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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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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Microsoft Surface Book release date, news and features

Get to know Microsoft’s first laptop The Surface Book marks Microsoft’s entry into the laptop making business. Revealed at its Windows 10 devices event on October 6, 2015, the 13.5-inch notebook was a surprise entry that even stole the show from the Surface Pro 4. Touted as the thinnest Windows 10 machine ever created, this laptop is part of the 2-in-1 family and users can snap off the 7.7mm thick screen for a tablet experience. On top of a novel design, the Surface Book is a uniquely performance-focused hybrid that integrates a discrete Nvidia graphics card while offering up to 12 hours of battery life.

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5 crazy, innovative concept vehicles at Tokyo Motor Show

The 44th annual Tokyo Motor Show kicked off for the general public today, but Tech in Asia was on site for a press preview yesterday to scope out some of the domestic automakers’ funky, futuristic concept vehicles. Sure, the supercars were fun – but this list will look at innovation beyond pure horsepower and sharp body angles. Here are our five favorites, in no particular order:

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