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In the world of consumer technology, innovation is moving ahead at a breakneck pace. But there's one area in particular that's struggling mightily: batteries. We just can't seem to keep up with power demands, and as newer and faster gizmos come out, it's requiring an awful lot of energy to keep them lit and online... Read more...
Every once in a while, one of our beloved gadgets has some kind of meltdown and creates a major inconvenience. More rarely, one has a real meltdown and actually causes injury. That’s what allegedly happened to a South Korean man who was carrying a battery for a 2011 Samsung Galaxy Note. Reports show the hapless smartphone user ended... Read more...
The good news for Mac users is that battery life is improved with Apple's OS X 10.8.1 update, which attempts to address one of the biggest complaints with Mountain Lion. Unfortunately, tests around the Web show that battery life is only marginally improved, in some instances only adding two minutes of additional run... Read more...
Part by part, pieces and photos of Apple's upcoming iPhone 5 model keep leaking to the Web, and the latest pre-release glimpse is supposedly that of the battery pack that will power the device. The new battery is said to feature a slight bump in capacity to 1440 mAh, up from 1430 mAh in the iPhone 4S and 1420 mAh in... Read more...
Apple recently upgraded its MacBook Pro line with new models that boast a Retina Display, and while that's neat and all, woe is the user who's in need of an out-of-warranty repair. For one, as we recently reported, a teardown analysis by iFixIt revealed that the mid-2012 MacBook Pro models are a bear to service, but if that weren't enough,... Read more...
Around here, we're always looking for more juice. More battery life. Another AC outlet. Wireless charging, for the masses. We aren't quite living in "the future," but Sanho has been providing portable power for a long, long while. Now, the company's introducing a new product, the HyperJuice Plug. It's a colorful... Read more...
Over the years, exploding batteries have becoming quite the issue in consumer electronics (as seen here in this melted iPhone). And not just exploding, but overheating, melting and combusting ones, too. But now, we're making progress on potentially stopping that ruckus. Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory... Read more...
Something smells rotten in Cupertino, and we're pretty sure it's coming from Apple. Following a raft of complaints from iOS device owners over poor battery life when running iOS 5, Apple responded with an update -- iOS 5.0.1 -- that was supposed to address the issue, and according to Apple, it did solve the problem... Read more...
Apple yesterday rolled out its iOS 5.0.1 software update which, among other things, was supposed to stomp out a bug that causes iPhones and other iOS devices to lose battery life faster than they should. It also added things like multitasking gestures for the original iPad, better voice recognition for Australian users, and got rid of another... Read more...
Developers have access to a new beta version of iOS 5 -- version 5.0.1 -- that's supposed to fix battery life issues reportedly plaguing some iPhone and iPod touch users who installed Apple's latest and greatest mobile OS. iPhone 4S owners have been particularly vocal in voicing concerns that their shiny new... Read more...
You know, processing speed seems to be skyrocketing, but is anyone stopping to think about the impact on battery life? When it comes to notebooks and mobile phones, speed is clearly king, but only if that speed doesn't totally murder one's battery life. Some of the newer LTE phones can barely last an entire day with... Read more...
Of all the hundreds of thousands of computer viruses, trojans, rootkits, and worms that have been written since 'Elk Cloner' first appeared in the wild in 1981, the overwhelming majority of them have targeted computer software. Attacking computer hardware directly isn't impossible now (and wasn't then), but it tends to be extremely difficult... Read more...
If you follow the rechargeable battery scene at all, then you're undoubtedly familiar with Sanyo's Eneloop brand, the go-to option for batteries that come fully charged from the get-go and don't lose their juice nearly as fast as your average rechargeable. But if there's a downside to Eneloop batteries, it's that they... Read more...
Is there life ahead for batteries, or are we doomed to live with heavy, clunky cells that die far too soon? We have seen gentle increases in battery life over the years, with some more modern notebooks gaining 10+ hours when combined with low-power chipsets. But we're still a long, long way from having every single... Read more...
Got a GoPro? Keep it going longer! One of the most popular helmet cam companies on the market has just come out with a great new accessory, one that long-distance skiers and such will surely appreciate. The new Battery BacPac is a removeable, long-runtime battery and charger module for the 1080p HD HERO camera... Read more...
If you were one of the lucky ones grandfathered in when AT&T changed to tiered data plans, you may be using your iPhone 4 more than ever before. The only trouble with that is the battery; Apple made great strides to improve the battery life on the iPhone 4 compared to the 3GS, but using it hard all day still drains it pretty heavily. If... Read more...
At the end of February, Nintendo will finally launch its 3DS handheld console in Japan, followed by a worldwide release in March. As those release dates near, Nintendo has begun serving up additional details about its 3D-capable gaming device, including battery life. According to Nintendo's recently updated product... Read more...
We've all seen the commercials: IBM is working on building a smarter and faster planet, but what exactly does that mean? A recent release from the company gives a little insight into answering that, with IBM's Research arm becoming the first to measure the movement and processing of digital data as a magnetic pattern on nanowires 1,000 times... Read more...
Batteries, batteries. You can't live with 'em, and you certainly cannot live without 'em. They're a necessary evil in mobile computing, and while they always seem to die before you'd like them to, having portable, backup batteries around can help ease that sting. PhoneSuit has been offering portable power packs for awhile now, but the company's... Read more...
There aren't too many people who own iPhone 4 handsets and yet still have no case; Apple was handing them out for free for a couple of months, after all. But if you need something different, or just a case that does a little more than your average case, Mophie has something of the sort. The company has just introduced the juice pack plus,... Read more...
So, you're a rock star? Wanna be famous? All that good stuff? Well, if you're a guitar player, you'll need the right tools, and Sanyo has a new tool to consider on stage. The KBC-9V3U Pedal Juice (a member of the Eneloop series, it seems) kills a problem that guitarists have had for years now: batteries. 9V batteries in particular. This device... Read more...
These days, getting funding for a project is rather difficult. A lot more difficult than it once was, that's for sure. But it's pretty clear that Panasonic believes in what Tesla is going after, as they have just set aside $30 million to invest in Tesla. The two companies already have an existing relationship, and it... Read more...
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