A lot of noise for nothing

It’s always a bet to leave the house with your smartphone. Even as the batteries grow, the threat of being out in the world with little time on your device can create panic akin to witnessing a natural disaster. And the worst is when you go to someone to ask for a charging cord and you find that they don’t have your type of cable!

This week on gadgets, we’ll tell you how Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are working to eliminate this headache for smartphone users around the world. whole world. The idea is that if all devices had a universal charging standard, the other half of us wouldn’t be left behind without any way to charge our smartphones. But that means Apple would have to ditch its proprietary Lightning cable and adopt the USB-C standard prevalent in the rest of the industry.

Then it’s time to talk about Nothing. This new brand of smartphones has made the rounds of Android’s hype machine. Prominent YouTuber, Marques Brownlee, showcased the Nothing Phone (1) and some unique features in a half-hour video. Those 900 LEDs on the back are nice to look at and will provide a bit of hands-free functionality for things like checking battery power and notifications. But it’s still up in the air if there’s something else on the smartphone that will move the needle. The Nothing brand is the brainchild of Carl Pei, formerly of OnePlus, and the playbook here gives us a bit of deja vu.

Finally, we’re curious about Bandai’s new Digimon watch, the Vital Hero. It’s a kids’ fitness watch based on virtual pet play, and it gamifies walking and running so your Digimon’s life relies on how much physical movement you do throughout the day. The more active you are – or your child, if they want one – the faster the Digimon’s stats will improve to increase their chances of victory when battling against other monsters. The game has a Pokemon Go-like vibe to it. Now, if only Apple and Google gamified our walk in this way, we would be much more inclined to follow the trail!

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