How to make your smartphone last longer

Source: Brian X. Chen, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Start thinking about your device batteries as if they were car tires and replace accordingly. Because batteries can be charged only a finite number of times before they deteriorate, they will be one of the first things to go on mobile devices and laptops. If your capacity is less than 60 percent, you should think about replacing the battery.

For mobile devices, look inside the ports. Dust and food crumbs easily get lodged inside the charging ports, which causes the phone to charge more slowly. Shine a flashlight into the port for a close look. Use canned aerosol or a sewing needle to remove any debris.  For computers, blow out the fans once a year.

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