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Lilbits: Checking in on Amazon’s Astro robot and Echo smart speakers could become a WiFi range extenders

Amazon’s next-gen eero mesh WiFi routers are expected to bring new features including support for WiFi 6E on at least some models. But they could also bring tighter integration with other Amazon hardware: Steve Moser reports that they’ll allow you to use an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot as a WiFi range extender. In other recent tech […]

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Motorola Moto G9 Power has a big screen, a bigger battery

Motorola’s Moto G smartphones are known for mid-range price tags and reasonably decent bang-for-the-buck hardware. The new Moto G9 Power aims to meet those expectations by offering a pretty standard set of specs for a phone in its price range (about $230), but one stand-out feature: a massive 6,000 mAh battery that should provide two or […]

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Researchers built a battery-free Game Boy

Most portable electronic gadgets these days ship with rechargeable batteries… and many modern smartphones and other devices support fast charging that lets you refuel quickly. But what if you didn’t need a battery at all? A team of researchers have developed a proof-of-concept handheld gaming device that doesn’t use a traditional battery. Instead it draws […]

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Tile’s latest Bluetooth trackers have replaceable batteries

Tile sells a line of small, Bluetooth-enabled gadgets that you can put on a keychain or slap on the back of a laptop, tablet, or anything else you want to keep track of. If you misplace your keys, you can fire up the Tile app on a phone to locate the missing device on a […]

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Anker PowerHouse 200 is a massive battery that charges all the things

Anker is probably best known for selling a range of affordable-yet-decent portable batteries, chargers, earbuds, and other smartphone accessories through Amazon. But last year the company introduced something a bit bigger, in the form of a 434 Wh battery called the Anker PowerHouse. It’s a $500 beast that has a 3-prong power plug as well […]

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Apple responds to iPhone throttling complaints, offers $29 battery replacements throughout 2018

Apple recently acknowledged that some iPhones with degraded batteries would run slower than a model with a newer battery in certain situations. The company says this was to help keep phones from unexpectedly shutting down, but plenty of folks jumped to the conclusion that this was the long sought-after proof that Apple was intentionally crippling […]

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Samsung says graphene ball batteries charge faster, hold more power

Over the past few years device makers have brought longer battery life to smartphones, tablets and laptops… but generally that’s been done by stuffing bigger batteries or more energy-efficient components into those gadgets. Meanwhile, fast charging has become all the rage… your battery may not last all day, but at least you can top it […]

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Next Samsung Galaxy Note 7 update will effectively kill remaining phones

Samsung issues a recall for its fire-prone Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last year and as of January the company had reported that about 96 percent of phones sold had been returned. But if you’re still holding onto a Galaxy Note 7 for some reason, now might be a good time to return it. Korean news […]

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Tiny batteries could simultaneously power and cool chips

Flow batteries are rechargeable batteries that use a liquid fuel source. And while they’re typically used in large-scale applications, researchers at IBM and ETH Zurich have found a way to make tiny Redox Flow batteries that can provide power to chips. They can also be stacked in between chips to cool the processors while they’re […]

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Samsung says battery issues caused Galaxy Note 7 fires, 96 percent of phones returned

Samsung has announced the results of its investigation into the cause of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones catching fire and, as expected, the problem has to do with two battery flaws. The company used batteries from two suppliers, and in one case the batteries were too small to safely fit all the components, which led to […]