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TAM recovery after OS X install

TAM recovery after OS X install

A MacNN reader noted a method for recovering from an installation of Mac OS X on a Twentieth Anniversary Mac, which apparently renders the machine unuseable: My TAM, after installing Mac OS X, was rendered completely dead. After letting the system sit for several months, yesterday I ran across...


Sony warns of fire risk from non-removable Vaio Fit 11A battery

Panasonic-sourced battery at fault for three reported overheating incidents

Sony is warning owners of its Vaio Fit 11A notebook to stop using the computer, because of potentially hazardous battery issues. Non-removable batteries produced by Panasonic used in approximately 26,000 of the notebooks apparently have the potential to overheat, risking physical damage to the outside...


Lenovo recalls ThinkPad battery packs in US, Canada, China

Recall notice points to two incidents of battery packs overheating, causing damage

Lenovo is recalling notebook batteries used in its ThinkPad ranges, following two reports of battery packs overheating and damaging equipment, though no reports of injury. Approximately 34,500 batteries in the United States and 2,900 in Canada are subject to the recall notice by the US Consumer Product...


Nvidia reveals GeForce 800M mobile GPUs with Battery Boost

New Nvidia GPUs will limit performance to save battery power

Nvidia is hoping to improve the battery performance of gaming notebooks, with the release of six new mobile GPUs. The unveiled 800M-series graphics chips will offer up to double the battery life of previous generations when the notebook is being used for gaming, with the company also carrying over a...


Mophie demos Space Pack, adds battery and more storage to iPhone

New case available in 16, 32GB capacities; adds 1,500mAh to battery

Battery case manufacturer Mophie introduced today the Mophie Space Pack, the company's first smartphone case with built-in storage for iPhone 5 and 5s. The Space Pack not only doubles the battery of the iPhone, but increases its storage capacity -- allowing users to keep more documents, videos, music...


Nikon faces complaints over aftermarket battery-blocking firmware

Third-party batteries, grips not compatible with latest DSLR firmware

The latest firmware update for some Nikon digital cameras has apparently caused some unexpected issues for some owners. Reports have surfaced suggesting that the update, which is supposed to help the camera more accurately detect the remaining charge for a specific battery used on some DSLR and Coolpix...


Giveaway: SnowLizard SLPower 7 portable battery charger

SnowLizard SLPower 7 portable battery charger

Owning a smart phone or a tablet is great, but having the battery die while on the go is not so great. There are various ways to avoid having this happen -- one of them being a portable battery charger. SnowLizard's SLPower 7 charger provides 7000mAH of power that can be used to simultaneously charge...


LG Chem starts production of curved batteries for future smartphones

Cable battery production by LG to occur in coming years

LG has started mass production of curved batteries, something which it hopes to use in future smartphone designs. The new batteries will remove the need for manufacturers to design a mobile phone or tablet with a rectangular battery in mind, with the curved version seemingly being built to work alongside...


Samsung: GS3 exploded due to unofficial battery

Third party battery said to be unauthorized, faulty

Samsung has made comment on the case of an exploding battery in a Galaxy S III, determining that the battery was an unauthorized component. The GS3 in question belonged to a woman in Switzerland, and the South Korean giant acquired the damaged device to inspect it. Samsung released a statement to Le...


Third-party replacement MacBook batteries recalled for fire risk

Best Buy chain recalling 5,100 MBP replacement batteries after 13 reports

Retailer Best Buy is recalling 5,100 third-party battery replacements for the black and white MacBooks, made by a company called ATG and sold through the retailer's Geek Squad service division or online between 2008 and mid-2012 due to the risk of overheating and fire. The US Product Safety Commission...


Giveaway: iWalk Link 1000m portable backup battery

Win an iWalk Link 1000m portable backup battery charger

Hands down one of the most annoying things to have happen while using a cell phone is to have the battery die. It has happened to all of us, and usually at the most inopportune times when there isn't a single plug in sight. Fortunately, these days there are portable backup solutions available such as...


Mophie adds Juice Pack Air to iPhone 5 battery-case line

Integrated buttons, improved battery capacity

Battery-boosting case manufacturer Mophie has used Mobile World Congress to show off its new iPhone 5 case, shortly after putting the Juice Pack Helium on the market. The Mophie Juice Pack Air for iPhone 5 takes the same concept of previous incarnations, but this time it is designed to house the extra...


PowerSkin boosts iPhone, mobile batteries with Pop'n case

External battery pack adds 2000 mAh to drained devices

Battery-boosting case manufacturer PowerSkin, has debuted a new 2000 mAh pop-on battery charger titled PoP'n, featuring small, flexible suction cups that adhere externally to mobile devices and connect via an interchangeable tip to a Micro-USB, Apple 30-pin or Apple Lightning connector.


Test: iPad easily best tablet for real-world battery life

Apple's customized battery tech excels at Wi-Fi surfing test

A UK-based electronics testing and recommendation magazine and website, Which, has rated the tablet battery life of various sized tablets -- and found that the iPad and iPad mini ran away with the competition, besting its rivals by very significant scores. While scores were closer between the iPad 2...


Mugen Power outs 6,400mAh battery for Galaxy Note II

Mugen Power battery case more than doubles life of Galaxy Note II

Power-using Galaxy Note II owners may want to take a look at Mugen Power's latest offering. The HLI-N7100XL more than doubles the phone's standard run time and its built-in battery's 3,100mAh capacity. What's more, the NFC capabilities of the handset are retained.


Microsoft: Surface Pro to have half Surface RT battery life

Surface Pro may have 4.5 to five hours battery

When Microsoft launches the Windows 8 Pro version of its Surface tablet, the device will apparently have a battery life somewhere in the area of four and a half to five hours. This according to a Panos Panay, head of Microsoft's Surface project. Surface with Windows 8 Pro -- which runs the full version...


Lenovo China reveals IdeaPhone P770 with 29 hour battery

Lenovo pushes out smartphone with 29 hour battery life, 26 days stand-by

Lenovo China has revealed its latest smartphone, which packs in a super high-capacity 3,500mAh battery giving it an incredible 29 hours of talk time. The Lenovo IdeaPhone P770 also offers users up to 644 hours of stand-by time, the equivalent of 26 days. In addition to the battery, the use of a mid-range...


Report: Samsung withdraws as Apple's battery supplier

Two other Chinese firms step up to fill in on iPad, MacBook batteries

A report in China Business News claims that Samsung SDI, the company's battery-producing subsidiary, has decided to withdraw from selling batteries to Apple, possibly in retaliation for various moves the iPad maker has made to reduce its dependence on Samsung as a supplier. Two other Chinese firms, Tianjin...


Pics show off Lenovo P770 with 3500mAh battery

P770 battery would be among largest in smartphones

Lenovo appears to be targeting battery performance as a main selling feature for its forthcoming P770 smartphone, packing a battery into the handset that may top every other competitor on the market. Images emerged online today showing the P770 with a 3500mAh battery, well beyond that seen in most comparable...


PowerSkin battery case for Galaxy S III has NFC support

PowerSkin's battery case packs 1,500mAh of extra power, NFC support

PowerSkin, maker of accessory cases for smartphones, has now released its latest covering, this one custom-tailored for Samsung's Galaxy S III smartphone. The skin is said to be unique by its maker, however, in that allows the handset's NFC radio to continue to operate through it. The case's 1,500mAh...


Giveaway: Win a PowerSkin smartphone battery case

Win a PowerSkin smartphone battery case!

It's almost guaranteed that anyone with a smartphone has temporarily lost touch with the world while on the go because their battery died. While these phones can do almost anything, they just can't hold a charge when they are in use. PowerSkin has a solution for that, the PowerSkin battery case. Read...


Testing confirms battery drop in 10.8, fix coming in 10.8.2

Lion still 'king' of battery life among released versions

First, the bad news: three sets of separately-conducted independent tests have confirmed what many users suspected -- the initial release of Mountain Lion contained a bug that severely decreased battery life in the latest MacBook models compared to previous releases. The good news is that those same...


Leak shows iPhone 5 battery with higher capacity than 4S

Battery fits leaked frame

Corroborating recent reports, a fresh leak surrounding the iPhone 5 suggests Apple's sixth-generation smartphone will integrate a slightly larger battery than its predecessor. An alleged iPhone 5 battery obtained by electronics repair company iResQ appears to perfectly within the phone frame that is...


Korean breakthrough points to quick-charge Li-ion batteries

Charging efficiencies in larger batteries increased hundredfold

South Korean scientists claim to have found a way to greatly reduce electric car charging times from hours to minutes. The researchers have altered the geometry and physics of a lithium-ion battery to allow the cell to charge evenly throughout the battery, rather than charging from the terminals inward...


Exogear intros first portable battery pack that's stackable

Exogear battery pack can stack together to provide more juice

Relative newcomer Exogear has just introduced its Exovolt Plus universal portable battery packs that can be stacked together for more capacity. The company calls the products the first of their kind thanks to that stacking ability. The batteries require a main, 5,200mAh unit that can then accommodate...


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