Samsung Hosting a Meeting to Standardize 5G Standards

We’ve all heard about 3G and 4G, the standards that define the technology that has helped shape mobile communications and mobile phones for the last generation. Samsung looks to get ahead with the next generation by hosting a meeting in hopes of standardizing standards for the next generation, 5G.

Hosting the 3GPP RAN (3rd Generation Partnership Project – Radio Access Network) group, Samsung Electronics hopes that the meeting taking place in Busan, Korea, will help encourage companies to “discuss ways to support the effective integration of new services such as IoT (Internet of Things) into 5G, and measures to ensure the compatibility of 5G technologies”.

5G is not a new technology, having been in development by Samsung since 2011, but with more and more companies looking to have the first standards ready for June 2018, we could soon see a network that could see speeds of 1.2 Gbps for moving vehicles and 7.5 gigabytes for anyone who stands still for a minute.

With companies looking at rolling out the technology for 2020, the meeting hopes to cover everything from energy and cost efficiency to security and availability, all key factors in releasing a successful piece of technology that people not only accept and pick up but support years down the road.

Razer Diamondback Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer has one of the most diverse range of gaming mice on the market today, with all kinds of unique shapes, sizes and specifications to suit a vast range of gamer’s and gaming styles. The Diamondback is one of their most iconic mice, having been around in one form or another since 2004, and having undergone several rather major redesigns in that time. Just look at the timeline below and you can see just how far it has developed in that time.

Their latest model is supposed to be the best one yet, ditching the now archaic 1800 DPI 3G infrared sensor in favour of their latest extreme hardware, the 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor, the very same one we recently tested in Razer’s insanely good Mamba 2015 mouse. Designed for use with both left or right hands, as well as a super slim ergonomic design that is ideal for palm, claw or fingertip grips, the Diamondback promises to be a bit of a jack of all trades when it comes to gaming, and should appeal to quite a lot of gamers, be that pro gamer or just those who want a nice mouse to use at home.

“The Razer Diamondback made its debut in late 2004 at the World Cyber Games and took the gaming world by storm. This iconic gaming mouse was born from extensive research and engineering, hundreds of design iterations, followed by countless rigorous test sessions with eSports athletes. Featuring the world’s first optical gaming sensor, the original Razer Diamondback delivered the greatest accuracy and speed of its time.” – Razer

Specifications

  • Ambidextrous form factor
  • 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 g acceleration
  • 1,000 Hz Ultrapolling
  • On-The-Fly Sensitivity adjustment
  • Chroma customizable lighting
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • 7 programmable Hyperesponse buttons
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber cable
  • Approximate size: 125 mm / 4.92 in (Length) x 60 mm / 2.64 in (Width) x 30 mm / 1.18 in (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 89 g / 0.09 lbs (without cable)

System Requirements

  • PC or Mac with a free USB port
  • Windows® 10/ Windows® 8/ Windows® 7 / Mac OS X (v10.8-10.10)
  • Internet connection
  • 100 MB of hard disk space
  • Razer Synapse registration (requiring a valid e-mail), software download, licence acceptance, and internet connection needed to activate full features of product and for software updates. After activation, full features are available in optional offline mode.

A slim box with a few teasing details on the front, such as the full-spectrum Chroma lighting engine and 16,000 DPI laser sensor.

Around the back, a few more specs, such as the 7-foot braided cable, programmable buttons, Razer synapse and the ambidextrous design.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, a few cool Razer stickers, as well as the hard-wired Diamondback mouse.

The cable is nice and long (7-feet) and comes fitted with a gold-plated USB connector.

Razer Mamba 16,000 DPI Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Razer, one of the biggest and most recognisable gaming brands on the market, are back once again with their latest version of the popular Mamba mouse. The Mamba comes equipped with a range of extreme features that are said to put it far above the competition, making it ideal for competitive gaming, but also just as versatile for day-to-day at home use and work.

“Boasting the world’s most precise 16,000 DPI gaming mouse sensor, the Razer Mamba provides you with unsurpassable accuracy, so you’ll have an even greater edge over your competition. With its ability to track 1 DPI increments and a lift-off cut-off distance as precise as 0.1 mm, the Razer Mamba helps you to react instantly while you skillfully maneuver your way to victory.”

The 16,000 DPI sensor is going to provide some interesting benefits for gaming, as you’ll be able to swap DPI and quickly navigate even the largest RTS/MOBA maps with extreme precision. Being able to tune in your own DPI settings in 1DPI increments is also pretty special, as it frees you from the constraints of some mice, which only allow you to pick various levels, such as 200/400/800/1600/etc. Not content with a fully customizable sensor, the mouse buttons can also be tuned using an included tool, allowing you to pick from a lighter response, or a more distinctive click, and everything in-between.

Still not enough features? How about extensive RGB lighting customisation, or the choice to switch between wireless and wired modes with a 1ms response time? Plus the cable means you can use it in wireless mode, but continue using it while it is changing, so there’s no excuse to stop playing.

The packaging is nice and simple, with a great image of the Mamba on the front, as well as a few specs on the side detailing the adjustable switches and the charging system.

Around the back, an image showing off the charging dock, which also comes with RGB lighting effects.

The box opens out to reveal a quote from Razer, as well as a steel tin presentation box.

The box is the perfect safe house for the Mamba, helping you protect your investment when ever you need to store the mouse between uses.

In the box, you’ll find the usual documentation, the charging dock, a black braided cable and, of course, the Mamba mouse.

“5G Playground” Opens the Door for Warp Speeds

Internet connection speeds have been somewhat of a hot topic over the last decade or so, consumers who demand ever-increasing speeds while internet service providers have been particularly lagging in certain regions of the world. Well, researchers who are developing new super-super-fast standard 5G mobile technologies have what has been described as a “playground” which they can visit in South Korea.

It has been reported that Service provider SK Telecom (South Korean wireless telecommunications operator) has unveiled its Research and Development “5G Playground” on Thursday with partners including Ericsson, Nokia, Intel and Samsung Electronics, it was also announced that a collection of regional standard bodies would host a series of events with the aim of building a global consensus on the emergence of 5G.

5G is potentially an important breakthrough after SK Telecom and Nokia demonstrated the possible capabilities of this network which ran at a super quick 19.1 Gbps (per second), SK plans to launch a 5G trial service in 2017.

As technology is becoming more advanced so is certainly the need for a turbo charged infrastructure, this new standard is expected to be completed by 2020, although it might vary as to the rollout progression speed per country. Until at least then, many people will have to make do with current speeds.

Image courtesy of thenextsiliconvalley

 

Gelid Launches GC-Pro Thermal Compound

Thermal compound is at the heart of every system, connecting those hard working parts to their cooling solutions in the best possible way. Gelid has just launched their newest thermal compound called the GC-Pro.

The Gelid GC-Pro thermal compound (TC-GC-PRO-A) is made from the purest thermal conducting materials and should offer outstanding thermal properties. The structure is produced on the nano-scale to make it fine enough to fill the smallest spaces more effectively than conventional materials. This in return should provide a more uniform thermal contact with enhanced heat transfer properties.

The GC-Pro thermal compound is created for professionals that want the best-in-class performance for the CPU, GPU, or chipset heatsinks. The compound is non-electrical conductive, non-corrosive, non-curing, non-flammable, and non-toxic and it also comes with a Gelid applicator.

Gelid GC-Pro thermal compound has a density of 2.8 g/cm3 and the tube comes with 5g content. The thermal conductivity is rated to 7W/mK and it has a viscosity of 170000. The new Gelid thermal compound should be available now for an MSRP of $6.99 USD or €6.20 Euro.

Is thermal compound important to you and which is your prefered one? Or do you simply use whatever comes with the CPU cooler you ordered? Let us know in the comments.

EK Releases Their Ectotherm Thermal Compound in Retail Packaging

Previously you could only get EK Waterblocks Ectotherm thermal compound bundled with the EK Full Cover water blocks, but that has changed as EK announces the release of 5g retail packaging of the compound.

EK-TIM Ectotherm is said to have an exceptional value for the money. This thermal interface material provides an effective heat transfer and easy application between CPU, GPU or any other PCH/chipset and heat sink.

This Low Viscosity and Electrically Non-Conductive thermal compound should make any installation pretty much failsafe. The Ectotherm compound has an MSRP of €4.95 with VAT, which seems pretty average for TIM.

Features:

  • High Thermal Conductivity
  • Low Thermal Resistance
  • Low Viscosity
  • Non-Capacitive and Electrically Non-Conductive
  • Non-Corrosive and Non-Curing
  • No Bleeding & User-Friendly

Technical specifications:

  • Density (g/cm3): 3.0
  • Net Content (g): 5.0
  • Thermal conductivity (W/mK): 8.5
  • Optimal working temperature (°C): +100 to -50

Thanks to EKWB for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of EKWB

Huawei: 5G Will Be Here By 2020 – Speeds Up To 100X Faster Than 4G

4G has now been implemented around the globe in major cities for just over a year now. Looking for constant advancement in technology, Huawei have claimed that their new 5G infrastructure and technology will reach 100 times the speed of 4G by the year 2020.

As we reported, Huawei have announced their plans for a 4.5G opening in China by 2016, so this information coming to light is quite interesting. Will 4.5G still be worked on, or is Huawei looking to skip it and reach straight for the stars? 4.5G is set to provide the average user with 100Mbps speeds stable and support up to 30,000,000 connections per tower – set to be somewhat of a ‘patch’ for the current 4G offering, which often experiences connectivity, signal and data transfer issues.

In comes 5G, claiming a 10Gps peak transfer speed – quite possibly faster than your phone can process. Coming from backward Australia, I can only dream of a day when internet will out-perform things like your computers HDD speeds or LAN infrastructure – with 5G in the pipeline, it seems like somewhat of a reality.

As with all new major advancements in technology from 4K cable streaming to 10km data “fricken lasers”, the cost of the research, installment and implementation is always something to consider. Taking a look at 4G speeds currently, they’re amazing and offer the user with speeds that are likely much faster than their current ADSL2+ offering, but are extremely expensive. An Australian eSports group called ACL PRO often experience issues with venue internet being poor in Australia – meaning that they have to run their StarCraft II tournaments via multiple 4G ‘wireless sticks’ – seeing hundreds of dollars worth of data transfer flushed down the drain per event. Wouldn’t it be amazing if one day, we could do away with home line ADSL style internet and simply power our whole houses infrastructure simply by walking inside with our mobile phone? Until then, enjoy thousands of dollars a month in downloads of shareware programs and creative commons music through your 4G connection – if you can even get one.

Back to the topic at hand, 5G is set to allow you to reach speeds of up to 10Gpbs, we’ve decided to list out the speeds below to give you an easily viewable comparison of past and future technology.

  • 2G: A few hundred k per second
  • 3G: Up to a few M per second
  • 4G: Two hundred M per second
  • 5G:  10Gbps

Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology Chief Engineer Zhang Feng has announced that the global information and communications industry is ushering in a new wave of innovation, cloud computing, networking and other technologies alongside the rapid redevelopment of new applications. All said to be supported by an amazing 5G mobile internet infrastructure.

We will continue to report as the story develops.

Image courtesy of TNW

Huawei Pledges £5m to 5G Research Center in the UK

Huawei is very serious when it comes to the development of the next generation mobile network. They have now pledged £5 million towards 5G research at the University of Surrey here in the UK. While this is just a small drop of the $600 million pledged to spend globally in 2018 by Huawei, it is somewhat special as it will be a real-world test instead of closed-lab tests.

The new research center will be completed in three stages. The first phase is scheduled to be completed around April 2015 where the testing will start. The final phase is scheduled to be completed by September 2015 and will present a fully working and operational test bed.

The University of Surrey will have a live 5G infrastructure covering its whole campus of around 17,000 staff members and students. The hope is to demonstrate live 5G technologies before the start of 2018 while still staying on track for a complete rollout in the UK for 2022.

The 5G definition isn’t defined yet and still in the distant future, but Huawei said the technology is capable of delivering between one and ten gigabits per second. This is a truly impressive speed considering most of us run one gigabit ethernet in our own homes and it’s only Google Fiber fixed-lines that offer 1 gigabit internet transfer.

Thanks to TheNextWeb for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of TheNextWeb

London to be 5G Enabled by 2020 Promises Boris

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has pledged that London will roll out their 5G network across the city by 2020, something that could give the city a massive economic boost and put it ahead of many other parts of the world in terms of technological infrastructure.

5G is a performance hammer blow compared to 4G, which looks like dial up in comparison, using around 10Gbps (that isn’t a typo) it aims to throw internet at mobile devices faster than ever before, as well as allowing huge numbers of connections that could really change the way we use the internet, especially given that the service will be faster than most wired connections, this could pave the way for more people to cut the cable from their desktop router.

The 5G standard still has a long way to go, as the final details are yet to be defined, but early tests are promising and all this stuff has to start somewhere! Of course it remains to be seen if Boris can uphold this promise, but with David Cameron visiting CeBIT earlier this year to secure the technology for 5G, it certainly looks like we’ll see something big in the next few years.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

5Gbps Benchmark as Ericsson Tests Wireless 5G

Excited by the speed boost your getting from 4G? Well you ain’t seen nothing yet, because 5G is so fast, it can even blow Google Fibre a death blow thanks to its breakneck speeds. Ericsson announced on Tuesday that they’ve tested their 5G network in a hardware trial, reaching a staggering 5 gigabits per second over-the-air with its wireless 5G technology!

5Gbps is a an impressive benchmark and is no doubt conducted under ideal conditions, yet lets think about that number for a moment. 5Gbps is around 250 times faster than LTE, It is FIVE TIMES faster than Google Fiber’s impressive 1Gbps wired connection. It could download a 50GB movie in around 11 seconds, that’s an entire Blu-Ray worth of content streamed in less time it takes you to get a Blu-Ray out of its box and put it in the player.

The downside? The rollout isn’t set to be finished for ages, with launch expected in the 2020. The only good thing is that 2020 is a lifetime in terms of technology, leaving lots of time for smartphones, cars and other connected devices to make the right advances in technology to fully reap the benefits of 5G technology.

Thank you CNET for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Ericsson.

European Union Will Work With South Korea in Push to 5G


The European Union (EU) and South Korea plan to join forces in developing and promoting the next-generation 5G wireless standard – and they hope to provide a better glimpse of what can be expected by the end of 2015.

Assistance from South Korea is expected to be important for the EU, which initially struggled to roll out the 4G standard, due to slower – and inconsistent technologies.  South Korea has more than 100 percent mobile phone penetration rate, indicating everyone in the country has at least one device.

A one-hour high-definition movie takes about six minutes to download using 4G, but would take only six seconds on a 5G network.  It will be curious to see what is defined as 5G, because some believe it’s nothing by marketing hype.  However, officials in Seoul will set to create an official definition of what standards are defined as 5G moving forward, though will be important to promote the “Internet of Things.”

Furthermore, the agreement will lead researchers on both sides to “explore further possibilities” in their effort to coordinate research – Samsung, Ericsson, Nokia, and other major phone manufacturers are expected to create devices based on guidelines agreed upon by both sides.

Thank you FT for providing us with this information.

4K Handsets Seen As ‘The Next Big Thing’, Qualcomm Agrees

The transition from 720p to 1080p went faster than expected on mobile devices, and it is not going to settle in the near future as Qualcomm intends to up the pace once again with faster processors capable of higher resolutions on mobile handsets. In an interview with Tim McDonough, Qualcomm’s Vice President of Marketing, he explained that Qualcomm’s main focus at the moment is 4K resolutions.

“I think 4K is one of the primary things you are seeing from us, 4K is pretty cool because it means that not only can you do 4K video, but once you can push that number of pixels and the chip has the ability to do 4K video, anything that is multimedia related – think about gaming – that gets better too.”

The 4K resolution has been extremely appreciated by users last year, and manufacturers haven’t kept their eyes closed on this as well. They sped up and optimized the process of delivering 4K capable displays which can be seen in Ultra-HD TVs lowering their prices from around $30,000 to less than $1000. 4K monitors haven’t fallen behind, with Dell releasing the 28-inch 4K display at a price tag of $699. Even so, most consider that 4K displays aren’t a necessity for handsets, but that won’t stop manufacturers such as Qualcomm from releasing 4K capable handsets this year. Even researches in South Korean haven’t neglected the 4K resolution, since they are working on the 5G network connectivity which will be dedicated to streaming Ultra-HD videos.

“In November we announced Snapdragon 805, the next-generation of 800. Our shorthand for that is that it is the Ultra HD mobile processor and it runs Ultra HD. It will shoot it with video, it will play it back, it will play it back with surround sound and it will run an Ultra HD UI, It has already sampled and we said the first half of 2014 for devices to launch.”

Will 4K on handsets be just a waste of money and a battery drainer, or will it be the next big thing? Given that even Apple is planning on releasing iPhones with bigger displays, and taking into account the current 12.2-inch tablets and 6-inch smartphones available on the market, 4K resolution would most probably be required for future mobile devices.

Thank you KitGuru for providing us with this information

‘Movie in a split second’ Downloads Expected In Upcoming 5G Network Connection

South Korea is reportedly working on delivering 5G network connection by 2020. This comes as a $1.5 billion dollar project from the South Korean science ministry, which is said that users will be able to download a movie in a split second through the 5G connection.

“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take pre-emptive action to develop 5G,” the ministry said in a statement.

The science ministry also admits that there will be “fierce” competition between nations, including the EU, US and China to develop this new technology. If all things go to plan, they are going to launch a trial in 2017, followed by the full commercial release estimated to be somewhere around December 2020. The priority is said to be given to Ultra-HD and hologram transmissions, though the ministry here is clearly going way ahead of themselves since we don’t even have a prototype hologram-capable device at the moment.

Things are moving quite fast, only a few years ago we saw the launch of 4G and some countries don’t even have 3G coverage, yet alone 4G. Even so, most users are still operating on the 3G network and few have switched to 4G. And we now hear of 5G connectivity in the works. First of all, the 4G connectivity should still be given a chance to evolve and be more appreciated by users, and secondly, given the 5G connectivity announcement, we are now looking into seeing 5G capable handsets in the near future as well.

Thank you news.com.au for providing us with this information
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Thermaltake Show Off Updated BlacX External SATA Dock At CES 2014

We are no stranger to Thermaltake’s BlacX line of external SATA docks and this was shown back in the early part of last year when I took a look at the BlacX 5G and BlacX Duet docking stations. One would only imagine where an item such as this could be improved, but surprise surprise it has been and now it comes with Wi-Fi built in. Built on the BlacX 5G platform, the BlacX Urban incorporates a 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n wireless adaptor, which will allow for Wi-Fi tethering in the same way that we have seen on some other mobile storage devices and will be fully compatible with both iOS and Android devices with an App available for each platform in their relevant stores.

Apart from the addition of wireless connectivity, the BlacX Urban still features full USB3.0 connectivity and will support both 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives. Pricing is set at $79.99 USD although UK, EMEA and pricing across the rest of the world may vary a little, however this should be starting to appear on the market very soon as the product hits the shelves in the next few weeks.