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Gogoro teases big battery plans for smarter city travel

Gogoro teases big battery plans for smarter city travel

Power: it's something none of us can do without, both the enabling and limiting factor of everything from smartphones through to electric vehicles, and it's ripe for a revolution. Hoping to lead just that is Gogoro, startup brainchild of former HTC innovation chief Horace Luke and Matt Taylor, and coming out from the shadows today to share a few early hints about its plans "to transform energy distribution" within smart cities. I caught up with Luke to find out more, curious at indications that some new power system potentially for EVs could be on the cards.

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Samsung showcases flexible batteries, ready in a few years

Samsung showcases flexible batteries, ready in a few years

Just when you thought the hype around curved and flexible devices is over, here comes Samsung somewhat trying to fan the flames again. At the InterBattery 2014 exhibit in Seoul, Korea, the electronics manufacturer is boasting of one of the fruits of its fantabulous R&D budget and marketing prowess. A flexible battery, one that can perhaps go along with a flexible screen, is the latest masterpiece of the Korean OEM, but don't go expecting to see it in consumer devices within the next few years.

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New battery tech warns when an explosion is possible

New battery tech warns when an explosion is possible

Though they're rare, we've all heard the horror stories: people innocently using their smartphones and tablets, only to have them catch fire and/or explode, sometimes causing severe injuries to the users. The reasons this happens are numerous, but in the case of lithium-ion batteries, they can usually be narrowed down to a specific cause: internal short-circuiting. Thanks to a team of researchers from Stanford, that issue could be partially solved via a new technology that alerts when something has gone awry.

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Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

Pronto portable battery charges in five minutes

The gadgets that fuel our lives are largely mobile and battery-powered, and as a result external batteries are a necessary accessory for many, keeping your phone or tablet alive while you're traveling or otherwise away from an outlet. The problem with these larger batteries is that, as with their smartphone counterparts, they too eventually need charged, and depending on capacity, could need all night to completely juice back up. Such isn't the case with Pronto, however -- this portable battery boasts rapid charging in as fast as five minutes.

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New solar cell is its own battery

New solar cell is its own battery

Solar power is an important part of our future, but in many ways it is still too expensive. The Ohio State University has helped lessen that issue with a new device it created -- a solar cell that serves as its own battery, doing so using a type of panel design that introduces air into the "breathing" battery.

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Apple comments on Watch battery life

Apple comments on Watch battery life

We all know how the Apple Watch will charge, but how often will you have to do so? At their event Tuesday, Apple was mum about some of the hardline details we’d like to know about the Apple Watch. While that is possibly due to the fact it’s not yet ready to ship, one spokesperson is hinting that your use time between charges may not be all that special.

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