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OPPO SuperVOOC boasts of super fast wired and wireless charging speeds

OPPO SuperVOOC boasts of super fast wired and wireless charging speeds

For all their power and capabilities, smartphones are severely limited by their batteries that, in turn, dictate how long they can remain useful in a day. Battery technology hasn't exactly progressed as fast as other components and, until the day it does, both consumers and manufacturers are at the mercy of band-aid solutions like power banks and fast charging. The latter is especially important for users that don't want to carry bulky banks but also want as little downtime as possible. To that end, OPPO is announcing three new flash charge technologies to alleviate the pain of hugging walls.

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Swagtron EB12 electric city bike goes full-size

Swagtron EB12 electric city bike goes full-size

The folks at Swagtron made their share of fold-up or otherwise compact e-bikes in the last several years. Now, with the EB12, they've created a machine that looks for all the world like a standard multi-gear city-aimed adult bicycle. This machine has a diamond road frame and 700c wheels paired with a 250-watt motor (and a 7-speed Shimano drivetrain to boot) for a shocker of an e-bike, to be sure.

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Tesla Model S, Model X get free unlimited charging, only for new buyers

Tesla Model S, Model X get free unlimited charging, only for new buyers

Despite their popularity in media, Tesla has been having some difficulty not just in production but also in sales. In the past months, the carmaker has been having problems reaching targets, especially as far as their more expensive models are concerned. Now the company is trying to entice would-be buyers into the fold with the promise of unlimited charging but, while tempting at first glance, current Tesla customers are painting a cautionary tale of such gift horses.

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Tesla’s new Vegas V3 Supercharger station uses solar and battery power

Tesla’s new Vegas V3 Supercharger station uses solar and battery power

Electric vehicles are touted to be the more eco-friendly option for land transportation but their benefits will be for naught if their power increases the carbon footprint anyway. Ideally, EVs will also get their from renewable sources, particularly solar power. That is exactly the spiel that Tesla is making in announcing its latest V3 Supercharger station right on Vegas strip to power over 1,500 Tesla cars.

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Vivo AR Glass and 120W Super FlashCharge get ready for a 5G world

Vivo AR Glass and 120W Super FlashCharge get ready for a 5G world

OEMs and especially network operators are buzzing about 5G but not many of them talk about the practical use of the new technology apart from insanely fast downloads and lag-free streaming. 5G, in theory, enables new experiences not possible on mobile before but also requires newer technologies to keep up with the demand. At MWC Shanghai 2019, Vivo is showing off its 5G play which includes AR glasses to take advantage of those speeds, 120W charging to keep phones powered on, and a 5G phone at the center of it all.

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Galaxy Note 10 charging might not be so fast after all

Galaxy Note 10 charging might not be so fast after all

The rumors and leaks about the Galaxy Noe 10 just keep on coming and they're painting an unflattering picture of Samsung's next flagship. The changes that Samsung is introducing are being met with unfavorable reactions while the things it will be keeping are similarly looked down on. Following on the heels of what we've heard so far, the Galaxy Note 10 is no believed to have "just fast" charging and not the super fast charging it was rumored to have.

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Galaxy Note 10 could have insanely fast charging

Galaxy Note 10 could have insanely fast charging

Simply based on rumors alone, popular opinion on the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 has been rather unflattering. Yes, it might have a smaller punch hole dead center on its face but everything else about the phablet seems to be worrying the line's fans. Finally offering unreleased phone a reprieve, a new leak seems to hint that it will have something very few phones today have. That said, Samsung's allegedly super fast charging could also backfire and raise even more concerns.

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EVgo is putting new EV chargers in the last place we expected

EVgo is putting new EV chargers in the last place we expected

Electric vehicle owners may end up taking them to gas stations after all, with one of the big names in gasoline finally waking up to the idea that its locations might be a good place for an EV charger. Chevron has teamed up with charging network EVgo to upgrade a number of gas stations with electric car charging facilities, as part of a test deployment.

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Galaxy Note 10 super fast charging could reignite concerns

Galaxy Note 10 super fast charging could reignite concerns

2019 could be remembered as the year Samsung pulled out all the stops in an attempt to innovate, even when that meant taking very big risks. The Galaxy Fold has turned into a PR nightmare and the ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and 5G features on the Galaxy S10 line are proving to be a bit problematic. While it seems that the Galaxy Note 10 will be less controversial, or less exciting if you see it that way, one rumored feature could call back memories and traumas of the 2016 fiasco that almost ruined the company.

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Xiaomi 100W quick charging tech is scary fast

Xiaomi 100W quick charging tech is scary fast

For all the progress we've made in mobile technology, from foldable displays to 5x zoom periscope lenses, we are still at the mercy of flat and solid rectangles that are our batteries. The only solution we have to prolong their use is to put more inside crammed spaces. And while power banks can stave of the red indicator for a while, you'll eventually be forced to run for a power socket. When you do, you might want to have Xiaomi's charging tech on your side to charge to full in just 17 minutes.

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Tesla V3 Supercharging promises 75-mile range in 5 minutes

Tesla V3 Supercharging promises 75-mile range in 5 minutes

Fast charging isn't a necessity for mobile devices only. While electric cars offer fewer worries about carbon footprints, they increase worries about charging times and the number of charging stations available. Tesla has already addressed the latter with 12,000 superchargers across the world. Now it is addressing charging speeds with its new V3 Supercharging upgrade that can reduce charging times down to an average of 15 minutes.

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Tesla Superchargers now charging super prices

Tesla Superchargers now charging super prices

Some things are too good to last. Then again, Tesla isn’t running a charity and it was only a matter of time before it actually started charging full price for the user of its Supercharger network. However, the sudden jump in price could very well be a rude awakening for those who’ve gotten used to dirt cheap charging prices. The good news is that Tesla’s might still be the best offer in town.

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