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Submission + - 34Gbps WiFi? Japanese Scientists Make it Possible via TeraHertz Wireless

Mark.JUK writes: A team of researchers from the Tokyo Institute of Technology have managed to push WiFi style data transmissions to 34Gbps (Gigabits per second) by harnessing the 500GHz band of radio spectrum (TeraHertz), not least by improving direct intensity modulation and the wireless data transmission characteristics of terahertz-oscillating resonant tunnelling (RTD).

One of the problems with getting higher speeds to work in such a setup has been the low cut-off frequency of the modulation (RTD oscillator) at 1.5GHz, which limits the speed to a maximum of 3Gbps. But the team were able to go much faster by cutting out the “parasitic components” of the RTD and improving the cut-off frequency to 15GHz.

Crucially the new setup would work at room temperature and the device size could be made much smaller, which might make using THz frequencies in Smartphones’ a realistic option. Speeds of 1 Terabits per second or faster, over a range of up to 10 metres, are now being targeted.

Submission + - SPAM: Family Of U.S. Student Killed In Paris Attacks Sues Social Media Organizations

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Submission + - Apple Reportedly Throttling iPhone 7 Models With Qualcomm Modems To Match Intel (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A report has ousted Apple's decision to throttle the Qualcomm modem found in many of its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models, to match the performance of the Intel modem found in other versions. The issue involves Apple's need to dual-source the iPhone 7's modem block with either a Qualcomm X12 LTE modem or an Intel XMM 3360 chip. As it turns out, Intel's chip on AT&T or T-Mobile performs at a slight disadvantage behind Qualcomm's modem on Verizon or Sprint. Regardless, as a company that sells millions of smartphones, supply chain consistency is critical, hence the need for multiple sources of key components. Further, even if the same model lineup uses two different chips in a key area of the design, keeping them as close in spec performance-wise to one another means that every iPhone 7 customer will be met with the same experience across devices. Apple, of course, is adamant about the fact that there is no "discernible" difference between any one of the iPhone 7s, but that only tells us that their performance is set to be equal. It doesn't tell us what the Qualcomm chip could deliver if it were left wide open to perform to its fullest potential.

Comment Re:Unity is rubbish. Systemd is rubbish (Score 1) 110

The problem is that there are way too many ideas of what should go into a "mainstream" linux distro. Whether you want to hate Microsoft and Apple or not they make a OS, put things they want in it and tell the consumer that those are the options. Without a clear, single focus on what would make a mainstream distro work there will never be a distro that gets the support enough to become accepted by the masses.

Comment Does it matter? (Score 1) 403

Right from the post from Debian the XFCE team states that haven't seen an increase in their development. It is rather easy to pick the desktop during the install of Debian, so who really cares what the default is? If you are using Debian I'm going to assume you know how to switch the desktop environment during install or you are at least capable of typing "install XFCE instead of Gnome in Debian" into google.

Submission + - From the electrophone to Beats: Interactive History of the Headphone (ligo.co.uk) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Did you know that the first headphone was invented back in the 1890s? Since then, headphones have evolved and developed into the personal audio devices we all use today.

Headphone maker Ligo has put together an interactive guide to the 120-year history of the headphone, complete with period-correct background music for each decade. Plug in your own headphones and take trip through the history of tuning out everyone around you.

Submission + - Gene Therapy Converts Heart Cells Into "Biological Pacemakers" (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Pacemakers serve an invaluable purpose, by electrically stimulating a recipient's heart in order to keep it beating at a steady rate. The implantation of a pacemaker is a major surgical procedure, however, plus its presence in the body can lead to complications such as infections. Now, for the first time, scientists have instead injected genes into the defective hearts of pigs, converting unspecialized heart cells into "biological pacemakers."

Submission + - Dell's Chromebook sales go crazy, so company halts sales (pcworld.com)

mpicpp writes: Dell’s only Chromebook is at least temporarily unavailable for online purchase through the company’s website, only seven months after the model started shipping.

Facing rising commercial demand for the devices, Dell has not been able to keep up with orders.

The Chromebook 11, which shipped in December, is listed as unavailable on Dell’s Chromebook website, and the company is asking potential buyers to call in orders.

“Due to strong demand, the Dell Chromebook 11 is currently not available for order on Dell.com. It continues to be available for our education customers and can be ordered through their sales representative,” said Ellen Murphy, a Dell spokeswoman, in an email.

The laptop will eventually come online again, though the company did not provide a specific date.

With Dell keeping Chromebook purchases open mainly to commercial customers, individual buyers may have to turn to competitive products from Samsung, Toshiba, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard, which are available online starting at under $200.

Submission + - Google Kills Quickoffice (pcworld.com)

sqorbit writes: "With the integration of Quickoffice into the Google Docs, Sheets and Slides apps, the Quickoffice app will be unpublished from Google Play and the App Store in the coming weeks,". It seems Google is cleaning house lately.

Comment Fanboys.. (Score 1) 192

The Kindle Fire seems to have fans just like Apple. While not nearly coming close to Apple fans numbers they are just as set in their ways. It will sell to those fans. The media/books/apps they suck down from the Amazon store and the shopping they do with Prime it should do well enough to stick around as a niche product.

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