Posts tagged with: qi
  • by | January 30, 2013 1:17 PM

    We've been taunted and teased with the dream of inductive charging for years, and now it's finally here! Well, it's here for some of us. After more than a few competing standards have been quietly battling it out, the Qi (pronounced "chee") standard seems to be the one that is going to be here to stay. In the early days if you wanted to inductively charge your device you needed to either buy a replacement battery and door with the technology built-in, or a "backpack"-style case that included the necessary induction coil and circuitry to enable chargers to replenish the battery inside your ...

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  • by | January 14, 2013 11:32 AM

    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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  • by | January 13, 2013 5:10 AM

    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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  • by | January 11, 2013 7:55 PM

    There are two really good ways that wireless smartphone charging could move from being a novelty to something that's immediately recognizable as useful. One would be really long-range charging, over distances of several feet, if not farther. There are some substantial technical limitations preventing us from seeing that at the moment, but who knows; maybe we'll get there in another ten years. The other, and so much more accessible way that wireless charging could make a big impact, is through the installation of ubiquitous charging spots. That would mean no longer having the need to carry ...

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  • by | January 9, 2013 10:04 PM

    After a bumpy start, wireless charging is starting to pick up a little bit of steam. We've seen the feature included on some high-profile smartphones, a far cry from its early days when you had to hunt-down a custom battery cover and install it yourself. The Qi standard is at the forefront of the movement, and we swung by the company's CES booth to learn what they've been up to. Seeing all these Qi-supported devices at once really drove home the point that wireless charging is only going to pick up the pace and become even more prevalent in 2013. Besides phones, Qi had a ton of chargers on ...

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  • by | January 9, 2013 6:45 PM

    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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  • by | December 27, 2012 12:43 PM

    We've talked about wireless charging in the past and have wondered why it's not more popular. One of the reasons could be the relative scarcity of inductive chargers, another reason is the confusing variety of wireless chargers and varying standards on the market today. We've been hearing about inductive charging for our phones a few years ago, and even saw the charger that we'll go hands-on with today back in September 2010! Now it's time to put the talk behind us and go hands-on with the Energizer Single Inductive Charger. Energizer makes a pair of Qi (pronounced "chee") compatible ...

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