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Why Apples AirPower Wireless Charger Is Taking So Long to Make

When Energous Corp., which is developing a wireless-charging system called WattUp, fell 4.3 percent on Thursday. The company has said it’s working with tier 1 device makers, sparking speculation that Apple is a partner. However, the iPhone maker is using a mix of its own chip and wireless technology from the Qi standard. Apple plans to produce the charger with

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Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range and preventing it from passing through to unwanted spaces. “With a simple investment of about $35 and specifying coverage requirements, a wireless reflector can be custom-built to outperform antennae that cost thousands of dollars,” said Xia Zhou, a Dartmouth assistant professor. In their paper,…

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Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend have beentracking customers movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, thats the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying cry. On the back of nearly 20,000 fast food locations usingits customer-tracking technologies in stores, the Los Angeles-based startupBirdEyeraised $25 million in Februaryto not onlyanalyze customer behavior and feedback but also to provide a sort of relationship managementthat the company said can help…

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