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Sony CP-W5 is company’s first wireless portable charger

Wireless charging seems to be slowly, very slowly, catching on. Device manufacturers are starting to churn out their own wireless charging products, with Sony‘s CP-W5 being the latest in the group.

The Sony CP-W5 is not your regular wireless charger though. Sure, it serves up a charging plate when hooked up to an AC power supply just like any other. However, it is also a portable charger that you can stash in your bag and use elsewhere without having to be tethered to a wall. What’s more, you can even fall back to the conventional micro USB cable should the need arise. The CP-W5 houses a 5,000 mAh lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can retain 90 percent of its capacity even after a thousand charge cycles, thanks to Sony’s own Hybrid-Gel Technology. When charging wirelessly, it gives an output of 1.0 A but gives out 1.5 A when using the cable.

Perhaps the best part of the Sony CP-W5, aside from portability, is that it uses the Qi wireless charging standard. This makes it compatible with any device or accessory that adheres to the same standard. Of course, the biggest disadvantage of wireless charging is that it is still uncommon, with very few devices supporting it right out of the box. At most, you will be forced to use a wireless charging case, which could add some bulk to your otherwise thin device.

Details about the Sony CP-W5 wireless portable charger are scarce at the moment, with the product still absent from Sony’s catalog. The charger is expected to be available starting next month in a white color option. Pricing is still unknown.

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Jawbone Up App for Android Receives Update, Now Features UP24 Wireless Syncing

Jawbone UP24 owners, rejoice! Jawbone announced today that the companion app for the company’s UP line of fitness bands has been updated to support wireless syncing via Bluetooth 4.0, a feature that was previously exclusive to iOS devices.

The UP app is packed to the brim with wellness tools like a physical activity tracker, workouts log, and nutritional info notebook. The new Bluetooth 4.0 wireless syncing feature aims to make everything a little more convenient; UP24 users don’t have to worry entering most information manually, as the band will use low-power wireless to continuously populate the app with updates. In addition, the UP app can be used to schedule a vibrating alarm on the UP24 to wake or alert you. 

The UP24 retails for $149.99, and the updated app is available for download from Google Play.

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Asus Announces Official Wireless And Wired Charging Docks For Nexus 7, Wireless On Sale Now For $90

41GPV95ti6LAsus likes to take its sweet time releasing accessories for its devices, so we’re just now seeing the official wireless and wired docks for the 2013 Nexus 7. Google released the updated Nexus charger a few months ago, but these are designed specifically for Asus’ 7-inch slate.

The PW100 is wedge-shaped with a 60-degree angled surface. The video above only shows it charging in landscape orientation, so the inductive coils might not reach high enough to work in portrait.

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Nexus wireless charger now available in the UK

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New Nexus-branded Qi charger selling for £34.99

Alongside that new white Nexus 7, UK buyers can today pick up the official Nexus wireless charger, priced at £34.99 and shipping in 1-2 business days. It operates using the Qi (pronounced "chee") wireless charging standard and is designed to work with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 — though if you've got other Qi-supporting gadgets they should work too.

Here's what our own Phil Nickinson had to say after a brief time with the inductive charging plate —

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Cyber Monday Deal: Tylt Vu Wireless Charger and Other Tylt Products are 50% Off With Coupon Code

Cyber Monday Deal:  Tylt Vu Wireless Charger and Other Tylt Products are 50% Off With Coupon Code

Tylt, an accessory company largely know for its Tylt Vu wireless charger, is hosting a site-wide 50% off sale for Cyber Monday. The Tylt Vu is more than likely the accessory you’ll want to pick up (especially the new Nexus 5 owners in the building), thanks to its beautiful soft touch finish, variety of vibrant colors, and excellent viewing angle during charges, however, the rest of their accessories are of the highest quality too. 

For example, I picked up both their car charger and spare USB cable a few weeks back just to see the quality since I was in need of some new travel cables. To say that I was impressed by the quality in both is an understatement. Tylt seems to use high-end plastics with everything they make, plus it all looks great.

Outside of the Vu wireless chargers and cables, they also sell NFC tags, a charging backpack, portable Bluetooth speaker, cases, car mounts and more.

The Vu wireless charger typically runs $70, so if you take advantage of this deal, you are looking at top-of-the-line wireless charger for $35.

Use coupon code “50off_ty!t” during checkout.

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Bumper & QuickCover Nexus 5 Cases, Wireless Charger Now Available

Nexus 5 Bumper Case BlackGoogle has made a lot of people happy today, by finally releasing not only the long awaited Nexus 5 cases, but also the new wireless charger. As of right now, The Nexus 5 ‘Bumper’ Case (not really much of a bumper, is it?) is only available in yellow and red, with black and grey still listed as ‘coming soon’. The LG QuickCover is also yours for the taking, in both black and white. And if the LG QuickWindow case for the LG G2 is any indication, you can expect a very high quality and minimally obtrusive folio case. Unfortunately, that much-loved Nexus branding is oddly missing from the QuickCover case.

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To replace the previous wireless charging orb, Google also listed the new Nexus Wireless Charger, which is compatible with the Nexus 4, 5, and 7 2013. Unlike similarly designed wireless charging pucks, Google has removed the risk of a device sliding off by including a magnetic surface which maintains a firm grip on your lovely Nexus. Like myself, however, I’m sure many will miss the striking design of the orb, despite the problems that plagued it. It makes me wonder why they didn’t merely replace the grippy material with the magnets featured in the new charger, as I can attest to the joy of having a wireless charger that holds your phone at an angle.

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The Nexus 5 Cases, both bumper and QuickCover, can be yours now for $34.99 and $49.99 respectively, while the wireless charger will also be $49.99. All are currently shipping out within 1 – 2 business days. Is there anyone who plans to grab them while they can, or are the prices too steep? If the Nexus 4 bumper case gives any clue to the availability, long term, of these Nexus 5 Cases, it might be better to buy now and ask questions later. Let us know below.

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Nexus 5 Bumper Case | $34.99 | Red, Yellow, Black*, Grey*

Nexus 5 QuickCover Case | $49.99 | Black, White

Nexus Wireless Charger | $49.99 | Black

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What I’m using: The Zens Wireless Charger with the Nexus 5

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Oh, wireless charging, how I missed you. Having used the HTC One and Moto X for the past 8 months or so, I'd been resigned to plugging in my phone every night. Not a huge deal, of course, but it does become a bit of a pain if you're like me and tend to top off at your desk while you're working.

The Nexus 5 can charge wirelessly, of course. That is, you don't actually have to plug the phone to do so. There are any number of wireless charges out there — and if you have one that's Qi-compatiable, you should be good to go. But I've very much been enjoying the Zens Wireless Charger of late, as provided by our pals at ShopAndroid.com.

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[REVIEW] TYLT VÜ Wireless Charger Puts All Others To Shame

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TYLT has always made solid products that are both functional and stylish. That hasn’t changed with the TYLT VÜ, their wireless charger offering that doubles as a handy stand. After a few weeks of using this charger, I’m a firm believer in wireless charging, having previously regarded it as a neat but ultimately frivolous feature. Now I can’t imagine myself without it. Not only does TYLT knock it out of the park with the VÜ’s performance, the look is minimal, yet at the same time eye catching. I display this beauty on my desk with pride. Rather than the conventional approach that most other manufacturers have taken of a flat surface on which to rest your device, the VÜ features a handy 45º viewing angle.

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When I received the TYLT VÜ, the first thing that struck me, as with all of TYLT’s other products, was the meticulous effort that they put into the packaging. It’s almost difficult to open and take apart all of their hard work. They showcased a gorgeous product with equally gorgeous presentation. However, I couldn’t deny myself the opportunity to put it to the test, and so out it all came. Included in the box is the charger itself, the power adapter, warranty information, and a small guide that goes over basic operations. Within a few moments, I had everything hooked up, and my Nexus 4 in hand. It was time to put this charger through the rounds.

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One nice touch that I very much appreciated was the cable management. A small notch on the back leg of the VÜ allows you to feed the cable through and ensure the stand lies flat on your desk, bedside table, or kitchen counter. Attention to detail such as this really makes the overall product shine, and it’s what makes TYLT such a great manufacturer. The power cable plugged into the charging unit with a satisfying click, and I didn’t fear any instance of it sliding out or wiggling. The cable itself is solid – I wouldn’t expect this to start malfunctioning or fraying. The outlet plug is a little large, but luckily is landscape oriented to prevent it from blocking another outlet – yet another example of attention to detail. It’s also long; very long. Longer than I am tall, actually, so you’re looking at a good 6 feet or more to work with. I have yet to find myself in any situation where the reach is too short. The VÜ is light, yet feels solid – no bending or creaking of the plastic. The cradle features a soft touch plastic with an embossed TYLT logo, and I felt perfectly comfortable placing my caseless Nexus 4 right on it, not all at worrying about scratches on the glass.

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It took but a second for my phone to register its placement on the TYLT VÜ. One of the main complaints surrounding wireless chargers are the slow charging speeds. TYLT’s claim of an experience like that of standard micro USB chargers is consistent with my use of the TYLT VÜ. When comparing the length of time it took a traditional micro USB versus the TYLT VÜ to fully charge my Nexus 4 from 0% battery, the VÜ only took roughly 5 minutes longer, coming in at  2 hours and 37 minutes, versus the 2 hours and 32 minutes that the stock N4 charger managed. For comparison, I’ve used other wireless chargers and have only reached about 75% from 0% after almost 4 hours.

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The TYLT VÜ utilizes a free positioning A6 Qi coil, so no matter how you place your device, charging will occur, even if placed on its side. And in case you doubted, there’s a handy LED indicator underneath the lip that will show a solid green when the phone is registered and charging. Because of the positioning of the LED, the light never disturbed me at night, whereas even an alarm clock is too bright for me. Should any type of error occur when the charger attempts to connect to your device, or – as I found – if a non-Qi compatible device is placed on it, the LED will become solid red. The included User Guide explains that a blinking red light indicates that the VÜ has automatically resolved any problems. However, when I placed a non-Qi compatible Galaxy S II on it, it continued to blink red, instead of remaining solid. A minor issue, but not at all deal breaking.

The TYLT VÜ automatically stops charging your device and goes into a sleep mode once the battery is full, but will periodically wake back up and check on your device, topping it up on juice to ensure that it’s at 100% as soon as you wake up. On testing out the charger with various different cases, I found that my dbrand skin, Ringke Fusion case, and stock Nexus 4 bumper all allowed charging without a problem. TYLT recommends no more than 5mm between the phone and the VÜ, so bulkier cases may present a problem.

TYLT Wireless Charger ColorsThe TYLT VÜ is available in black, red, blue, and green, for $69.99, which is a bit more than the similar Google Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb, but without all of the shortcomings like placement issues, phones slipping, and slow charging. After several weeks of daily usage, I was hard pressed to find any flaws or drawbacks in the VÜ. The ability to just drop your phone and forget about it, knowing that it’s charging without any adjusting or worries about it slipping off, is a breath of fresh air in the wireless charging market. With my recent gift of the LG G2, my most missed feature is wireless charging, so my VÜ has been lovingly tucked away until the inevitable announcement of the Nexus 5. In closing, I cannot recommend the VÜ enough – convenience, style, solid build quality, and performance coupled with a fairly great price makes this a no-brainer.

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Tech Specs

Input: 12V / 750mA
Output: 5W
Length: 7.5 inches
Width: 3.5 inches
Thickness: 1/2 inches
Weight: 5.7 ounce

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(1) AC Wall Charger
(1) User Manual
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Republic Wireless to offer Moto X for $299 off-contract, plans starting at $5

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Republic Wireless’ low-cost, WiFi-driven phone service has proven tempting. The rapidly aging smartphones attached to that service, however? Not so much. The carrier will soon improve that device selection, as it has just revealed plans to sell the Moto X for $299 off-contract — roughly half of what it costs at other providers. Service is also expanding beyond the original $19 plan (now limited to the Defy XT), with steep discounts if you don’t depend on cellular service. Rely solely on WiFi, and you’ll pay just $5 per month for unlimited access; a $10 plan will be available if you need cellular voice and text messaging. There will also be more traditional plans with unlimited 3G and 4G data that respectively cost $25 and $40 per month. Republic Wireless hasn’t said when its extra-cheap Moto X will be available, but the new rates should take effect in November.

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AT&T’s prepaid subsidiary, Aio Wireless, is now available nationwide

You can go ahead and consider Aio Wireless an option the next time you’re shopping among mobile carriers, because the prepaid subsidiary of AT&T is now available nationwide. Service plans at Aio feature unlimited voice, messaging and overage-free data, and start at $40 per month for simple phones. Smartphone users can expect to pay at least $55 at Aio, which fetches 2GB of high-speed data, whereas the $70 plan comes with a healthy 7GB allotment. As one potential gotcha, the carrier throttles its high-speed data to a relatively paltry 8 Mbps — a shame if you’re sporting an LTE handset. If you’re on a budget, it’s worth mentioning that Aio Wireless is one of the sole providers of the Lumia 620 within the US, and at just $100 outright, it’s a very tempting proposition.

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Verizon claims its LG G2 variant comes with exclusive wireless charging

Verizon claims its LG G2 variant comes with exclusive wireless charging

LG launched the G2 without any mention of wireless charging, but Verizon seems to have scooped that feature for its own variant of the handset. On its sign-up sheet, Big Red is claiming that the CDMA version will come with “exclusive wireless charging,” and the accompanying image also shows a slightly different design to the rear buttons. Exactly the sort of thing rival carrier CEOs like to squabble over.

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TYLT VU Wireless Charger stand hands-on and impressions

We have plenty of options when looking for a wireless charger for our smartphones. With models from LG, Nokia, PowerMat, Energizer and recently Samsung, but the folks from TYLT offer our favorite. The TYLT Wireless charger doubles as a stand, and the entire platform will charge your device so you won’t be fumbling for that perfect position to get a charge. Take a look below.

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TYLT first revealed their QI wireless charger and stand at CES in January, and it quickly went up for pre-order a few weeks later. Coming in an array of different colors, rapid charging technology and more we decided to grab one and let you all know how it went.

As you can see from the images, this isn’t just a mat or platform you drop your phone on like the others offer. It doubles as a stand and has a perfect angle for viewing movies. Then once plugged in via micro-USB, the stand becomes an efficient wireless charger. The DROID DNA, LG Nexus 4, Lucid 2 and others all have wireless charging built-in, so this would be the perfect accessory.

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Samsung recently released their wireless charging battery replacement doors for the Galaxy S4. Buy one of those, snap it on, and throw your GS4 on the TYLT charger and you’ll be fully juiced up in no time. Unlike the slow charging Samsung wireless dock, the TYLT offers full-speed micro-USB rapid charging, instead of the trickle charge most wireless charging pads offer. So it won’t slow you down.

The front bottom of the dock, under the lip, there’s an easy to spot LED indicator. This will let you know when the device is charging, full, or for some reason not connected properly. The TYLT offers what they call a “Free Positioning Mode” so even if your phone is sitting landscape while you enjoy a movie, it should still charge.

Overall we really like the TYLT since it doubles as a stand, and your device won’t slide off like the Nexus 4 charging orb. It has a soft-touch rubber material to prevent scratching, and nice soft rubber feet for added stability on the table or your office desk.

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The TYLT Wireless Charger and stand is available as we speak for $69.99, and once you buy that battery cover for your Galaxy S4 you’ll be set. Otherwise toss that Nexus 4 or DROID DNA with built-in wireless charging on the TYLT and you’ll have full power at the same speed as traditional walled charging. It’s available in black, blue, red, yellow, and a few other colors so have at it.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 wireless charger hands-on

This past week we’ve been enjoying a few more mobile options from the folks at Samsung. We reviewed their new Galaxy S 4 Active, and now we have the wireless charging dock available for some quick hands-on time. Samsung’s charging kit you’re seeing here works with the Qi standard, just like many wireless chargers from Nokia, LG, and even the model for the Nexus 4. Samsung delivers a new battery cover to complete the task, so take a peek below.

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Samsung finally unleashed the wireless charging kit on their online store recently, and for those interested we have a few thoughts on the package. The charging dock itself is quite large, much bigger in fact than both the Nexus 4 and LG’s wireless chargers. It has a durable and hefty feel, and a nice rubbery coating to keep the phone safe from any scratching while you toss it on and off for a quick charge.

While Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (now) comes in a wide array of colors, sadly the charging dock only has one option available: grey. Of course anyone should know the dock will be plugged into a nearby outlet using the same micro-USB cord as usual, then you just toss your phone on that charging dock platform for juice. Samsung makes it very apparent on the device with a sticker, that you’ll need to be perfectly aligned. This held true too, slight turns and the phone wouldn’t charge. So long as the middle is centered, you’ll be good though.

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Unlike the Nexus 4, DROID DNA and a few others, the Galaxy S4 requires a replacement battery cover to enjoy the wireless charging capability. One which won’t be provided in the box, but a quick $39 will get you the color of your choice. Verizon and most carriers have them in store and online in both white or black. Sadly, you’ll also need to spend $49 for the charging pad, but the convenience may be worth it to some.

Speaking of the replacement battery back. It’s quite thick, and as you can see in the image below there’s a noticeable increase in thickness, but overall nothing to be concerned about. Compared to the Active below, you can see the difference. As a comparison the stock GS4 back is flush or thinner than the camera. Here you can see the lip added with the new back. The GS4 is thin already, so this almost gives it a more premium feel as it adds to the overall feel in your hand. That’s my opinion at least.

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Sadly we wish this could have came standard, just like it did with the Nexus 4, HTC DROID DNA, Optimus G, and a few others. However, if you have the LG wireless charging kit, the Nexus 4 charger, or even some 3rd party Energizer models or even one from Nokia, they’ll all work with ease. All you’ll need is that replacement battery cover.

Take a peek at a few more pictures below, then decide if the near $90 price is worth it to you. We love the convenience personally, just wish it would have came standard. Not as an aftermarket purchase.

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Samsung GALAXY S 4 wireless charger will run you $90

When Samsung announced their flagship GALAXY S 4 up on stage in New York City they quickly mentioned wireless charging. Many of us have and are enjoying their new smartphone, but until today that Wireless Charging dock and replacement battery covers weren’t available. Starting today you can now get wireless, but it’ll cost you about $90 bucks.

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We’re all for wireless charging on smartphones. Nokia Lumia phones do it. HTC’s DROID DNA has wireless charging out of the box, but sadly the GALAXY S 4 doesn’t. Instead they’d like you to buy an additional replacement battery door for $39 instead. One that will make the device slightly thicker and enable wireless QI charging.

Starting today Samsung is selling both their replacement battery doors, and the required Samsung Wireless Charging Pad in their official online store. Sadly the replacement battery covers are $39 and the Pad is $49. Pretty expensive to get up and running. If you’ve already got a Qi-certified charger however, just grabbing a new battery door should do just fine.

However for those needing to get both products now to get fully wireless, we have the links below. It’s worth noting that the Charging Pad is Qi-certified so it will also work with future devices or any other devices you may own that feature wireless charging. That should help with the $49 price tag. For those interesting in either of these new options hit the links below.

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TYLT VU Wireless Charger Up on Kickstarter, Allows for Free Positioning While You Juice

With wireless charging dubbed one of the next big things for mobile devices, you can bet on seeing more and more companies attempting to create the perfect wireless charger. What makes wireless charging somewhat of a pain is that you are required to have your device placed perfectly in place at times to allow for [...]
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Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Kit Shows up in Leaked Pictures

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The Galaxy S4 is set to be released to the public early May, any many out there were wondering about its wireless charging capabilities. Now the Galaxy S4 does not have built-in wireless capabilities, but a wireless charging kit will be sold separately after the phone comes out. The image above shows off the back cover you will be able to place on the phone, and it will come in the two colors of the Galaxy S4, black and white. $49.99 is what will break your bank for this wireless charging kit, so not too steep to get some wireless-ness in your life. Let us know if you plan on getting one.

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Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Kit Shows up in Leaked Pictures

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The Galaxy S4 is set to be released to the public early May, any many out there were wondering about its wireless charging capabilities. Now the Galaxy S4 does not have built-in wireless capabilities, but a wireless charging kit will be sold separately after the phone comes out. The image above shows off the back cover you will be able to place on the phone, and it will come in the two colors of the Galaxy S4, black and white. $49.99 is what will break your bank for this wireless charging kit, so not too steep to get some wireless-ness in your life. Let us know if you plan on getting one.

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Galaxy S4 Wireless Charging Kit Shows up in Leaked Pictures

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The Galaxy S4 is set to be released to the public early May, any many out there were wondering about its wireless charging capabilities. Now the Galaxy S4 does not have built-in wireless capabilities, but a wireless charging kit will be sold separately after the phone comes out. The image above shows off the back cover you will be able to place on the phone, and it will come in the two colors of the Galaxy S4, black and white. $49.99 is what will break your bank for this wireless charging kit, so not too steep to get some wireless-ness in your life. Let us know if you plan on getting one.

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Inpofi takes wireless charging on the go [VIDEO]

We’ve seen wireless charging, but portable wireless charging? Inpofi is using a new technology to provide cable-free power, at home or the go. Instead of using magnetic induction, a process that generates heat pollution, Inpofi uses hardware installed in a case (and maybe soon, your phone) and the separate charging station, a computer chip the communicates between the two elements induces a charging state.

But more than just the technology behind it, Inpofi’s method allows the creation of a svelte portable charger — as in this is truly entirely wire-free. Charge the dock, slip it in your pocket, and there you go. You can charge your phone simply by carrying it around in the same pocket as the charger. It sounds too good to be true, so we were looking for a catch, but at least from our time with the devices we were unable to find any major drawbacks.

Inpofi is currently in talks with the Chinese and US governments to work toward standardizing their method, allowing them to simply license it to manufacturers and bring it to a larger audience. It will face an uphill battle, as other standards are already starting to become more widespread, but given an option Inpofi looks worth consideration as the wireless charging solution.

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LG hands-on with “world’s smallest wireless charger” and Optimus G Pro case

In addition to the smartphone announcements, LG has also made some smaller announcements. Of which, one is actually being touted as the “world’s smallest.” This one happens to be the LG WCP-300 Wireless Charger. Another item being shown off is the flip cover case for the Optimus G Pro handset. We recently spent a few minutes checking out each of these while on the show floor here at Mobile World Congress.

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Up first is the wireless charger, and well, it is small in size. The charger actually measures in at 69.8mm (2.75-inches) by 11.9mm (0.47-inches). The actual charging area is 18mm x 18mm (0.71-inches). The charger will be available in black and/or white and is Qi compatible and available for use with a standard microUSB cable.

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What can we really say here, if you are into wireless charging and happen to have a Nexus 4 or Spectrum 2, the WCP-300 wireless charger may be what you are looking for. As for the small size, this should be a nice option to have while on the road as it will take little space in your gear bag and on the hotel tables. One catch though, LG has yet to announce a price.

Moving away from the wireless charger and over to the Optimus G Pro case. This one is dubbed the G Pro Quick Cover and according to LG, will have a fine grip, stylish design and be able to offer protection for the display. This is a folio style cover which will likely seem familiar for those who have used the Samsung flip covers. That is to say the G Pro Quick Cover will replace the battery cover with the front folding over to protect the display. This G Pro Quick Cover will be available in a few colors to include black and white as well as yellow, pink and blue.

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LG officially announces new wireless charger, claims worlds smallest

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Remember the Qi wireless charger we first showed you yesterday at Mobile World Congress? LG has today officially announced it and in the process claim that the hockey puck like charging disk is the worlds smallest wireless charger. As we found out during our hands on, it's a nice little accessory, and unlike the Nexus 4 charging orb sits flat against a surface. 

As this is a Qi certified charger, in theory any Qi compatible device should be able to take advantage of this. LG makes note of 2 of their US released smartphones — the Nexus 4 and Spectrum 2 — as being Qi enabled. No word on pricing or availability at this moment in time, but as this will be coming from LG direct we'd love to see a much wider availability than the currently limited Nexus 4 charger. Click on past the break for the full press release. 

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An awesome X-ray look at the Nexus 4 and its wireless charger

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What's cooler than having a Nexus 4 and its official wireless charging orb to go along with it? How about having access to an X-ray machine and taking a look inside? Joshua Perry on Google+ has done just that, bombarding both phone and charger with radiation and posting the results.

Probably the most striking image is this side view of the wireless charging orb. You get a sense for how much space is left untouched in the half-sphere, with a handful of screws holding it all together. There's another great one showing the Nexus 4 while it's on the charger, and you really get a sense for how it all works, without the charging elements ever actually touching each other.

Check out Perry's complete Google+ gallery here.

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Republic Wireless Now Offering Its Motorola Defy XT For $99, But It Requires A $29 Monthly Plan

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Republic Wireless just announced a new offer for those who have been considering the switch, but aren’t willing to spend $250 for a Motorola Defy XT. Beginning today, the company has two options: buy the Defy XT for the existing price and pay $19 a month for service, or pay $99 for the phone and $29 monthly for the plan. Unlike traditional carriers that subsidize the prices of phones and lock in you into a contract, however, there is no contract with Republic. Basically, it’s going out on a limb and putting its good faith in you with this deal – and that’s really saying something.

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Nexus 4 Wireless Charger now available in the Play Store

Nexus 4 Wireless ChargerWe know that plenty of you Google Nexus 4 owners out there have been waiting for the wireless charger to become available. We saw plenty of leaks, images and information about the charger, but never really knew when it would be coming. It looks like the little Nexus Q inspired wireless charger is now available for your Nexus 4.  The charger uses the Qi inductive charging system to let you simply set your device on it to charge it up. We know you want one. The charger is showing up in the Play Store for $59.99 with shipping being placed at less than one week. Anyone out there going to jump in and buy one today? Hit the link below to go straight to the wireless charger.

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Nexus 4 wireless charger now on sale for $60 at Google Play Store

Nexus 4 wireless charger now on sale for $60 at Google Play Store

When the Nexus 4 was first announced, we had a glimpse of a wireless charging dock that was meant to go with it. Well, good news for folks in the United States, as the induction dock has just popped up on the Play Store, and Nexus 4 owners can order one now for just $59.99. It puts out 1 amp of juice at 5 volts and joins a host of other Qi-enabled wireless chargers — cord cutters rejoice!

[Thanks, Luis]

Update: As tipster Gen points out, the Nexus 4 in the image above shows a battery status screen that we haven’t seen before. Google hasn’t made mention of any software changes just yet though.

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AT&T Unite LTE hotspot coming to stores February 8th for a dollar

AT&T Unite LTE hotspot coming to stores February 8th for a dollar

The second touchscreen LTE mobile hotspot has just been announced for AT&T. Known as the Unite, the Sierra Wireless device will be available on the network February 8th and will cost you no more than 99 cents after a two-year contract gets involved. This particular device, which has a 2.4-inch display, boasts a 10-hour battery life with regular use (10 days standby). For more info about the Unite, head to the source link below.

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Nexus 4 Charging Orb Spotted On Swedish Retailer

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The Nexus 4 is certainly an outstanding smartphone, but the one thing that has been driving consumers nuts is the fact that we have seen little to nothing on the wireless charging orb since the Nexus 4′s launch.

A sparkle of hope surfaced today, as the charging orb has surfaced on Swedish retailer Dustin Home priced at 739 kr (including 25% VAT) or $114 USD. It’s a bit pricey, but for a wireless charger, what would you expect?

The listing does say the shipping date is February 12th, but that’s very unlikely considering how many “delays” the Nexus 7′s docking station received from online retailers.

Who knows though, maybe February 12th will end up being a solid shipping date.

source: Dustin Home

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TYLT Vu wireless charger and stand available for pre-order

We saw a lot of awesome accessories and cases from the popular company TYLT at CES last week. Sadly most were geared towards the iPhone, but what we have below has Android all over it. TYLT’s impressive Vu Qi Wireless charger was hiding at their booth but today it’s available for pre-order. More details on this charger that doubles as a stand below.

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There’s plenty of different options when it comes to wireless charging. Energizer, PowerMat, JBL, and all those Lumia chargers come to mind. TYLT has a different idea though. Why drop your phone on a desk flat so you can’t see it when you can just add wireless charging right into a stand. The TYLT Vu does exactly that, and looks good doing it.

The TYLT Vu charger and stand will let you enjoy a book, watch some Google Play Movie rentals and more all while your phone charges at the same time. Why most wireless chargers lay flat is beyond us, this is the ideal design and something I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of. With devices like the Nexus 4, DROID DNA, and more all coming with wireless charging built-in expect to see a lot more stands like these.

What also helps make TYLT better than most is the fact that they have multiple charging coils throughout the stand. This means you can set the phone down any way you’d like. Landscape while viewing a video, portrait for anything else, and even toss more than one device on if you’d like. The TYLT Vu Qi Wireless Charger and stand comes in multiple fun colors like black, blue, yellow, and red, and is available right this minute for pre-order starting at $69.99. They’ll begin shipping on April 1st, so hopefully those Nexus 4′s have shipped from the Play Store by then. $70 is pretty expensive, but if you want wireless charging this is a decent solution.

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The Tylt Vu Qi Wireless Charger We Loved At CES Is Being Released On April 1st For $70

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Sure, the Tylt Vu sort of looks like it was custom-tailored for a Windows Phone 8 device, but it’s also officially our favorite Qi charger after seeing it at CES last week. If you’ve never used a wireless charger, it’s probably not immediately apparent why the Vu is particularly want-worthy. But have no doubt – it is.

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The Vu has two distinct advantages over competing chargers. First, it’s also a phone stand – you can set your phone on the Vu, and still use it like you would a normal dock, because you can still actually see your phone’s screen without having to strain your neck.

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Hands on with the latest wireless charging technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power [Video]

A couple of days ago we reported on new wireless technologies from the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP). Wireless charging isn’t anything new, but one thing we can all agree on is that it hasn’t been widely adopted. Actually there is second thing we can agree on and that’s that we really want it. The problem is there really hasn’t been a standard and current pads are too clunky.

The Alliance For Wireless Power consists of key members from the tech community including Qualcomm, Samsung, Powermat, Texas Instruments, and others. Their goal is to bring a format along with marketing that will hopefully push wireless charging to the next level and then some. I had a chance to sit down with key members from the alliance as well as some of the top writers in the tech community to get a demo utilizing a newer technology that utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 LE. They chose it because Bluetooth is already widely adopted so it’s a natural fit.

They showed us current technologies along with pads embedded in tables. The newer Bluetooth technology was shown in a car console environment. I am not too familiar with current technologies, but I did find it interesting that you can literally charge devices even if they are lifted a little above the mat or on top of a book. It works the same for the newer Bluetooth standard.

Now I mentioned Samsung was part of this group so I think you can read between the lines folks. What has hampered wireless charging is not only a standard, but also a big gun. Samsung is certainly a major player for mobile and if they adopt this newer technology, I think we could finally see some major progress. Nothing was said on or off the record, but I have a good feeling we could see this technology adopted in the Galaxy S IV or at least the Galaxy Note III. Right now they don’t even have a marketing name for this technology. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

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