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For Both the Living and Deceased, There's Just As Many iPad 2's As iPhone 5's

clock April 6, 2011 01:04 by author Jeremy

It's almost crazy how repitition has worked its way into our yearly lifestyle. For example, we expect that every June, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we'll get a new iPhone. Meanwhile, the iPad-series gets their own special release date, which also follows the 12-month rule. For a few months before a release, rumors are rampant; whereas a few months after a release, shortages occur.

Currently, we're seeing an overlap in the rumors/shortages department, thanks to the iPhones and iPads having different release schedules. As the world prepares for the WDC in June, we listen to every bit of gossip that even remotely resembles the words "iPhone 5"; simultaneously, we're all out of iPad 2's, even for some who waited in the legendary Apple lines on opening day.

Oddly, we're not the only ones out of iPad 2's. It's not only happening all around the world, but now even in other worlds. What am I talking about, you ask? Why, the deceased, of course!

In China, the deceased are believed to have just as many needs and wants as the living do. Like in ancient Egyptian times, the Chinese will leave gifts at the resting places of loved ones; the difference is that the Chinese leave paper replicas. Though, if it can be afforded, some people will even purchase the real products to leave at tombstones and graves.

Recently, paper vendors in China have begun running low on their iPad and iPhone paper bundles. It's somewhat unfortunate that even the deceased are having trouble getting a copy of the same technology that we're after. Makes you wonder though if they hear the same rumors that we do about the next iPhone 5 supposedly coming out in June. Go ahead, let yourself ponder that one; I'm still trying to wrap my head around it.

Source: tgdaily.com

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Duracell Powerpack 600 Video Tutorial/Review - AC, DC, Car Jumper, Radio

clock April 1, 2011 01:35 by author Jeremy

Duracell Powerpack 600

The Duracell Powerpack 600 takes the best parts of its predecessors (such as the Powerpack 450, featured on The Wall Street Journal) and improves on it. With 480 watts of continuous power (max of 600W), the Powerpack 600 is the perfect alternative power source for emergencies. The Powerpack 600 is suitable for camping as well, as it comes with an AM/FM radio, flashlight, and clock.

Watch our video tutorial to learn more about the various functions the Powerpack 600 has to offer.

Features:

  • Built-in 600 watt inverter
  • Three 120V AC power sockets
  • One 12V DC power socket
  • Front-facing flashlight
  • AM/FM Radio
  • Digital alarm clock
  • Jumper cables and appropriate socket
  • Can be charged at home or on the road

Duracell Powerpack 600 Portable Power Solution units are available on eBatts.com



UPS' Tips On How to Safely Package Batteries

clock March 30, 2011 01:24 by author Jeremy

Shipping batteries in the near future? UPS has a few helpful tips that could save you (and your package) from a bit of trouble. It's always good to keep in mind that there are different regulatory requirements when packaging each type of battery; however, these tips work to generally keep you and the recipient safe from harm.

  • For loose batteries, cover the battery terminals (or leads) with an insulating cap or electrical tape, if the battery is not already contained in protective packaging.
  • Ensure there is adequate internal protection to keep batteries from contacting metal or other batteries by wrapping them individually, either with bubble sheeting or plastic bags.
  • Do not ship damaged, defective, or recalled batteries by air, as such shipments are prohibited by federal regulation. Also, UPS does not accept air shipments of recycled batteries.
  • For battery-operated tools, laptops, or other appliances, provide effective protection for the switches to make sure they will not turn on accidentally during transportation.
  • Lead-acid batteries contain highly corrosive liquids, making these batteries subject to U.S. and international shipping regulations. UPS hazardous materials restrictions may also apply.
  • Package batteries securely to keep them from shifting, being crushed, or otherwise damaged while in transportation.

Source: UPS.com



Batteries & Capacitors: The Best of Both Worlds

clock March 26, 2011 00:55 by author Jeremy

What happens when you combine the energy storage of a battery with the charging rate of a capacitor? Hopefully, you'll get something like what Professor Paul Braun of Illinois has developed.

Braun (middle), along with postdoctoral researcher Huigang Zhang (right) and graduate student Xindi Yu (left), has developed a three-dimensional nanostructure for battery cathodes which allows for drastically increased charging and discharging, without losing overall capacity.

The downside is that the process of assmebling the inner parts is time-consuming; however, research can be easily picked up and continued since the processes are not limited to a particular type of battery. The group has already demonstrated usage in both Li-Ion and NiMH versions.

These types of batteries could be especially useful in electric vehicles. If research is continued in this field, it could be another candidate for future use, which would eventually mean the replacement of current types of batteries.

Source: news.Illinois.edu



Kyocera's Concept Phones Mimic Human Emotion

clock March 25, 2011 00:59 by author Jeremy

I know what you're thinking: those look like the phone cases that envelop your whole phone. Right? Wrong. These are actually some concept phones brought about by Kyocera. The idea behind them is that the phones will change shape based on certain circumstances: some will bend to your hand's grip and size, while others will re-form depending on your mood.

According to Kyocera, "70% of how we communicate is through our non verbal body language. This means only 30% of our intended message is conveyed through telecommunications. Realizing the nuances of unspoken communication, these surfaces morph to physically convey emotions to the call recipient."

How would it actually change based on your mood? Better yet, where would the battery be if the phone will continue to mold based on certain situations? Kyocera's answer lies with their definition of Biomimicry: "a polymer battery laminated with polytronic technology, provides the structure of this device."

Check out a few of the nifty shapes these (hopefully real in the future) phones can mold into:

 

Source/pictures: engadget.com



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