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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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LG working on flexible, non-rectangular batteries for bendable electronics

LG working on flexible, non-rectangular batteries for bendable electronics

The smartphone and electronics world is steadily marching towards new form factors for devices that are bendable and flexible rather than the rigid smartphones and tablets we know today. LG Display announced a big breakthrough that will help usher in flexible electronics with a bendable smartphone display that entered mass production recently. LG is also working on another key component to flexible electronic devices.

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Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Tesla Model S battery pack fire results from debris collision, stocks tumble

Yesterday in a city near Seattle, Washington, a Tesla Model S vehicle caught fire on the side of the road, something that took firefighters awhile to extinguish, their efforts requiring them to cut through the front of the car with a circular saw in order to get adequate access to the battery. The blaze was apparently triggered by a "large metallic object" in the road that hit one of the modules on the battery pack.

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Mugenizer N11 portable battery supports Qi wireless charging

Mugenizer N11 portable battery supports Qi wireless charging

Portable batteries are nothing new, they have been around for a long time to help users keep their gadgets charged up while on the go away from an outlet. Mugen Power offers a number of portable batteries and larger capacity internal batteries for a variety of smartphones. Typically, these devices require your factory charging cable to power your phone on the go.

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