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Panasonic looking to expand its energy presence

Panasonic looking to expand its energy presence

Panasonic is looking to expand its energy presence, with the company's head of Energy Solutions Center Hiroshi Edo Hanafusa announcing at the Cleantech Group forum that the company is on the hunt for new talent -- specifically, for those who develop energy services utilizing Panasonic's technology.

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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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Mugen Power Sony Xperia Z1 battery case packs 3000mAh of juice

Mugen Power Sony Xperia Z1 battery case packs 3000mAh of juice

If you have, a smartphone that you need to get more runtime out of, Mugen Power is a good place to look. The company makes extended run time batteries and other gear for smartphones to help them last longer away from an outlet. The latest product from the company is the Mugen Power 3000mAh battery case for the Sony Xperia Z1 smartphone.

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Apple wireless battery charging experiments could end up in iWatch

Apple wireless battery charging experiments could end up in iWatch

As mobile devices get more powerful and wearables start getting traction, the bottleneck of delivering a great user experience lies not on the processor anymore but on batteries. While other companies are sweating over the next battery revolution, Apple is reported to be taking a more muted approach and focusing on improving charging methods instead.

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Researchers make high energy density battery that runs on sugar

Researchers make high energy density battery that runs on sugar

Battery innovations have promised to change mobile technology for the everyday user, and we've seen all sorts related breakthroughs, from the 30-second battery charge to the urine-powered Samsung cell phone. One of the newest comes from Virginia Tech researchers who have created a high-energy density battery that runs on sugar, making way for cheaper biodegradable offerings.

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Cobra’s JumPack will jumpstart your car, then charge your phone

Cobra’s JumPack will jumpstart your car, then charge your phone

If you’re like us, you’re mobile more than you’re stationary. Running around, your mobile device batteries get worn out. From time to time, so does your car battery. Both seem to die at the worst possible time, but Cobra might have something up their sleeve to help out.

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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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Mophie Space Pack intro’d as first iPhone battery case with integrated storage

Mophie Space Pack intro’d as first iPhone battery case with integrated storage

Mophie has announced the first battery case for the iPhone that includes built-in storage, offering a boost to both the storage and the battery in one's handset. The battery case is available for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s, and ends up doubling the battery life of the smartphone, though the exact degree of extension will depend on how the iPhone is used.

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Sony decides to hold onto battery unit

Sony decides to hold onto battery unit

Sony is a company that has several different units under the corporate umbrella. One of those business units is the company's battery unit. Sony had been preparing to sell of its battery unit, but has now decided to hold onto it.

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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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Tesla Model S software updated with power fluctuation safeguard

Tesla Model S software updated with power fluctuation safeguard

Tesla's Model S has been the subject of note when it comes to electric cars, lately due to a spat of fires that have affected a few of the units. Recently, a garage caught fire containing a Model S that was charging, something Tesla maintains was not caused by the Model S and that the Orange County Fire Authority says was related to the wall-charging system. Following this latest incident, Tesla Motors has pushed out a software update.

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Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson Bookmark 2500mAh portable battery is slim, colorful

Vorson, maker of all sorts of portable and professional batteries for a variety of gadgets, has introduced its latest offering: the Bookmark, said to be the thinnest backup battery ever. As its name suggests (and title confirms), the Bookmark is roughly shaped like a bookmark, and, while not as thin, is still slim enough to be tucked away in a pocket or sleeve. Adding to the features is a touch-activated functionality.

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