Posts tagged with: Wireless Charging
  • by | April 16, 2014 7:20 AM

    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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  • by | April 14, 2014 7:09 AM

    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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  • by | April 8, 2014 2:03 PM

    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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  • by | April 4, 2014 8:13 PM

    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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  • by | April 4, 2014 5:57 PM

    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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  • by | February 5, 2014 3:36 PM

    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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  • by | January 2, 2014 7:00 AM

    We were so close. So close we could taste it. It was right there. A softball toss just waiting for us to knock it out of the park, trot around the bases, blow kisses at the little red light on the camera and sign a multi-year deal with the Kansas City Royals, only to be traded mid-season after your 14 game losing streak ends against the White Sox (oh no he didn’t, oh yes he did). But there we were at the plate, swinging and missing and slumping back to the dugout dragging our bat behind us like a caveman and his club. Oh don’t get me wrong, the Nexi (Nexuses? Nexusi?) phones and ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 7:59 PM

    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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  • by | December 27, 2013 6:00 PM

    Apple's iPhone is capable of providing one of the most well-balanced, polished experiences in a smartphone. While other manufacturers and operating systems, collaboratively, are encroaching on the excellent experience offered by Apple, the ecosystem, ease of use, hardware quality, and camera performance manage to keep the iPhone competitive with the rest of the industry. That said, there are areas where Apple fails to compete, such as new standards which other operating systems and hardware manufacturers adopted long ago. NFC, for example, is a useful technology which can be found on ...

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  • by | November 18, 2013 7:23 AM

    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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  • by | November 15, 2013 10:56 AM

    We all have a smartphone or tablet, and we're all acutely aware of how much battery life we can eek out of them. Most can get through their day, but many still have to recharge at some point before they call it a night. That's when our devices typically get the life-giving electricity they need to make it through another day: tethered to an electrical outlet. But you can get electricity from more sources that just the socket in your wall. Many of you already know that I'm a proponent of wireless charging. I own four Qi wireless chargers, and four devices which can be charged without ...

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  • by | October 25, 2013 5:35 PM

    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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  • by | October 25, 2013 7:25 AM

    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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  • by | October 22, 2013 7:02 AM

    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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  • by | October 18, 2013 8:05 AM

    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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