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How Wireless Charging Will Soon Be a Game Changer



Do you know any risk takers?

An adrenaline junkie or someone who lives life on the edge.

You know the type – they climb mountains, jump out of planes, and of course walk around with less than 20% battery life on their smartphones.

Seriously, these people are crazy.

Many of us freak out when the charge dips below 75% or when the little battery icon drains to near the halfway mark.

Regardless of which side you stand on – the need 100% crowd or the 5% is plenty crew – we are all addicted to that little jolt of electricity that keeps us mobile.

For many years, we have been tethered to a cord plugged into a wall to get our fix of electrical currents. While a blunt counter to our need and want to stay on the go, it was all we had.

Thankfully, that is changing.

If you think you know where wireless charging technology is heading based on the tech of today, think again.

What is Wireless Charging?

What is Wireless Charging?

First, let’s state the obvious. Wireless charging as we currently know it isn’t wireless.

There are three types of wireless charging, each of which provides increasing degrees of cordless freedom.

Inductive Charging

A lot of what you see currently available in the marketplace – for devices such as smartphones or wearable tech like watches –  is a charging pad, where the charger itself plugs into an outlet. As for the device itself, well, it still needs to have contact with the charger even if it’s not the portion connected directly to the outlet.

Not very wireless is it?

A better term for it is inductive charging. This is where a metal coil inside the device links up with a metal coil inside the charger absorbing electromagnetic waves. The key to this method is the coils forming a direct link (i.e., the device sits directly on a charging pad), creating a magnetic loop.

Resonance Charging

Magnetic resonance charging is the next step up from inductive.

It works on a similar concept, but instead of a direct loop, a copper coil creates a magnetic field. If operating on the same frequency, devices can pick up the magnetic field resulting in a charge. This method works at a greater distance versus induction.

Due to this “distance charging,” magnetic resonance holds plenty of promise for future applications as it signals a move farther from the outlet.

A prime example comes from the company WiTricity and their car charging system for electric cars. In their process, copper coils, far larger than those used for a smartphone, create a magnetic field that moves power over a greater distance.

One of their charging pads can deliver a magnetic field at a distance of close to a foot away. It may not seem a huge breakthrough, but considering the electric car is charging by merely parking over the pad, the practical applications become clear.

Radio Frequency Charging

Finally, there is radio frequency or RF charging.

As you may have guessed this works using radio waves, with a transmitter, such as a centralized charging router, sending RF waves to a receiver built into a device. The big difference between RF and resonance charging is that RF uses electromagnetic waves instead of creating a field to transfer energy.

You may have noticed it also parallels something else that is transmitted wirelessly – wifi.

Current RF charging transfers low power over distance. It, however, along with resonance charging, reflects the most potential for the future of wireless replenishment thanks to the spatial freedom they both provide.

Old Ideas Finding New Life

Old Ideas Finding New Life

Beyond how it works, wireless charging is not a new idea.

Magnetic induction, the basis for inductive charging methods, dates back to the 1800s.  The ideas behind more modern wireless charging trace to the turn of the 20th century and the days of Nikola Tesla and his “Tesla Tower.” It possessed the ability to transmit electric currents from a transmitter to a receiver by generating a magnetic field.

Impressive for its time, the lack of financial backing left it an unrealized vision.

However, thanks to another trendsetter, wireless charging is generating far more press now then it has over the previous 20 years.

Much like it did for the telephone and walkman, Apple’s entrance into the wireless charging market has brought newfound attention to the technology.

Apple, for now, is moving forward with the Qi standard of inductive charging. This standard is also utilized by Android phone makers, which adopted it over two ago, with some of the earliest examples going back even further.

A step in the right direction, Qi still necessitates a direct connection between the charging pad and the device, even if the device itself avoids tethering to the wall.

Current solutions include:

Power Mats – Much of today’s wireless charging tech falls under the mat or plate variety and is the form most users identify with and use at home. Lay your device down and let the charging begin. The solution is popping up in coffee shops (Starbucks already has power pads installed in some stores) and restaurants with the charger built into a table or countertop.

Powersquare – This is an actual company, but their tech adopts the multiple device approach, allowing you to power up several gadgets at once. The great thing with this is that you no longer need a dedicated charger for every device or have to split time between yourself and another user.

Charging Bowls – Something of a hybrid between the mat and Powersquare, with a bowl you just drop in your devices and the charging starts. No need to align coils or determine proximity.

The next evolution in wireless charging, however, is one that will truly set a user free.

No wires.

No charging plates

Just ever-present electricity to keep your devices fully charged wherever you go.

The Future of Wireless Charging

The Future of Wireless Charging

It’s that last point that will soon prove the game changer for wireless technology.

As we stated earlier, no matter the name we give it, society may be mobile, but it’s not really wireless – yet.

Early adopters, like the aforementioned Starbucks built-in charging mats, or the Qi standard chargers appearing in a number of newer model vehicles offer up a glimpse of what’s to come. A company by the name of Order Furniture already has a line of furniture with resonant charging built in.

What about the real game changers?

Next level stuff that will wow us all at first then become so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that we completely take it for granted.

We made brief mention of the WiTricity at home car charging pad. Let’s take that one step further.

Imagine pads built into the pavement at stoplights. Or added to roadways where an electric car receives a continuous charge, eliminating one of the main drawbacks of battery-powered automobiles – the lack of distance they can travel on a single charge.

AirFuel, which bands together multiple tech firms working towards similar goals, has over 100 members and focuses on resonant and RF charging. The alliance is partnering with airports to add resonant charging tech to trains and stations. They are currently gearing up for testing on Taipei’s Taoyuan Airport Metro system.

Even those examples keep the distance requirements within reasonable proximity. What about when the charging needs to be over a greater distance?

It’s still a work in progress, but the groups pushing towards solutions are making real headway.

Two companies – Energous and Ossia – have prototypes that show transfers of up to 15 feet.

The Energous WattUp wireless charging router can send four watts of power to four devices at the same time. As more devices are present though, the power level drops.

Ossia’s Cota systems operate in a similar manner, spreading two watts to a spectrum of devices.

If you think the distance charging is limited to simple charging routers, far broader applications are in development. The technology will find a home in ceiling and floor tiles or built within the walls of public gathering spots.

Even entertainment behemoth Disney sees the ramifications of cordless charging. The company built a fully scaled room that charged phones via resonant charging when the phone entered the room. No plugs, no plates.

An incredible demo, but the giant pole of copper sitting in the middle of the room signaled that there is remains some distance to travel before waves of power surround us.

As evidenced by the examples, the biggest drawback for these and most other developers in the field right now is scalability. With so little wattage delivered at short distances, the practicality isn’t there, especially as more devices are introduced to an environment and fight for their share of power.

The tech will get there. It must.

A purely mobile society is one that doesn’t spend its time tripping through wires. Even as we ask more and more of our devices, their real potential will not fully materialize until every aspect is indeed wireless.

Of course, with a consistent stream of energy powering our tech, those that have long lived their lives on the edge of a cordless existence will have to find new ways to satisfy their thrill-seeking.


Samsung Galaxy Fold, S10 and 5G phones unveiled at Unpacked event




  • Samsung has revealed its latest S10 smartphone in San Francisco
  • Here is a hands-on first look at the Galaxy S10, S10 Plus and S10E
  • The Korean giant has unveiled a folding phone, the Samsung Galaxy Fold
  • Samsung has launched a new 5G smartphone
  • Why Samsung’s folding phone could be a blueprint of the future

Samsung has unveiled a folding phone that doubles as a tablet, which the Korean company hailed as the biggest development in smartphones in a decade.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold, which was launched alongside four other smartphones on Wednesday evening, functions as a typical smartphone but can be unfolded to a second 7.3-inch touchscreen.

The device, which will be released in April, will cost at least $1,980 (£1,516), making it by far the most expensive smartphone on the market.

It is the first of its kind from a major smartphone company, with Samsung claiming the device “answers sceptics” who claim that innovation has dried up in the industry

Samsung’s folding smartphone that transforms into a tablet

Samsung also unveiled the latest version of its flagship smartphone line, the Galaxy S10, releasing three models that cost between £669 and £1,099.

The phones – the cheaper S10E, the S10 and the S10+, feature a fingerprint scanner embedded within the touchscreen and three rear cameras that allow for wider-angle photos.

The smartphone-maker also teased its largest phone yet, the S10 5G, which offers 6.7 inch display and promises to be the future of smartphone connectivity. The phone will be available later this year, when 5G networks, that offer faster mobile data connections, come online.

The company is hoping 5G support will give it a leg up over Apple, which is not expected to unveil a 5G phone until next year.  All these devices are capable of wirelessly charging other Samsung phones and accessories.

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The Galaxy Fold in its “closed” form

Phone makers have spent years attempting to develop flexible touchscreens that allow devices to fold in two, answering consumers’ demands for ever-bigger phone screens, without sacrificing portability. Several manufacturers are now working on their own foldable phones, hoping the technology will breathe life into a saturated smartphone market.

“The Galaxy Fold breaks new ground not just because it defines categories. It breaks new ground because it answers sceptics, who say that everything has been done, that the smartphone is a mature category in a saturated market,” Samsung’s mobile chief DJ Koh said. “We are here to prove them wrong.”

Samsung said folding the phone out into a bigger-screened version will allow multi-tasking features such as split-screen apps and better video watching.

However, the high price of the device means it is likely to sell in small numbers. Some versions are likely to sell for more than $2,000, just 18 months after Apple introduced the first $1,000 17 months ago.

The presentations are winding down, and Samsung has left us with their vision of the future in their latest commercial featuring the classic song made famous by Doris Day.

But there’s more to come, keep up to date with the latest Samsung news here and follow @JamesTitcomb on the ground as he elbows everyone out of the way for a first look at the folding phone.

Samsung’s 5G phone

The Galaxy S10 5G is being introduced with a fanfare – a 6.7 inch display that promises to be the future of smartphone connectivity.

This is the biggest screen on a Galaxy device. It comes with a 25-watt charger, so it will charge a lot faster. It has a 3D depth-sensing camera.

Verizon customers will be the first to receive the handsets.

New smartwatch with a full week’s charge

Samsung’s new Galaxy watch features a battery that lasts up to a week and can continually analyse your stages of sleep – this is a huge part of the company’s push into healthcare.

They include heart monitors and “continuous stress tracking when life gets overwhelming”.

Galaxy Buds with Bixby

Samsung has just launched wireless, Apple-style earbuds. Hot take from the Samsung stage: “They are so cool”.

They feature a high efficiency chip set for which allows for 5 hours of calls on a single charge. They are also Bixby-enabled, so you can interact with them remotely and give them instructions (and why wouldn’t you?). They will be available from March.

Incidentally, Bixby can now apparently tell the difference between the Queen’s English and English from Queens (cue laughter from stage). Samsung’s AI assistant also understand three different languages.

S10 price starts at £799 and will be available from March 8

The Samsung Galaxy S10 will start at £799, up to £999. The S10 Plus will start at £899 with a £1,099 version. The S10E will begin at £669.

You can find pre-order details on the Samsung Galaxy S10 here.

Samsung bets on Instagram feature with the S10

The S10 presentation featured Instagram chief executive Adam Mosseri, who presented an “Instagram mode” that will allow users to quickly post any photo onto the social media site.

Of course, there was a rather awkward selfie on stage with DJ Koh….

Here is everything you need to know about the new S10

Matt Field has gone through all of the bells and whistles of the new phones here – here are the highlights and how they differ from the S9.

S10 specs

First photos of the Samsung S10

Here’s the S10

The S10 introduction has come hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. But what does it bring to the table? Read Matthew Field’s guide to the new devices to find out more.

Forget the £1,000 smartphone.

“Samsung just announced the price of the fold – $1,980 and up – and the crowd here literally went ‘ooooooooh'” like a pantomime,” says James Titcomb.

The era for smartphone innovation is not over

DJ Koh Samsung presents the Galaxy Fold.

Samsung chief executive DJ Koh said that the company will prove critics wrong with the lineup of products and services launched this evening. He said:

“The Galaxy Fold breaks new ground not just because it defines categories. It breaks new ground because it answers sceptics, who say that everything has been done, that the Smartphone is a mature category in a saturated market, we are here to prove them wrong”

“Today marks a new beginning, a shift.

“The next decade of progress and innovation. I am excited by what we have achieved, but I am even more excited by what we have enabled.”

Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price and availability

The new device will cost $1,980 (£1,516) and will be available from April 26.

Six cameras, but kind of clunky

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Galaxy Fold: the specs

The new Galaxy Fold has a 9nm processor and 12GB of RAM, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market (and ever). It has 512GB of on board memory. Because the phone folds up like a tablet from essentially two “smartphone” bodies, it has a dual battery, one in each side of the device that link together.

Samsung has claimed that the Galaxy Fold will fit in the palm of the hand when it’s folded.

Galaxy Fold, revealed

It’s here – within a couple of minutes of the launch, we’ve seen the first official photo of the foldable phone. The first official description is “It’s gorgeous”.

Samsung has called the new device part of a “whole new category” and confirmed the name: Samsung Galaxy Fold – with a 7.3-inch folding infinity display that folds the phone out into a tablet.

Samsung says it has invented a whole new hinge system with “multiple interlocking gears” that are hidden away.

And… here we go

It’s kicked off in San Francisco, with some distinctly creepy music. It looks like they are starting with the folding phone…

Watch it live here

The expert’s take

We’ve been stuck in a camera race, Peter Jarich of analyst firm GSMA Intelligence argues, as smartphone makers have struggled to stand out with a “series of black rectangles”.

“If you’re trying to convince people to buy, then foldable is the way to go, ” he says. “This is all taking place at the same time as 5G. Will this have 5G? Doubtful.”

Could Samsung launch the iPhone killer?

Samsung’s launch today could provide the smartphone market with a much-needed jolt this year. In January, Samsung was forced to issue a profit warning as sales fell 11pc and profits dropped dropped 29pc on the back of slowing phone and chip sales; just days after Apple chopped its sales forecast due to an economic slowdown.

So can the S10, a foldable phone or a 5G device turn the tide? One market analyst told us this evening that the smartphone market is so competitive that Samsung can’t afford not to try.  “What if this were the next big thing and they missed out on it?”

Live from San Francisco

James Ticomb (@jamestitcomb) is up and running from the launch in San Francisco. First thoughts?

“Samsung has to pull off the trick of convincing us that the S10 matters and is worth buying, and that phones these days are so boring that you need one that folds in half.”

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A folding phone is on the cards

Rumours ahead of the launch included a foldable phone, nicknamed Samsung Galaxy X or Galaxy F (for fold), which was teased back in November. It would be a first for the technology company and could be a game-changer in the smartphone market.

Why foldable phones are the next big thing

But that’s not all. Several rivals are rumoured to be launching 5G smartphones at Mobile World Congress next month, which could prompt Samsung to release a rival product today.

Here’s what we know so far

Samsung’s main new phone tonight is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy S10. It is due to feature some “very significant” design changes, according to Samsung’s mobile chief executive DJ Koh. You can read all the rumours here – but we’re expecting more cameras, more memory and a larger display.

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Bezos Selfie Controversy Triggers Alarm For Billionaires Worldwide




Even the world’s richest person couldn’t stop a nude selfie leak.

When Jeff Bezos alleged in a blog post Thursday that he was the victim of blackmail attempts by the publisher of the National Enquirer, he underscored risks particular to billionaires in the digital age.

“The perception among very affluent people is often ‘I have this level of wealth, I’m untouchable,’” said Mark Johnson, chief executive officer of Sovereign Intelligence, a McLean, Virgina-based risk analytics firm. “But the systems they have in place for protecting their personal identifiable information are very weak.”

Ask any family office about its biggest fears and cybersecurity is near the top. Personal protection no longer involves just bodyguards and a top-notch alarm system. The internet age has seen a massive shift in people storing their most sensitive and personal data online, where it’s vulnerable to hacking and intrusion.

‘Absolute Disconnect’

Ultra-wealthy individuals are particularly susceptible because so much of their data are often centralized through family offices, which typically lack the robust firewalls and encryption capabilities of banks and large corporations.

Johnson, a former case officer with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, said he’s worked with clients with more than $40 billion in assets who had a “Secret Service-type physical security — probably even better — and yet there was an absolute disconnect between that physical security and the digital protection.”

It’s unclear how the tabloid obtained Bezos’s texts. The Inc. founder, who has a net worth of $133.9 billion, said in his blog post that he’d authorized security chief Gavin de Becker “to proceed with whatever budget he needed” to get to the bottom of the leak.

Security experts say potential entry points for a digital invasion are numerous.

‘Legacy Risks’

“We all have devices we carry and they each have their own point of vulnerability,” said Kris Coleman, founder of intelligence-services firm Red Five Security.

Banking information, identity data, even health information and travel schedules can expose someone to a breach. Those in billionaires’ inner circles are a particular risk for the information they have access to and could share, either maliciously or inadvertently.

“Private, affluent families need to consider themselves targets that are on par with nation states,” Coleman said.

Coleman and Johnson are both members of RANE, a network of risk-management professionals from banks, law firms, family offices and corporation.

The wealthy aren’t just at risk of losing money through hacks. Their brands, reputations — or, in family office parlance, “legacy” — also can be damaged. On Tuesday, news website Splinter published a trove of racist emails sent and received by TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. founder Joe Ricketts that included anti-Muslim slurs and conspiracy theories. Ricketts, whose family owns the Chicago Cubs, issued a statement on his personal website, apologizing for remarks “that don’t reflect my value system.”

Protecting Zuckerberg

Providing security services to the growing ranks of the super-rich is an expanding field. Federal agents and military personnel, including former Navy Seals, Secret Service and Mossad agents, SWAT team operators and Scotland Yard detectives, have found second careers protecting billionaires, where they can earn double what they did working for the government.

Facebook Inc. spent $7.3 million in 2017 on personal security for CEO Mark Zuckerberg, an expense the company defended as necessary considering his “position and importance.” Last year, the firm said it would give him an additional $10 million annually to beef up his security. Its executive protection program is run by an ex-Secret Service agent, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Amazon spent $1.6 million last year on security for Bezos, according to regulatory filings. His Bezos Family Foundation also has taken physical precautions. For example, the foundation’s mailing address is a post office box in a nondescript strip mall in the Seattle area.

De Becker, a best-selling author, made his name as a security consultant to Hollywood celebrities and co-created MOSAIC, an assessment tool that was originally used to analyze threats against Supreme Court justices and members of Congress. He describes himself on the firm’s website as “the nation’s leading expert on the protection of public figures.”

Red Five’s Coleman didn’t express shock that Bezos’s racy text messages were vulnerable.

“My message to affluent families: don’t assume you’re OK,” Coleman said. “Because most of them aren’t.”

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OPPO Completes World’s First 5G Multi-party Video Call




OPPO, a global smartphone brand has become the first smartphone technology company to complete a multiparty video conferencing call on a 5G network.

OPPO is increasingly gaining attention all over the world for its classy smartphone designs, unbelievably camera quality, seamless user experience and most recently, its 5G capabilities.

Engineers from six different OPPO Research and Development institutes around the world participated in the video call using WeChat, a popular Chinese social media app, with “Hello OPPO, Hello 5G” being the first words spoken.

This breakthrough makes OPPO the first smartphone technology company in the world to make a multiparty video call on a 5G network. Earlier this year, OPPO was the first company in the world to complete 5G signaling and data connections on a smartphone.

Completing the first multiparty 5G video call on a smartphone further shows OPPO’s technological edge in the development of 5G smartphones and brings the company a step closer to being one of the first manufacturers to release 5G smartphones commercially in 2019.

Founder, President and CEO of OPPO, Tony Chen, stressed at the recent OPPO Technology Exhibition in Shenzhen, that “OPPO will fully integrate 5G with applications and user insights, and continuously innovate to provide users with revolutionary, necessary, convenient and seamless experiences.”

OPPO is an innovative smartphone brand ranked No 4 in the world according to IDC. As at today, OPPO provides cutting edge smartphones to over 200 million people all over the world. OPPO is popular for its stylish smartphone designs, quality photography experience and the status symbol it provides to its users.

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