Best laptops with the longest battery life in 2020: Dell, Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, and more

A laptop with good battery life used to be mean a skinny, under-powered notebook that sacrificed performance to squeeze every extra minute out of a charge. Obviously the more powerful a system is, the more power it draws, and the less time a battery can handle supplying that power. 

But research into extending battery life — not to mention work from processor manufacturers — has yielded huge dividends over recent years, and while the super-svelte portables and the laptops designed for basic productivity tasks (think Chromebooks) still provide the most time between charges, there are far more systems that boast solid battery life without sacrificing nearly as much performance as they once did.

Because impressive battery life can be found in pretty much every category of laptops these days, we’re here to help you figure out which ones actually provide the best battery life for different laptop types, from Chromebooks

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The Computer Weekly Downtime Upload – Episode 51

In this week’s episode of the Computer Weekly Downtime Upload podcast, Clare McDonald, Caroline Donnelly, and Brian McKenna discuss the Budget, the role of graph database technology in anti-money laundering compliance, and the Everywoman Tech Awards.

  • Caroline kicks the podcast off with a recap of the technology aspects of the Budget of 11 March 2020, the first one given by new chancellor Rishi Sunak. Sunak announced a £22bn yearly injection into research and development in the UK, reported CW’s Lis Evenstad, on her first day back from maternity leave. So, a big day for Rishi and Lis.
  • The Covid-19 coronavirus-induced public health emergency has also necessitated investment. In the Budget, Sunak revealed a £30bn support package. On 17 March, he announced an additional £350bn of loans to support businesses. (The CW Downtime Upload podcast episode was recorded on Friday 13 March).
  • But the R&D spend, if we
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Aussie schools kept open as online tests cancelled due to COVID-19

Although schools across the country have been directed to stay open amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) online testing regime has been binned.

“Education ministers met today and decided that NAPLAN will not proceed in 2020,” a statement from the Education Council read.

“All education ministers acknowledge and thank all of our school leaders, our teachers, and support staff for the essential work they do every day educating our children and young people, particularly during these challenging times.”

The NAPLAN test window was scheduled to be held from May 12-22.

See also: 12 month extension for NAPLAN Online following May ‘connectivity issues’

The decision to not proceed with NAPLAN in 2020 also means that the scheduled testing of the NAPLAN Online platform, the Coordinated Practice Test (CPT), will not proceed. It was due to commence on March 23.

“The decision to not proceed

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WBA assumes control of OpenRoaming standard

Intending to accelerate the broad adoption of the Cisco-developed for Wi-Fi onboarding, the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to take over ownership and management of OpenRoaming as a global wireless industry standard.

Essentially, OpenRoaming is designed to allow devices to automatically connect to Wi-Fi and seamlessly roam from one hotspot to another without the user needing to log in. It is built upon a set of standards and guidelines developed by the WBA and the Wi-Fi Alliance, and will now be adopted as an industry-wide initiative led by the WBA. The standard is said to have seen tremendous growth in the past year, and is expected to play a crucial role in delivering great mobile experiences and ushering in a new era of mobile applications.

OpenRoaming adheres to Wi-Fi certified Passpoint and Wireless Roaming Intermediary Exchange (WRIX) standards. It has been created to help bridge the gap between Wi-Fi and

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