that your staff can highlight when they are available.

Communication Gets Lost In the Process

Dealing with multiple avenues of communication gets complicated, and you can waste hours out of your day trying to connect with your crew. This is especially true when one prefers email and another prefers phone calls. Not to mention the frustration that occurs when you find that an email was buried beneath fifty others that was supposed to let you know that a crew member was sick. For this reason, you need to streamline your communication strategy to where everyone’s information goes to one place. As you update your strategies with crew scheduling software, keep in mind that it can also be used to communicate with your staff so that no message gets left out of your planning.

The Paperwork Is Out of Control

Shuffling spreadsheets of schedules and payroll information gets cumbersome. It can also get you into a world of trouble if you fail to properly track your crew’s time sheets and compensate them accordingly. Then, you run into even more problems as you try to figure out travel costs and booking schedules. Stop digging through files that just add up to more electronic clutter, and consolidate it all using your crew scheduling software. As a bonus, you can even use the information gleaned on your electronic forms to analyze the quality of your crew so you know who should be your go-to staff members for your next event.

Ditch the stress for your next event season by using new software to automate your processes. Then, kick back as your crew responds to opportunities to work at your events while knowing that you have conquered one of your biggest workforce challenges. By incorporating a little technology into your management strategies, you can focus on the other little details that make your event shine.

The Importance Of Software Testing

There’s a whole phase within the SDLC focused on software testing. Typically, it’s done following the developers have completely finished building the program – it’s paid towards the testing team to do tests onto it. This really is, for me, the key to the SDLC process.

The main reason it is so important is that it’s the major element in receiving targeted quality software. Developing software that actually works and is effective may be the ultimate purpose of a task, and also the testing stage is how this is accomplished.

The program testing phase could be damaged lower into smaller sized stages, because both versions their very own importance:

Unit Testing – testing each element of the program individually, to check on it works properly in isolation.

System Testing – testing the whole system in general, making certain all the components act as expected.

Regression Testing – testing the whole system against a pre-defined listing of tests, to guarantee the new changes don’t impact existing functionality. This will be significant for upgrades and updates to software.

Fundamental essentials primary kinds of software testing and all of them are essential. In my opinion you will find three primary reasons that people do software testing.

Software Testing Leads To Less Maintenance

The purpose of software tests are to make sure top quality software. Top quality software means it’s less defects or issues, it really works well, and does what it must do. Whenever you do software testing included in an improvement project, you are trying to get and discover all the issues within the system prior to it being release towards the finish users.

In a perfect world, the developers is going to be creating software that actually works very first time, and doesn’t have any issues. However, this isn’t frequently the situation – bugs come in the machine and also the software testing phase can there be to get it. Whether it’s found prior to the release, that’s great. Whether it’s found following the release, this means that point will have to be spent locating a fix and performing more testing onto it – all as the finish users are utilizing the program.

Disadvantages Of ERP Software

ERP software programs are super necessary to handle modern companies. ERP refers back to the tools and software that companies may use to handle and process information all areas of the organization. ERP solutions allow it to be simpler to trace the workflow across various departments, store information in a single database and provide companies a simplified take a look at how all of their systems are running. Although ERP is sort of a central nervous system for any business it’s some disadvantages too.

Disadvantages of ERP Software

1. Costly

The price of ERP Software, integration, personalization, planning, testing, implementation, training, consultants, configuration, data analysis and conversion, etc. is simply too high. It’s very costly to buy and much more to personalize. Very couple of companies are able to afford the price and effectively use ERP away from the box. Modification is must to match their demands, which process is both tiresome and costly. There might be additional indirect costs because of ERP implementation – like upgrading the WAN links, new IT infrastructure etc.

2. Time Intensive

ERP deployments are highly time-consuming – projects might take 1-three years or even more to obtain completed and completely functional. The current business processes need to be rethought to ensure they are synchronize using the ERP which processing kills considerable time. It calls for a continuing, sometimes endless process for implementation.

3. Effect on business processes

ERP systems very frequently demand changes to business process, that is complicated to apply. To be able to ensure that each area of the business suits the ERP structure, it’s unlikely that each policies and procedures could be maintained. Not enough personalization might not integrate the ERP system using the business process & an excessive amount of personalization may slow lower the work making it hard to upgrade.

4. Insufficient versatility and suppleness

The ERP software could work well for established companies which have defined practices and procedures, but an ERP can be quite inflexible for companies which are searching to considerably change just what they are doing. They’re not able to adjust to the brand new things even relatively small changes could be complicated to apply and incredibly pricey. Dynamic companies, constantly searching to create alterations in direction wouldn’t have the same take advantage of an ERP

5. Insufficient Security

Integrating an ERP system along with other software may need the program to become modified. Because of integration, data leaks and security breaches may appear. The outcome of these data leaks could be disastrous for business.

6. Difficult to Personalize

ERP systems aren’t very customizable. Its personalization involves lots of sources, time and money. Couple of systems will be ready to use out-of-the-box. Some systems also require other software packages, an inevitable proven fact that will make the processes more difficult, unmanageable or even impossible in some instances.

7. Problems with ongoing support

ERP systems are extremely frequently based on third-party vendors. Once an ERP product is implemented it might be just one vendor lock-set for further personalization, upgrades, etc. Companies need to depend on one vendor and could be unable to negotiate effectively for his or her services. Security of information held inside the ERP is yet another concern where third-party vendors are worried and lots of companies having an ERP feel ‘at the mercy’ from the vendor without any real control of the supply and stability from the system.

8. Effectiveness could be eroded through the business

A highly effective ERP depends on the best business ways to maintain and offer the architecture Where companies work in an exceedingly ring-fenced manner, an ERP system won’t realize its full potential. Companies that do not purchase the right training of staff people won’t see the advantages of the implementation. The architecture relies upon a really integrated business model and failure to talk about data between departments will limit effective working. To get full take advantage of an ERP system, a business must be ready to operate in in a certain style.