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    If you've never used wireless charging, you're missing out, and you just can't understand how convenient it is. Every time you need to charge your device, you've got to have a cord plugged into an electrical outlet (or a portable battery). You probably have a few of these "tentacles" positioned in strategic locations that are quickly accessible throughout your day. Although somewhat convenient, that gets a bit messy and unorganized. I currently have four devices in my household that can charge wirelessly via the Qi standard. I wish I had more. To combat the widespread use of wall-wart ...

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    Last week we showed you a very novel Qi wireless charger for you to keep your smartphone topped of while in your car, and we were quite impressed with it. Unlike most car chargers that attach to your dash or windshield, this one sits in your cup holder and cradles your phone while you drive down the road. Interesting and convenient! If you're more into carrying around a spare battery, like I do, you might be interested in the ZENS Qi Wireless Charger than other solutions that you have to plug in. Portable Batteries In the "good old days" of PDAs and smartphones we could carry around a ...

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    When an avalanche of reviews is rumbling its way down your mountain, it's rarely easy to assemble a podcast team – but as we frequently remind you, the Pocketnow Weekly has never missed a week, and we'll be damned if it'll do so now. So despite the forthcoming reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear Fit, Gear 2, Oppo Find 7a, Nokia X, and the just-completed reviews of the ZENS Qi line, BlackBerry 10.2.1, and the Verizon HTC One M8, we're banding together behind microphones in three separate cities on two continents to bring you the news and editorials of a very busy week in mobile. ...

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    Of all the places wireless charging can actually be useful, we can't think of a better place than in the car. Messing with wires in the car can be tricky and, of course, dangerous. The ability to drop your phone in a slot and have it charge sounds awesome, right? Fortunately, that's not fiction. It's possible, thanks to the ZENS Qi Wireless Car Charger. Simply plug the the cup-shaped charger's power adapter into the 12V socket in your car, drop the charger in the cup holder, and toss a Qi-enabled smartphone into the slot on the top. The device plays a subtle chirp, and your phone charges. ...

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    So you’re looking for a set of speakers a little beefier than what your smartphone’s packing out of the box. We've been down this road before, most notably with our unboxing of the monstrous JBL PowerUp dock that we bought to match our Nokia Lumia 920 back in 2012. But such big sound often requires big equipment: the PowerUp is a monster. And if you go for a smaller solution, you're often left dealing either with tangled-up cables or a speaker with a battery so small that it dies within a few hours. Truly, these are trying times for mobile audio (unless you own a phone with BoomSound, ...

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    You've still got a few days to go before you can get your hands on your very own Galaxy S5 (at least in most places), but that doesn't mean it's too early to start looking at some of the accessories you might want to snag to help enhance your GS5 experience. Like last year's Galaxy S 4, the GS5 lacks native support for wireless charging, but just like with the GS4, an optional backplate can easily add the ability. While we were waiting around until June of last year before the GS4's Qi-compatible back became available, Samsung is already accepting pre-orders for the GS5's version. The good ...

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    You'd wonder what the secret is for wireless charging to become ubiquitous. Everything about it is cool, from the fact that you simply place your phone over the pad, to the fact that it's a standard that works across platforms. Sadly the problem is that it hasn't really taken off over the last couple of years, and Nokia is finally planning to do something about it. The company's VP of Nokia UK & Ireland, Conor Pierce has confirmed that it'll start to push wireless charging seriously in the future, and that it'll begin with the launch of the Nokia Lumia 930. In the past you had to buy ...

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    Apple has been doing docks since the launch of the first-generation iPod, and there even was a time when these were bundled with the mobile devices that you bought. We've also seen Apple building charging docks for every iPhone and iPad manufactured as well, but what we've never seen is Apple go beyond the usual "desk stand" concept of the dock, or at least until now. Apple filed a patent for a Smart Dock back in 2012, and this just got awarded by the USPTO. As it turns out, this new type of dock doesn't have the usual cradle design that we know, but instead allows you to lay the phone ...

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    Who's got wireless charging on their mind? You'd better believe that we do, and we just spent a little time talking to you about what the tech might look like should Apple ever decide to implement it for its own devices. For the time being, if you want an official wireless charging solution (as opposed to something more akin to a third-party hack), your better bets are looking for phones on the WP8 or Android side of the fence. Tonight we learn about a new option for one of our favorite Androids, no longer forcing users to choose between wireless charging and a popular accessory. We're ...

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    Google's latest flagship, the Nexus 5, has been out for a little while, but it includes a feature that's been out for a while longer: support for Qi wireless chargers. Qi is one of two main wireless charging standards. Ironically, Google has put their money behind the "other one", but LG supports Qi --  bringing Qi support to the LG-made Nexus 4 and LG-made Nexus 5. The 2013 Nexus 7 also includes Qi support. The concept is simple, plug in a pad of some sort, and simply lay your device on top of it, and it will wirelessly charge. It's amazingly convenient and something that I won't do ...

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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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    It's something that we all want, but no manufacturer knows how to put on a spec sheet: fast charging. Sure, everybody puts down how long their smartphone or tablet is supposed to last, and many even tell you how big their device's battery is in mAh, but rarely will you find someone bold enough to tell you how fast their hardware charges. Of course, we all want "fast charging", but what does that really mean? And what are the trade offs? Carbon nanotubes On a recent episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, we talked about how long current battery technology takes to charge -- and why it takes so ...

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    It may not happen quite like clockwork, but you sure can bet that every few months, something's going to happen to get wireless charging back on the minds of smartphone fans. Most recently I saw this happening with a pair of news stories, highlighting forthcoming efforts from both Sony and Samsung to really take the technology to the next level. Sony's game plan combines wireless charging with speed, supposedly managing to not only operate wirelessly like today's Qi chargers, but pack enough punch to fully charge a phone in just a single hour. In Samsung's corner, we heard about rumors of ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Nokia's current marketshare within the Windows Phone ecosystem, even though that's not necessarily a good thing. We then talk about the Android 4.3 update to the Samsung Galaxy S 4, and who will be the lucky few to get it. Sony is up next as we talk about their plans for fast wireless charging for 2014. Then we go through Apple's retention of a patent that made a lot of damage to Samsung in previous years, and that could pose a threat. We end today's show talking about the Google Nexus 5 being leaked on the Google Play Store, and what to ...

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    Having a non-replaceable battery on your smartphone or tablet is bad enough when it takes hours to recharge, like in the case of the third-generation iPad, which took a crazy 7 hours to return to a usable state. Still, if products could recharge in decent times, like say, an hour, then not being able to replace your battery wouldn't be so bad, and specially at times when the Snapdragon 800 processor makes sure the device will go longer. Such is the case of Sony's future Xperia smartphones. Sony's new invention, which is based on a forthcoming version of the Qi standard, promises to bring ...

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    Wireless charging is still a hit-or-miss feature with mobile users. Not everyone cares for it or sees the point. But those who do love the ability to drop your phone on a mat and let it charge without the hassle of cables. The Nexus 7 announcement last week also came with a tiny surprise for wireless charging sympathizers. The 7-inch, affordable tablet comes with the Qi standard for wireless charging built into its thin frame. But there's a problem: not a lot of tablets come with wireless charging abilities. Thus, most wireless chargers are best suited for smartphones. So which wireless ...

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    Updated to include battery-charging figures below. Samsung’s official Galaxy S III wireless charging kit was announced alongside that 2012 flagship, but it didn’t arrive on the market until long after - and many regions are still waiting to get their hands on it. This year, Samsung appears committed to avoiding a similar situation with the new Galaxy S 4: the company has just sent us a sample Galaxy S4 wireless charger for review, and we've spent a couple days getting to know it. Because we haven't given it the usual weeks-long review treatment -and because accessory reviews are the ...

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    The wireless charging space has its nondescript plates, its chopped-in-half spheres, and its invisibly integrated landing zones - but what it's lacking in most cases is a sense of style. With its new Qi-enabled wireless charging dock, accessory maker TYLT looks to shake up that status quo somewhat, and the company was kind enough to send us our very own TYLT Vu for a quick look. This isn't a review per se, as the Vu is not yet in full production and we haven't used it long enough to render a solid opinion or to shake out any bugs (if any exist). Rather, this is a quick, hands-on snapshot ...

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    We were doing some speculating on last week's episode of the Pocketnow Live, and, as tends to happen, we got to talking about the future. Not the distant future, where embedded transceivers and wearable gadgets have replaced the smartphone, but some time before that. An era close to our own, with smartphones in nearly every pocket and more connectivity than ever, but with an important catch: this hypothetical world features connectivity without cables. Signal without strings. Phones without ports. The idea is amazing. So amazing I can't claim credit for it. Sure, other publications have ...

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    Wireless charging may finally have a shot at going mainstream in 2013, and we've recently seen companies like Samsung begin to more publicly embrace the technology with the creation of their own wireless chargers. The latest one to be announced comes to us from LG, and it is one tiny little thing – LG calls it the smallest in the world. LG's model WCP-300 looks like a flattened hockey puck; imagine taking the comparatively bulky Nexus 4 charger and just chopping off the bottom. You're left with a charger that looks more like a coaster than anything else, and should fit in right at home ...

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    At long last, the official Wireless Charger for the Google Nexus 4 hit the Play Store for a cool $60 last Monday. For a cool $59.99, plus tax and shipping, the official charger isn't exactly cheap, but neither is any other wireless charger. This one comes with a premium feel, solid build and, most importantly, Nexus branding. A unit landed on my doorstep late last week and I immediately stopped what I was doing to tear into the packaging and see what all the hubbub was about. Having only two functions, charging and propping up the device, there aren't a lot of tricks in this product's bag. ...

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    We had high hopes for Samsung's Galaxy S III embracing wireless charging technology, but it ultimately feel short of our expectations, offering such abilities only through the use of alternate back plates available from other companies. Since it launched, we've seen wireless charging becoming more and more mainstream, arriving fully-integrated on phones like the Nexus 4, and now we're getting the feeling that Samsung could finally be ready to get serious about it too, with a Samsung wireless charging pad showing up at the FCC. The FCC docs are pretty substantial, including a whole bunch of ...

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    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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    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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    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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