This is a listing of topics covering technology.

The Definitive Android Battery Saving And Maintenance Guide

Don’t take it for granted that a smartphone’s battery can only last a couple of days. In this guide, I will show you how you can greatly extend the mileage you get out of your trusted sidekick. I’ve more-than-doubled the battery life of my Galaxy Note 3: my current record is 5 days, including quite a few phone calls and occasional browsing & gaming. True, the Note 3 has a large battery (3200 mAh compared to Galaxy S4 at 2800 mAh or iPhone 5s at 1560 mAh). If I’m conservative, I can easily get 8 days out of it! I don’t think I have to tell you how awesome it is to reduce your reliance on recharging, not to mention this prolongs the lifetime of the device’s battery.

Many of the energy-saving measures presented here rely on one of the most capable automation apps ever: Tasker. There’s a gazillion things you can do with it, and one of these is the ability to regulate the way your device uses mobile data, which is a serious power guzzler. If you truly want some amazing battery life improvements and are willing to invest a few hours in permanently advancing the quality of your mobile experience, I’m going to remove your (potential) fear of rooting your device and also tell you about how to use a custom kernel for further energy saving.

Using Tasker For Strict Cellular Radio Control On Android

If you’d ask me to pick one application that defines the Android platform and which I consider absolutely essential to my mobile experience, it would undoubtedly be Tasker. This thing is so useful, so versatile, so universally known, that I cannot think of a single user that wouldn’t benefit from it in some way. It goes hand in hand with the openness of Google’s Operating System and it gets even more powerful when you have a rooted device (although for most of the things it can do, you do not need root access).

I use Tasker (Google Play^) mostly for reducing the energy consumption of my gadgets and for timed profiles (it allows for a lot more customization than the Android OS). In this tutorial I will show you exactly how I automate my phone’s connectivity, but through the information that I will share with you, you will learn how to use many of the features of this excellent app. Then, only your imagination is the limit of what you can do with it.

Google Needs A New Mantra

Remember Google’s “don’t be evil” mantra? Nowadays, when mentioned in the media, it is usually accompanied by more than a few grains of salt, sometimes topped off with a pinch of irony. Does the company deserve this treatment? Although Google has been through its share of disputes and has made a few blunders along the way (such as storing data sent by private WiFi networks; almost surely an accident^), these could just be the growing pains that come naturally during such a firm’s evolution. We’re riding a technological behemoth into an age of explosive scientific advancement, but such a creature is surely bound to cause a few wrinkles on the fabric of our civilization.

Google has been losing some of its fans lately and this includes some influential journalists. PR was never one of the Internet giant’s strong points, nor did it ever seem to want it to be. Even though “don’t be evil” is a beautiful principle and should definitely stay close to the company’s core, I’m going to suggest an addendum to that. One that, I will argue, fits Google’s actions and, if properly introduced in the media, would serve as a very welcome image boost. But first, let’s cover a few important facts about the company’s past and present. Then, we’ll get to seeing how the addendum I propose makes sense.

You Are Invited To The “Path of Exile” Open Beta

It’s about time, and I’m extremely happy to inaugurate the Gaming Category^ with this article. There are many reasons for my happiness and I will share them all with you if I shall have your patience, for Path of Exile^ is a topic which, I humbly believe, deserves your time if you’re into some serious gaming!

One day, not so long ago, I was among the Loyal Legions of Blizzard Entertainment. For example, I played Diablo 2 starting with its launch and down to the bloody end, months before the launch of Diablo 3 – a game which proved once and for all that Blizzard have completely lost their way. But then something happened, something which gave me a reason to hope!

Windows 8 – A Disaster In The Making

Even though Windows 8 brings many incremental improvements over its predecessor, Microsoft managed to bungle this release almost irreparably. This is one more example where great engineering is rendered futile by dumb marketing decisions and a lack of internal harmony.

In spite of having a better kernel, but due to a stubborn functional direction, Windows 8 has been, from the start, doomed to fade in the brightness of its predecessor. It’s probably one of the reasons why Windows Division President Steven Sinofsky was fired^– which is a questionable decision, since he was in charge of the previous Windows release as well.

Nvidia Is Back!

After two years of lurking in the shadow of AMD’s Radeon, Nvidia is back with a vengeance, in the form of its new Kepler microarchitecture. Last week, the boys in green set loose their GeForce GTX 680 video card, sending AMD back to the drawing board. Now that the dust has settled a bit, there is plenty of data about the new GPU world order, so let’s look at it together.

During the past two years, Nvidia struggled to keep itself at the top, and only seldom succeeded, even then, by releasing massive, power-hungry chips. But no more of that, because last week’s launch of the first chip from the Kepler lineup was a major, game-changing event. To say that it was a surprise would be an understatement…

Can Google Keep It Up?

Is the company from Mountain View still the wonder-child of yesteryear? Google upset the status-quo of the tech landscape starting with an excellent search engine, working its way up with advertisement, all the way to patching together its very own Operating Systems, Android and Chrome OS.

But how much did Google actually innovate? And will it be able to keep its momentum? A former high ranking Googler believes^ that the company is beginning to stagnate, even worse, turning into something… not very friendly. And he’s probably right…

The State of x86

In the past few months, some rather important changes have started to become apparent in Intel’s research and marketing strategies. For us, the consumers, only some of these changes will turn out to be beneficial. The x86 technology which powers all of our desktops, laptops and soon, consoles too, is going through major transformations.

In this article, I’ll be touching on what brought on these events, and I will tell you what will follow and how this will affect what you’ll find in your retailer’s stocks, as well as inside your own devices in the following few years. Let’s start with a bit of history…

First Impressions about Windows 8 Emerge: And They Aren’t Good

Less than a month ago, I was writing^ a few thoughts I inferred from all the updates the Windows 8 Team released on their blog. Bottom line? The OS is in for a disappointing showing if the Windows 8 Team doesn’t change their rigid ways.

Now that the Consumer Preview has been released^, several pioneers and brave colonists decided to give it a try. Overall, they confirm my forecast: the OS is clumsy (at best) in its most important and profitable market: the PC…

Logitech G510 Review, Or How To Betray Your Fans And Name

I’ll start by underlining that this article is being typed on a Logitech G15 keyboard. I’ve been using a wide array of Logitech peripherals throughout the years and I consider myself one of their loyal customers. My G15 is paired with a G5 mouse and an F510 gamepad, all from the same company. I own another two G15s, and, of course, the Logitech G510, to which this article is dedicated.

To be absolutely clear from the beginning: my G510 wasn’t defective. The purpose of this article is to outline the marketing & design mistakes made by Logitech, which resulted in this keyboard being such a disappointment. I admit that, at least partially, my anger on this product stems from the fact that Logitech is a company I sympathize…