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50 Android tips

There's no knocking the iPhone, but it's not for everyone. If you're one of the rapidly growing number of people opting for an Android phone, we've put together 50 tips on how to get the most from your Google-powered smart phone. Hit play on the video, then find detailed instructions below.

If you're struggling to choose a phone from the vast selection on offer right now, try our straightforward guide -- what phone should I buy? And if you've already mastered the basics on your new Android phone, you should check out our choice of the best Android apps to make your homescreen feel like, well, home.
Getting started

Android notifications, contact shortcuts, unique ring tone

1. The notification area at the top of the screen shows your phone's charge, and its mobile, data and Wi-Fi signal strengths. Drag it down to view notifications, or to toggle power-hungry features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS on and off. Use the Sound icon to enter or leave silent mode.

2. Regularly call, text or email someone? Create a shortcut by tapping the Home screen and holding your finger down (tap-holding), then tap Shortcuts and choose Contact. Just tap the shortcut whenever you want to get in touch.

3. Giving someone a unique ring tone means you don't have to look to know they're calling. Tap Contacts, find and tap the right entry, press Menu and tap Edit. Scroll to Ringtone, tap it and choose the sound you want.

Android adding photos to contacts, search, wallpaper

4. Adding photos to contacts helps personalise them. Edit a contact as above and tap the silhouette next to their name. Choose an existing photo from an album, or use the camera to take one there and then.

5. The Google Search widget should already be on your Home screen (if not, see tip 11 for how to add it). Type in a word or phrase then tap the arrow to search for it. Tap the 'g' icon to choose what to search, or the microphone icon to try speaking your search.

6. To change your phone's default wallpaper tap-hold the Home screen and tap Wallpaper. Now you can choose from supplied wallpapers, photos in the Gallery or even animated Live wallpapers -- just remember the latter can sap your battery.
Market and applications

Android Market and applications

7. Tap the Applications button to see your installed apps, dragging your fingertip across the screen to scroll between pages. Find and tap Market to go to the Android app store. Here you can browse thousands of free and cheap applications. Install one you like by tapping its Download box and agreeing to its permissions (see the 'Getting online' section below).

8. Sometimes there are several competing apps available to do the same job. The apps at the top of the Market search results are normally both popular and highly rated -- try these first.

9. You can get a no-quibble refund for an app you don't like, but only within 15 minutes of buying it. From the Market, press Menu, tap My Apps and select the questionable app. If you're quick enough to see a Refund button, tap it to uninstall and get your money back.

Android app shortcuts

10. Create shortcuts for quick access to the apps on your phone. Hold your fingertip down on the Home screen and select Shortcuts in the pop-up menu. Tap Applications, and select the shortcut you want. To move it, tap-hold and drag it.

11. Some apps have cool widgets. Tap-hold the Home screen, select Widgets and choose from the list. Move widgets just like shortcuts, and delete by tap-holding then dragging to the Remove bin at the bottom of the screen.

Android uninstall app, edit dock, quit app

12. Deleting shortcuts or widgets won't uninstall the app. Tap Applications to view your installed apps. To uninstall, press the Menu button, tap Edit, then tap the minus sign next to the app you're tired of.

13. You can use the same screen to edit the 'docked' icons visible from all Home screens. Drag icons on or off the dock then press Menu again and tap Save.

14. If you want to quit the application you're running, keep pressing Back until you return to the Home screen. Using the Home button instead leaves the app running, rather like minimising a program in Windows.

Android re-open app, home screens

15. Want to re-open the app you just closed? Hold the Home key for a second to see the most recently used apps. On some Android phones this also lets you start a task manager. You can use it to close apps, but it's better to quit them normally if possible.

16. Android phones have several Home screens -- dragging the background scrolls between them, while on many phones a 'pinch' gesture zooms out to show them all. Try grouping similar shortcuts and widgets on each page so you have, say, one for socialising, navigating, shopping and so-on.

17. Home screens getting messy? Tap-hold the Home screen and tap Folders to create an empty folder, then drag icons into it. To rename the folder, tap it open and tap-hold the bar at the top.
Text tips

Android Swype, cut and paste, delete word, Vlingo

18. Finding text entry a drag? Write words on Samsung Galaxy phones by dragging your finger through the letters. Open the Settings menu (see tip 38), tap Locale and text, tap Select input method and choose Swype. Follow the tutorial to master it. On other phones, try installing the FlexT9 app.

19. Cut, copy and paste text by tap-holding it, then dragging the brackets to the correct selection and tapping either Cut or Copy. Navigate to, then tap-hold where you want the text to go and tap Paste.

20. Enable Caps Lock by tap-holding Shift. To delete an entire word, tap Shift then tap Backspace, or tap-hold the backspace key and keep it held down to delete larger sections of text.

21. Who needs Siri? Install Vlingo and add its widget to your Home screen to control your phone with your voice. Tap it, give a command such as, "text Dad", then dictate your message.
Getting online

Android data roaming, Wi-Fi, browser

22. You'll need a mobile phone account with data before you can use the Internet on the move. SIM-only customers may need to contact their network to set it up. Avoid huge bills for data while abroad by selecting Wireless and network from the Settings menu, tapping Mobile networks and ensuring that Data roaming isn't ticked.

23. While in the UK, save your bundled data by using Wi-Fi wherever possible. Enter the Settings menu then select Wireless and network. Tap Wi-Fi settings, scroll down and pick a network from the list, providing the password if necessary.

24. Android's browser works just like any other -- run it by tapping the Internet app. Many sites are optimised for mobile phones, but there's often a link to the full site at the bottom of the page. If text is too small to read, double-tap it to zoom.

Android bookmark, homepage, disable background data

25. The Menu key brings up options to open and switch between multiple browser windows. Bookmark a site by pressing Menu to display the address bar, then tapping the star icon to the right of it.

26. To change the Internet homepage, visit the site you want then press Menu, tap More and tap Settings. Scroll down the Internet settings menu and tap Set home page, then tap Use current page.

27. Mobile data is expensive, and many apps send and receive it in the background. Disable this by tapping Accounts and sync in the Android Settings menu, then un-ticking Background data. Alternatively hold in the power button for a second and tap to turn off Data network mode.

Android Update over Wi-Fi only, tethering, Airplane mode

28. Allowing apps to update automatically can hammer your mobile data allowance. Visit the Market, press Menu, tap Settings and tick Update over Wi-Fi only.

29. If you're on the road and need to get your laptop online, connect it to your phone with a USB cable if available then exit the phone's PC mode. Enter the Android Settings menu, tap Wireless and network and tap Tethering. Tick USB tethering to use your phone's data connection for your PC. If USB isn't available, tick Mobile AP and tap Mobile AP settings to turn your phone into a wireless hotspot. Be warned: most mobile operators frown on tethering.

30. To use your phone on a plane, prepare it before you take off. Hold in the power button for a second and tap Airplane mode to disable all radios, then turn the power off. When you turn the phone on in the air it'll already be in Airplane mode.
Extra functions

Android alarm clock, Stopwatch

31. Your phone is also a travel alarm clock. Find Clock among your applications, tap it to run the app, then tap Create alarm. Set the time and day(s) for the alarm and any other options, then tap Save. Leave the phone on overnight or the alarm won't sound.

32. Clock does more than tell the time. Start the app and tap Stopwatch to time an event, or tap Timer to set a countdown timer with an alarm -- ideal for cooking, or just for a well-judged power nap.

Android World clock, add songs, music player

33. World clock can save your blushes and stop you Skypeing someone at four in the morning. In Clock, tap World clock, tap Add city, then choose from the list to keep an eye on another time zone.

34. Leave the MP3 player at home, and add songs to your phone by connecting to your PC and using the phone's file-management software. Alternatively, use Explorer to manually copy tunes across to a new folder. Either way, Android's media scanner will find them when you disconnect the phone from the computer.

35. Play music with Android's built-in player -- find and start Music from among your apps, then browse by track, album or artist. Tap a song or album to play it.

Android Google Maps, Runkeeper

36. GPS enables some of your phone's most exciting features. Google Maps is a must-have free app. It tells you where you are, includes Places to show you what's nearby, and Navigation to direct you by foot or car.

37. GPS can provide precise locations for the photos or updates you upload to social networks. With apps like Runkeeper, joggers and cyclists can track where they've been.
Settings and system

Android Settings, lock screen, Set up SIM card lock

38. Most of Android's more advanced options are in the Settings menu. Find it by pressing your phone's Menu button and tapping Settings. The options here control almost every aspect of your phone -- to avoid problems, only change the ones you understand, or just make a note of what you've changed so you can switch back if something goes wrong.

39. Thwart mischievous friends from messing about with your settings by locking your screen. Enter the Settings menu, tap Location and security and tap Change screen lock to set a pattern. Un-tick Use visible pattern to use a code instead.

40. Protect your mobile account from abuse if your phone is stolen -- scroll further down the Location and security menu and tap Set up SIM card lock. Tick Lock SIM card then tap Change SIM PIN -- and don't forget your PIN!

Android call forwarding, barring and waiting, backup contacts

41. Tap Call settings in the Settings menu to change the way voice and video calls behave. Click Voice call to set and change forwarding, barring and waiting. One money-saving barring option is to block all incoming calls while roaming.

42. Store your contacts and appointments on Google and they'll be backed up should the worst happen, but other data may not be. There are several Android backup apps such as MyBackup, which will copy files to the phone's storage or an online vault.

Android Battery use, disable feedback, disable wireless

43. Shortlived battery? To find out what's killing it, enter the Settings menu and scroll down to select About phone, then tap Battery use. The chart at the top of the screen shows how quickly the battery has drained over time.

44. Improve battery life by entering the Settings menu, tapping Sound and disabling both Vibrate and Haptic feedback. Under Display, turn the screen brightness right down. Keep GPS and Bluetooth off unless you're actually using them.

45. Eke out an ailing battery by disabling Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS and quitting all running applications. If things are really bleak, disable data network mode, too (see tip 27). Most importantly, tap the power key to turn off the screen -- and leave it off. More at http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/mobile-phones/50-android-tips-50006188/
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Whats new on Android 4.0: IceCream Sandwich

The latest and the greatest:

Screens can now span the entire device. Home, Back, Menu and Search buttons are now soft buttons
Swipe to the right to throw stuff away and delete them, ex: recently opened applications and notifications
Zoomable calendar
Take screenshot by holding power and volume down buttons
Voicemail in call log. You can speed up or slow down voice mail too
Sync people info, including HighRes pictures, from social networks
Login using your face. Camera detects real faces to prevent logging in using a photograph
Touch (or throw?) to beam webpages, contacts and directions using NFC
New semi-circular HD optimized font: Roboto
Pan your camera to capture single motion panoramic photos, no more stitching
Edit photos after capture and stylize them using filters
Type with your voice, no more translation waiting
Reject an incoming call, but with a custom message
Set data usage restrictions and prevent overages on carriers with limits
New GMail that lets you swipe through new messages
Finally, swipe to throw and not long press everywhere. Long press is dead!
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Apple Bans iOS Developer Over App Store Hack

A renowned security researcher who claims he discovered a flaw in iOS was kicked out of Apple's iOS Developers program.

"OMG, Apple just kicked me out of the iOS Developer program. That's so rude!" tweeted Charlie Miller, a principal research consultant at Accuvant Labs and best known for creating a public remote exploit for both the iPhone and Android.

Hours before, a YouTube video that Miller released went viral. In it, he demonstrated how he hijacked an iPhone to run malicious code after installing his Instastock app, which was admitted into the App Store in September.

Miller didn't disclose the bug itself. Instead, he said he informed Apple of the bug on October 14 and said he would present his findings at SysCan in Taiwan next week, believing Apple would patch the bug in time.

But rather than fix the bug, or reward Miller for reporting the bug as Microsoft and Facebook do, Apple suspended the veteran Apple hacker from its iOS Developers Program for at least a year.

Miller told another Twitter follower that although he knows he violated Apple's Terms of Use, he was confused by the timing. "I doubt the TOS lets me do any of the crap I do. So why boot me now?"

In the past, Miller has performed even darker tricks, like demonstrating an SMS processing vulnerability that compromised the iPhone and the battery in a MacBook, and hacking Safari in under 10 seconds. Prior to Accuvant, Miller spent five years working for the National Security Agency.

We've seen plenty of malware on Android, but that's mostly because the Android Market accepts virtually any app and later plucks out the bad weeds. This is a scary first on iOS. Learn more about different types of Android malware and our favorite mobile security products with How Android Malware Makes Money.
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iPad-toting snowboard created in tribute to Jobs

The folks at Signal Snowboard have a deal called Every Third Thursday where they take time out of their busy board-making day to create something utterly strange, awesome, or otherwise never having been done before – and this week they’re bringing the heat with a custom iShred snowboard with built-in iPad in tribute of the recently deceased Steve Jobs. What they do here is to start with the raw materials, cut down some ABS for the top with an iPad hole, add an aluminum base, and away they go! All of this is done with CNC machines to precise cuts all around – but will the tricks they perform once the board is done have the iPad surviving the falls?

In the bottom of the board is a beacon that lights up, and unlike some boards, this one has no additional edges, just the aluminum base. The light-up logo in the base is what you might recognize as a wi-fi signal, but in fact its the non-text version of Signal Snowboards own mark, and yes, it does light up just like the Apple does on the back of your MacBook. Stainless steel conductors working with batteries inside the board make for a light-up experience only when the boarder has certain points connected – in other words, you don’t have to flip any on/off switch when you’re down in the lodge sipping on some cocoa all bundled up in front of the fire.

Have a peek at how they fail again, and again, and again with the lights, then have the connection sit in the foot strap, making sure the whole board looks sleek as possible like an Apple product aught to be. This board ends up being as heavy as an anchor and isn’t turnable basically in the least, but does end up being fantastically slick for speed. Then the iPad is in there as well and can be controlled by the user while it remains in the board. Facetime works perfectly, mind you, as well. Play some music videos if you get stuck in the tundra.
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Learn the truth about your food: new iPhone app can help

You're late for class and you want to grab something healthy on your way out the door.

Preparing anything will take too long so you open your cabinet and grab a Special K cereal bar.

Healthy, right?

Wrong, at least according to the new iPhone application Fooducate.

Fooducate is an app created by Hemi Weingarten, a high technology executive and father of three who found it difficult to make rational decisions about what to feed his family.

Weingarten decided to do a little research on health and nutrition and he, along with a team of parents, dieticians and technologists, created a take anywhere, personal grocery advisor for people and their families.

The application allows people to scan the barcode of a product and then shows them its food grade, the number of calories and the percentage of people who like the item.

Fooducate tells people what is misleading about the product and lets them see alternate choices as well as compare their item with another item they may want.

It lets people see the information manufacturers don't want them to notice.

"We want people to make food choices based on full disclosure," Weingarten said. "The more people know, the better food they will eat, the more the food industry will make an effort to improve."

The fooducate system is graded on a system that looks at the products' nutrients, ingredients, category and processing.

The lowest grade a product can receive is a D, and the highest is an A.

That Special K bar mentioned earlier received a D on the Fooducate app.

The app advises consumers that the bar contains trans-fats, even if the label says zero; it is not 100 percent whole grain; there are 2.5 teaspoons of sugars per serving; and only a tiny amount of real fruit.

When asked to see some alternate products the app lists a Strawberry Crunch PowerBar as a much better option, a B+ on the grade list, even with its 240 calories per serving.

Shelley Smyth, a nutritionist and consultant at Medi Weightloss Clinic, has not used the app herself but read about it the other day and is interested to see what all it can do.

"I think if [Fooducate] can be accurate it would be awesome, but I think it would be difficult for something like that to be 100 percent accurate," she said.

College students, especially freshmen who are away from home for the first time, may find it difficult to pick out packaged foods that contain the best nutrition.

Fooducate is a way to help people choose items that are healthy, and provide better options for their favorite, not so healthy, items.

"I think [Fooducate] would be really helpful," Catherine Leslie, a freshman at SMU, said. "For me I would probably use it for foods, like boxed foods, or if I had a sweet tooth I would use it on foods that are not as good for me to find the best one."

The Fooducate website has a blog that posts information daily on new nutrition imposters and other nutritional news.

The blog was designed to provide people with tips and tricks to help make anyone a better shopper of nutritional food.

Fooducate was created to help people learn the truth about food products and Weingarten says that he has received a lot of positive feedback.

"People can't believe that their cereal is 40 percent sugar by weight, or that their mac n' cheese is colored with yellow number five, a synthetic carcinogenic dye," he said. "It opens their eyes to what's really in their food."

The app was originally created for the iPhone, but now works on the iPod touch, iPad and Android OS version 2.2 and up.

The application is not funded by any food manufacturers, supplement companies, diets or any other diet pills.
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Toshiba's surprise: the amazingly slight Satellite Z830 Ultrabook

Toshiba's surprise: the amazingly slight Satellite Z830 Ultrabook
Tony Sarno
21 November 2011, 8:40 AM
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After it produced the world's fattest Android tablet, we didn't expect this from Toshiba: the world's slimmest Ultrabook with an amazingly thin (and bendy) screen.

From above, the Z80 looks like a standard 13.3 in laptop.

If the ideal of Ultrabooks is to take current big fat battery-guzzling notebooks and transform them into tablet-like, feather-light slivers of alloy without sacrificing too much performance or functionality, the Toshiba Satellite Z830 doesn't just attain it, it smashes it.

Flip open the coin-thick lid, look down on the laptop from above and the Z830 looks just like an elegant 13.3in high-end/executive notebook. But pick it up and you get your first shock - you have to quickly adjust your lifting force to prevent yourself from accidentally flinging it across the desk. We’re serious. It's not that it weighs nothing, at 1.2kgs it definitely has mass (the ASUS UX21 is even lighter at 1.1kgs), but the laptop design just tricks you into thinking it's heavier, so when you pick it up you just don't expect it to be so light.

But pick it up, and its low weight throws you

A look at the Z830 from the sides confirms that this is no ordinary notebook. It's not so much the slimness; yes technically it's the thinnest of the Ultrabooks so far, 15.9mm at its thickest point, but that's probably because it has eschewed the wedge-shape MacBook Air -like design of the ASUS and ACER Ultrabooks, which forces these to cram the back end. What's different about the Z830 are the ports and slots. Unlike the other Ultrabooks, the Z830 does not skimp on them. It has the full array of ports you expect to find on a full-sized notebook. There’s three USB ports (one a superfast USB 3.0), while other Ultrabooks have only two. Then there’s full HDMI and a VGA ports, and even a Gigabit Ethernet port. And an SD card slot and microphone and audio jacks and even a Kensigton security slot! These full-size connections mean you don’t have to carry a bunch of adapters with you.

The beautiful array of full-size ports on the Z830. An Ultrabook does not mean you have to miss out on some connectivity.

Design-wise, Toshiba has succeeded in giving the Z830 a unique style. In the world of Ultrabooks (so far, because it's early days) the ASUS UX Ultrabooks scream gangsta rap and nouveau riche through their stunningly bare, polished aluminium finish. Acer went with a G-rated design for its S3 Ultrabooks that only your grandparents would find edgy. Toshiba's gone for an understated but elegant, polished look that looks good on the mahogany boardroom table or designer study desk . But, clearly you can't account for taste in some people, since several critics find the Z830's design and finish too boring for their liking.

The combined performance from the Z830's Intel Core i5-2467M (1.60GHz - 2.30GHz) CPU, 4GBs of RAM and its 128GB solid state drive was good enough in our intense use of a Z830 over a week not to be noticeable. That means it wasn’t blindingly fast, but equally, it didn’t produce any of the lag and tardiness we’ve come to expect from ultraportables. We did real APC production work with the Z830, which generally involves having Word, Excel, Outlook, Chrome and Firefox browsers open all the time, with PowerPoint, Photoshop and InDesign opened on-and-off through the day. That’s as real world as you can get and the Z830 delivered just like a full-size, full-voltage notebook would (we're also about to do the usual battery of synthetic benchmarking for the next mag).

Like all Ultrabooks, the Z830 doesn’t have a discrete graphics card so we weren’t going to review Battlefield 3 on it, but the Intel HD 3000 onboard graphics would still have let us play intensive games at low details, and would have been totally adequate for internet-based gaming.

So is the Z830 perfect? Not as far as all the critics are concerned. It has been widely criticised for a couple of things: its display and keyboard.

On the display we disagree with the whingers. While the Z830's magnesium/alloy chassis is rock solid, the insanely thin (3 mm or so) display flexes like it’s made of thin plastic. Toshiba representatives told us the lid is designed that way so it can withstand a significant amount of punishment without breaking, but you would be amazed at how many people just plain dislike a screen that flexes. To them, it just doesn’t feel right. I don't understand the problem. It flexes. yes. It breaks? No. It works? Yes. The image quality is excellent? Yes.

We gave the screen lid of the Z830 a bit of punishment below, and it held up!

The other screen-related criticism is that the Z830's display has a resolution of only 1,366 x 768 (by contrast the ASUS UX31E has 1,600 x 900). Again, not sure why this is an issue given that most, bigger, 15.6in notebooks come with the same 1,366 x 768 resolution.

But if we have one criticism it's that the Z830's glossy screen is just stupid on an ultraportable like this. You buy an UItrabook because you want to use it in all kinds of places while on the move, particularly public transport, where you can't control the lighting conditions. I enjoyed using the Z830 on the train on the way to work because it was so light, except when the sun shone right into the window and turned the screen into a mirror and kept reminding me of the bags under my eyes.

Others have criticised the Z830’s keyboard, describing it as cramped and with keys that are not deep enough. I dont think the keyboard is a problem, even more so considering it’s the only keyboard so far among the Ultrabooks to be backlit, utterly invaluable if you’re in a darkened aircraft cabin or trying to do some work late at night when everyone else is asleep.

The only difficulty I had was getting used to the Z830's trackpad with its discrete and smallish buttons after using the MacBook –like button-less trackpads of the other Ultrabooks.

Battery life on the Z830 was excellent coming in at about 5.5 hours of light to medium use.

Leaving aside the debate about the flexiness of the screen and whether it makes the Z830 feel cheaper than it actually is, this is a great Ultrabook. Its unique differentiator is that it feels like a traditional laptop that’s been miraculously slimmed down to almost tablet-thickness. The array of ports and the performance are those of a big computer, not of an ultra-thin.

In Australia, the Z830 (Core i5 model reviewed here) has an RRP of $1,399 selling in retail for between $1,300 and $1,400, while in the US its MSRP is $1,199.



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BrownieBoy (New user):
You left off the price, Tony.

The going rate for these seems to be about $1400. That kind of money would get you a 13inch Macbook Air with a higher resolution (1440x900) and a 128 Meg Flash drive instead of the Z830's hard drive of the same capacity. The z830 seems to have a better CPU and certainly a better range of outputs.

Still, it's way overpriced for my money.

21 November 2011, 11:31 AM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply
Tony Sarno (APC staff):
Added the prices..Also wasn't clear on fact that it has a solid state drive (not mechanical drive). Take your point about a MacBook Air and its great display, but from my perspective, the large number of ports on the Z830 are very important and you just won't get that variety in another notebook that's so thin and light.

21 November 2011, 11:46 AM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply
Jeff (User):
Quoting BrownieBoy:
and a 128 Meg Flash drive

Good luck running a system on that...

Could run something like Damn Small Linux or similar on it I guess...

21 November 2011, 11:59 AM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply
Jeff (User):
"The other screen-related criticism is that the Z830's display has a resolution of only 1,366 x 768 (by contrast the ASUS UX31E has 1,600 x 900). Again, not sure why this is an issue given that most, bigger, 15.6in notebooks come with the same 1,366 x 768 resolution." -- APC

Yeah, I have to agree with them on that - that is a low resolution. Just because the use it as a defacto standard on 15" laptops doesn't mean it's acceptable. Personally I find that resolution to be rather appalling on a 15" laptop. A 15" laptop should have a 1920x1200 resolution ideally (yes, that's 16:10 and that's what they should be) and should really be IPS panels in this day and age, except in low end/budget models.

21 November 2011, 11:50 AM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply
Fornax (Regular user):
TO JEFF: i too love high res displays and would love all laptops to have high res displays. However people who like high res displays are the minority. The majority of users like working at lower resolutions where things are big and easy to read. We still have people in our org using 800x600 res on 19inch screens. Yes people can lower the resolution but it looks terrible. LCDs look their best at native resolution so manufacturers install low res displays that look good at the resolution their customers use.

IPS panels are good but they aren't the best choice for every situation for example a TN panel would suit people who enjoy gaming on their high end laptop

21 November 2011, 12:48 PM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply
Jeff (User):
Quoting Fornax:
The majority of users like working at lower resolutions where things are big and easy to read.

There are better ways of making things big and easy to read - hell, they are even easier to read because of the added detail!

Quoting Fornax:
IPS panels are good but they aren't the best choice for every situation for example a TN panel would suit people who enjoy gaming on their high end laptop

If they use a decent IPS panel, it's perfectly good for gaming and there should be no ghosting or minimal at worst, besides if you're going to game you want it hooked up to a keyboard, mouse and external monitor anyway. If it was a VA panel, then gaming would be problematic, since they have the worst response times of any panel type, typically at least 12ms, which IPS beats (quite a few around at 8ms) and TN slaughters (typically <6ms even on low end ones), but at a significant cost in contrast, colour reproduction and view angle. 21 November 2011, 8:56 PM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply Mutley (User): I was really hoping Toshiba had got the Z830 right and they nearly did with the backlit keyboard and all the ports. However, I must agree with Tony on the glossy screen. That is a deal breaker for me. I hope Toshiba produce a similar model with a matte screen. 21 November 2011, 10:08 PM (2 days ago)report abuse Send to a friend reply Read also http://www.kannadapride.com/articles/entry/Restoring-Your-Computer-Momentum-without-Much-Hassle
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Introducing Macworld's free iPhone 4S Starter Guide

Whether you stood in early-morning lines, pre-ordered far in advance, or are still waiting for that package to arrive at your doorstep, let the editors at Macworld help you get to know Apple's new smartphone with our free iPhone 4S Starter Guide, now available for download from the iBookstore.

If you're not sure where to begin, our starter guide offers some nice tips for those just getting acquainted with their iPhone: Take a tour of the device's exterior and learn how to activate a brand new iPhone; discover basic gestures for navigating through apps and home screens; and learn about some of our favorite iPhone tips and tricks.

Once you've gotten the basics down, check out some of the iPhone 4S's big features like Notification Center, Siri, and iCloud. Read up on all the device's bundled apps, from Safari to Mail; discover downloadable Apple apps, like Find My Friends, and Cards; and venture out into the wilds of the App Store armed with our handy guide detailing the apps every iPhone user should own. And in case you're stumped on how to best outfit your device, we provide suggestions for great iPhone 4S cases, headphones, speakers, and more.

To read Macworld's free iPhone 4S Starter Guide on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, you can download it from the iBookstore. If you don't have an iOS device (or you'd prefer to read it on your Kindle or other e-reader), you can download a free ePub/MOBI bundle directly from us.

We hope you enjoy getting to know your iPhone 4S. If you want to learn even more about your new device, stay tuned for our full-sized iPhone 4S Superguide, coming this holiday season to the iBookstore and Kindle Store, and as a PDF, CD, and printed book.

And if you like what we've put together, make sure to check out our other Superguides: For those who want an in-depth guide to all of iOS 5's new features, we have our ebook-exclusive iOS 5 Upgrade Guide; you can also check out our Superguides on the iPad 2 and Mac OS X Lion. Looking to pick up some of our older guides on the cheap? We're offering deep discounts on 16 popular Superguide titles in book or CD format.
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Top 5 Ways to Fix iPhone 4S Battery Life Problems

Apple is currently investigating reported battery life problems experienced by iPhone 4S users. There are many tips and tricks floating around about how to extent battery life on your iPhone, but you shouldn't have to shut down most of the useful functions of your device to get battery life back. Normally these problems are due to specific bugs or corrupted files in the iPhone firmware or applications (this happened with the iPhone 4.1 update).
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Apple will often issue a fix in the next iOS update, however in the meantime iPhone users must do what they can to solve the problem or deal with abbreviated battery time. There are many general tips and tricks that can improve battery life on your iPhone, but these involve much compromise and will switch off many features of your iPhone. In the past specific apps such as Ping and Game Center were pegged as culprits. The flood of feedback from users of the iPhone 4S point to these top 5 fixes for short iPhone 4S battery life:

1. Location Services Time Zone Bug

Navigate to Settings -> Location Services -> System Services -> Setting Time Zone -> OFF. This feature has been reported to be constantly accessing the iPhone 4S location without reason, checking the time zone and draining the battery. If you're not traveling you will not miss this feature.

2. iCloud Syncing Problem

Users have reported that iCloud can mistakenly fall into an updating loop and constantly try to sync data to remote servers. This will absolutely kill battery life in short order. The problem may be related to corrupt backup files, or corrupted Contacts. You can turn off iCloud contact syncing by navigating to Settings -> iCloud. If this doesn't help, you can turn OFF or delete your iCloud account. To fix the problem and use all of the features of iCloud restore with step 5.

3. Siri's Raise to Speak Feature

Under Settings -> General -> Siri you can turn off the Raise to Speak feature. It's possible the accelerometer is draining the battery and the problem is related to this function. Sure, it's a drag to have to press the home button, but it's even worse when you go to use Siri and the iPhone is dead.

4. Location-based Reminders

Overuse of the Reminders app can be helpful but very detrimental to the battery in the iPhone 4S. Especially when the reminders are location-based. This can cause the iPhone to constantly check the GPS location of the iPhone to determine when it should trigger the reminder. It's just a fact that grabbing a signal from satellites in space on a constant basis will drain your battery. Depending more on your biological memory will save that battery.

5. Restore the iPhone 4S as a New Phone

This is the step that everyone dreads, as you will lose your settings (mail, preferences, etc.) but sometimes it's the only way to solve a difficult problem. Apple normally insists you try to restore with iTunes before they will service a problem or replace a device. Make sure to back up your iPhone first, transfer purchased content to your computer, and when restoring choose Set up as a new phone (not Restore from backup). Battery problems caused by corrupted files or other issues can often be fixed with a clean restore of the iPhone.
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New iPhone app to help Arizona smokers quit

PHOENIX - As part of tomorrow's "Great American Smokeout" the Arizona Smokers' Helpline has announced the development of the "Call It Quits" iPhone app.

The app, wich will be released later this year, includes a number of features to help smokers overcome their tobacco addition, according to a news release from the Arizona Smokers' Helpline. Arizonans will be able to connect with others trying to quit through social networking sites, track goals and earn achievement badges as they quit, and access tips and tricks for overcoming daily cravings.

"Overcoming tobacco addiction is a constant struggle, whether a smoker is making a first attempt to quit, has stopped smoking for a month or has been quit for years," said Wayne Tormala, Arizona Department of Health Services Bureau Chief for Tobacco and Chronic Disease. "The Call It Quits app on Facebook is another tool that smokers can enlist in their battle against tobacco use."

Tomorrow, smokers are encouraged to take steps towards quitting during the American Cancer Society's "Great American Smokeout." Seventy percent of smokers will attempt to quit at least once in their lifetime, but fewer than 5 percent who quit on their own stay quit for six to 12 months, according to the Arizona Smokers' Helpline. Most smokers quit eight to 12 times before quitting for good.

Arizona has one of the lowest smoking rates in the nation: 16 percent compared to the national average of 20 percent.
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How to Get an iPad or iPhone out of Recovery Mode

iOS devices are a wonder. This article is being typed on one right now. Sometimes, however, these robust and snappy little things go “boink.” One of the more common issues a user will perhaps encounter is when the iOS device (iPad, iTouch, iPhone) gets stuck in recovery mode. If you are reading this article, you may be experiencing an iOS recovery mode lockout or you may be in a recovery mode loop. This is the perfect opportunity for you to check out these pointers on how to return to normal functioning from recovery mode. Here’s the fix:

Recovery mode is indicated by appearance of iTunes and USB icons on the screen of the iOS device. By whatever cause, and there can be a few, the device is unable to access its operating system. So, it displays these icons to prompt the user to recover the operating system. Usually this is no big deal.

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Whichever machine you use for syncing the device to iTunes, make sure its version of iTunes is the most current. Ensure that all iTunes updates are installed. If you are in doubt, launch the Apple Software Update manager. Once it checks with Apple’s servers and is certain that iTunes does not need an update, you should be ready to get started.
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This image indicates the user has an update pending and it should be installed before restoring the iOS device.)

Completely power-down the iOS device. This is done by holding the home button (front, center-bottom, in default portrait mode) AND the sleep button (corner, top edge opposite the home button) at the same time until the power-off slider appears. Use the slider to completely shutdown the device.

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Before connecting the iOS device to the computer, hold the home button in place. This lets the firmware know you are about to do more than the usual sync. Once iTunes recognizes the device, which can take one-to-several seconds, depending on the speed of your computer, it will prompt you to restore the device. If you have a backup from your last sync of the device, you will be given an option to use this during the syncing process. This is most likely the option you will want. iTunes should prompt you to select which backup you want to use as your source. Make your choice and the restore may take between five and ten minutes to complete from that point.

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If you happen to have the sudden urge for a clean configuration, set up as a new iOS device. iTunes will return your device to factory-default setup. Even iOS can get relatively cluttered – apps, notes, photos, music, etc. While generally organized very well according to the native management scheme of the system itself, sometimes a device can seem less pleasant to operate after heavy use. Starting fresh from factory defaults not only allows you to clear up some of the unnecessary stuff your system accumulates, but lets you to start out with the level of understanding you now possess, with your current usage patterns, and to re-encounter the system with a different set of eyes than you had when you first started using it. Experience is a great thing. Experience combined with a lean setup is even better than that.

Note: In iOS 5 or later, restoring the device wirelessly is an option with or without a cable connection to a computer, provided the device is functioning properly prior to starting the restore process. There are a lot of improvements in iOS 5 that allow for updates, restores and other functions to be managed without requiring use of another computer with iTunes. This guide is intended for circumstances when the iOS device has locked into recovery mode and cannot access a wireless connection or the device itself is running an earlier version of iOS.

iOS was designed to be one of the least fussy, most responsive operating systems around. It was also designed to be stable and secure. A lot of people dislike the absence of a visible file system on the largest of that family of devices, the iPad. This is a simplification over other navigation models and it is beneficial in that it prevents the user from accidentally doing something to the file system which might result in device instability. While it shouldn’t be necessary to be an expert to use most devices, it is a good idea to learn some of the little tricks available to you. Although many people still find technology to be intimidating, the more you learn, the more fun tech can be for you.
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Apple promises a fix for iPhone 4S battery issues

Angry iPhone 4S owners take note: You were right about the battery problems with your new smartphone. Apple today verified that there are bugs causing the battery problems many iPhone 4S users have recently reported.

In a phone call to Macworld on the battery life issues, Apple spokeswoman Natalie Harrison said the problems were with iOS 5 itself and affect more devices than just the iPhone 4S. "A small number of customers have reported lower than expected battery life on iOS 5 devices," Harrison said. "We have found a few bugs that are affecting battery life, and we will release a software update to address those in a few weeks."

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Apple has already seeded a beta of its next software update to developers and the notes for that update, dubbed 5.0.1, promise that it "fixes bugs affecting battery life." Until the update arrives, users should look at PC World's tips and tricks for conserving your phone's battery life.

Complaints about the iPhone 4S's battery life have started to pile up over the last few days on Apple's support site where threads that address the phone's battery life have filled more than 200 pages. Users afflicted by the problem say their phones last just hours with only minimal use.

Today's statement was Apple's first comment on the complaints, which started shortly after the launch of the new iPhone 4S on October 14. The statement is also the first confirmation that the issues are a problem with the iOS 5 software rather than the hardware on the 4S. Apple also received similar battery life complaints after the company released its iOS 4 update last year.

While Apple has yet to comment on what bugs exactly cause the battery drain issues, some iPhone 4S users have looked into the issue themselves and posted their own theories. The most popular theory involves unusually fast battery draining when using the phone's automatic time zone detection.
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Get a Handle on your iPhone's Power with the BatterySense app from Philips

The recent issues with iPhone iOS 5 users losing battery life at drastic level is been dubbed "BatteryGate". Apple claims there is a bug in the software, but until they send out an update, you're stuck with trying to conserve your phone's battery by any means necessary. Now there are already tips and tricks on how to conserve battery life floating around the internet, or you can download the BatterySense app from Philips that will not only give you a better indication of where your phone's battery life is, but it will also offer up some advice on how to better keep your phone detached from the wall.

When you first open the app, you are presented with a number of squares that you can select to give you a more detailed look at your remaining battery life.

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Tapping the "What if?" square gives you the ability to scroll up or down a scale to find out what you should or shouldn't do to drain battery life at that level. For instance, If I want to maintain my current 200 hours of standby time, BatterSense says I should "Turn off push notifications". At each level, you can flip through and see how much battery life is left for each action (talk time, watching videos, listening to music, etc) and gets tips on conservation.

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In my opinion, BatterySense doesn't directly save you battery life, but it does arm you with on-the-fly information about your remaining battery life that will hopefully help you make decisions that could possibly help you extend you battery life. Information is power, and BatterySense for iPhone is free to download...nothing like free power.
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Hidden iPhone Tricks: Secret Keyboard and Panoramic Photos

When people talk about iPhone secrets, they’re usually referring to little tricks and tips you might not have known about. But a couple new hidden iOS 5 features uncovered this week are much more hardcore, requiring some light hacking to unearth capabilities that Apple decided to bury–specifically, an alternate keyboard that includes spelling suggestions and a panorama mode for the camera.

(MORE: Siri Tricks and Tips: Do More with the iPhone 4S Virtual Assistant)

Neither hack requires jailbreaking, and I’ve tried them both on my iPhone 3GS, running iOS 5. Here’s how to get them on your iPhone:
Get Spelling Suggestions on the iPhone Keyboard

Fair warning: You’ll probably find this keyboard to be a nuisance. The spelling predictions aren’t very good, and if you don’t select from the suggestions on top, you have to type “confirm” to enter the word, then hit spacebar. But at least your friends will be impressed. (Thanks to 9 to 5 Mac for this.)

1. Download iBackupBot, but don’t run it yet.

2. Plug in your iPhone, open iTunes, click on the device, and choose “Back up to this computer.” Then click “Sync.”

3. Install and run iBackupBot, and click on the latest backup for your iPhone.

4. Locate “Library/Preferences/com.apple.keyboard.plist” (You may want to click “Path” to sort files alphabetically). Click “Cancel” in the dialog box that appears when you choose the file path.

5. Under the line that reads “”, insert another line that reads “KeyboardAutocorrectionLists” (without quotations), then add another line beneath it that reads “YES.” Close the file and save your progress.

6. Click “File” from the iBackupBot menu, and choose “Restore.” Be patient, and wait for the iPhone to restart after the restore is complete.
Take Panoramic Photos from the iPhone’s Camera

Although I got the Panorama function working on my iPhone 3GS, I couldn’t take a single photo without the camera crashing. (There’s a reason Apple keeps these things hidden.) You may have better luck on a newer iPhone. (Hat tip to FunkySpaceMonkey.)

1. Follow steps one through three from above.

2. Locate “Library/Preferences/com.apple.mobileslideshow.plist.”

3. Just after line 36, which reads “,” start a new line that reads “EnableFirebreak, then add another line underneath it that reads “YES,” all without quotations. Close the file and save your progress.

4. Click “File” from the iBackupBot menu, and choose “Restore.”

If you want to undo these changes, just go into iBackupBot and remove the lines of code you added, then restore the phone again. And if you want panoramic photos on your iPhone without the hassle, you can get Photosynth or 360 Panorama from the App Store.

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PaperShare Launches 'Social Content Network' For IT Pros

Executives from PaperShare, a new social media site that launched Monday, believe the poor signal-to-noise ratio on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter inhibits their value for professionals. Their mission is to connect IT industry vendors, VARs, analysts and other professionals using content-driven discussions instead of inane photos of cats and Halloween costumes.

So far, more than 5,000 people have joined PaperShare, which has been in beta for the past several months. Members so far have uploaded more than 27,000 documents, including case studies, analyst reports, documents, presentations, videos and applications, PaperShare CEO David Greschler said in an interview.

"We call it a 'social content network'," said Greschler, former co-founder of Softricity and director of virtualization strategy at Microsoft (NSDQ:MSFT), who joined PaperShare in June.

Douglas Brown, founder and CTO of PaperShare, says content authors sometimes find it difficult to make their work more engaging. PaperShare, he said, identifies compelling content by keeping track of which of its members are viewing what content, and how often.

"Experts can vet their content against industry thought leaders, and the end result is that you can find better content faster," said Brown.

Brown said the first version of PaperShare focuses on cloud and virtualization ecosystem. Within that heading are granular categories such as application performance monitoring, high availability clustering, mobile virtualization and performance and capacity monitoring.

"It's very easy to start connecting and getting down to exactly the type of information you want," said Brown, adding that PaperShare is working on adding database, security, finance and healthcare sections to the site.

PaperShare is also a platform for partner-to-partner networking, and Entisys, Hogan Consulting, IPM Networks and INX are actively participating in discussions, Greschler said.

"Social media sites are mainly profile led, but PaperShare offer greater professional value because it's content led," said Steve Kaplan, vice president of data center virtualization practices at INX, a Dallas, Texas-based solution provider. "It's a great place to hop on and check out a whitepaper or article."

Distribution is a key feature for PaperShare and a point of differentiation from other social media sites, Brown said. "The way distribution works on PaperShare, companies can put links and widgets on their site so that when they update that content, their changes get exposed to other sites," he said.

Online discussions are susceptible to stealth marketing by vendors and their agenda-pushing partners, and PaperShare accounts for this possibility by exposing the profile of the person contributing, indicating what other discussions they've contributed to and what content they've uploaded, Brown said.

"When you look at a person's profile, you can see a lot about who they are, what kinds of awards they've won, what certifications they have, and what other groups they've joined," he said. "When people log into PaperShare, they have to authenticate themselves. We don’t let them in unless they do."

PaperShare offers free and premium versions for individuals, and charges $10 per month or $100 per year for the latter. The company also offers basic and premium versions for businesses, both of which involve levels of company assisted promotion on the PaperShare site. Pricing for business versions hasn't been announced.
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Selecting the Finest Anti-virus

Just about every personal computer these days is without a doubt very susceptible to virus and malware intrusions. In fact, you may well think that the computer is healthy when it may be by now attacked by a virus that's gradually damaging the computer along with data. Such malware are created by highly knowledgeable developers, it would be really hard for a common computer operator to recognize a threat and harder to eliminate or reverse the losses which the computer virus will cause upon a PC and computer data. An Anti-virus Software is an application which is expressly designed to take care of these destructive codes as well as to take care of the personal computer against them. It is highly recommended that you really install an Anti-virus in your laptop or computer and have it updated continuously to secure the computer from viruses.
You will find a lot of Anti-virus available currently though they're not all similar. Just some of these in reality deliver the results they are designed to. Being a user, it will be your responsibility to choose the right Anti virus that will offer the protection you need and provides most of the resources designed to provide you with a reassurance if you know the system is very well protected. It is important that you read through a variety of antivirus software reviews in order to figure out which Anti virus App is the best for you depending on consumer responses and guidance by professionals that are not the programmers of the application. Because everyone desires the best, consideration of different Anti virus is going to be important to decide on one that gives essentially the most defense.
When looking for the perfect Anti virus Software available in the market at this time, the vital thing you'll want to verify is the scope. The majority of Anti-virus Programs are designed to deal with prevalent malware and viruses but a few have an encompassing scope to deal with cons, keyloggers, phishing and trojans. While you go through an antivirus reviews, learn what professionals say concerning the functionality of the application and also if it might be conuted on to stop virus infection in your computer. Forget about the price tag and design, the program needs to be efficient and really should do away with every single infiltrator in your system.
It's always necessary to check the user interface of the application if it's user friendly and whether you'll realize its easy to use it. If you're fond of customizing your apps the way you want, this type of program should include the optimal number of buttons as well as panels that make personalization or setup uncomplicated and swift. Figure out also how regularly the app is kept up to date or if you will find any patches as well as fixes issued by the coder frequently to take care of new viruses.
There are numerous antivirus review online sites, user discussion forums and web pages that could supply you with the details you require without cost. Create some time and don't forget to have a look at them then go for an Antivirus designed to keep your computer safe as well as eradicate any malicious software programs which could have infiltrated the PC by now.