Posts tagged with: Wireless Charging
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    Like many smartphones, Sony's Xperia Z2 does not support wireless charging out of the box. For proponents of the tech, that's a big deal, as lowering the bar of entry for wireless charging is often mentioned as being of paramount importance to helping it really catch on. But at least Sony was ready to give users the next best thing, and announced back in May its intention to release official Z2 accessories: a charging plate and wireless charging cover. Except now all of a sudden, near every trace of those products seems to have been wiped clear of Sony's site, leaving us wondering if the ...

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    The summer of smartwatches is upon us, and new Android Wear users everywhere are just starting to settle into life with their mobile accessories. The Moto 360 is standing by in the wings, ready to jump onto the retail scene in just another month or two, and entries by Apple and Microsoft are anticipated for a little later on. No matter which platform you call home, or what style smartwatch you prefer, you're going to have some good options to choose from. And as more and more of these wearables arrive, we're seeing how the decisions being made by manufacturers are shaping out expectations ...

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    So it’s an interesting question. Whenever any kind of new “thing” comes along, consumer demand is a hard aspect to pinpoint. Will they love it? Hate it? Not know what to do with it? These are all valid questions that any competent product and marketing team need to answer if a product is to succeed. This particular question came to my mind from a variety of sources. There was some discussion at my day job, and some discussion last week on the Pocketnow Weekly. At my day job, one co-worker commented that Android Wear didn’t really add anything except a slightly more convenient way ...

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    What is it with Nokia and the intersection between smartphones and fashion? While other companies focus on wearables like smartwatches and headsets, Nokia's been taking a positively haute couture attitude towards wearables, showing off fashionable (if not eminently impractical) conversation-starters like that Lumia 1520 skirt we looked at this past winter. Today we're checking out a similarly off-the-wall effort from Nokia and a designer, as we learn of what Nokia calls the first-ever “wireless charging trousers.” The slacks from designer A. Sauvage marry a typical pair of pants with ...

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    Yesterday we got word of the latest development in the slow rise of wireless charging technologies to prominence, with news that Starbucks was going forward with a nationwide effort to bring wireless charging stations to its cafes. While that would normally be great news, we were a little less than enthused to learn that these stations wouldn't support the Qi standard used by some of the most popular phones. Of course, even if Starbucks went with Qi, we'd still be looking at a majority of phones with no wireless charging support in the first place Why is it so damned difficult for all ...

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    Wireless charging for smartphones is slowly but surely pushing its way into the mainstream, as more phones arrive with support for the tech either built-in or easily added with the help of official manufacturer accessories. But for as promising as this all stands to be, there's a bit of a wrinkle that still needs to be addressed: charging standards. The problem is that the industry is embracing multiple, incompatible standards, and while technology may soon arrive to make that fight a moot point, for the moment it's a very real concern. We've already weighed-in on the battle, observing ...

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    New York City is a fine place to sneak a peek at some unreleased devices, and that's just what we did this week with the LG G3 event (streamed from London to an airy presentation room in a Chelsea skyscraper) and AT&T's ASUS PadFone X announcement (held on a posh rooftop lounge near the Flatiron). At one of those events, Daniel Bader of MobileSyrup was our seat neighbor, so we thought we'd invite him on this week's podcast to discuss the more globally significant of these high-profile launches. Join us as we share our impressions of the LG G3: how it stands on its own and how well it ...

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    Even though Apple has been reluctant to jump on certain bandwagons like NFC or Wireless charging, once you notice the lack of success behind both these technologies, you get to understand why. Neither of these services has gained much traction on giant platforms like Android, so it's clear that Apple wanted to figure things out before investing. For the first time in years we get to hear Apple having a change of heart, but today we get some serious hints as to some progress in the matter of wireless charging. Reports all the way from China have Apple already looking for coil manufacturers ...

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    Wireless smartphone charging has been present in handset for ages by this point; the old Touchstone charger for webOS phones launched over four years ago. And while the technology has found much wider acceptance in the time since then, it's still not quite to the point where it's as ubiquitous as some of its advocates would like – and certainly, the more widespread wireless charging becomes, the more potentially useful we find it. One of the big stumbling blocks in the way of its growth has been the stubborn insistence by parties involved to fight over multiple charging standards – and ...

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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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    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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