You'll Never Leave a Charging Cable With a Built-in Alarm Behind

It wouldn't be surprising if Apple made as much money selling replacement charging cables as it did phones and tablets. Those white Lightning cables are easier to lose than socks on laundry day, but now there's an alternative that will actually remind you to pack yours up when you've unplugged your phone. » 4/14/14 12:20pm Monday 12:20pm

Every Outlet Cover Should Be an LED Nightlight By Default

It's ok to sacrifice an outlet to a nightlight in a child's room to scare away monsters, but elsewhere in your home they're far more valuable for other electronics and appliances. And that's exactly why these replacement outlet covers with built-in LED nightlights are so clever—and should eventually be standard in… » 3/05/14 11:20am 3/05/14 11:20am

A Rainbow USB Cable With Every Charging Adapter You Need—Also Nokia

It may seem a little opulent, but a lot of us won't leave home with at least our smartphone—maybe even two—and a tablet. And eventually one of them is going to need a battery boost, so instead of carrying charging cables and adapters for every single device, toss this single colorful USB adapter in your bag and you're… » 1/01/14 1:00pm 1/01/14 1:00pm

Impossibly Thin Charging Cables No Thicker Than a Pair of Credit Cards

Boosting the battery life on a mobile device is easy; they just need to get a lot thicker. But since none of us are willing to give up our svelte smartphones or tablets, we've bought into a life that involves bringing charging cables wherever we go. A hassle that's now slightly less annoying with these ultra-thin USB… » 11/05/13 2:40pm 11/05/13 2:40pm

This Lightning Dock Lets You Dial in a Perfect Fit For iPads in Cases

Dropping an iPad onto a dock is not only an easy way to keep its battery charged, it also props it up so it's not laying sprawled across your desk wasting valuable real estate. And where as most docks can only accommodate an iPad going au naturel, Belkin's new Express Dock features a dial 'round back so the Lightning… » 10/01/13 4:20pm 10/01/13 4:20pm

Nokia's Actually Researching How To Charge Phones With Lightning

If there ever was a corporate stunt that deserved a 'do not try this at home' warning, this is it. Working with scientists from the University of Southampton—translation: people who know what they're doing—Nokia has successfully charged a Lumia 925 using lightning generated in a laboratory. All of a sudden that… » 10/01/13 12:40pm 10/01/13 12:40pm

An Emergency Lightning Cable That's No Bigger Than Your House Key

The makers of the ChargeCard—that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones—are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that's instead designed to hang out on your keychain. It's almost like a stripped down version of the ChargeCard that sheds most of the plastic so it can easily sidle up next… » 9/12/13 8:50am 9/12/13 8:50am

A Plane Getting Struck By a Lightning Bolt is Always Scary

Though most of us know that lightning bolts striking planes aren't too much to worry about these days, seeing the actual bolt go through the plane is always a frightening sight. There are hundreds of people in that flying tube! And they're getting zapped by lightning! Of course, there probably unaware of it and it's… » 8/01/13 8:30pm 8/01/13 8:30pm

How an Astronomical Mystery Was Explained by High-Tech Photography

They stretch 50 miles into Earth's upper atmosphere. They shower the night sky with shimmering bursts of light. They emit a crackling "ping" over radio. And because they're so fast, scientists have only known about them for a few decades. Today, Wired Science introduces us to the world of Transient Luminous Events—and… » 7/23/13 12:20pm 7/23/13 12:20pm

The Key To Never Forgetting Your iPhone's Charging Cable

Key-shaped USB flash drives have guaranteed we never forget to bring our important files ever again. And taking the same approach, Bluelounge's Kii guarantees you always have an emergency iPhone or iPad charger on hand—as long as you remembered to lock your home and bring your keys. » 7/09/13 8:55am 7/09/13 8:55am