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Best battery widgets for Android phones and tablets

by Dan EvansJuly 11, 2012

It’s easy to get carried away with our mobile devices. There are a number of things that can just take up countless hours of your time. Browse the Internet and get lost in the maze of Wikipedia’s articles or TVTropes’ trope pages. Curious about the new TV series everyone is hyped up about? View videos on YouTube or download the series yourself to see why everyone is crazy over this show. Next thing you’ll know, you’ll be tapping on the Next button without noticing the time. Or, you can sit back and curl up with a number of ebooks. Flip page after electronic page to see to the end the adventure you’ve embarked on.

Unfortunately, your [...]

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Scientists develop spray-on Lithium-Ion battery that could turn any surface into a power source

by Matthew SabatiniJuly 10, 2012

With all of our gaming, constant email checking, and Facebook abuse, it’s a wonder that smartphone batteries can do the job all day. Researchers at Rice University have created a battery that consists of 5 layers, which can be applied by spraying to just about any surface. This new version of the battery will pave the way for more flexible devices and possibly even new types of designs.

To demonstrate the new technology, researchers applied the spray-on battery on nine bathroom tiles, which managed to power a set of LEDs that spelled out “RICE” for a full six hours. The [...]

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Where are the long battery life superphones?

by Gary SimsJuly 7, 2012

There are some people who don’t like smart phones. It isn’t because they don’t like the touch sensitive screen, it’s not an ease of use issue, but rather they don’t like the battery life. In the good old days of feature phones, you could charge up your phone once a week, you could talk for hours, and, if you battery showed only one bar left, you knew it would work for the rest of the day. But not so with smartphones. With a nice bright display to power, plus Wi-Fi, plus GPS, and of course 3G or even 4G, a smart phone battery might last a day, maybe two.

A typical feature phone might use a 1100mAh battery, where as a smart phone could have [...]

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Lithium-air batteries could offer ten times the life of current Li-ion batteries

by Gary SimsJune 15, 2012

Recent advances in battery technology could mean that the next generation of batteries will last ten times longer than current batteries.

The new tech known as Lithium-air batteries use the oxygen in the air as part of the chemical reactions that make batteries work. The biggest hurdle up until now has been that the oxygen also reacts with other parts of the battery causing them to deteriorate.

But the latest research has turned up an electrolyte material that doesn’t react with oxygen. This means that, in the lab at least, Lithium-air batteries are stable and can be charged-discharged multiple times without a performance drop. If these batteries ever make [...]

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Prieto’s nanotech innovation makes possible high-energy batteries that charge in minutes

by SamMay 28, 2012

For me, and probably for every tech user out there, there are two major gripes with smartphone batteries.

First, they drain down to empty in no time; second, it can take hours to recharge them again. Well, Prieto, a Colorado-based startup, claims that it has developed a technology that could solve my two gripes, and revolutionize the battery market in the process.

Prieto’s objective is to manufacture and sell a new type of lithium-ion battery that lasts up to five times longer than standard batteries. Moreover, the technology supposedly allows for super-fast recharge times as well. According to GigaOm, the company, which is the brainchild of Colorado State [...]

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Early benchmarks show Samsung Galaxy S3 leading the pack in battery life. One X left in the dust

by Bams SadewoMay 15, 2012

Still doubting that the battery inside the Samsung Galaxy S3 will have enough juice to comfortably run the flagship phone’s 4.8-inch SUPER AMOLED HD screen and quad-core processor? We have some good news for you, then. According to battery benchmark tests, Samsung Galaxy S3’s 2,100mAh battery won’t disappoint at all.

First, we’d like to turn your attention to one rather non-scientific evidence from blogger Eldar Murtazin, who recently posted a screenshot of his Samsung Galaxy S3’s battery usage. The phone’s battery was shown to still be 42% full, even after Murtazin supposedly used the phone for over 20 hours. According to him, he listened to music for five [...]

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What’s that in your shoe? It’s a phone charger!

by AdrianMay 11, 2012

Our bodies create and use a ton of energy, and it could be going to better places, like, uh, your Android phone! If Cinderella were to live in the 21st century, she probably wouldn’t be very happy to hear what we are going to tell you today. 24-year-old Anthony Mutua from Kenya has developed an ultra-thin chip of crystals that can charge mobile phones when placed in shoe soles and the technology is set to go into mass production soon enough.

The chip, once installed into a regular shoe, generates electricity when you step on it, and can be harvested in one of two ways. You can either charge a phone while in motion through a thin extension cable running from your [...]

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Where are the quad core toting, 3300mAh beefy battery beholdin’ Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX contenders?

by Darcy LaCouveeApril 5, 2012

Who among you first took the plunge with the original Motorola DROID? I bet quite a few of you. It was mine, too. I loved that device. It could take a good solid weekend beating, with drops, smacks, and come back with a big smile. Fast forward to today, and we have Motorola continuing its tradition of building tanks, fitting ever more inside, all while keeping their iconic war-like-ready aesthetics.

Seriously, I wil say again – where are the DROID RAZR MAXX contenders? Smartphone fanatics are currently whipping one another up into a frenzy with quad core this and HD 720p display that, and it’s all going nowhere, folks.  Why, you may ask? Read on [...]

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NEC creates amazingly thin Organic Radical Battery

by AdrianApril 4, 2012

It’s not every day that I get overly excited about a new breakthrough in technology, a so-called “innovation” or a “revolutionary achievement”. Over the years, I have seen many things that didn’t blow me off my feet, but today I have to bow in front of NEC.

The Japanese-based multinational IT company is currently working on an ultra thin (no, scratch that, rather super-ultra-extra thin) “Organic Radical Battery” and, after taking a look at some of the latest photos released by NEC, I must say that, for the first time in a while, I am truly amazed!

The organic radical battery (ORB) technology has been in the works for a while (at least three years now, [...]

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Deal alert: Buy the Verizon Galaxy Nexus and you get free extended battery and back cover!

by AdrianApril 2, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is not yet here, and it might be a while before we get to see Sammy’s future flagship up for sale, so for the time being, the Galaxy Nexus is still the number one Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the market (at least until the HTC One X lands).

If you haven’t yet purchased the Galaxy Nexus, either because you were a bit phased by its not-so-affordable price or because you were far from impressed by its mediocre battery life, Samsung Direct now has a deal that you shouldn’t miss for the life of it.

For any Verizon branded Samsung Galaxy Nexus 4G LTE purchased through the online store, you get a free extended battery bundle, in other words a [...]

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