FCC OKs First Wireless Distant Charger

Diagram of how wireless charging worksThe technology differs from existing systems.

By Rick Richardson

Charging your mobile device wirelessly is undoubtedly less of a hassle than plugging it in, but still requires the device be in physical contact with its charging station actually to work.

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That’s about to change now that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the first wireless charger that works from up to three feet away.

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Google, Rolls-Royce to Create Self-Piloting Ships

Illustration of self-piloting shipCars just need to replace one driver; ships have to take over for entire crews.

By Rick Richardson

Self-driving cars weren't even on the horizon a little more than a decade ago, but now it seems that every major automaker and the most prominent firms in Silicon Valley are hot on the trail of driverless cars.

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Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google’s parent), is widely considered the front-runner in autonomous driving. Waymo has compiled more than 3.5 million miles driven on the highways and byways of the U.S.
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Wireless Keyboard Never Needs Batteries

Mac and Wintel keyboardsSolar = forget about it.

By Rick Richardson

Wireless keyboards are the way to go but changing batteries or recharging your keyboard is a pain in the neck – even if you only have to do it once every month or two.

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What you might not know, however, is that there are wireless keyboards that never need to be recharged.
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Bitcoin Mining Uses More Electricity per Year Than Ireland

Electrical lines with city backdropThe price doesn't necessarily keep pace.

By Rick Richardson

The process of creating, tracking, verifying and reporting on the cryptocurrency transactions using bitcoin is called “mining.”

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The network of computers mining bitcoins uses more electricity in a year than the whole of Ireland, according to statistics released as the price of a bitcoin hit a new record high.

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Why Laptops Are Terrible for Note-Taking

College students listening to lectureCapturing and retaining aren't the same thing.

By Rick Richardson

Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings?

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If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper. There’s increasing evidence that using laptops during academic presentations decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports The New York Times.
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