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Engineer aboard Das Boot U-96 responds to telegraphs

US Navy develops underwater wireless battery-charging tech

Uncrewed underwater vessels are playing a growing role in military operations like surveillance, but they have to either land or surface to recharge their batteries. The US Department of Defence's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SPAWAR) wants to change that with a wireless charge system for underwater …
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Where there's smoke there's a Galaxy Note: Refurbished Model 4 batteries recalled

Samsung's got another combustible phablets SNAFU on its hands, after the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled the batteries used in its Galaxy Note 4. This time there's smoke but the fire's someone else's fault: the problem this time applies to “batteries placed into refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2017
Sydney University's zinc-air battery

Batteries that don't burn at the drop of a Galaxy Note 7? We're listening

Sydney University boffins reckon they've got a handle on how to stop batteries catching fire: quit using lithium ions. Apart from being the cheapest current technology with enough energy density to power your flaming hot Galaxy Note 7, fidget spinner, or laptop, Li-ion batteries' other notable characteristic is volatility. …
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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

Fad-crazed parents have something new to worry about, as reports suggest that fidget spinners can pose a fire risk. A family in the US says one of the smash-hit toys caught fire as it was charging its Bluetooth speaker in their home, and it only narrowly avoided becoming a much larger blaze. Kimberly Allums, of Gardendale, …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jun 2017

Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

The factory tasked with producing and later recycling the batteries for the self-detonating Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has itself fallen victim to a fire. Defective batteries and other faulty hardware stored in a recycling center went up in smoke at the Samsung SDI facility in Wuqing, Tianjin, in China. No injuries were reported, …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Feb 2017

Low-power transistors hint at alternative to battery bonfires

Since 1965, transistors have followed a path predicted by Gordon Moore, becoming more densely packed year after year. The result has been a steady improvement in CPU performance. Batteries, however, haven't advanced at the same pace. As Fred Schlachter, a physicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, put it in a 2013 …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2016
Galaxy Note 7 truck fire aftermath

Samsung puts out battery fire (no, not that one)

Samsung has received a welcome bit of news about its batteries that doesn't involve the words "fire" or "explosion." The Korean electronics giant has struck a settlement deal with Dell to drop allegations that it helped rig the price of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery packs for more than a decade. Samsung had been among a …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Oct 2016
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Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

Panasonic says it's built a bendy Lithium-Ion battery safe enough to be built into “Card devices, devices attached to the human body, smart clothing [and] wristband wearable devices.” The Japanese company may not have picked the best month in which to launch the device, given the spontaneous combustion of numerous Galaxy Note …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Sep 2016
Burned iPhone

Crocodile well-done-dee: Downed Down Under chap roasted by exploding iPhone

Warning: pic An Australian chap says he suffered serious burns after he tumbled off his bike and his iPhone exploded. Gareth Clear, 36, of Bondi, Sydney, says he was cycling last week when he fell and landed directly on the Apple iThing in his back pocket. The handset's lithium-ion battery, apparently damaged by the prang, burst into …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2016

Got a Toshiba laptop? Get it off your lap, then read this recall notice

Toshiba is recalling the battery packs in 39 notebook models over fears they could be prone to catching fire. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that the recalled battery packs - built by Panasonic - were shipped in 91,000 notebooks in the US and 10,000 in Canada between June 2011 and January 2016. The …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Mar 2016
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ACCC goes beyond recall, bans 'hoverboards'

Self-balancing scooters, which in late 2015 and early this year set records for the number of product recall notices issued in Australia, are now subject to a wide-ranging ban from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Ignoring the ban would put manufacturers and retailers at risk of million-dollar fines …
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BYOD battery bloodbath? Facebook 'fesses up to crook code

If you've gone down the bring your own device (BYOD) route and your users are always complaining about battery life, Facebook has just explained why: its iOS app sucks … ridiculous amounts of power. The Social Network™'s engineering manager Ari Grant took to his own platform to note “reports of some people experiencing battery …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Oct 2015

FAA issues lithium battery warning

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned US airline passengers not to pack spare lithium batteries in their checked baggage. The advisory covers "spare lithium metal and spare rechargeable lithium ion batteries for personal electronics such as cameras, cell phones, laptop computers, tablets, watches, calculators, …
Lester Haines, 14 Oct 2015

Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck

Engineers from Microsoft, Tesla, and Columbia and Massachusetts universities have teamed up to develop what on paper looks like a revolution in consumer battery technology that meets demands for fast charge, long life, and the ability to bend. The "Software-Defined Battery" system allows different batteries with different …
Darren Pauli, 7 Oct 2015
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Sony prepares to lop off semiconductor biz

Sony is reorganizing its devices division, and spinning off its semiconductor business. The Japanese electronics giant said that on April 1, 2016, Sony Semiconductor Solutions will begin operating as its own business with manufacturing, R&D, and sales operations. The new business will continue to operate as part of the Sony …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Oct 2015
LG Hexagonal BAttery

LG's six-sided battery to take smart watches into new timezones

LG Chem, the chemicals arm of the giant LG conglomerate, has revealed a hexagonal battery for smart watches. The idea here is simple: smart watches are round-ish. Batteries today are usually rectangular. So by building a hexagonal battery (not a symmetrical hexagon, sadly) it becomes possible to pack extra power into a …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jun 2015

GM's cheaper-than-Tesla 'leccy car tested at batt-powered data centre

General Motors has started testing its new Chevy electric prototype at its Milford Proving Ground – where its data centre is powered by the firm's own vehicles' recycled batteries. It seems GM is well ahead of Tesla in rolling out its distance-driving electric car. The upcoming Chevy Bolt is due to go on sale during 2017, and …
Lenovo batteries with serial numbers starting with '42T4' are to be treated with suspicion

LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

Lenovo has extended the recall for bodgy batteries it shipped with ThinkPad computers between 2010 and 2012. The company's once again alerted the world's governments, and their product safety agencies, that plenty of ThinkPads shipped with Lithium-ion batteries that “may overheat, posing a fire hazard” and therefore “pose the …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015

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