That ‘Sucks’ Palo Alto left out of Starbucks’ high-tech map

That Suck'sStarbucks announced it will try out new technology in its coffee shops in the heart of Silicon Valley but has decided that place is not Palo Alto.

Starbucks will introduce wireless charging stations for smartsphones in several stores.

Customers can simply place their smartphones on Duracell Powermat, which will automatically charge their phones without plugging in a cord or wire.

Starbucks spokeswoman Linda Mills told the post yesterday that they wanted to test the charging stations in an area known as “a hot bed of technology.”

So the company chose Campbell, Santa Clara and San Jose locations not Palo Alto where the likes of Hewlet-Packard is located, or Menlo Park, where Facebook is based, or Mountain View, where Google headquarters is located.

Mills said if the testing phase goes well, the company could install them and other stores nationwide. The company already tested the product last year in Boston. Customers at one store in San Jose, on Meridian Avenue, began using the Powermats on Sunday.

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