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New microbattery can independently power microchips

New microbattery can independently power microchips

As electronic devices keep scaling down, batteries need to find a way to maintain performance under smaller size constraints. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created an incredibly thin, high-performance, 3D microbattery, which could be the answer to powering individual microchips apart from any separate power source. The research team printed the tiny power source using a technique combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photo-lithography. The new technique allows for greater control of the electrode's structure; so, the batteries can easily be tailor-made for various applications. The scientists detail the new fabrication technique in their research paper.

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Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

Kano gets an upgrade with Raspberry Pi 2

This week the folks behind the kid-aimed Kano computer-building kit have brought an upgraded package to market. The newest version of Kano comes with a Raspberry Pi 2. Along with it comes six times the load speed. Those with the first version of the Kano build-your-own computer kit now have access to the Powerup Kit, an extension pack for Raspberry Pi 1 users that makes the Kano kit faster and able to work with brand new creations. This kit is available from the Kano crew as of this week.

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Lenovo’s ultra-skinny LaVie Z are here to fight Apple’s MacBook

Lenovo’s ultra-skinny LaVie Z are here to fight Apple’s MacBook

Apple may have got its indecently-skinny MacBook to market first, but Lenovo is counting on a one-two punch to give it the edge with its LaVie Z notebooks, freshly on sale. Announced back at CES 2015 in January, the pair of ultrabooks each pack a 13.3-inch multitouch display - the LaVie Z 360 is a convertible, with a 360-degree rotating hinge to twist it into a tablet - and a fifth-gen Intel Core i7 processor, for a hefty nine hour battery life while tipping the scales at as little as 1.87 pounds.

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Living with the new MacBook Retina

Living with the new MacBook Retina

There’s an unusual degree of forthrightness - sometimes bordering on vitriol - in how outspoken people are about the new MacBook Retina. It’s something you see occasionally with high-profile, edge-pushing devices: not just dissent as to whether it’s a good product to buy or not, but a sort of slightly-frothy aggression in aiming to convince you that you’ve made the wrong decision.

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HydraDock gives MacBooks 11 more ports

HydraDock gives MacBooks 11 more ports

MacBook users often wish that their notebook had more USB ports since all you get is a single USB port on some Apple machines. A new device has debuted called the HydraDock that aims to give you lots more ports, including USB ports for connecting any accessory you can think of from displays to keyboards.

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Google Maps Lite Mode replaces classic maps on desktop

Google Maps Lite Mode replaces classic maps on desktop

If you are one of the hoards of people that use Google Maps from your desktop computer, Google has made a big change that you need to be aware of. Google has taken the classic maps that you are used to seeing and has replaced them with a Lite mode that lacks many of the features that we have come to know from Google Maps.

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Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 lands in the US

Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 lands in the US

A new Asus notebook computer has landed for purchase in the US this week. The new machine is called the Asus ZenBook Pro UX501 and one glance at the svelte profile and shiny metal chassis of the machine and its clear Asus is aiming at Apple's MacBook Pro. The big feature of the notebook other than the good looks is a higher resolution display.

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