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Your mobile phone battery may one day be bacteria powered

Your mobile phone battery may one day be bacteria powered

British scientists have found a new way for these microscopic critters to become a power source. That’s right, the mobile phone battery of the future might be powered by bacteria. Colonies of bacteria will activate what have been described as microscopic “windfarms”. This could provide an entirely new source of power for smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets. The idea of biologically driven power plants for small and yet powerful mobile gadgets is promising. At the moment, this … Read entire article »

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BlackBerry Classic is headed to an early (or late?) retirement

BlackBerry Classic is headed to an early (or late?) retirement

The struggling Canadian handset maker is desperately trying to claw its hardware back to profitability. Not only two years after its launch, the BlackBerry Classic is approaching retirement. The company announced the upcoming end to the smartphone with its beloved standard keyboard. The Classic smartphone was created to give people an option with the physical keyboard they love. However, the company has decided to bring the BlackBerry Classic to an end. This is occurring at a time when … Read entire article »

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More BlackBerry Android smartphones are reportedly in the works

More BlackBerry Android smartphones are reportedly in the works

A new mid-range mobile phone called the Neon is expected to launch this month or early next month. The first BlackBerry Android smartphones, called Priv, were first announced last year. The intention was to excite the market with the mobile phones people had been waiting for. Even more Android based mobile phones will hit the market over the next couple of months. In fact, there are three mobile phones expected from the struggling Canadian company during that time. … Read entire article »

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Mobile phone subsidies stopping bill fails

Mobile phone subsidies stopping bill fails

The House did not pass a bill that would halt the federal assistance to pay for cellular phone service. The End Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act did not pass the House this week. The bill would stop federal financial assistance to pay for mobile phone subsidies for people with low incomes. It did not pass under suspension of the rules (207-143). This type of bill requires a majority of two thirds in order to pass the House. Suspension … Read entire article »

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The smartphone battery life secret was in your shower all along!

The smartphone battery life secret was in your shower all along!

Scientists have found that loofah sponge carbon material could make lithium batteries last longer. In today’s lifestyle, we rely on our smartphone battery life to get us through each day. We use our mobile devices for everything from communication to learning or even just checking the time. However, as much as we are scraping by, better batteries are always needed. Technology growth requires that we give ourselves better rechargeable lithium batteries for our gadgets. As a result, scientists … Read entire article »

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Lenovo smart shoe works as mobile game controller and fitness tracker

Lenovo smart shoe works as mobile game controller and fitness tracker

The company has worked in partnership with Vibram to create a new form of wearable technology. A new type of wearable tech has now found its way in the spotlight in the form of the Lenovo smart shoe, which has been designed to work not only as a type of activity tracker, but also as a mobile game controller. These wearables can count the number of steps a wearer takes while estimating the number of calories burned. The … Read entire article »

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Pebble Core will feature Amazon Alexa Voice Services and fitness tracking

Pebble Core will feature Amazon Alexa Voice Services and fitness tracking

The wearable technology will also introduce a GPS tracker free of a smartphone as well as a music player. The smartwatch market will see a considerable change in the offerings from one of its original players in 2017 when the Pebble Core is launched with a spectrum of new features never before seen in previous generations of this wearable tech. A new Kickstarter campaign has been launched for what will be a 3G smartwatch meant to be … Read entire article »

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Asus Zenbo robot unveiled for home use

Asus Zenbo robot unveiled for home use

For only $599, consumers will be able to bring home their own robotic computing technology. Asus took the stage in Taipei at the Computex trade show this week and unveiled its adorable new Zenbo robot, which is talking robotic technology designed for consumers to be able to use at home and priced at $599. According to the announcement from Asus, Zenbo was designed to enable “robotic computing for every household.” The Zenbo robot is meant to be a … Read entire article »

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Could using a portable phone charger bring you the lowest Uber fares?

Could using a portable phone charger bring you the lowest Uber fares?

The rideshare company revealed customers with dying smartphone batteries are more likely to accept surge pricing. While Uber has been quite open about the fact that it uses surge pricing at times of top demand, such as New Year’s Eve, it could be that a portable phone charger might one day make the difference in whether or not a customer will be paying more. The Uber mobile app is able to detect when a user’s smartphone battery … Read entire article »

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Wearable technology jacket being developed by Google and Levi’s

Wearable technology jacket being developed by Google and Levi’s

The idea is to create touch sensitive clothing that will allow a wearer to control his or her smartphone. The Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group at Google is now joining forces with Levi’s in order to create a wearable technology jacket that will be touch sensitive and will use the specially designed and conductive fabric developed by Project Jacquard. The fabric is made by a special type of yarn that brings together natural and synthetic yarns … Read entire article »

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Top Google IO 2016 announcements recap

Top Google IO 2016 announcements recap

This enormous annual event came with a long list of exciting news about what’s happening with the company. It’s that time of year again and the Google IO 2016 – the main annual developer conference held by the tech giant – was once again filled with the company’s biggest announcements about the new and upcoming. Many of the announcements were predicted by those who have been following closely, but there were surprises, too. The predictions about the Google … Read entire article »

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