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The phone formerly known as Krypton has not officially launched as the BlackBerry Motion. Though you will not find any reference to the new handset on BlackBerry's website, the company announced its newest smartphone at GITEX Technology Week, with a shout out to TCL Communications, its manufacturing partner. BlackBerry also confirmed that its Motion handset wields a capacious 4,000 mAh battery. By tasking TCL with manufacturing chores, BlackBerry frees itself to focus on software and enterprise-level security features. The side effect is that BlackBerry might not be able to supply as many handsets... Read more...
It would not be an iPhone launch without reports of manufacturing problems of one kind or another. Throughout the years, there have been complaints of yellow banding resulting from the adhesive underneath the display (iPhone 4), a purple haze when snapping photos (iPhone 5), and of course bendgate (iPhone 6)s, to name a few issues. The latest complaint applies to the recently introduced iPhone 8 Plus, and it has to do with the display busting open. As with every issue that has popped up over the years, this is not an epidemic, but an apparent defect being observed by a relatively small number of... Read more...
As much as we have come to rely on our smartphones—checking mail on the go, surfing the web, posting to social media, looking up directions, and the list goes on—battery life can be viewed as paramount to the mobile experience. After all, a phone with a depleted battery is a useless one. Will the iPhone X have enough juice to get us through the day? That remains to be seen, though one thing that has come to light is that it will wield a 2,716 milliamp-house (mAh) battery. Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known as @OnLeaks on Twitter, discovered a filing by Apple with Chinese regulator TENAA. The document... Read more...
Samsung both literally and figuratively can't afford another battery debacle like it suffered with the Galaxy Note 7. That particular smartphone had two recalls for battery overheating issues, which led a huge number of fires. To keep the new Galaxy Note 8 from suffering the same fiery fate as the Note 7, Samsung is doing a lot of testing to ensure the batteries are safe before they go into the world to live in the pockets and hearts of fans. Samsung most certainly isn't the only manufacturer that has dealt with battery issues leading to overheating and fire; notebooks from major manufacturers... Read more...
When it comes to the mobile devices that we use on a daily basis — be it a smartphone, tablet, or laptop — we are more than likely relying on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries to keep us powered through the day. However, companies have looked for an alternative to lithium-ion batteries for years, but none has fought its way to the forefront to provide a suitable challenge. One startup company, Ionic Materials, is looking to take the fight to the lithium-ion with a battery chemistry that we’re all familiar with: alkaline. While traditional alkaline batteries are not rechargeable, Ionic has developed... Read more...
It seems that we're constantly hearing about promising new battery technologies and eventually one of them will stick. Mike Zimmerman, a professor at Tufts University and founder of Ionic Materials, hopes that his remarkably resilient ionic battery technology will be the one that does. At a glance, his ionic battery technology appears to a legitimate shot at finally pushing the category forward in a significant way. The reason scientists and researchers pay so much attention to battery design is because today's lithium-ion units have several downsides. As we saw recently with Samsung's Galaxy Note... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 exploding in certain cases came a number of stories of other smartphones following suit. The biggest of those is with Apple's iPhone, and in particular, the two-year-old iPhone 6. At least eight cases in China arose from consumer iPhones that caught fire, and as you'd expect, Apple took the complaints very seriously (especially given the timing). After its research, the Cupertino company established that the phones only caught fire due to external physical damage, not a fault of the product itself. The company's official statement reads, "The units we've... Read more...
Late last month, Apple opened up a battery replacement program for certain iPhone 6s models that were manufactured between September and October 2015. At the time, Apple said that a "very small number" of devices were affected by an issue that would cause their smartphones to unexpectedly shutdown despite have a sufficient charge. Today, Apple is finally giving us a little bit more insight into what is actually causing the problem for customers. Since Chinese customers have complained the loudest about the issue, the statement was issued via Apple’s Chinese-language website: We found that a small... Read more...
Apple has begun providing free battery replacements to iPhone 6s owners who have been bitten by a battery bug that causes affected handsets to shut down prematurely. According to Apple, only a "very small number" of devices are affected by the issue, all of which fall within a limited serial number range and were manufactured between September and October 2015. "If you have experienced this issue, please visit an Apple Retail Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider and have your device's serial number checked to confirm eligibility for a battery replacement, free of charge.," Apple states... Read more...
All is well that ends well for Surface Pro 3 owners, it just took a little bit of time to get there. Various battery issues have plagued the tablet for several months, and with its latest firmware release, Microsoft thinks it has finally solved the problem for good. Microsoft also made the decision to refund users the cost of a replacement battery if they purchased one for the Surface Pro 3 beyond its warranty period. "We’ve gathered additional details about which customers were affected and are committed to making sure that the people who experienced this issue are taken care of. We have reached... Read more...
Samsung has had to deal with one heck of a headache following the launch of its top-end Galaxy Note7 smartphone. From lost property to a global recall, the whole ordeal has, without question, tarnished Samsung's otherwise impeccable reputation for quality devices. Yesterday, we wrote that roughly half of all Note7s sold in the US have been returned, and that 90% of those who've returned a defective device were pleased to receive a new replacement in exchange, and were sticking with the phone.Unfortunately, as it now appears, it seems that some of the replacement devices are also acting up... Read more...
It seems as though Microsoft Surface Pro 3 owners just can’t catch a break when it comes to battery-related problems. We’ve already cataloged the convertible tablet’s battery woes, which were finally resolved with a firmware update back in late August. However, just as one battery problem has been squashed, another rises to confound users. While the first battery fiasco pertained to units with integrated SIMPLO batteries, Surface Pro 3 owners that installed the August update are saying that their LGC-LGC batteries are now seeing severe battery degradation. While it would seem that the timing of... Read more...
Rechargeable batteries are great. They allow us to save money by being able to reuse the same set of batteries multiple times, and they're obviously better for the environment than one-use batteries. But like all awesome things, there's a downside—rechargeable batteries don't last forever. Researchers at UC Irvine have developed a rechargeable battery that bucks that trend, and while their nanowire-based battery doesn't last forever either, it comes close. Instead of being able to be recharged just a few hundred times like a typical rechargeable battery, UC Irvine created a battery that can be... Read more...
Summers are meant to be hot, but your HP computer should not be. HP recently announced a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer batteries. The affected batteries were sold or replaced worldwide March 2013 through August 2015 as accessories or spares for specific HP Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion Notebook computers. The affected batteries have the potential to overheat and pose fire or burn hazards. Customers can continue to use their computer without a battery if they plug it into... Read more...
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