To get a truly flexible phone, you'd need a flexible battery, right?
LG thinks so. That's why it's unveiling the first of its kind series of bendable or modifiable batteries. The company announced Tuesday that its LG Chem branch was successful in creating three new types of batteries -- curved, stepped, and cable.
The curved battery is said to be able to fit in smartphones, smartwatches, and smart glasses. LG Chem said it has patented a "stack and folding" technology, which is crucial for getting the batteries to power a curved screen or flexible design. … Read more
Fitbit, a company that provides wearable fitness technology, is getting ready to launch a new band to act as its flagship offering, according to a new report.
The company is working on a fitness band called Force, which will come with more capabilities than Fitbit's currently available Flex band, The Verge reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with company plans. The device will come with an altimeter to measure a person's altitude and a "Floors" feature to identify how many flights of stairs a person has climbed in a given period of time, according to The … Read more
Earlier this year, I set out on a grand journey. I tested several activity trackers all at once, to decide which was the best in accuracy and in motivating me to lose a few pounds. Today, they sit unused on my desk. And I weigh pretty much the same.
What happened? For one, perhaps no one should try to use four activity trackers at the same time. Trying to stay on top of how they all compared ended up feeling like exercise itself.
But ultimately, I perhaps lost my motivation to be motivated by these devices by knowing too much … Read more
Improvements to the common car tire have occurred incrementally since its inception, but over the next decade, the average rubber roller may become a thing of the past. Hankook (and other manufacturers such as Michelin and Bridgestone) are prepping next-generation tires that are airless, recyclable, and quite odd looking.
Shown at this year's International Motor Show in Frankfurt, the Hankook i-Flex radically differs from the norm by combining a tire and wheel together into a single object. The spinner doesn't need any air to roll, which means no more flats or unexpected accidents.… Read more
Smartphones -- and the iPhone in particular -- are the Swiss Army knives of tech. With each new version, they absorb more and more functionality from "dedicated" devices -- everything from point-and-shoot cameras, camcorders, portable gaming systems, dedicated GPS devices, e-book readers, and PDAs, just to name a few. And now, with the introduction of the iPhone 5S, another product category may well be on the chopping block: health trackers.
As part of the IFA flood of new laptops, tablets, and other products, Lenovo is introducing a new PC line, as well as serious revisions to the popular Yoga hybrid. Also new, an Android tablet called the S5000 and a phone called the Vibe X, both of which claim to be especially lightweight.
Below you'll find links to hands-on impressions, photos, and video of Lenovo's new PC lineup, including a high-res update of the popular Yoga hybrid, and a brand new Yoga version from the ThinkPad brand, which includes a keyboard update that's been on our wish … Read more
Mrs. Cheapskate's minivan doesn't have Bluetooth. I don't even have a line-in jack. I know: the horror! Thankfully, there are gizmos that can bridge the gap between smartphone and car stereo, thus making it possible to enjoy playlists, Pandora, audiobooks, and other audio treats.
And one of the best such gizmos is now available at a Cheapskate-exclusive discount. Through Wednesday, you can get the Accessory Genie GoGroove FlexSmart X3 Bluetooth FM Transmitter for $44.99 shipped when you apply coupon code FLEX3 at checkout. Regular price: $59.99.
Like its predecessor, the FlexSmart X2, the X3 plugs … Read more
Best Buy is known for hosting trade-in deals on single items and devices, but now the big box retailer is announcing that it's offering deals on a whole host of tech gadgets -- from mobile devices to tablets to accessories.
Starting Friday and going through Sunday, Best Buy Mobile specialty stores will double the trade-in value of most mobile devices. What this means is that anybody eligible for an upgrade can bring in their working non-cracked cell phone and the retailer will give them double the phone's value to buy a new smartphone with a two-year contract from … Read more