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The Next Web

Why vehicle-to-grid charging could be the cheapest way to secure renewable energy


The UK electricity system is undergoing significant and rapid change. It has the world’s largest installed capacity of offshore wind, has effectively stopped generating electricity from coal, and has recorded a 20% drop in demand since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, this transition from traditional, reliable coal to weather-dependent wind and solar generation brings with it increasing challenges to match electrical supply and demand at every instant. This is where large grid-scale energy storage systems could help regulate and buffer supply and demand, and improve grid control. Read More

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The Next Web

All you need to know about kW, kWh, and charging speed


Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech.

If you’ve made, or are thinking about making, the shift to an electric car you’ll have to get up to speed on all the new terminology that comes with it.

While EVs aren’t that different to combustion engined vehicles in practice: the fact that they are powered by electricity throws up a lot of new things to learn when it comes to “filling up” or charging.

We’ve already given you the low down on two of the most popular fast-charging connector types, CHAdeMO and CCS, but now lets look at some common terminology you’ll see when reading about electric vehicles, charging, and batteries. Read More

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The Verge

World of Warcraft will stop charging $15 to change gender, and you don’t even need to buy the expansion


Since 2009, Blizzard has allowed players to change their World of Warcraft character’s gender — if they were willing to pay $15 for the privilege. But 11 years later, Blizzard feels that “it’s not the right message” to ask players to pay to change the gender of their character. The company is planning to remove this long-standing charge, and Blizzard now tells The Verge you won’t even have to pay $40 for the upcoming Shadowlands expansion to swap genders.

John Hight, the executive producer for Shadowlands, told Eurogamer in a recent interview that the expansion will let you gender swap for free using the in-game barbershop, which was previously used to change other physical appearances for your avatar, including facial features and hairstyle. Read More

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Tech Radar

Realme unveils its 125W UltraDart charging solution

The smartphone charging speeds are breaking new barriers every year. A super-fast charging smartphone is not only convenient for the users but, it is also a USP for the manufacturer. Realme has unveiled its 125W UltraDart charging solution in China today.

So how fast a 125W UltraDart charger can charge your phone? Well, it can charge a 4,000mAh battery up to 33% in just 3 minutes, which is probably the fastest one around. During the charge cycle, Realme claims that the temperature will be kept under 40-degree celsius all the time and there won’t be much of a heating issue.  Read More

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Tech Radar

Realme shares additional details of its 120W Ultra Dart charging

Smartphone charging speeds have been climbing drastically each year, with some manufacturers being able to bring it down to around 30 minutes. For the next leg of the race, Realme has a 120W charging solution brewing.

Earlier this month, reports emerged that Realme will showcase its breakthroughs in charging technology in July, which will be one of the first to cross the 100W mark. It was soon joined by announcements from Oppo and iQoo. The specifics are yet to be revealed, but it was hinted that we could see the next-gen charging in smartphones as early as next month. Read More

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The Verge

Images of Samsung’s bean-shaped earbuds leak again, including its charging case


Samsung’s upcoming bean-shaped earbuds have leaked again in a series of new images that also include its charging case for the first time. The images were initially leaked by Evan Blass, before being republished by 9to5Google. As well as giving us our best look yet at the earbuds’ charging case and bronze color scheme, Blass also suggests that the earbuds will be called the Galaxy Buds Live, rather than the “Galaxy Beans.

Although these are set to be Samsung’s second pair of true wireless earbuds this year, they’re a significant departure from the Galaxy Buds Plus. What’s notable about the design of the Galaxy Buds Live is that they don’t appear to have a silicon ear tip that sits in your ear canal while you wear them. Instead, there’s just a bean-shaped earbud that you wear in the outer part of your ear. Read More

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Tech Radar

Realme could be the first to cross 100W charging on phones

Realme smartphones have one of the fastest charging technologies currently available in the market. Not looking to slow down (pun intended), the company is expected to announce a whopping 100W+ fast charging as early as this month.

Most of Realme’s current offerings support 30W VOOC charging, a solution shared with Oppo while its flagships such as the Realme X50 Pro offer 65W Super Dart charging.

Tipster, Ishan Agarwal, has shared an image of the new charging tech from Realme which reportedly will be called as “Ultra Dart” charging. From the image, we can see that the upcoming new tech could deliver up to 120W charging speeds, which is higher than any other smartphone. With this charging speed, about one-third of a 4,000mAh battery could be just juiced up in 3 minutes. With the same speed, a full charge should take around just 10 minutes, but we expect it to slow down towards the end. The implications on battery health are yet to be seen. Read More

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Engadget

Garmin updates some of its most popular watches with solar charging


Both watches also get new modes for surfing, mountain biking and indoor climbing to help you track your waves, grit and flow or time spent on the wall. In addition, there’s a new Acclimation Widget that Garmin says will track your current elevation, and compare it against your pulse oxygenation. So if you’re climbing a mountain your watch will be able to tell you how well you’re breathing at the higher altitude.

The company’s line of Instinct watches is also getting a trio of new solar models, although in this case it’s the Instinct Solar, Instinct Solar Surf Edition and Instinct Solar Tactical Edition. Here, Garmin is boasting that if you activate Battery Saver mode, the watch can survive almost indefinitely without a charge. Use any of the more taxing modes, however, and the battery life is still pretty striking: up to 50 days in smartwatch mode if you’re out and about for most of the day. Read More

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Mashable

These durable, ‘armored’ charging cables are built to last a long time


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Evercable's steel armored cable is meant to be durable and tangle-free.
Evercable’s steel armored cable is meant to be durable and tangle-free.

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TL;DR: Say goodbye to tangles with Evercable’s 4.35-foot steel armored cable for $18.95, a 17% savings as of July 4.

Charging cables fray. It’s a fact of life. Or is it? The team behind Evercable is on a mission to make their cable the last charging cable you’ll ever need. And even if that’s not feasible in the long run, the premise is certainly intriguing. Read More

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Mashable

Tesla reportedly adding wireless charging, USB-C to the Model 3

Telsa is apparently adding a couple of new features to its Model 3 vehicles produced at its Fremont facility in southern California. According to reports by both Drive Tesla Canada and Electrek, the U.S. models will now include a wireless phone charger and USB-C ports.

As spotted by Drive Car Tesla, one user revealed on the Tesla Motors Club forum that both features are now the standard for any Model 3 cars built in the factory from June 4 and on. Mashable reached out to the automotive company for confirmation but no response was immediately forthcoming. Read More