• If you bought a Hewlett-Packard laptop between September 2010 and June 2012, you may want to check the serial number on the power cord as the computer giant has just issued a global recall for around six million of them. HP issued the voluntary recall on Tuesday, explaining that a recently discovered overheating issue made the cords a “fire and burn hazard.” According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, HP has so far received 29 reports of power cords “overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.” The commission said that 5.6 million of the recalled cords were sold in the US, and advised anybody in possession of one to stop using it “immediately.” The cords at the center of the recall were sold with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, as well as with AC adapters provided with accessories such as docking stations, HP said. Not all cords sold with the listed machines during the specified time frame are part of the recall – only those with a molded mark at the end of the cord showing “LS-15.” In addition, some customers who bought their machine outside of the specified time frame may also find “LS-15″ shown on the power cord, but these are not part of the recall. HP has a website up to allow you to check if your cord is recalled
  • March 20, 2014

    Battery Saving Apps – Truth or Myth?

    Regardless of the latest and greatest gadgets available on the market, there is one topic that holds every tech enthusiast’s attention – how to make the most out of battery life. With the capabilities of our favourite gadgets growing each and every day, the average battery is taking a bit of a beating and battery saving apps are springing up left, right and centre, all claiming to improve your tablet or smartphone’s shortfall. We explore whether these battery saving applications really work and reveal the best battery savers on the market. Do battery saving apps really work? Whilst battery saving apps have taken the gadget world by storm in recent years, their rising popularity has led many to question their efficiency and effectiveness. Battery saving apps are designed to target the poorest performing areas of your gadget and make them more energy efficient thus protecting your battery further. However, many users have reported diminishing battery life due to usage of these apps. The stop-start effect that these battery saving apps have on other features and applications on your tablet or smartphone has been proven to drain battery life, resulting in mixed reviews. In fact, users have found it much more effective to use more conventional methods of conserving energy, such as keeping conditions cool, organising apps into folders, charging more efficiently and lowering screen brightness. Top battery savers Whilst battery saving applications still continue to receive a varied response from smartphone and tablet users in the consumer and corporate markets, some apps have provided a more favourable service for those looking to preserve battery life on that long commute or trip away from the office. The Battery Doctor is perhaps the most popular application to date and with over 150 million downloads it must be doing something right! The opportunity...
  • Trends come and go even in the data center world. These trends consist of everything from reconfiguring the center for energy efficiency to taking new security measures in light of the National Security Agency’s spying controversy. Data center managers and IT administrators have a lot to think about and often approach problems in a strategic way. Admins and managers have numerous operational choices to consider, and the cost of upgrading and expanding the data center relies heavily on the business’s return on investment. Some trends stay on point, such as the need for improved energy efficiency. However, other trends remain optional, such as choosing a hybrid cloud environment. With a clear road map and new trends presenting greater benefits, the IT world seems brighter than ever. The Top 5 Data Center Trends for IT Directors and Admins 1. Virtualization This first trend optimizes the data center in a variety of ways: It saves money, reduces energy consumption and decreases the need for large space. Both large and small data centers everywhere have jumped on the virtualization bandwagon, making this trend the top choice among admins and managers. Although managers have to choose the appropriate software and spend money to move to virtualization, it pays for itself in the end with reduced energy and operational costs. 2. Cloud Computing Some data center managers consider cloud computing only as an option, whereas others see it as part of a viable solution for modernizing the business. The cloud trend has ramped up and adds value to many data centers. As a data center requires constant updates and changes its goals, so does cloud computing. It allows a data center to grow without the need to purchase costly programs and new software licenses. Cloud computing also lets the business do more work in less...
  • Standardized devices only go so far in the commercial and industrial sectors, and more and more businesses are becoming jaded by the limitations enforced by consumer-driven products. But what can be done to transform your business technology solutions? Rugged technologies offer a tougher alternative to standardized devices, and can be particularly useful in field-based organizations in the military, oil, gas and utility industries. Thanks to the enhanced features and functionality of rugged devices, businesses can quickly increase productivity and lower inventory costs that can often leave companies struggling to break even. But how what other benefits can businesses look forward to in their transition from consumer-driven to rugged tech? Take on any environment Standardized equipment is only designed for individual use and can quickly falter if used in the harsh conditions found in commercial and industrial sectors. Rugged devices have been specially adapted and developed to survive in the most extreme scenarios and both their internal and external components are particularly durable. Thanks to their toughened design and specially engineered components, rugged devices are resistant to excess heat, plummeting temperatures, increased vibration, dusty conditions and static electricity, meaning field workers can rely on a high performance system in the most violate environments. Rugged devices are also drop resistant with their durable casing providing sealed conditions for the components within. Deliver data, security and functionality in the toughest mobile environments and keep customers satisfied wherever you are with ruggedized technology. Enhance accuracy and boost workflow For many field workers, the use of standardized gadgets can cause a major inconvenience as many employees have to return to their vehicles to update notes and recall information from memory, which may influence the accuracy of the information gathered. Whilst rugged portable workstations do not allow workers to make notes in the field, handheld and...
  • February 19, 2014

    Finding The Best Laptop Screen Deals Online

    With the fast pace of our technology these days, why do you think people are still not satisfied of what they have out of these high-end technology gadgets or products? Of course, every person wants to have the best and eventually these people require something that can definitely seal their contentment. A laptop is one of the major technology devices that have an account of a fast progression in the world of information technology and communication. The emergence of the laptops main features is usually perceived through its screen. It is important that the quality of the laptop screens or monitors must be good and durable. As we know, laptop systems are very much delicate and if not handled properly, a scratch on the screen or even a simple fall will directly ruin it. If the screen has less destruction, you can still have the option to either make a replacement. Technology savvy individuals are very much particular on the type or quality of the laptop screens they are using. Sometimes they prefer to purchase a better LCD Screen as replacement for the old ones or those that they recently bought attached with the new laptop. From time to time, upgrading screen laptops into its totally new model can oblige you to spend a lot of money. These are several reasons if you want to find a better quality but not too pricey laptop screens or LCD screen replacements you need to know effective ways on how to find the best laptop screen deals online. There are plenty of new and known best model LCD laptop screens on the market depending on the brand it has been associated with. Product reviews form Ebay, Best Buy or Amazon can also be a great help in finding these best screen deals online....
  • HP Envy Ultrabook series of laptops is well-known for its performance and in very slim and is made up of very light weight material. It makes sure to provide you with a very clear display. The appearance of this device is also known to be the best. The HP Envy 6-1001TU Ultra book is backed by an Intel 2nd generation processor. It makes sure to be very useful for domestic purpose as well as for official purpose. The operating system is of Windows 7 Home Basic. It is known to be very ideal for the use of students as well as for professionals. Design and build quality – This model of HP laptop is known for its shiny design. It is very easily portable as it weighs only about 2 Kgs. The dimension of this device is 373.88 x 252.73 x 19.81 mm. The display screen is about 15.6 inches and is equipped with sophisticated glossy bezel casing. The keyboard included in this device facilitates easy typing because it is well-spaced. The touchpad is also very smooth. Also there are enough connectivity ports. The material used for making this laptop has proved to be very durable and you can use it for daily use without any tension. User Interface – The operating system included in this device is the Windows 7 Home Basic, which is proved to be the best and the applications will be extremely useful. You can very easily access different programs. The type of processor used is second generation Intel Core i3-2367M processor. Performance – The performance of this laptop is known to be the best. The display screen is wide enough through which numerous applications can be viewed with ease and delivers clear quality. The display resolution is about 1366 x 768 pixels. It is also...
  • November 30, 2012

    Dell Ubuntu Ultrabook on Sale

    Dell’s Project Sputnik laptop is now for sale on dells website.  Dell’s XPS 13 Developer Edition is the first in there new line of linux computers. Project Sputnik is an open, six-month product exploration by Dell to help identify what developers want in a laptop. The XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed, and starts at $1,549 and comes with 1 Year ProSupport with 1 Year NBD Limited Onsite Service After Remote Diagnosis. The laptops hardware specs are as followed: Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 (4M Cache, up to 3.0 GHz) Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 Screen: 13.3″ HD 720p Ram: 8GB2 DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz Hard Drive: 256GB Solid State Drive Video Card: Intel HD 4000 Weight: 2.99 lbs I want to point out as well Ubuntu Ultrabook is $50 more than the Windows version.  But again no Anti-virus, Office or other extras needed all is included since most Linux software is free and open source.
  • November 19, 2012

    Fix Acer Aspire 7740 Over Heating

    Has your Acer Aspire laptop been overheating? What yo know how to fix it?  Follow these step by step instructions to fix Acer Aspire 7740 over heating. Go to Power Options Change Plan Settings Change Advanced Power Settings Scroll down the selected list and expand the tree of Processor Power Management Maximum processor state You should change it to around 70% – 85%  
  • November 6, 2012

    Systemax Closing Manufacturing Operation

    The computer manufacture Systemax is closing their doors and laying off 120 people who will be needing jobs.  The closing will cost about $6 million to $8 million in expenses including severance for the employees.  The company based out of New York, announced it’s closing the Ohio computer manufacturing operations located in Fletcher, in Miami County. The company made an office statement: “This was a difficult decision but necessary given competitive and cost pressures.  We will continue to maintain a sales office, which has approximately 80 employees.” This is a major blow to a lot of small businesses who used to rely on this company for affordable custom computers and servers.  This comes as a huge blow to large wholesalers like Tigerdirect, CompUSA and Micro.