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Starbucks Rolls Out Wireless-Charging Mats

Starbucks customers can now power up while getting caffeinated. The coffee chain introduced 1,500 wireless charging spots in 200 San Francisco Bay area locations, the beginning of a chain-wide rollout next year. The company is using Powermat Technologies mats, which utilize the Power Matters Alliance standard for wireless charging. Starbucks stores will also sell adapters for different devices for $9.99 but are offering loaners during the rollout. The company first tested the technology in Boston and San Jose, California. In a statement, it said it undertook the project “after years of watching customers get on their hands and knees searching for outlets.” (Geek Wire)(re/Code)(Market Watch)

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