Cooler Master is a company that tries to put as much control in the hands of the end user as they can – at least, that’s their philosophy behind their Maker product range. But, quite honestly, some products are more customisable than others. The Master case, for example, has lots of opportunities to take advantage of a modular design. But when you get to a keyboard, the opportunities for making things what you want them to be diminish significantly.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Pretty bright for a little guy…
LED lights are something that we are almost taking for granted these days, but it wasn’t all that long ago that they were the next best thing. These diminutive light sources could burn brighter, and consume less power than incandescent and fluorescent bulbs. And they have a fantastic life-span.
And then there’s the matter of size… LED lights have allowed all kinds of miniaturisation to take place, in numerous devices. That includes the massive old projector that used to sit on the conference table and only get used if someone was brave enough to struggle to get it to work.
Rechargeable batteries in laptops, phones and tablets need to be used regularly to maintain their health: the worst thing that can happen to a rechargeable battery is for it to be left in a fully-discharged state for any length of time. Eventually it will stick there and never charge up again, so make sure it is always at least partially charged.
The second worst thing is keeping it at 100% charge, as will happen if you keep your laptop permanently plugged into the mains. Eventually the battery will lose its ability to charge. A laptop must be regularly used on battery power to keep it in good condition, so do this for a couple of hours twice a week for optimum health and performance.
Gmail comes pre-installed on most new Android devices, but is there a better free alternative? Edward Munn finds out
TypeApp (previously Type Mail) won the Gold Award in our round-up of free Android email apps last year thanks to its unbeatable combination of features, performance and usability. Since then, its developers have added the one feature we thought it lacked, which made it a shoo-in for our top prize again.
No cash? No problem. Android Pay will soon be arriving in the UK, so you no longer need to take your wallet every time you leave the house, as David Crookes explains
What is Android Pay?
Android Pay (www.androidpay.com) is a mobile wallet that lets you store credit and debit cards on your phone to pay for products and services on the high street and online. Due to arrive “in the next few months”, it’s set to rival Apple Pay, which launched in the UK last year, and marks another step towards a cashless society.