#183 Polaroid’s Instant Photo Printer For Smartphones

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#118 Microsoft And Sony Partner Up

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#87 Ninja Was Paid HOW MUCH To Stream Apex Legends?!?!

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#71 WhirlwindFX Vortx Unboxing

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5G smartphones are coming in 2019. What does that mean?

5G is already here, but you can’t do much to access those super-fast speeds unless you live in a specific place with a particular piece of technology. That’s about to change. Samsung and Verizon jointly announced Monday the companies would sell a 5G smartphone in the first half of 2019. Although they didn’t say which phone would support 5G, Samsung usually announces its latest Galaxy S smartphone in the spring.

Fortnite’s Season 7 gets start date and chilling first tease

Between the shambling monsters, meandering cubes, and inter-dimensional butterflies from beyond time and space, Fortnite’s sixth season has certainly been memorable. All good things must come to an end however, and Epic has now confirmed that Season 6 only has only three days left to go. On a happier note, it’s also shared the very first tease for Season 7. For weeks now, Epic’s subtle and not-so-subtle in-game shenanigans have lead many to believe that Fortnite’s Season 7 will have an appropriately wintery sub-zero theme. There’ve been hints of frost and snow in a number of new cosmetics, and then there’s the not-inconsiderable matter of the great snowstorm bearing down on Battle Royale island right now.

Indie Developers Don’t Like Steam’s New Revenue Sharing Policy

Steam is constantly evolving behind the scenes, but the latest reorganization of the storefront’s molecules has left some developers scratching their heads. Now, if a game makes $10 million, developers have to share less money with Valve. And if it hits $50 million, even less than that. Valve announced tweaks to Steam’s revenue sharing system in a post on Friday. Previously, all developers had to give 30 percent of their revenue to Valve. Now, if a game makes $10 million, its developer only has to toss 25 percent of earnings after that into Valve’s bottomless money abyss. If it makes it all the way up to $50 million, the developer only owes Valve a 20 percent cut of remaining sales. “The value of a large network like Steam has many benefits that are contributed to and shared by all the participants,” Valve wrote. “Finding the right balance to reflect those contributions is a tricky but important factor in a well-functioning network. It’s always been apparent that successful games and their large audiences have a material impact on those network effects, so making sure Steam recognizes and continues to be an attractive platform for those games is an important goal for all participants in the network.”

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#4 Smash Bros Ultimate Roster: Wild Theory Predicts 14 New Characters

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5G is Coming, What to Expect and Why

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Alexa’s oddball ‘Away Mode’ skill aims to keep burglars at bay

This new skill available to Alexa devices, created by Hippo, let’s you play different conversations through those devices. In the event someone does want to raid your house, it will sound for all practical purposes that someone is home.

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Reddit Uses a Wild Theory to Predict 14 New ‘Smash Bros.’ Characters

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5G Simulation Tests How Fast Internet Could Be

5G tests show how fast is real-world speed

For the past month, there are a lot of fuzz about 5G’s speed. So, Qualcomm is looking for the answer many people is asking and they will release a 5G simulation tests at Mobile World Congress. Instead of just figuring out or trying out theories as to what would be the 5G’s offer in the future. The Qualcomm company stood up and tried it out. Qualcomm’s tests modeled real world conditions in Frankfurt and San Francisco. It is based on the location of existing cell sites and spectrum allocations in the two cities.

The simulations factor in conditions like geography and different user demands on the network. Also a wide spectrum of devices with various levels of LTE and 5G connectivity for different speeds. That is in order to accurately give an idea of what to expect when these networks will launch. But the simulations are intended only to show kind of 5G NR or New Radio that might exist next year.

This Frankfurt simulation is the more basic network. It is based on 100 MHz of 3.5GHz spectrum with an underlying gigabit-LTE network on 5 LTE spectrum bands. The browsing jumped from 56 Mbps with the normal 4G to 490 Mbps for the normal 5G. Download speeds also improved. 5G’s download speed is at 100Mbps while with the LTE it’s only Mbps.

But the San Francisco simulation was a more interesting.

The Qualcomm modeled a network operating in 800 MHz of 28 GHz mmWave spectrum. It is built on top of a gigabit-LTE network on four licensed LTE bands. And it is in addition to License Assisted Access (LAA) bands.

Whether the 5G will release next year or the next, people are looking forward to a faster internet experience ever. This is the future and the next generation will be so grateful for this technology the past generation’s been doing.

Everything You Need To Know About 5G

Everything about 5G; Facts and Trivia

Check out these facts, trivia and everything you need to know about 5G. Well, 5G isn’t expected until 2020. But a lot of companies are investing now to prepare for the new mobile wireless standard.

What is 5G?

5G simply stands for the fifth generation and refers to the next and newest mobile wireless standard. It is based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard of broadband technology. But there’s no actual and formal standard for 5G yet that has been set.

5G connections must be based on ‘user experience, system performance, enhanced services, business models and management & operations. That is according to the Next Generation Mobile Network’s 5G white paper

5G also should qualify and meet most of these eight criteria, according to the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA):

1. One to 10Gbps connections to end points in the field.
2. One to millisecond end-to-end round trip delay
3. 1000x bandwidth per unit area
4. 10 to 100x number of connected devices
5. (Perception of) 99.999 percent availability
6. (Perception of) 100 percent coverage
7. 90 percent reduction in network energy usage
8. Up to ten-year battery life for low power, machine-type devices

Back at the time of this breakthrough in communications, the 3G was a big break and became really helpful to all of us. 3G receives a signal from the nearest phone tower and is used for phone calls, messaging and data.

Then, there’s this 4G. It actually works as same as the 3G but with a faster internet connection. And also a lower latency (the time between cause and effect). 4G claimed to be around five times faster than the 3G because it can provide download speeds up to 100mbps.

But to the 5G, Hubert Da Costa, Vice president, EMEA at Cradlepoint said, “5G Wi-Fi connections are set to be about three times faster than 4G, starting with 450Mbps in single-stream, 900 Mbps (dual-stream) and 1.3Gbps (three-stream). So whilst we are already starting to see a huge growth in smart devices 5G’s speed and capacity will enable an even more rapid arrival of this connected future.”

5G is set to be a lot faster than its predecessors, the 4G and 3G.

“Current 4G mobile standards have the potential to provide 100s of Mbps. 5G offers to take that into multi-gigabits per second, giving rise to the ‘Gigabit Smartphone’ and hopefully a slew of innovative services and applications that truly need the type of connectivity that only 5G can offer,” said Paul Gainham, senior director, SP Marketing EMEA at Juniper Networks.

While 4G is still on top of its game, this newest can really help us a lot in the near future.