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    (Updated 02 April 2014 to add HTC's comments at bottom.) Sometimes, all you need is a phone. Not a digital assistant, not a pocket internet tablet, not a gaming platform. Of course all of those things are nice, and the enhanced features smartphones bring to bear have become essential to millions around the world. But thanks to the realities of battery endurance and processor capabilities, most of today's smartphones offer a variation on the same promise: "From the moment I come off the charger until the moment I lose power, I will be a smartphone. Nothing less." With the unsubtly-named ...

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    I'm writing this editorial while sitting in a Boston-area Starbucks, which means two things: 1) yes, I'm one of those pretentious jerks who writes in public, and 2) I'm seated next to a wireless charging plate embedded in the tabletop. The hardware is unobtrusive, just a glossy disc about three inches across, mounted flush with the table. At first glance, it almost seems like a permanent coaster, a structural suggestion from management encouraging you to "put your drink here." Only on closer inspection does the Powermat branding become evident, with tiny text encouraging the curious to ...

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    I’ve said before that I think the companies that provide the widest array of choice are the ones most likely to be successful (right behind the companies that make all your choices for you, of course). That’s because a lot of people like the freedom and convenience that a wide range of choice provides, whether it be car colors, TV sizes, or brands of dishwashing detergent. It’s good to give people options. When it comes to mobile phones, one of the most important facets of the user experience is battery life. Since battery technology consistently lags behind other areas of ...

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