On Christmas Day in Australia, fewer people are at their paid employment and more working premises are closed than on any other day in the year. How does this affect demand for electricity, widely seen as fundamentally associated with economic activity?
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iOS: It used to be that when I went out late in the city, I'd play a rousing game of "How long can I keep my phone alive so I can listen to music on the way home?" I would throw my phone into aeroplane mode, turn the brightness down, and hope it would last until I made it back to my apartment.
Apple has since improved the way it handles battery life, though it doesn't do everything it could to ensure your phone stays on. There are a few more tricks of the trade you can use to keep your iPhone alive as long as possible. Here are nine foolproof options.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
I spent a decade working in the Australian energy industry. So last week's tweet by Elon Musk, that he could “fix” Australia’s power issues by installing enough battery powering 100 days was intriguing.
One of the major benefits of using one of the two models of Raspberry Pi Zero, including the new wireless model, is the lack of power consumption. This is handy for mobile projects where you're running off a battery. The addition of Wi-Fi draws a little extra power. Raspi.TV breaks down the specifics.
Power strip are a large, awkward, and difficult if you need to use your gadgets while you charge them. The PowerCube ditches the bulk, and gives you plenty of outlets in a compact package, making it easy to plug in your devices while you use them around the house. Here's why I love it, and why I think you will, too.
Here are a few things you can do to make your lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries last longer, whether they be used in an electric car, a large home installation -- such as Tesla's newly announced Powerwall -- or in your portable device, such as a smartphone or laptop.
It sometimes seems as if AA batteries breed when left alone in dark drawers around the house. As children rip them out of toys as they run out of juice the dead ones without charge get mixed up with the new ones. And somehow a working battery tester or multi-meter is never to hand to test them (and may even have had its batteries purloined for use in something else).
A decent surge protector is an important piece of equipment in any office or entertainment centre. They don't last forever, though, so make sure to purge your surge every few years to keep your electronics protected.
With Christmas lights and glowing decorations already up in houses across the country, this is the time of year that we bring out those rarely-used extra power boards and overload them with double adaptors on top of other adaptors. The ACCC wants you to check those boards for defects, though, with over 200,000 unsafe power boards and double adaptors sold across Australia within the last few months.
Think that by signing a fixed-price contract for electricity or gas you'll know what the rate is for the life of the contract? Think again. The market regulator has confirmed that power companies have the right to change the rates charged on a fixed-price contract whenever they like -- even before the deal begins. What a ridiculous joke.