Some of the top smartphones on the market today have speedy processors, big screens, and batteries which you can’t replace yourself. So if you run out of juice, you’ll need to either find a place to plug in — or an external battery which you can use to charge on the go.
Mugen Power Batteries has released one of the first of those portable batteries I’ve seen which lets you charge your phone without wires. It’s a 4800mAH rechargeable battery that supports the QI wireless charging standard.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Mugenizer N11 is a portable battery that supports Qi wireless charging
The Mugenizer N11 Qi Wireless Power Bank sells for about $70, which makes it pricier than many backup batteries. But it’s also a little easier to use — if you happen to have a phone that supports Qi wireless charging. [Mugen]
- VLC media player hits 2.1
The cross-platform, open source media player now supports 4K video, has a new audio engine, and other improvements. [VLC]
- Google Open Project lets you project smartphone apps on large displays
Keep your phone in your pocket while viewing presentations, looking at maps, or playing games using a large, external touchscreen display. [TechCrunch]
- Apple fixes lockscreen passcode bypass bug with iOS 7.0.2 update
Apple’s pushed out the second minor update to iOS 7 since releasing the operating system this month. This time it fixes a security vulnerability that could have allowed someone to access a phone by bypassing the lock screen passcode. [9to5Mac]
- Chinese company Colorfly to launch T709 Q1, a re-branded NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet
Like other Tegra Note devices, expect an NVIDA Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core processor, a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, and a low price tag. [Padhz]
- Sailfish OS demo video shows off notifications, multitasking, support for Android apps, and more
Jolla Mobile’s Sailfish operating system is a Linux-based OS for smartphones and tablets. The company recently announced it’d support Android apps — which is good news if you were worried there wouldn’t be many apps available at launch. But it’s weird news if you’re wondering why you wouldn’t just run Android. This video helps explain why you might want to use Sailfish instead. [YouTube]