Apple long distance wireless charging on the iPhone 8

Besides a new edge-to-edge 5-inch OLED display, removing the iconic home button and a stainless steel and glass design, one of the longstanding iPhone 8 rumors has been wireless charging. More specifically, long distance wireless charging sans wireless charging pads.

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But while recent rumors claim wireless charging is almost certainly a feature that the iPhone 8 will get, Apple’s joining of the Wireless Power Consortium on Sunday suggests true long distance wireless charging might no longer be in the cards.

As a member of the WPC, Apple now joins more than 220 companies in helping create and promote the Qi wireless charging standard.

Founded in 2008, the Qi standard has become the more popular of two competing wireless charging technologies — the other being the AirFuel Alliance (the merged company between the Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance).

Today, you can find find Qi wireless charging technology in many modern smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, and the inductive mats/pads built into furniture like these from IKEA.

In addition to helping further popularize the wireless charging standard and (hopefully) make it the universal wireless charging standard one day, sort of like how it reportedly helped invent USB-C, Apple’s membership into the WPC is significant for another reason: the iPhone 8.

Qi, as you may already know, is an inductive wireless charging technology. As such, it requires physical contact between a device and a charging pad.

It’s not quite true wireless charging where you can, say, walk into a room and your phone starts charging immediately over the air, and it’s not really that much more convenient than plugging your phone into a charger, but it’s still a nice futuristic convenience to have.

As a WPC member and its weight behind Qi, long-distance wireless charging might be dead (at least for the immediate future). Any possible deal with Energous, a San Jose company that has created wireless charging technology that works up to a 15-feet range, now seems unlikely.

Instead, it now seems more likely the iPhone 8’s wireless charging tech will be based off the WPC’s Qi standard, which would be kind of a bummer since you’ll still need to use a wireless charging pad. Worse is if Apple doesn’t include the wireless charging pad in the box and charges extra for it.

If you look back, Apple joining the WPC isn’t really surprising. Despite the Apple Watch’s wireless charging tech being branded as “magnetic charging” (MagSafe), the underlying technology is Qi compliant as discovered in 2015. So Apple does have at least some experience working with Qi.

That said, while Qi wireless charging does seem more viable for the iPhone 8, it doesn’t mean Apple’s given up on long distance wireless charging for future devices. The company still holds a number of patents for long distance wireless charging and it’s always possible Apple could build its own in-house technology on top of Qi (kind of like how the AirPods’ W1 chip is the “secret sauce” to making Bluetooth pairing work better with iOS devices).

Valentine's Day tech gift guide: here's what to get your significant other

Although celebrating Valentine’s Day is possibly the worst possible way to profess your love to your significant other, it won’t stop folks from engaging into various activities, mostly including cheesy love songs, flowers, balloons, and love-proclaiming greeting cards. After all, you shouldn’t be showing your love only on the 14th of February, but rather every other day of the year. Provided that your feelings are genuine, that is. 
Anyway, we digress. Although many people don’t actually care about Valentine’s Day, the holiday will be …

Tech firms join together to file legal brief against Trump's immigration ban

One thing you can say about Donald Trump. The 45th U.S. president has managed to unite several rival tech firms that normally couldn’t agree on where to go for lunch. On Sunday, tech companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, Intel, eBay and Facebook got together to file a legal brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The brief takes a position against President Trump’s temporary immigration ban.

Sunday morning, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit refused to reverse a federal judge’s ruling that blocked the president’s executive order that called …

A soap resistant phone

Enter Kyocera’s new phone, launched in Japan on Thursday. Called Kyocera rafre, it’s not only resistant to water; it can also withstand hot water and soap without any trouble.

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You can also use rafre’s touchscreen with wet hands or when wearing gloves. And in accordance to the kitchen theme, the phone comes with a preinstalled cooking app which can be operated with hand gestures.

In terms of specs, the Kyocera rafre is an entry-level phone, with a 5-inch screen, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a 13-megapixel camera, a 3,000mAh battery and (pleasant surprise) Android 7.0.

Interestingly, the phone does not have a traditional speaker (and thus, no earpiece speaker hole, which makes it more resistant to liquids, dirt and dust). Instead, it uses the “smart sonic receiver” technology which transmits sound via vibrations — somewhat similar to Xiaomi’s forward-looking Mi Mix.

Interestingly, the rafre is not the first soap-resistant phone out there. That honor belongs, according to Kyocera, to its predecessor, the DIGNO rafre. There’s a difference though. The new device is resistant to both foaming hand and body soap, while the older phone was only resistant to the former.

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Kuo: all new Touch ID tech for OLED iPhone, Apple exploring facial recognition security

Knowledgeable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo served interesting specifics about some of the technology that could go into this year’s or future iPhones. According to his research report, Apple is reworking its Touch ID technology to support a “zero bezel” design. As a result, the OLED iPhone’s fingerprint sensor won’t be placed under the glass, as previously reported, but it’s going to live under the display panel. The technology is said to be in early development stages. It also requires specific OLED panel customizations to which Apple’s display suppliers have to oblige.

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Hologram Hot Live Camgirls into your home

The adult entertainment company CamSoda plans to introduce “live holographic streaming” of its “camgirls” to the world at next month’s AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. The company says it’ll be the first of its kind.

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The “Holo-Cam” shows will be filmed in a special studio to work with those inexpensive transparent pyramids that you place on top of a desktop, tablet or phone’s screen, according to The Daily Dot.

CamSoda, one of the leading adult webcam platforms in the world, wants to bring cam models into your home.

Holo-Cam is a new technology that delivers 3D projections of cam models into your home by utilizing your smartphone or tablet and an inexpensive 3D projector.

When you read the phrase “inexpensive 3D projector,” you probably imagine that means in the low hundreds of dollars, but Holo-Cam works with 3D holographic display pyramids, which can be found for as low as $1.50 online. Now for less than a cup of coffee, you can beam a dancing naked person into your home like you’re Obi-Wan getting a message from Princess Leia.

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The models are filmed in a special interactive studio at CamSoda, and Holo-Cam will be available as part of a weekly show and for private shows at an additional cost. For the first month of the service, the weekly show will be free to help promote the service.

Users can interact with the models either via voice or by typing instructions into their computer while broadcasting from their smart devices. You can see a safe for work demonstration video below.

CamSoda will be debuting its holographic technology at the upcoming 2017 AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas on Jan. 18-21 via a supersized 4-foot tall holographic projection. You sadly won’t be able to experience that in your own home. The company will announce when the first live public shows are after AVN. Youtube Video Here

IEEE puts out a first draft guide for how tech can achieve ethical AI design


IEEE One of the barriers standing in the way of ethically designed AI systems that benefit humanity as a whole, and avoid the pitfalls of embedded algorithmic biases, is the tech industry’s lack of ownership and responsibility for ethics, according to technical professional association, the IEEE. Read More

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Battle of the Google Pixel XL vs. iPhone 7 Plus vs. Galaxy Note 7

Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL Android phones it’ll announce in San Francisco on Tuesday. The rumors largely confirm previous reports and suggest the Nexus lineup could be dead.

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The Pixel will come with a more “normal” 5-inch full HD screen and the Pixel XL will come with the phablet-sized 5.5-inch Quad HD screen.

The phones will come with flagship specs and — you guessed it — a matching premium price, reportedly starting at $650.

Google will reportedly be positioning the two phones as camera powerhouses with unlimited full-resolution video and photo storage in Google Photos, if the leaks are accurate.

How will the Pixel XL compare with the iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note7, the two current phablet champs? Here’s the breakdown:

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Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus vs Galaxy Note 7: Price
– Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus start at £719
– Galaxy Note 7 cheaper at £699
The Google Pixel XL has a starting price of £719 for the 32GB model. It creeps up to £819 for the 128GB model.

The Apple iPhone 7 Plus also has a starting price of £719, again for the 32GB model. The 128GB model also costs £819 like the Pixel XL, while the 256GB model will set you back £919.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is £699, though it is currently not back on sale in the UK at the moment.

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Apple iPhone 7 Plus vs Google Pixel XL Full Comparison, what are the key differences in Camera, Display, Build, Battery and Price?

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Google’s Pixel XL, Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung’s Note 7 all have solid, premium designs. They all look different of course, but they all look great. The iPhone 7 Plus is all about metal, while the Note 7 and Pixel XL use a combination of metal and glass.

Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus Video Here

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 vs Google Pixel XL Full Comparison, what are the key differences in Camera, Display, Build, Battery and Price?

Galaxy Note 7 are both water and dust resistant with ratings of IP67 and IP68 respectively, and the Note 7 also comes with its built-in S-Pen and iris scanner. The Note 7 and iPhone 7 Plus have fingerprint sensors on the front, while the Pixel XL’s is positioned on the rear.

Pixel XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Video Here