Beating battery drain

by Leigh Anne Varney on October 29, 2014

Startup’s power-conserving chip may increase smartphone battery life, save energy in cell towers.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
October 28, 2014

mit-newsStream video on your smartphone, or use its GPS for an hour or two, and you’ll probably see the battery drain significantly. As data rates climb and smartphones adopt more power-hungry features, battery life has become a concern. Now a technology developed by MIT spinout Eta Devices could help a phone’s battery last perhaps twice as long, and help to conserve energy in cell towers.

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A new study commissioned by the United Nations revised its global population projection upward to 13.2 billion people by 2100 – including billions of new middle-class consumers. According to Germany’s Spiegel Online, the study’s lead researchers give this high population growth scenario a probability of 95 percent to materialize.

82148686-1024x683Unsurprisingly, increasing total consumption in the developing world – from a much lower baseline than in advanced Western economies – will occur in lockstep with the surging need for energy to generate electricity given the projected increase in prosperity across the globe and accompanying improved living standards as more consumers and businesses gain access to reliable electricity.

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Opinion: Apple Watch isn’t what women want

September 14, 2014

By Therese Poletti SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — It’s not on the market until early next year, but the Apple Watch is getting a lot of glowing, almost fawning, first looks. For instance, the New York Times described it as “stunning to look at, with a variety of faces and watchbands that bear more in common […]

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The spiralling energy consumption behind your smart phone

September 11, 2014

The mobile industry has flourished in recent years by delivering faster network speeds to the billions of phones and tablets now in consumers’ hands. But for future growth to continue at the same pace – and bring billions of more devices online – telecom engineers need to solve a new challenge: energy efficiency. Mobile handsets […]

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14 Tech Predictions

September 4, 2014

By Fulvia Montresor We asked our 2015 intake of Technology Pioneers for their views on how technology will change the world. From printable organs to the “internet of everywhere,” here are their predictions for our near-term future. Renewables will power mobile networks We have become dependent on mobile communications in our daily lives, but the […]

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ClipSee allows easy hands-free smartphone use while driving

July 26, 2014

The National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration says that at any given minute across America, about 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or fooling with electronic devices while they are driving. In 2011, nearly half a million Americans were injured in motor vehicle crashes when a driver was distracted. Now, distracted can mean anything from […]

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