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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices 114

Lucas123 (935744) writes Starbucks today announced that after beta-testing wireless charging in several locations, it will roll it out to all of its cafes in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Powermat wireless chargers they chose to use doesn't support the overwhelming number of mobile devices that are enabled for wireless charging using the Qi standard. Of the 20 million consumer devices estimated to have shipped in 2013 with wireless charging capabilities, nearly all were built with the Qi specification, according to IHS. The majority of the Qi technology was built into devices such as the Google Nexus 4 and 5 smartphones, Google's Nexus 7 second-generation tablet and a number of models in Nokia's Lumia smart phone range. The battle between the three wireless charging consortiums is expected to continue to adversely impact adoption of the technology.
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Starbuck's Wireless Charging Stations Won't Work With Most Devices

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  • by AnotherAnonymousUser ( 972204 ) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @05:07PM (#47225167)
    Yeah...nice work on this headline.
  • by Overzeetop ( 214511 ) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @06:03PM (#47225503) Journal

    And here's the reason:

    "The PMA also champions a magnetic inductive wireless charging technology that requires a more tightly coupled link between the charger and device. In addition, the PMA developed an open network API for network services management. So, for instance, Starbucks would be able to identify mobile devices charging in its cafes and gather usage pattners or target users with marketing and advertising."

    So they'll give up convenience for most of their (high end phone wielding) clientele for a swipe at tracking you and selling you and your information. The decision makes sense in that light. Nothing is free, not even free wireless charging. Unless, of course, Apple decides to weigh in with the PMA this fall, in which case there will be a huge batch of high end, security poor sheep ready to fleece.

  • by phoenix_rizzen ( 256998 ) on Thursday June 12, 2014 @06:22PM (#47225629)

    Maybe they're all at Starbucks (which, by the way, editors, has no apostrophe).

    Actually, in the context of the headline, it *does* have an apostrophe, just not where they put it: Starbucks'

    After all, the wireless charging mats belong to Starbucks.

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