Sony Developing High-capacity Rechargeable Battery for Future Smartphones

Sony Corp disclosed that it is developing new high-capacity rechargeable batteries to replace lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, aiming to commercialize them in 2020. The company plans to increase energy density per volume by 40% from the current 700Wh/L to 1,000Wh/L by using a sulfur (S) compound as an electrode material. Compared with an existing battery having the same volume, the new batteries can increase battery life (capacity) by 40%. Sony intends to commercialize the batteries as laminate batteries for smartphones first and, then, target them at other applications. The company aims to exploit the large capacity of the batteries and have them employed for various devices including mobile devices and robots. Sony

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YouTube Music: YouTube offers offline mode, background listening and a free YouTube Red trial [APK Download]

YouTube Offline Music !! Awesome!!! YouTube has just launched YouTube Music – a standalone app dedicated to music streaming and recommendation. Obviously, YouTube is primarily a video site – but it’s also the world’s most-used music streaming service, far surpassing purpose-built apps like Spotify and Apple Music in popularity.

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Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 Vs. Apple’s A9 Chip: How Will Next Gen Android Phones Stack Up Against iPhones?

  In the mobile world, Apple and Qualcomm are the two most important chip makers. Since 2010, Apple has excelled at building its own Ax “system on a chip” (SoC) for its iPhone and iPads, while Qualcomm powers nearly every premium Android phone with its Snapdragon series of chips.With the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple has jumped ahead with its latest A9 chip. Now Qualcomm aims to catch up with its latest generation chip, the Snapdragon 820, which will power high-end Android phones in 2016. So Snapdragon 820 Vs. Apple A9 is an interesting comparison to make.

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New Android Exploit can Hack any Phone from a Website

Hackers have discovered a new android exploit  in Chrome for Android reportedly capable of compromising virtually every version of Android running the latest Chrome. Quihoo 360 researcher Guang Gong demonstrated the vulnerability to the PSN2OWN panel at the PacSec conference in Tokyo yesterday. While the inner workings of the exploit are still largely under wraps, we do know that it leverages JavaScript v8 to gain full administrative access to the victim’s phone.

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As Paris Terror Attacks Unfolded, Social Media Tools Offered Help in Crisis 

As the attacks in Paris were still unfolding on Friday night, social media sites lit up as sources for information that went beyond the news. Facebook activated its Safety Checktool, which allows users in an area affected by a crisis to mark themselves or others as safe. Facebook created the tool to help in times of crisis, a spokeswoman, Anna Richardson White, said on Saturday, and it has activated it five times in the last year after natural disasters. But this was the first time it was activated for something like this, she said.

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Huawei’s new quick charging tech can fully charge a 3,000 mAh battery in 10 minutes

Smartphones are in a golden age of fast charging with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology being adopted by various manufacturers (and with the latest Nexus phones having fast charging via USB Type-C). Now, Chinese OEM Huawei (which has been gaining speed recently with the Huawei Watch and the Nexus 6P) has announced new quick charging lithium-ion batteries of their own at a conference in Japan.

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Google Makes Hangouts Calls To France Free In The Wake Of Attacks In Paris

After a series of shootings and explosions occurred in Paris Friday evening, Google has made calls to France via its Hangouts service temporarily free. Callers can use the Hangouts app on Android, iOS, and the web to place calls to the country without incurring the normal international charges. The Google+ post making the announcement did not specify any particular countries, so presumably free calls are available from any location where Hangouts can be used. It’s not clear if Google Voice users are also being given free calls.

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Microsoft releases “1st major update” to Windows 10

n a blog post this morning, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for Windows Terry Myerson announced that the first major update for Windows 10 is now available. You’ll receive the update, dubbed the November update, or 1511 (for the 11th month of 2015), or build 10586, according to your Windows Update settings, so if you aren’t immediately offered the update you can check there.

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