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    The base rate for an unlimited data plan on T-Mobile is $95 per month. On Sprint, it's $75. Spread that difference over two years and you've got enough money for another good phone if you wanted it. The Now Network feels it's important to point that out in this micro-age of Pokémon GO madness, even as the Un-carrier is offering unlimited high-speed data to all of its customers for a year while on the app. "Unlike some of the other carriers, Sprint offers unlimited data at a fair price so you don't have to worry about using data while Playing Pokémon Go," Sprint stated in a press ...

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    Batteries are fussy. They can charge fast. Real fast. And for too long, too. That's what makes them go "sizzle." Or, worse yet, "boom." They can charge slowly. Real slowly. Like, when you absolutely, absolutely need power before you hop on the bus in three minutes and your phone still says two percent. One thing for sure is that they can only last for so long. And batteries deteriorate faster the hotter they get. Sony's thinking of doing something about it with an additional feature to its Marshmallow AOSP beta firmware for the Xperia Z2 and Z3 called "Soft Charging." It's a simple ...

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    Digital security company Kaspersky has warned us about many threats. Valid ones, too. Kinda not now. It has posted the 95 Theses against the Church of Charging. First, it attacks third-party chargers. It's true that they've been the cause of explosions, injury and death, especially ones made with the idea of putting 220 volts through a USB port. But even with the charger out of the box, we've seen how badly the phones can handle that juice — though Kaspersky doesn't mention those incidents. And that's just plugging into the grid. The security firm's more concerned about the power you ...

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    Following up on Google's Benson Leung's skepticism of the LG G5 and HTC 10 for likely being non-compliant with specifications for USB Type-C for charging, the engineer has become a little less wary of the G5. A GTrusted test of the device's charging practices when connected to Google's universal 60W USB-C adapter showed that the G5 follows USB Power Delivery protocol at 5V, 3A or 9V, 2A. This means that the phone may also support DisplayPort routing. The LG G5 and HTC 10 claim to support both the USB Power Delivery charging standard — which makes it possible to use DisplayPort — and ...

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    BlackBerry might be thinking beyond the charging cable when it comes to plugging in your future smartphone. It has just announced two patent licensing deals with London-based International Game Technology and camera manufacturer Canon. IGT is specifically focused on the gambling and pay-to-play video gaming industries. Global Chief Product Officer Victor Duarte released a statement in BlackBerry's press release: The addition of convenient charging capability to the IGT CrystalCore®, CrystalDual™ and S3000® [video slots] cabinets provides our customers with another feature that enables ...

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    Whether you use a tablet, phablet, or phone, and regardless of what OS powers it or which brand is stamped on its backside, we all have one thing in common: our devices all have batteries that always need recharging. Power bricks come in all shapes and sizes. Some may feature a quick-charging standard, others may be the run-of-the mill chargers that simply get the job done. Regardless, they all require a power outlet - and there never seems to be one of those around when we need it. What we need is a compact, portable, charging station that we can take anywhere, uses power from the ...

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    Rarely has the "lull" between trade shows given us so much to talk about. We kicked off the week with an exciting announcement welcoming two new members to the Pocketnow team, and since then we've barely been able to keep news, editorials, and videos on the front page long enough to read them. This feed is on fire. From ever-strengthening rumors about the HTC M7 and Samsung Galaxy S IV, to interviews with newcomers like Jolla, to new looks at old friends with BlackBerry 10, to modding and jailbreaking today's top smartphones, we've gotten a lot done since the last episode of the Weekly, ...

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    OK, now we're starting to get somewhere: wireless charging has struggled to make the case for why it's so superior to plug-in charging, but word that the first automobiles with factory-installed Qi-compatible charging stations are on their way may have you beginning to see the light. As part of an optional "technology package", including other high-tech options like a radar-based cruise control, Toyota will be outfitting its 2013 Avalon Limited and Hybrid Limited models with a wireless charging dock. Since it's all built in to the vehicle's console, this really is starting to seem like a ...

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    Electricity has always been a thing of wonder, but like most technological advancements, it's had its challenges and even a fight for what standard to adopt. Thomas Edison developed what would become the first commercially available electrical power transmission using direct current (DC). One of the drawbacks of DC is its relatively limited range due to loss as distribution lines stretched further away from the power plants. Eventually power plants were created in neighborhoods and business districts to overcome the loss, but the plants were large, somewhat noisy, and generally ...

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