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Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Galaxy S6 gains microSD, battery thanks to Incipio

Will the addition of a microSD card slot and a removable battery change your mind about the Galaxy S6? Incipio hopes so. They've created an Offgrid battery case that works for both the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that clamps either phone to a battery pack that adds a cool 3,700mAh of battery power while providing the option of expandable storage. The battery pack itself has a microSD card slot, as odd as that may seem, which uses the same micro-USB port as the battery normally would.

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Add-e turns your old bike into an electric bicycle

Add-e turns your old bike into an electric bicycle

Many folks around the world commute to work each day using their bicycle. The catch for those who live a long way from work or who don't want to show up for work sweaty is that excessive pedaling can leave you tired when you arrive. Electric powered bikes are an option, but those can be expensive to purchase. A new product called add-e can make your existing bicycle electric-powered.

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MOS Reach Go USB-C power bank charges laptops at full speed

MOS Reach Go USB-C power bank charges laptops at full speed

MOS has introduced its new Reach Go power bank, something it says is the first of its kind able to charge a laptop at full speed over USB-C. The power bank features a Etron 100-watt USB-C charge controller, and as such is able to charge your applicable laptop (that shiny new Macbook, for example) as well as your phone…and do so without taking forever. Up to two mobile devices can be charged along with the laptop, and as with any portable battery, it is useful for those times you’ll be out and about all day.

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iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

iPhone 6S leak hints at faster LTE, better battery life

While we wait for the dust of the Apple Music launch to settle down, we take a peak at another of Apple's most awaited product, as if it ever had a non-awaited product. Courtesy of a brave leak source, we now have a view of what is supposedly the iPhone 6S motherboard. And with that, the smartphone's LTE modem has also been revealed: a Qualcomm MDM9635M, known by its other name, the 9X35 Gobi mobile platform. This chip promises not only Cat. 6 LTE speeds but more efficient power usage, leading, hopefully, to a longer battery life.

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LG introduces performance boosting hexagonal smartwatch batteries

LG introduces performance boosting hexagonal smartwatch batteries

LG Chem, a branch of LG, has its sights on moving up the ranks of the small-battery market which feeds the smartwatch and wearables industry. The company already claims to have the number one spot in the medium to large-sized battery market. It hopes to top the competition by releasing an innovative, hexagonal battery for smartwatches with circular faces such as the Moto 360 and LG's own G Watch R and Watch Urbane.

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Samsung develops new tech that could double Li-on battery life

Samsung develops new tech that could double Li-on battery life

As our smart-devices become capable of doing more, it usually means that battery life takes a back seat, especially as smart-devices keep shrinking. Samsung researchers have developed a new method of constructing lithium-ion batteries that tackles the issue of extending battery life on a nanoscale. The use of silicon in lithium-ion batteries is a widely researched development, but a caveat to using silicon as an active material in Li-On batteries is that its volume drastically changes through charge-discharge cycles. This can lead to weakening the battery's life cycle energy density.

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Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

Roost smart battery for smoke detectors now up for pre-order on Amazon

The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. Roost's new smart battery gives you a chance to jump on the interconnected band wagon without having to buy entirely new smart appliances. Roost's smart battery is designed to give a new dimension to an ordinary smoke or carbon monoxide detector, letting you monitor your alarms from anywhere via wi-fi. The smart batteries are also designed to last five times longer than ordinary 9V batteries, so you'll only need to change them once every five years.

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No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

No, your phone’s battery isn’t spying on you

A video showing an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral today. This video suggests that this smartphone was using an NFC sticker to "record every photo of yours on your battery." What we're going to need to do right now is get very serious and very clear about this situation. Your battery - and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it - is not stealing your photos and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It's just not.

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“Smart” lithium-ion battery warns before it explodes

“Smart” lithium-ion battery warns before it explodes

News of exploding smartphone batteries might be sensational but they are no light matter. Aside from the harm, or even death, that could come from those, they also point to a problem with lithium-ion batteries that exhibited elsewhere. While little can be done for a battery that explodes due to severe damage, in most other cases, accidents could be prevented if users knew that the battery is on the verge of combusting. That is what Stanford associate professor Yi Cui and other professors have sought to accomplish with this new "smart" battery.

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Apple Watch app shows your iPhone’s battery level at a glance

Apple Watch app shows your iPhone’s battery level at a glance

Now here's a simple, handy app that, when you think about it, seems surprising that Apple hasn't built it into the Watch by default. It's an app that displays battery level of the iPhone its paired with. That's it. Nothing complicated about it. It's called Power, and it's available now on the App Store for $0.99 from developers Surenix. The other neat part about the app is that it can show when the iPhone is being actively charged, even if it's in another room.

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How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

How GM’s giving old batteries a second charge

General Motors is one of the auto makers working to reuse old electric car batteries, and in its case it is doing so with Chevrolet Volt batteries with one of its IT buildings. Using a handful of old Volt batteries from the model’s first generation, General Motors is powering an administration building in conjunction with wind and solar energy. This is due to the remaining capacities of the batteries after they stop being useful for the Chevy Volt electric cars.

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SRI Durus humanoid walking robot is ultra-efficient

SRI Durus humanoid walking robot is ultra-efficient

DARPA has been sponsoring all sorts of robotics challenges, including the Robotics Challenge course where the robots are supposed to do things that a human would normally do in an emergency. That isn’t the only challenge that DARPA has put down for robot designers. At the same time the DARAP Robotics Challenge course is being transverse by robots, another challenge is underway.

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