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May 21, 2012

Here’s Why Apple’s iPhone Chargers Are So Expensive

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Here’s the the question: you can charge an iPhone with any AC-to-USB adapter. So how does Apple get off charging $29 for theirs? Ken Shirriff took one completely apart to figure it out, and it turns out, Apple’s charger goes above and beyond what’s needed–it’s legitimately more complex and sturdier and more capable than other chargers. Upgrades include “super-strong AC prongs, and the complex over-temperature / over-voltage shutdown circuit,” as well as a bunch of hardware designed to keep electromagnetic interference to a minimum. Of course, the added hardware probably costs a dollar, and Apple sells it for $20 more than competitors, but still! Teardowns: so useful! [via @mattbuchanan]

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Scientists discover Earth’s ‘Star Trek’-style invisible shield – Fox News

Illustration by Andy Kale, University of Alberta. (Copyright Regents of the University of Colorado) A team of scientists led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible “Star Trek”-style shield that b...
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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer will be on iTunes on Friday – CNET

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New ‘Star Wars’ Films Need to Awaken the Power of Millennials – Variety

Luke Skywalker conquered the Dark Side in the previous “Star Wars” movies. His latest mission, in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens,” is to capture Millennials. SEE MORE: From the November 25,...
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