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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life vastly better shortly after launch

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is significantly more battery-efficient than it was when it first launched on Oct. 22, thanks to a firmware update pushed by Microsoft shortly thereafter. It's a whopping 25% more battery-efficient than it was in terms of intense Web browsing, and a noticeable 16% better when running video. Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech ran the tests that demonstrated the improvement and ranked the results against various other devices.

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Samsung SDI flexible solid state battery development underway

Samsung SDI flexible solid state battery development underway

Not to be left in the dust by the likes of LG's continued exploration of the many fanciful ways batteries can be arranged in a smartphone, Samsung has appeared exploring the furtherance of the technology behind solid state batteries in Korea. Owing partially to the idea that these solid state batteries have a far smaller chance of overheating, for one, and perhaps making way for more flexy smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy round in the future, the manufacturer has appeared pushing the little-used battery tech forward.

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Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan team up for new electrified vehicle battery lab

Ford and the University of Michigan have announced they have teamed up to create a new kind of battery lab designed specifically to speed up development of batteries for electrified vehicles. The new battery lab is described as world-class facility located at the University of Michigan where Ford will collaborate with battery manufacturers, suppliers, and university researchers. The new battery lab is the result of an $8 million investment from Ford, the university, battery suppliers, and state and federal governments.

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