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EU may push phone makers to use standardized chargers (goodbye Apple Lightning adapters?)

European Union officials are considering adopting new standards for smartphone chargers that could cut down on electronic waste. Right now most smartphones ship with a charging cable and adapter. So when you buy a new phone and don’t need your old charger anymore, you probably throw it out. According to the European Commission that leads […]

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You can charge a Nexus 5X from a Nexus 6P (or vice versa)

Google’s latest Nexus phones have different screen sizes, display resolutions, processors, and starting prices. But they also have a lot of things in common: they both run Android 6.0 Lollipop, they both have the same 12.3MP rear cameras and Nexus Imprint fingerprint sensors. And they both have USB Type-C ports. While those ports only support […]

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ZNAPS is a magnetic adapter for iOS and Android devices (crowdfunding)

Apple makes a magnetic power cable, called MagSafe, for its line of laptop computers. The nifty design means you will be much less likely to destroy your connection port and your cable because it quickly releases when strained. Plus, you don’t have to be so exact when plugging in the cable. The magnets do the […]

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EnerPlex offers solar cases to (slowly) charge your Galaxy S4, iPhone 5S

You’re on a camping trip. Your phone is dead, but you need to make a call. If you’ve got an EnerPlex case (and some sunlight), all you need is a little patience. The company offers a line of solar-powered smartphone cases for the iPhone 5S and Samsung Galaxy S4. Stick your phone in the sun […]

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HP Chromebook 11 sales halted due to overheating chargers

HP and Google have temporarily stopped selling the HP Chromebook 11 after learning that a small number of users reported that their chargers were damaged from overheating while in use. Google’s taking the unusual step of recommending that folks who already have a Chromebook 11 stop using the charger that came in the box, and […]