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Avido WiBa is the Human Centipede of wireless chargers

Avido WiBa is the Human Centipede of wireless chargers

Just when you've thought the mobile world had figured out wireless charging pads, Avido comes up with a curveball. Today the company introduced its new WiBa dual-charging wireless power system. Yes, that's the full name of the device, but in fairness to Avido, there's good reason for such a long and convoluted name.

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Shell teams with automakers for ultra-fast EV charger deployment in Europe

Shell teams with automakers for ultra-fast EV charger deployment in Europe

Shell clearly sees the writing on the wall, at some point in the future EVs will be the most common type of vehicle on the road and the gas stations that populate highways around the world will be replaced with charging stations. Shell has announced that it is teaming up with top automakers in Europe to roll out a network of ultra-fast chargers. The move will get Shell, and parent company Royal Dutch Shell, ahead of its fossil fuel competition in the EV market in Europe.

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Caviar iPhone X Tesla sacrifices beauty for solar charging

Caviar iPhone X Tesla sacrifices beauty for solar charging

Apple takes great pride in developing products that are as beautiful as they are useful. Although some will argue that the latest iPhones have diverged slightly, they still have an air of elegance to them. Leave it to Russian company Caviar to take that long-standing philosophy and turn it on its head. From the company that brought you iPhones with Trump’s and Putin’s faces comes the iPhone X Tesla, a smartphone that charges via the sun by putting ribbed solar panels on the iPhone X originally fashionable glass back.

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Pi wireless charger doesn’t need to touch your phone

Pi wireless charger doesn’t need to touch your phone

Like with almost anything, Apple’s adoption of an existing technology is a sure way to boost said technology (and rewrite history in the process). This year, it’s wireless charging, thanks to the iPhone X. But while wireless charging promises the convenience of having no wires, it doesn’t exactly deliver complete freedom. You still have to put your phone on top of a flat surface. That’s where the Pi comes in. Billing itself as the world’s first truly wireless and contactless charger, it doesn’t require users to place their devices on it. In fact, given it’s conical shape, you really can’t anyway.

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Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon robot plan almost too good to be true

Amazon had an idea for a robot that would live its life charging up other devices. This robot would call when bidden, and would be able to follow the user around when there's a need to walk. This robot - or army of robots - would address a problem that many citizens have at airports every single day of the year. It'd do a lot more good than those confounded outlet stickers, anyway.

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Chuwi Hi-Dock Review

Chuwi Hi-Dock Review

There is no shortage of smartphone and tablet accessories of all kinds. We power banks and chargers of different wattage and technologies. We have stands and holders of all shapes and sizes. There are, however, only a few that combine these two traits: docks. And those that do are, more often than not, specifically designed for a specific model or OEM to the exclusion of others. Chuwi wants to do away with multiple wall chargers and multiple stands for those with multiple devices and it does so in a rather unique way. Chuwi calls it the Hi-Dock and it’s almost exactly what the doctor ordered. Almost.

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Kado is a wall charger that fits in your wallet

Kado is a wall charger that fits in your wallet

There are two problems when trying to charge via wall sockets. One, there are so few such outlets. Two, wall chargers take up precious space. Even the iPhone's charger, short as it may be, is a fat and thick cube. If you're the type that obsesses over whether you have room for a charger in your bag, let alone your pocket, then the Kado is for you. It's a wall charger that is not only thinner than the thinnest smartphone, it thin enough to even fit inside your wallet.

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The 3 big reasons you’ll want Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

The 3 big reasons you’ll want Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+

Qualcomm is boosting its charging technology, unveiling Quick Charge 4+ for getting juice back into your phone's battery even faster. The technology, which launches today on the nubia Z17 Android smartphone but is likely to be featured on a number of flagships in the coming months, promises faster recharging but also greater safety while that happens. Given high-profile issues surrounding exploding batteries in phones like the Galaxy Note 7, that's likely to get some attention among increasingly safety-conscious users.

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Energizer Xbox One 2X Charger recalled, burn hazard cited

Energizer Xbox One 2X Charger recalled, burn hazard cited

Product recalls aren’t exactly new, but those especially related to fire hazards caused by batteries have recently become more publicized. This time, however, the culprit isn’t a smartphone but almost an unlikely one. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission or CPSC has announced a recall of PDP’s Energizer Xbox One 2X controller chargers, citing reports of overheating that could potentially lead to fires.

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“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

“Phoenix” Briefcase Solar Generator revealed by Renogy

The Renogy Phoenix is revealed as a solar-powered generator that's fit in a carry-friendly suitcase size. This device looks quite like a briefcase from the outside - not a standard-looking suitcase, mind you, but a briefcase nonetheless. Inside it has an array of solar panels, and on its side it has a collection of ports through which power can flow to the user's devices.

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uBeam publicly unveils its ultrasonic wave-based wireless charging

uBeam publicly unveils its ultrasonic wave-based wireless charging

You might have heard of uBeam, the Silicon Valley startup that has developed a novel way of wireless charging based on ultrasonic wave technology, but you almost certainly haven't seen or heard about the product in action. That's because uBeam has been somewhat secretive about its tech, not revealing any specific details or public demonstrations. That changed late last week with a low-key unveiling at Los Angeles' Upfront Summit.

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NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

NOOK Tablet 7″ pulled from shelves over faulty chargers

Barnes and Noble can’t win, it seems. The company’s troubled ereader devices received a needed and surprising refresh with the NOOK Tablet 7, a 7-inch tablet with a $50 price tag unveiled just a few months ago. Unfortunately, news surfaced shortly after launch that the tablets had a malware issue. Now the company is pulling the product off shelves entirely, but for a different reason: it seems there’s an issue with the device chargers.

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