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Coming soon to Starbucks: wireless gadget charging

Coming soon to Starbucks: wireless gadget charging
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Starbucks has long been known as a place to get a great cup of coffee, sit down, relax, or take advantage of Wi-Fi to get some work done.

Now, Starbucks is taking that stereotype to the next level.  The company is planning to install "Powermat Spots" that will wirelessly charge your smartphone.

The Powermats are small circles built into Starbucks' tables and countertops. All you will need to do is set your phone on the designated area and watch it charge up.

However, not all phones are compatible with this technology, posing somewhat of a problem. The LG G3, Nokia devices and Samsung's Nexus 5 have the tech embedded, while iPhone and other Android users may need to buy a special case in order to wirelessly charge.

But don't worry, there's an alternative called the "ring." This ring plugs into the USB port of your phone and lets it charge via the Powermat. These rings should be on sale at the Apple store.

Plans have not been revealed as to whether or not Starbucks will sell these rings, but I'm betting they will.

West Coasters can expect the Powermats to come to their local Starbucks this year, while other major cities will see integration starting in 2015.

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