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The Fix: Optimize your smartphone

CNET's new series, The Fix, officially kicks off with useful advice on squeezing your smartphone's browser and battery life for all they're worth.

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Welcome to the second episode of The Fix! This is CNET's newest show, and each episode revolves around ways to make the most of the technology in your daily life.

This episode will change how you use your smartphone. They've become an indispensable part of our lives, and when they underperform or run out of power, it's enough to make you scream. To help you out, we've got some simple advice that can make your phone faster and its battery last longer.

First off, to see if your phone's browser is slowing you down, Eric Franklin, Sharon Vaknin, and I put three browser options through a grueling speed test. Is there a benefit to making a switch? You be the judge.

After that, Sharon shares some useful tips for extending your phone's battery life, and Eric gets down to brass tacks on why and when you should replace your battery (probably before it catches fire).

Let us know what you think, and be sure to send us ideas for future episodes. We want this series to actually help people. So hand your tech dilemmas over to us -- or better yet, tell us about a useful fix you've discovered that's worth sharing.