James Kendrick, one of the bloggers at jkontherun.com, recently wrote: "Mobile computer users will tell you that the number one need they have is for sufficient battery power." There are a few ways laptop computer users can get more battery power for their computers:Buy a larger battery designed specifically for your computer. When buying many, if not most, laptop computers, you should have a choice of batteries. Higher-capacity batteries are physically bigger, cost more, and may very well protrude either vertically or horizontally. If you find you need more power for a laptop computer you already … Read more
We realize you probably spent a lot of time coming up with your Halloween costume this week (extra bonus points if your creativity went beyond a red power suit, pageant hair, and Tina Fey glasses!). So if you weren't able to keep up with all the goings-on in gadget land over the past five days, no worries, we've got what you need to know right here.
Prison life just got easier--for the guards at least.
MP3 player prices are sinking to the bottom of the iriver.
Showing now, pretty much everywhere: Netflix.
Hewlett-Packard makes your dream of … Read more
National Novel Writing Month starts tomorrow http://www.nanowrimo.org/
Apple hires top IBM chip designer and blade server guru http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10079494-37.html
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The headlong rush to create electric cars for green-minded consumers may come with a significant economic and environmental cost.
Lithium ion batteries--the same used in electronic gadgets and laptops--have become the preferred battery type for plug-in hybrids and electric cars now starting to come to market.
That swelling demand has some industry observers concerned that there will be a shortage of the metal lithium, the material used to make the batteries.
"You can solve the transportation problem but end up creating an equally vexing commodity problem," said Matthew Nordan, president of emerging technology consulting firm Lux Research. "… Read more
Updated at 2:15 p.m. PDT with the names and quantities of notebooks affected by each manufacturer.
More than two years after the largest battery recall in the electronics industry, Sony batteries have been fingered again as the culprit in more than 40 worldwide incidents of laptops overheating.
Sony and the Consumer Product Safety Commission will announce Thursday afternoon that Sony is supporting the voluntary recall of 100,000 notebook battery packs powered by Sony's 2.15Ah lithium ion cells. Thirty-five thousand of those were sold in the U.S., and 65,000 in international markets. Sony says … Read more
Users have noticed that the new MacBooks have some issues with the batteries. While they appear to run perfectly fine in most situations, when the computer is put to sleep the power seems to drain much faster than expected.
Apple Discussions poster madroberts writes:
"I have the 2.53Ghz, 4MB RAM, 320-7200RPM HD. The other night I unplugged it from the AC adapter and left it closed and supposedly in sleep mode for almost 24 hours. When I came back to use it the next night, the battery had drained all the way down and I couldn't restart … Read more
NISKAYUNA, N.Y.--With a 1914 electric car displayed outside, General Electric last week hosted a symposium on batteries for transportation and the electricity grid.
GE has been working on battery-powered vehicles for decades. Although those projects didn't yield mass-produced electric vehicles, GE executives said that the conditions for increased use of batteries on the grid and in vehicles have never been better.
The same conditions that are driving GE's Ecomagination initiative--a limit on natural resources like fossil fuels and fresh water as well as regulations to cut carbon emissions--make batteries a good area for research, said Mark … Read more
The farther you travel from civilization, the more impractical your USB-rechargeable gadgets become. If your iPod runs out of juice while you're backpacking through Borneo, suddenly that high-end MP3 player is just dead weight.
You may not be able to find an iPod charging dock in the Arctic Tundra or the Australian Outback, but your chances of finding a local general store stocking AAA batteries are considerably better. The real trick is finding a decent MP3 player these days that will take AAA batteries. Don't worry, we've got you covered.
You might balk at the $130 price tag, but this time more actually means better. The Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Pro combo puts two of our favorite products together in one package: the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave Keyboard and the Logitech MX 1100 Cordless laser mouse.
Both products received very high marks from their respective editors, and the MX1100 mouse even managed to win an Editors' Choice award. This time around, we're sticking to our guns and rewarding this winning combo as well.
One of the most significant hardware changes in the bundle that we don't speak much … Read more
This week, Donald and Jasmine make a valiant-yet-stumbling attempt to explain LaLa's new music service.
Also on tap: SanDisk's cheap new music player made especially for slotMusic albums, super sweet earphones from Klipsch, and a grab bag of MP3 players with ultralong-lasting batteries.