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This designer extension cord wants to revolutionise power bars

A start-up project seeking crowd-funding wants to revolutionize the plug socket by releasing a designer power bar with detachable, variable length cords and both AC and USB outlets. Joule aims to create a power strip "you can finally love."

Apple admits the iPad Pro may 'stop responding' while charging

Since the iPad Pro went on sale last week, several users have reported that the premium tablet goes unresponsive and has to be force restarted after charging for a prolonged period of time. Apple has now acknowledged the issue and is investigating.

iPad Pro goes 'completely dead' if charged for more than an hour

Owners of Apple's newest iPad model, the 12.9-inch 'Pro,' have taken to the company's support forums just days after launch to complain their device regularly becomes unresponsive after charging for a long time. The only cure is to force restart it.

Huawei's new smartphone battery charges to 50% in five minutes

Improvements in battery technology are beginning to reduce smartphone charging times but this week Huawei managed to destroy the records set by developments like Qualcomm Quick Charge. The company took five minutes to take a phone to 50 percent.

OnePlus' $7 USB Type-C cables could damage devices

A Google engineer has warned people who use cheap USB Type-C cables made by Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus could damage their phones due to a potential fault. The issue occurs when the cables are used with non-OnePlus devices.

Facebook admits its app may drain almost 50% of an iPhone's power

Facebook recently admitted its official iPhone app can experience some serious battery drain issues in iOS 9. The company is looking into the issue but for now users are seeing Facebook consume nearly 50 percent of an iPhone's battery during a day.

Apple: iPhone 6S batterygate claims are 'misleading'

It has been a few days since reports that some iPhone 6S handsets have as much as two hours more battery life than others began circulating online. The time has been enough for Apple to issue a response in which it dismisses the claims as "misleading."

iPhone 6S caught in 'batterygate' complaints

Some owners of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus are reportedly experiencing major battery life issues. The culprit appears to be the processor which has been discovered to vary between handsets, giving some devices more stamina than others.

Report: Websites can identify you just by analysing how you type

A recent report has found that websites can track their users by doing nothing more than analysing keystrokes made during typing. It follows previous similar discoveries such as tracking using no other factor than the remaining battery on a device.

Review: The Choetech Circle makes wireless charging simple for everybody

With the number of devices that support wireless charging quickly growing, there has never been a better time to start using the new technology. Choetech's circle charger is a good-looking, easy way to cut the cord from any Qi-compatible device.

Next year's phones to charge to 80% after just 35 minutes

Mobile processor manufacturer Qualcomm has unveiled the next generation of its ultra-fast charging technology, revealing that next year's phones will be able to reach 80 percent capacity after just 35 minutes of external power.

Hydrogen-powered phone battery could provide charge for a week

A British firm has created a tiny hydrogen-powered battery that could let modern smartphones survive an entire week's usage without having to return to the charger. The company has already created a working iPhone 6 prototype device.

Research lab blunder leads to 4x longer-lasting Li-ion battery

Researchers who accidentally left a batch of anodes to soak in chemicals for hours longer than they were supposed to have stumbled across a method of getting Li-ion batteries to last for four times longer than they ordinarily would.

Intel's new processors offer 20% more power, 30% more battery

Next month, Intel will be unveiling a new range of processors for desktops and mobile devices. A leak has revealed we can expect 10-20 percent improvements in performance while saving 30 percent battery, creating an all-new generation of powerful devices.

Telling Siri to charge your phone results in a call to the police

News of a bug in Apple's digital assistant, Siri, has been circulating online recently. Asking Siri to charge your iPhone leads to a call to the emergency services in what is presumably an unintended quirk.

Samsung says it can double mobile battery life with graphene

Samsung has announced it has successfully doubled the capacity of the Li-ion batteries used in modern electronics such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. It is achieved by using a new composite material in the cathodes, made of graphene.

Apple claims that Watch's erratic heart rate monitor is a feature

Since Apple updated the Apple Watch's software to 1.0.1, users have complained of erratic heart rate monitoring with infrequent measurements. Now, Apple has acknowledged the complaints - and responded by saying that this "feature" is normal behaviour.

Here's what's new in Android M, coming later this year

As expected, Google revealed a new version of its Android mobile operating system at its IO developers conference yesterday. A very early preview, some of Android M's features include a new app launcher, built-in fingerprint support and more battery life.

EE free portable charger offer attracts record numbers to stores

UK mobile operator EE's offer of a free portable charger to customers has proven to be incredibly popular. Visits to stores were up over 300 percent over the weekend as the chargers became available and the company has now used up all of its supply.

Review: Intocircuit Power Bank Pcastle 26,000

The Intocircuit Power Bank Pcastle 26,000 is a massive portable power bank that can charge pretty much anything including phones, tablets and even laptops. With USB and DC out in various voltages, the Pcastle is the power bank for the heaviest of users.

New aluminium battery charges phone in just one minute

Scientists have created a new battery that is capable of fully charging a smartphone in just one minute. Made of aluminium, it could replace today's lithium models in the future and is billed as being much safer too.

Wirelessly charge your phone on your desk with new IKEA furniture

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea has announced that it is launching a new range of household furniture items with wireless charging functionality built in, making it easy to add power to your devices.

New Android malware spies on you even when phone is shut down

Security researchers have discovered a new form of malware attacking Android smartphones that allows hackers to control the device even if it appears completely shut down to the user.

Super batteries charge in two minutes and last 20 years

Nanyang - A group of technologists have created a remarkable new battery: the battery can be charged up within two minutes and, once fully charged, power on for up to 20 years.

The Siva Cycle Atom charges your phone as you ride your bike

With an ever increasing amount of battery-powered tech entering our lives, finding the time to charge them can be difficult. A new invention seeks to change that though by allowing the millions of cycling commuters to charge their devices as they ride.

New wearable bracelet can charge your phone

A new device dubbed QBracelet entering the rising "wearable device" market is seeking to make it easier than ever to charge your phone or tablet on the go — by simply hooking it up to your wrist.

LifeCHARGE equips wireless charging to iPhone 5/5S Battery Case

Wireless charging and battery packs often come at the expense of one another. For example, having a battery pack integrated in your smartphone's case, wireless charging capabilities will be non-existent.

California woman accused of spraying weed killer in child's face

Grover Beach - A 60-year-old Grover Beach, California woman is in custody after it was alleged she sprayed a poisonous pesticide into the eyes and face of a seven-year-old girl in the latest dispute in a condominium complex where they both lived.

Laptop power bricks could be shrunk to a quarter of current size

A MIT spinout company, FINsix, has developed a power adapter designed for laptops that is around a quarter of the size of the current units used.

7-year-old girl injured by exploding Samsung Galaxy S2

Astana - A 7-year-old girl living in Astana, Kazakhstan, has received serious burns and injuries to her legs after her Samsung Galaxy S2 in her pocket exploded.
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