Archive for February, 2017

How to make rechargeable batteries on your smartphone, tablet or laptop for years

There’s a lot of voodoo written about how to take care of the rechargeable batteries inside smartphones, tablets or notebooks. While a bit of care can make all the difference, you don’t need to treat the battery like a sick pet. It’s been designed and built to do a job, so most of the time […]

How to check whether HP laptop battery is recalled

On Tuesday HP recalled more than 100,000 batteries that could overheat and catch fire. Laptop models included in the recall include HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP Envy, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion Notebook Computers sold between March 2013 and October 2016, according to HP’s recall website. If you have any question whether your laptop is […]

Blink security cameras for lazy people

Most people who really need security cameras should already have installed them. However, there are still plenty of people like me, who aren’t willing to make that much of an effort, or pay a monthly fee. Now there is at least one system that meets our needs, following Blink’s official UK launch yesterday (Tuesday 29 […]

Get an Asus ZenBook UX303 ultraportable touchscreen notebook for $749.99

What are you looking for in your next laptop? Slim, lightweight design? Touchscreen? Fast processor? Lots of RAM and storage? The Asus ZenBook UX303UB ticks all those boxes and then some. It hit the market about a year ago, with the top-level SKU priced at $1,299. Today, and for a limited time, Techrabbit has the […]

Apple recalls international exchange adapter over shock risk

Listen, traveler: if you have an Apple AC adapter for continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and Brazil, you may want to get a replacement. Apple has issued a voluntary recall for some international two-prong AC wall plug adapters after discovering that, “in very rare cases,” they may break and “create a risk of […]

How to grow your laptop battery

Laptop batteries are like people–eventually and inevitably, they die. And like people, they don’t obey Moore’s Law–You can’t expect next year’s batteries to last twice as long as this year’s. Battery technology may improve a bit over time (after all, there’s plenty of financial incentive for better batteries), but, while interesting possibilities may pop up, […]

why your laptop battery dies fast

Quick, what is the biggest drain on your laptop’s battery? If you answered “the display,” you’re right — for the most part. The single biggest occupier of battery resources, day in and day out, is your laptop’s display. More specifically, it’s the that energy goes into powering the backlight that illuminates the pixels on your […]

How to restore a dead laptop battery

You can add new life to your NiMH or NiCD laptop battery by placing it in a tightly-sealed plastic bag and freezing it for 12 hours. If you have a Lithium Ion or Lithium Polymer battery, however, freezing it is actually dangerous. Instead, consider doing a battery calibration, which will both restore and prolong your […]

The new nexdock uses Intel Compute card as a laptop

There has been a mini explosion of computing formats in recent years. It started with the Raspberry Pi, then desktop PCs started getting smaller to the point where Intel launched the NUC, and then the Compute Stick, and most recently the Compute Card became a thing. Then last year we got the NexDock, which offered […]

5 cool smartphone camera skills you should know

As early as the time, there is a lingering fear of the era, the upcoming “mobile phone camera” tsunami will erase any debris left on us. In fact, the phone a bit alarmist at least in the prophetic vision know that everything will soon change. That’s not to say that what came afterwards was necessarily […]