Posts tagged with: Wireless Charging
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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