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Stacked Wireless Charging cuts the wires

Stacked Wireless Charging cuts the wires

One thing that any smartphone user can relate to is the hassle of trying to use a smartphone when it needs to be plugged in to charge. The wire leaves you tethered to a six foot leash that never quite seems long enough to reach where you are comfortable using the device. Stacked Wireless Charging has a new video that shows its product in use, and it's very interesting.

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Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

Report: Sony developing sulfur-based smartphone battery with 40% longer life

While smartphones continue to get thinner and thinner each year, their battery life continues to remain the same, and if the rising popularity of phone cases that feature an extra battery is any indication, that's something most users don't appreciate. However, if a recent report from Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate, Sony might be the one to save the day, as the company is said to be working on a smartphone battery that can last 40% longer on a single charge.

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Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s Review

Apple doesn't make many iPhone accessories, so the controversy when the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s arrived was all the more pronounced. Not because anybody doubted the iPhone 6s occasionally needed an extra hit of battery, but because the silicone sleeve made it very obvious where it was hiding its Li-Ion pack. It's a case with a hump, and that's been too big an obstacle for some to get over.

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Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

Apple Smart Battery Case teardown is “rudimentary”

The folks at iFixit have done a rather simple teardown of the new iPhone Smart Battery Case by Apple. Inside they've found... well... just some basic parts, basically. They suggest that "for such a Smart battery, it looks like most of the brains probably live in software on your iPhone." They go on to suggest that they've only found "some rudimentary ICs inside." Let's have a peek at what they've found.

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Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Apple Smart Battery Case vs Mophie: Oh My God, Becky

Here's the thing about iPhone battery cases: you don't want them to be too thin. Go for the skinny model, and you're compromising on power, and if that's the case then you have to ask if it's worth carrying the case in the first place. Exactly what makes an attractive battery case which balances performance and style is contentious: witness the mixed reactions to today's Apple Smart Battery Case announcement to see that.

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Apple Smart Battery Case nearly doubles iPhone 6s power

Apple Smart Battery Case nearly doubles iPhone 6s power

Apple may not believe in removable batteries, but iPhone 6s owners can now get an official battery case. The Apple Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6s looks set to pull the rug out from under Mophie's holiday cheer, a $99 add-on that comes close to doubling battery life.

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Laser-Induced graphene supercapacitors may be the future of wearables

Laser-Induced graphene supercapacitors may be the future of wearables

Last year researchers at Rice University announced that they had been able to develop a way to produce graphene usiang a computer-controlled laser in the process. The resulting product was dubbed laser-induced graphene (LIG). Since developing the material, the researchers are now proposing that it might be a suitable replacement for batteries inside wearable electronic devices.

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Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Pocket is a modern wallet and portable battery in one

Phorce has launched “Pocket,” a wallet that includes an integrated battery for charging your phone or other gadgets while out and about. Pocket, of course, also functions as an actual wallet, featuring a slot with a spring-loaded mechanism for inserting and removing cards. Overall, Pocket is smaller than most (filled) conventional wallets.

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Prototype sodium-ion battery unveiled for laptops

Prototype sodium-ion battery unveiled for laptops

Research has been going on into making batteries using sodium rather than lithium for decades. Back in 2013, we talked about a battery that used sodium and wood. Fast forward to late 2015 and a group of scientists and researchers have now unveiled a prototype sodium-ion (Na-ion) battery that is designed to be used inside laptop computers.

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HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

HeLi-on packable solar panel keeps you charged outdoors

It doesn't matter if you are camping at 12,000 feet in the mountains or laying by the pool reading a book on your Kindle; at some point, most of us will need power for our gadgets in a place where there is no outlet. A new solar panel system has debuted that can create power for your devices using noting but sunlight. The device is called the HeLi-on and claims to be the world's most compact solar panel.

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Gogoro Smartscooter and Energy Network heads to Europe

Gogoro Smartscooter and Energy Network heads to Europe

A company called Gogoro launched an electric scooter that people could order in some parts of the world like Taipei back in the summer. The company behind that scooter has now announced that Gogoro will launch Smartscooter scooter and the Gogoro Energy Network in Europe next year. The first Gogoro experience boutique will land in Amsterdam in early 2016.

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Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Why Huawei’s fast-charging batteries may be worth getting excited about

Today we've seen a rare look at a smartphone technology that's in development stages and might actually be delivered as a final product. While many startups are creating technology that's either absurd or many times unlikely to see the light of day, Huawei appears to be bringing their own "Watt Lab" to show off its tech chops in a feature that may not just be implemented real soon - it'll be downright practical to use. Here Huawei has a smartphone with a battery that charges faster, but doesn't lower its lifespan in the process.

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