Volume 1 Issue 11                                                                    08/09/2021  
    Editor:  Cathy Balmer
Leisure World Computer and Technology Club

Tech Talk
The first part of this week's Tech Talk is about mobile technology and focuses on both smart phones and laptops.

Topics include:
  • Tips and tricks for Android phones and iPhones
  • How to check the health of a laptop battery
  • Tips to extend battery life of Windows laptops
  • How to free up space on a laptop
  • Laptop reviews
Tech Talk wraps up with a section about Windows 11 and the system requirements to use it. 
Cell Phone Tips & Tricks
According to Extreme Tech, Android is the most popular computing platform in the world, beating out both Windows and iOS. Numerous websites have helpful tips for getting the most out of your Android phone. Check out the articles below for some of them. There are tips for iPhone users, too:
Laptop Battery Tips
Laptops make computing possible when we are away from home, but they are useless without batteries and power supplies. The articles below will help you assess the health of your laptop battery and make the battery last longer. Are you running out of space on your laptop's hard drive? If so read the article from about how to free up space on your laptop

Portable power banks can help keep your devices charged when you're on the road. Check out the article from Tech Radar for info about the best portable chargers for 2021. 
Laptop Reviews
If you are planning to purchase a new laptop, the articles below may help narrow down your search.  Notebook Check reviewed 80 laptops available in the second quarter of 2021 (April through June). If you already have a specific model in mind you might want to see where it is in their list and read their review. Their article includes a table for easy comparison among the different models.
Windows 11 Updates
The new Windows 11 operating system will be available later this year. The article from ZDNet,  "Windows 11 FAQs: Everything you need to know"  has answers to some of the most common questions and describes system requirements.

Windows 11 will require a trusted platform monitor 2.0 (TPM 2.0) chip and reportedly will only run on CPUs from late 2017 forward. The articles below have details about the CPU requirements and TPN 2.0 chip needed to run Windows 11.
Microsoft will continue to support Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. The article “Don’t panic: You can keep using Windows 10 until 2025” from How-to Geek has more information about the end of life for Windows 10.

The beta version of Windows 11 was released on July 29. If you choose to download this early version of the operating system, beware of malware that is being distributed as fake Windows 11 installers (article from PC Mag).
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