The new regulations are being put into place because US officials are concerned that terrorists might use a smartphone casing to conceal a bomb. Groups like the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the al Qaeda-affiliated Islamist Nusra Front are reportedly plotting to take down an airplane. Presumably, the thinking is that a device that actually functions couldn’t contain enough explosives to cause any harm.

But the restrictions could be a major pain for those of us who struggle to keep our devices fully charged, especially when traveling. As Kevin Roose of New York Magazine noted this weekend, battery capacity is actually improving—but at a steady linear pace that isn’t keeping up with the exponential increases that are driving electronic gadgets’ power consumption.

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