Battery

Tesla accelerates Gigafactory plans after $1.6bn fundraiser

Tesla accelerates Gigafactory plans after $1.6bn fundraiser

Tesla has announced a surprise $1.6bn convertible notes offering, and plans to use the money to accelerate its Gigafactory project to mass-produce Li-Ion batteries at more affordable rates. The news - which will see Tesla offer $800 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2019 and $800 million aggregate principal amount of convertible senior notes due 2021 - will allow the company to move ahead on the Tesla Gigafactory project "faster than previously thought possible."

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ZTE Projector Hotspot hands-on

ZTE Projector Hotspot hands-on

ZTE did a bit of teasing pre-CES, and now that the show has begun, we have been able to get some hands-on time with the various items. There were some smartphones and the Iconic Phablet, however one stuck out a bit, the ZTE Projector Hotspot. This one is as the name would suggest and serves as both a projector and mobile hotspot.

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Boosted batteries teased from Li-Ion visualization research

Boosted batteries teased from Li-Ion visualization research

Longer lasting, higher capacity, and cheaper rechargeable batteries could be in the pipeline as scientists finally figure out exactly what's going on inside, potentially opening the door to increased electric car range and smartphones that spend less time plugged in. The microscopic imaging techniques, developed by researchers at the US Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, are expected to make it possible to examine what's happening within a live lithium-ion battery, particularly around areas of chemistry which so far power research has struggled to understand and refine for longer-lasting gadgets.

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