There are two things people with smart devices are always after: a good signal and battery power. A good signal usually is not hard to come by, but power, especially on a high-end device, is a valuable commodity. Sure, you can use Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 2.0 to get almost all the power you need, but sometimes it’s nice to cut the cord and go with wireless charging.
Qi is the de facto wireless charging standard mainly because it has been widely adopted by major manufacturers, including Samsung, LG, Motorola and Asus. Although both the Qi and the Powermat use similar induction-style charging, Qi will probably win out in the long term due to its adoption rates.
The obvious advantage to wireless charging is the ability to set a device down on a surface and have it start to gain power. Charging mats are coming down in price and are especially useful to have on a desk or night stand where the phone generally sits anyway. It has even gotten to the point where some manufacturers, like Ikea, are both selling wireless chargers and charging cases as well as integrating charging pads into their products. This way you will never be far away from power.
Although there has been some criticism that wireless charging does not charge as fast as Quick Charge, Qi has been working on charging pads that are more efficient in their energy usage and are able to charge much more quickly.
While Samsung is primarily supporting the Qi standard, there are some signs that the company may be hedging its bets. For example, the Galaxy S6 Edge supports both Powermat and Qi standards. Even though Qi seems to be the standard favored by consumers, Powermat has been backed by large companies like Starbucks and AT&T as their wireless charger of choice. So, having compatibility with both formats is good for Samsung consumers. However, since the S6 is the first Galaxy phone to natively support wireless charging, it is hard to speculate as to what the Galaxy S7 will support.
So far, Apple has not stepped into the wireless charging game. Although the company did release the MagSafe cords for the MacBook and Apple Watch, which don’t have to be plugged into the device, they are not wireless in the same way Qi or Powermat are. There is a lot of speculation as to why Apple has not chosen a wireless standard, including that it is waiting to see who will dominate the market or that it is going to release its own technology from the patents it has for wireless charging. But as per Apple’s usual tight-lipped nature, the company hasn’t said much regarding its lack of adoption.
Another theory is that because of Apple’s propensity to go with aluminum bodies, the company is worried about the metal interfering with wireless charging. In late July 2015, Qualcomm announced it has a technology to get around this problem, but it is still too early to tell if Apple has an answer to this problem or even if the Qualcomm technology will pan out.
Amazing Facts About Russia [infographic]
As the world’s biggest country, Russia borders 15 different countries and has the ninth largest population in the world. There are also approximately 10 million more women than men in Russia.
The proximity between the USA and Russia is also much closer than most people think, with the closest point between the countries measuring only 4km long! Another interesting fact includes the distance from Chicago to Moscow which is closer than from Chicago to Rio-de-Janeiro.
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Amazon Introduces Kindle Kids Edition!
If you want to get your kids to read more instead of watching TV, Amazon hasn’t forgotten about you or your kid. Alongside the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition tablet the company announced today, Amazon took the wraps off the Kindle Kids Edition, its first-ever e-reader aimed at children. For an additional $20 over the cost of a normal Kindle, the Kids Edition comes with one of four colorful cases, a two-year worry-free guarantee and one-year of complimentary access to the company’s FreeTime Unlimited service.
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With the two year guarantee, Amazon says it’ll replace the device for free should anything happen to it. FreeTime Unlimited, if you’re not familiar, offers some 20,000 kid-friendly books, videos and apps. It works across multiple devices, so you have a backup when your kid wants to do something else. You can add it to your existing Prime subscription for $2.99 per month. Otherwise, it costs $4.99 per month. Amazon also has prepaid yearly options for families with either one or more children.
Amazon has also added a variety of new software features to keep kids reading. In addition to the Kindle’s built-in dictionary, the Kids Edition includes a feature called Word Wise that will automatically define any difficult words. The e-reader will turn any word a child looks up into a flashcard for later review. There are also achievement badges to earn, as well as more fun wallpapers than the ones that come standard with the company’s other Kindles. It’s also worth mentioning the Kids Edition is based on the Kindle update Amazon announced in March, so it includes an adjustable front light.
At $109.99, the Kindle Kids Edition is more expensive than the $89.99 Kindle but not as pricey as the $129.99 Paperwhite. The Kindle Kids Edition is available to pre-order starting today, and it will ship on October 30th. If you buy two of the e-readers at the same time, Amazon will give you 25 percent off the total price of the two products.
Here’s a full list of the Kindle Kids Edition new software features:
- Achievement Badges: Kids can earn badges like Book Worm and Over Achiever when they make progress toward pre-defined goals.
- Easy Discovery: With enhanced browsing and search, kids can locate titles without the exact spelling. And with smart recommendations, kids can find books related to the genres, authors and characters they like.
- Word Wise: Kids are automatically provided short and simple definitions above difficult words, so they can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
- Dictionary: If kids come across a difficult word, they can select the word to look up the definition via the built-in Kindle dictionary.
- Vocabulary Builder: Words looked up in dictionaries are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder and turned into flashcards for future review and learning.
- Kid-friendly Wallpaper: A unique set of lock screen wallpapers designed specifically for kids are included.
What Happened To Smart Glasses?
Whether you think smart glasses are cool or creepy, for most people, they’re not a part of everyday life. However, AR glasses and headsets appear to have found a niche with manufacturing, military simulations, and even the theater.