Battery

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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Apple may rebate iPhone batteries replaced pre-throttling discount

Apple may rebate iPhone batteries replaced pre-throttling discount

Apple may placate iPhone owners who paid full-price for battery replacements before it discounted the scheme as a mea-culpa over iOS throttling. The Cupertino firm unexpectedly found itself the center of a wrath-storm late last year, when it admitted that it had been limiting the performance of older iPhones that had degraded batteries.

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Galaxy S9, S9+ components leak, familiar batteries inside

Galaxy S9, S9+ components leak, familiar batteries inside

In less than a month, Samsung will have its 2018 Unpacked press event to kick off the MWC week. With all the leaks that have landed by now, there is almost nothing left to be surprised about. We’re still holding hope that Samsung will at least pleasantly surprise its fans. A few photos of some of the components of the Galaxy S9 and the S9+ have dropped. And among them is one of the most disappointing news about the duo: their batteries.

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This iOS update has the iPhone battery saver kill switch

This iOS update has the iPhone battery saver kill switch

Yesterday Apple received questions from the US government on throttling old iPhones, and today they've released a statement. In said statement, Apple suggested that their next iOS update would include a kill switch for the battery health feature update they'd included previously. They called this their "power management feature," and soon everyone will be able to turn it off easily.

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iOS 11.3 battery throttling switch gives older iPhones the choice

iOS 11.3 battery throttling switch gives older iPhones the choice

Apple will give iPhone owners the ability to turn off its controversial power throttling system in iOS 11.3, the latest in its ongoing mea-culpa over slowing older devices. Confirmed as part of the upcoming iOS 11.3 release - though not quite ready for today's developer preview - the new features will not only offer more information about battery health, but also give users control over whether Apple's performance safeguards are applied.

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PSA: Don’t bite iPhone batteries (this video shows why)

PSA: Don’t bite iPhone batteries (this video shows why)

A man bit a smartphone battery in an electronics store in China this past week, and the battery exploded. The man who bit the battery seemed surprised by the results of his bite. The woman standing near him seemed displeased. Have a peek at the video and see what you make of it. And please do NOT go get a battery to reenact the situation in the video as it's happening - that'd be bad.

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Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

Tesla may have made waves with its Tesla Energy home batteries, but more luxury car makers are looking to do something similar as they make the jump to all-electric vehicles. Audi is one of the latest, as the company has just announced its own "Smart Energy Network," which combines home energy storage, solar power generation, and electric vehicle charging.

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iPhone battery throttling can be disabled soon, says Tim Cook

iPhone battery throttling can be disabled soon, says Tim Cook

Apple has received a lot of flak over how it silently started to throttle the performance of iPhones with older batteries. While its reasons were technically sound, its communication could have been better. The company has bent over backwards to appease the masses, though not governments, and it apparently isn’t done yet. In an interview with ABC News, CEO Tim Cook reveals that in a future update, users will be able to turn off the performance throttling if they want to, something uncharacteristic of Apple’s user experience philosophy.

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Samsung Metal12 to make phones sturdier, lighter

Samsung Metal12 to make phones sturdier, lighter

Smartphones have always been and continue to be a design puzzle. How to cram so much components inside while keeping the phone lightweight and, at the same time, keeping them durable. Since little can be done to change the materials used in making circuit boards and other components, some OEMs turn their attention to the frame and materials used outside instead. Indeed, based on this trademark filing, Samsung might be eying using its new “Metal12” alloy for future smartphones and even wearables as well.

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