Fitbit Charge Users Report Worse Battery Life After Firmware Upgrade

Fitbit Charge Users Report Worse Battery Life After Firmware Upgrade

Usually, a firmware update makes a gadget better, not worse. That’s not what users of the Fitbit Charge HR are experiencing after the device’s most recent firmware update, though. They report that their devices will only stay charged for anywhere between three days and a few hours, when the battery lasted longer before the update. [More]

When Your FiOS Backup Battery Goes Dead, It’s Probably Up To You To Replace It

When Your FiOS Backup Battery Goes Dead, It’s Probably Up To You To Replace It

If you have an Internet/phone/cable bundle, there’s a chance that your modem has a battery backup that would allow you to use the phone for several hours during a power outage. But not all Verizon FiOS customers know that it’s their responsibility to maintain that battery and replace it if necessary. [More]

Is The Droid 2 A Signal-squandering, Battery-Sapping Dud?

Is The Droid 2 A Signal-squandering, Battery-Sapping Dud?

Tech blogs and forums have been ablaze over perceived Droid 2 shortcomings since the phone was released late last week. I can personally vouch for the word on the street, that the phone has problems picking up a signal and suffers pathetic battery life — an issue that’s likely related to the first problem, since the phone is constantly scanning for signals — PhoneArena speculates. [More]

iPhone Won't Make Calls Or Send Texts? Try Disabling 3G

iPhone Won't Make Calls Or Send Texts? Try Disabling 3G

The wunderiPhone can be more like a shiny brick of strife, especially for urban dwellers who want to do futuristic activities like make and receive calls and text messages. That’s because all your fellow connectivity addicts have saturated AT&T’s network. I know people who have had to, on repeated occasions, on a clear night in Manhattan, resort to payphones because of this. But wait, there’s a solution! [More]

How DRM Affects Battery Life

How DRM Affects Battery Life

With all the furor over DRM lately, CNet asked itself the simple question, “How does DRM affect battery life on your iPod?” As you might expect, the answer is — badly.