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BlackBerry Z10 apps and battery usage

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NFC is a battery problem to be solved


You’ve just purchased that shiny new Android smartphone and want to take advantage of all the features. One of those features is NFC or Near Field Communication. This feature allows you to share information with other, close NFC devices with a simple wave or tap. However, this feature drains your battery greatly.

This is not new news. However, more devices are coming out with this feature enabled. On some of those devices, this feature can be a little challenging to turn off. It is not always on the top of the wireless and network settings like Wi-Fi. It is under “More” on many of the newer Android phones.

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Shop locally for holiday technology

If you are still looking for that technology gift for someone close, there are still many devices out there worth considering. Whether you are considering a tablet, Bluetooth audio device, battery backup, or online service, there are still opportunities to find products in stores. With Christmas coming on Tuesday, you will have the weekend to hunt for your devices locally.

The iPad mini is a very worthy device for those looking to read, play games, and browse the web on a tablet. The iPad mini feels fairly snappy. Simple games such as Angry Birds or Tiny Wings did not miss a beat. Each app loaded as quickly as you would expect form an iPad. Browsing the web was just as fluid as on an iPhone or previous iPads. Using the multi-touch gestures to swipe through apps and close them felt comfortable and quick. The iPad mini can be found at numerous retail locations besides the Apple Store.

Photo Courtesy of Apple, Inc.

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iSound makes portable power easy


The i.Sound backup battery brings 16,000 mAh of charging for up to 5 USB devices. It is available at many online retailers and in AT&T stores for $99 or less.

If you are looking for a portable device that can supply power to many devices at once, the i.Sound may be a good solution for you. The 16,000 mAh is a larger battery measuring around 5.75 inches in length and around 3.25 inches in width. So, it will take up some space in your bag.

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MacBook Air Wrap-Up...For Now

OK, so I have had some great opportunities to use the Air as a standard and daily machine. Instead of separating out items, I decided to wrap up individual topics on the Air at least for now with this post...

* I attended a conference recently where I got tired of taking notes and transcribing them later...So, since the MacBook Air fit into my portfolio, I brought it with me. I used this wonderful tool the entire conference, from 8 AM to 5 PM two days in a row...I turned off wireless and bluetooth for the majority of the day and used mostly MS Word 2004. I only turned on Bluetooth and used Safari during 2 segments of about 10 minutes each on both days. I entered the notes into Word and closed the cover when I was not taking notes. The battery lasted the entire day and all sessions on each day. There were no outlets close, so plugging in was not an option. The battery can last, it just needs limited usage and manual power management of closing the cover when not using it.

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