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Google’s latest plans to take flight

Google’s latest plans to take flight

Ever wonder when you'd get to fly on a Google plane? We've been sent a number of documents which show Google's continued work on air projects - especially on batteries that'd allow aircraft to remain in flight for long periods of time. Not necessarily for human beings - in fact more than likely not. Instead, what we're looking at here is a containment pod for electronics. If you find yourself onboard one of these planes, something's gone wrong. But no worries!

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Toshiba recalls 100k laptop batteries after overheating incidents

Toshiba recalls 100k laptop batteries after overheating incidents

Four reports of overheated and melted laptop batteries has prompted Toshiba to recall more than 100,000 units in the U.S. and Canada. These lithium-ion battery packs were used in 39 laptops across a trio of model lines, and were also sold separately. Most of the batteries are located in the United States, though 10,000 of them were sold in Canada, as well. Affected batteries start with the part number “G71C."

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Tesla quietly discontinues 10-kilowatt-hour home battery

Tesla quietly discontinues 10-kilowatt-hour home battery

If you've been holding out on buying Tesla's 10-kilowatt-hour residential battery, you may have waited too long. Recently, the company quietly pulled all references to the home battery solution from their website. After being pressed, a representative from the company announced that they have, in fact, discontinued the item.

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SuperVOOC battery recharges a dead phone in 15 minutes flat

SuperVOOC battery recharges a dead phone in 15 minutes flat

Remember back when you didn't need to charge your phone every single night? Unfortunately, with the amount of processing power, and manufacturers' obsession with thinner and lighter phones, we're sometimes lucky to make it through the day. However, if one company has their way, you'll only need a few minutes to make a dead battery full again.

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Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Today we've seen a rare look at a smartphone technology that's in development stages and might actually be delivered as a final product. While many startups are creating technology that's either absurd or many times unlikely to see the light of day, Huawei appears to be bringing their own "Watt Lab" to show off its tech chops in a feature that may not just be implemented real soon - it'll be downright practical to use. Here Huawei has a smartphone with a battery that charges faster, but doesn't lower its lifespan in the process.

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Gogoro’s newest investments comes from Panasonic and the NDF

Gogoro’s newest investments comes from Panasonic and the NDF

The folks at the electric battery and scooter company Gogoro have announced a new round of investments from Panasonic and the National Development Fund of Taiwan. Both of these investors are significant, as one provides battery tech for the company, and the other is part of the government of the country in which Gogoro's first release of electric scooters has taken place. There, in Taipei, Gogoro's pilot market has taken off with flying colors.

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Duracell’s Star Wars commercial is better than the prequels

Duracell’s Star Wars commercial is better than the prequels

The video spot you're about to see takes on Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Christmas morning. Therein you'll find the fight for the Republic, as executed by a couple of youngling Jedi wielding some fabulous battery-laden lightsabers. They're using Duracell batteries, of course, as the video was made for Duracell batteries with licensing from Lucasfilm. This story is just one minute long, but it'll thrill, it'll chill, and it'll make you understand the true nature of The Force. With batteries.

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New silicon tech makes batteries lighter, more powerful

New silicon tech makes batteries lighter, more powerful

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have created an inexpensive silicon battery technology said to increase both the life span and performance of lithium-ion batteries. The work was done by chemical engineering professor Zhongwei Chen, as well as a team of grad students. Ultimately, the creation could usher in batteries that are both smaller and longer lasting than present batteries, improving their use in everything from electric vehicles to everyday gadgets.

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Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

Acer reveals it’s developing an electric ATV

If there's one thing Acer is known for, it most certainly is not all-terrain vehicles. But who's to say they can't experiment a little? The Taiwanese phone, tablet, and laptop manufacturer revealed that that's exactly what they're developing at last week's Munich-based eCarTech conference. In fitting with the show's theme, the ATV is completely powered by electricity (making it an eATV), and going by the name "X Terran."

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Samsung Stripe and Band batteries are flexible, target wearables

Samsung Stripe and Band batteries are flexible, target wearables

When it comes to wearables, batteries are one of the biggest limitations. For all their features and flashiness, smartwatches still suffer from relatively poor battery life, and those batteries represent design limitations (or, conversely, the wearables’ designs limit the battery choices). Different research collectives and companies have been working on battery technologies to remove the shackles, and one of them is Samsung, which recently introduced its new Stripe battery.

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Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Is phone thickness more important than battery life? [POLL]

Upon seeing the device HTC One A9 and finding that it has a battery a tiny bit smaller than expected, we got to thinking. At what price do we get a great design for a smartphone? Has it become more important to us to have a device that looks great than to have a device whose battery is large enough to last well through the day? We've not yet tested the HTC One A9 yet, of course, so we don't know how long it'll last on one charge, but the question remains: are we still sacrificing some features in order to attain others?

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FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

FAA to airlines: ban lithium batteries in checked bags

When it comes to recharging gadgets, sometimes your only option is spare pre-charged batteries. That’s all fine and well, only now the FAA doesn’t want you checking them into your checked baggage, citing concerns about security and safety. According to a new report, the FAA has advised airlines to ban lithium bags from checked luggage, something that will force passengers to put them in carry-ons instead.

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