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How to Improve Battery Management on Android, iOS, Windows

15 Jul

Last I checked the leading issue on smart phones is getting through an entire day without not running to a source of power.  I know of many sweet gadgets that will allow me to reboot throughout the day but what can my “SMART PHONE” do?  There are always additional options for every smartphone or tablet.  Battery management is a great place to start, below I provide 13 recommendations to get you started.

TOP 13 BATTERY MANAGEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Email refresh rates should be reduced to 1hr if possible or manual.
  2. Disable vibrations
  3. Disable app specific notification content and sync rates.
  4. Use less widgets / tiles
  5. Use the home charger the smart phone / tablet came with.  This charger is optimized to function with your device for best results.  Note car chargers are typically universal meaning they are optimized for short burst of charging on any compatible connector.
  6. Disable WiFi prompts / disable unless at home or work.
  7. Disable Bluetooth unless constant connection to an ear piece, car sync, or regular transfer of files.
  8. Disable location when not in some search instances, navigation
  9. Auto Adjust is not needed unless frequent reading in dark areas.
  10. Avoid leaving smart phone / tablet in extreme temperature conditions, for this effects the performance of any battery.
  11. Toggle   between 2G / 3G and 4G networks when necessary
  12. Disable cellular data connection
  13. Power cycle device when signal has been an issue.

To properly complete a power cycle

You want to first take notice if information is being transmitted. If it is, keep in mind the first attempt to power down may take a bit longer to process due to the device “jamming up”.  Power off the device and leave it off for a very long 30 seconds.

 Take your time to power on the device

As the power up visuals appear, do not access any of the menus or attempt to make an outbound call, email or any message through various apps.  Your  device is transmitting through various channels, so let it do its job and communicate.  Emails, voice mails, text messages and so much more will begin to flood in to the notification bar.  If their are many email accounts and Social Media apps be extra patient the device is chugging through it all 🙂

GPS will also take a moment to position you, so let it chug and all will be better soon.  If these recommendations are not a quick fix for you please reach out to a consultant in your area, or tech support with the carrier.

Battery Management Applications for Android, Apple and Windows 8

Many portable devices now have a stock app which has battery management / saver options.  Please refer to your device for such an app prior to installing any apps to do the same thing.  You never want two apps attempting to complete the same exact task at the same time.  Counter productive if you get my drift.  This counter productivity is also hard on the device.  Apps NOT TO DUPLICATE Antivirus, Malware, and task killers!

Lookout image 1.1jpeg    Protect your Android or Apple device from data loss, theft, and other threats.  Continuous, over the air protection from viruses, malware, adware and spyware.

Log into Lookout.com from any computer or tablet to;

-Locate your lost / missing device.

-Sound a loud alarm to find your device if you think its nearby.

-Display a custom ‘lost’ message on the device’s screen complete with contact details (phone may not have a pass code enabled). swipe to call.

Android users download here

Apple users available via Apple App Store

Juice Defender-battery saver   Juice Defender – Battery Saver  Packed with smart functions, it automatically manages the most battery draining components, like 3G / 4G connectivity and WiFi. Android download here

Juice Defender-battery saver   Juice Defender-battery saver

System Status Lite   System Status Lite Monitor and optimize your iPhone and iPad performance.  Battery monitoring, CPU monitoring.   Apple downloads via iTunes

System Status Lite  System Status Lite

Apple users have a quick and easy process to shut down applications, simply double tap the HOME button.

ios7 close apps  You will be able to swipe from left to right and simply flick the desired “screen” up to close it out.

Battery Doctor  Battery Doctor HD Will display remaining usage time.  Apple downloads via iTunes

Battery Doctor

Battery+   Battery+  Perfect way to see battery status and remaining charge percentage on your main screen and lock screen.  Windows 8 download here

Battery+     Battery+

Evernote 5 Update for Androids / Apple iOs

16 Apr

As of late (6.17.2014) Evernote now integrates with Sunrise a calendar app (Andorid and iOS),reminds you from Evernote, and syncs up with an assortment of other event planning apps; Tripit, Songkick and a few more…. although at this time event can can’t be edited from other apps or services.

Evernote has provides many media file features ; camera improvements, making it possible to take multiple photos of documents or anything else while saving all under one note.  Very similar to Skitch which allows you to draw in various colors (see Skitch for additional tips & tricks).

Shortcuts, were also updated for Android users, users can jump to notes, notebooks and tags that are accessed frequently.  For premium users Document Search is now available, search in attached office documents, spreadsheets and presentations.

Evernote adds a level of connectivity to your various devices;  (smart phones, tablets) for all OS’s, including laptops and all desktops.  Stay connected for school projects and/or team projects, capture pictures and/or storage of pic file(s) including those captured from Skitch.  Create notes to self, access files frequently shared, there are so many more functions of life one may utilize Evernote.

Several apps and/or OS’s are  now taking  steps to communicate efficiently across multiple devices enough for me to choose one and only one cloud based provider for personal and professional  storage of files.   The industry is still accommodating to the general public on ease of use, and functionality.   At this time they all provide ample storage for any one person so it is an awesome time for users to try them all and identify which cloud based storage is best suited for your personal and professional use.  Below I have provided links to download.

 

Evernote at this time does no have an official storage limit, although you are permitted a monthly upload of 60Mb for FREE.  Annually 720Mb, and 7 Gb 10 years.

EVERNOTE Android download here

Black Berry download  here

Windows 8 download here

Apple     download here

Additional info click here

The Smart Phone Teacher

The Smart Phone Teacher

Best Password Keeper for Smart Phone and Tabs

19 Jul

Are you still using post-its to record your pass words? Take control of your private information!  Now is the time to make use of that smart phone or tablet for yet another key function.  Free password management app for all OS’s …..read more

How to Choose the Best SmartPhone Android vs. Windows 8 vs. iPhone

19 Feb

How to choose a smart phone….this is a question that can only be answered with a few “probing” questions.  This can take any seasoned consultant a few moments to identify.  Here we will begin with some general questions; How do you currently use your current phone?  What do you wish you could do on your next smartphone?  Do you use your phone for any professional needs?

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Notice I did not ask for what personal needs, the reason for this is because any smart phone should be used for FUN!  Most smart phone users go to the store with good intentions on which phone is best for their current needs and budget.  Although in reality it is a difficult task to select the best smart phone for all of your personal and professional needs.  This weeks best deals provide a solution in each operating system (OS) category (excluding Black Berry) so if you are new to the Smart Phone experience you may want to browse through my older posts to get familiar with some of the benefits of each OS.

A quick pointer….who is your email provider?  Better yet how many email accounts do you want to sync onto your Smartphone, and do you wish to sync/share those calendars?  Do you use Outlook? Do you wish to sync Outlook to your SmartPhone?  Does your employer / business have any applications that run exclusively on a specific OS?  Security is always a concern for portable devices and there are several things to consider in this area. Each OS has a degree of security, although each varies especially if an IT individual tweaks those security levels to fit your needs.  So all in all I leave you with a lot to process, but I do encourage you to contact me with all of your lingering questions.

Sincerely,

The Smart Phone Teacher

Music On Bluetooth Speakers At the Work Place or Anywhere

18 Feb

Monster iSport ear buds Music and portable devices naturally go together.  Most travel a ton for work, or simple listen to music when working out.   While in the car/work space or gym  I never want to listen to the radio I want to listen to my jams.  By simply installing an app from the app store and setting up a few personal settings / stations you too can guarantee…read more  

How to Sync / Backup Phone Book for iPhone / Droid and All Smartphone’s

15 Feb

How do you store all of your contacts?  If you are the typical phone user all of your phone contacts are simply entered into your smart phone.  Now this is where it gets tricky where on your phone are all of those numbers going?  Most smart phone users have a cloud based app backing up this data, sometimes there are multiple applications doing this for you.  To sync contacts …read more

Microsoft to Stream Music on Windows 8, Apple iOS, and Android Devices

16 Oct

Microsoft announced today 10/16/2012 that they will deliver millions of songs to its Xbox 360, Android, Apple iOS, and Android devices.  The “all-in-one” solution to stream music, allow music purchases for free on Windows 8 mobile devices and $9.99 Xbox Music Pass will enable on-demand listening to mobile devices.  Windows 8 / Xbox 360 users are to be granted first access, Microsoft has yet to announce the official launch date for iOS and Android users.  While Windows 7 Phone uses will not be able to access Xbox Music, they are to use the existing Zune platform.

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Have you considered what is possible from a tablet?

17 Jul

Owning a smart phone is very helpful for business, school, and looking up tid-bits throughout the day.    Many are now going into look at tablets, what is the difference?  Size of course, and something that many don’t think about is app functionality.  Not all apps are created equal.  WHY? It all breaks down to the software;  Droid, Apple, Windows and Black Berry.  The software version will allow various devices to utilize additional features, like a shortcut, view and etc…    When an app is available for an update you may want to review what the update will provide/correct.

Today, July 17, 2012 Evernote launched an update for tablet interface improvements, available through Google Play , and  App Store.

The latest version of Evernote is required in order to use the Evernote Widget app**
The Evernote Widget lets you go directly to core Evernote features right from your home screen.

Two widget options:

– Small widget: Create new text, snapshot and audio notes, and jump to the search screen.
– Large widget: Same as the small widget, plus snippets of recently viewed notes.

  

 

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Windows 8

10 Jul

Backup and Restore

Windows 8 new platform from Microsoft;   File history will  only back up modified files found in the Libraries,  Desktop, Contacts, and Favorites not Apps or the OS.   Most people are more concerned with loss of personal files, and not an App that they may use a handful of times.  An  independent business  owner or a student  can see the value in this new feature.

Windows 8 is to be available commercially in October.

Recommended apps for Professionals

9 Jun

While on the road throughout my work day I often find the need to capture a document, personal notes taken while in meetings, or even an article found in a newspaper/magazine.  How to keep all of the information organized?  Simple use…read more

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