How to add wireless charging to any phone

The term “wireless charging” is one that’s thrown around a lot by manufacturers and publications alike, but wireless charging can mean different things to different people. When many people refer to wireless charging, they’re actually referring to inductive charging – similar to the technology that the Apple Watch uses. Qi is a standard developed by the Wireless Power Consortium for inductive electrical power transfer over distances of up to 4cm.

The term “wireless charging” often gives people the misconception that your phone isn’t plugged in but will still charge. While that is technically true, the charging pad has to be plugged into a power supply, be it a wall plug, computer or power bank so you’re not completely free from wires.

Now that you know what Qi charging really is, how do you use it with your smartphone? 

How to use wireless charging

If your phone is compatible with Qi charging, all you need to do is purchase a Qi charging pad. These can range in price from less than £10 to several times that amount, usually depending on the brand.

All are much the same, with really only price, speed and design to separate them. Some might also work as a stand, while others boast of fast wireless charging – useful only if your phone also supports the feature.

Something to watch out for with wireless charging and the new iPhones is Apple’s terminology during the launch event: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X will work with all ‘certified’ Qi chargers.

Some of the cheaper devices may not be certified, and though they work with all other Qi-compatible phones we may find ourselves in the same situation as we do with cheap Apple charging cables: an update could stop them working.

Once you’ve got your hands on a Qi charging pad, plug it in and place your phone on top. If you’ve got a Qi enabled phone, it’ll start to charge. It’s that easy.  

How to add Qi charging to an unsupported phone

It’s all well and good using a Qi charging pad if you’ve got a Qi-enabled smartphone, but what about those of us who don’t? The good news is that there are alternatives out there – they may not be the best looking, but they should work.

For older iPhones with a Lightning port, for example, there is a viable (and pretty cheap at £21.99) way to enable Qi charging. It may not be the best looking accessory, but the iQi Mobile Qi charging receiver claims to enable wireless charging on your iPhone.

It has a Qi charging receiver with a unique lightning connector that’s connected via an ultra thin ribbon cable. The idea is that, using a thin case, the Qi charging receiver sits between your case and your iPhone with the lightning cable permanently plugged in.

Don’t worry Android users – or anyone else that uses a Micro USB charging port – you haven’t been left out. There’s a similar alternative for Micro-USB priced at £16.18.

Instead of having to slot the Qi charging receiver between your phone and a case, you just stick it on the back with the film provided and plug the Micro USB into your phone. It’s ultra thin and shouldn’t add any extra weight to your phone, making it a great alternative. .

If you have the luxury of being able to take the back cover off your phone there’s a neater alternative. Using the same Qi charging receiver film as above, simply plug the Micro USB cable into the charger, stick the film to the inside of the cover and then reattach the cover to the phone. If you’ve done it correctly, the phone should start to charge when placed on a Qi charger.


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iPhone 8 vs iPhone 7

Apple has announced its latest range of iPhones, which means there are three new models to tempt potential buyers. The iPhone X might be getting the lion’s share of the headlines, but it will be the more affordable iPhone 8 and 8 Plus that are likely to account for the majority of sales. 

So, should you upgrade to the latest iteration if you already have last year’s model? We compare the iPhone 8 to the iPhone 7 to see just how much has changed.

How much is an iPhone 8?

The annual update of the standard iPhone usually means a price cut for the previous incumbent, and this year follows suit.

Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone 7 32GB model by £50 in the UK and $100 in the US, so you can now pick it up for £549 ($549) from Apple’s website or a store.

For more storage, you can move up to 128GB for £649 ($649), which is a similar saving, but you’re out of luck if you want the 256GB version, as it has now been retired.

The new iPhone 8 comes in two flavours, with Apple finally dropping 32GB as the entry-level storage option. Now you can buy a 64GB iPhone 8 for £699 ($699), and the 256GB model will set you back £849 ($849).

Obviously, there will be a multitude of offers available from carriers in the UK, so be sure to shop around before putting any money down.

Pre-Orders for the iPhone 8 start on September 15, with a release date of September 22. The iPhone 7 will remain on sale, and can be picked up easily online or in-store.

Is the design any different?

Apple says that the iPhone 8 features an ‘all-new glass design’, but in truth there are plenty of similarities to the previous model.

Size-wise the iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 are almost identical, with only a few tenths of a millimetre more found on the new version. The iPhone 8 is 10g heavier though, which breaks the classic Apple mantra of ‘slimmest, lightest iPhone ever’ that we’ve heard so many times over the years.

 iphone 8 v iphone 7

iphone 8 v iphone 7

Most likely this increase in weight is attributable to the glass surface that now adorns the back of the device. While this looks pretty, glass isn’t exactly the most durable of substances, and will only add to the general slipperiness that plagues modern smartphones. 

Seriously, when will designers and engineers take into account that people actually have to hold these very expensive bars of soap?

In this case the return to glass, as last seen on the iPhone 4S, does bring a tangible benefit for users, enabling Apple to include wireless charging on the new device. This is a welcome addition, as is the jaw-dropping fact that it uses Qi charging, the standard favoured by most of the industry.

iphone 8 v iphone 7

iphone 8 v iphone 7

Other than this aesthetic choice, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference between the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8. The display is the same size, as are the now rather dated-looking bezels, all the buttons are in the same place, the curved edges are as elegant and precise as ever, and you still can’t plug in your headphones.

Apple has reduced the colour options on the iPhone 8, making it only available in Space Grey, Silver, or a new version of Gold, but the latter options have dispensed with the two-tone edges that where a Marmite feature on the iPhone 7.

iphone 8 v iphone 7

iphone 8 v iphone 7

 

All models in the iPhone 7 and 8 range also feature IP67 water resistance, and as such should survive any spills or quick trips into the sink that would prove the end of a lesser device.

Specifications

  iPhone 8 iPhone 7
OS iOS 11 iOS 11
Screen 4.7in, 1334×750 IPS panel, True Tone & Wide Colour display, 326ppi 4.7in, 1334×750 IPS display, 326ppi
CPU A11 Bionic A10 Fusion Processor
Memory Unconfirmed 2GB RAM
Storage 64/256GB 32/128/256GB
Camera (Main) 12Mp, f/1.8 with OIS 12Mp, f/1.8 with OIS
Camera (Front) 7Mp, f/2.2 7Mp, f/2.2
Extras Touch ID, 3D Touch Touch ID, 3D Touch
Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual-band WiFi 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 4.2
Cellular 4G LTE 4G LTE
SIM Type Nano-SIM Nano-SIM
GPS Yes Yes
NFC Yes, for Apple Pay Yes, for Apple Pay
Connectors Lightning Lightning
3.5mm Headphone Jack No No
Battery Not stated 1960mAh non-removable 
Wireless Charging Yes (works with Qi chargers)  No
Dimensions 67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3mm 67.1 x 138.3 x 7.1mm
Weight 148g 138g
Waterproofing IP67 IP67

Will the iPhone 8 be faster than the iPhone 7?

While the iPhone 8 might be slightly heavier and bigger than its predecessor, there was never any doubt that it was going to be faster.

Apple announced a new six-core processor for the iPhone 8, which it calls the A11 Bionic.

iphone 8 v iphone 7

iphone 8 v iphone 7

This replaces the A10 in the iPhone 7, and gives the new model various speed improvements.

Apple claims the two performance cores will yield increases of 25 percent, while the four high-efficiency cores will be a rather remarkable 75 percent faster.

The GPU in the iPhone 8 is the first one designed by Apple and is promised to deliver the same performance as the previous A10 but using half the power. Pushed harder the new GPU can eclipse the older model by 30 percent, which should be beneficial for anyone playing games on the iPhone 8.

In short, yes. The iPhone 8 should be a fair bit nippier than the iPhone7, which itself was never a slouch.

Is the display the same as on the iPhone 7?

At first glance the 4.7in screens on both devices appear to be identical, but Apple has made some subtle enhancements to the new version.

The iPhone 8 now sports a True-Tone display, as first seen on the iPad Pro 9.7. This is a clever feature that adjusts the colour temperature and intensity of the screen to match that of the ambient light in the surrounding area. This results in an optimised display that looks good in a variety of settings.  

It’s not quite the leap forward that fitting an OLED panel would have brought – Apple saved that for the iPhone X – but it is a minor enhancement that gives the iPhone 8 an edge.

How do the cameras compare?

One of the most important features on any iPhone is the camera. With this in mind Apple has upped the specs on the new model with a new 12Mp sensor that it claims provides 83 percent more light, better colour saturation, a wider dynamic range, and lower noise.    

iphone 8 v iphone 7

iphone 8 v iphone 7

 

These elements should definitely make images appear sharper, richer, and more balanced than on the iPhone 7. Of course, we’ll need to compare the actual results when we finish our in-depth iPhone 8 review, so keep checking back to see how Apple’s promises stand up to scrutiny.

Video has also been improved, with the iPhone 8 now able to record 4K at 60fps, and 1080p slow motion capture at 240 fps, which is double the frame rate of the iPhone 7.

Perhaps the most interesting use for the new cameras will be Augmented Reality. Apple has included new gyroscopes and accelerometers in the iPhone 8, to enable accurate motion tracking for AR games and software. 

The company made a big deal of this feature at the release event, with a live demonstration of an AR game being given centre stage for several minutes. It’s early days, but if this takes off then it could be a significant step forward for how we use our iPhones in the near future.

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The best new phones coming in 2017 & 2018: Should you upgrade now?

  • Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X – 12 September launch
  • LG G7 – Potential January launch
  • LG V30 – 31 August launch
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – 23 August launch
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 mini – launch TBC
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 – Potential January launch
  • Sony Xperia XZ1 – 31 August launch
  • Google Pixel 2 – 5 October launch
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force – 25 July launch
  • Nokia 8 – 16 August launch
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 – 11 September launch

The best new phones of 2017 and 2018 will offer faster performance and longer battery life. Some will use the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801.

You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, extra-large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

We’ve already seen some great smartphones announced earlier this year, including the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6, HTC U11Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi6 and OnePlus 5. These are all now on sale, so we have removed them from this article. However, here are some more great phones coming in the next 12 months.

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone X

Google Pixel 2

LG G7

LG V30

Microsoft Surface Phone

Motorola Moto G5s & G5s Plus

Motorola Moto Z2 Force

Nokia 8 & Nokia 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy S8 mini

Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy X

Snapchat Smartphone

Sony Xperia XZ1 & XZ1 Compact

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2


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How to recover files lost in cut and paste

Moving files around on your computer is pretty simple but it can go awry. Here’s how to recover files lost in a cut and paste transfer.

An example problem here is moving 75GB of files from folder ‘A’ folder ‘B’. Only 25GB appears in B and the other 50GB seems to have disappeared into the ether, not even showing in A any longer. The hard drive is still showing as the same amount full rather than with 50GB more free space.

The first thing to do is avoid panicking. There may be a simple solution to the issue to try searching for the files if you can remember what they’re called.

You can also try looking in your temp folder by Start > Run > ‘%temp%’ or the files may be hidden so try Tools > Folder Options > View > and tick “Show hidden files” in Explorer to see if they reappear in the original location.

If none of this works then there are a few software programs you can download which might help.


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iPhone X preview

The first iPhone was truly revolutionary. It’s screen – big for the time – and intuitive software allowed you to do things that had previously been difficult or impossible on a phone. Things such as browsing the internet an attaching a photo to an email.

Fast forward a decade and phones appear to have plateaued. They all look basically the same and, as long as you’re not fishing around in the bargain bin, have decent cameras, good performance and nice screens.

How then, can Apple repeat that first success? Will the iPhone X – pronounced 10 – really be the benchmark for the next ten years?

It seems unlikely, but that’s not to say you shouldn’t get one as your next upgrade, despite that steep price.

How much does the iPhone X cost?

You’ve a simple choice if you want an iPhone X: you go for the £999 64GB model or you spend an eye-watering £1149 if you need more storage.

At the moment there are only two colour options: Space Grey and Silver. That refers to the colour of the back panel: the front looks the same with a thin black band surrounding the screen.

It’s possible a Product (Red) version will appear at some point. You’ll be able to pre-order one on Apple’s website on 27 October.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

iPhone X design

Undoubtedly the biggest attraction is the screen. Not simply because of the small bezels, though. There are lots of rivals which have ‘zero’ bezels already, including the Galaxy S8, the Mi Mix 2 and others.

With the iPhone X, Apple has managed to deliver what iPhone owners have wanted for ages: a bigger screen in a body that’s not too big for your hand – or your pocket.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

The switch to OLED tech is interesting as it has been rumoured for at least a couple of years now. It appears Apple was waiting until issues with colour accuracy could be overcome, claiming that this is effectively the perfect screen.

It has a resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels, which is a density of 458ppi – a bit higher than the 401ppi on iPhone ‘Plus’ models. The aspect ratio works out as 2.17:1, a non-standard that developers will be scrabbling around to make work with their apps. (Apple has also told them to avoid putting controls along the bottom edge in portrait mode, which is likely to cause a few problems.)

The new screen has 3D Touch and support for HDR, just as you would expect. The display blends into a stainless steel band, which runs the full perimeter of the phone.

At the back there’s a new vertical dual camera arrangement which houses two 12Mp cameras. It’s surrounded by a glass panel which is necessary for the new wireless charging support, a feature that’s well overdue.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

Glass on both front and back reminds us of the celebrated iPhone 4 design, but also introduces more fragility and worry. Even if Apple say this is the toughest glass it has ever put on a phone, it’s still glass.

Incidentally, Apple Care+ costs £199 for the iPhone X, which suggests that the cost of replacing a broken OLED screen is considerably more than the LCD screens on other iPhones.

Getting back to wireless charging, we’re thankful that Apple didn’t come up with a proprietary wireless charging system but wisely chose to go with the established Qi standard. This means you should be able to pop your iPhone X on a charging mat in an airline lounge, at a coffee shop or round a friend’s house, just as plenty of Android users do already.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

There’s the expected Lightning port at the bottom, volume and mute buttons on the left side and a power button on the right.

Rumours of Touch ID built into this button proved false, and instead Apple gets around the issue by introducing a new ‘swipe up’ gesture which takes you back to the home screen and brings up the multitasking window where you can switch between and quit apps.

In order to call up Siri you can either say “Hey Siri” or double press the sleep/wake button. And to wake the phone, there’s a new third way: tap the screen. Again, this is something plenty of Android phones have offered for a while, but it’s welcome nonetheless.

Cameras

The setup is much like the iPhone 7 Plus’ with the second camera working as a 2x telephoto when compared to the main lens.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

However, this camera now gets OIS (something frustratingly absent from the zoom camera on the iPhone 7 Plus) which means sharper photos and more stable videos.

It also has a faster f/2.4 lens, which lets in 30 percent more light: another boon when light levels are low.

At the front is the biggest change. The ‘notch’ at the top houses a 7Mp TrueDepth camera. It works in tandem with a dot projector and IR camera to create a depth map of your face. If it’s dark, a special IR LED lights up your face so the system can still work.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

The system replaces Touch ID and is how you unlock your phone and authenticate payments. Apple reckons it’s 20 times more secure than Touch ID and has designed it so it can’t be fooled by a photo or even a professionally made face mask.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

Both front and rear cameras support a new feature called Portrait Lighting. This adjusts the tone mapping on faces to simulate different kinds of studio lighting. From left to right below you can see the various effects: Natural, Studio, Contour, Stage, Stage mono.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

Plus, you can now use the front camera with the Depth Effect mode for selfies with a blurry background.

A somewhat gimmicky use for the TrueDepth camera is the ability to record animated emojis which match your expression and mouth. You can then send these recordings (with sound of course) in iMessage.

There’s sure to be plenty of apps that take advantage: Apple demoed a version of Snapchat which can much more accurately add masks and other crazy elements to your face so they look a lot more realistic than the standard version.

Performance

Driving all these components is a new CPU, which Apple calls the A11 Bionic. It’s a six-core chip with four ‘efficiency’ cores and two ‘performance’ cores.

The former are up to 70 percent faster than the A10 Fusion’s low-power cores, and the latter are up to 25 percent quicker.

The Bionic part refers to the neural engine that learns your face and helps the TrueDepth system cope when you look different. For example, you might grow a beard, put on a hat or a scarf that partially covers your face.

Graphically, the iPhone X has a tri-core GPU with around 30 percent more performance than the A10 Fusion. This should help when running intensive games, particularly those that use AR. For the uninitiated, Augmented Reality blends game graphics with the real world, allowing characters to appear to be right in front of you.

It’s worth pointing out that it isn’t just the new iPhones that can handle AR games: all devices with an A9 processor or newer will support games made with Apple’s new ARKit.

Apple has also made the iPhone X more power efficient and says it will last up to two hours longer between charges than the iPhone 7.

Software

The iPhone X ships with iOS 11. As mentioned already, this is slightly customised to accommodate the absence of a home button.

Now, you swipe up from the bottom of the phone to go back or exit an app. Swipe up and hold your finger in position to bring up the app switching interface.

iPhone X preview

iPhone X preview

Whether or not the average iPhone owner will be happy to re-learn this fundamental navigation process is debateable, even if Apple says it’s more natural and intuitive. We assume it’s something you’ll get used to sooner or later.

The notch at the top also brings changes: you now swipe down on the left-hand side to see notifications and on the right to find Control Centre.

The latter is likely to be the most jarring, since on all other iPhones, you swipe up from the bottom to get to those shortcuts. Doing that on the iPhone X will mean you inadvertently leave the app you’re using and go to the home screen.

Turn the phone sideways, and you relocate the issues to the side of your app. When viewing websites on the iPhone X, you’ll see white bars at the sides but photos and videos simply extend right into the corners, making it feel like you’re missing out on a few details. 

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AMD's Raja Koduri Takes Q4 Off, Lisa Su Takes The RTG Helm

Raja Koduri, AMD’s senior vice president and chief architect of the AMD Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), has announced that he is taking leave for through the fourth quarter of this year. Koduri recently went on “radio silence” immediately following the launch of the company’s Vega lineup, which spawned a rash of theories on Reddit and enthusiast forums.

AMD’s RTG group has faced quite a bit of criticism following the Vega launch, largely due to pricing and shortages, and the lack of a cohesive response from the company has been a bit frustrating for the enthusiast community. Many in the enthusiast community attributed Koduri’s absence to the delayed AMD response. Koduri later responded with a series of tweets explaining that he was attending a wedding in India. He also addressed many of the questions raised by the community. 

Last night, TweakTown reported that Koduri had taken leave through the end of the fourth quarter, which was later confirmed by PC Perspective. PC Perspective also got its mitts on Koduri’s internal letter to his team outlining his reasons for taking leave, which you can find below.

AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su will step into Koduri’s role during his absence, so it’s obvious that RTG is in good hands. As noted in his letter, Koduri will return in December. Notably, Koduri cites a “new wave of product excitement” in early 2018 as one of the key reasons for the timing of his extended vacation, so we might have something to look forward to early next year.

Here’s the full text from Koduri’s memo:

RTG Team,

You haven’t heard from me collectively in a while – a symptom not only of the whirlwind of launching Vega, but simply of the huge number of demands on my time since the formation of RTG. Looking back over this short period, it is an impressive view. We have delivered 6 straight quarters of double-digit growth in graphics, culminating in the launch of Vega and being back in high-performance. What we have done with Vega is unparalleled. We entered the high-end gaming, professional workstation and machine intelligence markets with Vega in a very short period of time. The demand for Vega (and Polaris!) is fantastic, and overall momentum for our graphics is strong.

Incredibly, we as AMD also managed to spectacularly re-enter the high-performance CPU segments this year. We are all exceptionally proud of Ryzen, Epyc and Threadripper. The computing world is not the same anymore and the whole world is cheering for AMD. Congratulations and thanks to those of you in RTG who helped see these products through. The market for high-performance computing is on an explosive growth trajectory driven by machine intelligence, visual cloud, blockchain and other exciting new workloads. Our vision of immersive and instinctive computing is within grasp. As we enter 2018, I will be shifting my focus more toward architecting and realizing this vision and rebalancing my operational responsibilities.

At the beginning of the year I warned that Vega would be hard. At the time, some folks didn’t believe me. Now many of you understand what I said. Vega was indeed hard on many, and my sincere heartfelt thanks to all of you who endured the Vega journey with me. Vega was personally hard on me as well and I used up a lot of family credits during this journey. I have decided to take a time-off in Q4 to spend time with my family. I have been contemplating this for a while now and there was never a good time to do this. Lisa and I agreed that Q4 is better than 2018, before the next wave of product excitement. Lisa will be acting as the leader of RTG during by absence. My sincere thanks to Lisa and rest of AET for supporting me in this decision and agreeing to take on additional workload during my absence.

I am looking to start my time-off on Sept 25th and return in December.

Thank you, all of you, for your unwavering focus, dedication and support over these past months, and for helping us to build something incredible. We are not done yet, and keep the momentum going!

Regards, Raja

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