BATTERIES

  • Apple sued by A123 Systems for poaching auto engineers to build a large-scale battery division February 19, 2015

    San Francisco: Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for poaching top engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that offered further evidence that the iPhone maker may be developing a car. Apple has been poaching engineers with deep expertise in car systems, including from...
  • Alessandro Volta's battery lights up the Google doodle on his 270th birthday February 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Commemorating the 270th birth anniversary of the 18th century Italian physicist, Alessandro Volta, Google has posted an animated doodle that shows a battery lighting up the letters in Google. Volta had invented the first electrical battery, and in tune with Google's tradition of honouring individuals and events of...
  • Where, oh where, is a better battery? January 23, 2015

    New York: At a cozy watering hole in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighbourhood, bartender Kathy Conway counted four different phone chargers behind the bar. Call it the scourge of the red zone, call it battery anxiety. Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical...
  • A new type of glass that could double your smartphone's battery life January 20, 2015

    London: Researchers have discovered a new type of glass material that may be used as an electrode in lithium-ion batteries to almost double a smartphone's battery life. A material discovered by ETH Zurich researchers led by Dr Semih Afyon and Reinhard Nesper may have the potential to double battery capacity. Researchers...
  • Old laptop batteries could power slums in India: Study December 8, 2014

    Washington: Discarded laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power slums in India and other developing countries, a new study by IBM India has found. The research presented at a conference in San Jose, US, analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70 per cent had enough power...
  • A new battery that is so small that a billion of them could be crammed into the size of a postage stamp November 12, 2014

    Washington: Researchers in the US have invented a battery that is so small that a billon of them could be crammed into a space the size of a postage stamp. The structure called nanopore was invented by researchers at the University of Maryland in the US and could result in the...
  • New batteries are safe for children to swallow November 10, 2014

    Washington: Scientists have developed a special coating for small batteries which can prevent against injuries and deaths stemming from accidental ingestion, especially by children. A Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) led team has developed a simple "coat of armour" to encase small batteries, rendering them harmless if they are ever swallowed. Children,...
  • Procter & Gamble to remove its batteries, make Duracell a stand-alone company October 25, 2014

    New York: Procter & Gamble plans to remove its batteries and make Duracell a stand-alone company. The world's largest consumer products maker, which acquired Duracell in 2005, has been trimming its product lineup to focus on its top performers. After it finishes jettisoning more than half its brands around the globe over...
  • A dead smartphone battery can now be charged up to 70 per cent in 2 minutes October 20, 2014

    Singapore: Imagine a dead smartphone battery getting charged up to 70 per cent in flat two minutes? By using a common ingredient found in sunscreen, researchers from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a smart battery that uses a gel-based material to speed up the charging process. To do so,...
  • New ultra-fast batteries can be recharged up to 70% in just two minutes October 14, 2014

    Singapore: Scientists have developed next generation ultra-fast batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes and have a lifespan of over 20 years. The breakthrough has a wide-ranging impact on all industries, especially for electric vehicles, where consumers are put off by the long recharge...
  • World's first solar battery developed; recharges itself using air and light October 5, 2014

    Washington: US scientists have developed the world's first solar battery which recharges itself using air and light. Ohio State University reserachers developed the solar battery by combining a battery and a solar cell into one hybrid device. Researchers said the key to the innovation is a mesh solar panel, which allows air...
  • Researchers invent the first rechargeable solar battery October 4, 2014

    New York: Integrating the function of a solar panel that captures light, and a cheap battery that stores energy into one hybrid device, researchers have successfully invented the world's first solar battery. The device will help bring down the costs of renewable energy by 25 per cent, the researchers said. The key...
  • A new technology that could help your smartphone batteries last longer September 28, 2014

    New York: A new technology to control energy consumption inside transistors could pave the way for a smartphone that does not die after a few hours of heavy use, says a study. This technology taps into the power of a single electron to control energy consumption inside transistors. "We devised a technique...
  • World's first waterbased nuclear battery developed September 17, 2014

    New York: Researchers at the University of Missouri have created a longlasting and more efficient nuclear battery that could be used as a source of reliable energy in automobiles and space flight. The battery uses a radioactive isotope called strontium90 that boosts electrochemical energy in a waterbased solution. A nanostructured titanium dioxide...
  • Coming soon: Smartphone batteries with superfast charging September 15, 2014

    New York: At a time when scientists the world over are looking for ways to extend smartphone battery life, a new study suggests that rapid charging and draining does not damage lithium ion electrodes as much as earlier thought. The results challenge the prevailing view that "supercharging" batteries is always harder...
  • InkCase Plus: A second screen that can extend your Android phone's battery life July 16, 2014

    Singapore: Know how to improve battery life of your smartphone? Attach a second screen. This lowpower screen will stop you from turning on the smartphone's main display. Called InkCase Plus, the device by Singaporebased firm OAXIS is able to display incoming notifications and run certain special applications. The device comes with a...
  • Watch: Tired of dragging his luggage around, Chinese farmer converts a suitcase into a batterypowered scooter and it's awesome July 15, 2014

    Tired of dragging your luggage through busy airports? Take a ride on your suitcase and honk your way through! A Chinese inventor has developed a batterypowered scooter with a suitcase which not only helps in transporting his belongings but also himself. Amateur inventor He Liangcai from Hunan Province has even acquired...
  • New technology may turn car chassis, home walls into batteries May 26, 2014

    Washington: A future in which our electrical gadgets are no longer limited by plugs and external power sources may be closer. This intriguing prospect is one of the reasons for the interest in building the capacity to store electrical energy directly into a wide range of products, such as a laptop...
  • US agency calls for new tests on Boeing 787 batteries May 23, 2014

    The US National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday that new tests should be conducted on batteries in Boeing's 787 Dreamliner, after causing two incidents last year. In January 2013, regulators grounded the plane for three months following two battery overheating incidents that caused a fire on a 787 parked at Boston's...
  • Battery life the single most important factor for smartphone buyers May 22, 2014

    London: Forget games, camera or the new friendmaking app. For most of British people, battery life of a smartphone is what concern them the most. According to a latest survey, 89 per cent of them want a longer battery life. "The fact that a longlasting battery is the leading criterion when...
  • One woman killed, two others injured in solar battery blast May 4, 2014

    One woman was killed and 2 others injured when battery of a solar energy unit exploded at Badoda village in Jaisalmer district, police said on Sunday. The incident took place last night when scores of women were busy in a marriage function and the solar battery of an inverter ripped off...
  • A new technology could make batteries last for 50 years April 29, 2014

    New York: If you have a pacemaker, you may no longer have to go under the knife every ten years just to replace the battery as researchers have now developed a chemistry that could extend battery life beyond what was earlier thought possible. "What if a battery could last 30 to...
  • LS polls: AAP demands repoll in North Goa April 12, 2014

    Panaji: AAP on Saturday demanded a repoll in the North Goa constituency claiming that the Samajwadi Janata Party's (SJP) 'battery torch' symbol on the EVMs was similar to the AAP's broom and has ended up confusing its voters. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) office bearer Valmiki Naik said in a complaint that...
  • Sony warns of battery issue in some Vaio laptops, says its non-removable battery pack could overheat April 12, 2014

    New York: Sony is advising consumers to quit using some of its Vaio laptop computers and unplug them, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat. The company says it's in the process of creating a program to repair or replace the computers, or will refund their purchase...
  • Watch: A new device that charges a smartphone in 30 seconds April 8, 2014

    Isn't it great to have your smartphone fully charged in 30 seconds? Israeli startup StoreDot is working on a technology that can charge your smartphone battery in 30 seconds. The company unveiled a prototype of its device at Microsoft's Think Next Conference in Tel AvivWhile; the device is not expected...
  • Man beaten to death for stealing a mobile phone battery March 7, 2014

    A man was beaten to death by people for stealing a mobile phone battery in Jharkhand's Ramgarh district early Friday, police said. According to police, villagers caught Sajid while stealing the battery from a shop and started beating him black and blue. He died on the spot. The body was sent for...
  • Apple's smartwatch may come with solar power, wireless charging capabilities: Report February 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Longerlasting batteries are crucial for a new crop of wearable computers whose rise may upend Apple and Google's dominance of mobile devices. A new report from the New York Times said Apple is trying and experimenting with different technologies to make its products last longer. Reportedly, Apple may...
  • Sony to give up on sale of its battery unit: Report December 29, 2013

    Tokyo: Japan's Sony Corp has decided not to sell its lithiumion battery unit, media reported on Sunday, in a gamble that it can turn the business around with a weak yen and growing demand for smartphone batteries. In addition to a weak yen, which can boost overseas earnings, the battery unit...
  • Now charge your gadgets as you move November 1, 2013

    Researchers have developed a new device that turns human motion into power for electronic devices such as cell phones, cameras and tablets. The mobile generator 'Genneo' can charge a device with any type of movement so a user could purposefully shake it or just leave it in a pant pocket while...
  • Japan cancels the launch of its first Epsilon rocket August 28, 2013

    Japanese space agency JAXA has announced that it has called off Tuesday's launch of its first Epsilon rocket, media reports said. The new rocket launch to carry a planet-observing satellite, was scheduled for 1.45 pm on Tuesday from the Uchinoura Space Centre in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Kagoshima. It was cancelled...