CES 2020 trends: AirPower alternatives, rise of 5G, tasty TVs

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It's shaping up to be an exciting year for tech.
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CES 2020The post-holiday tech fest that is CES shutters its doors today for another year. This week’s event has been as weird and as wonderful as any other, giving us a glimpse of all kinds of innovative gadgets on the way in 2020.

Better AirPods alternatives. Wireless chargers that achieve what Apple couldn’t. iPhone cases you can throw on the compost heap when they’re no longer needed. Here are the biggest trends from CES 2020.

Satechi launches 108W dual USB-C desktop charger

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Satechi has introduced a new 108W Pro USB-C PD desktop charger
Satechi's new hub charges everything — and fast!
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CES 2020Tech accessory maker Satechi announced Wednesday its 108-watt Pro USB-C PD desktop charger which can power multiple devices simultaneously without needing to share power between ports.

The unit simultaneously charges four devices and includes two USB-C PD (90W, 18W) and two USB-A (a total of 12W) ports.

Power up all your gear at once with these multi-device chargers

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Satechi’s Trio Wireless Charging Pad is one of the multi-device chargers unveiled at CES 2020.
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CES 2020The number of Apple products with wireless charging support keeps growing. Accessory makers responded by unveiling multi-device chargers at CES 2020 that can send power to iPhone, AirPods, Apple Watch and other accessories all at once, with no wires needed.

Both Satechi and Pitaka unveiled wireless multi-device chargers at this trade show, going on now in Las Vegas.

How to get started with HomeKit home automation

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Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is a nice start to home automation
A Wemo WiFi Smart Plug is a simple way to learn more about home automation with Apple’s HomeKit.
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Controlling the lights and other gadgets in your home from your iPhone is convenient and fun, too. There are plenty of HomeKit and Alexa accessories that make home automation a snap.

I’ll go over some of the best options I’ve found that will get you started with as little trouble as possible.

The best USB-C hubs for Mac and iPad 2019

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There are plenty of good USB-C hubs, but here are Cult of Mac’s favorites.
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Nothing expands the capabilities of your Mac or iPad Pro more than a good USB-C hub. Plug one in and you can connect to TVs and tons of other peripherals, including external storage.

There’s an immense variety of these, depending on whether you want portability or a huge number of ports. There are even hubs designed specifically to clip to the side of an iPad.

To help you find the best USB-C hubs, Cult of Mac compiled this list of our favorites.

Max out your Mac mini with this multiport stand

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The Satechi Stand & Hub puts the Mac Mini ports front and center.
Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub really matches the look of the Mac mini.
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A just-released stand adds an array of front-facing ports to a Mac mini, and it matches the look of this tiny desktop. The Satechi Type-C Aluminum Stand & Hub not only elevates the computer, it includes six expansion ports.

Satechi makes one of Apple’s favorite USB-C multiport adapters [Review]

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Add plugs for many types of accessories to your Mac or iPad Pro with this Satechi adapter.
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The Apple Store has just two USB-C hubs with multiple types of ports, and one of them is made by Satechi. This offers USB-A and HDMI ports, as well as dual memory card readers, but so do many other accessories. What makes the Aluminum USB-C Multiport Pro Adapter so good that Apple picked it from all the other USB-C hubs on the market?

Read our review to find out.