Stanford Researchers Claim They Found “The Holy Grail” Of Battery Life

You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed. The majority of these announcements splash down and vanish, never to be heard from again — but a team at Stanford is claiming to have pulled off a scientific coup that really would be a quantum leap over existing battery technology — and they’ve done it, supposedly, by solving a very old problem.

Right now, the batteries we refer to as “lithium ion” use lithium in the electrolyte — the fluid that surrounds the anode and cathode. Electrons flow from the anode into the attached device, then back into the battery via the cathode. The reason we use lithium for the electrolyte fluid but not the anode itself is simple — lithium anodes tend to expand when they come into contact with their electrolyte solutions. As it expands, it forms tendrils of metal that cause short circuits and destroy the anode’s ability to function effectively. This leads to extremely nasty problems — problems with names like “Thermal runaway” and “Explosion.”. Since turning your laptop on shouldn’t require a saving throw, lithium anode batteries have had a limited market.

What Steven Chu’s team claims to have discovered is a method for using hollow polystyrene nanospheres to isolate the electrolytic solution and the anode.

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Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

 Samsung is ‘hiring like crazy’ trying to come up with original ideas

Samsung’s biggest fear is that it will become just another small-margin smartphone vendor along the lines of LG, HTC, Xiaomi and countless others. This is why it’s invested so many resources into creating its own Tizen mobile platform and why it’s tried unsuccessfully to heavily modify Android with overlays like Magazine UX to move its mobile devices beyond being vehicles for Google’s Android platform.

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Updated: Surface Pro 3 release date, news and features

 Updated: Surface Pro 3 release date, news and features

Introduction, release date and specs

Microsoft is hoping that three is the magic number after unveiling the latest addition to its Surface family of devices: the Surface Pro 3. We’ve gone hands on with the tablet, which impresses thanks to its sharper screen, bigger dimensions and great stylus support.

The company has gone all out by making it the biggest, most powerful and feature-packed Surface yet, and many would argue that it needed to.

It’s been a rocky road for Microsoft where its Surface devices are concerned: in the two years since Windows chief Steven Sinofsky unveiled the Surface RT and Surface Pro, Microsoft has lost said Windows chief, squandered almost $ 1 billion on unsold Surface RT stock and replaced its brash and bullish CEO, Steve Ballmer.

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T-Mobile CEO Chuckles At AT&T’s “Best Deal” For Families Ad, One Ups Competition With 10GB LTE Plan

You have to admire T-Mobile’s candid passion in the wireless space. It comes straight from the top, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere is one of the more outspoken bigwigs in the industry, a fact that’s evidenced in the company’s latest announcement. Rather than simply roll out a new wireless plan, Legere took time to literally laugh at the competition first.

Legere describes pulling up alongside a bus covered with “yet another” of AT&T’s ads promising “Best-Ever Pricing” for families. According to Legere, AT&T’s deal is “no deal at all” and a “joke” compared to T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Family Plan.

“When I pulled up to that ad, I also knew we were about to blow AT&T’s ‘Best-Ever’ completely out of the water. Because starting July 30 through September, a family of four can get up to 10GB of LTE data – 2.5 GB each – until 2016 on America’s fastest nationwide LTE network with all the Un-carrier benefits for just $ 100 a month on T-Mobile,” Legere announced today.

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Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13-year-old girl’s pillow

 Galaxy S4 bursts into flames under sleeping 13 year old girl’s pillow

Let this cautionary tale serve as a reminder to everyone: don’t buy unauthorized parts or accessories for your smartphone. We have seen stories of combusting cell phones before, but perhaps none have been quite as unsettling as a new report from this past weekend. According to a Dallas, Texas-based Fox affiliate, a 13-year-old girl was awoken last week when she smelled something burning. As it turns out, the Samsung Galaxy S4 that she slipped under her pillow as she fell asleep had caught fire in the middle of the night and had begun to burn her pillow and sheets.

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Amazon may take on Square and PayPal Here with mobile credit card reader

Square for iPad 470 75 Amazon may take on Square and PayPal Here with mobile credit card reader

Web giant Amazon is about to release a mobile-based credit card reader to rival the likes of Square, according to reports on Sunday.

9to5Mac has obtained a copy of a recent Staples (an American office supplies store) inventory, that claims Amazon is planning to launch a device known as the ‘Amazon Card Reader’ next month.

The internal document says the reader will cost $ 9.99 (around £5.90, AU$ 10.60), but adds Staples staff are to hold off on making stock available until August 12.

For those keeping score at home, this isn’t the first time such a rumour has manifested itself. Earlier this year the Wall Street Journal reported Amazon was working on a point-of-sale system.

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