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Top 6 Things You Should Do To Maintain Your Computer

No matter your level of expertise, there are a number of things that you must be cognizant of when using your system. Many of which, we fail to deal with efficiently. Below are 6 things that you should be doing with your system, to keep it fast, and safe.

1. Regularly Run Internet Security Tools

This is something we should already know and should be doing. If your system is connected to the internet, then you should have some kind of internet security software installed on it. There are tons of different kinds of tools for you to choose from, from the more commonly recognized, such as AVG, to much smaller solutions. Pick and choose what works best for you.

The vast majority of antivirus software comes with real-time scanning, which means it will monitor threats, as and when they arrive on your system. This means, regular daily scans is not necessary, but you should at least, carry out one full scan, every month or so.

Much better security solutions are capable of protecting you against other threats, like spyware and adware. You should be aware of the limitations of the security tool that you invest in. That way, you’ll know what else you’ll need to acquire to supplement it. If it lacks the ability to detect and remove spyware, then you can invest in SpyBot, to do that for you.

Adware and spyware tend not to be as destructive as your typical Trojan horse or worm, however, they are more than capable of compromising your privacy and making your system run a lot slower. You’ll want to run scans on those tools from time to time, also.

2. Defrag Your Hard Drive

If you want to get more performance out of your hard drive, then defragging it, is the way to go. While, the latest versions of Microsoft Windows automatically defrags your hard drives, every week or every month, the entire defragging process can be said to be rather weak. There are tons of defragmentation tools out there, that will do a more efficient job. So I suggest you take a look at those alternatives, and consider disabling the built-in Windows version.

3. Address Hardware and Driver Problems

In many situations, you’ll find that your systems degrading performance is the result of hardware issues. For example, if your systems CPU is no longer being sufficiently cooled, it will often result in reduced system performance, as the processor has to run at a lower clock speed, to prevent itself from overheating. A hard drive with a significant number of damaged sectors, can drastically slow down its performance.

Outdated or corrupt hardware drivers, can also often result in a slower system, especially when it comes to video drivers. It’s always best to use motherboard monitor tools, to check the speed and performance of your various components. This way you’ll be able to determine if your CPU is running too hot, if your hard drive has damaged sectors, and if your hardware components need a driver update.

Intermittent system performance is the hallmarks of a system riddled with both hardware and driver problems.

4. Optimise Your OS

Despite all the features and capabilities of Windows, it’s not without its problems. All Windows operating systems need constant maintenance, to ensure the best performance. There are also a number of things that your operating system naturally does, that over time, makes it run slower. Like, storing significant amounts of data, into its temp folders. In situations like this, you’ll want to use a cleaner tool, like Ccleaner to remove these unnecessary files.

When it comes to optimising Windows, there are specialised tools that you can use, to do just that. Depending on your level of expertise, I recommend you use these tools, as opposed to fiddling around with the system yourself.

5. Upgrade Your Graphics Card

If all you do on your system is carry out basic work tasks, then buying a new graphics card, will have minimal effect on work productivity. However, if you’re a gamer, or a video editor, getting a new video card has a wealth of benefits.

If you have a motherboard that supports CrossFireX or SLI technology, then that will enable you to add an additional graphics card to your system. Better graphics cards, have a number of advantages that are not always apparent, which in many cases, benefits people who don’t even play games on their computers.

6. Read More on the Subject

The last thing you’ll want to do, is make a habit of reading articles like this one. You want to learn as much as possible about this subject area. The computer scene is forever evolving, so even if you don’t upgrade your computer, there will be new technologies accessible to you. At the very least, it’ll put you in a much better position, when deciding to buy a new computer.

Individuals are always encouraged to learn as much as they can about computers in general. Especially in areas that affect them (their own systems). This is because, it eliminates much of the problems that those not so well versed in computers, typically have to deal with. Besides that, learning about computers is almost as much fun as using them.

Also Read: The Best Laptops Under $1000 to Buy in 2020

An Engineer, Youtuber, Sportsman and National Level Shooter with a Taste for Technology and Gadgets. Loves to Review Tech and Play the Most Demanding Games out there.

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Fastest Growing 5G Smarphone Brand Globally : Q3 2021 Reports

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According to a recent survey, Realme was the fastest-growing 5G Android smartphone brand in the world in Q3 2021, with sales up 831 percent year over year (YoY). Realme’s sales also outperformed global 5G smartphone sales, which increased by 121 percent year over year.

In India, where 5G technology has yet to be implemented, Realme’s 5G sales climbed 9,519 percent year over year. According to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT), 5G telecom services would be available in certain Indian cities in 2022, a year when demand for 5G devices is likely to increase.

According to Counterpoint Research’s monthly Market Pulse Service report, Realme’s sales growth enabled the company maintain its sixth-place ranking in worldwide 5G Android smartphone sales for the second quarter in a row.

Realme India CEO Madhav Sheth stated earlier this year that the company aspires to be India’s 5G leader. In addition, the company is working to introduce 5G technology to the sub-Rs. 10,000 market. Realme’s excellent multi-channel strategy and a large 5G offering across pricing bands, according to Research Director Tarun Pathak, helped it expand the fastest.

Its sister brands Oppo (165 percent growth) and Vivo (147 percent growth) came in second and third place in the worldwide market, respectively, selling mid-to-high-end 5G smartphones. BBK Electronics, based in China, owns all of these businesses.

Another Chinese firm, Xiaomi, came in fourth place with a 134 percent year-over-year increase in 5G smartphone sales. Samsung came in fifth place, with a 70 percent increase from Q3 2020. In Q4 2020, Apple, the current 5G market leader, will enter the 5G smartphone market.

“5G has permeated the market far faster than its predecessor. As 5G technology advances, we enter the next phase of expansion, which will be aided by maturing and expanding device portfolios. Furthermore, due to the increased availability of 5G components, the firms actively promoted 5G handsets,” Pathak noted.

In terms of regional growth, Realme 5G smartphone sales increased 9,519 percent year over year in India, a country that will introduce 5G technology in select locations in 2022. China had the second-best growth, with 5G sales increasing by 830 percent year over year, making it one of China’s fastest-growing 5G smartphone brands. Europe had the third-highest growth rate.

“As 5G rollouts increase up, Realme’s 5G expansion in emerging regions has also positioned it well for the future.” All OEMs will need to focus on affordability and accessibility in order to take advantage of the massive 5G opportunity,” said Varun Mishra, Senior Analyst.

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Pixel 5A Reviewed: The Best of Google and Android

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The Pixel 5A is a fine phone, but it’s not perfect. There are a few flaws to be aware of: its security support policy is adequate but not exceptional. It also strangely lacks software support for C-band 5G frequencies, which US carriers will begin using in the coming years. It’s only available in the United States and Japan, and it’s not even available through the big carriers in the United States.

However, Google has managed to remedy some of the shortcomings of its prior A-series models while also lowering the price. That’s not bad for a dull update.

SCREEN, PERFORMANCE, AND BATTERY FOR THE GOOGLE PIXEL 5A

The Pixel 5A has a 6.34-inch 1080p OLED screen, which is somewhat larger than the 4A 5G’s 6.2-inch screen. That’s hardly a massive screen, especially when compared to the 6.5-inch and larger screens found on inexpensive Android phones. It also employs a regular 60Hz refresh rate, so you won’t enjoy the smoother scrolling experience that comes with higher refresh rates like 90 or 120Hz. From the $300 OnePlus N10 5G’s 90Hz screen to the $500 Galaxy A52 5G’s 120Hz panel, this is a feature that has progressively trickled down from the flagship class and is now available in smartphones around the 5A’s price point.

The screen of the 5A isn’t very impressive, but it’s large enough that it doesn’t look as out of place next to the competition as the 4A and 4A 5G do. It’s also just a good screen – the OLED technology produces rich contrast, and it’s bright enough to be viewed outside in direct sunlight without difficulty. The same cannot be said of some of its competitors’ displays, no matter how large they are.

The processor and memory specifications remain unchanged from the 4A 5G: the Pixel 5A employs the same Snapdragon 765G chipset with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage as the 4A 5G. Apps load swiftly, and I didn’t notice any noticeable lags or problems when going about my everyday duties and scrolling through social media.

Complex image processing processes are also completed in a second or two in the background, allowing you to continue snapping portrait mode images without having to wait for each frame to complete processing. I appreciate it as someone who takes far too many portrait mode shots of her cat in the hopes of getting the perfect shot.
The Pixel 5A’s improved battery life over its predecessor is a bigger deal. It has a 4,680mAh battery, compared to 3,885mAh on the 4A 5G. That’s a lot closer to the 5,000mAh batteries that the competition uses. Google calls it “all-day” performance, with up to 48 hours of battery life if extreme battery saver is turned on.

In my real-world tests, I got better results – a day of moderate use with approximately three hours of screentime often drained it down to only 70%. If you’re a heavy user who spends a lot of time on Wi-Fi, you should get at least a day out of the battery, and if you’re a light user who spends a lot of time on Wi-Fi, you should get at least 48 hours.

IP RATING AND BUILD QUALITY OF THE GOOGLE PIXEL 5A

The Pixel 5A has an IP67 dust and waterproof rating, which means it can be immersed for up to 30 minutes in three feet of water. Outside of the Samsung A52 5G and iPhone SE, official IP ratings are uncommon in the $500-and-under category, so this is one area where the 5A shines.

The phone has Gorilla Glass 3 on the front panel for screen protection, and a metal unibody behind the outer plastic shell. I like the matte surface on the plastic panel because it’s less slippery than a shiny finish and hides smudges better.

SOFTWARE FOR GOOGLE PIXEL 5A AND 5G CONNECTIVITY

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Google Pixel 5A

The 5A comes preloaded with Android 11 and comes with Google’s standard three-year OS and security update agreement. Although this is a longer lifespan than most inexpensive phones, Samsung just began providing four years of security upgrades with its A-series handsets, and Apple will patch the six-year-old iPhone 6S this fall.

The Pixel 5A, of course, comes with 5G connection. It will be available on all major US carriers and, unlike the 4A 5G, will not be available in a mmWave-compatible configuration. Verizon insisted on selling phones that could connect to its super-fast, hard-to-find mmWave 5G network, so Google, like many other companies, created a more expensive version of the 4A 5G that could connect to the network for Verizon’s retail shelves. This time, that will not be the case, and no one will be disappointed.

This year, there is only one color option: black. You may add some color to your life with one of the colorful case options, which are designed to protect your phone from drops and bumps. Some, like “black moss” and “maybe moon” (which also sound like Neko Case song titles? ), are more neutral, but I chose “likely lime” for my review unit, and I do not like it. It has a little Nickelodeon vibe about it from the 1990s. Please return the fabric case to me.

The absence of mmWave 5G isn’t a big deal, but the 5A’s lack of C-band capability at launch is. The nice mid-band material that carriers will gradually begin adding at the end of this year and over the next few years is known as C-band. Although the Pixel 5A has the necessary hardware and FCC certification to use C-band, Google has yet to enable software compatibility for these frequencies. It may add support in the future, but it makes no promises.

It’s surprising that Google won’t commit to supporting C-band when there are a slew of budget and midrange phones on the market right now, starting at $279 for the Galaxy A32. T-Mobile consumers won’t have to worry as much because the company won’t be dependent on the C-band as much. However, if you’re on Verizon or AT&T and expect to keep your phone for the next two to three years, this might become a significant disadvantage when those carriers enable C-band and (theoretically) strengthen their 5G networks.

CAMERA- GOOGLE PIXEL 5A

The camera technology on the 5A doesn’t appear to be particularly intriguing on paper, but it adds up to a lot more than the sum of its parts. Optical image stabilization is included in the 12.2-megapixel main back camera, which is rare for a camera under $500. This type of lens-based stabilization ensures that more of your images remain sharp, which is particularly useful in low-light situations.

A 16-megapixel ultrawide camera is also included, as well as an 8-megapixel selfie camera. When compared to rival phones’ triple- and quad-rear camera arrays, this may not seem like much, but those third and fourth cameras are usually low-quality macro and depth sensors that aren’t really useful anyhow.

If those specifications sound familiar, it’s because they’re the same as the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4A 5G, which is fine for this model. Despite the lack of new sensors or lenses, the 5A still has the greatest photo quality in the midrange segment, thanks in large part to Google’s intelligent image processing. While many of the Pixel 5A’s competitors can capture good images in bright outside light, Google remains the budget class’s low light winner.

What was true of the imaging capabilities of the 4A and 5 is likewise true of the 5A. It does a good job with high-contrast scenarios, and colors are portrayed more organically than on a Samsung phone. Portrait and night mode images are among the best you’ll find on a midrange phone, however you’ll notice their limitations when photographing more difficult subjects. When it comes to equipping the Pixel 6 to compete with the world’s Samsung and Apple flagships, Google has a lot of work ahead of it. It can afford to hold stationary for another year in the budget class because it has such a strong start.

There are phones in the $400 and $500 range that have more flashy distinguishing features than the Google Pixel 5A. The Samsung Galaxy A52 5G comes with a 6.5-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The TCL 20 Pro has a curved display similar to that of a flagship phone and supports wireless charging. The Motorola Moto G Stylus features a large display and a stylus, of course.

The Pixel 5A, on the other hand, is a good all-arounder with a wonderful UI, quick software upgrades, and all of the essentials covered at a fair price. The 4A 5G was already a good phone, but the 5A’s clever additions, like as waterproofing and a larger battery, make it easier than ever to recommend it to a wide spectrum of individuals.

There’s also the issue of C-band 5G and whether or not Google would support it in the future. It’s difficult to envision the corporation refusing to support it after the frequencies are widely used, but we feel you shouldn’t buy a device today because of a hypothetical update tomorrow. Customers of Verizon and AT&T should be aware of this.

It’s a shame the Pixel 5A will have such a limited distribution, both in terms of countries where it will be accessible and in terms of where it will (and won’t) be sold in the United States, because it’s a phone I’d suggest to a lot of people. It outperforms the competition in some areas, like as camera quality and waterproofing, while falling short in others, such as screen size and battery life.

Because of its restricted availability, it appears to be more of a “if you know you know” device than the phone you recommend to your uncle when he wonders what to get with his two-year carrier upgrade package. That’s a shame, because this is a very boring, very decent phone that I believe many people would enjoy.

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