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Apple hikes battery replace fees for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple hikes battery replace fees for MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Apple has increased the cost of replacing the integrated battery in the MacBook Pro with Retina Display by more than 50-percent over its predecessor, increasing the fee to $199. The new model - which features the slimmest casing in a unibody Pro chassis to-date, relying on tightly-squeezed batteries to do so, is the most expensive model under Apples battery replacement program, according to the company's own support documentation.

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Mophie Juice Pack expansion brings iPad power to your pocket

Mophie Juice Pack expansion brings iPad power to your pocket

It's time for a couple additions to the Mophie world of universal chargers, this time with two new blocks of power for its Juice Pack Universal Line with the powerstation duo and powerstation mini. These devices are able to work with all USB-powered devices, this including Android, iPhone, iPad, and essentially any other tablet or smartphone you can think of. These lovely new battery packs bring on 2500mAh and 6000mAh to the world of mobile devices and have multiple ports for simultaneous charging on the go!

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Wii U Gamepad 3-5 hour battery limit revealed

Wii U Gamepad 3-5 hour battery limit revealed

Nintendo's Wii U Gamepad controller will last anywhere between three and five hours on a full charge, the company has confirmed, paying a runtime penalty for its 6.2-inch touchscreen. The distinctive tablet controller is the all-singing, all-dancing hub of Nintendo's next-gen console strategy - not only allowing for primary game control, but independent use and even replacing your TV remote - but the limitations of battery technology mean gamers can't expect to go wireless all day.

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32nm iPad 2 brings improved battery life

32nm iPad 2 brings improved battery life

If you didn’t want to drop the full $499 on the new iPad but wanted the Apple experience, the $399 iPad 2 wasn’t a bad choice at all. The iPad 2 housed a dual-core 1Ghz processor based on a 45nm chip, and Apple took the opportunity to test out a new 32nm chip with the reduced price iPad 2. How does it hold up? Performance is the same, but as it turns out, battery life has improved thanks to the more efficient CPU.

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Qi wireless charging range extended to 40mm

Qi wireless charging range extended to 40mm

The Qi wireless charging standard has been updated to allow for a longer distance between device and charging platform. This will make it easier for the platform to be integrated into various surfaces, including tabletops, furniture, and cars. The Wireless Power Consortium announced the updated Qi standard today, which now allows for a distance of 40mm, up from the previous 5mm.

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HTC: You wanted thin phones so we shelved big battery plans

HTC: You wanted thin phones so we shelved big battery plans

HTC has blamed a buyer obsession with slimline handsets for its decision to prioritize slimline smartphones over longer-lasting but chubbier devices. Speaking at HTC's Frequencies conference in Seattle today, HTC VP of portfolio strategy Bjorn Kilburn cited research the company had conducted in 2011 which suggested users preferred more compact models rather than those made thicker to accommodate a bigger battery.

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