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Apple patents everything from MagSafe to icons in latest grants

Apple patents everything from MagSafe to icons in latest grants

The legal team at Apple's newest round of granted patents include the 3D Camera Direction you'll currently find in Motion, their second generation MagSafe Connectors, the iMac, and the original Thunderbolt display. It really seems like Apple's list of patent applications as captured by Patently Apple never, ever stops, doesn't it? Perhaps most important to this equation is Jonathan Ive appearing on the applications to essentially all of the physical designs here, this along with a host of other creators of course. If only there were a gigantic list of which Apple items had patents and which were yet to be won!

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50 Fisker Karma vehicles have potential battery issue

50 Fisker Karma vehicles have potential battery issue

The EV and hybrid industry runs on batteries and those batteries have the potential to cause a fire hazard if the right set of circumstances occurs. GM found this out the hard way with the recent battery woes that led to some Volt test vehicles catching fire after an impact that affected the coolant system for the battery. Fisker is the latest EV firm to have battery issues.

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Apple exploring fuel-cell-powered MacBooks

Apple exploring fuel-cell-powered MacBooks

Two of Apple's patent applications surfaced this week at the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing that the Cupertino company is exploring ways to use fuel cell technology to power its future MacBooks and other computing devices. The use of fuel cells will allow for even smaller and lighter designs than the current battery-powered devices.

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Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

Verizon Galaxy Nexus Accessories Hands-On

We didn't just grab the new Verizon Galaxy Nexus yesterday, we picked up the official accessories too, so whether you're concerned about power-hungry LTE or just want to treat your new toy while you're still in the honeymoon period, there's probably something for you. For most it's the extended battery ($49.99) that will hold most appeal, an NFC-enabled 2,100 mAh Li-Ion pack offering an extra jolt of runtime at the expense of a slightly bigger phone in the hand.

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This Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery extends my tears for waiting

This Verizon Galaxy Nexus extended battery extends my tears for waiting

Back a little less than a year ago when the first Verizon LTE-laden Android smartphone was released, that being the HTC ThunderBolt for all you kids out there, it had an awesome optional extended battery that you could pick up to extend the battery time to a plausible amount of time - this being more than the 4 hours of regular time you got with LTE back in the day. Now we've got another device, the Galaxy Nexus, with an extended battery appearing for it, and though this this isn't the only other extended battery of its kind, it does remind me of the whoa I felt at the hands of the rogue FedEx delivery man I was subject to back then the day before CTIA, spring 2011.

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Duracell 5 Hour Portable Charger Review

Duracell 5 Hour Portable Charger Review

Our pockets, bags and purses are laden with electronic gadgets, each demanding their time at the mains power teat. Smartphones, PMPs, ereaders, sat-nav units, Bluetooth headsets, portable games consoles… get your recharge schedule wrong, and your days are punctuated with the staccato chiming of a dozen devices each frantically signaling their imminent demise. Into the breach wades Duracell, with the bluntly titled 5 Hour Mobile Phone and MP3 Portable USB Charger. The promise is an extra jolt of runtime while you're on the move; as for whether it delivers, check out the full SlashGear review.

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GM will buy Volts back from owners worried about a fiery death

GM will buy Volts back from owners worried about a fiery death

The GM Volt extended range hybrid has been in the news a lot lately after a test vehicle caught fire in the test center parking lot three weeks after a side impact crash test. The fire sparked a wider investigation into the Volt and other vehicles that use similar battery packs. Three more Volt vehicles were tested and two of them also had battery issues, one caught fire after a side impact crash test and the other smoked and emitted sparks. This has led to some worry among owners of the Volt and GM is doing all it can to make them feel better, including offering to buy the cars back.

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Android 4.0 ICS demo: Facial Recognition, Battery Life, GPU Rendering, and more

Android 4.0 ICS demo: Facial Recognition, Battery Life, GPU Rendering, and more

Our demo series continues with the Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, in this episode taking a look at Facial Recognition, Notifications, battery life, camera speed, GPU Rendering, and Recent Apps. In this post you'll find a video featuring Vincent Nguyen who will also end up doing the full review of both the hardware and the software here on SlashGear. When you check this post out, keep in mind that this is one of the first wave of devices otherwise known as the international edition able to work on T-Mobile and AT&T bands. We have yet to see the Verizon version of this device, but everything you see in this video series should essentially be the same situation as that release.

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