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EasyAcc 10,000mAh Power Bank (2nd gen) review

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Smartphones are wonderful gadgets, and we use them for almost everything, from sending messages and emails, checking bank accounts, to using them as sat nav devices, and sometimes, we even use them for making calls. But a smartphone’s usefulness ends as soon as the battery dies, after which they basically become a brick until a new power source is found. This is where portable charging devices such as the 10,000mAh EasyAcc Power Bank (2nd Gen) come in handy, with its slim design, two USB ports, and smart charging technology.  Read more

How to speed up charging on any Android device


You wake up in the morning to get ready for work, only to realize that you forgot to plug your smartphone in the charger before bed last night. You have 30 minutes before you have to leave, so you plug it in the charger to get as much juice as possible. On your way out the door, you realize it has barely inched past the 20% marker. How frustrating!

We’ve all been there, and if it weren’t for the invention of car chargers, we’d all have a brick in our hands with friends, family and coworkers having no way to contact us. Thankfully, there are easy and manageable steps to avoid this perilous issue in the future. We’ll walk you through them step-by-step below!

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[TA Deals] This charging cable works with Android and iOS devices


Charging Android and iOS devices differs based on the port. Although USB Type-C ports are appearing, most Android devices have a micro-USB port to handle charging and data transfers. Apple’s iOS devices, however, have always used proprietary technology with the latest being the Lightning port. Friends and family getting together usually borrow chargers, but you can be left without a chance to get your device any power if the majority of devices around you aren’t similar.

Talk Android Deals has a 2-in-1 charging cable measuring six feet that works with both Android and iOS device.

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Pictures of wireless charging dock for Moto 360 appear online


We haven’t really been sure how Motorola planned on charging up the Moto 360, but now it’s pretty obvious.

As seen in the photo above, the next big smartwatch to come to market will have a wireless charging dock, which displays the watch face while charging. This makes it a serviceable bedside clock.

According to a recent FCC filing for the device, the Moto 360 takes advantage of Qi wireless charging capabilities, which means there are no connectors on the back, as found in LG’s G Watch. (That means no corroding pins!)

This is all good news leading up to the launch of Motorola’s new watch, which should come relatively soon.

Via: Cult of Android
Source: Mister Gadget

New “power felt” fabric could power your phone and more

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Anytime I read a story that talks of nanotechnology I get all warm and fuzzy inside, and my inner geek jumps out and screams. Business Insider is reporting on work being done by nanotechnology researcher, David Carroll of Wake Forest University. Carroll is working on something he calls “power felt”, this thin piece of material can convert heat and movement into electricity. I know everyone reading this is thinking they can now charge their phones on the go. However there is more to this wonderful material that could change everything as we know it.

It can be sewn into clothing or wrapped around an object. It is light weight which gives it an advantage over other thermoelectric materials currently available, and it feel like wool felt. His felt also has a medical application to it too. Wearing the fabric could help determine a lot of information about the wearer based on heat readings.

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Nexus 10 Pogo Charger Might Have Maybe Been Spotted In The Wild


A user over at Android Central posted a picture he is alleging is the magnetic pogo charger for the Nexus 10. The user, known as jstevenkim, went on to say the charger will be available on Amazon and eBay within the next 10 days for around $19.95 to $24.99 USD. There’s no way of telling if this is legit (other than waiting 10 days to see what happens) but, like Mulder, I want to believe. I want to believe the Nexus 10 pogo-pin connector will get more use than the similar port on the Galaxy Nexus.

Sadly, this is closer than the Nexus 7 has come to getting a pogo charger. Although, we did see a dock which uses the pogo pins for charging, and possibly audio output, pop up on ASUS Japan but it’s yet to be made available for sale. I’m not sure if the pogo charger will really charge a device that much faster than micro USB, but it seems cool. Why should Apple be the only one with a magnetic attachment for their (Mac) chargers anyway?

Source: Android Central

Battery life woes could be solved with crushed silicon

Current smartphone batteries haven’t really changed much since the days of the first Android smartphone even though new, more power hungry, smartphones are being continuously released. Engineer Sibani Lisa Biswal and scientist Madhuri Thakur are aiming to change all this with batteries that can hold three times the charge in the same size as current batteries. Click through the break for more information.
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Duracell Powermat Hopes To Bring Wireless Charging To All Smartphones Via WiCC

With their new Wireless Charging Card (WiCC) technology, Duracell’s Powermat division is hoping to bring wireless charging to the masses. The WiCC hopes to bring the integration of Powermat technology to all smartphones, via a connector that is built into the phone itself. This of course requires participation from the major smartphone retailers, since the technology would have to be implemented at the production level. Given that Duracell promises that this implementation will only cost pennies at most, I wouldn’t be hard pressed to believe that phone manufacturers will at least give it a shot in one or two phones before considering it standard on all their future models.

Powermat currently offers wireless charging through the Powermat charging bed coupled with a proprietary case designed to communicate with the base. The new WiCC hopes to remove the mandatory use of the Powermat case and enable users to use a case of their own choosing, or none at all. The thin wafer-like charging card can be purchased at any time by the user, enabling the power of choice. Although Duracell isn’t placing the WiCC as immediate priority for release and we won’t see it any time this year, it’s most definitely something that we hope to hear more from here at TalkAndroid. Keep tuned to TalkAndroid for more news and updates from Mobile World Conference 2012. Full press release after the break.

source: engadget

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Samsung Already Sporting Accessories For US Galaxy S II Devices

Low and behold, what’s a few new Samsung Galaxy S II devices across various carriers without some cool accessories to go with it?  At tonight’s Samsung GSII launch event in New York, several of the display tables showed off a modern and sleek looking multimedia charging dock perfectly complimenting the Galaxy S II.  In nice shiny black, the device also doubles as a speaker (note pic below).  We’ve seen a dock presently accompany the Galaxy S II launched overseas however, this one has been given a bit of a polished look and we’ve got to admit, it looks pretty sweet.  Check out the pics for yourself and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  If you’ll also notice, there is another device to the left of the charging dock.  We’re not quite sure what it is just yet, but stay tuned because we’ll find out.  It appears to be some sort of a charging stand where a second battery can be docked under a cover on the backside of the contraption.