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USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

USB PD replacing current standard: why this is excellent

The word is spreading here near the end of 2013: USB is over, if you want it. USB PD (Power Delivery) is set to be the new standard for the next generation, working with standard specifications set to start taking effect as early as 2014. This technology may very well change the way we power electronics, first and foremost because it's able to output up to 100 watts of power, 10 times that of today's current best in regular ol' USB technology.

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The Practical Meter aims to tell you how fast your phone is charging

The Practical Meter aims to tell you how fast your phone is charging

If you've ever wondered if plugging your smartphone in to one power outlet was charging it up to full power faster than another, there's a tiny device made by a fellow named David Toledo that'll get you thinking. What you're seeing here is a sort of half-way point between a USB port and your USB-based power cord. What the Practical Meter will do is show you a number of lights depending on how fast your device is powering up. With this information, you'll be able to find the most optimized power source and charge your device up as fast as possible.

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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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