Charging Your Phone Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past

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Imagine the possibilities of never having to charge your phone again. To be able to go out in public and never have to worry about it dying, or having to bring along your charger everywhere just in case it does.

Believe it or not, the reality of never having to charge a cell phone again may actually set in sooner than you think.

Technology companies are now searching for a way for this to happen. By converting radio waves into battery replenishing power, smartphones with specially designed receivers can pull energy right from the air.

Nikola Labs and Energous (WATT) are just two of the companies that are researching this new phenomenon, constructing their technology to work as such: Special antennas focus cellular and Wi-Fi signals into a pocket of low-powered energy around the back of your phone. A receiver on your phone then converts that radio energy into DC power that can charge the battery.

A form of this wireless technology has existed for years in the forms of IKEA furniture, power mats, and pads however, these methods still require your cell phone to still be plugged in. Even long-distance wireless charging was once considered, but the fact that you could get zapped when walking in the area between the charger and the phone was an obvious no-go.

Energous has made plans to release wireless chargers than will allow you to charge your phone from up to 20 feet away, by the end of 2016.

At a distance of up to 5 ft, the company’s transmitters charge phones at the same speed as a wall charger. Up to 10 feet, the speed is reduced to USB-charging levels, andd up to 15 feet, your battery will charge at a trickle.

Nikola Labs’ however, has introduced smartphone cases harness and recycle the unused energy your phone creates by searching for cell towers and Wi-Fi routers, and are designed to extend battery life by a third.

Charging your smart phone without actually plugging in may seem like an idea from the latest Blockbuster film, but it’s in fact coming to a reality near you, and sooner than you may have ever thought.

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GoPro to Releases It’s Tiniest Camera Yet

Selfies are about to be taken to a new level.

The California company, GoPro is set to release it’s tiniest camera yet on July 12, which is better known as the “Hero4Session.” The newest edition to the infamous line of action cameras is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the next biggest model.

The small black cube retails for $399, and comes with the ability to fit into the palm of your hand, offering the convenience of a “easy one button control,” and still carries that same feature found in the larger models.

Great for mountain biking, skiing, base jumping, kayaking, and a range of other activities, GoPros newest edition can fit onto a helmet as it’s older sibling models do, for a hands free experience you can catch on camera. To get even deeper, the Hero4Session is waterproof and can reach 30 feet deep into waters.

GoPro is good for just about any kind of adventure you are ready to embark on, and will stick to your side (well, the helmet on your head) through tough times… if you are willing to pay more than similar models.

The Cube from Polaroid starts at $100, and the Yi from Xiamoi retails for even less than that.

 

The Thirstiest Apps That Will Drink Your Phone’s Battery the Fastest

Numerous apps launch into the marketplace every day. U.S smartphone users have a total of 30 apps housed on their phone however, modern phones have yet to become equipped with enough space to support the consistent running of many of them.

In a new study of Android phones from AVG Technologies, an online security company, the types of apps that happen to suckle the most power from phones are those that pertain to messaging, streaming entertainment, and social media. That means the more time you stay on Facebook, the more it will drain the battery on your phone, especially when you forget to close all the way out of the app.

But Facebook isn’t one of the only big offenders when it comes to these power sucking apps. Others include Kik, Retail Me Not, Facebook Messengers, and WhatsApp, as they all run in the background all the time to check for recent updates.

It doesn’t just stop with these big offenders though. Believe it or not, there are super draining apps that actually drain even more power than the ones mentioned above. And you are more than likely using them every day. Netflix, Snapchat, Amazon, Walmart, Spotify, and Kindle are notorious for giving batteries the biggest beating of them all.

But the battery draining doesn’t stop there. AVG’s study focusing on games in a different study due to the humongous amount of apps available. It turns out that the biggest battery sucking games include the ever-popular Candy Crush Saga, as well as Candy Crush Soda Saga, Solitaire, Crossy Road, and Clash of the Clans.

AVG’s study included data from over 1 million AVG Antivirus Android App users worldwide during the first three months of 2015, and excluded it’s study of apps that had less than 1 million downloads on Google Play and other core system apps.

Concluded from their study, AVG has a few tips for keeping battery life lasting longer.

  • Reduce frequency of refreshes
  • Limit push notifications
  • Limit brightness levels
  • Disable or limit location tracking
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Apple App Makes Homework Easier to Manage

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Students better start working on some better excuses for not turning in their homework rather than continuing to blame it on the dog.

Apple has made a recent update to it’s app iTunes U, which added a new feature that allows students to turn in their homework directly from their iPhone or iPad. After the homework has been submitted, the teacher will receive a notification with a timestamp on it.

The app has been around since 2012, and teachers everywhere have been utilizing it’s convenience ever since. Since 2014, tools have been added to make it easier for teachers to manage their work through the app. Many use it to assign homework and other work to their students with this app in the iTunes store, and the trend is continuing to grow. With the handy new management tools now included in the app, teachers can access the assignments and even grades through their mobile device, making them available any time and any place.

With a new discussion feature in the works, students can ask questions outside the classroom. Students can even turn in assignments that were completed through third-party apps such as a design for a project, by turning them in through the iTune store app. This includes any projects that were completed in PDF form for even greater convenience.

The iTunes U system is free unlike it’s fierce competitors like Moodle, Edmoto, and Blackboard.

Apple has sold over 15 million iPads to schools as of lately, with 11 million of them being in the U.S alone.

With the possibility of more schools adopting this modern form of learning and classroom communication, homework as we know it could completely change.

What do you think of this new way for kids to turn in their assignments? Will it make the process easier or make things overcomplicated?

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App That Helps You Pick Out Wine?

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Wine stores continue to pop up all over the country however, the number of people that don’t know much about buying it has just about stayed the same. When you’re visiting a wine store and become overwhelmed by the huge selection around you that you know little about, it can if anything, take a lot longer to make a decision.

But what if we told you that there was a little buddy you could bring with you to the wine store from now on that could tell you about the different kind of wines that catch your eye? Well, it’s only a few short minutes away from the tapping of a few buttons in the App store.

A new app called Next Glass is now here to help you decide which wine you may like, based on the types of wines you tell it that you like. More specifically, you rate a few wines you like after first downloading the app. Then when at the wine store, you can scan a bottle of wine and the app will deliver you a rating out of 100 of how much you may like it’s taste. Pretty nifty, huh?

But the fun doesn’t stop there as the Next Glass app also has the ability to rank beer, which tailors to a different kind of audience in itself.

Back to the personalized scoring. To deliver you an actual score, the company uses heavy duty chemistry equipment to analyze the composition of wines and beers. There are roughly 200 bottles tested each and every day, and amounts to 15,000 bottles of wine, and 8,000 bottles of beer thus far.

Next Glass makes more than 4 billion calculations to assess scores for it’s users, and has about a 96% accuracy rate.

Even better, the app comes with a few social media features that allow you to connect with friends that have the app as well. If you are all out together, you can make a joint decision about a wine to share.

If you are interested in seeing what Next Glass can do for you the next time you go to purchase a wine or beer for your next glass, check it out in the app store today.

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Wi-Fi May Rule By 2020

It’s no surprise that wi-fi continues to expand. In fact, you really no longer have to visit the coffee house or be close to a neighbors yard to pick on a wi-fi connection. Now days, it’s in our streets, places we eat, and on just about every source of travel from planes, to trains, to automobiles.

The great thing about wi-fi is the ability to stream internet from somewhere other than your wireless provider, which will help you end up losing a lot less data in the end. For frequent users of apps, Facebook, Netflix, and popular game apps like FarmVille and Candy Crush Sage, a constant wi-fi usage would be excellent news.

According to a survey from the Macquarie Group, broadband users saved $30 on the monthly wireless bill than normal rather, if they had only been using their service provider.

 

So with all the positive money saving changes, why not switch everything to a wi-fi only connection as we speak?  One of the biggest reasons stems from an issue of safety on a public network.

With new generations of wi-fi streaming popping up all over the place, new forms of encryption will need to be reset for better, more updated protection. Macquarie even predicts that all of the issues won’t be completely solved by 2016.

“It will be several years before the majority of U.S. consumers even contemplate dropping their LTE vendor in favor of an add-on public Wi-Fi service from their cable company,” announced Kevin Smithen, analyst at Macquarie.

This new change in wi-fi may be revolutionary for the public, but is leaving the biggest wireless companies like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile in quite a bind, which is why you see them partnering up with cable companies like Comcast. The offloading of these companies wi-fi onto cable networks will cost them into the billions.

Looks like the best hope for these popular wireless service providers will be to partner up with some of the bigger cable companies and by selling them their airwaves.

What do you think about these impactful changes? Was this inevitable?

Coolest Gadgets Released in 2015

2015 is coming to a near close, and many new gadgets and pieces of revolutionary technology has been released so far, with more to come.

We haven’t posted very much on WSW1 within the last few months and thought it was long overdue, so in this post we want to deliver you the coolest gadgets of 2015. Of course this post may have been more effective more towards the beginning of the year but hey, if you haven’t heard of these by now then here they are in front of you.

Included in the video are technology devices for households, high tech devices, gadgets for your iPhone, pets, and that you can wear, and some of the newest (and soon to be greatest) around. These new devices are sleek and meek, and ready to be operated by those with great taste in technology.

We hope that you enjoyed the video!

Look out for more to come in the future. We figure that when it comes to certain types of gadgets and technology, some of our visitors may greater appreciate a video above a blog post without much content aside from words.

What was your favorite technology of this year?

Best Gadgets of 2015

It wouldn’t be a new year unless all kinds of new forms of gadgets and technology were released. All throughout the year, every year, there are hundreds of new releases that keep gadget geeks on the edge of their seats everywhere.

It’s been a while since we updated Best Choice Tech, so we thought we would bring it back in style with the coolest gadgets of 2015.

The year is already close to being over (again) so you better go out and grab these before the new versions come out in 2016, or they just plain become obsolete like every other tech device. Ha.

Future Wearable Gadgets of 2016

With the release of the Apple watch and other similar electronic wearables hitting the market, it’s obvious what one of the biggest future trends will be. And it’s only 2015.

By 2016 however, this market will have expanded quite far, as newer and even better wearables come into the game. We’ve got a sneak peak at what some of these “gadgets of the near future” will be, so check out the video to see.

Just as you thought you were starting to see it all…

 

Banned by Amazon?

With the wide range of products available of Amazon, it seems like you could just about buy anything.

The company has created a list of 32 banned or restricted categories that have their own lines of products that also cannot be sold.

Most of the products that are banned are within reason, considering the fact that they are illegal which could be anything from stolen items, drugs, and gun silencers. Others can include gasoline, cell phone jammers, black powder, wiretapping equipment, or any other item that carries a concern from safety.

Then there are the items that are almost a bit “out there” such as human body parts, sable antelopes, and any media featuring the porn star Traci Lords that were created prior to May 7,1986. It all sounds pretty crazy, right?

Amazon is also becoming notorious for banning “offensive products,” which include “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.”

Following in line with other major retailers including Walmart and Sears, Amazon has made the decision to now ban anything that has to do with the Confederate flag from it’s stores; All falling in line with the aftermath of the shootings in Charleston back in early June of this year.

Amazon once had around 29,000 items pertaining to the Confederate flag including pocket knives, t-shirts, posters, the flag itself, and other memorabilia. On its website, the company says that it “reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of listings on its site, and remove any listing at any time.” They also encourage that users reports any of these items if they happen to come across them.

“We will investigate each report thoroughly and take any appropriate actions,” the company said. “We work hard on this issue every day because we know that our customers trust that they are buying safe and legal products when they shop on Amazon.com,”

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