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State of the Art: The iPhone 8: A Worthy Refinement Before the Next Generation

NY Times - 4 hours 18 min ago
Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a ring of familiarity. But the phones may feel like a solid upgrade from older models because of their new processor.

Is Ronda Rousey headed to WWE?

CNN - 4 hours 18 min ago

The lawyers defending Trump

Washington Post - 4 hours 18 min ago
As the multiple Russia investigations deepen, President Trump has gathered a group of controversial lawyers to represent him, both from within the White House and outside it.

What a shot! 28 amazing sports photos

CNN - 4 hours 25 min ago
Take a look at 28 amazing sports photos from September 12 through September 18.

Pension fund now worth $1,000,000,000,000

CNN - 4 hours 34 min ago
Norway's giant pension fund is now worth over $1 trillion. Yes, 1 followed by 12 zeros.

US pays too much to the UN, according to Trump

CNN - 4 hours 39 min ago
President Donald Trump not-so-subtly jabbed world leaders Monday when he said the United Nations needs to make sure "no member state shoulders a disproportionate share of the burden."

There have been protests in St. Louis for four days, but Trump hasn't acknowledged them

Washington Post - 4 hours 49 min ago
He's found time for a storm of retweets but not for a statement on one of the key issues that shaped the presidential election.

Pi Charger Uses Qi Standard to Extend Wireless Charging Reach Beyond Current Mats

MacRumors - 4 hours 51 min ago
With the launch of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, Apple added inductive wireless charging support to its mobile devices for the first time. While the feature brought Apple's phones up to speed with existing Qi-compatible charging standards, the announcement fell short of some expectations that this year Apple would introduce technology allowing iPhones to be powered wirelessly at a distance, rather than having to use a charging mat.

However, Pi is a California-based startup that aims to break from that limitation with the Pi Charger – a cone-shaped tabletop device that combines Qi-based resonant induction with a special beam-forming algorithm that allows it to charge multiple devices within about a foot in any direction.

The Pi might not reach the distances claimed by Energous' WattUp technology, which uses radio frequencies to charge devices from up to 15 feet away, but it does offer more flexibility than existing pads that devices must be directly placed upon.

In a demo at TechCrunch's Disrupt event, the company showed that up to four Qi-compatible devices can be placed within a foot of a Pi and they will start charging. Devices can be located anywhere within a 12-inch sphere of influence around the charging hub and in different orientations. The closer the device to the Pi, the faster it charges, with a gradual drop-off in charging speed the further away the phone is.
"Magnetic fields are the best way to send meaningful energy to phones, tablets, and other portable electronics," said Lixin Shi, Pi's CTO and co-founder. "The hard part was figuring out how to make magnetic charging more flexible, multi-device, and extend its useful range. It took us over a year to complete the mathematical proof that makes it all possible."The team behind Pi said they've yet to settle on an exact price for the charger, but they expect it to ship for under $200 sometime in 2018. As for Apple, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest it has partnered with Energous to work on bringing a truly wire-free, over-the-air charging technology to its consumer devices, but we'll likely have to wait for at least another year to see the possible fruits of those labors.

Related Roundups: iPhone 8, iPhone X
Tags: wireless charging, Qi, Pi
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5 things to know today

CNN - 5 hours 12 min ago
If you're waking up to good weather this morning, spare a thought for those who are staring down yet another storm. Here's what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get "5 Things You Need to Know Today" delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here.)

'Jeopardy!' makes a very bad Wikipedia, and we can prove it

Washington Post - 5 hours 19 min ago
"What is oxygen?” Glad you asked.

Nancy Pelosi confronted by immigration rights protesters about her DACA talks with Trump

Washington Post - 5 hours 19 min ago
The angry protest in San Francisco comes as she's working on a deal with Trump to provide protections for “dreamers.”

A 'family curse': First insomnia, then death

CNN - 5 hours 30 min ago
"Look, I'm so sorry to do this to you on your birthday," Hayley Webb, a television reporter in Australia, recalled her mom saying in 2012. "I have six months to live."

7 things to know before the bell

CNN - 5 hours 44 min ago
Toys 'R' Us in trouble; Equifax stock to drop; Market momentum wanes

Late night roasts Trump's anti-Clinton tweet

CNN - 6 hours 11 min ago
Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O'Brien poke fun at President Donald Trump retweeting an edited video of him hitting a golf ball into Hillary Clinton's back, causing her to fall.

Democrats Mount Effort to Recruit Women as State Attorneys General

NY Times - 6 hours 18 min ago
Few Democratic state officeholders are women, a shortfall the party is seeking to fix.

Health Bill Tests a Signature Senate Bond: John McCain and Lindsey Graham

NY Times - 6 hours 18 min ago
The bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act bears the name of Mr. Graham, but Mr. McCain, who helped sink an earlier repeal attempt, has remained undecided.

Nonfiction: The Education of Ellen Pao

NY Times - 6 hours 18 min ago
In “Reset,” the Silicon Valley executive and former venture capitalist explains how she came to question the culture of the tech industry.
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