If you are experiencing poor battery life on Windows laptop, you should probably stop using Google Chrome for web browsing. There is a potential bug in Google Chrome that drains your battery life and even may cause performance degrade. The bug is related to “system clock tick rate” in Google Chrome. System clock rate determines the active state of the processor, usually it would be 15.625ms when Windows is in idle mode. What Google Chrome does is that it sets the clock rate to 1.000ms making the processor waking up more than the usual. System clock rates of 1.000ms might increase power consumption by “as much as 25 per cent”. So, how does Internet Explorer handle the same issue? When you are doing regular web browsing, IE11 sets it to 15.625ms, but when you play YouTube video, it reduces it to 1.000ms for better performance. Effect of the same? Indeed, in ...

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Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is one of the best Windows Ultrabook convertible available right now in the market. However, the first batch of devices seems to be affecting with Yellow screen issues. The yellow pixels on the display turned out to be more of a blue/green shade of yellow instead of pure yellow. Lenovo forums had lots people complaining about the same and Lenovo quickly acknowledged the issue. The Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro utilizes a Samsung LCD panel with a Pentile Red-Green-Blue-White (RGBW) pixel matrix, as opposed to a standard Red-Green-Blue (RGB) matrix on more conventional LCD panels.  The Pentile matrix uses a modified physical layout of the pixels, taking advantage of white sub-pixels to deliver a brighter display at lower power consumption level. A drawback of this modified matrix is a lower color luminance than a standard RGB matrix.  This is most noticeable when viewing yellows.  Some yellows may appear greenish ...

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Microsoft today released firmware updates for Surface devices which includes Surface, Surface 2 and Surface Pro. Surface 2 received the most significant update which includes lots of improvements across the system like wireless performance, system performances, audio performance, battery life improvements, etc. Surface 2: •Performance improvements for all Type Cover and Touch Cover versions. •Wi-Fi and Bluetooth driver updates to improve wireless display performance. •Camera improvements. •Audio improvements including switching to speaker playback after disconnecting a headset. •System performance and stability improvements. •Battery life improvements. Surface Pro: Windows 8.0 •Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2. Windows 8.1 •Update to the LifeCam driver to increase TrueColor fidelity. •Update to the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth drivers to enable improved wireless display performance and to further enhance Wi-Fi network performance and stability. Surface RT: Update to allow the use of Japanese Touch Cover 2 and Type ...

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Anandtech today reported that an upcoming firmware update for Surface Pro 2 will update battery life significantly. AnandTech re-ran its battery benchmarking tests to measure the difference in battery life of Surface Pro 2 before and after the firmware update. Here are the results, Web Browsing Battery Life – 8.3 hours (6.6 hours before update) Video Playback Battery Life – 7.73 (6.65 hours before update) Microsoft also confirmed that the litany of sensors included in Surface Pro 2, as well as the higher resolution display, active digitizer and capacitive touch all of which increase power draw over other similar sized Windows Ultrabooks and MacBook Air. Anyhow, 8.3 hours of web browsing battery life on a Core i5, full HD touch display machine is impressive. What do you think? Source: AnandTech   ...

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