Wireless Charging

Apple files for Smart Cover inductive charging patent for iPad

Apple files for Smart Cover inductive charging patent for iPad

Apple's new Smart Cover for the iPad has a lot of potential, and it seems the company thinks so as well. Case in point: Apple just applied for a patent that would see the Smart Cover being used as a wireless charger to charge up the iPad when the Smart Cover is closed. Both the iPad and Smart Cover would have induction coils to make the wireless charging possible.

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LG’s “world’s smallest” wireless charger hands-on

LG’s “world’s smallest” wireless charger hands-on

LG announced what they call the "world's smallest" wireless charger for smartphones here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We ended up getting a peak at the new accessory just to see how small it really is. The result? It's not necessarily tiny by any means, but it does shave off a few centimeters compared to other wireless charging devices.

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Nokia NFC Wireless Charging Car Holder hands-on with Lumia 720

Nokia NFC Wireless Charging Car Holder hands-on with Lumia 720

This week we're having a look at a set of new Nokia devices, one of the most instantly appealing being the universal NFC Wireless Car Charger. This device is made to work with the Lumia lineup of Nokia devices first and foremost, of course, working with Qi standard wireless charging as well as embedded NFC to tell your device it's docked. When you do dock a device like the wireless charging-shell CC-3068-toting Lumia 720, you've got wireless charging, NFC-activated car mode, and a fully secure clamped-in setup. This lovely beast also has several features that allow you to use it with whatever smartphone you like.

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McDonald’s is testing wireless charging tables in Europe

McDonald’s is testing wireless charging tables in Europe

McDonalds is launching a new wireless charging service at a select amount of its restaurants in Europe. The fast food chain will equip its tables with PowerKiss wireless technology that’s based off of Qi’s wireless technology. Every surface of McDonald's tables will be capable of wirelessly charging devices. You'll be able to enjoy your Big Mac, fries, and a drink while simultaneously juicing up your device.

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Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb hits Google Play

Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb hits Google Play

Today Google has officially put the Nexus 4 Wireless Charger up for sale, it being a long-awaited half-orb instilled with the power to charge the power of the LG-made Nexus 4. This device is an oddity in the halls of Google-made hardware in that it essentially takes on the shape of the Nexus Q (at defunct Google product currently "back on the drawing board") and acts as a charger for wireless devices - specifically the Nexus 4 here. And it's up for sale right this minute!

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Samsung Wireless Charging Pad clears FCC (but will the Galaxy S4 need it?)

Samsung Wireless Charging Pad clears FCC (but will the Galaxy S4 need it?)

Samsung is apparently making a renewed push into wireless charging, with a new Qi-compatible charging accessory spotted clearing the FCC and potentially tipping native support in the upcoming Galaxy S4. The Samsung Wireless Charging Pad, as the user manual included in the filing names it, offers a simple, straightforward way to rejuice a mobile device, with an off-white plate holding a single phone on your desk.

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2013 Toyota Avalon Limited to be the first vehicle with in-car Qi wireless charging

2013 Toyota Avalon Limited to be the first vehicle with in-car Qi wireless charging

Wireless charging is no doubt the device charging method of the future. We've been hearing about Qi for a while now, with the technology being utilized by Nokia and others to bring wireless charging to mobile devices. The technology has finally found its way onboard vehicles, with the upcoming 2013 Toyota Avalon Limited being the first car to feature in-car wireless charging.

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Apple files patent application for wireless charging

Apple files patent application for wireless charging

I think I can see the clouds of another patent infringement lawsuit forming now. Apple has filed a patent application on wireless charging technology using magnetic resonance. The problem as many might know is that wireless charging using magnetic resonance has been around for a long time.

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Utah State University unveils public transit bus with inductive charging

Utah State University unveils public transit bus with inductive charging

Researchers at Utah State University in Logan, UT have figured out a way to bring inductive charging to public transportation with an electric bus that's capable of recharging itself at each bus stop. Charging plates under the the pavement at each stop charge up the battery inside the bus, and while the plates and the bus have to be lined up somewhat in order to charge, they don't need to be perfectly lined up every time in order to juice up.

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Murfie and Sonos want your CD collection in the mail

Murfie and Sonos want your CD collection in the mail

If you've got a massive stack of CDs sitting in your closet and both want to listen to them all the time and don't want to take the time to import them all to your computer, Sonos and Murfie have just the solution for you. In a brand new brand team-up, Murfie and Sonos have joined forces to present a "Better Together" sort of situation in which they want you to literally send them all of your CDs in the mail so they can import them to your cloud storage for you.

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DROID DNA Wireless Charging Dock hands-on

DROID DNA Wireless Charging Dock hands-on

The wireless charging pad that's made specifically for the HTC DROID DNA was revealed today a bit more silently than the smartphone, mainly because it's not manufactured by HTC - and because it's not really all that new. This LG-made device will be appearing at Verizon at the same time as the DROID DNA itself for a cool $59.99 USD. This device is rather large, eclipsing the DNA by quite a bit - in other words, you'll have a hard time missing it.

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Nokia Lumia Free Wireless Charger page up but not out

Nokia Lumia Free Wireless Charger page up but not out

Those of you hoping to take part on the deal Nokia is offering up with some of their new Lumia models, that being a free wireless charger with purchase, will be glad to know that the official claim page is up now. It's not quite active, but it certainly is up - letting you know that on the 16th of November you'll be able to come back and grab that charger with a fist full of free. This offer is available here in the USA to AT&T owners of the Lumia 920 and may very well be spreading to more customers soon.

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