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New eBatts Site Design!

clock June 21, 2013 23:26 by author Administrator

 

This week we released a new site design on eBatts. The goal was to make it easier for people to use the site and so we focused on making the major brands and product categories more visible. We rearranged some elements; most notably, we moved the main product categories from the left side up to the top. Now you can clearly navigate to laptop batteries, camera batteries, camcorder batteries, cell phone batteries and cordless phone batteries, or see all of the different battery types we offer.

Next up, we added the most popular brands to the left side. This way you can easily find the battery for that Sony camera, laptop or phone from one convenient location. We also rearranged the center area of the website so users can visually identify the product they are looking for and click from there. Lastly, we relocated all of our social media links, including our Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and blog to the footer.

We hope you like the new layout of the site and we would love to hear your feedback!



New Alienware laptop released at E3

clock June 12, 2013 19:00 by author Dustin

 

Alienware 14 Gaming Laptop Announced at E3

 

This week at E3 Alienware announced the first new industrial design for their laptops in four years. "There's a thousand thin notebooks out there,” says Alienware's Frank Azor. While most companies are focusing efforts on thin models like the Razer Blade, Alienware's latest products are actually built like tanks. The new Alienware 14, is 1.6 inches thick, and weighs a full six pounds. "We want our users to be physically fit,” said Azor.

Alienware's design has always been a world apart from other models on the market, with their computers that look like alien creatures with UFO-like lighting seeping out of their frame. The machine is not a seamless unibody of machined metal, it is crafted in a way that makes sense for us as gamers. The laptop surface has a smooth soft-touch rubber, meanwhile there is enough metal to catch the eye. When you open the lid you’ll be drawn to the sight of the glowing keyboard with customizable RGB backlighting. While the under carriage glows lighting up in anticipation of your commands, it feels like an alien artifact. But what's inside that 14-inch package is a gamer’s dream.

The base model Alienware 14 is priced at $1,199 and includes  a quad-core 2.4GHz Core i7-4700MQ processor fresh from Intel's latest Haswell batch, Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics, 8GB of memory, 750GB HD, and a standard 1366 x 768 resolution screen. Or choose the GeForce GTX 765M GPU (an additional $150) and 16GB of RAM to help drive games on that lovely 1080p display. It also has three USB 3.0 ports, three 3.5mm audio jacks, HDMI out, an SD card slot, a Gigabit Ethernet socket, a lock slot, and a slot-loading DVD (or optional Blu-ray drive) for movies and disc-based installation.

The company's choice of operating system is Windows 7, rather than Windows 8, however you have the option to choose Windows 8 from the company website when configuring your machine. Your machine will also include Steam and its own Alien apps for customization, and includes AlienFX that dynamically changes the laptop's lighting.

You’re also stuck (for the moment) with two different graphics modes, switchable and discreet. The "switchable" mode is where both Intel and Nvidia graphics are active, and the "discrete" mode only has Nvidia. You must restart the machine and hit Fn + F5 to swap between them. Alienware says the reason for this is that Microsoft requires this for Windows 8 (Nvidia is working on a patch for this issue). The Alienware 14 is a solid gaming laptop that will provide you with a finely crafted gaming experience.

Source : E3 / Dell.com



Charge your mobile phone with the latest in Nano Technology?

clock June 3, 2013 23:34 by author Jeff

 With the technology of today it is possible to use environmentally friendly formic acid in fuel cells, and soon you may be able to use this technology to power your mobile phone or laptop. Physicist Florian Nitze of Umeå University in Sweden has written his thesis about catalysts to improve the capacity of these fuel cells so they can have greater application in consumer electronics and other areas.

Fuel cells are different from batteries in that they require a constant source of fuel and oxygen to run. The technology is already commercially available but formic acid fuel cells still suffer from low power and lifetime which makes it a challenge today for high energy consumption electronics. The effect of a catalyst is to reduce the energy loss and to increase the rate of the chemical reactions, which leads to a higher efficiency in the fuel cell. In his thesis, Nitze has developed new catalysts based on a combination of material science and nanotechnology - engineering close to the atom level.

 Several of the new catalysts that Nitze has developed are based on palladium. It is a noble metal such as gold or platinum, but it is half as expensive. Formic acid can be produced from renewable sources such as wood, and is therefore an environmentally friendly alternative. "One of the major advantages over Li-ion batteries, which are dominating the battery market, is that the charging only takes seconds by simple refueling with formic acid," says Nitze. The working principle of a fuel cell: If hydrogen and oxygen (but equally valid for formic acid and oxygen) get in contact, they can burn and release a lot of energy. In this process hydrogen gives electrons to oxygen, it is oxidized, and oxygen takes electrons from hydrogen.

  

Source: sciencedaily.com

 



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