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Hybrids and EVs could soon cost up to $4k more Toyota warns

Hybrids and EVs could soon cost up to $4k more Toyota warns

Hybrid and ZEV car prices could rise by up to $4,000 as battery technology fails to keep pace with dwindling federal tax credits, Toyota has warned, despite aggressive targets for low-emission cars in the US. Development of cheaper, more power-dense batteries are likely to bring down the cost of building cars like the Prius, Toyota's Tom Stricker, VP of technology and regulatory affairs said, but countered that good news with the company's own internal calculations that its cars - and those of competitors, like GM's Volt and Nissan's Leaf - could still end up costing between $2,000 and $4,000 more as subsidies and credits expire and are not reinstated.

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LG G2 battery detailed: “Stepped” for maximized energy and space

LG G2 battery detailed: “Stepped” for maximized energy and space

Under the hood of LG's new LG G2 smartphone, announced just today, comes no less than a 3,000mAh "Stepped Battery." When LG decided to create a hero phone in the LG G2, they didn't take Motorola's approach with the Moto X, they went straight for the gullet with a specifications war. One of the places this aim is quite evident is in this smartphones new method for battery delivery.

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PWRglass increases Google Glass battery life thrice-fold

PWRglass increases Google Glass battery life thrice-fold

Google Glass is a lot of things, but long-lived on a charge isn't one of them. The device's battery life has been the subject of criticism from users and concern from others, with some finding that heavy Glass usage decreases the battery's life faster than they prefer. To solve this problem, an inventor has created a wrap-around external battery called PWRglass that triples Glass's battery life.

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Nokia EOS/Lumia 1020 battery-case accessory caught in wild

Nokia EOS/Lumia 1020 battery-case accessory caught in wild

Nokia will offer a combination external battery and case for the upcoming EOS/Lumia 1020 41-megapixel Windows Phone, according to a new leak purportedly showing the accessory, making the smartphone more photographer-friendly. The case, shared with Russian site Izvestia, clips onto the new EOS complete with a large hole for its protruding PureView lens, and apparently accommodates a 1,020 mAh battery.

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Apple patents curved battery: space saving for iWatch

Apple patents curved battery: space saving for iWatch

Now that Tim Cook has effectively paved the way - without saying so - for Apple to create wearable devices in the near or distant future, the appearance of a so-called "curved battery" in the US Patent office isn't all that much of a surprise. While it's not a guarantee of any bit or piece of technology using this battery any time soon - Apple often patents technology without using it, ever - it does open some rather interesting miniature doors of possibility.

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