Mobile Carriers Offer Free Charging In Chiba Pref.

Mobile carriers offer free charging in Chiba Pref.

Typhoon Faxai that made landfall on Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo on Monday has left hundreds of thousands of households and businesses without power. Japan's three major mobile carriers are offering free phone charging and WiFi services.

NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank have placed chargers at their shops, municipal offices, public halls, community centers and health and welfare centers in affected areas of the prefecture.

Android P Beta Hints At Wireless Charging For The Pixel 3

Android P Beta Hints At Wireless Charging For The Pixel 3

While wireless charging has become rather common in smartphones, Google for some reason has decided to not include it in its Pixel lineup of phones. However could the company be changing their mind with the Pixel 3? According to the folks at XDA, it seems that there is a possibility that they might.

According to the report, they point towards a set of leaked photos of the Pixel 3 which according to one of the XDA forum members, features a glass back. This means that there is a chance that the Pixel 3 could have wireless charging. However the use of a glass back could simply be for aesthetic purposes but in the latest Android P Developer Preview, XDA also found some code that hints at the feature.

Nintendo Uk Website Lists Poke Ball Plus Charging Time As 3 Hours

Nintendo UK Website Lists Poke Ball Plus Charging Time As 3 Hours

Last week Nintendo announced that there would be two new Pokemon games headed to the Nintendo Switch in November. In addition to the new games, it was also revealed that there would be a new accessory called the Poke Ball Plus, a controller shaped like (as the name suggests) a Poke Ball.

Details were initially scarce at the time of announcement, but now more details have been revealed such as its charging time. According to the listing on Nintendo UK's website, they have listed the accessory as having a 3 hour charge time, so it's something to take note of if you're planning on buying it in the future.

Nintendo Unveils New Switch Charging Stand

Nintendo Unveils New Switch Charging Stand

For Nintendo Switch gamers looking to charge their console, as far as official methods are concerned, you only have the dock. However the dock isn't as useful because what if you wanted to play using the console's screen instead of your TV? That's where third-party accessories come in, but not anymore.

Nintendo has recently announced the launch of their latest official Switch accessory in the form of a charging stand. As you can see in the photo above, this charging stand differs from the default dock as it not only does it charge the console, but it also props it up at an angle to let gamers see the screen.

Nintendo Warns Against Substandard Switch Charging Cables

Nintendo Warns Against Substandard Switch Charging Cables

The upside to the Nintendo Switch is that Nintendo isn't using some proprietary charging system that only they sell. Instead the company has opted for the use of USB-C, which many have commended them for for their forward thinking. However the company has recently issued a warning against substandard USB-C cables.

This is according to a new Japanese FAQ page in which they advise users to use a USB-C charging cable with a 56kΩ resistor for the Switch. To that end they are also recommending that users use the charging cable HAC-010 that comes with the Switch Pro Controller or the Joy-Con Charging Grip.

Android 8.1 Update Causes Overcurrent Charging Bug On Pixel Xl, Fix Incoming

Android 8.1 Update Causes Overcurrent Charging Bug On Pixel XL, Fix Incoming

There are several reasons why phones overheat and explode during charging. It could be due to a hardware problem where there is an issue with the circuitry in your phone. It could also be a problem with the charger itself where sometimes unofficial chargers might be made with cheaper materials and might not be as safe as the real deal.

Another possibility is that it could be due to a software problem, which unfortunately is something that Pixel XL owners are experiencing right now. According to reports, it appears that the recent Android 8.1 Oreo update that was rolled out earlier this year has caused an overcurrent charging bug to the original Pixel XL.

Xperia Xz2 Wireless Charging Support Confirmed In Latest Pic

Xperia XZ2 wireless charging support confirmed in latest pic

Sony Mobile will bring wireless charging support to its upcoming Xperia XZ2 flagship. This is the first time that Sony has introduced integrated wireless charging support for its mainstream global model. Sony had previously adopted wireless charging, but only for select models targeted to the US market, such as the Xperia Z3v and Z4v for Verizon, the latter which ended up being cancelled.

Sharp Releases Movable Solar-powered Charging Stand

Sharp Releases Movable Solar-powered Charging Stand

Sharp Corp released a movable solar-powered charging stand that uses the company's "Blacksolar" high-efficiency solar panel and can charge smartphones, mobile phones, etc Dec 6, 2017.

The charging stand can charge devices at the time of disaster and can be easily set up at sightseeing spots, event sites, commercial facilities and so forth. The manufacturer's suggested retail price of the stand is ¥980,000 (approx US$8,673, excluding tax). It is made to order, and Sharp aims to sell 1,000 units per year.

Panasonic Demoes Wireless Charging Of Flexible Battery

Panasonic Demoes Wireless Charging of Flexible Battery

Panasonic Corp exhibited a flexible lithium-ion (Li-ion) rechargeable battery that can be attached to human body and clothes and embedded in cards at Ceatec Japan 2017, which took place from Oct 3 to 6, 2017, at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The flexible battery was first announced in September 2016. But, this time, Panasonic reduced its thickness by 0.1mm and demonstrated wireless charging of the battery.

Toyota Charging Ahead With U.s, Canadian And Mexican Investments

Toyota Charging Ahead With U.S, Canadian And Mexican Investments

Whereas some automakers are divided on whether to invest in the U.S., Canada or Mexico, Toyota is pushing ahead with significant investments in all three countries in a bid to satisfy politicians and consumers alike.

Since being elected POTUS, Donald Trump has frequently expressed his displeasure at automakers electing to invest in Mexico rather than the U.S. Ultimately, he played a role in Ford scrapping plans for a Mexican production facility.