IKEA’s Wireless Charging Furniture is Now Available

Included in the series of announcements surrounding the launch of the Galaxy S6 from Samsung, was word from IKEA that they had partnered with the Korean electronics giant to build out furniture that would include embedded wireless chargers. The thought was to help increase wireless charging adoption, but also to add functionality to your bedside table or lamp that would allow you to ditch the ugly chargers sold to you by Samsung and a variety of other accessory makers. The result, unveiled in April, was a series of lamps, tables, and stand-alone wireless chargers that added some style to something as geeky as wireless charging.  (more…)

Deals: Galaxy S6 Official Wireless Charger for $35, Moto X for $180, Sonos Play 5 for $342

Looking for a whole bunch of electronics to blow last Friday’s paycheck on? We’ve got you covered, thanks to a 2-day sale over at Groupon. By using coupon code “SALE3” at checkout, you can save 10% on your orders, up to $50 off. After cruising through their pages and pages of deals, we actually found a handful that are worth considering.

Items like the official Samsung Galaxy S6 wireless charger can be had for $35 (normally $50). The 1st gen Moto X on Verizon is also as cheap as $180 after the discount. But maybe the best deal of all, if you are in the market for home Hi-Fi speakers, is the discount on Sonos’ entire line-up. You can grab a Sonos Play:5 for just $342 (usually $399) or the Play:1 for $171 (usually $199). Sonos products are almost never discounted, and if they are, never to these levels.

There are other deals as well, all quick-linked below.

Again use code “SALE3″ at checkout.

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IKEA’s Wireless Charging-Ready Furniture Arrives in the US “Late Spring”

Ever since IKEA and Samsung announced that they were teaming up to introduce a line of furniture with embedded wireless charging, we have been dying to get a look at the options, prices, and opportunities to buy them. With the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, along with a handful of other devices showing love to wireless charging these days, the thought of having furniture in our lives with built-in wireless charging sounds pretty incredible. It may not be fast charging, but it’s certainly quite convenient, especially if the technology can live seamlessly in our day-to-day lives.

This morning, IKEA finally announced pricing and availability of the new line for the US, with the first pieces of furniture becoming available in “late Spring.”  (more…)

Samsung and IKEA Partner to Intro Furniture With Built-In Wireless Charging

To go along with all of the excitement surrounding wireless charging from Samsung this morning with the Galaxy S6, the company announced a new partnership with IKEA, the famous Swedish furniture corporation. With this partnership, IKEA will focus on creating furniture that incorporates wireless charging built-in, allowing owners to simply toss their phone down and charge it.  (more…)

Samsung’s New Galaxy S6 Teaser Hints at Quick Charging, Powerful Performance

Samsung isn’t done talking about the future of quick and/or wireless charging in the Galaxy S6, even though it just penned an entire piece about the subject. To continue the conversation, they posted a short video through their Samsung Mobile Twitter account that seems to talk about both charging and overall phone performance, mentioning the need to be faster to get more done so that you have more time to give to others.  (more…)

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Will Help You Enter a Wireless Charging World Like Never Before

In a post penned to the company’s Samsung Tomorrow blog this morning, Samsung all but confirmed that wireless charging will be a major feature in the next line of Galaxy devices, like the Galaxy S6. The post talks about wireless charging standards, combining those onto a single chip, being able to charge your phone everywhere no matter the standard, and using the technology to “enter a new wireless world like never before.”  (more…)

Ultra Fast Wireless Charging for Tablets and Big Phones Will Soon be a Thing

Thanks to the introduction of the world’s first 15 Watt Qi-compliant wireless charging solution by Freescale, ultra fast wireless charging of tablets and big-screened phones will soon be a thing. Most traditional wireless charging units deliver at 5 Watts, but that low power delivery typically means that it takes hours to fully charge a device with a large battery. In fact, I don’t know that anyone who uses wireless charging on a regular basis would even attempt to call it “speedy.” With Freescale’s new solution, we could see a time where a 4,000mAh tablet could be charged in just a couple of hours.  (more…)

Motorola’s New DROID “QUARK” Stops by FCC on Its Way to Verizon – Wireless Charging, Turbo Charger

Back in mid-August, we caught wind of a device from Motorola under the codename “quark” that appeared to be on its way to Verizon. The device was thought to have incredible specs, thanks to a benchmark, which showed a QHD screen resolution (2560×1440), Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, and Android 4.4.4. I can confirm this morning that the device is indeed real, is headed to Verizon, likely as the next DROID, and may have some extra tricks up its sleeves that we had not yet heard, at least according to recently filed FCC documents.

So here is what we know as of today.   (more…)