Reasons Your Android battery Is Charging Slowly

You know the deal: hot date lined up for tonight, got home late from work, no chance of your battery lasting all night and only 15 minutes to charge. But your battery always seems to take so much longer to charge than everyone else’s so you know that won’t be enough. So what’s the deal? Why is your battery always slow to charge? Here are the main culprits and what you can do about them.

By: Kris Carlon

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How To Save Battery Life On Your Android Device

Smartphone batteries don’t last forever, and some devices have an almost-embarrassing screen-on time. Those big, luscious AMOLED and LCD screens and taxing apps are an obvious drain on your battery, but there are lots of things you can do behind-the-scenes to make your Android last longer. Let’s explore how to increase battery on your smartphone.

By: Cory Schmidt

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Reasons your photos are blurry (and what you can do about it)

Do you sometimes get blurred photos from your DSLR but don’t know why? The chances are it’s not the camera – it’s you! Our friends at the Nikon magazine N-Photo came up with top ten tips for banishing blur.

Take the effective focal length of your lens and divide it into 1 to get the minimum safe handheld shutter speed you should use. For example, with a 200mm equivalent lens, you shouldn’t shoot any slower than 1/200sec or you risk camera shake. You might even get some shake at 1/500sec.

By: Jeff Meyer

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Android “L” will improve system’s security

Smartphones became an integral part of our lives so quickly that many people still haven’t realized which threats came along with these smart pocketable helpers. The list is long: malicious programs for smartphone are able to steal money. If your device is stolen, thousands of photos, private messages and social network credentials fall into the wrong hands. It’s easy to constantly monitor a person using his/her smartphone as a beacon, and corporations face a huge risk of data leakage. Luckily for all of us, these risks are obvious beyond those individuals in the security industry. For example, Google developers take these risks very seriously and the upcoming release of the Android codenamed L will greatly improve the security landscape for this OS, which leads today in terms of mobile threats presence.

By: Serge Malenkovich

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Choosing the right USB charger for your mod

Some mods use external chargers; You remove the 18650 batteries or what have you, and put them in a separate charging unit. Those are not what we’re going to talk about here. This post is about mods and batteries that are charged via USB.

Hopefully it can provide some clarity, and maybe rid us of a few misconceptions about the technology involved.

There are basically two styles of USB powered mod chargers; the Ego/cigalike style chargers that come with smaller non-replacable batteries, and the integrated chargers found in box mods and certain tube mods. But before we go into all of that, let’s clear one thing up …

By: Dampmaskin

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Dealing with System Problems in Android: Safe Mode, Factory Reset & Restoring Backups

Safe Mode is extremely useful for when your operating system is experiencing errors or problems and you don’t know if it’s being caused by the system or an app. Safe Mode is also useful when your device has been affected by malfunctioning or malfeasant apps – just boot into Safe Mode and disable them before they have a chance to run.

Here’s how to boot into Safe Mode on Android (requires version 4.1+):

  • Hold down the Power button on the side of your phone until a popup appears.
  • On the menu that shows up, hold down the Power Off option until a popup appears.
  • Tap OK to reboot into Safe Mode.
  • You should now be in Safe Mode.

By: Joel Lee

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How to Diagnose and Repair Android Boot Problems

The troubleshooting outline contained here will not deal with installing custom ROMs. Nor will it include detailed instructions for those of you who decided to install a custom ROM on their device. There are just too many variables that could go wrong. It instead deals with the symptoms that different kinds of unbootable devices display, and how to repair those issues.

By: Kannon Yamada

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How To Unlock Android Device With Cracked Or Broken Screen

We all know somebody who dropped their phone one too many times with disastrous results. A cracked or broken screen is annoying enough, but what should you do if the screen is unresponsive when you try to unlock it?

The move from traditional buttons to fullscreen devices means, if you can’t access the screen, you’re going to have trouble; especially if your device doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner.

Here’s a guide with a couple of different methods to unlock your device if you want to retrieve files, messages, and contacts.


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