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Lilbits: Apple’s Self Service Repair isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Apple launched its Self Service Repair program in April in what appeared to be a major win for the right to repair movement. Folks who want to buy a replacement screen, battery, or other components without taking their phone to a repair shop can now do that. But actually fixing a phone by yourself? That’s […]

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Compal BreezePro concept laptop is designed for enhanced cooling

You can stuff as powerful a chip as you want in a laptop, but if the notebook doesn’t have a cooling system to keep that chip from overheating, you’re likely to see performance throttling. Some high-performance laptops tackle this with advanced features like liquid or vapor chamber cooling, or high-tech fans. But Compal’s new BreezePro […]

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Razer Phone Cooler Chroma is a $60 cooling fan for iPhones and Android phones (with RGB lights)

Smartphones can heat up under heavy load which can not only make them uncomfortable to hold while shooting videos or playing games, but overheating can also take a toll on performance as your phone throttles the CPU speed in order to cool off. That’s why some gaming phones have built-in or detachable cooling fans. Don’t […]

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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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Mouse Computer launches Windows PC Stick with built-in fan

Over the past few months we’ve seen a wave of tiny computers featuring Intel Atom processors, Windows 8.1 software, and designs that look like chunky USB flash drives. Worried that devices like the Intel Compute Stick or MeegoPad T01 will overheat in those tiny, fanless cases? Japan’s Mouse Computer has a solution. The company has developed […]

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Is Firefox to blame for netbook overheating?

…It could be, based on reports over at the Mozilla support site. In a post on Nanotech, CNet’s Brooke Crothers talks about his own experiences with Firefox on a Macbook Air. Crothers notes that when opening multimedia-heavy pages (which typically include Flash elements) Firefox tends to cause a greater rise in temperature than Safari. While […]