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Apple may have $50 for you if you replaced your iPhone battery in 2017

Apple may have $50 for you if you replaced your iPhone battery in 2017

iPhone owners who paid for an out-of-warranty battery replacement may find that they're eligible for a $50 credit from Apple, as the company continues its power throttling mea-culpa. Apple cut its fees for out-of-warranty battery swaps in late December 2017, in the aftermath of criticism as to how it had handled CPU management on older iPhones.

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River Bank 51,200mAh stackable powerbank can jump start a car

River Bank 51,200mAh stackable powerbank can jump start a car

EcoFlow Tech is seeking funding for River Bank, a powerbank with a huge 51,200mAh capacity, support for wireless charging, a car jump starter, and more. River Bank blows away most competing external batteries, offering the capacities and features necessary for remote backpacking, camping, emergency car kits, and other demanding situations. The product has raised more than a million dollars on Indiegogo.

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Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P spotlight: Adaptive Battery

Android P is almost certainly the biggest reason why many people are interested in today's Google I/O keynote, and it turns out the next version of Android will give a lot of focus to a common pain point for many Android users: battery life. Google will once again be leveraging its work in AI (we're noticing a trend this year) in a new Android P feature called Adaptive Battery.

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Apple accused of trying to milk users over iPhone battery replacements [Updated]

Apple accused of trying to milk users over iPhone battery replacements [Updated]

Tim Cook might be only too happy to point out how Facebook betrayed the trust of its users but, months prior to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Apple had its own high-profile situation to diffuse. It was discovered to be throttling older iPhones over battery concerns, which is admitted and apologized for. It has since then offered discounted battery replacements, but it might not be what it seems. Some iPhone owners are now complaining that Apple service centers are trying to find the smallest dent or flaw to get owners to pay more than what the battery replacement would have cost.

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Bluesmart shuts down: Why, when, and your warranty

Bluesmart shuts down: Why, when, and your warranty

Late last year, many major airlines decided to ban smart bags that use non-removable lithium ion batteries. While there are some exceptions to that rule - for instance, you can still check a bag with a removable battery (as long as you remove the battery first) - it was clear that this would have an adverse effect on many smart luggage manufacturers. One of those manufacturers, Bluesmart, announced that it's going out of business today.

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Mercedes-Benz drops home battery effort over high costs

Mercedes-Benz drops home battery effort over high costs

In November 2016, Daimler formed a new subsidiary called Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, one that would take on Tesla Powerwall with the maker's own home battery products. The market had high hopes for Daimler's efforts, citing the Mercedes brand's recognition and the maker's existing global presence to potentially upheave the residential power storage industry. However, things haven't gone as planned and the company is now calling it quits.

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New iPhone 2018: Apple’s next power-tweak

New iPhone 2018: Apple’s next power-tweak

iPhone X and the rest of Apple's 2018 mobile devices may well benefit from components developed by Apple itself. For the first time in the history of the iPhone, Apple's aim to control the whole creation process may hit the power button. Development of iPhone power management chips (PMIC) could have far-reaching consequences for Apple and iPhone consumers around the world.

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Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Apple begins 13-inch MacBook Pro battery replacement program

Owners of Apple's latest 13-inch MacBook Pro model will want to take notice of a new servicing program the company launched on Friday: certain models of the laptop qualify for a free battery replacement after Apple discovered an issue that can result in the device's battery to expand, a problem sometimes seen in phones and smartwatches. Fortunately only a small number of MacBook Pros are affected, specifically the 13-inch model without a Touch Bar.

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Audi’s e-tron SUV 95 kWh battery makes a debut Tesla would be proud of

Audi’s e-tron SUV 95 kWh battery makes a debut Tesla would be proud of

Audi gets an A for showmanship, introducing the world’s first 95kWh battery for the upcoming all-electric Audi e-tron SUV in a lighting-filled Faraday cage. Typically, you wouldn't want the sort of high voltages your EV relies on to be visibly dancing around the car, but a big battery deserves a big splash. When it reaches the road, mind, the e-tron's bleeding-edge power tech will be an even bigger deal.

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AmazonBasics power banks recalled over chemical burn and fire risk

AmazonBasics power banks recalled over chemical burn and fire risk

Amazon offers a line of its own products under the "AmazonBasics" brand. These items are usually presented as an inexpensive alternative to items from other known brands, and it covers a variety of products: cables, adapters, bags, and more. The Consumer Protection Safety Commission has announced a new recall involving half a dozen AmazonBasics products, all of them power banks.

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Researchers demonstrate working rechargeable “proton battery”

Researchers demonstrate working rechargeable “proton battery”

Researchers from RMIT University have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable "proton battery" that could be a game changer for powering cars, homes, and gadgets. The rechargeable battery has the potential with future development of storing more energy than current lithium-ion batteries. The team also notes that with modifications and scaling up, the proton battery tech could also be used for medium-scale storage on electricity grids.

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Electric car fears prompt odd Apple investment

Electric car fears prompt odd Apple investment

Apple may be in a bidding war with electric vehicle battery makers for one key metal: cobalt. Apple's been one of the biggest users of cobalt over the past decade due to their ever-increasing production of iPhone, iPad, and other devices with their own rechargeable batteries. Now that electric vehicles are coming into vogue, demand for cobalt is going up so much that Apple may be opting to buy from the source.

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