iPhone 8 production ramps up, smaller fast-charger, travel devices, Logitech HomeKit, FitBit iPhone


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Samsung & Interflex boost circuit board output for Apple’s ‘iPhone 8’ — Two firms, Interflex and Samsung Electro-Mechanics, are reportedly boosting their spending on production of flexible printed circuit boards (FPCBs) specifically for Apple’s upcoming iPhones, including the ‘iPhone 8,’ which will most likely be the first iPhone with an OLED screen.

Battery tech suitable for future iPhone promises 3x the power density, full charge in minutes — A new battery technology has been developed by a team led by the original creator of lithium-ion battery, promising safer batteries that can hold three times as much power — and charge in minutes, rather than hours.
The glass, made from lithium, sodium, or potassium greatly increases the energy density of the battery, with researchers seeing more than 1200 cycles on a cell, with little impact to life. As a side effect, the batteries still work well down to -20 degrees C (-4 degrees F).

Losing devices while travelling — How to keep your devices from being stolen or lost, what to do if they are, and how to handle devices that are broken while travelling.

Logitech sees growth opportunity, seeks to build more HomeKit — The long-time accessory maker is looking to widen its involvement in home automation and internet of things marketplaces, rather than throwing in as a development partner solely with Apple, Amazon, or Google.

Fitbit intros iPhone-connected Alta HR, plans sleep tracking updates for current wearables — Fitbit has revealed the Alta HR, an upgrade of its more fashion-oriented fitness tracker, plus plans to update the software on two of its other devices with better sleep tracking.

Fantastical 2.8.3 adds more Apple Watch options, retains ease-of-use — Small improvements to the latest version of the long-running Fantastical calendar and scheduler aim to keep the app best in class – AppleInsider checks to see if the modifications add up to anything.

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