The future is here: This bamboo table can wirelessly charge your phone.


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If you thought charging tables can only be found in places like Starbucks and Mars, think again. Thanks to a company called FoneSalesman, who tastefully crafted a line of Qi-enabled products, you can now enjoy the convenience of wireless charging on furniture like you’re in the damn future. That’s officially what we call living your best life.

At the forefront of their furniture range is the aptly named FurniQi Bamboo Wireless Charging Side Table, an affordable and sustainable wooden table with a built-in charger. No longer will you have to scour your whole apartment looking for a cable and port when you’re running low. All you have to do is set your smartphone down on the table, and watch it power up. You can take home the FurniQi table for only $150 at the Mashable Shop, which is about the price of your average non-Craigslist side table anyway.  Read more…

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Microsoft patent application could lead to a smaller notch for future iOS and Android handsets

Microsoft has applied for a patent application that could result in a smaller notch on future versions of the Apple iPhone X. The technology that the patent application covers would combine the front-facing camera and infra-red camera into one sensor. There are other advantages to doing this besides saving space. The technology in the patent would allow infra-red sensors to be placed in a camera alongside visible light sensors. This would allow the phone to collect infra-red data and visible light data at the same time, without parallax issues disrupting depth calculations.

The patent, named …

What SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch means for the future of spaceflight


SpaceX had a pretty big day on Tuesday. 

The Elon Musk-founded company successfully launched its maiden flight of the huge Falcon Heavy rocket and landed two of its three main boosters back on Earth after sending a Tesla Roadster to space. 

With this launch, SpaceX and Musk effectively made a long-shot rocket dream come true before our eyes and made good on a promise made more than five years ago.

“We tried to cancel the Falcon Heavy program three times at SpaceX,” Musk said during a briefing after the launch. The technical challenges associated with building the rocket were much worse than the company initially bargained for, but none-the-less, Musk and his team pulled through.  Read more…

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Android Messages app update hints at future web integration and more

Android Messages – Google’s messaging app – has just received a new update. While there haven’t been any noticeable changes, what awaits us in the near future could be interesting. After an app “dissection”, performed by Android Police, it was found out we might be getting some awesome new features really, really soon. Keep in mind the following information is subject to change and has not been officially announced by Google.

The first new upcoming feature might be Messages’ web integration. The app could become available to use on a PC through the browser, but you might have …

The future of Telegram messenger – Telegram X

Telegram was launched back in August of 2013, and since then has made its way onto every OS imaginable, including Linux and macOS

Telegram has announced its newest project – Telegram X, is making its way on Android. It’s an entirely new app, written from scratch and it’s main goal is to breathe new life into the messenger and reach new heights of speed, quality and ease of use. Telegram X was officially presented on Telegram’s website:

“Our mission is to make Telegram faster, slicker and easier to use with each passing month. Competition …

5 things we hope Apple will improve in future iPhones

When the iPhone X came out, there were quite a few changes about not only how it looks, but how it operates. Apple removed the iconic home button and Touch ID, replacing them with gestures and Face ID. It was a lot to take in and, while it felt like what made the iPhone a simple and straightforward device to use was being removed, we still reserved judgment for when we would get to spend some time with the smartphone.

And, sure enough, the iPhone X has its perks that one is bound to love. The smooth operation, the incredible display, the respectable battery life — all reminders of the fact …

Google will show off the future of AR in mobile games at GDC 2018

On Monday, March 19, Google will be hosting a Google Developer Day at 2018’s Game Developer Conference (GDC). Then from March 21st through the 23rd they will have a booth at the same conference. While you will need a GDC pass to attend in person, Google will be kindly live streaming the event for our viewing pleasure. If you are interested in seeing the event, you can sign up for updates via Google’s event page. Not sure if you want to? Here’s what they will have in store…

Last year, when Google attended GDC they focused on increasing player engagement …

Job posting points to a future Google Home smart speaker with a screen

Back in October, we told you that a teardown of the latest Google app at that point (v.7.14.15) included references to a version of the Google Home carrying a screen. The code name of “Quartz” surfaced along with a reference to YouTube and the words browser and video. Now, a job posting on Linked In shows that Google Home is looking for a “Touch Sensor Hardware Engineer.”

According to the job posting, those offered the position will “work on the next generation of Google Hardware to enable the best multi-touch user experience.” And the addition of multi-touch to the Google Home certainly …

Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?

If there is a sign that Apple remains upset with chip maker Qualcomm, it is found in a new report published today that says Apple is working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. Apple and Qualcomm are tied up in a series of lawsuits related to the latter’s handling of royalties on its standard essential patents. Qualcomm sought to have iPhone sales banned in China.

From the Apple iPhone 4s through the Apple iPhone 6s, Qualcomm was the sole provider of modem chips for the iPhone. Last year, Qualcomm provided the key component for the CDMA variant …

A true edge-to-edge screen: a new prototype phone shows what the future could look like

“Bezel-less” phones with taller, 18:9 screens are becoming the norm among flagships as they maximize screen real estate, but making a true bezel-less phone is hard. For starters, you have an earpiece and a front camera to think about, as well as a range of other sensors. So how do you do it?

Here is an idea: resurrect the old slider form factor of phones. Sounds crazy, but it makes sense as the bottom slide out part can actually house all of those things.
After all, you don’t want anything interrupting the all-screen design. And yes, phones might end …