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.
Sep 14, 2017
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
Jan 9, 2018
Razer today revealed Project Linda, a smartphone and laptop hybrid concept that would pair the Razer handset with a laptop shell to create a single device. The Linda itself features a 13.3-inch 120 Hz screen, full keyboard, customized buttons, an internal battery and storage, and several ports (USB-A, USB-C, 3.5mm).
Sep 18, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai pulled no punches when remarking on the state of California's recently-passed net neutrality rules. Speaking at the Maine Heritage Policy Center, Pai heaped criticism on the state's legislature.
Oct 16, 2018
Google today said people can now search for and locate electronic vehicle charging stations in Google Maps. In addition to displaying the closest stations, Maps will provide information about the business where the charger is located, the types of ports that are available, how many ports there are, and charging speeds.
Oct 26, 2018
California today said it has agreed not to enforce its own net neutrality law until a final decision is reached concerning the FCC's scrapping of Obama-era regulations. In December 2017, the FCC voted to get rid of the previous administration's net neutrality rules, which classified broadband as a utility under Title II and set bright line rules regarding internet traffic.
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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...