One biggest problem with our mobile phones seems to be their battery life, mainly at a time where the mobiles are used for media and internet. It becomes necessary to recharge the mobile atleast 3 or 4 times a day.

So, I thought of sharing a tip to extend the battery life. Its called the Battery Calibration. Many would be aware of this, but for the few who are not aware, this would be useful.

STEP 1: Let the Battery drain till it is completely dead.
STEP 2: Charge the device till the battery is full.
STEP 3: Unplug the charger, as soon as the battery is full. (this is very important, since leaving the charger on, even after the battery is full can damage the cells in your battery)
STEP 4: After unplugging the charger, turn off your mobile, take the battery out and put it back (this step removes the statics from the battery)
STEP 5: Turn on the mobile and start using it.
STEP 6: Repeat these steps atleast for 3 days.

OTHER TIPS:
1. Charge your battery only when it shows the 'low battery' message. Avoid frequent charging.
2. Always charge the battery until it shows the battery full message.
3. Switch off power consuming apps and services like Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi etc., when not in use.
4. Always use the OEM chargers, avoid other brands or duplicate chargers.
5. Never leave the phone, charging overnight (we often do this), this might damage the cells.
6. The above steps are not only for mobile phones, it is for any Lithium-Ion batteries like Mobiles, Smartphones, Laptops, Digital Cameras, etc. 
 
The GSM Association announced various awards at the MWC 2012 under the Global Mobile Awards for 2011-2012. Among the winners, the Samsung Galaxy SII won the ‘Best Smartphone’ award, Samsung also grabbed the ‘Device Manufacturer of the Year’. Other winners included the Apple iPad 2 for the ‘Best Mobile Tablet’ and the Nokia C3-00 winning under the category of ‘Best Feature Phone or Entry Level Phone’. 

Best Mobile App for Consumers
Rovio Entertainment Ltd. for Angry Birds Rio

Best Mobile App for Enterprise
Citrix Systems for Citrix Receiver

Judges’ Choice - Best Overall Mobile App
WhatsApp Inc. for WhatsApp

Most Innovative Mobile App
SwiftKey

Best Mobile Advertising & Marketing Campaign
Brandtone for Carling Black Label "Be the Coach"

Innovation in Mobile Advertising
Poken for the leading CMS for NFC

Mobile Marketing & Advertising Agency of the Year
[am.o.bee]

Best Enterprise Mobile Service
Fiberlink for MaaS360

Best Consumer Mobile Service
Google for Google Maps for Android

Best Network Product or Solution for Serving Customers
Turkcell for Turkcell TiklaKonus

Best Product, Initiative or Service for Underserved Segments
Safaricom for Grundfos

mWomen Best Mobile Product or Service for Women in Emerging Markets
Etisalat, Qualcomm, D-Tree International and Great Connection Inc. for Etisalat Mobile Baby

Best Use of Mobile in Emergency or Humanitarian Situations
UBL Omni for Transparent and Efficient Cash Disbursement Service after the 2009 IDPs Crisis and the 2010 Flood Crisis

The Green Mobile Award
Flexenclosure for E-site

Best Mobile Health Innovation
Etisalat, Qualcomm, D-Tree International and Great Connection Inc. for Etisalat Mobile Baby

Best Mobile Innovation for Education or Learning
OnPoint Digital for CellCast Solution

Best Mobile Innovation for Automotive, Transport or Utilities
Ford Motor Company Ltd. for Ford SYNC with Emergency Assistance

Best Mobile Money Innovation
Etisalat, MasterCard and Oberthur Technologies for Etisalat Commerce

Best Mobile Innovation for Publishing
Financial Times and Assanka for The Financial Times Web App

Best Smartphone
Samsung for Samsung Galaxy S II

Best Feature Phone or Entry Level Phone
Nokia for Nokia C3-00

Device Manufacturer of the Year
Samsung

Best Mobile Tablet
Apple for Apple iPad 2

Best Embedded Mobile Device (Non-Handsets)
AT&T for Garmin GTU 10

Best Mobile Broadband Technology
KT for KT's Premium WiFi Solution

Best Infrastructure Technology
Alcatel-Lucent for lightRadio Network

Best Technology Breakthrough
Vodafone Group PLC for Quad Rate Technology: An Evolved Path Doubling the Efficiency of Mobile Voice

Best Cloud Based Technology
Appcelerator for Titanium Integrated Development Platform

Best Technology Product or Solution for Safeguarding and Empowering Customers
Cloudmark for Cloudmark Mobile Messaging Security Suite

GSMA Chairman's Award
Joint Winners KDDI, NTT DOCOMO, INC. and SOFTBANK MOBILE

Government Leadership Award
Government of the Republic of Colombia 
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If anyone has any doubt that iPhones, iPads and other iOS devices are the future of Apple, just take a look at the chart above.

The iPhone has only been around for four years, but in that time more iPhones have been sold than all the Macs ever sold in Apple’s entire history.

The total number of Macs sold in 28 years is 122 million. In 2011 alone, if you tally up all the iOS devices including iPods and iPads, 156 million were sold—more than all Macs ever sold.

The iOS platform as a whole reached 316 million cumulative units at the end of last year.

By the way, which word you would use to describe the steepness of iPhone's graph....
I think even 'Skyrocketing' wouldn't do justice.


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All of us spend thousands of bucks for our gadgets. It would be terrible to lose one of those, not just because they are expensive but they also have our important information like contacts, personal images, wallet information etc. But many do not know that we can track and even recover the gadgets we lose without spending a penny. The following article shows how we can track the lost gadgets.

Laptops & PC: LocatemyLaptop
LocatemyLaptop (Windows 2000 and newer only) requires you to download and install a small software which installs in stealth mode - you'll never see it. To manage your registered laptop, you need to go to http://www.locatemylaptop.com from any computer and sign in to your account. Locatemylaptop is free for the most part - a free account lets you locate a single laptop on Google Maps. The only time you're really charged (US$ 3 per month) is when you need to use the service to remotely shred/wipe your data or get assistance from them to recover your property - but the paid plan can also be activated in the event that your laptop gets stolen - the small price you pay is well worth the added benefit. The paid (platinum) plan also lets you connect and track multiple computers from a single account.

MAC: Find My Mac
Find my Mac is an OS X Lion-specific service from Apple that uses iCloud. When you setup iCloud on your Mac, it automatically gives you the option to enable the Find my Mac service. Location services have to be enabled so that the location of the computer can be tracked accurately. In case of loss or theft, head to http://www.icloud.com, login with your Apple ID and it will display your computer's location on a map (it needs an internet connection). Select it, and you get the option to play a sound, send a notification message or remotely lock or wipe data from the drive. Keep in mind that once remote wipe is performed, your data is not recoverable and the computer cannot be located using iCloud again. You can also use the Find my iPhone app on iOS devices to locate, remotely lock or wipe your Mac.

iOS: Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone not only works with the iPhone, but also with the iPod Touch and the iPad. The free app requires you to have iCloud setup on your device with location services switched on. Head to http://www.icloud.com and sign-in with your Apple ID. 
The page will show you the list of devices associated with your Apple ID and their location on a map. You can remotely lock them, wipe data, play a sound on the device and display notifications on it (the devices should be connected to the internet). 
If you cannot access a browser, you can perform the same actions through the same app on any other iOS device.

Android: Avast Mobile Secuity
Avast offers possibly the most complete all-in-one security solution for Android devices and that too for free! It includes an antivirus scanner that scans local files and warns of malicious URLs, a built in app advisory (scans for apps with malicious intent), SMS & call filtering, SIM change notifications and a complete anti-theft and tracking service. A handy feature of the app is remote SMS commands - in case you can't find your device, you can trigger a siren, remotely lock or wipe data, display a notification or locate your device on a map - just by sendind an SMS to it with the correct keyword. The app hides so that it cannot be easily uninstalled.

Windows Phone: Find My Phone
On your Windows Phone, go to Settings, tap on Find my Phone and check the options that say 'Connect to these features faster' and 'Save my location every few hours'. Although this consumes a bit more battery. it allows for more precise tracking of your phone's location. When lost, head over to http://www.windowsphone.com and sign-in using your Windows Live ID. Go to My Phone > Find My Phone and from here you can map your phone's location, make it ring, lock it with a password, display a notification on it or erase the content remotely.

Blackberry: BlackBerry protect
Avaialble as a free download from BlackBerry App World, BlackBerry Protect not only keeps track of your phone's location, it also backs up settings and all your data to the cloud. If you lose or misplace your phone, go to http://in.blackberry.com/protect and log-in with your Black-Berry ID. Now from the browser, you can make the phone ring at full volume or see its location on a map. You can also lock the phone with a password or delete all the data. As an added bonus, BlackBerry Protect makes it easy to switch from one BlackBerry phone to another. Download and sign in to BlackBerry Protect on your new phone and it will automatically sync data associated with your ID to the new phone.

Prey project
What started off as a Windows-only open-source experiment has now grown to support computers running Mac OS X and Linux plus mobile devices running Android or iOS. Depending on whether you want to use it on a laptop or smartphone/tablet, you can trigger specific actions either by sending an SMS or by sending a command over the internet. On a computer, you can remotely grab a screenshot, use the webcam to take a photo of the thief or hide your data. On a smartphone, you activate Prey by sending an SMS. Then you can remotely track, lock, sound an alarm or display notification messages.

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Its a known fact that Consumer versions of Windows get five years of mainstream support, and business versions get an additional five years of extended support.

Under these guidelines, mainstream support for Windows Vista is set to end in less than two months, on April 10, 2012

But, now Microsoft has come up with an extension of support for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

The Official Press Release    was issued in Microsoft Japan Website.

Later the change in the support dates were updated on  Microsoft US Website  

According to the new Support scheme, Customers with the most current Service Pack will get the support for 10 years.

Support end date for Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 are as follows:
Windows XP -- 8 Apr 2014
Windows Vista -- 11 Apr 2017
Windows 7 -- 14 Jan 2020

    Madhan

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