First discovered in 2010, battery-draining bug yet to be fixed
It seems Microsoft has quietly slipped into the habit of commissioning at least one study every year that compares the power-consumption habits of major web browsers and declares the latest version of the company’s very own Internet Explorer to be the most power-efficient browser of them all. Although one can’t take such comparisons seriously, there may be some truth to them after all, especially where the lackluster performance of Chrome is concerned.
Sony isn't taking any chances with potentially defective battery packs found in Vaio Fit 11A laptops
Sony is warning owners of Vaio Fit 11A laptops that the non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier could potentially present a burn hazard. In certain model Vaio Fit 11A notebooks released in February 2014, the built-in battery could malfunction and overheat, resulting in partial burns to the chassis and the PC. Since it's a non-removable battery, your only option is to stop using the PC and disconnect it from the AC adapter.
Pats its own back for not compromising on speed and performance
Now that the first Surface Pro reviews are out, it seems that even those determined to overlook its hefty price tag are going to have a hard time justifying the Core i5-powered tablet’s piss-poor battery life to themselves. At around 4-5 hours, the Surface Pro’s battery life (or the lack thereof) belies the very reason people buy tablets — unwired, uninterrupted on-the-go use. Microsoft’s Panos Panay tackled questions about both the Windows 8 tablet’s limited battery life and lack of usable storage space in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Wednesday.
Researchers from Rice University have cooked up a rather interesting and promising battery technology capable of turning any surface into a lithium-ion battery. The technology consists of five spray-painted layers that make up all the components of a traditional battery, including two current collectors, a cathode, an anode, and a polymer separator in the middle. All that remains is a power source, and as the researchers demonstrated, spray-paintable batteries can be combined with solar cells.
We just received an email from Samsung Mobile letting us know about a new promotion tied to the company's Galaxy Nexus. Beginning Thursday, March 29 and running six weeks through May 10 (or while supplies last), customers who purchase the Galaxy Nexus and sign a two-year service agreement will be eligible to receive a free battery bundle kit that includes an extended-life i515 2100mAh battery and back cover.
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $425,000 to settle allegations that it knowingly failed to report to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that certain lithium-ion battery packs contained a defect or otherwise created an unreasonable risk or serious injury or death, the CPSC announced this week. The battery packs in question are prone to overheating and pose a fire and burn hazard.
Futuremark, makers of popular benchmarks like 3DMark and PCMark, today announced a new software metric called Powermark. The Finnish software maker describes Powermark as a new battery life and power consumption test for Windows 7 notebooks, laptops, tablets, and other battery powered devices.
While it’s a fact that some lame-o ideas flat-out just won’t die, no matter how long in the tooth they are – VHS tapes, dial-up Internet and DRM, anyone? – the inverse is also true. Sometimes, truly groundbreaking ideas pop onto the scene long before the mainstream is ready to embrace it. Rather than praising the success stories, this article takes a look at the lesser known forefathers that made best sellers like the iPad and Hulu Plus possible. Grab a seat and raise a toast to these technologies born before their time; without them, modern life wouldn’t be as comfy and convenient as we know it.
A team of engineers from Rice University in Houston, Texas, constructed what amounts to a full blown battery where all the essential components are integrated into a single nanowire, Physorg.com reports. The research team says their accomplishment could help give researchers a better understanding of electrochemistry at the nanoscale level, and with a bit of tweaking, it could one day be used to power nanoelectronic devices.
There's never a convenient time for your notebook to run out of juice when you're on the road, yet somehow the low battery indicator always manages to pop up at the worst possible moment. Like after boarding a cross-country flight, as opposed to five minutes ago when you sat in the terminal right next to a power outlet. Nvidia's Optimus technology won't prevent such a scenario from playing out altogether, but it does offer a bit of insurance against Murphy's Law, giving you more time in between charges by intelligently switching between integrated and discrete graphics depending on the load. And it's now available on Maingear's Clutch-15 notebook series.