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FREE easy-to-use software for back-up and recovery

GFI BACKUP home edition is my first PC backup recommendation for the average user.  GFI Backup replaces the old Titan Backup.

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Using your Cell Phone Overseas? Here’s How..

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Troubleshooting iPhone apps that quit unexpectedly.

Are you having problems with apps that close unexpectedly on your iPhone or iPod Touch, returning you repeatedly to the device’s Home screen? Apple has detailed both the cause and the suggested cures in a new knowledge base article.  According to Apple, the primary cause for apps closing unexpectedly is a device running low on memory allocated for applications–a bigger problem on the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G, since each had only 128MB of application memory. (The iPhone 3GS was released with 256MB.) The problem has nothing to do with how much data is stored on the device, since that memory is allocated separately. The device is simply running too many memory-intensive tasks, thus consuming all the available application memory.  Apple makes the following recommendations to avoid the problem:  * Make sure that your iPhone or iPod Touch is running the most recent version of iPhone OS. Currently that is 3.1.3 and you can check by launching Settings > General > About > Version.     * Turn your device off and on by pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button until the red slider appears and then slide it. The device should power down. Press and hold the same button until the Apple logo appears to turn it back on. Now launch the problematic app again.     * If the problem happens while you are using Mobile Safari, minimize the number of pages/browser windows that are open by closing them.  If none of these work, we offer the following additional suggestions:      * Reboot your device by pressing and holding Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for about 10 seconds until the Apple logo appears and release both. Now launch the problematic app again.     * Delete the App from your iPhone or iPod Touch. Reboot the device as detailed above, then download the app from the App Store again or re-sync it in iTunes from your computer. Now launch the problematic app again.  Generally, this problem isn’t a hardware issue, so replacing your device won’t resolve the issue. If the steps outlined above don’t help, consider Apple’s additional suggestions for troubleshooting apps purchased in the App Stor

Making Your Cell Phone Battery Last Longer

We use our cell phones for everything these days—for emailing and texting, finding directions and shopping, playing games, setting calendar dates and alarm clocks, photos and videos and music and…oh yeah, talking to people.

Yet all these great things we can do with our phones take up a lot of battery power which means more frequent use of electricity to charge it up. It is important to know how to make that battery last as long as possible. Here are seven ways you can get the most from each charge.

  1. Use Energy-Saving Settings
    Just like our computers, our phones have energy-saving settings that we need to use. They include how long the backlight stays on, the screen brightness, and vibration levels. You may find you don’t have to have the backlight on at all, which would save a lot of battery power.
  2. Skip the Animated Wallpaper
    Yes, it looks cool, but it also sucks up a lot of juice. After the novelty wears off, you don’t really notice it anyway, so you might as well save
  3. phone off when you’re roaming. Searching for a signal requires a lot of battery power.
  4. Use a Simple Ringtone
    Musical ringtones and vibrate features take up more battery power than simple ringtones. Thankfully, default tones aren’t too annoying nowadays, so pick one you like and save some juice.
  5. Use a Corded Headset
    Corded headsets require less battery power than a Bluetooth headset. Plus, you don’t look like you’re talking to yourself while walking down the street. Fewer stares, more battery power. They might also decrease cancer risks.
  6. Use Photo Features Sparingly
    Having a camera built into your phone is great for capturing those priceless moments, but using the flash and editing features takes up more battery power. Try to use them as little as possible.
  7. Clean the Battery Contacts and Charge Properly
    Simple battery maintenance helps your battery perform at its best and waste less juice. Cleaning dust from the contacts every so often will help keep it humming along. Also, charging a battery correctly is important for making it hold a charge. Newer cell phones usually have Lithium Ion batteries which, contrary to old school charging know-how, don’t like it when you use up the juice before recharging. Check out what kind of battery you have and charge it according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.