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Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

Another Galaxy phone explodes: why Lithium-Ion should die, not Samsung

The amount of smartphones that explode every year has gotten entirely out of hand, as one Galaxy S6 Edge user was loathe to find this week. The user goes by the screen name ReturnThroughAether and posted a number of images of the aftermath of a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge explosion that happened overnight last night. The bad news for Samsung is that this was a Samsung smartphone. The good news is that this should further encourage research into alternate battery technology.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation done, Samsung wants no more leaks

Galaxy Note 7 investigation done, Samsung wants no more leaks

2016 is nearly over, and Samsung can put its past behind it. Well, almost. That will actually depend on two critical factors: whether the Galaxy S8 will return consumer trust and whether the company’s explanation for the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco will satisfy both consumers and regulators. The former is still a good few months away but the latter might already come before the year ends. Samsung has reportedly concluded its more in-depth investigation into the cause of the explosions, which it could be sharing with the rest of the world really soon.

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Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 7 hands-on: A battery case must-have

If you'd asked me to predict what I'd miss most about the iPhone 6s when I switched to the iPhone 7 Plus, I probably wouldn't have said wireless battery charging and magnetic mounting. Turns out, though, those were just the two features - supplied, naturally, by Mophie's Juice Pack Air cases and companion mounts, since Apple is yet to embrace this wireless charging world - that have been most frustrating about the latest iPhones. Happily, then, Mophie has delivered its new battery cases today.

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Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air adds wireless charging

Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air adds wireless charging

Mophie has introduced a new set of Juice Pack Air battery cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As with all Mophie cases, these exist to extend the battery life of your phone, but Mophie has also outfitted them with a few extra features. Chief among these new features will likely be wireless charging for most people.

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Galaxy Note 7 teardown blames battery issues on aggressive design decisions

Galaxy Note 7 teardown blames battery issues on aggressive design decisions

A teardown of the Galaxy Note 7 may be shedding some new light on the phone's battery issues. By now, those issues are well known, as exploding Note 7s were the cause of two recalls and Samsung's decision to cancel the production and sale of the handset altogether. We still don't have an official reason for the faulty batteries, but a new teardown from Instrumental suggests that aggressive design decisions are to blame.

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Apple admits what caused your iPhone battery issue

Apple admits what caused your iPhone battery issue

Apple made a statement about the iPhone 6s this morning in China, adding details to a battery issue reported by users in China and the USA. This battery issue has affected a "small number of iPhone 6S devices," said Apple. In addition to what was reported by Apple earlier, they've revealed details on the exact cause of the device switching off as it reaches 40% battery. It would seem that this is not a bug, but a sort of feature - as Apple says: "an iPhone is actually designed to shut down automatically under certain conditions."

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iPhone battery replacement: not quite DrainGate

iPhone battery replacement: not quite DrainGate

Two iPhone battery issues have popped up over the past several weeks prompting some users to seek assistance from Apple. As Apple explains it, there has been a real (limited) problem with a small number of iPhone 6s units out in the wild that may need replacement. Other users insist that it's not just a hardware issue with their phone - especially since they have an iPhone from a completely different generation.

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iPhone 6s battery issues? Here’s how to tell if you’re eligible for a free fix

iPhone 6s battery issues? Here’s how to tell if you’re eligible for a free fix

Last week, we heard of Apple's plan to fix a number of iPhone 6s devices experiencing battery issues. When Apple announced this battery replacement program, it said that the affected devices were made from September to October 2015 and had a "limited serial number range." The problem with that description is that it doesn't tell us which phones are affected, leaving users to head to an Apple store to have their phones checked for eligibility.

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Battery breakthrough uses nuclear waste and man-made diamond to generate electricity

Battery breakthrough uses nuclear waste and man-made diamond to generate electricity

A new technology for creating batteries has been developed that might help eliminate some of the problems we have today with what to do with nuclear waste. The new battery could eliminate some of that nuclear waste while creating clean energy that can be used for many devices. The new technology involves the use of man-made diamond placed in a radioactive field.

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Flexible supercapacitor could mean smartphones that charge in seconds

Flexible supercapacitor could mean smartphones that charge in seconds

Scientists at the University of Central Florida have devised a new process for making flexible supercapacitors. These supercapacitors can store more energy than previous flexible supercapacitors and can be recharged over 30,000 times without degrading. The scientists think that the new approach could one day revolutionize technology ranging from mobile phones to electric vehicles.

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The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The 5 best power packs for the new MacBook Pro (right now)

The new MacBook Pro has a very cool trick you may not be aware of. In addition to those USB-C ports being the future of connectivity, they can also charge your computer. That means you now have four different ports to charge from! And maybe the best part: you don’t need to plug in. Those ports also accept charges from battery packs, which makes your new MacBook Pro the ultimate in portability. Here are a few packs you should consider slipping in your bag.

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Touch Bar MacBook Pro said to have fixed SSDs, small batteries

Touch Bar MacBook Pro said to have fixed SSDs, small batteries

Apple’s latest, and perhaps most debated MacBook Pro has started shipping, so naturally the more adventurous new owners immediately set to open the machine up to discover new treasures. What they discovered instead were disappointing clues. Although not yet confirmed by teardown experts like iFixit, the late 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar may have been revealed to have permanently soldered SSDs inside. To add insult to injury, it may (or may not) also have smaller than normal batteries in order to keep the laptop light.

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