11/9/2021: Charge your phone faster

Chargers and power banks demystified

Plus: Facebook’s face erasure, Alexa’s music transfer tricks, and a notepad for YouTube

Charging cables

In theory, charging your phone, tablet, or laptop should be pretty simple: Plug a cable into the device, plug the cable into a charger, wait for the device to charge, and be on your way.

But never underestimate the tech industry’s ability to complicate. What should be a mindless interaction instead involves a plethora of competing plugs, formats, and requirements, all in service of topping up your tech’s batteries faster than before.

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