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Saturday
Mar242012

New iPad Power Indicator Inaccurate- How could it Get Any Worse?

We already reported on the many complaints of the iPad 3's battery that Apple reported as being the same or better than the last, although might be true, does not make the battery experience of the 3rd Generation iPad any better.

Having to power the A5X Chip and its powerful new retina display the battery life is reduced to that of the iPad 2. But that's not the problem. It's the charging. We did tests that showed that it could take 7 hours to charge your iPad 3's battery but it turns out it's even worse than that. On top of all the other issues (see video below) the iPad 3's battery indicator is falsely displaying a full charge with it allegedly taking another 2 hours and 11 minutes to fully charge the device.

This was found out by the famous display expert, Raymond Soneira who you might remember from our Retina Display video. He did extensive testing on the display and in turn discovered this disturbing fact about Apple's latest iDevice. 

At 2:00 hours after reporting 100% charge, the new iPad hardware started to reduce the charging power. At 2:10 the recharging cycle fully terminated with a sharp decrease in power. The new iPad battery is truly fully recharged 2 hours and 10 minutes after prematurely reporting on screen that it was fully charged.

He said not to fear though, Apple should release an iOS update containing the fix soon to a phenomenon not just exclusive to the new iPad, with it being found on many Android tablets as well. 

UPDATE: Apple released a statement saying that the inaccurate battery reading is intentional and that it is just a safety measure to protect the battery. They say that every iDevice has this but it is more noticeable on the 3rd Generation iPad because of the considerably larger battery. Battery experts have confirmed this, an event which they call "battery leaking". This happens when a device with a rechargeable battery hits full charge, drains a little (in this case to about 95%) and then charges up again. This "wash, rinse, repeat" cycle is made to protect the battery of these devices, including the iPad 3.

So what does this mean? Well, you won't have to wait any longer to charge your battery. It looks like Soneira should stick to what he's good at, displays. But this doesn't take away from the fact that you still have to wait a cool 7 hours to charge your battery, which is ridiculous when compared to other devices!

Friday
Mar232012

Troubleshoot Windows 7 Like a Boss With this In-Depth PDF

If you have any problems with your computer it’s a good idea to troubleshoot but most people don’t know how to. With this guide you’ll never have to scream at your computer or smash a keyboard over your knee again.

Reluctantly, at the insistence of lockergnome the company Global Knowledge has released it’s Windows & troubleshooting tips. With 22 pages pages of geeky goodness, this is usually a document businesses pay top dollar for. And today I’m going to give it to you for free.

You can download the juicy document here which is an essential tool to any Windows user. I recommend that anyone that encounters problems with any of my guides try all these tips before complaining because most of the time, that’s the issue.

 

Wednesday
Mar212012

Find Out What You're Really Like Through Social Media Thanks to Intel

Have you ever pondered what you are interested in ranked through percentages? Have you ever wondered if you're shy, cool or have connections? This App, created by Intel uses Twitter, Facebook and YouTube to get detailed information about what you share, what you do and what you're friends are like and arranges it into a nice infographic. 

Yes this is an obvious ad for Intel. And they probably steal your information. But will you ever find a utility that looks this good and delivers this functionality elsewhere? Nup.

Found out through WeezyWaiter it is a surprise that this app is not more popular, despite it not being something Intel is known for. Hopefully being promoted by the Beard Lover himself will help promote this but if not it will probably get exposure naturally, being the great utility that it is.

Monday
Mar192012

The Ultimate iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch Speed Test

Every iDevice ever made by Apple, including the iPad 3 is tested at the same time. Browser speed, boot time, Apps, HTML5 Benchmark and even shut down speed. All tested. What more could you want!?
Saturday
Mar172012

These Gorgeous Retina Wallpapers will Make your iPad 3's Display Look Even More Amazing

You just got your iPad 3. You've probably played Angry Birds in high def, flicked through retina websites and downloaded a shit-ton of apps but you're iPad's still missing something. Either you're still using the boring, stock Apple wallpapers or you have a low res background. You're iPad's going to need some spicing up. 

We found a wide range of wallpapers that should fit just about everyone's tastes. To download them just click below. Enjoy!

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