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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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    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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    We are on the brink of the future. We are so close we can almost taste it. It is right around the corner. In fact, it was already here, but then it went away. It came back, and then it went away again.  The future I'm referring to is …. wait for it... Wireless charging. Now hold on there buckaroos. I just heard about 5,000 heads slam into their desks and another 10,000 intakes of breath from people who are about to shout, “There is no such thing as wireless charginnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng!” Ok fine, I'm willing to concede that the wireless charging I'm referring to is not in fact truly ...

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    Wireless charging, you either hate it or love it. Here at Pocketnow, it's about an even split. Either way, it's something more and more smartphones are shipping with. And if it's something you don't particularly care for, there's no one saying you have to use wireless charging if your phone has it – it's simply nice to have the option. Unfortunately for iPhone users, wireless charging simply isn't one of those things Apple seems to care too much about, along with NFC, expandable storage, removable batteries, etc. However, all hope is not lost. Some case manufacturers are determined to ...

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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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    The Pocketnow Weekly podcast is a labor of love for those of us who routinely grace its silvery sound waves. It takes a lot of effort and time to put the Weekly on the feeds every seven days, and we're pretty proud of the listenership we've accrued since re-launching our podcast presence lo those many months ago. Since that reboot, the podcast has grown in scope and in refinement: we've added such luxuries as topic lists, time codes with jump points, and a rotating cast of co-hosts - but we've never tweaked the YouTube presence of the Weekly. For eight months, listeners taking in our ...

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    Ever recorded a 90-minute podcast full of Skype-related artifacts and drop-outs, only to find once you wrap it up that you used the wrong mic? If so, you know the pain we've experienced cutting together today's episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast. Sorry for the levels on this one, folks; it's unfortunate, and we've done all we can to normalize them, but you're probably going to be twisting your volume knob an awful lot over the course of this here episode. On the bright side, if you manage to endure, you'll be treated to some excellent discussion on everything from Galaxy S IV leaks to ...

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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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