10 Tips to Squeeze More Battery Life Out of Your Laptop

How many times have you found yourself with a dead laptop battery and no outlet in sight? I know I have, but it’s only happened to me on a few occasions thanks to these tips. You can mitigate being left dry without power to run your laptop by following the easy to implement steps below.

Some of the tips below may seem insignificant with regards to the amount of battery saved, however combined these tips could add minutes to even half an hour of additional battery life so make sure to use them in unison.

1. Reduce Screen Brightness

One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce the amount of electricity consumed by your notebook is to reduce the brightness of the screen. This can be accomplished in several ways: You can set the brightness manually by using the buttons found on the keyboard that will control the brightness of the screen.

The second option would be to use the built-in power control options in Windows to automatically adjust the brightness of the screen based on use. In Windows 7 you have the option to automatically turn off the display after “x” number of minutes without use. If automatically turning off the display doesn’t work for you then you can set the display to automatically dim to the lowest setting after “x” number of minutes without use. Continue reading

Will Smart Contact Lenses Be the Bluetooth Headsets of the Future?

Imagine instant access to the latest market segment information at a meeting, or seeing the fourth quarter earnings for a company in (literally) the blink of an eye.

Although it might sound like something from a science fiction novel, scientists at the University of Washington are working on solar powered contact lenses with transparent LEDs embedded onto the lens. This technology could be applied in countless ways, from health monitoring to text translation right in front of the wearer’s eyes. Continue reading