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Google's Aussie Engineering Boss Has Gone Off The Grid

You’d expect that Alan Noble, Google’s engineering director for Australia and New Zealand, would be a bit of a tech-head. And yes, he is: he’s just had an off-the-grid solar and battery energy storage system set up at his rural South Australian property, using cells designed by Aussie company Redflow for a much lower cost than actually connecting the entire property to the national energy grid.

Oculus App Update Is Murdering Battery Life On Samsung Phones

The Samsung Gear VR is one of the easiest ways to experience virtual reality, but some users are learning that convenience comes with its costs. Owners of Samsung phones such as the S6, S6 Edge, S7 and S7 Edge are reporting that Oculus app is destroying their phone’s battery life.

This Drone Can Fly Forever Without A Battery

Want a drone to fly longer and farther? Give it a bigger battery. But that adds weight, which in turn reduces the drone’s flight time. It’s quite a conundrum. It seems like an unresolvable catch-22, except that someone has finally found a way to use wireless power to keep a drone flying.

The ACCC Is Making Button Batteries Safer

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging businesses to adopt a new Code designed to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from children swallowing button batteries in Australia.

Tesla Will Build The Largest Backup Battery In History To Power Los Angeles

Tesla has been selected to build the largest lithium-ion battery solution in the world near Los Angeles. It will “hold enough energy to power more than 2,500 households for a day or charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles,” the company says.

Researchers Turned Fish Scales Into A Renewable Power Source

We eat fish and throw away the scales. But now researchers have figured out a reason those fish scales might be worth saving.

Dick Smith Stockpiled 12 Years Worth Of AA Batteries

The investigation into the collapse of electronics retailer Dick Smith has thrown up some amazing statistics relating to a key reason for the company going into administration — it was carrying too much stock.

When It's Good Having A Removable Battery In Your Phone (And When It's Not)

If you want to buy a new phone in 2016, then apart from the price and the size of the screen, a phone’s battery — how long it lasts, how big it is, and whether you can swap it out — is probably going to be one of your chief concerns. Some phones have removable batteries, and some don’t. Here’s the difference, why it matters, and whether it’s worth putting a replaceable battery at the top of your wishlist.

Nanoscale X-Rays Could Lead To Better Lithium-Ion Batteries

The world is full of inventions that science doesn’t entirely understand the fundamental inner workings of. Batteries, for instance. Sure, it’s not magic, but there are still a few details that we can’t completely explain. Though we’re a step closer thanks to a team from Stanford University in the US.

Why Your Phone Battery Dies When It Still Has Juice

You’re plugging along with 3 per cent battery and that Snorlax is one block away. Then, less than a minute later your phone is dead, the Snorlax is gone, and you are miserable. There are a two reasons for this. One: you’re playing Pokémon Go and need to stop. Two: figuring out how your battery holds a charge is less science and more witchcraft.

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