Google tweaks Chrome background tab behavior for better battery life

Web browser makers have been making a point recently of accusing competitors’ software of draining your laptop battery. Now Google is making a change to its Chrome browser for desktop that should help users get longer battery life if they have a habit of keeping lots of browser tabs open in the background. Essentially, the […]

Apple updates MacBook Pro software after Consumer Reports finds wildly variable battery life

A few weeks ago Consumer Reports announced that it could not recommend the latest MacBook Pro laptops, making them the first MacBook models that the product rating agency couldn’t give a Recommended rating. While the laptops performed well in most performance and display quality tests, the problem was battery life: it was wildly inconsistent. Sometimes […]

Microsoft’s software-defined battery tech could lead to longer-lasting batteries

One way to develop longer-lasting batteries is to alter the chemical makeup of battery packs, and a number of researchers are looking for ways to do that. But a group of researchers at Microsoft are working on a way to make existing batteries last longer by using software. Software-defined batteries use a system of multiple batteries of different […]

Stanford is working on a battery that can fully charge in a minute

One of the biggest complaints about tech specs for smart phones involves battery life. So it makes sense that there are teams of researchers trying to make better batteries. UC Berkeley is working on an energy storing battery called the “Supercapacitor” (I love the name), SolidEnergy is researching a longer-lasting battery for Google’s Project Ara […]

Intel promises laptops with 50 percent more battery life (Haswell)

Intel’s 4th generation Core processors are designed to use less electricity while providing better performance than their predecessors. In fact, Computer World reports Intel is now saying that laptops with the upcoming “Haswell” chips could offer up to 50 percent more battery life than models with 3rd-gen “Ivy Bridge” processors. That’s a bold claim, since […]