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Smartphone Battle for Battery Life

What’s better, the iPhone or the Android?  Ask many and I bet you’ll find yourself in a dilemma.  I’m behind a computer the majority of the day so honestly I do not own or use a smartphone.  However I find myself delving into articles concerning them.  I admit I’m a little fascinated.  Even if I didn’t want to be, I have to.  I’m surrounded by the technology.  I can’t count how many times someone who knows I’m in tech has asked me to help them with their smartphone.  Most times I oblige but find myself fumbling because I am not used to using one.  Lately I’ve been in the market to make the leap.  I know.  I know.  It’s about time, Erin.  I get it.  I digress; back to the point of the article

The biggest problem I hear and read is expected battery life versus the actual battery life.  This misconception leads to a number of disgruntled purchasers.  You can see this when you read product reviews.  Of course this commentary is understandable especially when one does not grasp the concept of use in terms of battery life.  The amount of battery life suggested on websites trying to sell you the latest and greatest is the best possible number.  You can be assured of that little fact.  What the websites tend to leave out are the guidelines to which they have tested the battery to conclude such a number.  Therefore it might be difficult to judge how much life you will get from your use of the phone.  Think about it like a laptop.  The more programs (apps) installed & running, the slower the laptop (phone) runs because it has to use more resources and consequently the faster battery life dies.  Recently I read some articles that discuss turning off random services on your smartphone to preserve battery life.  Brilliant!  Kill those tasks.  Just like in a computer or laptop, hence the assimilation between the two.

If your smartphone is not getting the expected battery life that it used to get, you might want to look into these articles which provide tips and tricks to extending the life of your battery.  A simple Google search on this subject will also yield a plethora of additional articles.

iPhone: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/smartphones/tips-to-make-your-iphone-4s-experience-more-efficient/4712?tag=nl.e004

Android: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/five-apps/five-tips-for-saving-battery-life-on-an-android-phone/181?tag=content;siu-container

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Women in Technology

White Town's Women in Technology CD - Listen: Your WomanLately, I have come across quite a few articles discussing gender differences within the technology industry. Most recently was the discussion of IBM’s CEO, Virginia Rometty, and her inabilities to achieve the ‘big boy-golf club status’. (Article) Now I enjoy a good riff, especially when it comes to gender inequality, but this takes the cake. I suspect the author of this article achieved exactly what she set out to do: get people talking.

With articles of this nature, i.e.: gender inequality, I find the pulp resides in the comments. I have to admit, I love this stuff. People become so passionate and emblazoned with their opinions it almost always turns emotional erupting into a hair-raising, gun-slinging, and chaw-spitting discussion. People get caught up in their moments of stating points and lose their sense of reality. We live in a patriarchal society, people! End of discussion. So what if the tech industry is filled with a bunch of guys who want to be in an exclusive club? I commend all the women out there that have broken barriers and achieved success in this male-dominated industry. Good for you! Good for you, Virginia Rometty, for not getting caught up in the hype and good for you, Eileen Burbidge, for providing the platform for such an intense commentary.