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MIT researchers have developed a lithium-ion battery that can recharge cell phones, notebook computers and other electronics equipment much more quickly than at present, according to the scientists, who said the development would also lead to smaller and lighter hardware. “If you can charge your phone in 30 seconds, that becomes a life changer,” said MIT professor Gerbrand Ceder, who led the research team. The Times (London) (3/12)

Panasonic on Wednesday introduced a family of new products, including several Viera plasma TVs, three Blu-ray players and two home-theater systems. The new and upgraded devices, many of which had their coming-out parties at 2009 International CES, begin hitting store shelves next month. Dealerscope (3/12) , TWICE (3/11)

Onkyo USA has debuted its TX-SR607 AV receiver, the first to feature Dolby’s ProLogic IIz surround-sound format. Paul Wasek, Onkyo’s marketing manager, said the exciting new format was so realistic that “it adds a new realm of audience involvement in three dimensions, with surprise aircraft flyovers triggering the ‘duck’ reflex.” Dealerscope (3/12)

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