Mobile, Laptop & Other Gadgets

This new battery could save your cell phone from going up in smoke – Science Magazine

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Zinc, long used in nonrechargeable batteries, now may be the future of rechargeables. By Robert ServiceApr. 27, 2017 , 2:15 PM Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries are everywhere these days: laptops, cars, power tools, and cellphones, including Samsung’s infamous smoldering Galaxy Note 7. Now, researchers have come up with a new way to prevent these rechargeables from going haywire—a zinc-nickel battery that provides nearly the same electrical jolt, but not the fire…

Anybody can make a Google Assistant gadget with this new toolkit – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Today, Google is announcing the general availability of the Google Assistant SDK. What that means is that anybody can download and run the Google Assistant on a gadget of their choice — Google says it will run well on Raspberry Pi 3 devices and also on Linux. The obvious use case is speakers, but Google has ambitions to get its assistant embedded in all sorts of different gadgets: phones, watches,…

The ultrathin Predator Triton 700 gaming laptop is Acer’s answer to the Razer Blade – The Verge

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Acer announced the Predator Triton 700, the first laptop in the company’s new line of Predator Triton ultrathin gaming laptops. The Triton 700 appears to be Acer’s response to laptops like the Razer Blade, a similarly slim, aluminum-cased gaming laptop that still packs some serious power. At 18 mm (0.74 inches) thick, it’s not the thinnest gaming laptop out there, although it’s still dramatically thinner than most traditional gaming computers….

Rural Indian women are lagging far behind their urban counterparts in mobile phone usage – Quartz

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In India, less than 46% of women own and use a mobile phone, according to the fourth National Family Health Survey (NFHS) dated 2015-16. This has had the effect of limiting independence for many women, as well as access to opportunities, and the problem is worse when the data is examined more closely. In urbanized centers, 62% of women use their own handsets, but in rural regions the figure is…

A new gadget from Amazon wants to help you pick out your outfit – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

(Amazon) Soon, Amazon’s voice assistant will be able to answer your most burning question: Alexa, does this make my butt look big? Amazon on Wednesday announced the Echo Look, a $200 voice-activated camera that will take full-length pictures of your outfits, by using the command “Alexa, take a photo.” It can also take videos — “Alexa, take a video” — to let you check yourself out from multiple angles, through a live feed…

ESPN layoffs include on-air and digital personalities – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ESPN was expected to cut around 100 employees on Wednesday. USA TODAY Sports