Why smartphone and laptop batteries explode, and what can you do to protect yourself

Why smartphone and laptop batteries explode, and what can you do to protect yourself
Take a quick look around your home or office. How many electronic devices - laptops, smartphones, tablets, power banks, chargers and such - can you see? I'm betting that it's quite a few. For the most part, electronic devices are incredibly well-behaved, but when things go wrong, they can go from bad to worse to terrible in a matter of seconds. Here's a quick rundown of the reasons why electronic devices such as smartphones and laptops explode - …
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Caring for your rechargeable batteries

Caring for your rechargeable batteries
Every battery has a finite lifespan, and this is given as the "recharge cycle" or "battery cycle." Put simply, this is the number of charge/discharge cycles that a battery is expected to endure before it is no longer fit for service. Some hardware manufacturers publish this figure while others do not. For example, Apple makes this information available, stating that the iPhone battery is designed to retain up to 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 full charge and discharge cycles, while t…
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Nine Apple products you shouldn't buy

Nine Apple products you shouldn
Apple once used to describe the Apple TV as a hobby, and it was supposed to be the device that gave the Cupertino giant a foothold in the living room and the chance to revolutionize the way people watch TV.But now, almost a decade on from its initial release, the Apple TV is no closer to changing the way people watch television. If anything, all it has accomplished is to turn the TV into a giant iPhone, where users have to wade through a myriad of apps and services to get the content they want.…
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Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation review: The Ubuntu Linux laptop for power developers

Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation review: The Ubuntu Linux laptop for power developers
Dell describes their Project Sputnik computers as systems developed by and for developers. They're right. They are. While the XPS 13 is the best known of these, it could stand a little improvement. For example, it can only hold 16GBs of RAM. For those who need even more power and memory, you can get a Dell Precision 5520 Mobile Workstation.You can up the RAM on this powerhouse machine to 32GBs of RAM. For processing p…
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Better, faster, cheaper Raspberry Pi alternatives

Better, faster, cheaper Raspberry Pi alternatives
The PixelPro features a i.MX6Q Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 running at 1.0 GHz, with 2D and 3D GPUs and an embedded 2GB 64-bit DDR3 RAM, which means that it is capable of running rich multimedia applications, embedded web servers, digital entertainment systems, industrial control systems, and high definition video.At $129.95, the PixelPro is not cheap, but you get a lt of power for the cash.Freescale i.MX6Q Soc Quad Core ARM Cortex-A9 up to 1GHz2GB of RAMWiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/acGigabit EthernetPCIe x1…
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Benchmarking utility shows AMD Ryzen rapidly stealing market share from Intel

Benchmarking utility shows AMD Ryzen rapidly stealing market share from Intel
AMD's launch of its Ryzen family of desktop PC processors has been hailed as a success. What a difference a year makes when it comes to the fortunes of AMD, the only real rival to Intel in PC processors, but one that was increasingly falling behind the market leader, especially in the profitable and influential high-end segment. An afterthought to performance PC buyers in 2016, AMD is back in the game in 2017 with the release of its warmly received …
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​Samsung is building its own Amazon Echo but faces a Bixby data shortage

​Samsung is building its own Amazon Echo but faces a Bixby data shortage
Amazon's Echo, along with Google Home, are the obvious targets for a Bixby-based Samsung speaker. Image: CNET Samsung could be gearing up to launch its own AI-powered speaker to compete with Google Home and Amazon Echo.The Wall Street Journal reports that Samsung is working on a smart-speaker project, codenamed Vega, which will integrate its Bixby voice assistant. Bix…
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This bolt-on retrofit kit turns certain cars into self-driving vehicles

This bolt-on retrofit kit turns certain cars into self-driving vehicles
The Drive.ai retrofit kit bolts on to make piloted cars self-driving. There are lots of questions swirling around self-driving cars, but if you're an industry-watcher this is the biggest: How are we going to get from 0 to 1 percent adoption?Without further ado, I give you scrappy upstart Drive.ai. The company, which is developing retrofit kits to make dumb cars autonomous, raised $50 million in a series B round last wee…
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OnePlus 5 review: Dual rear cameras, fast CPU and great battery life

OnePlus 5 review: Dual rear cameras, fast CPU and great battery life
The progress of OnePlus over the last few years is nothing short of remarkable. The company has made some excellent handsets, characterised by understated design, exemplary performance and great features -- all for a competitive price. The challenge for the OnePlus 5 was always going to be keeping up this good work. Thankfully, while OnePlus has moved up the price ladder, it has not lost sight of the need to deliver value for money. That's here in abundance.The OnePlus 5 is the n…
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FTC to force Broadcom to build a firewall to complete $5.5b Brocade takeover

FTC to force Broadcom to build a firewall to complete $5.5b Brocade takeover
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Monday that an agreement with semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom will allow it to complete its $5.5 billion takeover of Brocade.Under the proposal, the parts of Broadcom that create application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) for Cisco will need to have separate facilities and IT systems, as well as the FTC appointing a monitor for five years, with an option to extend the monitoring for another…
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