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A New Kernel , Extend Battery Life On Your Android Phone *****CloudTags: * Battery Life , Android Phone , Toshiba pa3533u-1brs , Dell inspiron 1720 battery life , Dell vostro 1500 batteriesYou may have heard about how flashing a new ROM can improve your Android experience, but flashing a new kernel is one of the best ways to improve your phone’s performance, battery life and even add some saucy new features. Whether you know anything about either, here’s what you need to know to make it happen.###What Is A Kernel? A kernel in an operating system — in this case Android — is the component responsible for helping your applications communicate with your hardware. It manages the system resources, communicates with external devices when needed and so on. Android uses a variation of the Linux kernel. A kernel is not the same as a ROM, even though you install them in mostly the same way. A ROM is a bit more all-encompassing. It’s the operating system you use on your phone, the software your phone uses to get things done — the kernel is the bridge between that ROM and your hardware. All ROMs come with a kernel installed, but you can install a thid-party one if you like — and that’s what this post is about.###What A New Kernel Can Do For Your Phone Flashing kernels isn’t quite as talked about as flashing ROMs, but it can do loads for your phone, namely in the way of battery life and performance — though it can also add extra features to your device, too. Here are some things to look for when choosing a new kernel.###Better Performance and Batteries Life This is the big change a new kernel can bring to your device. I’d separate these into two categories, but they’re so intertwined that you really need to consider both when picking a kernel. There are a bunch of different kernel features that contribute to this:Clock Speeds : In a very basic sense, higher clock speeds will improve performance on your phone. Flashing a new kernel allows you to overclock your phone, using higher clock speeds than the manufacturer intended. They can also let you reach lower clock speeds, so you can underclock your phone when you aren’t using it, thus saving battery life. Your kernel will only give you the option to do so, however; if you want to overclock, you’ll have to flash the kernel in question and then use something like SetCPU or CPU Tuner to tweak the clock speed.Voltage : Higher clock speeds use up more battery on your phone because they require more voltage. However, some ROMs come with lower voltage limits, which means your phone will run just as fast, but use up less battery. Some will even overclock and undervolt your phone, though all of this comes at the expense of stability — if you notice that your phone goes into a boot loop, or reboots at random times, you’ll want to either lower your clock speed or upgrade to a kernel with a higher voltage. Some ROMS have further sub-categories in this section, like Hybrid Adaptive Voltage Scaling (HAVS), which can be better for battery life (at the risk of stability) and Static Voltage Scaling (SVS), which keeps your phone at a steady voltage.CPU Governors : Different kernels can support different CPU “governors”, which manage the way your phone ramps up or down its clock speeds as you use it. There are a few different kinds you’ll see, including Conservative, which focuses on battery life by ramping up your CPU very gradually when needed; Interactive, which focuses more on performance and smoothness by scaling up the CPU faster; InteractiveX, which is like Interactive but scales the CPU down when your screen is off (for better battery life); and Smartass, which is similar to Conservative but takes more factors into account when ramping up the CPU.Task Scheduler : Kernels come with two different types of task schedulers: the Completely Fair Scheduler (CFS) and the Brain Fk Scheduler (BFS). CFS kernels are designed for regular phone use, like texting, web browsing and otherwise multitasking apps on your phone. Most stock kernels are CFS kernels. BFS kernels focus more on whatever app is in the foreground, which is great for things like games but can be a bit laggier and a bit less stable.These are the biggest features, but kernel developers add in all kinds of other tweaks to their kernels when possible, whether its introducing a more efficient file system, making the RAM more efficient and so on. Again, they should list the tweaks in their description, so read up on the kernels for your specific device to learn more. I’d also recommend checking out XDA user mroneeyedboh’s HTC Evo 4G kernel starter guide, from which much of this information comes.###Extra Features Kernels can also add full features to your phone, or fix other issues that the manufacturer hasn’t attended to yet. For example, while a lot of phones support Wi-Fi tethering out of the box, some — like the Motorola Droid — don’t. If you find your phone isn’t letting you tether using apps like Wi-Fi Tether, you might need to flash a new kernel that supports Wi-Fi tethering on your device. Kernels for Samsung phones can add support for a feature called Backlight Notification (BLN), which, coupled with an app, can turn your phone’s buttons into notification lights.Keep an eye out for features you don’t want, too. For example, some HTC kernels come with a feature called Superior Battery Charging, or SBC, that can overcharge your battery for better life — but is likely to shorten your battery’s life at best, or make it unstable at worst. I’d avoid kernels with this feature. You should also watch out for kernels that disable certain features of your phone — since some features are manufacturer-specific, you won’t be able to get them in other ROMs or kernels. A good example of this is HDMI support on the EVO 4G.Again, just make sure you research all the kernels available for your device, and know what you’re getting yourself into before you flash. Most phones should have a large forum thread somewhere on XDA or RootzWiki that lists all the kernels available for their device. Make sure you choose a compatible one, too — the version of Android you’re running determines what kernels you can use, so make sure you don’t flash a Sense kernel on an AOSP ROM (like CyanogenMod), and make sure you don’t flash a Froyo kernel on a Gingerbread phone — they won’t play nicely together.###How To Flash A New Kernel Once you’ve found a kernel you want to flash, download it to your device. It should be in ZIP format. Flashing a kernel is almost exactly like flashing a new ROM. You’ll need to flash a new recovery to your phone, like ClockworkMod, which you can flash with ROM Manager. Put the ZIP file on your phone’s SD card, then start up ROM Manager and go to “Install ROM from SD Card”. Choose the kernel’s ZIP file and continue.The main difference between flashing a ROM and flashing a kernel is that you do not want to wipe your data. Wipe the Dalvik Cache only, and back up your ROM if desired (I highly recommend doing so, in case something goes wrong). Other than that, you should be golden. If you haven’t flashed a ROM before, I recommend reading up on that first — but if you’re familiar with that process, flashing a kernel shouldn’t be a big shock to the system.Flashing a new kernel can sound pretty dramatic, but it’s actually quite simple — and it’s very easy to try out a bunch of different kernels before settling on one. Whether your preference is battery life, performance, or extra features like colour tinting, you have a whole lot of choices to further tweak your Android experience. Got any other kernel-related wisdom to share, or have a favourite kernel for your device that you can’t live without? Let’s talk about it in the comments. Related Articles: ***Top 10 Tips Boost Your Battery Life for Android *Simple Tips to Get Longer Battery Life out of Your Android Phone or Tablet *Top 10 Tips on How to Extent the Battery Life *iPhone4S Battery Life Beats HTC Android Phones, Why ?
We should be stop buying Apple products, Why ?CloudTags: buy , apple , products ,
-Apple's outrageous success has a dark side. But does that mean it's time to stop buying Apple products?Before we go there, let's get a few things out of the way. The focus of the New York Times iPad human cost storywas Apple because:Fame: Like anything that is constantly in the public eye (such as, say, a Republican presidential candidate) Apple is a magnet for reporters. There's lots and lots of reporting about Apple, some invariably negative.Profits: While analysts and journalists trip over each other to applaud Apple's profit juggernaut, the way Apple achieves those profits can be pretty ugly. And the company's most recent quarterly profit of $13 billion puts it right up there with the likes of Exxon--a firm synonymous in some people's minds with the Valdez oil spill--and Exxon has certainly not been immune to harsh criticism.Secrecy: Apple's hermetically tight secrecy serves as an open invitation for probing.But should you boycott Apple products, as many commenters have suggested and some publications are now calling on you to do? That question opens a pandora's box that taken to its logical conclusion would mean eschewing pretty much all devices made in China--including the one on which you're reading this post.And stop buying these things, too:Furniture and home accessories made in Guangzhou *Lingerie made in Shenzhen *Char-broil grills and gas stoves made in Foshan *Nickel-cadmium batteries made in Guangzhou *Devices that use IBM parts made in ShenzhenObviously, that only scratches the surface. The larger point is that human-intensive mass production is ugly and has a long history of ugliness.Let's begin with Japan--Asia's device manufacturing goliath in the '60s, '70s, and '80s. I lived in Japan for many years and worked at one time as an analyst. I remember a long discussion I had with a Japanese analyst colleague about the working conditions at a large, well-known Japanese device manufacturer (which will remain anonymous as this was told to me in confidence).What I remember most distinctly was my colleague's description of the stark segregation between upper-level management and workers at a particular factory (which he had witnessed as a former employee of this company). The production line workers were treated like cattle (or chattel, take your pick), with little regard for working conditions, while upper-level management were treated as humans.And lousy working conditions were not just isolated cases. In the manufacturing sector in Japan at that time, certain factories, which made products for the biggest Japanese consumer-electronics companies, employed workers who could be laid off in an instant (no lifetime employment here). In short: lousy pay, lousy working conditions, and lousy job security.Dare I mention the good old U.S.A.? When America was an up-and-coming industrial power in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, factory conditions were squalid.In fact, factory horror stories almost seem to be a rite of passage for new industrial economies. Ever heard of theTriangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan? Almost 150 factory workers died. That made the factories building Apple products look like the Four Seasons.Yes, that was a long time ago, but I'm always amazed how little is learned from the past. And I'll bet that even today there are factories out there not much better than the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory (and worse than Foxconn). That's a bet I'm confident I'd win.So, you really want to fix the working conditions for people on the iPad production line? Then insist that Apple make products in the U.S. according to U.S. laws. (Though recent examples of working conditions at U.S. defense contractors don't necessarily inspire confidence in the U.S., either. And Amazon has had its own problems at U.S. facilities.)But that's a pipe dream, of course. Apple will never do that. Such a move is diametrically opposed to the principals of the company's low-cost production model. And how many Americans would live in dormitories and make a 24/7 on-call commitment to Foxconn for low wages? (Note that Foxconn is building a plant in Brazil because the cost of labor is cheap there too.)The best Apple can do (apparently) is get processors for its Macs from U.S.-based Intel, and A5 and A6 chips from Samsung's Austin, Texas, plant. There are other opportunities too, such as getting flash memory chips from U.S.-based IMFT (Intel-Micron Flash Technologies). But IMFT is now building its newest plant in Singapore.The point is, those U.S. plants, relatively speaking, are not worker intensive. And that's what the U.S. has become pretty good at. Very high-end high-tech manufacturing that doesn't require many workers.Like it or not, high-tech worker-intensive manufacturing--what Foxconn does--is an unstoppable Chinese juggernaut. And peek inside a lot of those factories--like factories in Japan and the U.S. years back--and you'll get sick watching the sausage get made.So, the most realistic solution is for Apple to keep pressuring Foxconn to improve working conditions while also taking responsibility by toning down the impossible demands it makes on the Chinese supply chain.Read More: **Ultrabooks harness the best of tablets to fight Apple Macbook Air *7 Ways Tim Cook Can Improve Apple by batteryfast.co.uk *Apple without Steve Jobs : Who Are Winners and losers?
Lithium battery company files for bankruptcy protectionCloudTags: Lithium batteries , company , files , protection , Toshiba pa3536u-1brs , Gateway squ-412 batteries , Dell battery for d630Lithium-ion battery technology company Ener1 has filed for bankruptcy protection, citing an electric vehicle market that was slower than expected. The company has reached an agreement on a restructuring plan that will significantly reduce its debt and provide up to US$81 million to recapitalize the company, which is not expected to close its battery plant in Indianapolis.Ener1 had received a Department of Energy government grant for $118.5 million in 2009 to develop batteries for Volvo and electric car company Think, along with $11.1 million in other government funding and tax credits. Think stopped accepting battery shipments in early 2011 as it tried to deal with a backlog of unsold cars, and filed for bankruptcy in June 2011. With the loss of this customer, Ener1 obtained $4.5 million in short-term debt financing from its largest shareholder in November 2011 to continue its operations while it worked to reorganize itself.Ener1 has manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Korea, and also develops commercial fuel cell products and nanotechnology-based materials. The company said that the restructuring plan provides for the continued normal operation of its subsidiaries, including EnerDel, EnerFuel, NanoEner, Emerging Power and Ener1Korea, all of which will honour their customer commitments and will continue to pay their suppliers. Ener1 also said that no jobs are expected to be cut as a direct result of the filing, but that it will “continue to monitor market conditions and make adjustments to the workforce as appropriate.”“This was a difficult but necessary decision for our company,” said Ener1 CEO Alex Sorokin. “We are extremely pleased to have the strong support of our primary investors and lenders to substantially reduce the company’s debt. We moved aggressively to reduce costs and shift focus when the marketplace did not evolve as quickly as anticipated. Our business plan was impacted when demand for lithium-ion batteries slowed due to lower than expected adoption for electric passenger vehicles. That pressure was exacerbated by volatility in the debt and equity markets that further limited our borrowing ability and the loss of a major customer, Think Global, which filed for bankruptcy in June 2011, and for which we were exclusively providing commercial lithium-ion battery packs.” Related Articles: *Care Tips About Lithium-ion battery You Should Know *Do you know your laptop battery? Lithium-ion Battery Knowledge *Lithium-Ion Battery Keeps Its Cool | Battery Technology *Startup Boasts Twice the Energy of Lithium-ion Batteries
Gigabyte has confirmed the impending launch of three new laptops, as it looks to expand its markets beyond its traditional motherboard and graphics card manufacturing.“Gigabyte has long been a leader in the gaming motherboard market and we have taken our expertise to design high-end notebooks”, explained Richard Ma, senior executive vice president of Gigabyte. “With the P2532 series, we have developed a line of premium products that feature exceptional performance, but at an affordable price to achieve the best value for users.”The first of the three laptops is the P2532F gaming-class laptop, which boasts an Intel Core i7 -2670QM quad-core processor and Nvidia GT 555M graphics processor with 2GB of dedicated memory for smooth gameplay. Borrowing from the company’s multimedia notebook line, the P2532F also includes a Blu-ray combo drive, a Full HD 1080p display and an audio system boasting THX TruStudio Pro technology, four stereo speakers and a single woofer speaker.The design of the laptop includes a clever dual vent and dual heat-sink design which, Gigabyte claims, offers a powerful cooling effect for the system’s components even during prolonged use, extending the lifespan of the device.The P2532F is to be joined by the P2532H and P2532S, a pair of multimedia notebooks offering an Nvidia GT 555M or GT 550M graphics processor respectively, along with the same Full HD 1080p display and Blu-ray combo drive of the gaming equivalent. An included HDMI 1.4 output will also allow the device to play back 3D Blu-ray content, Gigabyte confirms, although this will require connected to an external display.Although Gigabyte claims that all three laptops are ready for sale in international markets now, it has yet to provide official UK pricing; early pre-order details from selected retailers suggest that the company is keeping the cost low in order to compete with better-known laptop brands like Dell Alienware.Read More: **Top 5 Laptops Had the Longest Battery Life in 2011* **Ultrabooks Buying Guide: What You Need to Know About Purchase an Ultrabook Laptop* **6 Free Software Packages You Should to Load on Your New PC* **What Everybody Ought to Know About New PCs (I)*
ECheaper tablets, thinner laptops and an array of sleeker TVs stood out at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.More than 140,000 people gathered there this week, for an event that’s growing despite the absence of Apple and more recently, the decision by Microsoft to make this the last year it participates.A bevy of celebrities, including 50 Cent, Will.i.am, and Kelly Clarkson, stopped by to add glitz to the proceedings — but they were hardly the stars of the show. Here are some of the more significant gadgets that shined at CES:Cheaper tablets — The industry’s enthusiasm for tablets was considerably tempered this year compared to last, when more than a hundred manufacturers thought they could capitalize on the iPad’s success with their own models based on Google’s Android software. Sales were disappointing, in large part because Apple prices the iPad relatively low compared to the cost of making it. Then, late last year, Amazon demonstrated that you can take on Apple by selling a smaller, barebones tablet for $199. Analysts believe Amazon sold millions of Kindle Fires in little more than a month.Now, Asian manufacturers are hoping to jump on Amazon’s bandwagon. One of those companies, Taiwan’s AsusTek Computer Inc., showed off a tablet with a Fire-sized screen and said it would sell it for $249. It’s considerably more powerful than the Fire, sporting a premium “quadcore” processor. Still, one of the things that made the Fire a success — Amazon’s library of e-books, music and movies — will be missing.Nokia Lumia 900 — In recent years, the world’s largest phone maker, Finland’s Nokia Corp., has practically been a no-show in the U.S. market. That’s hurt the company badly. Now, it hopes to come back with smartphones that run Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. The Lumia 900 is its first such phone for the AT&T network, and the first Nokia phone to use AT&T’s faster wireless “LTE” network. In a sign of how much is riding on these phones, both the Microsoft and Nokia CEOs showed up for Monday’s announcement. The companies didn’t announce price or availability. T-Mobile USA, a smaller carrier, started selling a more modest Lumia this week.Lenovo K800 — While Nokia’s been shut out of the U.S. phone market, Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, has been shut out of phones entirely. Its PC chips use too much power to go into a smartphone: they’d drain the battery in no time. That’s a big problem for the company, since PC sales are flat in the developed world, while smartphone sales are exploding. Now, Intel says a new line of chips is ready for smartphone use, and Lenovo of China is the first to take them up on it, with a smartphone to be sold in China in the second quarter. Outwardly, it’s indistinguishable from any other touchscreen phone, and it runs Android.Motorola Mobility, the phone maker that’s being bought by Google, also committed to making phones and other devices with Intel chips. Without offering many details, the company said the new devices will be on the market in the second half of the year.OLED TVs — Both LG and Samsung showed off 55-inch TVs with screens made from organic light-emitting diodes rather than the standard liquid crystals or plasma cells, and said they’ll on sale this year. They didn’t say what they would cost, but analysts expect the price to be upwards of $5,000.The sets are long-awaited. OLED TVs have been on the horizon for some time, but they’re difficult to manufacture in large sizes. They provide a high-contrast picture with highly saturated colors. They can also be very thin: LG’s set is just 4 millimeters thick, or one-sixth of an inch.Ultrabooks — Intel created the “ultrabook” as a marketing term for thin, light and powerful laptop computers. They’re essentially the Windows versions of Apple’s MacBook Air. PC makers have embraced the term enthusiastically. As a result, there were scores of ultrabook models on display at the show.Two that stood out were the Lenovo Yoga, which has a touch-sensitive screen that bends backward to fold over completely, turning the device into a large tablet. It will launch with the new Windows 8 operating system later this year. The HP Envy 14 is a more conventional luxury model, and goes on sale Feb. 8, but has two details that set it apart: a sensor for Near-Field Communications Chips (which means you can transfer information from a similarly equipped phone by tapping it to the PC) and an audio chip that can communicate with some headphones to provide much better audio quality than Bluetooth. The Envy 14 will cost $1,400.Bob O’Donnell, an analyst with research firm IDC, believes ultrabooks are “not a fad.” “We absolutely see ultrabooks as being the future of notebooks,” he said. However, O’Donnell thinks ultrabooks will really take off once they are priced at about $800, closer to the price of regular laptops.Canon G1 X — The Japanese camera maker revealed a compact camera that pushes into professional camera territory. Its G line of relatively large compact cameras has been popular among enthusiasts, and the G1 X extends the range by including an image sensor that’s more than six times larger than other models in the range. Sensor size is the most important factor for a camera’s image quality, far more than the number of megapixels — 14, for the G1 X. It’s the first camera to use a sensor of this type, which is only 20 percent smaller than the “APS-C” sensors used in single-lens reflex cameras, or SLRs (though some luxury compacts from other manufacturers use APS-C sensors).The G1 X will have a 4x zoom lens that retracts into the metal body, and will sell for $800.Related Articles: *CES 2012: The Second-Generation Samsung Series 9 Review *CES 2012 : Control a PC by Moving Your Hands or Body *CES 2012: The Year’s of Best Products *All Hidden Samsung Series laptops of CES 2012
Facebook users to listen songs with friendsCloudTags: Facebook , listen , song , friends , Listen With , Hp 510 , Toshiba pa3534u-1brs , Dell latitude d820 batteriesFacebook is pumping up the volume on its Open Graph initiative by rolling out a feature that allows users to listen to songs with their Facebook friends.Listeners can chat about the music while it's playing.The social network announced today the introduction of a "Listen With" button that lets users of music services such as Rdio and Spotify to share the exact same song, at the same point in the song, via the music service. However, both parties will have to be registered users of the service.A chat side bar spotlights current listening opportunities with a music note. To listen, users hover their cursor over the user's name and then click the "Listen With" button. The chat side bar also allows listeners to discuss the music being played.Users will also have the ability to control who sees when they are listening to a song with a Facebook friend."Only the people you've shared your listening activity with can see when you're listening with a friend," Facebook said in a Help Center post. "You can control privacy settings in music apps when you install the app or on your app settings page after you've installed the app. You can also remove songs you listened to from your timeline on your private activity log."The new feature, which is very similar to social media Web site Turntable.fm, began rolling out today and is expected to be available to all Facebook users during the next couple of weeks.At Facebook's F8 developer conference last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg rolled out a new version of its Open Graph, a map of all of a user's connections in the world. The initiative is expected to allow people to easily access all kinds of media content from a wide range of publishers, and as Zuckerberg promised, spur the creation of "a completely new class of social apps than what was ever possible before."Read more: **Google+’s Secret Weapon Versus Facebook and Twitter* **5 Tips for Success with Facebook Ads*
Lengthen battery life for laptopsCloudTags: lengthen , battery life , laptops , laptop batteries uk , Hp 6735s batteries care tips , Dell d830 laptops BatteryResearchers at Manchester University of Science and Technology have discovered how to extend the battery life of laptops by inserting a piezoelectric strip underneath the keyboard.
"Basically," said head researcher Tam O'Gotchi, "the more you type, the harder you type, the longer the battery lasts."
A spokesperson for the estate of Barbara Cartland says this will be a boon to laptop owners everywhere."It's a shame they didn't invent this technology thirty years ago," said Beth Cartland, of the Cartland Writer's Estate. "Or laptops for that matter. My mother could have powered the house from her laptop. Had she had one. With this technology."
Researchers have inserted this electrical recuperation technology into ordinary laptops, retrofitting them to recharge the battery via keystrokes.
"We've noticed," said O'Gotchi, "that people who use the laptops rely less on the mouse or mouse pad when they know that typing will increase the battery life."
According to O'Gotchi, when the low battery indicator flashes, users of the new device will instead increase their typing speed, and use more keyboard shortcuts in order to get the battery back up ot full power.
"It's almost like a challenge to them," said O'Gotchi.
Other uses of this technology are already being explored, such as powering alarm clocks and bedside lamps from the tossing and turning of insomniacs.
"We also believe that we can power mobile devices by simply inserting two strips into shoes," said O'Gotchi. "Joggers with MP3 players will never need to recharge again, whilst hikers can carry GPS equipment powered simply by hiking. We're looking at a revolution in battery power."Read More:**Extended Laptop Battery Life With AMD Fusion APU* **Top 5 Laptops Had the Longest Battery Life in 2011* **Top Tips on Battery Life Considerations?* **HOW TO: Extend Your Dell inspiron 1501 Laptop Battery Life*
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