-The “lightning” wasn’t lightning. It wasn’t a few milliseconds, the demonstrators could turn it on and off at will via their lab equipment. Basically, they took a phone and ran its charging current across an air gap, producing an arc and a cool display.
-The “charging” wasn’t charging much. The phone only gained a few percent.
-The “phone” wasn’t a real phone and charger. They used sophisticated equipment, which would not actually be handy for a consumer.
So what actually happened was that a team did a “Mythbusters”-style stunt show… except they’re trying to spread a myth, not bust it. The CBC’s story is a decent takedown, after you get past the headline and the initial paragraphs of hype. Desperate, Nokia?