In Brief: Explosive Cells and 5GB Portable Hard Drives

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Explosive Cells? After several reports of counterfeit batteries causing cell phones to blow up, Nokia has moved to help users identify authentic batteries. New Nokia batteries will include a label with a holographic image and an authentication code hidden under a scratch-off area on the label. Users can verify the code online or via SMS. Also, Kyocera and Verizon Wireless have recalled some of their phone batteries due to potential hazards.

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5GB to Go, Please: It has never been easier to tote 5GB of data around, thanks to Seagate's 3-inch USB 2.0 Pocket Hard Drive. The $200 mini hard disk has a unique yoyolike design, but its transfer speeds are poky (7 megabytes per second). By comparison, Memorex's matchbook-size, flash-based, 2GB USB 2.0 TravelDrive ($200) boasts read/write speeds of up to 25/20 MBps.

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