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ConvenientPower’s WoW5 Qi wireless charger first to support 5 simultaneous devices

ConvenientPower’s WoW5 Qi wireless charger first to support 5 simultaneous devices

We've seen a variety of Qi wireless chargers for devices over the past months, but at Computex the company known as ConvenientPower is showing off the world's first Qi charger that can charge up to five devices at the same time - the WoW5. Not only that, but the requirement to place the device just right on the charging surface has also been eliminated, making it easier to use.

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iGO Power Trip line kicks mobile device charging down to the basics

iGO Power Trip line kicks mobile device charging down to the basics

If you've been searching for a mobile device battery that'll power your smartphone or tablet up from your pocket recently, you know there's essentially no end to your choices. The difference between one battery and the next can be as simple as the color choices you've got available. With the company iGO you've got a few unique features in their Power Trip line that may very well sway your pocketbook one way or the other.

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Pics reveal expansion at Apple’s data center

Pics reveal expansion at Apple’s data center

Apple’s main data center is currently located in Maiden, North Carolina, covering 500,000 square feet that houses the servers for iCloud among other services. Wired has managed to take pictures of the new addons that Apple is adding to the data center which will help generate power, including a site for a 4.8 megawatt biogas plant, plus a solar farm that can generate an additional 20 megawatts, spanning 100 acres.

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iPad power costs $1.36 a year

iPad power costs $1.36 a year

For a device that's so extremely popular that the rest of the tablet market is inevitably compared to it first and foremost, it seems that the iPad is undeniably inexpensive when it comes to cash needed to charge it up. The iPad has an internal battery - a rather large one, at that - and according to Electric Power Research Institute, it's only costing you an average of $1.36 USD a year to keep the device on. This study also included several other devices and electronic items you've got around the house as well, with the most expensive item being a refrigerator at $65.72 per year.

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Bill Gates helping China build super-safe nuclear reactor

Bill Gates helping China build super-safe nuclear reactor

Bill Gates is helping China go nuclear safely, with an innovative new reactor design being developed between Terrapower and Chinese engineers that would prioritize long-lasting, clean energy with minimal waste. Gates expects work on the fourth-gen reactor to cost in excess of $1bn over the next five years, the BBC reports, with the company he founded, Terrapower, helping produce a so-called "traveling wave reactor" that would be far safer than previous models despite running continuously for up to 60 years.

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Texas Instruments unveils more efficient boost charger for harvesting energy

Texas Instruments unveils more efficient boost charger for harvesting energy

The idea of little nano-generator chips inside all sorts of products for harvesting small amounts of energy to operate low power circuits is very appealing. This is a particularly important technology for sensors in things like security systems and other uses that only need tiny bits of power to operate. Being able to harvest that power from solar energy or vibration makes the sensors much easier to install. There are a myriad of uses for this sort of tech other than sensors.

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Researchers create printed devices capable of harvesting electromagnetic energy for power

Researchers create printed devices capable of harvesting electromagnetic energy for power

Researchers and scientists are working around the globe to find new and novel ways to generate the power needed to operate sensors and devices for all sorts of needs. Researchers at Georgia Tech including professor Manos Tentzeris, Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering professor, have developed a very interesting new way to harvest electromagnetic energy using a wearable sensor printed using common ink jet technology.

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