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Why these photographers choose this battery brand over others

Aug 22, 2019 - 3:05 PM

We asked some photographers to share with us what they look for in the batteries they prefer to use. Here’s what they have to say.

Apple replaced 11 million batteries in 2018 – report

Jan 17, 2019 - 2:23 PM

The replacement program is cited by Apple CEO Tim Cook as one of the factors for weak iPhone sales

Paper-based electronics could fold, biodegrade and be basis for next-gen devices

Sep 29, 2018 - 2:33 PM

Papertronics can be particularly useful in remote areas with limited resources because they’re powered by bacteria that can inhabit even the most extreme of conditions and break down nearly any material to produce electrons

Why does my phone battery die so fast?

Jul 28, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This question has probably crossed the mind of every cellphone user trying to send one last text before the screen blinks off

Singer Chris Brown arrested after Florida concert

Jul 06, 2018 - 10:27 PM

Police seize Chris Brown shortly after leaving a concert stage on Thursday night in West Palm Beach. He is booked on a charge of felony battery and released after paying a $2,000 bond, the sheriff's office says.

CHRIS BROWN. R&B singer Chris Brown during a concert. File photo by Fadel Senna/AFP

Google's Android P is using AI to tweak your phone's battery life

May 09, 2018 - 2:28 AM

Adaptive Battery adjusts the battery usage dependent on how a smartphone owner uses his device and accesses apps at differing times

ANDROID P. Dave Burke, VP of Engineering on the Android team, walks us through Android P.

Apple facing slew of Russian lawsuits over slow iPhones

Jan 18, 2018 - 10:59 AM

Apple faces hundreds of lawsuits in Russia, in addition to a US class action and a legal enquiry in France because of the planned obsolescence of its smartphones

IPHONES. The iPhone 7 smartphone in its box is on display on the day of its release at Covent Garden in London on September 16, 2016. File photo by Jack Taylor/AFP

Smoking iPhone battery forces evacuation at Zurich store

Jan 10, 2018 - 12:23 AM

'A shop assistant sustained minor burns while removing the battery that overheated,' a police statement says, adding that 7 others received medical attention but did not need to be taken to hospital for treatment

OVERHEATING IPHONE. The Apple logo is seen on the outside of Bill Graham Civic Auditorium before the start of an event in San Francisco, California on September 7, 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Apple bumps up timeline of $29 battery replacement price, now in effect

Dec 31, 2017 - 7:02 PM

Apple says the $29 replacement price will be made effective immediately, rather than in late January

Apple admits to slowing iPhones as batteries age

Dec 22, 2017 - 12:05 PM

Apple says it's to help older iPhone adapt to new OS features, but admission fuels theories that it's to nudge people to buy newer models

PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE. Apple confirms a long-held belief among conspiracy theorists that Apple slows down older iPhones through time. Pictured is Apple CEO Tim Cook speaking at a launch event in 2016. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

New Samsung battery tech may need only 12 minutes to fully charge

Nov 29, 2017 - 12:49 PM

The new tech may also increase average capacities by 45%

Will Samsung Note 7 be refurbished and sold in some regions?

Feb 22, 2017 - 6:22 PM

The phones battery will be reduced from 3 500 mAh to a low of 3 000 mAh claims a South Korean local media outlet citing unnamed Samsung sources

NOTE 7. A Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is held up as other Note 7 phones sit on a counter after they were returned to a Best Buy on September 15, 2016 in Orem, Utah. File photo by George Frey/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte, De Lima, Samsung Note7 | Evening wRap

Jan 23, 2017 - 10:47 PM

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Battery experts identify specifics of Samsung Note7 explosions

Jan 23, 2017 - 2:00 PM

These findings shed light on what the phone industry should avoid in the future

Dick Gordon, Leila de Lima, Severe Tropical Storm Karen | 6PM wRap

Oct 14, 2016 - 8:54 PM

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Samsung sees further $3B profit hit from Note7 crisis

Oct 14, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The electronics giant hopes sales of other flagship models such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will help cushion the impact

A Samsung logo is displayed in a mall beneath the company's headquarters in the Gangnam district of Seoul on October 12, 2016. Samsung Electronics slashed its third-quarter profit estimate by 33.3 percent, citing fallout from the recall nightmare surrounding its scrapped Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. / AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones

Samsung says sold off shares in four tech firms

Sep 18, 2016 - 4:10 PM

The news of the sales came as the firm is mired in a major recall of its flagship smartphone over a series of battery explosions

Duterte vs De Lima, war on drugs, Samsung Note7 | 6PM wRap

Sep 02, 2016 - 7:52 PM

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Samsung to build electric car battery plant in Hungary

Aug 30, 2016 - 10:50 PM

The company said it will invest 100 billion forints 325 million euros in the construction of the plant in the small town of God 25 kilometers 15 miles north of the capital Budapest

SAMSUNG EV BATTERIES. The Samsung logo is displayed on a screen at the Hammerstein Ballroom, August 2, 2016 in New York City. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Why your smartphone battery still sucks – and who's doing what?

Aug 20, 2016 - 10:30 AM

A look into future battery solutions that may one day put an end to the power bank and car charger industry

ENERGY DEFICIT. Even with high mAh ratings, that battery indicator's still going to be blinking red during your life's most important moments. Illustration by Alejandro Edoria/ Rappler

UN agency bans lithium-ion battery cargo on passenger planes

Feb 23, 2016 - 10:27 AM

The International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO says the temporary measure will last until it adopts new packaging standards in 2018

Bags sit on a carousel in the Southwest baggage claim area at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, August 15, 2015 in Linthicum, Maryland. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

US police investigate Chris Brown over alleged battery – media

Jan 03, 2016 - 9:54 AM

Chris Brown is in the center of a new police investigation for punching a woman in the face at a party

CHRIS BROWN. The R&B singer is under police investigation for alleged battery. File photo by Steve C Mitchell/EPA

Cebu Pacific bans hoverboards due to safety concerns

Dec 21, 2015 - 2:33 PM

All battery operated personal transportation devices will not be accepted for check in or hand carry starting December 21

BANNED. Cebu Pacific also advises passengers that hoverboards will not be stored for safekeeping in the airport and ticket offices.

Apple's Tim Cook on Smart Battery Case: Not 'the hump'

Dec 10, 2015 - 1:11 PM

As Apple s new case triggers a flurry of discussion Tim Cook talks about its purpose and design

SMART BATTERY CASE. Image from Apple.

Deconstructing SALt’s saltwater lamp

Nov 22, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Sustainable Alternative Light s saltwater lamp which received widespread attention in the APEC summit works using a metal air battery as power source

LIT UP. SALT's ecologically designed lamp is powered by tap water and table salt. Photo from SALt website

PAL suspends cargo carriage of lithium ion batteries

May 19, 2015 - 5:51 PM

The suspension of lithium ion battery shipments coincides with the growing number of international carriers banning the shipment of the product

Tesla unveils battery to 'transform energy infrastructure'

May 01, 2015 - 2:21 PM

The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels from the electricity grid at night when it is typically cheaper and provide a secure backup in the case of a power outage

TESLA POWERWALL. Screen shot from

Solar eclipse, tech shifts in business, underboob selfies | SciTech4u

Mar 24, 2015 - 5:56 PM

A rare celestial event: March 20’s solar eclipse What are the 7 tech shifts happening right now? The underboob selfie riles up Thailand s officials

6 ways to extend smartphone battery life during disasters

Dec 05, 2014 - 11:39 AM

Smartphone users should conserve their battery and make good use of their device in times of disasters

Clippers' Griffin faces battery charge in club incident

Nov 13, 2014 - 2:38 PM

Blake Griffin is due to be arraigned on December 8 in Las Vegas and faces up to six months in jail and a 1 000 fine

Blake Griffin doesn't like flash bulbs going off in his face. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images/AFP

Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis

Oct 02, 2014 - 4:57 PM

AES Philippines Inc is planning to introduce battery energy storage in the country hopefully soon to help ease the summer 2015 power crisis

Facebook app a major cause of iPhone battery woes

Apr 10, 2014 - 3:30 PM

Want to help reduce battery drain on your iPhone? You ll want to turn some Facebook background functions off

BATTERY DRAINER? The background functions on your Facebook App may be causing a bigger drain on your battery. Screen shot from iTunes.

Taconing takes next step towards title shot at Elorde Awards

Mar 23, 2014 - 6:02 AM

Filipino contender Jonathan Taconing has put the memories of his unlucky first title opportunity behind him and takes the next step towards a second shot on Tuesday night

ON A MISSION. Filipino junior flyweight contender Jonathan Taconing hits the speed bag at the Elorde Boxing Gym in Paranaque City. Taconing takes his next step towards a second title shot on Tuesday, March 25 when he fights Vergilio Silvano at the Elorde Awards. Photo by JM Siasat/Rappler

Charge your MacBook with the HyperJuice battery pack

Jan 22, 2014 - 4:34 PM

HyperJuice is an external battery pack that can charge your MacBook Pro as long as you re willing to modify your MagSafe adapter

Statue of Liberty reopens July 4

Jul 05, 2013 - 8:38 AM

Some tourists rose at dawn to be among the first to visit Lady Liberty one of America s most recognizable symbols

SYMBOL OF FREEDOM. Lady Liberty is 126 years old

PCOS battery stolen from Agusan del Norte school

May 10, 2013 - 8:18 PM

The precinct count optical scan machine runs on battery in case of power outage

BATTERY GONE. The battery pack of a PCOS machine in Agusan del Norte was stolen. Photo by John Javellana

BMW recalls 750,000 cars worldwide

Feb 19, 2013 - 11:17 PM

The recall affects mainly cars sold mainly in the US as well as Canada Japan and South Africa

File photo from BMW official Facebook page

New York road tunnels to close because of hurricane threat

Oct 29, 2012 - 10:54 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the Holland and Battery tunnels would close because the predicted flood levels from Sandy were really extroadinary

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo inspects storm preparedness efforts at the World Trade Center. Photo from his Facebook page

Strong peso stalls expansion plans of battery maker

Aug 17, 2012 - 5:05 PM

The appreciation of the peso is causing Philippine Batteries Inc to reconsider its expansion plans