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Free advice: Turn your phone’s damn battery percentage off

Attention is a kind of love. 

Except when it’s directed toward your iPhone and its unending series of notifications, at which point, if you’re anything like me, is nothing more than a specific kind of anxiety unto itself: “Why am I staring at this thing so much, and why’s it making me feel awful?”

To really fix this, you’d need a psychiatrist. But! One modest, simple change could help put a stop to this: 

Stop your phone from displaying the percentage of battery life it has left.

That’s it.

That little number, affixed to the top-right of your screen if you’ve enabled it*, is a countdown clock of disaster and doom, kept minutes away from midnight only by the repeated jamming of a power cord into your device’s greedy little maw. Seeing this percentage may invite obsessive charging; I find that stress starts creeping in around 64 percent.  Read more…

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10 tricks for saving your phone’s battery life

Yeah, people don’t like what iOS 11 did to their battery life. In fact, a recent poll showed that 70 percent of users reported lower battery life after Apple’s most recent update. 

SEE ALSO: 13 Incredibly Handy New iOS 11 Features

Experts predicted that most phones would regain their normal battery life a few weeks after the release. But even if your phone pulls itself together, there’s a chance it may never return to the way it was before. 

Use these tricks to make sure your phone’s battery life lasts for as long as possible. 

1. Figure out what’s sucking your battery. 

In Settings > Battery, you’ll get an overview of how much battery power each app is using.  Read more…

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For the iPhone 8, nothing should matter more than battery life

I do not care about your Super AMOLED, button-free, wireless-charging iPhone 8 fantasies. They mean nothing to me. I honestly just want more battery life — that’s literally it. 

I know. I’m the uber-geek who should be pining over every possible design permutation and obsessing about an ultra-thin, super-curved screen. And I am, to a certain extent.

But it occurred to me recently that if Apple CEO Tim Cook stood on stage next month and said, [adopting Tim Cook’s soothing, midwest cadence] “You see, we realized that in our pursuit of innovation and lust-worthy design, we’d lost sight of what really matters: an incredible battery. And so… [here, Cook pauses for dramatic effect], we’re giving you more, more battery life than you ever thought possible,” I would literally lose my mind. Read more…

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This laptop sleeve carries all your devices — and charges them at the same time

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What is the thing you are mostly likely to leave behind in a hotel room? You may not be surprised to find that it’s your charger.  And what is the thing you’re mostly likely to forget to bring in the first place and argue with your S.O. over whose fault it was? Also your charger, according to no reporting whatsoever but definitely our lives. 

SEE ALSO: Keep your iPhone in your pocket and shoot with this little guy instead

Finally, wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about any of that ever again and could live a life full of well-charged devices and romantic harmony?

Meet Laer. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled laptop sleeve that can charge every device you own — all at the same time. The sleeve’s built-in battery can juice your PC or Mac, smartphone and tablet, simultaneously. Here’s a demo video that shows a little more about how it works: Read more…

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Update your DJI Spark drone by September 1 — or say goodbye

The DJI Spark is one of those fun, selfie-taking drones you’ll want as soon as you see it. But if you already own one, you need to update it by September 1 — or risk never flying it again. 

SEE ALSO: Drug cartels are now using hulking drones to smuggle goods over the border

On Monday, DJI announced a new firmware update for Spark drones coming later this week in response to a problem that was causing some of them to fall out of the sky while flying.

There’s only one catch: People who don’t update the firmware will no longer be able to use their drones. They simply will not take off anymore.

In a blog post, DJI says it “decided on the option of a mandatory firmware update in order to maximize flight safety and product reliability which [the company] consider as top priorities.” Read more…

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Researchers create a ‘battery-free’ mobile phone


Your future phone may never need to be charged. 

That’s the exciting implication of new research out of the University of Washington, where researchers have created a mobile phone prototype that doesn’t require a battery to operate.

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk sticks to Twitter bet to build world’s biggest lithium-ion battery

The astonishingly efficient prototype requires just 3.5 microwatts of juice, and it employs an innovative approach to avoid the need for a battery cell. Instead, it uses ambient power from radio signals and light — its onboard solar cell is “roughly the size of a grain of rice” — to transmit a signal back to a base station 50 feet away.  Read more…

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