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Would you rather plug and unplug your smartphone or simply place it on a charging pad? That is the convenience of Qi charging.

After two weeks testing the new Galaxy S5 the only thing missing from an almost perfect package is Qi charging – Nokia got that right with its flagship Lumias.

But it is possible to retro fit Qi charging to many recent smartphones including Samsung Galaxy Note 2/3, S3, S4 and S5; Apple iPhone 4s, 5s; Nokia’s 720, 820, 925, and 1020; and Sony Xperia Z/Z2.

Aussie online sales MobileZap has an amazing 91 options in its Qi range.

There are several ways to do this.

If the rear cover can be removed e.g. Samsung Galaxy - you can slip a wafer thin, charging receiver inside the case. This is my preferred option as it is a set and forget thing. MobileZap tell me that the A$30.49, Galaxy S5 internal receiver has sold out – by far the most popular accessory.




Remaining with the removable back cover scenario, there is a range of replacement covers that incorporate Qi charging receivers. The S5 has an IP67 water and dust resistant black or white cover for A$45.95 – again sold out.














If the back cannot be removed e.g., iPhone, Nokia, or Sony there is a range of clip on cases and flip covers. These are available for any phone that has external charging contacts – usually two little gold dots somewhere on the back or side of the case.

There are also versions that attach the charging receiver via a micro USB or Lightning connector – although these are not as convenient.














Once you enable the phone, it is a simple matter of placing them on a Qi charge plate. Most will recharge the battery in about the same time as it takes with a normal charger. Note that the Samsung S5 with its USB 3.0 port will fast charge at 2.1A and the Qi receiver is rated at 750mA, so it will be a slower. The added advantage of using Qi is that it constantly tops up the battery.

There are many charge plates. I like the stylish $75.95 Adata Elite CE700 that can be used flat or upright as a phone stand. It has 1000mAh output and will charge the S5 in about 3 hours. It does not come with a USB charger – you can use your phones charger.





Nokia make a 2400mAh charger plate in red, cyan, magenta and white – these will do the recharge in just over 1 hour if your cover/receiver has a sufficiently high rating.







Qi-Time have a nice $90.49 combo charger plate, Bluetooth speaker/microphone, and alarm clock that would look good on any bedside table.

It is time to discover the convenience of Qi.


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Australia is a cyber espionage hot spot.

As we automate, script and move to the cloud, more and more businesses are reliant on infrastructure that has the high potential to be exposed to risk.

It only takes one awry email to expose an accounts’ payable process, and for cyber attackers to cost a business thousands of dollars.

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Ransomware attacks on businesses and institutions are now the most common type of malware breach, accounting for 39% of all IT security incidents, and they are still growing.

Criminal ransomware revenues are projected to reach $11.5B by 2019.

With a few simple policies and procedures, plus some cutting-edge endpoint countermeasures, you can effectively protect your business from the ransomware menace.


Ray Shaw

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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!


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