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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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Ford tepid on electric trucks

Ford tepid on electric trucks

So far, we've seen a lot of electric cars from automakers around the world, but we haven't seen such a big uptake in the production of electric trucks. There are few electric trucks on the market, butmost are aimed at larger enterprise users rather than the general consumer. Ford CEO Alan Mulally has said that Ford intends to come to the electric truck market slowly.

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Intel Ultrabook battery standards upgrade the industry

Intel Ultrabook battery standards upgrade the industry

This week Intel has introduced a standardized battery solution for Ultrabooks around the world, working with a solution that would make Ultrabooks not only cheaper to make, but potentially able to run much better as well. The standard size Intel is speaking about here for Ultrabooks of the future is 60mm x 80mm, aka 2.4-inches by 3.1-inches. These batteries will have cells with a diameter of 16mm, thinner than the common 18mm cells of today, and the whole solution would allow PC makers to standardize production should the industry adopt it.

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Renault channels Steve Jobs: You don’t know you love our electric buggy yet

Renault channels Steve Jobs: You don’t know you love our electric buggy yet

There's a vehicle out there by the name of Renault Twizy, a cross between a buggy and a car, smaller than a Smart Car and made specifically for city use. This vehicle has been tested out by Antony Ingram at Green Car Reports and as they describe it as a "high-rise electric go-cart," it seems at first to be a bit strange for $10,000 and $65 a month for battery rental, even if that's one of the cheapest electric vehicles on the market today. Renault is noted, on the other hand, has having prepared for the eventuality of the unconvinced customer with a Steve Jobs quote, of all things.

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Consumer Reports: That new iPad charging problem? Yeah, it’s a non-issue

Consumer Reports: That new iPad charging problem? Yeah, it’s a non-issue

Consumer Reports hasn't just reversed its opinion on the new iPad's heat output, finding the third-gen Apple tablet to best all Android rivals, but has quietly conceded that the recharging issue it initially reported is far less significant than first believed. "Further tests of observations we made that the new iPad was not recharging when playing a demanding, intense video game," Consumer Reports said, "showed that the problem was limited to times when the device was playing a demanding game with the screen fully bright."

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