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Sharing Battery Knowledge   

Battery research is advancing at a rapid pace, which is a clear indication that the Super Battery has not yet been found, but might be just around the corner. While today's batteries satisfy most portable applications, improvements are needed if this power source is to become a serious contender for the electric vehicle.

With so much hype about batteries, people want unbiased information and Battery University promises to provide this. The website went live in 2003 and quickly gained popularity. Besides being a teaching tool, it has become a social media network to exchange valued information about your battery experience. Users' input, in my opinion, is as important as reams of laboratory test data. The critical mass speaks louder than promises made by device manufacturers that cannot always be met. 

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Published on January 29, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Ice, snow and freezing cold weather can do bad things to your phone – here’s how to protect it   

Cold weather can have a disastrous effect on your smartphone but there are a few ways to protect it. The problem is often down to the lithium-ion batteries inside gadgets, which are only designed to work within a strict temperature range.
Apple's iPhone, for instance, works best when it's in an environment where the temperature is between 0ºC and 35º C.
Your smartphone's battery life will be shortened when the devices gets too cold, although it should return to normal once it's back in the warm.

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Published on January 29, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Top 5 Linux Distributions for Development in 2019   

One of the most popular tasks undertaken on Linux is development. With good reason: Businesses rely on Linux. Without Linux, technology simply wouldn't meet the demands of today's ever-evolving world. Because of that, developers are constantly working to improve the environments with which they work. One way to manage such improvements is to have the right platform to start with. Thankfully, this is Linux, so you always have a plethora of choices.

Any Linux Will Do

Truth be told, if you're a developer, just about any Linux distribution will work. This is especially true if you do most of your development from the command line. But if you prefer a good GUI running on top of a reliable desktop, give one of these distributions a try, they will not disappoint.

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Published on January 28, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Microsoft tells people to use iPhone or Android windows mobile set to end   

Microsoft's late attempt to get into the mobile space was the Windows Mobile operating system. The colourful, tile-based OS had its fans but ultimately failed to compete with Apple's iPhone or the Android platform used by phones like the Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel. Now it's been dealt its death blow as Microsoft has announced Windows 10 Mobile will not be receiving any support or updates by the end of the year. The last version of the operating system was rolled out in October 2017, but the computing giant has continued to roll out security updates and fixes.

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Published on January 22, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
EU Considers Banning Kaspersky Software ‘Confirmed as Malicious   

Kaspersky Labs isn't having a particularly good time of it. The company's attempts to defeat the US ban on its products have been unsuccessful, the UK has banned all Russian software from government networks that carry traffic rated Secret or higher, and Kaspersky's decision to move some of its infrastructure to Switzerland from Russia hasn't prevented the Netherlands from planning to phase out its use of Kaspersky products, either.

Now, on top of these moves, the EU could adopt a resolution of its own to block the use of Kaspersky software. While the motion, which was voted on today, is non-binding, it follows a series of actions by various EU member and non-member states to restrict (or at least recommend restricting) the ways that the company's software is deployed.

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Published on January 19, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Top 5 Linux Distributions for Productivity   

First off, Linux is a productive operating system by design. Thanks to an incredibly reliable and stable platform, getting work done is easy. Second, to gauge effectiveness, you have to consider what type of work you need a productivity boost for. General office work? Development? School? Data mining? Human resources? You see how this question can get somewhat complicated.

That doesn't mean, however, that some distributions aren't able to do a better job of configuring and presenting that underlying operating system into an efficient platform for getting work done. Quite the contrary. Some distributions do a much better job of "getting out of the way," so you don't find yourself in a work-related hole, having to dig yourself out and catch up before the end of day. These distributions help strip away the complexity that can be found in Linux, thereby making your workflow painless.

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Published on January 14, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Windows 10 WARNING - Why Microsoft users should update their PCs immediately   

MICROSOFT has pushed a major security patch to its Windows 10 operating system and users are being urged to install this update to keep their PCs safe.

The US technology firm has just pushed out a major security upgrade which fixes a total of 51 known issues.

Although many are simple bug fixes there is one patch which eradicates a critical vulnerability that has been causing some concern since the end of last year.
Windows 10 should periodically check for the latest updates and security features and then install them automatically.

However, you can also force the upgrade by selecting the Start button, and then go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for updates.

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Published on January 11, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Toyota Motors and its Linux Journey   

Toyota vehicles and Lexus vehicles are going to use Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) majorly for the infotainment system. This is instrumental in Toyota Motor Corp because as per Mr. Lyons "As a technology leader, Toyota realized that adopting open source development methodology is the best way to keep up with the rapid pace of new technologies

among other automotive companies thought, going with a Linux based operating system might be cheaper and quicker when it comes to updates, and upgrades compared to using proprietary software.

Wow! Finally Linux in a vehicle. I use Linux every day on my desktop; what a great way to expand the use of this awesome software to a completely different industry

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Published on January 10, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Five Trends Influencing Linux's Growth at the Endpoint   

recent IDC InfoBrief identified Linux as the only endpoint operating system growing globally. While Windows market share remains flat, at 39% in 2015 and 2017, Linux has grown from 30% in 2015 to 35% in 2017, worldwide. And the trend is accelerating.

Considering everywhere that systems built around the Linux kernel are used, we quickly realize that Linux is the most dominating operating system in the comparatively brief history of computer technology. Information systems have changed dramatically since August 1991 when Linus Torvalds announced, "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones." With all due respect to the icons of open source, Linus is without question the Nicolas Tesla of information technology.

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Published on January 7, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
Linux Laptop Buyer's Guide   

We've tested the most promising laptops pre-installed with Linux, and featured reviews of them in our 2018 Linux Laptop Buyer's Guide. Download your copy now to read what you need to know when shopping for your next Linux laptop. 

In this special issue we review the:

Chromebook  Dell XPS 13 Developer EditionLibrem 13v2 System76 Oryx 

We hope you enjoy!

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Published on January 7, 2019 by Paul Illingworth
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