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Flipping crystals enhance solar cell power

The next generation of solar cells is being developed and they have special crystals at their heart. The new generation of solar cells are intended to be more stable and can power light-emitting diodes, lasers and sensors.

Review: Charge your devices anywhere with Choetech's USB-C accessories

Charging accessories aren't the most exciting area of tech but increasingly they're more innovative and important. As smartphones slim down, battery life is sacrificed, leaving you low on power. Choetech's USB-C range helps you top up in record time.

Nanobubbles turn heated water into power

Yale - Scientists have worked out how to generate energy from the low-temperature wasted heat produced by factories and power plants. This promises a new wave of low cost energy.

Disposable battery runs on drops of water

A new disposable battery has been developed. The battery remarkably folds like an origami ninja star, and it runs on only a few drops of water.

Making graphene more efficient by crumpling it

The material graphene, which has many remarkable properties, can be improved in efficiency through its shape being altered. New research shows that the topography can enhance some of graphene’s already interesting properties.

Third day of mystery power surges cripple BART commuter trains

Oakland - Restoration of a full complement of train cars on the Bay Area's heavily traveled BART system could take months, officials said Friday after the third consecutive day of failures on the Pittsburg-Bay Point line.

Apple confirms that closing your iPhone apps won't save you power

Apple has answered a question that iPhone owners like to ask a lot. Over the years, people have provided arguments and counterarguments for whether closing background apps save battery. Apple's answer is simple though, leaving little room to negotiate.

Engineers unveil Wi-Fi that uses 10,000 times less power

A team of U.S. engineers have developed a Wi-Fi system that uses 10,000 times less power than traditional Wi-Fi. Unlike other futuristic wireless technologies, "Passive Wi-Fi" could be commercialized soon and works immediately with current products.

Solar-powered display puts an end to low smartphone batteries

Mobile World Congress isn't just about new smartphone launches as some interesting new components also get revealed. Kyocera is showing off a solar-powered display this year that could create phones that don't need recharging.

Microsoft testing submerged servers that operate under the waves

An ambitious Microsoft research project wants to put the datacentres of the future at the bottom of the ocean. Although the plan may sound odd at first, it would lower cost and increase the efficiency of the datacentre.

Apple building long-range wireless charging for future iPhones

Apple is developing next-generation proprietary wireless charging technology to use in future versions of the iPhone, according to a report today. Apple wants to do away with the wireless charging pads of today and create a longer-range system.

Apple recalls dangerous power adapters sold worldwide for years

Apple has announced a voluntary recall of some international AC power adapters shipped with its Mac and iPad computers between 2003 and 2015. The company says the adapters can fail and cause an electric shock.

PS4 processor changes let future games get a performance boost

Sony has quietly rolled out an update to its PlayStation 4 software development kit that will give game creators access to more of the processor's power, should it be required. It opens the door to more graphically intense games next year.

OnePlus will refund owners of potentially hazardous USB-C cables

Nearly two weeks after it emerged OnePlus' $7 USB Type-C cables could damage devices, the company has responded and admitted a resistor inside means they don't meet the required specification. The company will offer refunds but not free replacements.

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."

Sony could build a 'high performance' PlayStation 4

Sony is open to building a high-performance variant of its PlayStation 4 console, its senior vice president of entertainment said in a recent interview. An updated version could extend the PS4's life-span, giving Sony more time to work on a successor.

'Killer USB' immediately fries computers by discharging 220V

A Russian hacker has revealed a design for a USB stick that can kill any device it is connected to within seconds. The normal-looking pen drive fries the motherboard of any unsuspecting computer, phone or tablet by forcing 220 volts of power over USB.

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."

Op-Ed: Being powerful has its downside - you're trusted less

Many people seek power, whether this is control over others or economic might. Being seen as powerful can have its downsides, including being seen as less trustworthy by others with similar power.

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.

Using 3D printing to keep power plants cool

Scientists have used new 3D printing methods to produce heat exchangers to cool down power plants and improve energy efficiency.

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.

Permanent data loss at Google as lightning strikes four times

Energy-charged atmospheric clouds destroyed a tiny slice of Google's energy-charged digital cloud last Thursday as a data centre in Belgium was struck by lightning four times, wiping disks of data into a state that makes them non-recoverable.

Graphene is the key to the car of the future

Manchester - Graphene could be the key to more fuel efficient vehicles, leading to a generation of cars where less fuel is needed for each pump stop. It all comes down to heat efficiency.

Keeping electronics chilled with white graphene

New York - An important step in building more advanced electronic systems is keeping circuits and devices cool to avoid over-heating. This has proved complex, although the answer could be boron nitride (so-called "white graphene").

Artifical platinum is the basis for cars of the future

Platinum is a rare and expensive metal, and one classed above gold. The metal has a more important use than jewelry; it is proving to be the most efficient catalyst for the power industry.

Coating power-plants with graphene raises efficiency

All types of power plants produce steam and the steam powers a turbine, and this creates electricity. The process is inefficient in that steam is often lost. By using graphene technologists think they can make power plants more efficient.

Five people injured in chlorine leak at Apple data centre

A reported leak of chlorine gas at Apple's data centre in North Carolina has injured five people and led to evacuation by hazardous materials specialists. The cause of the incident is unknown and the workers were taken to hospital.

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.

Researchers create a working wooden processor for future PCs

U.S. and Chinese researchers have successfully created a processor made nearly entirely of a material derived from wood. Biodegradable, cheap and fully functional, our phones and computers of the future may be powered by the most basic of materials.
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JouleBAR prototype units
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Some of the reduced electricity usage in a busy part of Tokyo, Japan
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Apple has announced a recall of AC power adapters that can cause an electric shock [28/01/2016]
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Sign at supermarket in Tokyo offers apologies for low stocks of rice and instant noodles.
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JouleBAR, the power bar "you can finally love"
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Work outs at theclub in Bristol produce electricity.
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JouleBAR - the power strip "you can finally love"
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