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Closing iPhone apps won’t save your battery life, confirms Apple

Closing iPhone apps won’t save your battery life, confirms Apple

Years ago, you could go more than a day or so without having to plug your phone in to charge. These days as phones get more powerful, and manufacturers choose a slim form over a larger battery, that's just not the case. But there are certain tricks to make sure that your phone lasts through the whole day. Of course, one of the more popular methods simply doesn't work.

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Energizer Recharge batteries are made with 4% recycled batteries

Energizer Recharge batteries are made with 4% recycled batteries

About a year ago, Energizer rolled out new batteries that were made using 4% recycled batteries called Eco Advanced. The product was the first battery on the market to use recycled material from old batteries in its design. Energizer has now announced another green battery called Energizer Recharge, a rechargeable battery that is made using 4% recycled battery material.

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Man grabs world record by riding electric skateboard 59.55 mph

Man grabs world record by riding electric skateboard 59.55 mph

If you have ever fallen off a skateboard trying to ride it in your driveway, you know how hard it can be to ride one. A man named Mischo Erban recently sat a Guinness World Record for the fastest speed on an electric skateboard when he went 59.55 mph on one at Portoroz airport in Piran, Slovenia. The board the man used was a modified NEXTBoard created by a company called Next Generation Vehicles.

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popSlate 2 is E-Ink for your iPhone done right

popSlate 2 is E-Ink for your iPhone done right

E-ink iPhone case-maker popSlate is back, with a new, sleeker, more functional version of its customizable shell for Apple's smartphone. Just like the first-generation case launched a year ago, the premise for popSlate 2 is straightforward: we're addicted to checking our phones for notifications or simply what time it is, and so why not give the iPhone a second, low-power screen that can deliver that more frugally?

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Consumer Reports lists top five smartphones with best battery life

Consumer Reports lists top five smartphones with best battery life

It doesn't matter how cool a smartphone is, how many features it offers, or how fantastic the screen looks, if it runs out of power too fast it's a worthless device. Consumer Reports has put together a list of the smartphones with the best battery life. The list consists of five devices with a few on the list offering removable batteries so you can carry spares just in case.

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Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

Snow-drifting Porsche’s best cars to test the Re-Fuel GoPro Battery

When I was a teenager, my morning routine consisted of a panicked, headlong rush down the ice-covered dirt roads that separated my rural ancestral home from the gravel parking lot at my high school. My steed of choice in those days was a decade-old Ford pickup, whose four-speed manual gearbox and 70/30 weight distribution ensured that I spent most of my commute completely sideways with the tachometer (aftermarket and strapped to the steering column, of course) pegged in the red.

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ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

ZAGG acquires Mophie to make one accessories giant

This afternoon ZAGG announced that they'd be acquiring Mophie, bringing the battery giant into the accessories giant thusly. ZAGG will be holding a conference call for investors this evening at 6:30 PM Eastern Time, at which point ZAGG will explain the terms of this merger. ZAGG suggests that this combination of companies will create one which had a combined net sales of "approximately $470 million" in the year 2015.

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ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

ZAR lightweight e-scooter can travel up to 20km per charge

Living in a heavily populated urban area means that commutes can be very time consuming and expensive if you have to pay for rides. Lots of folks rely on bikes or other battery-powered vehicles to get around in urban areas and on college campuses. This is where ZAR comes in; it is a small battery powered eScooter that lets people get around with a device small enough to be packed into a backpack when you get to your destination.

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Stable crystallized lithium superoxide could usher in new battery era

Stable crystallized lithium superoxide could usher in new battery era

Scientists have been working with lithium-air batteries for a long time and they show promise for being the next generation replacement for rechargeable batteries in all sorts of devices. The problem so far has been that lithium peroxide, a solid precipitate that clogs the pores of an electrode, has formed during all work with the battery tech.

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Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla Gigafactory coming up short on employment promise

Tesla's Gigafactory, the production complex that will ultimately make the batteries that the company needs for its electric vehicles, has been the focus of much sensationalism. First was the speculation, and even "bidding" on which state will host the factory. Then, when construction started, reporters were so intrigued that they would break the law just to get a scoop. Now the Gigafactory in Nevada might again be in the spotlight, but in a negative way, as Tesla is allegedly unable to fulfill its promise of generating more jobs and income for the state's citizens.

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Stanford creates battery that turns off when it overheats

Stanford creates battery that turns off when it overheats

Researchers at Stanford University have created a new type of lithium-ion battery that has the ability to shut itself down when it gets too hot. The goal of the researchers was to build a battery that would turn itself off if it got too hot to prevent a risk of fire. Lithium-ion batteries have a long history of catching fire when they overheat.

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Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

Top 5 upcoming mobile trends in 2016

It's that time of year again. While the last days of the year are the perfect time to take stock of what has transpired in 2015, it's also the perfect time to plan ahead and to look forward to the upcoming year. So naturally, we take out our crystal ball from the chest in the attic, give it a little rub and polish, and try to peer into what the future of mobile devices will look like in 2016. At least, based on the seeds that have taken root this year. While many, like the adoption of 2K resolution screens and USB Type-C ports, may seem like no brainers, there are still some interesting things we're divining for the future. Here are five.

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