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Apple AirPower axed

Apple AirPower axed

Apple has canceled AirPower, throwing in the towel on the wireless charging pad after finding the tech experience it had promised was just too much to actually deliver. Announced back in September 2017, AirPower was to be the Cupertino firm's late-but-triumphant entrant into the wireless charging space, boasting multi-device flexibility with none of the positioning headaches rival chargers suffered.

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Qualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standard

Qualcomm Quick Charge wireless power now works with Qi standard

There's a brand name for the sort of wireless charging you've been doing with your phone for the last however-many-years, and it's called Qi. This brand is part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), a group whose members include basically every major consumer technology company in the world. Qualcomm has a brand for the tech they've made to allow smartphone batteries to charge speedily and safely - it's called Qualcomm Quick Charge. Today Quick Charge was announced to be working with wireless power, and interoperable with the Qi-Certified standard.

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OPPO, OnePlus phones might finally get wireless charging support

OPPO, OnePlus phones might finally get wireless charging support

Wireless charging has become more known and more common thanks in part to Apple’s support for the technology in recent iPhones. It has also become easier for manufacturers to include due to the trend of using glass backs instead of metal. But despite that, at least two popular OEMs have refused to jump on the bandwagon, namely OPPO and distant cousin OnePlus. That may soon be changing now that OPPO has joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the organization that develops the widely-used Qi wireless charging standard.

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This Satechi wireless pad with USB-C fast charging has just one problem

This Satechi wireless pad with USB-C fast charging has just one problem

Satechi today announced a new wireless charger for Qi-enabled Android devices and iPhones. Officially dubbed the Aluminum Type-C PD & QC Wireless Charger, this charger's biggest selling point is indicated right there in the name, as it supports fast charging through USB-C. That alone puts it head and shoulders above a lot of wireless charging pads out there, many of which are still using micro USB.

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Mophie Charge Stream desk stand is a versatile Qi wireless charger

Mophie Charge Stream desk stand is a versatile Qi wireless charger

Mophie has launched its Charge Stream desk stand, a Qi wireless charging stand for the latest iPhone models, as well as certain Samsung phones and other devices that are Qi-enabled. Unlike some wireless chargers, the new Mophie model features a mostly vertical design, propping the phone up so that it can still be easily viewed and used.

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Pixel 3, 3 XL 10W wireless charging only available with Pixel Stand

Pixel 3, 3 XL 10W wireless charging only available with Pixel Stand

The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are the first of so far only three generation of Pixel phones to support wireless charging. Even better, it can support up to 10 watts wireless power, which constitutes as “fast” wireless charging. However, that might be off to a rocky start if this new tidbit about that fast wireless charging feature turns out to be true. According to accessory maker Anker, Google might actually be limiting the Pixel 3 to 5 watts when using a third-party wireless charger.

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Every phone needs this genius Huawei Mate 20 Pro feature

Every phone needs this genius Huawei Mate 20 Pro feature

There's no shortage of things to like about the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Five cameras, a beautiful AMOLED screen, a huge 4,200 mAh battery, and a focus on speedy, useful artificial intelligence, just to name a few highlights. However there's one big feature that rival phone-makers really need to copy.

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Tesmo Universe Book Review

Tesmo Universe Book Review

The Tesmo Universe Book is one of the strangest devices I've ever reviewed here with SlashGear. It's one of the strangest devices I've ever come in contact with, come to think of it. Not because it's particularly strange in its abilities, but because of the unique nature in which it's presented.

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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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Apple reportedly eyes September for AirPower wireless charger

Apple reportedly eyes September for AirPower wireless charger

Apple's AirPower wireless charger could launch in September, sources claim, after the challenge of making a multi-device charging pad proved more of a technical headache than the Cupertino firm expected. The accessory was announced alongside the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus last year, as Apple finally embraced wireless charging in its smartphone.

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Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie’s new Charge Stream Travel Kit takes Qi on the go

Mophie has rolled out a new travel charger kit, combining a compact Qi wireless charging pad with easily-packed adapters for hotel and car use. The Mophie Charge Stream Travel Kit combines a smaller-than-average wireless charger pad - the Charge Stream Pad Mini - with a travel pouch and a number of different adapters to suit the various outlets road-warriors might encounter.

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Legrand Radiant wall plate has a vertical Qi wireless charger

Legrand Radiant wall plate has a vertical Qi wireless charger

Although not exactly talked about as much, wireless charging is slowly starting to be a common feature in high-end smartphones (unless you ask OnePlus). Apple's addition of the capability in its latest iPhones is practically a seal of approval for the technology. Wireless chargers, however, have their drawbacks, specifically in the limited positions you can charge a phone. Eschewing a conventional horizontal or even inclined plane, Legrand's new Radiant wall plate lets you charge your Qi-compatible phone while hanging from a wall.

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