We don’t often see companies announcing funding rounds on the weekend, but that’s not stopping Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, from announcing it has pulled in €200 million (around $250 million) in fresh capital. Read More



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 We don’t often see companies announcing funding rounds on the weekend, but that’s not stopping Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, from announcing it has pulled in €200 million (around $250 million) in fresh capital. Read More

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Lazada, Rocket Internet’s Amazon Clone In Southeast Asia, Raises $250M Led By Temasek

 We don’t often see companies announcing funding rounds on the weekend, but that’s not stopping Lazada, the Rocket Internet-backed e-commerce firm in Southeast Asia, from announcing it has pulled in €200 million (around $250 million) in fresh capital. Read More



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What’s Next For Firefox?

 When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More



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 When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More



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Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

 Online retailers had a good Black Friday, with sales up over 8% from a year ago, and nearly 47% of online traffic coming from mobile devices throughout the day. Mobile played a big role this year in terms of both traffic and sales, and yesterday was especially notable for being the first Thanksgiving Day where mobile traffic to online retailers accounted for more than half of all online traffic. Read More



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Black Friday Online Sales Up 8.5% Over Last Year, 20% Of Sales Came From iOS

 Online retailers had a good Black Friday, with sales up over 8% from a year ago, and nearly 47% of online traffic coming from mobile devices throughout the day. Mobile played a big role this year in terms of both traffic and sales, and yesterday was especially notable for being the first Thanksgiving Day where mobile traffic to online retailers accounted for more than half of all online traffic. Read More



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 If you aren’t heading to the movies today, you still won’t miss out on the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer – it’s available now over at iTunes to watch. The highly-anticipated sequel to the sci-fi trilogy from the late 70s and early 80s (and maybe also a decade or so ago, if you happen to count those) comes out December 15, 2015, so know that when you’re… Read More

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 When historians look at the history of the Web ten or twenty years from now, chances are they will point to Firefox as one of the most important products of the last ten years. But right now, it’s hard not to look at Firefox and worry a little bit about its future. At the height of its success, around 2010/11, Firefox owned more than a quarter of the browser market in the U.S. and almost… Read More



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A World Without Net Neutrality Already Exists

 People have wondered how an Internet without net neutrality would work. Net neutrality is more than just a debate, it’s not a hypothetical, and it’s real and alive today with SMS. It is currently hypothetical that on an Internet without net neutrality, companies would need to “pay to play” and live by arbitrary, ISP-devised rules for accessing consumers who want and pay… Read More



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 The proliferation of smart home products means there’s never been a better time to get on board, even if you’re not that tech crazy or familiar with the market. Here’s the list of things to get you rolling with your own basic setup, plus a few nice-to-haves in case you want to go the extra mile. Philips Hue Lux Starter Kit Connect lightbulbs now have their own pretty huge… Read More

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Mophie has a new Powerstation Plus backup battery, and it aims for compact, all-in-one design that should reduce bulk and complication when you’re searching for supplementary power. The new design builds a cable right into the power pack, which holds a battery powerful enough to charge your iPhone up to eight extra times, depending on the capacity you choose. Our review unit has enough to give the iPhone 6 around another 21 hours of use, but the integrated cable design might not be for everyone.

Design

Mophie’s Powerstations were already industry leaders – the company didn’t really need to alter its design to change its reputation. But the new look is decidedly more fashion-forward. The small, sandwich design with metal surfaces top and bottom could easily be mistaken for a business card folio or ultra-modern cigarette case. At first glance, you probably aren’t quite sure what it does, but you also probably want one in your life.

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The reserve indicator is still here with this design, providing you a simple look at how much juice is left in the power bank before it’s depleted with a simple button press. The biggest difference here is that one side of the Mophie now flips open, to reveal an integrated cable (micro USB or Lightning-to-USB, depending on your purchase choice) that will allow you to connect without any external cords.

The tuck-away cable is both the greatest strength and greatest weakness of the new Powerstation Plus: It makes the backup battery nearly unmatched in terms of portability, and ensures you won’t be stuck in a situation where you remembered the backup bank but not the cable needed to charge your phone – but it also means that you basically have to pick a camp and stick to it with all your devices, especially if you’re an iPhone user, as the cables are not interchangeable.

Function

The Mophie works like a Mophie, which is to say it works well. You’ll pay more for these backup batteries than you will for a lot of the ones on Amazon or elsewhere, but there’s a reason for that. While many reserve power banks I’ve used have issues with iOS devices in particular, and batteries that seem to have very quick lifespans and that lose a decent percentage of their maximum capacity after just a few uses, Mophie’s last and last, and work consistently.

This new Powerstation, after just a week of testing, seems to be a worthy inheritor of that reputation. I haven’t had any issues with it being detected by my iPhone or iPad, and it holds its charge, and seems to provide the same amount of additional power every time. It’s in line with Mophie’s claims, meaning you’ll get about twice the active use time out of your device with the backup battery vs. without.

Again, my main issue with function lies with that cable – I’ve got a lot of devices that could potentially be charged, and limiting myself to only those with a lightning port doesn’t really make sense, vs. the device charging freedom of the previous Powerstation design. There’s still the larger capacity Poewrstation Plus, the Powerstation Pro and the Powerstation XL if you want cable agnosticism, however.

Bottom Line

This is a great option for anyone who has one or two devices, when those devices use the same connector for charging, which is probably most users. The integrated design, with pass through charging and sync functions, mean these are improved in almost every way from previous Powerstation products, and a la carte battery sizing choices will also suit a wider range of needs, and if you opt for the 4x or 8x Battery models, you’ll get a neutral USB port, too.

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