Most smartphones, digital cameras, MP3 players, and other small gadgets have one thing in common: They can charge via a standard USB port.
As a result, many users top off their devices' batteries by plugging them into laptops, desktops, or mobile USB chargers. That's a convenient way to go--but often a slow way as well.
See, a typical USB 2.0 port (like the kind found on most PCs) delivers up to 500 millamps (mA) of juice. But a typical AC wall charger for, say, a smartphone will supply more like 900mA or 1,000mA--even though you're plugging that same USB cable into the charger.
Want to print an email you received on your iPad? How about a photo you snapped with your iPhone? Or a document you just downloaded from Dropbox?
Apple's AirPrint technology promises to make that easy -- but only if your printer has the support built in. What about all the models that don't? Do you really have to buy a new printer just to enjoy this capability?
Typically, when you want to save a Web page for future reference, you bookmark it. But what happens if that site gets taken down? Or the content of the page gets changed? Or you want to actually preserve that page in a format that doesn't require a Web browser?
All good questions. The simplest answer: Save important Web pages as PDFs. That gives you a much more permanent solution for storing, sharing, printing, and otherwise manipulating important Web content.
Today it's all about navigation -- using your keyboard to work in and around your browser without reaching for the mouse. Learn to adopt these shortcuts and you'll enjoy a faster, more productive browsing experience.
These shortcuts work in all the major browsers: Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.
Today let's look at another keyboard shortcut that can simplify your Web-browsing experience. In fact, it's the shortcut you'd think would be tied to Ctrl-D (which, as you now know, is used for bookmarking).
I'm talking, of course, about accessing your browser's Downloads list. It's not uncommon for users to get tripped up after downloading a file, as it's not always obvious where that file landed or how you're supposed to find it. And what about files you downloaded in the past? Surely there must be some easy way to locate them?