upgrades

Ask LH: Can I Upgrade The Processor In My Phone Or Tablet?

Hi Lifehacker, My tablet’s screen and battery are still great, but the dual-core processor is getting long in the tooth. Is there any way I can either upgrade the processor, or get it to draw on the much more powerful processor in my phone?


How To Move On After Windows XP Without Giving Up Your PC

On 8 April, Microsoft will officially cut off support, service, and security updates for Windows XP. It’s been a long time coming, but depending on where you stand, it’s either overdue or absolute Armageddon. If you’re just coming out of the Windows XP world and need help, here are some tips to help you get your bearings.


Ask LH: Is It Worth Upgrading An Old MacBook Pro?

Hi Lifehacker, I have an early 2011 15″ MacBook Pro which is just about to hit its three-year anniversary. I have been thinking about upgrading it with a 500GB SSD, which will cost me about $380. I’m just not sure if it’s worth the investment, or if I’d be better off selling it on eBay and putting that money plus the $380 towards a new Retina 13″ MacBook Pro. Any thoughts?


Not Everything Has To Run Faster

Management invariably wants IT to be faster and cheaper and more reliable. Delivering that trifecta is almost impossible, but it’s worth bearing in mind that improving raw performance doesn’t always have to be the goal. You may need speed, but you probably don’t need speed everywhere.


Ask LH: How Can I Tell If My Laptop Or Gadget Is Upgradeable?

Dear Lifehacker, I have a laptop — it’s not too old — and I love it, but I’m thinking I could use a bigger hard drive, or maybe some more RAM. I wouldn’t mind upgrading it myself, but I don’t want to undo all of these screws just to find out the RAM is soldered down or the hard drive is under a bunch of delicate wires. How can I find out whether I can upgrade it before I crack it open?


Why Upgrading Your RAM Is No Longer A Silver Bullet [Video]

Once upon a time, upgrading your PC’s RAM was a sure-fire way to increase its performance. These days, this is not always the case; especially if you already have 4GB or memory on board. Techquickie host Linus Sebastian explains why you might be better off plumping for a solid-state drive, and how to know whether a RAM upgrade will actually speed up your PC.


How Outdated Technology Leads To Fraud

Badly-implemented or outdated IT isn’t simply a pain for the IT pros who have to manage it and the end users who have to grapple with it. It also makes it much easier to carry out fraud.


Forget Legacy Apps, Fix Legacy Processes

Having to maintain legacy apps running on outdated hardware is the bane of many an IT professional’s life. Gartner analyst Rick Howard reminds us that the problem is unlikely to be fixed if we don’t also rework the processes associated with those apps.


Ask LH: How Can I Cheaply Upgrade To Windows 8.1?

Dear Lifehacker, I have an Acer Aspire E1 531 with Windows 7 on it. I would like to upgrade to Windows 8.1 when it comes out but I am confused on which is the cheapest method to upgrade. Can you please help?


Ask LH: Should I Upgrade To The iPhone 5c Or The 5s?

Dear Lifehacker, I’ve been waiting to upgrade my iPhone, but now that Apple has announced both the iPhone 5c and 5s, I’m not sure which is right for me. Which one should I go for? Thanks, Confused Upgrader.