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Consumers may be game for video chatting or streaming movies on smartphones, but their batteries aren’t.

Most phones on the market promise five to six hours of active “talk time” between charges, but data-hungry activities can drain a battery much faster, experts say. Wireless charging and more standardized charging ports could revolutionize consumers’ charging options later this year reports today’s Wall Street Journal.

In the meantime, here’s how to extend your phone’s charge:

1) Tweak phone settings

“Any feature that’s constantly connected to data drains battery,” says technology consultant Alex Goldfayn, the author of “Evangelist Marketing.” Consumers can save battery life — and cut their data bill — by cutting off apps’ access to GPS and switching settings so that the phone doesn’t automatically check for emails. Newer phones may also have advanced battery-saving modes that adjust screen brightness and a host of other factors to conserve power, he says.

2) Take advantage of WiFi

Phone users can also conserve juice by looking for WiFi connections whenever they’re doing data-intensive tasks like transferring large files or watching video, says Kirk Parsons, senior director of wireless services for J.D. Power and Associates. The faster and better the connection, the less battery the phone will use. Many phones can be set to automatically seek WiFi when available, he says.

3) Charge at will

Conventional wisdom held that consumers should avoid recharging their phones until the battery is almost drained. That’s not a bad idea for the first few charges on a new device, says Goldfayn — it conditions the battery for a fuller charge. But “after the first charge or two, you don’t need to do that,” he says. It’s fine to charge the phone nightly, if that provides peace of mind that the battery won’t conk out when it’s needed most.

4) Look for battery boosters

Most phones on the market don’t allow consumers to swap out batteries themselves, but there’s a growing market for portable spares that charge phones, tablets and other portable devices. As we previously reported, the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year had a number of contenders, with price points starting at $80. Depending on the model, though, users may still need their device’s charging cables on hand.

5) Consider a powered case

Lenmar, Mophie and a host of other manufacturers developed protective phone cases for $35 and up that house a backup battery. Some kick in automatically when the phone’s battery is low; others include a connector to attach as needed. “The only downside is that that increases the size and weight of your phone,” says Goldfayn. It may no longer fit in a pocket. Of course, users will also need to remember to charge the case.

6) Shut off 4G

Early feedback on 4G handsets is that the batteries drain fast. That’s likely because 4G networks aren’t yet widespread, which means the phones spend a lot of time looking for a connection, says Parsons. Toggling phone settings to use 3G in areas where you know 4G isn’t available can halt that drain, he says. (Users on older phones will experience a similar, but less solvable, problem if they’re in an area where a carrier doesn’t have a lot of towers. In that case, it may be time to switch carriers.)

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      Unicorn88, Dimanche 08 Janvier 2012
      A very good, very unique cdDespised Icon is the best Canadian deathcore band, period. When they broke up, I almost cried. Then I remembered how disappointed I was with Day of Mourning and I toughened up. But when I took my first listen of Consumed by Your Poison, I was shocked and blown away! Definitely the most different album I’ve heard in a long while.
      Let me talk about the overall sound and lyrics of the album. It’s nothing like any typical deathcore album. I’ll start with the obvious, a female vocalist. A lot of people see being female as a handicap in extreme metal. F**k that! Marie has got to be one of the most talented vocalists I ever heard! He highs are sick, her lows are brutal. All Steve does is bree. She really carried the band’s vocals throughout and the albums sound is technical death metal mixed with the speed and intensity of grindcore. Mix in lyrics about cutting off your penis, media perceptions of beauty, death, etc. It defies any genre I can think of.
      The guitars are technical, fast and brutal. You rarely find that these days. It’s a real treat to hear guitars with both technicality and a strong, heavy groove and fast tempo. What is also a treat is that there’s a bassist who can actually contribute at times! I’m not asking for bass solos, but I love when bass is actually audible at times and actually contributes instead of just mimicking the guitars. Just let me know that there’s actually a bassist at times and I’ll be fine. You can definitely hear the bassist’s existence in this CD.
      Let me go more in depth on the vocals. As in all DI albums, there are two vocalists. Usually it’s Steve Marois and Alex Erian. Even some DI fans don’t recall that Alex used to be on drums. Marie-HГ©lГЁne Landry and Steve was the original vocalist pair and, in my opinion, a better pair then Steve and Alex. Marie has better range then most well known vocalists in extreme metal. She can do highs, lows and midrange to match with the sound of the tracks, which is a treat that you rarely see with the one-scream-fits-all deathcore scene you find now. And Steve has the best pig squeals in the genre. At least he HAD the best squeals. I don’t know if he forgot how to do it or just grew incapible of doing it over time. All I know that the mix of Marie’s amazing range and Steves amazing squeals works perfectly, which even I didn’t expect to work as well as it did.
      Don’t forget that Alex didn’t do a bad job at drums. He’s no Alex “Grind” Pelletier, but he surely tried his best to keep up with the speed and technicality of the rest of the music. His drumming definitely seemed like the weak point in the album, but you can’t fault the band because they straightened it out before the next album. I give Alex Erian an A for effort.
      In all, I think it deserves a 18/20. My personal favorite song on the album is Fashionable. I wish there were more deathcore albums like it. The genre’s getting stale and albums like this keep it interesting.
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