Phone chargers of the world, unite!
The Japanese are just plain smarter than Americans when it comes to cell phones. To wit: A government ministry is cracking the whip on Japanese cell-phone carriers to standardize their phone chargers, so customers don't have to buy a new charger every time they replace their phone. "Fantastic! That means by 2026, we'll finally get the same thing in the States," Gizmodo opines sarcastically. Digg users, however, point out that phones like Motorola's Razr are increasingly using USB ports -- a popular standard for hooking up printers and other peripherals -- as a charger and to sync phone contacts with a computer. Needless to say, you shouldn't wait for this mess to get sorted out before you recharge your phone -- you'd need one heckuva battery.
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