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 No one wants to spend an entire weekend painting their living room — but what if the paint you were using could also power your house? Scientists have found a way to create thermoelectric paint capable of converting heat into electricity, according to new research published in Nature. Sung Hoon Park led a team of researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), and the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute in creating thermoelectric paint along with an application technique that captures more waste heat than conventional thermoelectric materials. Most thermoelectric devices…

Chinese electric car startup NextEV has launched a vehicle it claims is the fastest electric car in the world. The EP9 supercar was unveiled yesterday at a launch event in London and is the first model from NextEV’s new brand, Nio. Dubbed the world’s fastest electric car, it can go from zero to 200 kilometres per hour in 7.1 seconds, and has a top speed of 313 kilometres per hour. The electric vehicle can be fully charged in 45 minutes and has a range of 427 kilometres. It also features an interchangeable battery system, which allows drivers to swap out…

The last thing you want is for your phone to run out of juice when you need it most. Usually, a phone lasts a full work day with moderate use. But if you use it heavily, you’ll need to recharge it more often. Batteries also lose steam over time, running down faster the longer you’ve owned the phone. The spectre of losing battery — and therefore losing your communication hub — is frightening and real. If you feel your handset battery seems to be stuck in the ’90s and doesn’t last as long as you’d like, you’re not alone. So…

Today Qualcomm Technologies introduced Qualcomm Quick Charge 4, our latest and greatest fast charging technology, which will be available with the next generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. What’s new with Quick Charge 4? It charges faster of course. But it’s not just faster, it’s designed to be more efficient and run cooler than prior generations. Compared to Quick Charge 3.0, Quick Charge 4 is up-to 20 percent faster, or 30 percent more efficient, while charging up to 5° C cooler. But what does that mean for using your smartphone in the real world? To give you a better sense of…

If you’re sick of constantly finding your tablet battery drained because your child has been using it with their favorite tech toy, or to binge on cartoons on Netflix, it might be time they got their own. But which one to choose? Here we look at some of the best tablets for children which are available in 2016. Things to consider Before jumping in with our pick of the best tablets for kids, it’s worth thinking about some of the factors you’ll want to consider when selecting the right one. For example, if a tablet is likely to take a…

Did your Thanksgiving dinner turn out a bit bland? Not quite up to code? Maybe it’s all in the technique. Drone manufacturer Autel Robotics has a helpful video that shows how a quadcopter can double as an excellent multi-function kitchen tool that peels, slices, dices, fries, mixes and butters your buns, so to speak, as long as you don’t mind your kitchen getting a touch messy. The drone in question is Autel’s X-Star Premium, a decent enough looking 4K camera quad that’s probably best described as a Phantom with fewer bells and whistles. With a 25-minute max flight time and…

With the holiday shopping season ready to kick into high gear, maybe you’re considering buying some virtual reality at the tail end of this supposed “Year of VR.” We’ve spent time with all of the major headsets – both in our offices and at events – and have picks for the best VR headsets of 2016. Before we jump in, note that we’re breaking down top picks separately in high-end and mobile VR. Nobody in their right mind is going to think the US$79 Google Daydream, powered by a smartphone, is better than the PC-based, $799 HTC Vive. It only…

If you’re shopping for an Android smartphone this holiday season, two of your best options are Google’s Pixel XL and the LG V20. While the Pixel is probably the better all-around choice, the V20 will better serve certain groups of customers. Let’s compare their features and specs. Size The LG V20 is 3-percent taller, 3-percent wider and 4-percent thicker. As we’ll see in a moment, though, it pays you back with a bigger screen. Weight The V20 is also 4-percent heavier. Build Both phones are, in typical flagship fashion, made of aluminum. Colors Three color options to choose from for…

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