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Tech News : Millions Of iPhone Users Could Receive ‘Batterygate’ Payouts

Millions Of iPhone Users Could Receive 'Batterygate' Payouts

Following a claim made by a consumer champion against Apple over the ‘Batterygate’ alleged throttling of older iPhones, millions of people could receive compensation if the claim is successful.  Batterygate  The recent claim in relation to what has become known as ‘Batterygate’ refers to a 2017 software update to iPhones which Apple says was a power management tool to…

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Sustainability-In-Tech : Swappable Batteries

Sustainability-In-Tech : Swappable Batteries

Rather than EV drivers waiting for 40 minutes to re-charge the car battery at a charging station, could the solution be stations where drivers can quickly swap their battery for a fully charged one?  Swap Battery Rather Than Wait To Re-Charge  Chinese electric carmaker, Nio recently made the news with exactly this idea, which is already widely used in…

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Tech Insight : Augmented Vision From ‘Smart’ Contact Lenses?

Tech Insight : Augmented Vision From 'Smart' Contact Lenses?

In this insight, we look at the development, applications, and issues relating to new ‘smart eye’ wearables such as smart glasses and contact lenses.  Smart Contact Lenses  Smart contact lenses, such as those in development by health and technology company Mojo, use a tiny micro-LED display the size of a grain of sand to display information to the wearer…

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Tech Insight : Where Are We At With VR These Days?

Tech Insight : Where Are We At With VR These Days?

In this insight, we look at where Virtual Reality (VR) is now, plus what predictions there are for its future.  Potted History  Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated and fully immersive experience that obscures the natural world, which is used for entertainment, education and business. The very first VR headset / head-mounted display (HMD) dates back to 1960, and…

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Sustainability-In-Tech : The Impact Of Lithium Mining

Sustainability-In-Tech : The Impact Of Lithium Mining

With our devices using lithium-ion batteries and with Electronic Vehicles (EVs) currently dependent on lithium for their rechargeable batteries we look at the environmental impact of lithium mining, and what the possible alternatives could be.  Lithium  Lithium is a naturally occurring element found ionic minerals like petalite, lepidolite, and spodumene, and is a soft, silvery-white alkali metal sometimes referred to…

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Tech News : Watching TV To Be Allowed In Automated Vehicles

Watching TV To Be Allowed In Automated Vehicles

The UK Government’s Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that following changes to The Highway Code, users of automated vehicles will be allowed to watch TV on built-in screens.  Viewing Content On Built-In Screens  Following a public consultation launched a year ago on how self-driving vehicles can be used safely on UK roads, the DfT has announced changes to…

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Tech News : Dumbphone Revival

Dumbphone Revival

A report by SEO software firm SEMrush has shown that so-called ‘Dumbphones’ are experiencing a revival, but why?   What Is A ‘Dumbphone’?   Dumbphones are mobile handsets that lack the advanced functionality characteristics of a smartphone and typically have press-button based inputs, a small non-touch display, and can just make and receive calls and SMS text messages.   Google Searches – 89…

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Sustainability : Gravity-Powered Electric Battery Train

Sustainability : Gravity-Powered Electric Battery Train

The newly developed ‘Infinity Train’ in Australia uses gravitational energy to fully recharge its battery-electric systems on its outward journey so that no additional charging is required for the return trip.  Gravitational Energy?  Gravitational Energy is the potential energy associated with the gravitational field, which is released when the objects fall towards each other. An example is hydro energy (used in hydro-electric…

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Sustainability : Almost 2X New EV’s In 2021

The latest Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) report shows that new EV registrations almost doubled in 2021. Bad Year Generally For New Car Registrations The effects of the pandemic and the semiconductor shortage continued to have an effect on car purchases in 2021 as new car registrations only rose by 1 per cent to 1,647,181. In fact, the market…

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