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Belkin's new battery pack offers big charges in a small package
Belkin is back with a brand-new battery pack, one the mobile accessory maker claims is its most compact and fast-charging yet. Part of its Pocket Power series, the new pack will be available to purchase...
RavPower AC Power Bank Charger 27,000mAh
Think about a battery charger and what usually comes to mind is a cheap plastic box with a USB port that charges your phone. The RavPower AC Power Bank Charger 27,000mAh (model number RP-PB055) couldn’t...
Solar Power Gains Popularity in Africa
It looks like the time has finally come for residents across Africa to start using their most abundant natural power source. While building power plants and transmission lines takes years and costs much...
New breakthrough in battery charging technology
A new study has introduced a new battery charging technology that uses light to charge batteries. This newly-developed power source is designed to work under sunlight and indoor lighting, allowing users...
HP Z2 Mini G3 Workstation
The very mention of the term workstation will probably conjure images of massive beige or anthracite metal towers, designed to house the most powerful computer components known to humanity before being...
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: here's what's upgraded
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is finally here and we've tested it out enough to give it a full review. But how does it compare to last year's best phone?It's got a big screen, plenty of power and a refined design...
Get ready to see more weird and unpredictable technology failures
This post was originally published on Snippets, a newsletter and blog from VC firm Social Capital, and is reproduced here with permission. In Snippets over the past few months, we've talked a bit about...
Solar hits big, brief milestone in California
For three hours on March 11, solar power met roughly half of all electricity demand across a big swath of California, according to a new estimate from the federal government. The administration used data...
These laptops rank on top
The inventive Touch Bar streamlines work and saves clicks, and Apple has improved almost every part of the thinner, lighter MacBook Pro, including a larger touch-pad, faster components and a flatter keyboard....
Ryzen CPUs get major performance boost thanks to Windows 10 tweaks
AMD’s new line of processors, Ryzen, have been criticised over their uneven performance in Windows 10 – but now AMD claims it has come up with a solution.In a Community Update blog post, AMD has announced...
Amazon will replace some of its electric forklifts with hydrogen fuel cell ones
Enlarge / Forklifts outfitted with Plug Power hydrogen fuel cells.Plug Power reader comments 7 Share this story On Wednesday, hydrogen fuel cell company Plug Power announced that Amazon would be changing...
Honor 8 Pro
The Honor 8 Pro is a smartphone that reckons it can take on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 and iPhone 7 Plus while not setting you back a fortune. Honor says the 8 Pro is "born for speed" and...
Nuclear power policy in the ’80s caused low birth weights after coal stepped in
The Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.Nuclear Regulatory Commission reader comments 24 Share this story After the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor meltdown in Pennsylvania in 1979, regulators moved to overhaul...
Stealth update to enemy power causes an uproar in World of Warcraft
reader comments 18 Share this story This patch announcement video fails to mention a massive change to late game enemy power hidden in the latest World of Warcraft updateKeeping a massively multiplayer...
Despite Clean Power Plan rollback, utilities say coal isn’t ascendant
EnlargeKym Farnik reader comments 16 Share this story Despite the executive order signed by President Trump this afternoon to roll back the Clean Power Plan, it’s unclear that much will change in the...
Trump scraps Clean Power Plan: What it means for Earth
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.The plan, which President Barack Obama’s administration put into effect in 2015, was designed to cut power plant...
Trump kills Clean Power Plan, orders agencies to ignore climate change
EnlargeTammy Anthony Baker reader comments 62 Share this story After weeks of rumors and delays, President Trump signed an executive order on climate policies Tuesday at the headquarters of the Environmental...
German coal mine may be prime for pumped storage
EnlargeGoseteufel reader comments 4 Share this story In the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, a coal mine will close in 2018. Aging coal infrastructure, low wholesale power prices, and a move away...
Power Rangers film would’ve been better as a CW series
Enlarge reader comments 1 Share this story If you think Marvel and DC superheroes receive too many reboots, you clearly haven't kept tabs on the Power Rangers TV series. What began as an excuse to reuse...
Teclast X5 Pro
It was only a matter of time before Chinese vendors decided to go upstream towards more lucrative market segments where profit margins are higher.What started as a flood of cheap knockoffs has gradually...
Sony’s latest patent could let you wirelessly share phone charge
Our always-switched-on lifestyle and being constantly on the move means that our devices are forever running out of juice and need regular charging. But that usually takes settling down in one place for...
Is Project AirGig the solution to all our broadband woes?
Could the answer to faster broadband be in the electricity power lines and pylons that already criss-cross the world? At Mobile World Congress last week all the talk was of 5G – the successor to 4G –...
Tesla battery packs power the Hawaiian island of Kauai after dark
In an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Tesla Chief Technical Officer JB Straubel attributed analyst skepticism to the fact that solar and energy storage form a new market. "I think it is a little difficult...
US wind capacity surpasses hydro, overall generation to follow
Wind power has grown rather quickly, with most of its capacity installed within the last decade.US EIA reader comments 7 Share this story In the US, a number of major milestones occurred on the electric...
Harvesting Power from Slow-Flowing Rivers
Scientists and engineers are constantly looking for more efficient ways to harvest energy from sustainable sources, such as the sun, wind, ocean waves and river flows. Researchers from Brown University...
You'll want to own Apple through the iPhone 8 release, Baird analyst says
Apple shares are worth owning as the consumer technology giant gears up to release its newest edition of the iPhone and creeps closer to a $1 trillion valuation, analyst Will Power said Tuesday. "Our...
Best power user Linux distros in 2017: 5 reviewed and rated
Note: Our power user Linux distros round-up has been fully updated. This feature was first published in May 2013.The Linux power user is a celebrated breed, and one that does not simply burst fully-formed...
There’s no such thing as ‘clean coal’ – it’s dirty and expensive
Don’t be scared of coal. Be very scaredMICK TSIKAS AAP/PA ImagesBy Alice KleinEarlier this month, Australia’s prime minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged his support to “state-of-the-art clean coal-fired...
French nuclear plant fire comes amid industry turmoil
Enlarge / A photo taken on February 9, 2017 shows nuclear reactor number 1 ("Flamanville 1") of the Flamanville nuclear plant after an explosion at the plant in Flamanville, northwestern France. An explosion...
Engineers harness stomach acid to power tiny sensors
Researchers have designed a small voltaic cell that are sustained by the acidic fluids in the stomach and generate enough power to run sensors or drug delivery devices that can reside in the gastrointestinal...
The state of residential solar power
reader comments 9 Share this story Don't panic, but we will need to generate approximately 15TW of usable energy from renewable (carbon-neutral) sources by 2050 in order to stabilize the atmospheric CO2...
Top 8 best portable laptop battery chargers and power banks in 2017
Powering your laptop away from the mains has always been a matter of compromises – until now. A new generation of portable laptop charger battery packs make it easier to work and play on the go. They...
USB-C power meter could save your devices from dodgy cables and chargers
reader comments 26 Share this story The USB-C power meter is handily colour-matched to your silver MacBook. Every possible angle, just so you can see how round and silver it is. I love a bit of injection...
Making a better battery
Many experts in electricity are truly JUICED these days. They’re pursuing the “Search For The Super Battery” -- the title of this Wednesday night’s episode of “Nova” on PBS, hosted by our own David Pogue...
Why electric buses may very well be the future of getting to school
Enlarge / An electric school bus manufactured by Motiv.Motiv reader comments 9 Share this story School bus driver Jenifer Chiodo takes a moment to admire the orange-pink sunrise while she gets ready to...
Homegrown Solar Farm, Wind Turbines Keep Kenyan Community Buzzing
When the first few residents of this village in the Ngong hills installed solar panels nearly a decade ago, the only aim was to power their own homes. Their town had no connection to the national power...
Teclast Tbook 16 Power
Of late, PC market share figures have confirmed the slow decline of the traditional computer, with convertible and 2-in-1 laptops remaining the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy landscape.And Microsoft...
Aorus X3 Plus v6
There are a few 13-inch gaming laptops rallying for position at the start of 2017. There’s the ubiquitous Razer Blade that’s managed to draw even the most ardent of Apple fans back to the Windows fold,...
Who’s winning the cyber war? The squirrels, of course
Beware its furry cyber-wrath.Washington State reader comments 19 Share this story WASHINGTON, DC—For years, the government and security experts have warned of the looming threat of "cyberwar" against...
Microsoft Power BI Reports Now Accessible on Mobile Devices
After months of development, mobile device users can work with the Power BI Desktop authoring software that can craft reports that look at home on smartphone displays. After months of tinkering, trying...
UK urged to push ahead with world-first tidal lagoon power plant
Tidal Lagoon PowerBy News Scientist staff and Press AssociationThe UK government has been urged to “stop dithering” and push ahead with a world-first tidal lagoon power plant. Speaking ahead of the publication...
Can Google and Amazon build a greener Internet despite Trump?
Almost 20 have committed to running their data centers and other facilities on 100 percent renewable energy as a way to fight global warming, although they differ on timetables and details. Yet other...
Nuclear power plant north of New York City to close by 2021
The Indian Point Nuclear Power PlantRuss Nelson reader comments 2 Share this story On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced an agreement with utility company Entergy to close the 2GW Indian Point nuclear...
Zotac VR Go
Zotac was one of the first companies to put together a VR backpack PC concept and now it also has one of the first devices to come to market with the Zotac VR Go.The VR Go has come a long way since Zotac's...
Smooth spacewalk latest step in battery upgrade
Two spacewalking astronauts working outside the International Space Station Friday completed work to replace aging batteries in one of the lab’s eight main solar power circuits. A second spacewalk next...
People aren't the only beneficiaries of power plant carbon standards
A research team has projected the potential affects of carbon emissions standards in the year 2020. Their work shows that key crops and tree species would benefit from policies that would limit the emission...
Panasonic GX850, FZ80 and lenses added to Lumix lineup
Alongside the video-centric GH5, Panasonic has used this year’s CES to add two more junior models to the Lumix portfolio.Billed as the “ultimate high-performance compact mirrorless camera”, the Lumix...
Snapdragon 835 specs: this is the tiny new chip that will control your life
The heart of your next smartphone has been unveiled at CES 2017 today, and you may have missed it because it's incredibly small. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset is the first-ever 10nm chipset and despite...
Snapdragon 835 promises 27 percent more performance with 40 percent less power
Enlarge / On the left, Qualcomm Vice President for Product Management Keith Kressin. On the right, Samsung Senior Vice President for Foundry Marketing Ben Suh. In their hands, the ever-so-tiny Snapdragon...
The beating heart of solar energy
Using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. Swiss researchers have done the math, and found that a 3.6 square centimeter solar...
Snapdragon 835 leak points to longer-lasting Galaxy S8 and LG G6
The upcoming Snapdragon 835 chipset is likely to power most of the year’s best smartphones (such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6), and a leaked press release suggests it will allow for huge improvements...
New insights into fluctuations of wind energy, with implications for engineering and policy
The amount of energy generated by renewables fluctuates depending on the natural variability of resources at any given time. The sun isn't always shining, nor is the wind always blowing, so traditional...
Policy like EPA’s Clean Power Plan would mean higher crop yields
EnlargeUnited Soybean Board reader comments 6 Share this story After the Supreme Court ruling clarifying that the EPA had an obligation to regulate carbon dioxide emissions, the Environmental Protection...
Zotac’s GTX 1070 Mini packs a ton of power into a compact card
Want to cram a powerful graphics card into your compact PC case? Well, Zotac is the latest vendor to bring out a GeForce GTX 1070 Mini video card which is designed to fit into a Mini-ITX case.The card...
Microsoft Expands Power BI Mobile Data Sharing on Android, iOS
The iOS version of the Power BI app makes it easier for users to annotate and share their business insights on the go with Apple mobile devices, including the Apple Watch. Microsoft is rolling out the...
Undocked Nintendo Switch will be massively slower, according to leaked specs
Nintendo’s upcoming Switch console/handheld hybrid is starting to get some gritty tech attention. With its launch set for March 2017 and a livestream presentation looming in early January, a new report...
Ever wanted to be a Power Ranger? Qualcomm is making that a (virtual) reality
Admit it, you've wanted to become a Power Ranger since the early 90s to karate kick bad dudes back to the moon and save the always-oblivious citizens of Angel Grove every weekday afternoon.Good news:...
The recent months have seen several laptops that get their inspiration from Apple’s iconic MacBook range. The Jumper EZBook 2 looks like a 13-inch MacBook Air while the Xiaomi Air 12 borrows heavily from...
Marijuana plants flourish under LED lights
Behind the covered windows of a nondescript two-story building near the Olympia Regional Airport, hundreds of marijuana plants were flowering recently in the purple haze of 40 LED lights. With cannabis...
Explaining the battery life problems with the new MacBook Pros
Enlarge / Why are some people having trouble making the new Pros (left, in non-Touch Bar form) last as long as the old ones? Andrew Cunningham reader comments 0 Share this story Further ReadingmacOS 10.12.2...
Nvidia CEO shrugs off Google's efforts to undercut its growth engine
In a blog post Wednesday, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that his company has an ongoing collaboration with Google, while also indirectly belittling part of Google's tensor processing unit (TPU) initiative....
Google can now track your offline purchases
Google runs the world's largest and most profitably online ad network, but the lion's share of ad dollars still go to TV. The search giant is looking to change that by associating online ads with purchases...
The race to $1,000 – Alphabet and Amazon hit new record highs
Amazon and Alphabet both hit new record highs on Wednesday, as shares of both companies race to $1,000 a pop. Shares of Alphabet are trading up about half a percent, likely on the tail of the company's...
Google’s AlphaGo is playing the world Go champ in China, but nobody can watch it there
WUZHEN, China -- China is hosting a hotly anticipated tournament of Go – a complex, ancient Chinese board game – against a powerful Google computer program, but nobody inside the country can watch. Ke...
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