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Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

When I was a teenager, my morning routine consisted of a panicked, headlong rush down the ice-covered dirt roads that separated my rural ancestral home from the gravel parking lot at my high school. My steed of choice in those days was a decade-old Ford pickup, whose four-speed manual gearbox and 70/30 weight distribution ensured that I spent most of my commute completely sideways with the tachometer (aftermarket and strapped to the steering column, of course) pegged in the red.

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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

Living in a heavily populated urban area means that commutes can be very time consuming and expensive if you have to pay for rides. Lots of folks rely on bikes or other battery-powered vehicles to get around in urban areas and on college campuses. This is where ZAR comes in; it is a small battery powered eScooter that lets people get around with a device small enough to be packed into a backpack when you get to your destination.

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Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla's Gigafactory, the production complex that will ultimately make the batteries that the company needs for its electric vehicles, has been the focus of much sensationalism. First was the speculation, and even "bidding" on which state will host the factory. Then, when construction started, reporters were so intrigued that they would break the law just to get a scoop. Now the Gigafactory in Nevada might again be in the spotlight, but in a negative way, as Tesla is allegedly unable to fulfill its promise of generating more jobs and income for the state's citizens.

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Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

It's that time of year again. While the last days of the year are the perfect time to take stock of what has transpired in 2015, it's also the perfect time to plan ahead and to look forward to the upcoming year. So naturally, we take out our crystal ball from the chest in the attic, give it a little rub and polish, and try to peer into what the future of mobile devices will look like in 2016. At least, based on the seeds that have taken root this year. While many, like the adoption of 2K resolution screens and USB Type-C ports, may seem like no brainers, there are still some interesting things we're divining for the future. Here are five.

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Hitachi Maxell has a Li-on battery with twice the capacity

Hitachi Maxell has a Li-on battery with twice the capacity

With most smartphone and tablet components becoming standard and processors getting more powerful, the next frontier in mobile technology will be batteries. Making batteries contain even more energy while still keeping their sizes manageable has been a puzzle that spans the fields of engineering, physics, and chemistry. So far, there have been many possible solutions, ranging from the conservative to the eccentric, and Hitachi Maxell, one of the most popular battery makers, is throwing in their own two cents as well.

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Stacked Wireless Charging cuts the wires

Stacked Wireless Charging cuts the wires

One thing that any smartphone user can relate to is the hassle of trying to use a smartphone when it needs to be plugged in to charge. The wire leaves you tethered to a six foot leash that never quite seems long enough to reach where you are comfortable using the device. Stacked Wireless Charging has a new video that shows its product in use, and it's very interesting.

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Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

While smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner each year, their battery life continues to remain the same, and if the rising popularity of phone cases that feature an extra battery is any indication, that's something most users don't appreciate. However, if a recent report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate, Sony might be the one to save the day, as the company is said to be working on a smartphone battery that can last 40% longer on a single charge.

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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple doesn't make many iPhone accessories, so the controversy when the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s arrived was all the more pronounced. Not because anybody doubted the iPhone 6s occasionally needed an extra hit of battery, but because the silicone sleeve made it very obvious where it was hiding its Li-Ion pack. It's a case with a hump, and that's been too big an obstacle for some to get over.

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Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

The folks at iFixit have done a rather simple teardown of the new iPhone Smart Battery Case by Apple. Inside they've found... well... just some basic parts, basically. They suggest that "for such a Smart battery, it looks like most of the brains probably live in software on your iPhone." They go on to suggest that they've only found "some rudimentary ICs inside." Let's have a peek at what they've found.

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