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Ive’s Logic: larger iPhone battery will make you use it less

Ive’s Logic: larger iPhone battery will make you use it less

There's a growing trend when it comes to our smartphones and battery life. As our devices get more sophisticated, their uptimes get conversely smaller. There are two immediate ways to get around this hunger for power. You either start bringing along power banks or power cases, or you hope that your OEM starts putting in larger batteries, in which case the smartphone itself gets larger. Apple, however, isn't giving in to the trend and is keeping its smaller, non-removable batteries. Why? Because you wouldn't want to a larger battery. Or so says Apple's Jonathan Ive.

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Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery turns out be removable after all

Samsung Galaxy S6’s battery turns out be removable after all

Two of the most beloved features by Samsung Galaxy enthusiasts up to this point have been that the smartphones featured a removable battery and expandable storage space via user memory cards. But when Samsung debuted the latest models at Mobile World Congress last week, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, those features appeared to be no more, with the devices now sealed in a glass unibody design. What ever will Galaxy users do now to brag over their iPhone-using counterparts?

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Apple Watch might last the day (but not two days)

Apple Watch might last the day (but not two days)

Not long ago, the Apple Watch was rumored to have as little as 2.5 hours of on-time under heavy use. If you were relying on your watch for a lot of navigation notifications, that might keep you charging multiple times daily, in theory. Though ‘heavy use’ is a subjective term, the short battery span had some concerned. The Apple Watch was still a beta product at that point, though, so we didn’t put too much stock into that being the final word on battery life.

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Cook said to confirm Apple Watch is showerproof, lasts a day

Cook said to confirm Apple Watch is showerproof, lasts a day

We're just two months away from the Apple Watch launch and things still seem not to be set in stone. Some new features or misfeatures about Apple's first wearable foray are still coming in. For this round, the source is supposedly none other than CEO Tim Cook himself. Speaking to a crowd of Apple employees at a flagship store in Berlin, Cook was said to have given some good news for worried would be Apple Watch owners: the smartwatch is resistant enough to use in the shower.

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Your phone’s power usage can reveal where you’ve been

Your phone’s power usage can reveal where you’ve been

When you think of smartphone location tracking, both legitimate or otherwise, and you will most likely think of technologies that directly relate to locations, like GPS, WiFi, or even Bluetooth. But a group of researchers from Standford University and Israeli defense group Rafael are proving even something so innocent sounding like your phone's battery consumption can be used to track your movements. The good news is that it's not exactly as easy or as informational as those more dedicated sensors. At least not yet.

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Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple faces lawsuit over EV battery expert poaching

Apple's electric car project may only have been grist for the rumor-mill for a week, but it's already landed the firm in legal hot water over alleged expert-poaching. Speculation about the so-called "Project Titan" underway at a secret facility near Apple's Cupertino headquarters has so-far centered on intermingling rumors of EV powertrains and self-driving technology. However, according to battery maker A123 Systems, some of the skills that are helping those projects came as a result of a targeted campaign by Apple to grab the firm's staff. Now, it's decided to take it to the courts.

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Lightors rechargeable batteries promise over 500 uses

Lightors rechargeable batteries promise over 500 uses

Batteries can get to be a very expensive proposition if you are buying normal throwaway units each time. Especially if whatever you use them in is something like a video game controller that gets lots of use. Rechargeable batteries have been around for decades as a cheaper alternative to throw away batteries, but normal rechargeable batteries have their own quirks.

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EasyAcc 10,000mAh portable battery mini-review

EasyAcc 10,000mAh portable battery mini-review

A portable battery seems like an unnecessary burden until that one time you really need it, then it's worth its weight in gold. Not all external batteries are created equal, however, and investing in the wrong one could mean endless fiddling to make sure it's still charging, trouble getting it to hold a charge, and frustration when it fails in the middle of your weekend getaway. I recently got my hands on EasyAcc's 10,000mAh portable battery, and having been burned (in the non-literal sense) by external batteries in the past, I was skeptical about how it would hold up.

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BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

BLU Studio Energy has a 5000mAh battery, good for 4 days

A smartphone that lasts 4 days with standard usage and an impressive 45 days on standby. Such numbers are quite rare with today's feature-packed smartphones. But that is exactly what BLU Products is trying to sell with the Studio Energy. And it's selling it with a very low price tag to boot. That is, if you are willing to accept some compromises along the way as the smartphone won't exactly have flagship specs. But if you're looking for a long lasting, affordable prepaid option, this might be it.

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Keep Android apps in check, save your battery life

Keep Android apps in check, save your battery life

Last time we shared how you can significantly prolong your iPhone 6's battery life without gimmicks or accessories. It all boils down to corralling your apps and keeping them under your control, never letting them do stuff without your consent, like access data or incessantly trying to grab your attention. You can do the same for your Android smartphone, with almost exactly the same steps, of course in different places. And we're going to show you how, plus some other steps you might have to take on Android.

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