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Apple AirPower is still MIA: This might be why

Apple AirPower is still MIA: This might be why

Apple's iPhone reveal event on September 12 played out mostly like we were expecting it to. Apple executives took the stage to debut a new Apple Watch and three new iPhones that all carry iPhone X branding, just as the rumors we heard in the weeks leading up to the event suggested they would. There was one product that notably missing from Apple's event, however: AirPower.

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Galaxy Note 9 can play Fortnite for 5+ hours with one full battery

Galaxy Note 9 can play Fortnite for 5+ hours with one full battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was launched with the debut of the game Fortnite on Android. As the Galaxy Note 9 was essentially touted as the ultimate mobile device on which one might play Fortnite, we decided to run a test. At 9AM on test day I began playing Fortnite, and I did not quit the game nor did I turn off the display until the phone's battery went dead.

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Swagtron EB-5 Review : This Foldable Electric Bike is on-point

Swagtron EB-5 Review : This Foldable Electric Bike is on-point

The EB-5 electric bicycle might be the best bicycle I've ever ridden - and I've been riding bikes my whole life. I've never lent much credence to the idea of using a bicycle with a motor. I always thought it was a bit counter-intuitive to put gas in something that's otherwise the symbol of green living. But with the EB-5, it's all the good parts about the motorized bike, and none of the bad.

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Samsung’s Duo wireless charger will probably beat Apple AirPower to shelves: Here’s why

Samsung’s Duo wireless charger will probably beat Apple AirPower to shelves: Here’s why

Samsung has a new wireless charger, and it's designed to recharge two devices simultaneously. Announced alongside the new Galaxy Note 9 and the Galaxy Watch, the Samsung Wireless Charging Duo looks set to beat Apple's long-announced but still unavailable AirPower wireless mat to market.

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2018 iPhone fast charging upgrade tipped in leaked research note

2018 iPhone fast charging upgrade tipped in leaked research note

Apple may be planning to introduce faster charging in its 2018 iPhone models, according to a leaked research note. The company is expected to launch three new iPhone models this year, those bringing the fast-charging capabilities introduced with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models. Assuming the report is true, recharging won't take as long with the upcoming models.

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Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad+ is a 10W wireless charger

Mophie’s Charge Stream Pad+ is a 10W wireless charger

Mophie has added a new, higher-power wireless charging pad to its line-up, delivering the fast wireless charge that the latest iPhone X, Galaxy S9, and other recent smartphones are greedy for. The new Mophie Charge Stream Pad+ looks pretty much identical to its predecessor, though what's changed inside is key.

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Samsung patents OTA wireless charging system for phones, tablets

Samsung patents OTA wireless charging system for phones, tablets

Samsung has patented technology for true wireless charging -- that is, charging that doesn't even require the phone to touch the charging pad. Such technology has been dreamed about for decades, once being a common element in science fiction, soon hopefully to be a reality. Per the patent, Samsung's system would make it possible to wirelessly charge a mobile device from nearly anywhere in a room, even while the owner uses it.

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Wireless charging on phones: why it still hasn’t caught on

Wireless charging on phones: why it still hasn’t caught on

Apple, at long last, embraced wireless charging. Despite the continued existence of the rivaling PMA group, the WPC’s Qi technology has become the de facto wireless charging standard, especially after Powermat jumped onboard. But even with major business hurdles being cleared, wireless charging still remains at the periphery. A feature that is indeed available on a few high-end phones but not always used, much less promoted as a must-have. It has already been in use and in the market for years, so why is wireless charging still a niche feature? Ultimately, it boils down to its ironic inconvenience.

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Tesla offers free charging stations for workplace parking lots

Tesla offers free charging stations for workplace parking lots

As the US's leading electric car maker, Tesla knows well that its growing success depends just as much on an accessible charging infrastructure as on simply being able to make enough vehicles to meet demand. Following its previous charing network initiatives, including supercharger locations and charging installations at hotels and restaurants, Tesla has announced another program, this time aimed at business offices.

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Pixel 2 XL rapid charging slows down under low temperature

Pixel 2 XL rapid charging slows down under low temperature

It’s already 2018 and if you thought that the Pixel 2’s and Pixel 2 XL’s odyssey in the land of bugs is over, better think again. Just a few days ago, owners of Google’s embattled 2017 smartphones reported severe performance problems after installing the latest Android update. Now some Pixel 2 XL owners are claiming that their phones aren’t charging quickly despite displaying that it’s “Charging rapidly”. Apparently, those charging speeds depend on the battery’s temperature and the Pixel 2 XL doesn’t even give you a hint.

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Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Energous WattUp over the air charging gets FCC nod

Fumbling for charging cables and even charging pads could soon become a thing of the past. That is if Energous will be able to take advantage of the door that has just been opened for it. The company’s WattUp Mid Field Transmitter has just gotten the approval of the Federal Communications Commission, making it the first “power-at-a-distance” wireless charging tech to get the green light. Should actual commercial products get created from this tech, it could mean we’d be charging devices from as far as three feet away from the charger.

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Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Oreo beta adds fast charging feature

Xiaomi Mi A1 Android One Oreo beta adds fast charging feature

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is notable for being the first Xiaomi device to be enrolled in the Android One program. It isn’t, however, notable for having the latest Android version, despite being part of that said program. That said, Xiaomi has already gotten the ball rolling to bring Android 8.0 Oreo to the mid-range device and it even threw in one unexpected treat. The smartphone can now charge from zero to full in one and a half hour, becoming Xiaomi’s first device to use Qualcomm’s Quick Charge tech.

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