Upgrade to iOS 5.1 and Never Know Your Real Battery Life Again?

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Now, replace your car and its gas tank with your iPhone and its battery pack. That’s exactly what seems to be happening with the iOS 5.1 update to some users in Japan. The battery reading on the iPhone has become wildly unreliable, making huge jumps in percentage in a matter of moments.

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Researchers create ‘subconscious’ mode to boost smartphone battery life

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Do you ever wonder why your battery still gets drained even if you set it in an inactive mode? Scientists have found a way to prolong the life of your smartphones or Wi-Fi device battery by way of a “subconscious mode” which they claim can extend battery life by as much as 54 percent.

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Rumor: RIM PlayBook to be delayed over battery concern

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The BlackBerry PlayBook is late to the tablet party, having been beaten to the punch by Apple’s iPad and then subsequently missing the holiday shopping season. That may or may not be an issue for the “corporate tablet” deceivingly named with a fun word; but it looks like RIM is enroute to missing another opportunity. And the PlayBook has apparently been hit with another delay.

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Can we boost smartphone battery life 11x with dark silicon?

“One example of a conservation core. The small boxes in the image are the pattern of logic gates that are spatially placed over a small portion of the GreenDroid chip.” - Physorg

We love all the glorious things that our wonderful smartphones can do, but this functionality comes at the price of diminished battery life. Interestingly, a possible solution to this conundrum could be something called dark silicon, a technology that could effectively increase battery life up to eleven times.

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Intel “moorestown” now the Atom Z6XX, smartphones and tablets rejoice

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As great as the newest smartphones may be, most of them suffer from poor battery life. It’s not uncommon to see iPhone and Android users reach for a wall plug every 24 hours. Intel wants to change that. That’s why the chip maker is developing a version of its Atom processor specifically for mobile phones.

Set to be a part of the Moorestone processor line, the proposed upcoming Intel Atom processor will be small enough to fit in a variety of mobile devices. This includes cell phones, mobile internet devices, tablets, and the like. So, how much more battery life can you expect?

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Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710 last three years on one set of batteries

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Even though I have a notebook as my primary computer, I still have it set up like a desktop when I’m working from home. I have it connected to an external LCD monitor and I make use of a wireless mouse and keyboard. This means I have to deal with batteries. With the newly announced Logitech Wireless Desktop MK710, that concern won’t come up nearly as often.

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How to Maximize Battery Life on a Smartphone

Since we rely on our smartphones for so much more than basic voice communication, it’s not at all surprising that we are struggling with battery life. If you’re lucky, you might be able to go two days without a charge, but how can you extend the life of your smartphone’s battery? Lifehacker has put together […]

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