Nextbit wants to revolutionize smartphone battery life

Nextbit wants to revolutionize smartphone battery life

This week the folks at Nextbit have decided to attack smartphone batteries. They've decided this, apparently, after feeling justified in their aim for a more cloud-friendly universe after both Google and Apple have pushed their own cloud storage initiatives with more Google Photos storage and Apple's "store in iCloud" for macOS. Now Nextbit wants to make the smartphone battery - its relatively short life, in particular - a thing of the past. They want to make your phone last a lot longer.

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Faraday Future gets self-driving car test permission

Faraday Future gets self-driving car test permission

Faraday Future has become the latest automaker to be granted autonomous vehicle testing approval in California, though what exactly the clandestine startup will be trialling is unclear. The permission, confirmed today by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, makes Faraday Future the fourteenth company to get the green light to experiment publicly with self-driving cars.

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BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

BitTorrent Now launched, gives content creators 70% profit cut

The folks behind one of the most-used file-downloading systems in the world now has its own "direct to fan global media platform for on-demand video and music." This means that if you considered them any less-than-legitimate a business before with their Torrent-related business, they're coming up in the world. This service has content providers making video and audio available to the masses with "creators receiving 70% of all revenue." That could be a very, very big deal.

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Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini is small in size, still high in terror

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini is small in size, still high in terror

Boston Dynamics' latest creepy creation, SpotMini, may be one of the smallest of its animal-inspired robots, but with its weirdly Alien-esque head it's still no cuddly AIBO. Shown off for the first time today, SpotMini is - as the name suggests - a smaller version of the existing Spot robot, coming in at 55 pounds without its robotic arm.

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This iPhone 7 fake runs Android

This iPhone 7 fake runs Android

This morning we caught a glimpse of a device that, at first glance, looks an awful lot like a new iPhone 7 Pro. Of course Apple hasn't confirmed that device's existence, and we've not yet seen any REAL photos of said device. But this one - something about it screamed "this is actually a photo." And indeed it was. Straight from leakster Sonny Dickson came a device that's actual real metal with a (fake) Apple logo and everything - but it's still a fake. Don't be fooled.

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This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

This iPhone camera rig adds pro-audio to your mobile studio

Your smartphone's camera may be up to shooting a Hollywood-rivaling movie, but its microphones probably aren't, but a new camera rig promises to make the most portable studio broadcast-ready. IK Multimedia's iKlip A/V is not only a mount for your phone - or, for that matter, your DSLR camera - but has an integrated microphone preamp with phantom power to improve the sound in your videos.

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Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

Xiaomi makes an electric bike that’s actually pretty rad

In an announcement that should surprise nobody, Xiaomi has entered another new market with an electric bicycle. It's called the Mi Qicycle Electric Folding Bike, and it's just launched this morning in Beijing, China. According to Xiaomi's Vincent Khoo, "Xiaomi is not a smartphone company, but we are a technology company. Why not enter another field such as transportation?" This bike folds up, runs on a rather massive battery, and comes with its own app.

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Watch this electric race car SMASH the 0-60 mph record

Watch this electric race car SMASH the 0-60 mph record

As Tesla has shown us, electric cars are quite capable of embarrassing their gas-powered rivals, but a new record-breaking racer developed by a student team demonstrates just how potent the electron is. Handiwork of a Swiss team of students, Academic Motorsports club Zurich (AMZ), the race car may look small but it's not short on power or indeed speed.

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Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs rapid charging, 3-in-1 display

Samsung Notebook 7 Spin packs rapid charging, 3-in-1 display

Samsung has introduced a new laptop designed for multimedia enthusiasts called the Samsung Notebook 7 spin. The notebook is being offered in two different display sizes, one 13.3-inch and the other 15.6-inch. Each brings with it a 360-degree touchscreen, as well as rapid charging that quickly adds hours of battery life without much time being spent tethered to a wall outlet. The features roll on from there, with the Notebook 7 spin expected to be available from June 26.

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Manufacturers should stick to Android, despite Google exerting more control

Manufacturers should stick to Android, despite Google exerting more control

Huawei was recently reported to be in the process of developing its own OS as a contingency plan. It isn't unique nor first in that regard. Samsung has long been believed to have invested in Tizen for that very purpose. Both of these independent pieces of news share a common theme, a common goal: being free of total dependence on Google. That concern has recently resurfaced with whispers of Google desiring to exert more and more control over Android. But whether that is true or not, and it is likely to be true, Android hardware makers will be better off remaining with Android, with or without Google.

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Typhoon H drone packing RealSense R200 camera hits pre-order

Typhoon H drone packing RealSense R200 camera hits pre-order

A new six-rotor drone fitted with its own camera and lots of other tech has been announced from Yuneec International the drone is called the Typhoon H with Intel RealSense Technology. The six-rotor drone has gone up for pre-order at an MSRP of $1,899. The first drone shipments to customers will be made within four weeks.

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Apple iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted for performance says Apple

Apple iOS 10 kernel is unencrypted for performance says Apple

Apple recently showed off a preview version of iOS 10 at a developers conference and as developers are wont to do they immediately hacked into the code to see what they could find inside. Many of them were very surprised to find that Apple had left the kernel of the OS unencrypted. Some were surprised enough that they assumed Apple had made a mistake.

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