wireless power

Samsung wants wireless charging as a standard, just in time for Galaxy S6

Samsung wants wireless charging as a standard, just in time for Galaxy S6

Wireless charging is nothing new for Samsung handsets, but it has yet to become a standard feature Samsung talks up in a big way. That might change with the Galaxy S6, though. In a new blog post, Samsung is saying they’d prefer wireless charging to be industry standard fare, and that phones support all forms of wireless charging. After being on the cusp of marketability for some time, Samsung also outlines why wireless charing may have been left off of existing handsets.

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PMA, A4WP merge; wireless charging standards unite

PMA, A4WP merge; wireless charging standards unite

Wireless charging is one of those technologies that seems to be a year away, all the time. We see and hear about cool things companies are trying to do with wireless charging, but we never see them come to market. Much of that has to do with the competing standards, where governing bodies compete for allegiance. The division hasn’t helped wireless charging, and that’s starting to sink in a touch. Today, the two main governing bodies for wireless charging have announced they’ll be merging.

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Wireless charging is coming to your tablet, computer

Wireless charging is coming to your tablet, computer

Wireless charging is an exciting frontier, but few have ventured to make it available. We’ve not really seen it roll out on a large scale, either, as competing charging standards battle for supremacy. Freescale has introduced a new wireless charging system that breaks tradition. Rather than trying to charge your smartphone, their 15-watt wireless charging pad will take aim at your tablet, and possibly even laptop (someday, of course). Their products are also expected to hit in the first quarter of 2015.

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Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac adds Powermat and Qi wireless charging to cars

Cadillac is adding wireless phone charging to its cars and trucks, upgrading the in-dash cubby of its CUE equipped models so that it can rejuice a smartphone without demanding a wire be plugged in. The new convenience feature will show up first in the 2015 Cadillac ATS, before rolling out to other models from the brand, and though GM isn't shouting about it, there's a welcome surprise in the standards

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Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Noise-cancelling device for the home up for Dyson Award

Sono, a noise-cancelling device that attaches to your window, has been shortlisted as a top-20 finalist for the 2013 James Dyson Awards. Similar in concept to noise-cancelling headphones, the device detects ambient sounds and actively emits a counter-signal to replace the noise with projected silence or even with another simulated sound like the chirping of birds. It runs on a combination of grid power and harvested energy from surrounding electromagnetic activity such as Wi-Fi signals.

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IDT and Intel move ahead on wireless power partnership

IDT and Intel move ahead on wireless power partnership

It might sound like a small thing, but having to mess around with power cords is a pain for a lot of us. This is particularly true when you need to plug in your computer or mobile phone in the dark and end up fumbling around looking for the port. It's much simpler to just sit your device down on the charging pad and recharge without having to fuss with wires.

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