For road warriors, depending on your laptop means you depend on its battery. BatteryCare is a free utility that helps you keep your laptop battery topped off and ready to roll. It's more accurate than the typical battery meter, for starters, measuring battery discharge cycles instead of stored energy. BatteryCare's documentation and Web site offer a lot of information about how laptop batteries work as well as how to get the most out of your device's battery. It's fascinating, but we'll cut to the chase and simply note that there's a lot you can … Read more
Those of us craving better battery life from our mobile devices could see help from an Apple invention outlined in a patent application.
Published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the patent dubbed "Power management for electronic devices" suggests key ways to save or reduce the power consumed by your phone or tablet.
Your mobile device could monitor its own activity throughout the day to determine when and for how long you charge it, how far you travel for your commute, and if and when you're able to charge it throughout the day. As … Read more
When waking your Mac from sleep, either by opening the lid, or tapping a key on the keyboard, the system should resume where it left off. Your applications, documents, and other services should be close to immediately accessible once displayed on screen and continue working as if no interruption occurred; however, in some instances people may see a slightly washed-out view of their desktop with a small progress bar appearing, which may take a minute or longer to complete before the system can be used.
This behavior is the system waking from its "safe sleep" or hibernation mode, … Read more
The demand for thinner devices with longer battery life was always destined to hit a wall.
"You want it in a thin package, and you want your battery to last for two weeks. That's an enormous amount of pressure that we are putting on manufacturers to deliver a nice, cool, sexy product," said John Stefanac, president of Southeast Asia & Pacific for Qualcomm, at HTC's Frequencies Asia event in Bangkok Wednesday.
The executive said that he believes the market already is facing that wall, and a major shift in battery technology is required if we are … Read more
This is an update of a deal I wrote about earlier this year.
Calling all students! It's time to upgrade your backpack. I mean, seriously, you're not still using one that just carries stuff, are you?
Today only, and while supplies last, Yugster has the Powerbag 3,000mAh backpack for $48.97, plus $10 for shipping. That's after applying coupon code FREEYUGBUCK at checkout. Price just about everywhere else: $129.99.
This is one of my all-time favorite products. It's true, I still carry a backpack when I travel, and I've used this very one … Read more
What if people could charge their phones by going for a walk? No electricity, no power outlets, no more dealing with dead phone batteries. This idea actually isn't too farfetched.
A new Kickstarter campaign is focused on getting funding for a power generating shoe insert that lets users charge portable devices -- like smartphones, music players, and GPS devices -- while they walk.
The device is called SolePower and is currently in an alpha prototype phase. The company is looking to raise $50,000 by July 18 to start working toward finalizing a mass producible product.
SolePower founders Matthew … Read more
Apple hasn't lost its touch yet. Not if it can take a two-and-half-year-old design and turn it into one of today's hottest laptops.
That would be the 2013 MacBook Air, of course. CNET Reviews' take on the Air's battery life bears repeating.
While the previous 13-inch Air ran for 7 hours and 27 minutes in CNET Reviews' video playback battery drain test, "the 2013 version blows that out of the water, with an astonishing 14 hours and 25 minutes on the same test."
Reviewers and consumers don't seem to care that the Air's … Read more
We've seen some very sophisticated 3D-printed objects recently, but never a tiny 3D-printed battery -- one that's as small as a grain of sand, no less.
A group of U.S. and Korean researchers has managed to print a lithium-ion microbattery that can fit on the head of a pin.
Although it weighs less than 100 micrograms, it can store as much power per gram as larger Li-ion batteries used in laptops or electric vehicles. It could even power tiny robots or medical devices. … Read more
After a U.S. government agency received 13 reports of battery fires, including one that caused a "serious burn" to the user's leg, Best Buy has decided to recall thousands of replacement batteries for Apple's MacBook Pro laptops.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Wednesday that "consumers should stop using this product" because "the battery can catch fire while charging." The culprit product is ATG lithium-ion batteries and Best Buy is recalling about 5,100 of them.
Those batteries being recalled are both the black and white ATG replacement batteries … Read more
For the past couple of months, prospective MacBook buyers, especially those looking for a slim MacBook Air, have been holding off on purchases, waiting to see what Apple had in store for its annual WWDC keynote.
While the new 11-inch and 13-inch Airs look and feel a lot like the previous couple of generations, the internal components have been upgraded with new, and incredibly energy efficient, CPUs, leading to battery life scores in excess of Apple's estimated 12 hours for the 13-inch version.
Because of that great battery life, you can bet that plenty of new MacBooks were ordered … Read more