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The 2018 iPhone supplier war has an unexpected victor

The 2018 iPhone supplier war has an unexpected victor

The 2018 iPhone component wars may so far have focused on who'll make the processor, but LG has reportedly snuck in and snatched one exclusive right from under rivals' noses. Apple's plans for next year's smartphone - which could end up being the iPhone 9, iPhone 8S, or any one of a number of names - are supposedly demanding a big change in internal architecture. According to South Korean sources, only one firm has been able to meet those demands.

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Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon had an idea for a robot that would live its life charging up other devices. This robot would call when bidden, and would be able to follow the user around when there's a need to walk. This robot - or army of robots - would address a problem that many citizens have at airports every single day of the year. It'd do a lot more good than those confounded outlet stickers, anyway.

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Galaxy S8 battery: What you should (and shouldn’t) worry about

Galaxy S8 battery: What you should (and shouldn’t) worry about

If you, upon first hearing that the Galaxy S8 would feature a 3,000mAh battery, were concerned that it wouldn't be adequate enough, you're not alone. Many expressed concerns that Samsung banked too conservatively on its smaller flagship's battery capacity, and though the S8+ has a larger 3500mAh model, it doesn't matter much in light of the phone's larger overall size. Now that the phone is out and has been subjected to everyday life, are the concerns founded? Yes and no.

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Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

Battery-free cell phone prototype sounds too good to be true

For most of us, a battery-free phone would be an unfathomable dream come true. Imagine being able to use your iPhone 7 or Galaxy S8 all day, everyday without worrying about charging it. Well, researchers from the University of Washington have made the first step, albeit a very tiny one, towards making that a reality. They've managed to create a prototype cell phone that operates without the use of a battery.

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Samsung is obsessed with making batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is obsessed with making batteries that won’t explode

Some might call it necessary progress. Others will most likely see it as trauma. Whichever way you look at it, Samsung's misfortune might indirectly benefit the smartphone industry, even the battery industry, as a whole. Samsung SDI, the company's beleaguered battery making arm, is now reported to be a year or two away from producing solid state batteries that will no longer cause smartphones, or even electric vehicles, to explode.

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Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is developing solid-state phone batteries that won’t explode

Samsung is taking steps to ensure another Galaxy Note 7 fiasco doesn't happen: it is developing solid-state batteries for smartphones, something that could be available to consumers within the next handful of years. The tip comes from an unnamed Samsung executive who recently spoke to a Korean publication anonymously, saying that the technology is only one or two years away.

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Mophie’s wireless charging cases ditch the built-in battery

Mophie’s wireless charging cases ditch the built-in battery

Mophie might be best known for its battery cases for smartphones, but the company's new Charge Force cases for iPhone 7 and Galaxy S8 eschew that in favor of easier wireless charging. Available for the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, Galaxy S8, and Galaxy S8+, the slimline cases wrap each handset in leather and add a wireless charging receiver on the back. If you don't have a wireless charging pad to hand, though, there's a fix for that too.

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Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

Samsung spun its old plasma TV plant into something much more profitable

What do you do when nobody is buying expensive plasma TVs any more? If you're Samsung, you reboot your plasma panel plant into a market that's far more lucrative: electric vehicle batteries. That's just what Samsung SDI, the South Korean behemoth's battery manufacturing arm, has done in Europe.

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Lithium battery prototype has thrice the capacity of li-ion batteries

Lithium battery prototype has thrice the capacity of li-ion batteries

Researchers with Rice University have announced a new type of lithium-based rechargeable battery that boasts three times the capacity of currently available lithium-ion cells. The new prototype technically qualifies as an advanced lithium metal battery, something that has thus far eluded the industry. At the heart of the difficulties is the so-called 'dendrite problem,' an issue in which storing too much energy could result in mossy deposits known as dendrites, which damage the batteries.

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Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie Juice Pack Battery Case for Google Pixel XL now available

Mophie has announced the launch of a new Juice Pack Battery Case for the larger of Google's two somewhat new smartphones, the Pixel XL. This case, as with ones before it, offers both protection and extended battery life via an integrated battery that piggybacks off the phone's own internal battery. The end result, according to mophie, is battery life (read: talk time) that tops out at 50 hours per charge.

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Apple says third-party batteries at fault for exploding Beats headphones

Apple says third-party batteries at fault for exploding Beats headphones

Back in February, a woman on a flight from Beijing, China to Melbourne, Australia woke up to her Beats headphones catching fire while on her head. She suffered burns to her face, neck, and hands, and after throwing the headphones to the floor, they were reportedly partially melted before water was poured on them by flight attendants. Now Apple, the owner of Beats, has concluded its investigation into the incident and says the headphones' batteries were to blame.

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Samsung Battery Pack Kettle powerbank doubles as a smartphone stand

Samsung Battery Pack Kettle powerbank doubles as a smartphone stand

Late last year, Samsung took the wraps off a lineup of exclusive accessories for its smartphones, including the 'Battery Pack Kettle' that features a unique design. While using the battery pack to charge a phone, the phone itself can be nestled between the powerbank and a special USB connector attachment that serves as a phone stand, keeping the handset upright on a desk or table surface.

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