Save 25% on Charby charging cables that can power up your phone twice as fast

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Charging cables, whether you’re a lightning or micro USB kinda person, are an essential element in the device ecosystem that is 2018. We use them to charge our phones, tablets, headphones, keyboards, and even our TV remotes. We use them to transfer documents, photos, and music between those devices and our laptops. Who knows what’s next. But the standard cables leave a lot to be desired, and the Charby Sense Charging Cables make a nice overall life upgrade. 

For one thing, these cables shut off the minute your device is fully charged to stop wasting electricity and avoid overheating. That’s one point for the environment (pats self on back). These four-foot cables are also equipped with smart technology and LED indicators that let you know when power is flowing, and if it’s happening at a slower rate than normal. If a laptop USB port or an older outlet is throttling the charge, press the boost button, and Charby Sense will double your charging speed.  Read more…

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Lo and behold, the 2018 iPhones may ship with fast chargers in the box

While Apple’s current iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X have fast charging circuitry built in, they ship with regular chargers that take more than two hours to top up an iPhone 8, for example, or three for the iPhone X, as you can see in our testing video above. Apple does offer a fast 29W USB-C Power Adapter that will top off your iPhone to 50% in 30 minutes flat, but that one will cost you $49 extra, and you have to combine it with an “Apple USB-C to Lightning” cable (sold separately for $25).

You can buy a cheaper USB Power Delivery …

T-Mobile says don't expect super fast speeds on 5G at launch

T-Mobile plans to start rolling out 5G this year. As the competition between carriers (un-carrier?) warms up, an executive warned that 5G speeds will not blow you away initially. The company stated that you should expect speeds 25-50 percent faster than current LTE speeds. We hear a lot about future speeds on 5G, but it seems logical to point out that LTE didn’t start out as fast as it is now. This is exactly what T-Mobile cited as the logic behind the warning. In some areas, LTE is still slow for users. Some cannot get it at all. The point is, that as the networks were improved and expanded, …

Qualcomm's new X24 LTE modem can reach a ridiculously fast 2 gbps

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You future smartphone could be ridiculously fast even without 5G.

That’s the promise of Qualcomm’s latest LTE chip: the Snapdragon X24, which the company says is capable of hitting blazing-fast download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second. 

Now, as we’ve noted before, the company’s touted top speed is more of a best case scenario, rather than a guarantee. There are many other factors that determine network speeds other than the modem. 

Even so, there’s a good reason to be at least cautiously optimistic about Qualcomm’s latest milestone: it’s a very good sign for the future of 5G. Read more…

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Deal: This Samsung 10,200mAh portable charger with fast charging is 76% off, grab one for $20!

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The modern smartphone is a truly wonderful and practical device, but its magnificent splendor disappears as soon as its power cell gives in. If you need some extra juice on the go and battery cases freak you out, then you must have entertained the thought of getting a portable charger. 

If that’s the case, you’ll be happy to know …

Android Oreo beta brings fast charging to Xiaomi Mi A1

It’s always great when a software update adds a feature that makes your handset so much better. That is the case with the Xiaomi Mi A1. The Android Oreo closed beta that Xiaomi has the phone running on, apparently adds a fast charging feature that was not available with the version of the phone that launched with Android Nougat on board. One user, after installing the Android Oreo beta on his Mi A1, discovered that it takes only 92 minutes for the battery to go from 0% to 100%. Before the update, it took more than two-hours to do the same thing. One note of interest. This was accomplished using …

WOW Air is offering an amazing holiday deal, but you're going to have to act fast

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WOW Air is offering a great, last-minute Christmas sale on end-of-the-year flights.

Until 7 p.m. ET Saturday, travelers can book roundtrip flights to 38 destinations for 50 percent off. The Icelandic airline flies all over Europe (and Canada) from many American cities, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Cleveland, and San Francisco.

The promo code to snag in the next few hours is WOWXMAS. Read more…

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What would you prefer: consistent, fast performance or consistent battery life?

For a while now, there have been reports that iOS automatically throttles system performance when the iPhone’s battery deteriorates below a certain threshold. Said theories have been all but confirmed now that the developers of benchmarking app Geekbench have stepped in to show tons of results that support them.

Supposedly Apple is doing this for the simple reason of maintaining a consistent battery life for as long as possible. When you have a deteriorated battery, it will drain faster, especially with the powerful chips that hum inside the iPhones nowadays. The solution is …

Google's Gboard keyboard app updated with handwriting support, fast delete feature, and more

Google’s popular Gboard virtual keyboard app has been updated for Android. The latest patch brings a bunch of neat functionalities, the most notable being support for handwriting.
If you’d like to give handwriting a try, simply tap on “Language Settings” (you access it with a long press on the spacebar), select your desired language, and then choose handwriting as alayout. This functionality will be most useful for alphabets and writing systems that feature thousands of symbols and characters, but the layout is available for all supported languages.
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The Essential Phone is getting double tap to wake, EIS and Treble for fast updates

Riding on his creator-of-Android clout, Andy Rubin reportedly raised $300 million from investors for his Essential undertaking, which has so far resulted in a phone with a very promising ideas, but ho-hum execution, as most initial efforts turn out to be. While Essential doesn’t disclose sales numbers, analysts back in September mapped its uptake to be just 5000 units, as the handset was plagued by poor camera reviews and other mishaps, and it was unfortunate to come to market when “all-screen” phones from the most popular manufacturers hit the tape as well. 

In addition, …