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Battery Defender review

By disabling your Wi-Fi or data networks when you're not using your phone, Battery Defender keeps your Android device's battery charged longer. Maintaining a network connection uses more power than it needs to, so temporarily disabling connections while you sleep or when your screen goes blank reduces battery drain without impacting your phone service. You can customize how and when Battery Defender goes into action. Infolife's Battery Defender is free with ads.

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Stay in charge: There's no mystery about Battery Defender: Turning off Wi-Fi or data when your phone or tablet is idle reduces the … Read more

GO Power Master review

GO Power Master reduces the drain on your Android device's battery with several customizable power schemes. It powers down unnecessary functions automatically, such as turning off network connections while you're asleep. You can also toggle functions on and off at will.

Pros

Save modes: General save mode enables auto brightness and mobile data, while Super save mode disables network connections and reduces brightness. Extreme mode adds smart saving functionality.

My mode: If the preset modes don't meet your needs, you can customize power saving options in My mode.

Smart: Smart control options include auto-sync, Bluetooth, CPU, and … Read more

TuneUp Battery & Task Manager review

AVG's TuneUp Battery & Task Manager gives your smartphone or tablet a performance boost and helps you save disk space and extend your battery life, but it requires you to perform many actions manually. This app doesn't automatically fine-tune your device with a single tap, nor does it provide enough system optimization and management features to satisfy geeks. Still, for most users it can prove useful.

TuneUp Battery & Task Manager downloads and installs before you can say antidisestablishmentarianism. It greets you with a straightforward interface, through which you can kill tasks and processes, check the condition of … Read more

Power Battery Saver review

Power Battery Saver takes a different approach than most battery-saving apps, and that's what makes it so effective. In addition to letting you see what's draining your battery, the app helps you take steps to stamp out any battery hogging tasks and apps. While it may not be the nicest program to look at, it commands respect for being an excellent battery manager.

This app seeks to help you get the most life from your smartphone or tablet battery. When you load it, it gives you details about how much battery you have left and what has been … Read more

Apple aims to keep your iPhone juiced based on your behavior

How often does your smartphone conk out before the day is even done? Apple has proposed a couple of ideas to keep the juice flowing.

Published Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office, a patent called "Inferring user intent from battery usage level and charging trends" suggests a way to preserve battery power by determining how and when you use your smartphone.

The technology envisioned would keep track of when you use and don't use your smartphone, when you charge it, and for how long you charge it. The phone could then have the smarts to … Read more

iBetterCharge monitors your iOS device battery level from a Mac

Forgetting to charge your smartphone or tablet, only to realize the battery is almost dead when you're heading out the door is a bummer. If only there were some way for your Mac to alert you when your device's battery was getting low. Wait, there is.

As reported by 9to5Mac, a free OS X app called iBetterCharge will monitor your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch battery level for you.

After downloading and installing the app, you'll need to ensure that you have iTunes Wi-Fi sync enabled for the specific device(s) you want to monitor. After that, … Read more

iPhone users are 'wall huggers,' says BlackBerry CEO

I'm extremely partial to hugging.

However, I find it strange when people choose to hug trees rather than people. Not only is it odd to think the tree will be grateful but then there are the splinters in the face as well.

I haven't ever, though, seen anyone try to hug a wall.

Perhaps I just go to the wrong parties, but it would seem somewhat impossible to stretch your arms wide enough to encompass a wall's breadth.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen doesn't agree with me. Indeed, he believes that everyone who uses an iPhone constantly … Read more

Mophie Space Pack, hands-on: An iPhone case with battery and extra storage, too

The two biggest problems plaguing most iPhone owners are the twin desires for more battery life and more storage space -- at least, those are my top two. What if you could kill both birds with one not-too-heavy accessory?

The Mophie Space Pack does, indeed, offer up both: a full-charge battery case, with 16 or 32GB of extra flash storage thrown right in. Sound like the best iPhone-as-camera accessory ever made? It very nearly is, if you can accept a high price and some limitations.

The Space Pack looks and performs like Mophie's other iPhone 5/5S battery-pack cases: … Read more

How to get better battery life on Android

Android gets a bad rap for short battery life, but that's only if you stick with its default settings. Make these simple adjustments to give your phone or tablet a battery boost.

Disable location reporting and history GPS is a huge battery hog, as it harnesses data from the phone's GPS chip, cell phone towers, and Wi-Fi hotspots to find your location. The more a phone surveys your location, the more battery it uses. And that goes beyond just Google Maps.

Location reporting and location history are two GPS-based services with somewhat unclear motives. According to a Google … Read more

The Fix: Optimize your smartphone

Welcome to the second episode of The Fix! This is CNET's newest show, and each episode revolves around ways to make the most of the technology in your daily life.

This episode will change how you use your smartphone. They've become an indispensable part of our lives, and when they underperform or run out of power, it's enough to make you scream. To help you out, we've got some simple advice that can make your phone faster and its battery last longer.

First off, to see if your phone's browser is slowing you down, Eric … Read more