California First to Levy Cell Phone Charger Regulations
California voted on Thursday to require consumer electronics manufacturers to ship devices with energy-efficient chargers starting next year. The goal of the law is to save energy, as consumers often leave cell phone, tablet, and laptop chargers plugged in when not charging their devices. Many chargers continue to draw power, even without a device attached, and account for up to 13% of all the power used in California. The California Energy Commission believes the law will lead to $306 million in annual energy savings, and conserve enough energy to power 350,000 homes. Though the law was opposed by consumer electronics makers, some cell phone manufacturers already offer energy-efficient chargers. The law goes into effect February 1, 2013.
WattUp Distance Wireless Charging Coming To Major-Brand Phone
Energous has revealed that a "tier 1" consumer electronics company has agreed to implement WattUp wireless charging technology in a number of consumer products, including a phone. WattUp is an RF-based wireless charging technology that can be implemented in a number of ways, including transmitters that can send power wirelessly up to 15 feet, using a large array of antennas and beam-forming technology to send focused energy in the 5.8 GHz radio band.
USB-IF to Certify Chargers
The USB Implementers Forum today announced that it will certify USB chargers for use with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other compatible gear. The organization has created a new logo that will be stamped on compliant chargers.
California to Require Warrants for Stingrays
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new law that prohibits the government from snooping on citizens' electronic communications without first obtaining a warrant. The law, called the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, forbids the government from "accessing electronic device information by means of physical interaction or electronic communication with the device." For example, police will no longer be able to use stingrays unless they get permission from a judge to do so.
California Signs Smartphone Kill Switch Into Law
California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law that will mandate all smartphones to come with a kill switch by July 2015. The law's goal is to curb smartphone thefts.
Connecticut Says Marketers Can't Send Unwanted Texts
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law on Thursday that makes it illegal for marketing companies to send unsolicited text messages to cell phones. The law allows Connecticut residents to specify they don't want to receive messages via the Do Not Call registry.
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Really? Do they just make this crap up offa the tops of their heads?
Your right, the percentage figure is being disputed by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). They say the savings for consumers...
Still, this mandate w...
what are offices, stores??
it seems like offices, and stores leave their lights on 24/7! how about turning lights off when everyone left the office or turn off lights when stores are closed!
I like the idea, but there is probab...