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WiGig will ease Wi-Fi congestion

Everyone knows that the number of devices that are connected to the Internet grows exponentially. According to Data Alliance, the average number of Wi-Fi connected devices per individual is about 1.7 in the US. This means that you may find up to seven Internet-ready devices in the average American home. But it also means that most Wi-Fi channels are quite crowded. Fortunately, a new solution that will fix this problem is on the way.

Named WiGig – not the most suggestive name, if you ask me – the new technology, which has been recently announced by the Wi-Fi Alliance, fixes the problems by using a much higher signal frequency – 60 GHz.

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WiGig isn’t a new technology, but it only had a handful of supporters until recently. Still, it has gotten more and more fans as the old 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz bands got more and more crowded. Fortunately, WiGig has another ace up its sleeves: it also makes 8 Gbps transfer speeds possible, at least in theory.

The main problems are backwards compatibility and market adoption speed. And while I’m confident that manufacturers will do their best to ensure 100% compatibility with the older Wi-Fi standards, quick market adoption is way beyond their control.

The Wi-Fi alliance expects this new technology to take off at the beginning of 2017. And with Intel and Qualcomm behind it, chances are that it will actually happen.

 

Kazakhstan Railways to provides Internet access

Kazakhstan Railways has recently launched a Wi-Fi pilot program. InfiNet Wireless has provided the needed equipment, completing the first step in a complex project that aims to connect all the trains in Kazakhstan to a single network.

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Initial trials had trains traveling with speeds of up to 145 mph. Under these circumstances, Wi-Fi speeds reached up to 80 MB per second, and the data transfer speed remained constant both in large outdoor areas and in tunnels.

The project makes use of small wireless devices which are installed on the outside of the train. They also double as video surveillance devices, being connected to a centralized monitoring center.

 

The Idjwi Congolese island gets Wi-Fi access

A Congolese king has recently approved the construction of a Wi-Fi network on a remote island – the second largest inland island in Africa – for the future benefit of the estimated 200,000 people living there.

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It is true that only a few islanders have access to computers now, but things are surely going to change for the better in the near future. Still, the Wi-Fi signal has already been put to good use: Bugarula, the biggest village on the island, sports nine devices that are already connected to the Internet.

Also, an Internet connected display has been installed in the local market, providing whether forecasts, news and messages of public interest for everyone.

Fjord, the company that has provided the needed technology, has initially tested the project in Scotland, because the terrain, wind and rain are similar with the ones on the Congolese island.

Gadgets News

Xiaomi Mi MIX hits the market at the beginning of November

Xiaomi has built a brand new smartphone. Named Mi MIX, the phone comes with a RAM memory of either 4 or 6 GB and storage space of 128 or 256 GB. That’s plenty enough to store lots of games, photos and even videos, if you ask me.

The most remarkable phone feature by far (at least for me) is the tiny bezel, though. According to Xiaomi, the screen to body ratio is an amazing 91%!

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It’s a dual-SIM phone that sports a 6.4-inch display which runs at a resolution of 1080×2040 pixels. And the quad-core Snapdragon CPU running at 2.35 GHz will ensure that this smartphone can run fine pretty much anything you throw at it.

If you are into selfies, you’ll be glad to find out that Mi MIX comes with a 5-megapixels front camera. The rear camera is a 16-megapixels one, of course.

Other notable features include a USB Type-C port, a barometer and a gyroscope. It’s not a small phone at 6.25 x 3.22 x 0.31 inches, but that’s a small price to be paid for that huge, gorgeous looking screen.

 

Apple to launch a new MacBook Pro with an OLED screen

Apple has recently released its new macOS 10.12.1 Sierra. But who would have thought that they’ll accidentally include a few images that showcase brand new features of the upcoming MacBook Pro?

Several leaked images show a unique, innovative feature: people will be able to pay online by simply putting a finger on the OLED panel.

Another new MacBook Pro addition is the Magic Toolbar, which is supposed to replace the function keys, adapting its layout and functions depending on what’s on the screen. I bet that this toolbar will significantly increase productivity for many people.

Well, it was time for a significant upgrade, and it looks like Apple will get it right this time. The computer will be lighter and thinner than its older brothers and comes with a SSD which can have a storage capacity of up to 2TB – more than enough for most people’s needs, if you ask me.

 

MakerBot Replicator+ brings 3D printing to the masses

I don’t know about you, but I was quite excited to see a 3D printer in action. Still, now that the novelty has worn off, and after printing a few models, I bet that many people regret their purchase.

But maybe there’s a future for these 3D printers, after all! I can definitely see how they could be used in the classroom, for example.

Fortunately, the people behind MakerBot continue to believe in 3D printing, and their latest product  Replicator+ shows this clearly.

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The software is so easy to use it’ll amaze you! You can print models straight from your smartphone. And at $2,000, the price is just right for what this printer has to offer.

MakerBot’s printer utilizes PLA plastic, which is known to release fewer toxic vapors while being heated. And according to the manufacturer, printing speed has been boosted by 30%, which can save you hours when you’re printing a complex model.

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