Man greets the day by nearly getting electrocuted by a charging iPhone

32-year old Wiley Day considers himself lucky to be alive. On March 22nd, he had his iPhone plugged into an extension cord, something he did every night so that he could keep his phone in bed while it charged up for the next day. When he awoke the next morning, the dog tag he was wearing around his neck somehow got caught between the metal prongs on the charger and the extension cord. The resulting electric jolt knocked Day from his bed to the ground.

He remembers that his vision started to fade, and he felt as though he was looking through a peephole. He also could see only in black and …


6 persistent phone charging myths, debunked

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Charging your phone should be easy — just plug it in and forget about it. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of bad advice out there that is actually doing more harm than good. 

Let’s debunk it, shall well?

First, a note about exploding phones: Almost all smartphones these days use lithium-ion batteries, and yes, those batteries have been known to blow up occasionally. The thing is, the dangerous batteries — at least in the widely publicized case of the Samsung Galaxy Note7 — were a result of too-small battery cases and manufacturing problems. 

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Disney's new OTA charging technology has plenty of potential

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Report: Apple iPhone 8 to feature optional accessory for wireless charging

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Kensington Honored with 2016 CES Innovation Award for SmartFit Wireless Charging Laptop Riser

LAS VEGAS, NV, January 05, 2016 – Kensington®, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple.™ computing accessories, announced today that it was named a 2016 CES Innovation Awards Honoree for its SmartFit® Wireless Charging Laptop Riser. Products entered in this prestigious competition are judged by a pre-eminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 27 categories. Kensington will display the SmartFit Wireless Charging Laptop Riser at CES Unveiled 2016 in Las Vegas on January 4.

Part of the patented SmartFit system, the ergonomically designed laptop riser is a combination of high strength ABS, aluminum and metal stamped steel. The ABS provides a safe enclosure for the Qi wireless charging module, reducing interference that can typically be caused by metals. The molded ABS laptop riser features an under-mounted cable management system, as well as a mounting contact point for the Kensington USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station. Stamped, black chrome plated upright legs create rigidity and give strength to the height adjustable stand.

The riser is the first product to combine wireless charging with ergonomics for the desktop environment. Qi wireless charging is highly reliable and ideal when users don’t have a cable to power up a depleted smartphone battery. The wireless charging pad is clearly marked and easily accessible so users can place their smartphone in the correct position for optimal charging. The SmartFit system allows users to adjust and set their laptop at the corresponding height after they have discovered their comfort color using the included SmartFit hand chart. The laptop riser also helps reduce clutter on the desktop by discretely managing accessory cables. It accommodates the Kensington USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station to help expand the laptop’s connectivity options if there are limited USB ports available, a common issue on modern ultra-thin devices.

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, the producer of CES 2016, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976. Entries are evaluated on their engineering, aesthetic and design qualities, intended use/function and user value, how the design and innovation of the product directly compares to other products in the marketplace and unique/novel features present.

Products chosen as CES Innovation Honorees reflect innovative design and engineering in some of the most cutting-edge tech products and services coming to market. CES 2016 Innovation Honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovation, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, description, photo and URL.

The Kensington SmartFit Wireless Charging Laptop Riser will be available in the early part of Q2 2016.

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Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple.™ computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone accessories. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

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Apple launch iPhone 7 with 256GB storage capacity fast charging

iPhone 7 may do away with 64GB storage option, won’t feature OLED display

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A new forecast coming from analyst house TrendForce confirms recent reports that Apple is planning to offer a 256GB version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models along with the 128GB storage option. Apple is expected to give up on the 64GB storage version. The report also reveals that the upcoming devices could feature 32GB of memory as their base models, thus getting rid of the 16GB version altogether.

Also, the display would not be a part of the upgrade line-up, so the one that’s currently available on the iPhone 6s will be offered on the next models, probably with small changes.

“The display of iPhone 7, however, will not feature a significant breakthrough. This also signifies that LTPS LCD has reached its peak in development and is unlikely to make another big technological leap in the future,” the analysts estimate.

The Plus model will come with 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and this is very likely to be one of the features exclusively available on the 5.5-inch version. On the other hand, the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 will come with 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM and will feature only a small camera update.

“The 5.5-inch iPhone 7 will be the first in series to have 3GB of memory in the form of four stacked 6GB mono-die modules. The additional memory is used to process the images taken from the dual-camera,” the report reads.

It also reiterates that Apple won’t include OLED displays this year, and will launch them in iPhones in 2017 or 2018. TrendForce also predicted no big change to the iPhone 7’s screen technology, a choice that would disappoint fans hoping for rich colours offered by AMOLED display technology. Also, previous leaks suggest a new, more powerful A10 processor and GPU SoC, and the omission of the 3.5mm audio jack. The upcoming iPhone is said to be 1mm slimmer, and house a Smart Connector at the back for connecting the Smart Keyboard cover or other device like charging docks.

While it is a well-known fact that MacBooks charge iPhones faster than a typical laptop, the leaked photos of the upcoming MacBook Pro line-up indicates that it would havea total of four USB-C ports, two on each side of the device. In other words, these ports available on the next-generation MacBook Pro can be used for charging, data transfers, external monitors and basically everything that involves external connectivity including iPhone charging.

Current Macs that come with USB 2.0 ports can produce 500 mA (Milliamps) at 5V, while a USB 3.0 port offers 900 mA at 5V. USB Type-C, or generally referred as USB-C, adds support for 1.5 A and 3.0 A power currents at 5V. With these specifications, a MacBook with USB-C can charge the iPhone significantly faster, as the upcoming MacBook is coming only with USB-C ports.

The upcoming iPhone 7 will get rid of the USB and bring in Lightning cable and replace it with a USB-C to Lightning version that would allow users to charge their phones using the new MacBook’s USB-C ports.

Since the new MacBook Pro is expected to come with USB-C ports exclusively, it would meant that the iPhone 7 will not only get a new cable to connect to the laptop, but also benefit from the faster charging times offered by this new standard.