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CTIA 2012 round-up: Accessories

CTIA 2012 round-up: Accessories

The two big categories of interest at CTIA 2012 as far as we're concerned are Devices and Accessories, the latter being what we're going to have a look at today. Have a peek back at our CTIA 2012 Devices round-up from yesterday and prepare yourself here for a set of oddities and masterfully executed device helpers such as you've never laid your own eyes on before! This year's CTIA was a little bit more tame than in past years for how powerful a delivery of devices it was, so we had a chance to hit accessories hard - behold the fruits of our labor, one by one!

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A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

A New Concept for Rechargeable Batteries – USB

When my son was born, and his vibrating bouncy seat started eating through AA batteries like jelly beans, I bought rechargeable batteries. But I found them kind of a pain. They didn't always charge back up very well, and it took a long time to charge them. Therefore, the battery charger is now in a drawer, and while we still go through AAs like crazy for all those electronic toys, I just buy regular batteries. But if this concept design comes to light, I might just switch back. Continuance is a battery with a USB port right in the side.

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Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Uses 12-AA Batteries to Travel 317 Miles [Video]

Panasonic’s EVOLTA Robot Uses 12-AA Batteries to Travel 317 Miles [Video]

Considering it is the day after Thanksgiving, how about a little publicity stunt from Panasonic to tide you over during your extended weekend? Even if batteries are one of the most commonly used items in the world, it seems Panasonic doesn't think they get enough attention. That's why they put together the EVOLTA robot, and decided to send the little robot on a 500-kilometer trek across Japan. Luckily enough for the EVOLTA, it made it, and actually did it ahead of schedule.

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BlackBerry PlayBook First Hands-On with RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Sean Hollister

BlackBerry PlayBook First Hands-On with RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie and Sean Hollister

You may know Sean Hollister from his post over at Engadget, where he lets us know that although RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie was hesitant onstage today on the Web 2.0 Summit stage, he was ready and willing to share with the whole internet world once he was behind it. In a lovely hotel hallway, Balsillie gives Engadget a heft of this device, Hollister saying that the device is warm to the touch, solid yet plasticky, a responsive glass touchscreen front, and a rubberized no-slip back.

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Batteries the Size of a Grain of Salt

Batteries the Size of a Grain of Salt

UCLA researchers are setting a Grain of Salt size goal for their new project which is to develop a tiny version of lithium-ion batteries. This is the kind of battery you'd find in your laptop, your cellphone, and the music player you've got there on your desk. Research is said to be in early stages, but may one day power miniature electronic devices ... maybe like a little robot like they had in the one movie... Transformers? No. Batteries Not Included.

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NEC begins Nissan Leaf EV battery mass production

NEC begins Nissan Leaf EV battery mass production

NEC has begun mass production of high-capacity lithium ion batteries for electric cars, and while that might not sound interesting, if you're considering a Nissan Leaf it's NEC's power packs that will be keeping you moving.  Initially production is at the company's Sagamihara plant in Japan, but in of 2013 the joint-venture started by NEC and Nissan plan to shift production to a new facility in Tennessee, USA, for EV models destined for domestic use.

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Microsoft InstaLoad Batteries Don’t Depend on Polarity

Microsoft InstaLoad Batteries Don’t Depend on Polarity

Have you ever had your power go out in the middle of the night, whether due to electrical issues or a natural disaster, and found that putting a new pair of batteries into your flashlight is a remarkably frustrating ordeal, due to the fact those batteries have to be inserted in one particular way for the flashlight to work. Not much of an issue for every-day usage, but thankfully it's sometimes the not every-day usage that stems the coolest inventions.

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Horizon MiniPak Brings Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Masses

Horizon MiniPak Brings Hydrogen Fuel Cells to the Masses

We're all looking for alternate, better, and more powerful ways to charge all of our gadgets. That's half the fun of owning all these shiny things: finding ways to actually keep them powered. And while double-A batteries, or any of their brethren, work great for some things, and those AC wall chargers are constantly plugged in, we're always in the market for something that we can take with us, doesn't kill our batteries in the process of charging, and can last longer than we probably need it to. That's why we're happy to hear about the Horizon MiniPak.

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Microsoft claims Windows 7 is guilt-free, laptop at fault in battery issue

Microsoft claims Windows 7 is guilt-free, laptop at fault in battery issue

Microsoft recently announced that they would investigate some user upgrades to Windows 7 that provoked a new warning message (not seen XP or  even the problem-ridden Vista) suggesting that users “consider replacing their batteries”.  Turns out the software giant have reached a verdict  that Windows 7 (and naturally therefore Microsoft) isn’t actually at fault.  Who, or rather, what is?  Absymal laptop batteries, according to the MSDN blog.

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