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Doubling Laptop Battery Life

Anyone who uses a laptop on an airplane would love a single battery to last through a trans-American flight. Now researchers at Intel believe that they can double a laptop’s battery life without changing the battery itself. Instead, they would optimize power management–system wide–of the operating system, screen, mouse, chips inside the motherboard, and devices attached to USB ports.

To be sure, manufacturers and researchers have been exploring piecemeal ways to make portable computers more energy efficient. Operating systems are designed to deploy power-saving screen savers and put an entire system to sleep if its owner hasn’t used it after a while. And Intel’s forthcoming Atom, a microprocessor for mobile Internet devices, can be put to sleep at up to six different levels, depending on the types of tasks that it needs to do.

But the problem with these approaches is that they’re not coordinated across the entire device.

Intel’s prototype power-management system is aware of the power that’s used by all parts of a laptop, as well as the power requirements of a person’s activity, and it shuts down operations accordingly, says Greg Allison, business development manager. The project, called advanced platform power management, was demonstrated on Wednesday at an Intel event in Mountain View, CA.

Allison gives this example: today, when a person reads a static e-mail, the screen still refreshes 60 times a second, and peripherals such as the keyboard, mouse, and USB devices drain laptop battery power such as dell Inspiron E1705 battery and Compaq Presario NX9010 battery while awaiting instructions.

“We’re burning energy even when we don’t need to,” Allison says. In this situation, Intel’s system would save power by essentially taking a snapshot of the screen that a person is reading and saving it to a buffer memory. So instead of refreshing, the screen would maintain an image until a person tapped a button on the keyboard or moved the mouse (the keyboard and mouse would also stay asleep until activated).

All the while, the operating system will be monitoring use of other applications, restricting operations to those that aren’t being actively used. And if there are any devices plugged into a USB port, such as a flash-memory stick, the system would put them to sleep. At the same time, explains Allison, energy-monitoring circuits on Intel chips will put unnecessary parts of the microprocessor to sleep. It takes 50 milliseconds for the entire system to spring to life, he says, a length of time imperceptible to the user.

Intel isn’t the first to think of the idea of integrating power-saving technology throughout a device. One Laptop per Child (OLPC), the nonprofit that builds inexpensive, rugged laptops meant for children in the developing world, set the standard with a gadget that consumes one-tenth of the power of a conventional laptop. Granted, OLPC’s laptop doesn’t have the capabilities of consumer machines, but it does show what is technically achievable.

There are definitely advantages to this systemic approach, says Seth Sanders, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley. “Comprehensively looking through the system at all of the different pieces that are cycling unnecessarily provides an opportunity [for power savings],” he says.

Allison says that the company is already talking with operating-system vendors to explore what it would take to integrate this approach into software. And as a major contributor to the new USB 3.0 standards, Intel will have some say in how much power forthcoming USB devices will use. In addition, Allison says, the company is trying to secure deals with display and hardware vendors. “This won’t happen in the next three years,” he says. But he suspects that pieces of the new power-management system will find their way into laptops within five years.

Custom Website Designs: Smarter, Customizable, and Responsive

The paradigm shift in web designing and development is readily palpable. Gone are the days when flashy, spiffed up web sites ruled the web. In fact, the scenes have remarkably changed. Businesses are now rooting for user-centric designs to push traffic and revenue generation.  

Although much of this has to do with the way user engagement is turning web designing on its head, it’s certainly not the be-all end-all of it. The advent of custom website designing isn’t entirely user-driven. There are several stand-alone factors that uphold custom website designs over conventional template designs.

Smarter Website Designs

Custom designed websites are smarter and trendier without being ostentatiously showy. That’s because they are inbred with a lot of intuition. Each custom designed website stands good on its audience requirements, being built around meticulous research and user study.

Today, when being quick is the new ‘smart’, custom web designs really rule the roost.

Responsive Designs

In the days of yore, users weren’t always sure on what they exactly needed, while designers were typically working to please the masses.

The outcome: an apparent user-website credibility gap. While a nicely done design did have a pull with users, it wasn’t always that it turned equally serviceable.

Custom web designing has really come of age to create web designs with high utility value. A custom website design could be built on a responsive framework to analyze what devices visitors use and then provide suitable environments for them.

With its amazing cross-platform uniformity, a custom design gives users the freedom to access web sites the way they want. This way a lot of ground is covered on user sensitivity at a time when a typical user has the freedom to view a design on mobile devices, tablets, PCs, Macs, or laptops.

With personalized content and looking-beyond-the-aesthetic attributes, custom designed websites turn out more responsive with high user satisfaction.  

Customizable Designs

Many users don’t want to view websites in the way we present them. Users expect to be able to format your work to their taste and, in that way, they can have a personalized site experience. Allowing your content to be viewed through RSS, for example, is a simplistic example of allowing your users to access content through their preferred means.

Knowing what interests the user is half the battle in web designing. Some users may land on your site through search engines or third party websites, and your website should cater to such traffic visitors without much muddle. In custom designed websites, these users achieve what they want with minimal clicks and straight navigation.

Cut out for fluid searches

Modern visitors are if anything, temporal. It’s not their game to dawdle around looking for stuff online. If results don’t show up quick, rest assured they will move somewhere else.

Custom website designs can be programmed for fluid search mechanisms as search boxes and advanced search options. Even more, search queries can be refined and made more intuitive by features as auto-completion, auto-correction and the suchlike.

Understanding Laptop Speakers Wireless

If you select the type and the ability of the laptop, you surely will focus on processor speed and weight of these laptops as well as appearance. Very few people are focused on the speaker despite the fact that they intend to use the laptop to listen to songs or to watch movies. In such conditions, it is advisable to ignore the speaker and are advised to have external speakers that can be plugged into your laptop, if you need.

It turns out the laptop speaker cable will create more problems than solve. The fact that the speaker will need an external power, you will transform your laptop into a personal computer which of course can not be moved outside the reach of the speaker. This laptop will not be free of the speaker cable that will stick in your laptop that will be the beginning of your problems.

Of course, you want to remove this problem.

Well, there are many wireless speakers that operate with batteries. The best part is that you do not need a cable connection between laptop and speaker himself. It means that the speaker will be units which are independent and will transmit data back and forth from your laptop without any difficulties. This means that you can have miniature speakers that can be plugged into a laptop bag itself and you will have a studio setup right in wherever you are.

Now, all you need is a bit of privacy where the sound emitted by the speakers of your laptop will not cause any disruption. Obviously you’ll enjoy fantastic sound quality without any difficulty. Moreover, this would be a great way to meet your needs to watch a movie with all your friends when traveling to work by subway or while relaxing in the park by converting the area around you to a small mini theater.

Convenience with wireless speakers offers a fantastic choice for the default speakers installed on your computer backups. Nine out of ten people are not satisfied with the sound quality. Either it’s too low or too high. Either it’s too complicated to modify or too modest and do not offer choices to individual needs. You can choose your own specifications and find speakers that fit with your laptop, provided you enter the key sets of devices for computers.

Consumer

In economics and marketing

Typically when business people and economists talk of consumers they are talking about person as consumer, an aggregated commodity item with little individuality other than that expressed in the buy/not-buy decision. However there is a trend in marketing to individualize the concept. Instead of generating broad demographic profile and psycho graphic profiles of market segments, marketers are engaging in personalized marketing, permission marketing, and mass customization.

There is increasing backlash from the public over use of the label “consumer” rather than “customer”, with many finding it offensive and derogatory.

In law and politics

Within law, the notion of consumer is primarily used in relation to consumer protection laws, and the definition of consumer is often restricted to living persons (i.e. not corporations or businesses) and excludes commercial users. A typical legal rationale for protecting the consumer is based on the notion of policing market failures and inefficiencies, such as inequalities of bargaining power between a consumer and a business. As of all potential voters are also consumers, consumer protection takes on a clear political significance.

Concern over the interests of consumers has also spawned much activism, as well as incorporation of consumer education into school curricula. There are also various non-profit publications, such as Consumer Reports and Choice Magazine, dedicated to assist in consumer education and decision making, and Consumer Direct in the UK.

In the context of the Indian Consumer Protection Act 1986, a consumer is clearly differentiated in that a consumer consumers a commodity or service either for his personal domestic use or to earn his livelihood. Only consumers are protected as per this act and any person, entity or organization purchasing a commodity for commercial reasons are exempted from any benefits of this act. Furthermore, Indian case law has quite a few references on how to distingush a consumer from a customer.

In intelligence studies

Within intelligence studies, it refers to the political staff consuming and requesting intelligence.

References

^ Cross, Robert G. (1997). Revenue management: hard-core tactics for market domination. Broadway Books. pp. 6671. ISBN 0-553-06734-6. 

^ http://mistinthegarden.com/2009/02/04/dont-call-me-a-consumer/

^ Krohn, Lauren (1995). Consumer protection and the law: a dictionary. ABC-CLIO. ISBN 0-87436-749-2. 

^ “An Institutional Analysis of Consumer Law”. Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. http://law.vanderbilt.edu/journals/journal/35-01/overby.htm. Retrieved 2007-01-29. 

^ “Consumer vs Customer”. Consumerdaddy.com. http://www.consumerdaddy.com/a-23-consumer-customer.htm. 

See also

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Category:Consumer

Alpha consumer

Consumer debt

Consumer leverage ratio

Consumer theory

Consumerism

Consumers’ cooperative

ConsumerSearch

Consumption

Coolhunting

Mass customization

Mental health consumer

Consumer reporting agency

Consumer protection

Consumer organization

Consumer Direct

National Consumer Agency (NCA)

Informed consumer

Consumer forum

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Dual-Screen laptop – Toshiba Libretto W100

To honor the 25th anniversary of Toshiba’s laptop business, the company revealed a dual-screen laptop concept called the Libretto W100.Although it is still a concept PC, it is going to be finished and will be launched in the market this summer. Let’s see this special Toshiba edition:

 


Toshiba Libretto W100
is run by an Intel Pentium U5400 CPU operating at 1.2 GHz, 2 GB of DDR3 memory and a 64 GB SSD, which makes it a quite powerful machine. In addition, it features a 1-megapixel webcam with Toshiba Face Recognition, Bluetooth, MicroSD card, Wi-Fi, one USB port, an 8-cell battery and a Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. This device is also a very portable device, measuring only 4.84 inches by 7.95 inches when closed and weighing 1.8 lbs.

 

Toshiba Libretto W100 Is a Dual-Screen Challenge to the iPad

 

Toshiba Bulletin Board offers users greater personalization of their desktops with fast access to daily activities, tasks and projects

 

File Browser makes it easier to access file folders and applications

 

Matthew’s Opinion

 

Toshia Laptop concept

The libretto W100 offers a device with dual multitouch displays in a 7.95? x 4.84? x 1.2? case and weighing 1.8 lbs

 

 

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Laptop Parts

 

Monitor
The monitor, which resembles a television screen, is where the computer displays text and pictures.

 

Keyboard
The keyboard is a piece of hardware that resembles a typewriter keyboard. It is one of the primary ways you communicate with the computer and enter data.

 

Speakers
Speakers are usually small and built into the screen or the body of the laptop. In the image, the example laptop has speakers in the body, or laptop casing. The speakers allow you to hear computer sounds, audio streamed from the Internet, CDs and DVDs, and more.

 

Touchpad
On a laptop parts, a touchpad is a substitute for the mouse. Move your finger on the touchpad to move around the screen and select text and objects. The buttons below the touchpad operate like mouse buttons.

Using the Touchpad:

Click. Select an object on the screen by pressing the left button down with your index finger and then release the button.
Drag an object on the screen by pressing and holding down the left button with your index finger while moving another finger on the touchpad. When the object is where you want it, release the button.
To double-click, rapidly press and release the left button with your index finger.
To right-click, press and release the right button with your middle finger.

Battery
The battery on a laptop power cord serves as its life-line.

A laptop will work without a battery if it is receiving power from a power adapter.

The battery allows you to be more mobile without having to be near a power outlet for an extended period of time. Most laptop batteries will last for about 1.5-2 hours before needing to be recharged. If your battery dies or has a defect you can buy a new one from your computer’s manufacturer or a local computer or electronics store.

AC Adaptor
The AC Adaptor is the source of electric power for a laptop. The power adapter does two jobs when it is plugged in. It powers the laptop and charges the battery.

Gaming Laptops, The Benefits!

Gaming laptops are a whole different breed of computers when it comes to laptops. Gamers use their computers for prolonged period of times and many of the games requires powerful graphic cards for optimum viewing quality. Due to its high specs, gaming laptops are usually much more expensive compared to regular laptops and often much chunkier too. Some extreme gaming laptops are so big and heavy that it weights more than a regular desktop. A laptop’s performance and media playback is the main priority when it comes to gaming computers. Here is a quick guide to choosing the best laptop for your gaming needs.

The Xtreme SL8 from Rock is an example of a perfect gaming laptop. It has a 17″ high-resolution X-Glass display, 4 speakers with surround sound output and weighs at a staggering 12 pounds. Although heavier than many desktops, technically, the Xtreme SL8 can be used from your lap, qualifying it as a laptop.

It supports up to 4GB of RAM and has two NVIDIA graphic cards. This extreme gaming laptop also comes with a HD-DVD writer combo drive and a TV tuner. As you can see, the Xtreme SL8 has almost all the best specs in the market, in terms of performance and media playback. This extreme gaming machine also comes with an extreme price tag but in my opinion, for those who can afford it, it is worth every penny!

For those who can’t afford to fork out a couple thousand dollars for a gaming laptop, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there. The Gateway P-7811FX barely costs $ 1500 and has all the specs you need for a long enjoyable gaming session. It has a 2.26GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, 4GB of RAM, a NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS graphic card, and a HD friendly 17″ display. Other ‘cheap’ alternatives include Toshiba’s Qosmio X305 and Clevo laptops.

Besides the various models above, there are many other gaming laptop models out there for you to choose from. When choosing a gaming laptop, make sure that is has the latest and fastest graphic cards. The graphic card is the most important feature of a gaming laptop as there is nothing more irritating than choppy graphics during a gaming session. It may cost a little more but the graphic card is something that you don’t want to skim on.

The processor of your laptop should be at least 2GHz and you should pack in as much RAM as the machine can support (min 2GB). Your display screen should be at least 15″ for an optimum viewing pleasure. The quality of the built in speakers will also greatly enhance your gaming experience. If you have plenty of cash to spare, consider custom building your own laptop. There are plenty of specialized gaming laptop assemblers there that would custom built a laptop to your specifications. Many professional gamers choose to custom built their laptops as they often out perform pre-manufactured gaming laptops in the market.

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