New Lithium Battery Tech Gets Full Charge In 10 Minutes

lithiumLet’s make this one easy to understand. Traditional lithium ion batteries are what keep humanity from creating more incredible technology. Despite that fact, you’ll find lithium ion batteries in smartphones to Teslas and Priuses. The way they work is via shuttling positive lithium ions between microscopically thin sheets of carbon graphite located at each electrode. But as these sheets age, their capacity and discharge performance degrades, and eventually they crack, rendering the battery dead and unless.

University of Southern California have therefore done away with silicon sheets entirely. According to a study published in the journal, Nano Research, a team headed by Viterbi School of Engineering professor Chongwu Zhou instead uses fields of porous silicon nano-tubes to shuffle electrons without wearing down and without losing capacity — thus allowing for extremely timely charges and longer lifespans. A provisional patent indicates that this could hit the market in 2 to 3 years.

That’s right; give another round of applause to science.

ViaTimes of India

Library of Congress: Let’s Preserve Early Sounds For Later Civilizations

libofcongressOld speeches and historic sounds are often in aged formats that no one can currently play using modern computer technology, but the Library of Congress has a plan to help change that for historians and U.S. citizens. The National Recording Preservation Plan is headlined by a recommendation to create a publicly accessible national directory of sound recordings that’ll act as an “authoritative discography”; you’ll still have to go to an actual library to listen to the sounds, but nevertheless they’d be readily available, along with details and where they are housed. Currently the Library of Congress is looking to smooth out licensing agreements to also allow for online streaming. Sounds very elegant, in a sense.

ViaLibrary of CongressCouncil on Library and Information Resources

iFixit Tears The Surface Pro Apart, Finds It Tricky

surfaceproapartThe engineers at iFixit have already jumped on the case to take the Surface Pro apart. Apparently, it wasn’t a fun process: with 90 screws in total, iFixit rates the Surface Pro 1 out of 10 for repairability. The battery is removable so replacements are easy if you’re brave enough to go past the screws, but it’s the SSD that gets tricky: you could kill the entire Surface Pro due to the number of cables near the SSD. Otherwise, the usual assortment of fans (two of them, in fact), Core i5 processor, RAM, and the display assembly can all be gawked at in iFixit’s teardown, all at the source link.

Via: iFixit 

Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display Is $200 Cheaper, New Processors

macbookpro-with-retina-display-2012Apple announced some slight changes to their MacBook Pro line today. First of all, the 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina display is $200 cheaper than before, now at $1,499, while a new 2.6GHz processor and 256GB higher-end model has been priced at $1,699.. Meanwhile, the  256GB 13-inch MacBook Air has also been discounted to $1,399, and the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display now have new processors clocked at 2.4 and 2.7GHz, respectively. All revision are available starting today.

Via: Apple 

President Obama Just Signed An Executive Order For National Cybersecurity

President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme CourtThe President of the United States, Barack Obama, made note in his State of the Union address tonight that earlier today he signed an executive order to strengthen the network security of the nation’s “critical infrastructure.” The goal is  to task the National Institute of Standards and Technology with creating a framework of best practices for operators in industries like transportation, water and health to follow, due in the next 240 days, with the Department of Homeland Security holding a voluntary program to ensure that this happens and becomes commonplace action.

This whole idea allows for companies to share with the government information they have on cybersecurity threats and breaches that they’ve experienced. The final version of this plan will be interesting when implemented, no doubt.

ViaThe Hill

Nexus 4 Wireless Charger Goes On Sale For $59.99

unnamedIn approximately four hours, Google’s new Qi inductive charger for your Nexus 4 (which sports the ability for wireless charging) will completely fill the cells in your battery. It’s currently listed on the Google Play Store with international availability planned. It currently costs $60 each with shipping times of a week or so. Looks great, if you ask me.

Via: Google Play Store

Google Nexus 4 Review: The 4th Echelon Of Android


Buying new gadgets and gizmos is always about two things: if the gadget you want is really a necessity, and second, are you buying the right gadget? The smartphone is both of those things: most likely, you need and smartphone, and second it has to be top-of-the line. The echelon of phones, as it were. Currently, the industry standard is the iPhone 5 tightly followed by the Galaxy S III.

But somewhere in the mix is the cool gadget; the one that is so cutting-edge you won’t see anything like it in a while. In fact, almost like the iPhone, you may only see it released once — twice at the most — in a year. Kiddies, that gadget is the Google Nexus 4.

Check out the review, past the break.

NYT: Apple Has Been Testing Curved Display Watches In The Lab

inanowatchThere are always Apple rumors that come out to lack the fruit of which they promise or are only half of the story. Anyways, Apple has been “experimenting” with a wrist-worn iOS device that has a curved display. Details are left rather scarce, but the general consensus is that it could be a watch, in a way more formal than the iPod Nano from a few years back. Also, The New York Times has instigated (for lack of a better word) Apple rumors in the past, that would just be complete bogus. It’s a sad reality when waiting for new technology.

Via: NYT