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Want to fix your Windows 8.1 battery issue on Surface RT? Turn your Bluetooth on!

Want to fix your Windows 8.1 battery issue on Surface RT? Turn your Bluetooth on!

Michael Archambault 62

According to Microsoft’s support forums, a user complained that his Surface RT running the latest version of the company’s Windows 8.1 Consumer Preview was seeing an extreme power decrease while in standby mode. The user also noted that a driver known as “Microsoft UART V2” seemed to be causing the issue. Microsoft’s support team contacted the user and requested he try switching his...

Hello Friends lockscreen app not only displays your friends, but the weather and battery in latest update

Hello Friends lockscreen app not only displays your friends, but the weather and battery in latest update

Rich Edmonds 15

Hello Friends is a useful and popular app for Windows Phone that enables consumers to add photos of contact stored on the device to the lockscreen and create the same mosaic effect that's utilised on the People Hub Live Tile. As well as being available for Windows Phone 8 (with the added lockscreen support), Hello Friends is also downloadable for Windows Phone 7 hardware, but lacks...

Cloud-focused GPS chip by Microsoft Research slashes smartphone battery consumption

Cloud-focused GPS chip by Microsoft Research slashes smartphone battery consumption

Rich Edmonds 49

Anyone who makes use of GPS functionality on a smartphone understands the impact such connectivity has on the limited battery supply that's packed inside the device. Unfortunately, we're not quite at the stage where 10,000mAh batteries are utilised, so Microsoft Research has been working on a cloud-powered GPS chip that will reportedly slash battery consumption on smartphones. As well...

Nokia rolling out Lumia 800 firmware update early, includes battery improvements

Nokia rolling out Lumia 800 firmware update early, includes battery improvements

Rich Edmonds 42

It appears as though Nokia Germany are rolling out the 12070 update that addresses battery life issues and will prove to be a must-have for Lumia 800 owners. We previously looked at Singapore rolling out the Lumia 800 12070 update, and later confirmed that it tripled the battery life of our handset. As well as the juice improvements, bass has been improved and camera white balance has...