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Apple slashes iPhone battery replacement cost by $50 amid criticism

Apple slashes iPhone battery replacement cost by $50 amid criticism

Technology
Apple is taking action after coming under scrutiny for slowing down older iPhones as their batteries age. The company was hit with a lawsuit earlier this month alleging that it deliberately "slows down iPhone processors" in older models of the iPhone without the consent of the phone owners. The legal move came after Apple revealed that its new software updates slow down older iPhone devices in order to allow the batteries in older models to keep up with new features. In a statement today, the company emphasized that it would never "do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product." However, in order to address customers' concerns, Apple announced it would be reducing the price of out-of-warranty replacement batteries for certain phones by $ 50, from $ 79 to $ 29. "We k...
Australia is the new frontier for battery minerals

Australia is the new frontier for battery minerals

Finance
FORGET the “resource curse”. Australia is blessed with the stuff. For more than a quarter of a century it has not had a recession, thanks largely to Chinese demand for its raw materials. It is only a few years since the end of one such China-led boom, in base metals such as iron ore. A new speculative flurry has started in minerals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel to feed another China-related craze—making batteries for electric vehicles (EVs).Ken Brinsden, an Australian mining engineer, says he pinches himself over these remarkable turns of fortune. Until 2015 he was a boss at Atlas Iron, which shipped low-grade iron ore to China. In 2011, at the height of the China-led supercycle, it had a valuation of A$ 3.5bn ($ 3.8bn). This has now shrunk to A$ 167m. But he now heads Pilbara Mineral
Roy Miller: Kansas City Chiefs release embattled DT after domestic battery charge

Roy Miller: Kansas City Chiefs release embattled DT after domestic battery charge

Sports
The Kansas City Chiefs released defensive tackle Roy Miller on Monday, two days after he was arrested in Jacksonville, Fla., and charged with domestic battery of his wife. "We did release Roy and we're going to move on from that," Chiefs coach Andy Reid told reporters Monday, declining to answer further questions about Miller being waived. "I can't really talk about anything from a legal standpoint, so I'm going to just leave it at that." Miller, 30, is accused of dragging his wife by the hair, tearing a braid from her head and nearly ripping off her shirt, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office incident report. According to report, the altercation between the 6-foot-1, 301-pound player and Nicole Miller began with an argument after the couple returned home separately. Nicole Mille...
Elon Musk to build world's largest battery

Elon Musk to build world's largest battery

Technology
Tesla, the electric car business owned by billionaire Elon Musk, is set to build the world's largest ever lithium-ion battery.Ever the entrepreneur, Mr Musk and Lyndon Rive, the head of Tesla's battery division, proposed building an energy storage facility in South Australia following total blackouts across the state following a storm in March 2016.South Australia has struggled to access renewable energy supplies and retain power for residents in recent years.Tesla will get the system installed and working 100 days from contract signature or it is free. That serious enough for you?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 10, 2017As a maker of electric automobiles, Tesla has also invested heavily in energy storage and solar panel technology - and it believes its technology could develop far beyond veh
Liquified gas electrolytes power new lower-temperature battery

Liquified gas electrolytes power new lower-temperature battery

Science
June 16 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of California, San Diego have developed new electrolytes capable of powering batteries at temperatures as low as negative 80 degrees Celsius.The technology could help make lithium ion batteries safer and more efficient, as well as boost the range of electric vehicles during cold winter months. The new batteries could also power vehicles and instruments operating in extreme cold, like space rovers, satellites and high-alitiude weather baloons.The electrolytes are composed of liquefied gas solvents. Many gases require extreme pressure to liquify. Gases that liquify at moderate pressures are less apt to freeze.To create their battery's electrolyte, researchers liquified fluoromethane gas. For the capacitor electrolyte, scientists liquified difluor...