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Inventors of lithium batteries win Nobel Prize for Chemistry

Three pioneers receive the prestigious award

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Lithium batteries are everywhere. This technology  is literally with us everyday whenever we use our gadgets. It paved the way for rechargeable gadgets which never lose power quickly.

This year, the inventors of lithium batteries win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. It is long overdue, considering that these batteries came to the market in 1991. The three inventors – John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino – will receive SEK 9 million (approximately US$ 1 million) for their pioneering invention.

Lithium batteries was first pioneered by M. Stanley Whittingham. He discovered that lithium can hold and keep more electrical charge than lead-acid batteries. Lead-acid batteries were common in those days, but they were also heavy. Lithium batteries, on the other hand, were light and compact.

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John Goodenough improved upon the initial design of Whittingham. He made the lithium batteries hold more charge and safer to use. Then, Akira Yoshino made a commercially viable version of lithium batteries. Finally in 1991, a Japanese company made the first commercial version of lithium batteries.

Another interesting thing to note is that Goodenough will be the oldest person to receive a Nobel prize at 91.

The Nobel Prize is given to distinguished individuals who made significant contributions to our society. It is awarded to individuals selected by a committee annually.

Truly, this year’s winners deserve it. Just think about how different our gadgets would be without lithium batteries.

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Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

Lenovo expands ThinkBook, ThinkVision lineup

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Lenovo has been rather busy recently updating their entire product portfolio. So this ThinkBook and ThinkVision refresh was absolutely inevitable and most definitely welcome.

We’re going to go through all the ThinkBooks and ThinkVisions real quick. Ready? Take a breath. Let’s go!

ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i

This was co-engineered with Intel and meets the requirements of the Intel Evo platform. That’s true across hardware specifications and key experience targets for device responsiveness, instant wake, battery life and fast charge.

It has a high resolution 13.3-inch display with a new 16:10 aspect ratio that offers 90% screen-to-body ratio with ultra-narrow bezels and is available with optional touch.

You’re also getting Thunderbolt 4 port and optional PCIe Gen 4 storage.

We’ll be going on virtual meetings for the foreseeable future. Taking that into account, the ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i features microphones that has three audio modes: private, shared, and environmental.

  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $829
  • ThinkBook 13s Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $729.

ThinkBook 14s Yoga i

Need something flexible? Well, here you go. The popular Yoga form factor means this thing can bend and a different number of ways.

For performance, it’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core processors. It also comes with the Lenovo Smart Pen to really help you let your creativity run wild.

It’s available in Mineral Grey with an Abyss Blue version added to the mix.

  • ThinkBook 14s Yoga is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $879.

ThinkBook 14/15 Gen 2 i

If working smart is your think then it doesn’t get any smarter than this. It’s powered by 11th Gen Intel Core Processors (will also come in AMD variants) with flexible storage options: HDD + SSD or dual SSD.

Working remotely and need support? The service hot key helps users reach Lenovo support at the press of a button, automatically including device details such as serial number for a fast track support experience.

But here’s the kicker. It comes with ThinkBook wireless earbuds that can be stored within the laptop. The earbuds charge automatically when stored and connect to the laptop audio instantly when taken out. Double tapping toggles the mute function, and it has dual mics and environmental noise cancellation.

  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkBook 15p i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $939.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 i is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $569.
  • ThinkPad E14 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkPad E15 Gen 2 is expected to be available from November 2020, starting at $699.
  • ThinkBook 15 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.
  • ThinkBook 14 Gen 2 AMD is expected to be available from October 2020, starting at $549.

ThinkVision T27hv-20

This single cable USB-C Hub monitor is designed to to meet the collaboration requirements of a hybrid working model. The 27-inch display features a 1080p IR/RGB webcam, noise cancelling microphones and integrated speakers that help users conference with confidence

It has Smart Guard that blurs the screen the moment you look or move away or detects someone peeking over your shoulder. Meanwhile, Smart Energy will turn off the screen when it senses that you have moved away from your desk, saving power and protecting data.

  • ThinkVision T27hv-20 is expected to be available from December 2020, starting at $549.
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Lenovo launches ThinkPad X1 Nano, pre-order for ThinkPad X1 Fold

Two ThinkPads that deserve your attention

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If the Yoga lineup is any indication, it’s that Lenovo has never been shy about experimenting with form factors. They doubled up on that when they unveiled the ThinkPad X1 Fold at CES 2020. Now, they’re following it up with the ThinkPad X1 Nano.

Here’s a refresher on the ThinkPad X1 Fold in case you forgot what it was.

So yeah, it’s a PC but not exactly. Lenovo is calling it a new device category. It starts at US$ 2,499 and is now available for pre-order.

ThinkPad X1 Nano

The ThinkPad X1 Nano is being billed as the lightest ThinkPad ever. At less than 1kg, it’s hard to argue against that claim. It promises a complete laptop package all while being ultra freaking light.

It comes with up to 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and Intel Iris X graphics. That combo promises 20% faster office productivity and over 2x faster gaming plus streaming.

It has Thunderbolt 4 for fast, single cable connection to power, monitors, storage, as well as other external devices.

It’s the first ThinkPad to feature an updated suite of AI and biometric ThinkShield security features. These include new voice recognition and human presence detection.

It has a 13-inch Dolby Vision 2K display with a 16:10 aspect ratio. It has 100% sRGB for clarity and color accuracy. It also comes in touch display options.

This notebook also has four speakers with Dolby Atmos support for immersive sound. It also has four 360-degree microphones to ensure you are loud and clear during virtual meetings.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano starts at US$ 1,399. It is expected to be available Q4 of 2020.

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Honor Watch GS Pro now available with two new color options

It has 25-day battery life!

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Honor has aggressively launched new wearables to boost its ecosystem of products and there’s no stopping. The company announced the Watch GS Pro a few weeks ago, alongside the Honor Watch ES. The former is now up for purchase and comes along with two new color options dubbed — Camo Blue and Camo Grey Editions.

The Honor Watch GS is now available for purchase in France, UK, Germany, Italy, and Spain. It’s priced at €249.90 and can be ordered via Honor’s website. A limited time offer entitles you to a 20 percent discount on the total price if purchased before the end of September.

Coming to the watch, it has a 1.4-inch AMOLED display, a Kirin A1 chipset, GPS support, and multiple fitness modes. Most importantly, the watch’s body is designed for rough usage and features MIL-STD 810G-rated build. It can withstand shocks, high thermals, and repel water.

The Honor Watch GS Pro’s prime selling point is its 25-day battery life. Unlike the Apple Watch, Honor has focused on fitness and aims to deliver a consistent experience that doesn’t need you to be stuck to a charging wire.

The watch can be paired with Android or iOS and gets a host of fitness tracking systems. In the background, the heart rate scanner is always working and a SpO2 scanner is also included.

It’s preloaded with multi-skiing modes as well as provides outdoor information such as sunrise and sunset times, moon and tidal phases, and bad weather alerts. Further, you’ll get 100 workout modes, including 15 professional and 85 customized modes.

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