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SolidEnergy is building a better battery for Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone

Last year, Google started providing developer kits for its Project Ara modular smartphone to third-party developers. Since then, developers have been scrambling to create technology to use with the device, including processor chips, display screens, and possibly even a compatible smart watch. In a recent interview with Forbes, SolidEnergy’s CEO, Dr. Qichao Hu said the […]

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Lenovo ThinkPad X240, T440 notebooks get up to 17 hours battery life

Lenovo is introducing a new line of thin and light laptops aimed at business and enterprise customers. The Lenovo ThinkPad X240 features a 12.5 inch display and weighs less than 3 pounds, but it has a rugged, military spec-tested design. The company is also introducing a new ThinkPad T440 notebook with a 14 inch screen. […]

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New MacBook Air, Google Glass get the teardown treatment: Huge, tiny batteries uncovered

Two new high-profile portable computing devices went under the knife this week. The folks at repair shop and community iFixit tore apart Apple’s newest 13 inch MacBook Air with a Haswell processor, while Star Simpson and Scott Torborg dissected a Google Glass device and snapped some stellar photographs of the process. Not surprisingly, the insides […]

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USPS prohibits international Li-Ion battery shipments

Starting on May 16th, 2012 you’ll no longer be able to use the US Postal Service to ship any item overseas if it contains a lithium-ion battery. That includes most recent laptops, tablets, and phones. Fast Company reports that new Postal Service regulations are a response to two airplane crashes which have been attributed to […]

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Wireless charging: Recharge a phone by placing it near an ultrabook

In case you hadn’t noticed, Intel has a lot of big plans for future ultrabooks. The company wants to see thin and light laptops thinner batteries, high resolution displays, and cheaper cases, among other things. But Intel isn’t just focused on making ultrabooks smaller and cheaper. The company is also looking at adding features such […]

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Intel wants to standardize ultrabook battery cell design

One of the obstacles to building affordable thin and light computers is the fact that most laptop batteries are big and bulky. While there are compact batteries for tablets and some ultraportable notebooks such as the MacBook Air and the current crop of ultrabooks, these batteries don’t come in standard sizes. Intel wants to change […]