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3 Tips to Increase Your Chromebook’s Battery Life

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Given that Chromebooks employ a less resource-intensive operating system, the battery life is so much compared to Macbooks or even PCs with Windows.

However, there are other tweaks that can be made so as to ensure the battery last even longer.

Having said that, here are 4 tips to increase your Chromebook’s battery life:

#1: Reduce the number of Chrome tabs

The more number of Chrome tabs you have open, the more it reduces battery life. Keeping fewer tabs open will ensure that it lasts longer, of course. In order to do this, right-click your mouse on a browser tab and ‘Close other tabs’ or two finger-press the trackpad for the same thing.

#2: Turn off Wi-Fi

Even if it’s a Chromebook which depends heavily on the internet, turning off the Wi-Fi can help save battery life especially you’ve got very little to go on. Apart from this, you can also perform a number of tasks offline such as Gmail, Google Docs among a host of other apps that are available. Of course, you turn on Wi-Fi again, these services will sync with Google’s servers.

#3: Turn off Bluetooth

It makes no sense keeping this service on if you aren’t using it. For this, navigate to Settings>Advanced Settings in the Chrome options menu. After this, scroll down to the Bluetooth section and then uncheck the box. Of course, you can use the Search option to find the Bluetooth option and turn it off as well.

3 Tips to Keeping Your Laptop Safe While You Travel

If you’re off on a holiday trip, then there’s no question that the laptop will be coming with you. As you all know, there’s just no way you can fully escape work.

However, there are times when things can go wrong and you might end up having your laptop stolen or lost.

For this, here are 3 security tips that you can consider when traveling:

#1: Ensure you carry it in a padded bag

Your laptop is not for carrying around your arm, book bag or backpack but requires a decent one that is padded. The reason for this is that travel involves a lot of pushing bags into tight spots and so, if you shove a little too hard, the laptop can get damaged quite easily. So, ensure you pick a bag that has plenty of protection while also having separate sections for power cables and accessories.

#2: Switch it off

No matter what you do, don’t leave your computer on when placing it in a padded bag. The heat can damage the computer in a number of ways and is probably your laptop’s worst enemy. So to be on the safe side, instead of hibernating the laptop, it’s a good idea to turn it off completely.

#3: Back it up and lock it down

It’s a disaster losing your laptop which would contain files of sensitive information that are stored on it. This is where a backup regimen where you keep a copy of your files at home or in the office or even in the cloud works for the best.

Worse still would losing personal and sensitive information such as personal photos or even banking information. Encrypt your drive and use strong passwords to prevent this from happening.

3 Ways to Boost Your PC’s Security

From the day you own a PC and connected to the internet, you can consider yourself a target for phishing and hacking attempts.

But this doesn’t mean that you will have to purchase a premium security suite but instead put together a DIY version as well as do other things that costs nothing instead.

With that said, here are 3 ways by which you can boost your PC’s security:

#1: Obtain a good antivirus program

Among a slew of free antivirus programs that are offered over the internet, the best of the lot includes AVG, which has only gotten fast and secure over the years. It will not only prevent malicious downloads they happens but also remove malware from your system too. Please be advised that AVG will try hard to get you to purchase a premium version. Windows Defender is another option too.

#2: Firewall Your Computer

Firewalls will block hackers from getting into your system. Two options include ZoneAlarm Free Firewall or the default Windows Firewall. The only difference between the two is that the latter only detect inbound penetration attempts but is less demanding when it comes to resources. While Windows Firewall works for most users, it’s a good idea to use ZoneAlarm Free Firewall as some outbound connections can pose a threat to your system.

#3: Strengthen Browser Security

While most browsers are good at detecting sites that deal with malware, they aren’t able to identify phishing scams. You can use plug-ins such as Web of Trust and McAfee SiteAdvisor in order to assess the threat level of a website. That said, switch to Google Chrome, which is the safest browser around.

What to Look For In a Tablet Notebook Case

With tablet notebooks taking the spotlight this year, the demand for storage has become higher. There are a wide range of choices for sleeves and bags, but what exactly do you want to look for?

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  1. Protection- more than anything you want something that will keep your computer safe. Despite all the fancy designs and features, in the end you want something that will protect your tablet. Look for something that will properly store the gadget. You want something with enough padding and one that will keep it safe from elements.
  2. Function- it is always great to have something more than just a storage compartment. Look for a tablet notebook case that will provide you with other functions as well. A lot of cases provide you with extra storage for items like pens, paper etc. Others may actually double as a bag and can fit more than just a tablet.
  3. Usability- a good number of cases will do more than just store your tablet notebook for you. It may also double as a stand where you can prop your notebook up on. Alongside this some cases may feature a space for keyboard as well. If you like having your tablet up then this is a good choice.
  4. Design- we admit that often times we look for something “cute” as well. A lot of tablet notebook cases come in a wide range of colors and materials. Of course you want something that will reflect your personality while doing what it should do.

LED or LCD for Your Next Laptop

The new generation of laptop screens offers you the choice of switching to an LED screen. Initially this can sound confusing and exciting until you see the price tag. So what’s all the fuss about LED?

The term LED actually refers to Light Emitting Diode and is a reference to the backlighting that is used in new laptops. The prevalent method of backlighting is Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamps or CCFL. Both methods use LCDs in front but the benefits of LED are far superior.

In terms of power consumption, LED are great because they use up to 30 % less power than the CCFL screens. In terms of a laptop, this is a huge saving as the battery will last longer. Since you will charge the laptop less frequently, this also means that you save on your energy bill.

LED backed screens also give brighter and richer colors. Color accuracy and contrast is also improved. However, since LEDs adjust brightness levels automatically based on ambient lighting levels, these features may be less evident at times.

If you plan to use your laptop for a few years then LEDs are a good bet too. Over time CCFL screens start dimming and the output does not look as it once did. LED screens last longer and do not diminish over time. They also are lighter so the overall laptop weight goes down too.

As you can see, LED technology is actually the right way to go. The only thing stopping it from taking over the market is the current high cost of manufacturing. But if you consider the long term benefits that this technology offers, then the extra $100 or so you spend getting it, is truly justified.

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