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  • Aug 24, 2014
  • Updated: 2:09am


Tech firms lead the assault on batteries

How many of us get more than 24 hours from our smartphone before it runs out of juice? The biggest barrier to mobile computing has been short battery life. The problem with power is portability.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 10:55am

Batteries will power on despite Dreamliner glitch with lithium-ion-fuelled cells

In January, Boeing's new, 787 Dreamliners were grounded due to overheating problems with their lithium-ion batteries, leading to potential fire risks. These were well-publicised yet rare incidents involving lithium-ion batteries - which abound in our modern lives, powering devices such as mobile phones and laptops.

31 Mar 2013 - 1:06am

US father who taped girl's mouth acquitted

A Chicago man who bound his 22-month-old daughter with tape and posted a photo on Facebook has been acquitted of unlawful restraint and will find out the verdict on a second charge next week.

1 Nov 2012 - 3:26am

Huawei Honor

Smartphones are great. You can take photos with them, check your e-mail, browse the internet, play games, watch videos, and yes, even make a call or two.

The problem is the more you use them, the sooner you need to recharge the battery.

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Bike electrifies market

Increasing traffic density and scarcity of space in major city centres have inspired BMW to design its E-Scooter.

Electric bikes are not new in Hong Kong and the police have tried out Vectrix machines over the past two years, but many models can only carry battery power for short inner-city distances.

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Voltaic Generator

What does it do? Ever endured a long day of meetings, only to have your laptop battery run out at a crucial moment? Now you can charge your laptop as you charge around the world, with the Voltaic Generator bag.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Soft battery maker Enfucell plans to expand into mainland and US

Finland soft battery developer Enfucell is looking for Euro5 million (HK$61 million) in financing for business expansion in the United States and in China, said chief operating officer Risto Huvila.

29 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Think pink

Travel light and in style with the Vaio VGN-TZ37GN/P laptop. Part of Sony's premium TZ-series notebook computer line, this machine has a tough carbon-fibre chassis, an 11.1-inch liquid crystal display screen, a beautifully lit cylindrical hinge, a keyboard with a piano-like finish and an eye-catching pink lid.

23 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

You are my sunshine

With Tobias Wong's jar you can bottle sunshine. Sort of. Designed for British outfit Suck UK, the Sun Jar includes - within a traditional Mason container - a solar cell, a rechargeable battery and three LED lamps. When the item is placed in sunlight, the cell generates a current that charges the battery, which in turn lights up the lamps.

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Exploding mobile phone battery kills welder

A welder in Gansu was killed when his mobile phone battery exploded, according to a mainland report, in what is believed to be the first fatality caused by such an explosion.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am