Apple hacking PWN2OWN supremo and security researcher Charlie Miller is preparing to reveal just how to hack an Apple MacBook battery. Yep, you read that right: Apple battery hacking could be coming to a MacBook near you soon. Well, near you if you happen to be in Las Vegas for the annual Black Hat conference in August that is. Otherwise, DaniWeb suspects you probably won't see any such thing. Miller, the principal research consultant with Accuvant Labs, says he will demonstrate how to reverse engineer both the MacBook embedded controller (that controls battery charging) firmware and the firmware flashing process …

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If the woman with the British accent suggests you turn left to find a fire hydrant, heed to her warning. [ATTACH]16904[/ATTACH]Earlier today (August 25th), GPS maker Garmin announced a voluntarily recall of 1.25 million nüvi GPS systems worldwide due to a faulty third-party battery which causes certain models to overheat when interacting with the circuitry. Roughly 800,000 of these recalled units were purchased in the U.S. From the Garmin site regarding the issue: [INDENT][I]Garmin is voluntarily recalling certain nüvi devices that contain a specific battery that was manufactured by the battery supplier within a limited date code range. Garmin has …

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[ATTACH=LEFT]16524[/ATTACH]A new utility app, officially released August 6, 2010, makes it possible for Blackberry users to get more life out of their battery by allowing them to decide how to use the remaining power left before recharging. Instead of hearing warning beeps and seeing a screen that doesn't show how much power is left, users can now see how much juice they still have left. [ATTACH=right]16521[/ATTACH][URL="http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/10150"]PowerBOSS[/URL], made by JaredCo. can be configured to existing settings on all Blackberry models and has the ability to override BlackBerry’s system default that typically shuts down all communication at 5% battery life left. The …

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Everyone knows that the iPhone 3GS only comes in black or white varieties, but some unlucky users are claiming to have got their hands on a pink version. The thing is, these started out as bog standard white models but, according to some reports, they get so hot during extended use or when GPS applications are running that they start to glow pink! The iPhone 3GS, which is [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/06/30/o2-runs-out-of-iphone-3gs/"]currently totally sold out here in the UK[/URL], is twice as fast as the previous model. It is also twice as hot, too hot for some users to hold against their ear …

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Now that's what I call a really cool idea, an air-fuelled battery for the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/05/19/confession-i-am-sleeping-with-my-iphone/"]ever popular iPhone[/URL]. Actually, it is more than an idea, this is a development with legs. University researchers in the UK, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council ([URL="http://www.epsrc.ac.uk"]EPSRC[/URL]) have designed something called the STAIR cell. The STAIR, short for St Andrews Air (the [URL="http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk"]University of St Andrews[/URL] is the lead researcher on the project) battery uses oxygen drawn from thin air to produce a reaction within porous carbon to create the electrical charge. The good news being that this pretty green and clean …

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It all sounds a little science fiction, but according to scientists at MIT it seems that a virus powered iPhone, laptop and even car are all possibilities stemming from research they have been doing. Although the potential for building batteries from viruses was discovered a few years ago, the MIT team behind the research now reckons that it has progressed to a point where the material being produced is powerful enough to power a car. What they have done is use viruses to create both the negative and positive charged anodes and cathodes that make up the component parts of …

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[URL="http://www.cellular-news.com/story/31072.php"]According to Cellular News[/URL] Apple has decided it will, after all, settle in the case of two Canadian class-action lawsuits concerning the battery life of the iPod. It only covers old iPods, specifically those purchased before the 24th June 2004, and concerns those iPod owners whose devices have reduced battery life of less than five hours on a full charge for 1st and 2nd gen iPods, less than four hours for 3rd gen devices. However, if you do meet the requirements, and that Includes being a Canadian resident who purchased an iPod in Canada, then apparently Apple will pay you …

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According to a report at [URL="http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/10/08/ipod-burns-geezer-trousers"]The Inquirer[/URL] an Atlanta airport worker was a little surprised to discover, upon looking down to see where the smell of burning was coming from, that it was him. Well, it was his trousers to be precise. Apparently the chap, one Danny Williams, had an 18 month old iPod Nano and a piece of glossy paper in his pocket at the time. As well as flames that were fierce enough to be licking around his chest. The iPod, of course, gets its power from a Lithium Ion battery which raises suspicions of another hot battery …

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[I]I’m the trouble starter, notebook instigator. I’m the Dell addicted, Sony illustrated. I’m a fire-starter, notebook fire-starter. You’re the fire-starter, notebook fire-starter.[/I] With apologies to The Prodigy for ruining a perfectly good lyric, but it does serve to highlight the problem de jour: that of flaming laptops. If you thought it was safe to participate in a spot of mobile computing now that Dell had recalled all their machines thought to be at risk from overheating Sony lithium-ion battery packs, think again or you may never have children chaps. The Yahoo Mission Campus was evacuated after a Dell went up …

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Although most news circulating around the web about the deffective batteries has to do with Dell or Apple (including one airline not allowing Dell laptops which im sure Dell's PR is very happy about) the company that stands to loose the most seems to be Sony. They are the ones who originally manufactured the defective batteries and then they were bought buy companies like Dell and Apple. So far almost several million batteries are going to be recalled and companies stand to loose billions. Although Sony does not stand to loose all that much money right now they are loosing …

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