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4 Electronics that are Now Obsolete

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Tips & Tricks, Wireless Charging
Wireless charging is taking over

Wireless charging is taking over

With 2018 upon us, goCharge reflected on the recent history of the phone as it pertains to accessories and devices that were once revolutionary. The moving of time creates the moving of technology—whether it’s being invented or becoming obsolete.

Currently, we’re riding the wave of Wireless Charging, a revolutionary technology that will change consumer behavior and the way in which we interact with our smartphones.

The days will be gone of searching for missing cords, having to buy new cords due to outdated technology (argh!), buying extension cords to elongate your charging capabilities, searching for outlets, and many more daily headaches caused by the traditional way to charge mobile devices.

Qi enabled devices are the future. And below, we’re looking at the past.

Rabbit Ear Antennas

Rabbit Ear Antennas

Rabbit Ear Antennas

While there are modern day rabbit ear antennas, also known as the television antenna, for the most part, these two metal sticks that come out of a base to catch signals are obsolete. They were designed for the reception of over-the-air broadcast television signals. However, since the invention of many modern TV capabilities (Direct TV, streaming, Netflix, HBO Go, Amazon Prime), these antennas have long been considered outdated.

Cords

Cords

Cords

With the increased usage of wireless charging not only on mobile devices but on computers, lamps, and more, cords will gradually go out of style and become less used. In particular, when it comes to charging your mobile device using Qi wireless charging technology, there is no need for a traditional charging cord.

Tapes

Cassettes

Cassettes

The cassette tape has been outdated for some time now, however those of us born before 1990 certainly remember them. The simple days of plugging this device into the receiver and hearing music are gone. With inventions like CD’s, iTunes, and then streaming services like Pandora or Spotify, even the concept of owning music is becoming obsolete. Why own hundreds of songs when you can have a monthly subscription to thousands?

Landlines

LandlineAs the main image suggests, we can all agree that the landline is bound to go obsolete. Other than office use, many home owners today do not own landlines. As everyone as a personal cell phone, the need for a landline has become less and less important.

Tell us, what do you think we’re living with now that might become obsolete in the future?

3 Key Ways to Extend Your Battery Life with iOS 11

By | Food for thought, Tips & Tricks
iPhone battery life for iOS 11

iPhone battery life for iOS 11

While iOS 11 has brought a handful of new features that improve the iPhone and iPads that download the new update, it has three major setbacks (as do most first releases of a new operating system by Apple):

  • Bad battery life
  • Sluggishness
  • Crashing

As far as battery life goes, we’re not surprised. Each time a new update comes out from Apple, a wave of complaints floods social media and Apple forums. See here:

iOS 11 complaints about battery life

iOS 11 complaints about battery life

Below, we suggest 3 key ways to extend your battery life with the new iOS 11:

1. Find the problem

The first and easiest way to alleviate battery drainage issues with the iOS 11 is to check the source of the problem by going to Settings –> Battery. Whoever the culprits are, and disable Background App Refresh. This feature is responsible for allowing your apps to run “in the background” — sometimes it can be 24/7. To decrease battery drainage, turn off this feature for your top 5 apps that are using the most battery.  Go to Settings –> General –> Background App Refresh.

2. Disable Wi-fi, Bluetooth & Airdrop

Of course, only disables these features when not needed. And, don’t forget, when you’re on Wi-fi, you can disable cellular data to save battery life as well. When these features are on, they use a lot of power, so it’s important to switch them off when not in use. How to turn off Airdrop: swipe up from the bottom of your phone, tap on AirDrop, then tap “receiving off”.

3. Enable low power mode

With the inclusion of Low Power Mode starting this year, you’re now able to switch your phone into a mode where it automatically uses less battery life. Usually this is reserved for when your battery is really low, but you can also use it as a reserve function if you don’t know when the next time is that you’ll be able to charge. This mode even disables or reduces the power of some apps that you’re not able to do yourself. The quickest way to turn on Low Power Mode is to say “Turn on Low Power Mode” to Siri or you can do it in the Control Center, manually. For the super old-fashioned way (kidding!) go to Battery –> Low Power Mode.

The Top Tech for Summer 2017

By | Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Outdoor Events, Trade Shows, Uncategorized
Top Tech for Summer 2017

Top Tech for Summer 2017 – Flicks Mobile Cordless Boombox Projector (280WH)

It’s summer. This means hot days, hot nights, and hot tech. This list of cool gadgets will keep you on trend and serve you in ways you never knew you could be served. Read below and let us know which one is your favorite!

Flicks Mobile Cordless Boombox Projector (280WH)

What’s a boombox projector? Exactly how it sounds—and this one is an all-in-one cordless projector with a dynamic range of sound. This handy device allows you to take the romance and nostalgia of a summer drive-in movie with you wherever you go. The quality of the picture is impressive: 720p HD and it features two custom-designed neodymium drivers for amazing sound quality.

The Sinji Panoramic Smart WiFi Camera

No longer are the days of low-resolution security video footage. Now, you can stream your entire home on your mobile device in a clear 960p, night vision included. Zoom, rotate, and get push notifications for unusual activity, even talk through the device to people within your home—it has two way audio communication. You’ve officially got control over your home’s security.

The reMarkable Tablet by E Ink

We all know physical paper is on the outs. But on its way in is this digital notepad that may as well be paper itself—the screen clones an actual piece of paper with extremely high latency. While the feeling of the stylus against the screen isn’t identical to pen on paper, it feels nice and smooth, and the screen captures what you’re drawing instantly. The tablet comes with a suite of tools to save your work and view them on a desktop or mobile. Remember: it prides itself on not being a tablet. It is a smart notebook made specifically for sketching and drawing, and it’s the best on the market right now.

Bluesmart Suitcase with GPS

Yes, this suitcase will never get lost. Its built-in GPS allows you to follow it wherever it goes, so when that dreaded moment comes where everyone at the baggage claim carousel is gone except you, you’ll whip out your smartphone and find your luggage.Its built in scale ensures you’ll never get charged extra weight baggage fees and its digital locks keeps it secure. You’ll also never run out of battery on your smartphone as long as this suitcase is with you, because its USB port charges your phone up to six times.

 

Top 5 Apps That Drain Your Cell Phone Battery

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Tips & Tricks, Uncategorized
Snapchat

Snapchat

You forgot to charge your phone overnight. You’ve been out all day without a charger. You’ve been playing on your apps for too long. There are many reasons why your phone battery dies quickly, and there are many ways to save your battery so you can stay connected and stress-free throughout the day. Whether you’re in an emergency or simply hate seeing “the red”, we rounded up the top 5 apps that are killing your phone battery. Study up and proceed with caution.

1. Snapchat
We all know how much fun Snapchat is — it quickly becomes part of our daily routine. However, this fun app is the number one killer of cell phone batteries. Major memory usage is drained as well with Snapchat. Be careful: Just because the photo is erased from the app after 24 hours doesn’t mean the app isn’t consuming most of your internal storage. The constant check ins, streaming, messaging, photo and video creation, and networking drains batteries very quickly.

2. Google Maps
It is one of the most useful apps and can truly save your day, but in doing so, it can also make your day take a turn for the worse by killing your battery. Google Maps follows you around wherever you go (for better or worse) which uses a lot of battery. Even when you’re traveling and your phone is on airplane mode, that little blue Google Maps dot still follows you. Most of the time it’s super helpful to find your way, but once your battery is dead, you’re officially lost.

3. Netflix
Netflix is one of those apps we can’t live without. Whether you’re commuting, lounging around, waiting for an appointment, or just bored at wor, Netflix fills the void of wasted time. However, we recommend that if you’re not near a cell phone charging station, you should stay away from Netflix until you’re safely near a power source. This app is one of the most dangerous for consuming battery (and data!) since it is constantly streaming.

4. Facebook / Messenger
Facebook and its subsidiary app Facebook Messenger can drain your battery very quickly. We all like to check in on Facebook, and with Messenger, you can quickly send messages to your friends and check out their day (Messenger’s version of SnapChat). But beware that after even as much as 10 minutes of social netowrking, your battery could be drained up to 20%.

5. Amazon Shopping
Amazon’s app has made it so easy to sign on and buy what you need, that it could be considered dangerous not only for your cell phone battery, but also for your wallet. Searching products, comparing prices, adding things to your cart — they all seem like normal, harmless processes. However, these simple tasks add up and next thing you know you can’t buy your favorite Harry Potter wand because your cell phone is dead.

A Viennese Cafe Bills €1 For Charging Phones or Tablets

By | Cell Phone Charging, Dining, Food for thought, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk
Cafe charges customers extra to charge their cell phones

Cafe charges customers extra to charge their cell phones

Charging up is no joke anymore. In Vienna, Austria, people are apparently using so much electricity to charge cell phones or tablet that certain establishments simply can’t afford it any longer. And, what’s more? The famous Hundertwasserhaus in the 3rd district is billing their customers after the fact, without telling them in advance that they’ll have to pay for charging.

One customer was so riled up she posted on Facebook about it — specifically, a photo of her bill that includes the “electricity” charge from the cafe. The manager of the cafe stated that if a customer uses an outlet for more than 2 hours, then he’ll add one Euro to their bill.

Legally, an establishment like this can charge extra for use of electricity. Legalities aside, however, is it truly ethical? How often do you charge your devices in cafes or public establishments? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

5 Ways To Keep Your Cell Phone Charged for the Next Snow Storm

By | Business Intelligence, Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Gaming, Lifestyle, Mobile Charging Kiosk, Music Festivals, Tips & Tricks
How to save your cell phone battery

How to save your cell phone battery

Whether you trudged through the streets to get to work or didn’t leave your sweatpants all day, the one thing everyone needs during a New York City snowstorm is a charged cell phone battery. Even if you have your charger with you, a snow storm could most certainly mean a power outage—which is why you should follow these tips to have your phone battery lasting as long as possible.

Turn Off Wifi or Data

You may not be aware, but Bluetooth and Wifi are power eaters—and they run in the background all day, using your phone battery for no reason if you’re not actively using those specific features. Your phone’s software searches far and wide to pick up any Wifi signals it can get, at all times. The mere act of searching takes a lot of power. However, this tactic is only recommended if you have strong LTE and Data signals. If not, your phone will try to switch between whichever signal is stronger, which uses tons of battery. So pick one over the other and choose whichever one is solid and strong.

Disable Push Notifications

Apart from emergencies, there is no need to have push notifications if you’re trying to conserve battery life. Here’s where to start: email, apps, alarms, reminders. (Also switch from push to fetch or manual for your email.) Think of it this way—when you’re not using your phone, it goes into a light sleep, using very little battery. Every push notification jolts it awake, using a bit of battery every time. If you have 5-6 push notifications per hour, this will significantly use up your battery. Turning them off will allow your phone continue in its light sleep mode, and let’s admit it—it would be nice to have less interruptions throughout your day.

Limit Screen Usage

Did you know the screen is the single most power-using part of your smartphone? Think about it: it’s the one thing that gets used every single time we use our phones. The simplest solution? Limit your phone usage. Especially in a snowstorm, where battery life is vital, try to curb your Facebook or Netflix addiction and replace it with the old-fashioned entertainment like a book or crossword puzzle. Another option is turning the brightness down or shortening the delay until your screen turns off when you’re done using it. Here’s how on an iPhone: Settings–>General–>Auto-Lock. For an Android: Settings–>Display–>Sleep.

Stop Streaming

Movies, TV shows, and more frequently these days—music. Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, they all eat up tons of battery. If you have music saved directly onto your phone, listen to that instead. If you have a computer nearby whose battery you’re not worried about, listen  to these streaming Apps on there instead of your phone. Streaming requires constant Data and Wifi, which as explained above, will use a lot of battery. Services like Pandora or Apple Music allow you to download music directly to your phone (for a premium, of course) but this means you can also listen on Airplane mode (during flights) or underground on the subway when there is no signal.

Airplane Mode or Low Power Mode

When you’re on the last leg, it’s time to take extreme action. This is the time when you simply have no other choice than to use Airplane Mode or at least Low Power Mode. Both iOS and Android phones include an Airplane Mode feature which disables Wi-Fi, Cellular Data, and Bluetooth. Of course, as the name suggests, it is meant for travel—to prevent cellular signals from interfering with airline communication, and for those times when you’re outside of the country and don’t want to be charged an arm and a leg in data fees. Turns out, it’s also useful for when you’re inside the country and running low on battery. On Airplane mode, your phone uses very little battery even with regular usage. But we suggest always limiting your smartphone usage when you’re in a battery pinch.

The Best New Phones for 2017

By | Cell Phone Charging, Food for thought, Outdoor Events, Tips & Tricks
New phones for 2017

New phones for 2017

The iPhone 8 and the Samsung Galaxy 8 are both due in 2017—a year that is meant to bring a record high in innovative mobile technology. One particular part to note is the new Snapdragon 835 chip that helps with faster performance and longer battery life. Before you head to the store to complete your upgrade, check out goCharge’s list of the best phones coming your way. Patience is key—you may want to wait a few months for the best new phone before taking the plunge too early.

  1. Apple iPhone 8. Everyone’s always looking for the next best thing. While the iPhone 7 has been a huge hit, there are already talks about the iPhone 8.  Click here for iPhone 8 rumors. Take note: there will be no physical Home button on the iPhone 8!
  2. Samsung Galaxy 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 didn’t exactly have the greatest 2016—what with the explosions, and all—and you can guess that Samsung is eager to introduce a new phone to the market. The Samsung Galaxy 8 will be the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 835. This phone is the most anticipated for 2017.
  3. HTC 11. Just because HTC 10 wasn’t well received by its consumers doesn’t mean HTC is stopping there—the HTC 11 is supposed to be better than ever. You can expect more RAM (8GB) and a better battery life, and a faster processor.
  4. Xiamo Mi 6. It will be the first Chinese phone to feature the long-awaited Snapdragon 835, and with the good response from consumers about the Mi 5, the Mi 6 should be one of the best upcoming Android smartphones to consider.

Which smartphone are you considering in 2017? If you’re ever at an event and your battery is dying, make sure to look out for a goCharge charging kiosk!

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The 11 Stages of a Dying Cell Phone Battery

By | Food for thought, Funny

You know how it feels. One minute, you’re green-to-go, and the next you’re in a panicked state of red. The minute your cell phone starts to die, everything changes.  We’ve outlined what we have found to be the 11 stages of a dying cell phone.

(*PLEASE UNDERSTAND THESE ARE NOT RESEARCHED BACKED INSIGHTS, BUT HOW WE AT GOCHARGE FEEL WHEN THIS HAPPENS TO US*)

  1. 100% battery = 100% awesome. You can do WHATEVER you want on your smartphone without a worry in the world. THANK GOD I charged it today!

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  1. 80% battery = “This should last me the night.” You’ve been texting your friend about your evening plans, and feel pretty confident your cell phone will last you the day and night (as long as you don’t go overboard). You’re opening and closing apps like it’s nobody’s business.

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  1. 50% battery = You made it to dinner with your friend! But, oh no, they’re in the bathroom, and you know you shouldn’t be on your phone, but you need to pretend you’re doing something in order to avoid:
    • Seeing that person you don’t want to see
    • Communicating with anyone you don’t want to
    • *Insert excuse here*

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  1. 40% battery = Baseball game time! You’re excited to use a goCharge cell phone charging station to recharge until you realize you’re at one of the 3 stadiums that doesn’t offer them. Don’t they know you need to take a selfie?

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  1. 30% battery = *Forgets phone is dying because Twitter is too good right now to not look.*

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  1. 5% battery = Wasn’t my phone JUST at 30%?!

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  1. Dead battery: Times were so much easier when your only option was to write down friends’ phone numbers and call them on a landline.

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  1. Even deader battery = Okay fine, those times were awful. I miss my cell phone.

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  1. The deadest battery = THIS. IS. AWFUL.

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  1. The revival of the dead battery? = Just when you think your night is ruined, you end up at a bar that has… what…could it be? A goCharge charging station? 100% battery, here you come!
    Source: WBDJ7.com

    Source: WBDJ7.com

     

  2. 100% battery = Happiness.

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Cell Phone Statistics: How Do People Use Their Smartphones?

By | Food for thought, Tips & Tricks

This month, goCharge brings you the latest smartphone stats in the United States as researched by the Pew Research Center. Everyone loves a good infographic, especially when it focuses on cell phone statistics. goCharge found that 97% of all smartphone owners report using text messaging on their cell phones. The majority of smartphone owners find their cell phone usage makes them feel productive. As expected, 99% of all smartphone owners use their devices at home, and a shocking 17% use them while exercising. Don’t fall off your treadmill!

Smartphone Statistics - Cell Phone Usage