Tesoro Unveil The Gram Spectrum RGB Mechanical Keyboard

Tesoro is a highly-respected hardware company specialising in peripherals and gained notoriety for releasing affordable products. This notion spans across gaming keyboards, ergonomic mice and comfortable mouse pads. Their latest creation is the Gram Spectrum RGB keyboard sporting Tesoro AGILE mechanical switches. These low profile switches offer a short travel distance while retaining a tactile feel. This means you can effortlessly press keys during intense gameplay moments and type large documents in an effective manner.

The Spectrum supports full RGB illumination with 16.8 million colour options as well as numerous lighting effects including breathing, colour wave and more. This provides superb flexibility and allows you to create a very spectacular appearance. On another note, the keyboard utilises double-injection keycaps and is built on a robust metal plate.

Johan Borggren, VP of Sales at Tesoro Technology described their latest product and said:

“The ultra-accurate, low-profile Tesoro AGILE switches bring something truly unique to market, a low-profile mechanical keyboard that does not surrender the tactile feel,”

The GRAM Spectrum is jam-packed with features and rich in customizable functions making it a premier choice for dedicated gamers.”

Technically, the product opts for a 32bit ARM processor with 512KB of onboard memory to record complex macros. Each key is fully programmable and the unit has a 100Hz polling rate. It also supports full N-key/G-key rollover.  In terms of pricing, the black model will retail for $137.00 while the white edition has an MSRP of $139.00. Both products should be available at the beginning of June.

GRAM Spectrum Specifications

  • TESORO AGILE Mechanical Switch – Low-profile switch with 3.5 mm travel distance.
  • 16.8 Million Customizable Lighting – Brilliant RGB lighting.
  • Double Injection Keys – High-quality, long-lasting keycaps.
  • 32bit ARM Cortex Processor and 512 KB Onboard Memory – Advanced processing power for instantaneous macro execution.
  • All Keys Fully Programmable – Reassign any key or set up the most extreme macros for advanced gaming.
  • Detachable Braided USB Cable – Hassle-free travel and cable management.

Tesoro Ascalon Spectrum Optical Gaming Mouse Review

Introduction


Tesoro is one of the coolest gaming brands around, and while you may not think of them first when shopping for a new peripheral, they’ve proven to us here at eTeknix time and time again that they can create competitive, unique and affordable products that would make great additions to any desktop gaming setup. With that in mind, I’m very happy to see their new Ascalon Spectrum Gaming Mouse in the eTeknix office today. It may not be the most high-end mouse ever, but if previous Tesoro reviews are anything to go by, it will no doubt have a few cool tricks up its sleeves.

Equipped with a high-quality 6400 DPI optical sensor, 7 fully programmable buttons, macro recording, and a fast 32bit ARM Cortex CPU, the Ascalon is tuned for competitive gaming, ticking off all the major features you could ask for in a good gaming mouse.

Key Features:

  • 6400 True DPI
  • 1000 Hz Ultra Polling Rate
  • Detection 200 ips, acceleration 50g
  • 7 Independently programmable buttons
  • Adjustable DPI Control, Polling Rate, Liftoff distance and Shooting Speed
  • Cursor Capture Technology
  • User-Friendly UI
  • Instant Recording
  • 512KB onboard memory
  • 32bit ARM Cortex Premium Processor
  • Adjustable RGB LED control
  • Human ergonomics for the most comfortable grip and antimicrobial soft-touch finish
  • Compatible with Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10

The packaging is pretty cool, with a clear shot of the mouse design on the front, as well as a cool image of what looks like a sword in the background; makes sense, since all Tesoro peripherals are named after mythical weapons.

Around the back, you’ll find a nice breakdown of all the major features, such as the RGB lighting as the button layout.

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, which looks as nicely designed as the rest of the packaging, giving a nice premium vibe overall.

Win a Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Mouse!

Are you looking to win the greatest PC mouse ever created? We’ve teamed up with the good people at Logitech to give one lucky winner (UK) the chance to win this incredible gaming mouse. Equipped with the latest wireless technology, the G900 offers up flawless performance that’s even faster and more accurate than its rivals, and that includes wired models!

Ultra light, fast, accurate and ready to take the competitive gaming world by storm, the G900 Chaos Spectrum is a fantastic mouse. It can be used wireless and wired, comes with a fully ambidextrous design, modular buttons, a 1ms report rate, and one of (if not the) best sensors on the market.

Features

  • 6-11 programmable buttons (depending on side button configuration)
  • Lightweight hyperfast tilt scroll wheel
  • Customizable RGB Lighting
  • Metal pivot main key design
  • Metal spring button tensioning system

Tracking

  • Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
  • Max. acceleration: >40G*
  • Max. speed: >300 ips*

* Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad

Responsiveness

  • USB data format: 16 bits/axis
  • USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
  • Wireless report rate: 1000Hz(1ms)
  • Wireless technology: Custom 2.4GHz
  • Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM

Physical Specs

  • Length: 130mm
  • Width: 67mm
  • Height: 40mm
  • Weight: 107 grams (mouse only)

Glide

  • Dynamic coefficient of friction**: .11 μ (k)
  • Static coefficient of friction**: .17 μ (s)

**Tested on wood-veneer desktop

Durability

  • Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
  • Feet: 250 kilometers

Want to know more about the G900? Check out our full review here and check out the official Logitech product page here.

“In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, top eSports professionals can depend on G900 Chaos Spectrum. Featuring a 1-millisecond report rate and our highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection, Chaos Spectrum delivers incredible responsiveness for competition-level twitch targeting.” – Logitech

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Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum Mouse Review

Introduction


The world of desktop mice is very competitive, and it doesn’t matter if you’re in the office, a stay-at-home gamer or involved in eSports, when it comes to buying a new mouse, you’re going to want the best mouse you can possibly get, assuming you’ve got the budget of course. Enter the Logitech G900 Chaos Spectrum, said to be the most innovative and best-performing mouse on the market, not just in terms of what Logitech has created before it, but even compared to their many rivals high-end products too. This is a bold claim and it’s something we’re eager to test today, so let’s take a look at what the G900 has to offer.

Professional Grade Wireless

“In high-pressure moments, latency can be the difference between winning it all or losing. With millions on the line, or just some e-cred with your buddies, PC gamers can depend on the G900 Chaos Spectrum to get the GG. With a 1 millisecond report rate, and our highly optimized 2.4GHz wireless connection, the G900 Chaos Spectrum outperforms the competition’s solutions, even the wired ones!” – Logitech

Advanced Optical Gaming Sensor

“The G900 Chaos Spectrum utilizes the PMW3366 optical gaming sensor, which is widely regarded as the best optical sensor on the market. The PMW3366 sensor precisely translates hand movement onto the screen, even at high-sensitivity. It delivers exceptionally accurate and consistent responsiveness at any speed across the entire DPI range (200-12,000DPI) with zero acceleration and zero smoothing thanks to Delta Zero technology.” – Logitech

Wireless has often been a sticking point for competitive gaming, as it has a history of lower latency, problems with interference and more, but Logitech has thrown every bit of research you can think of at their new design and the end result is a wireless mouse (although it can be used wired mode also) that has the lowest latency on the market, even compared to wired mice, the most consistent signal even in the most demanding scenarios, an ultra-light design and none of this has come at the compromise of features, as the G900 is one of the best equipped and most feature packed mice you’ll find.

Fully programmable buttons, Logitech’s legendary adjustable scroll-wheel, one of the best sensors on the market, a fast processor and premium grade switches. Of course, the most important thing here in my eyes is that it weighs just 107 grams, which is virtually nothing for a mouse and even more so for a wireless mouse! There’s nothing more we could ask for in a mouse, so let’s jump right in and take a closer look at what it has to offer.

Features

  • 6-11 programmable buttons (depending on side button configuration)
  • Lightweight hyperfast tilt scroll wheel
  • Customizable RGB Lighting
  • Metal pivot main key design
  • Metal spring button tensioning system

Tracking

  • Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
  • Max. acceleration: >40G*
  • Max. speed: >300 ips*

* Tested on Logitech G240 Gaming Mouse Pad

Responsiveness

  • USB data format: 16 bits/axis
  • USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)
  • Wireless report rate: 1000Hz(1ms)
  • Wireless technology: Custom 2.4GHz
  • Microprocessor: 32-bit ARM

Physical Specs

  • Length: 130mm
  • Width: 67mm
  • Height: 40mm
  • Weight: 107 grams (mouse only)

Glide

  • Dynamic coefficient of friction**: .11 μ (k)
  • Static coefficient of friction**: .17 μ (s)

**Tested on wood-veneer desktop

Durability

  • Buttons (Left / Right): 20 million clicks
  • Feet: 250 kilometers

The packaging is quite compact with a nice image of the mouse on the front, as well as the usual branding.

Around the back, a quick rundown of the major features such as the 1ms wired or wireless report rate, 107g weight, sensor and button configuration.

The slip cover comes off the box, revealing a durable presentation box.

It opens out to reveal the mouse prominently displayed and surrounded by lots of custom cut protective packaging.

Under the mouse, all the required accessories.

There’s a lightweight braided cable for using the mouse in wired mode or to simply charge the mouse. There’s also a wireless dongle and additional side buttons.

The ambidextrous mouse allows you to remove the side buttons and swap it between true left/right-handed modes, or even configure it to have dual side buttons to suit your taste. The dongle is a simple USB device but also comes with a block that can be used as an extender, which we’ll see in action shortly.

Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Wireless Headset Review

Introduction


Gaming headsets come and go with rapid succession in this industry, some great, many good and a lot that are fairly forgettable, but every now and then, something big happens. Today is one of those days at eTeknix HQ, as one of the most important headsets in recent years has landed on our desk and its expected to be something truly special. I am, of course, talking about the Logitech G933, following in the footsteps of the legendary G930, highly regarded as one of the best wireless headsets on the market, the G933 looks to make everything bigger and better than ever before.

“Patent pending advanced Pro-G audio drivers are made with hybrid mesh materials that provide the audiophile-like performance gaming fans have been demanding. From your favorite music to expansive game soundtracks, the Pro-G drivers deliver both clean and accurate highs as well as a deep rich bass that you would expect from premium headphones. Experience incredible 7.1 surround sound with Dolbyreg; or DTS Headphone:X Surround Sound,* creating lifelike in-game special awareness, allowing you to clearly hear enemies sneaking around or special ability cues.”

The Artemis is very well equipped, offering support for virtually any audio device, including games consoles and PC. Despite being wireless, it comes with a simple USB-powered transmitter that can be used to turn any wired audio jack into a wireless compatible device, and that’s something that simply cannot be ignored, as it opens up a huge range of devices for use with the Artemis. Add to that high-end 40mm drivers, a high-quality microphone, LED lighting, rechargeable wireless functionality, a fold away microphone, and more.

“G933 Artemis Spectrum works with PC, mobile, home theater devices, and game consoles, including PS4 and Xbox One. One headset for all your devices lets you take G933 Artemis Spectrum from your gaming rig to your gaming console and your mobile devices. You can even connect your home theater to the USB-powered wireless mix adapter and listen to TV shows, music, or movies wirelessly without disturbing the people in your home.”

For a quick look at some of the cool features on offer, check out the official product trailer from Logitech.

The packaging doesn’t give away much information on the front, but it does give you a great image of the headset and first impressions are that it looks pretty awesome!

Lots of technical details dotted around the back and the side of the box, most notable are the 16.8M RGB lighting, Dolby and DTS X support.

The headset is very nicely packaged with lots of protection to keep it safe in transit.

The headset out and you’ll find a simple visual guide to setting up the basic functions of the headset.

Finally, a collection of cables which include a 4-pole 3.5mm cable for use with mobile devices, which features a built-in in-line controller, an RCA passthrough cable and a USB to Micro-USB cable. Finally, we’ve got a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adaptor.

Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 TKL Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Today is a special day here at eTeknix, as we’ve got the all-new Logitech Atlas Spectrum G410 mechanical keyboard. That in itself is pretty special, as this is a major product for Logitech, but it’s also great for us, as it’s been a long time since we’ve had a Logitech product on the site, and it’s certainly nice to have them back in the office again.

The G410 is certainly an interesting and unique product, which is not a common thing in a considerably over saturated peripherals market, where very similar products are commonplace. With a compact and lightweight design, this TKL (Ten Keys Less) keyboard is designed for gaming at home, eSports, LAN gaming and more, basically anything gaming related. Being lightweight means it’s easy to carry and that’s going to be great for gamers who like to travel with their systems to various events.

One thing really got my attention about this keyboard, it comes with switches I’ve never used, the Logitech exclusive Romer-G Mechanical Switches. Promising quiet performance, a shorter actuation and high-end reliability, they’re certainly interesting switches and as an added bonus, they’re also equipped with 16.8 million RGB LED per-key lighting.

“Where every millisecond matters, get the edge on the competition. Exclusive Romer-G™ switches gives Atlas Spectrum™ compact mechanical keyboard up to 25 percent faster key switch actuation. Atlas Spectrum weathers the wear and tear of intense gaming for years to come.” Reads the Logitech website.

There’s even a mobile phone dock, allowing you to easily use your smart phone for Arx Control, a Logitech app for game info, system statistics and more.

“Logitech Arx Control app for Android and iOS adds second screen capability that allows your mobile device to display in-game info, vital system statistics, and more. For ease of access, Atlas Spectrum’s removable Arx Control dock is stored conveniently in your keyboard and can be placed anywhere on your desk.”

Check out the product video below to find out more about the G410, then we’ll jump in and take a closer look at it ourselves!

As you can see, this keyboard is insanely light, clocking in at just 830g with the cable!

The packaging is nicely laid out, with a colourful image of the keyboard on the front, as well as details of the new Romer-G switches.

Around the back, a little more information on the tournament ready design, phone dock and per-key lighting.

Researchers Prove That Drones Can Be Disabled Using the Right Sound Frequency

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejon, South Korea, seem to have found an easy way to take out drones from the sky using ‘the right sound’. They explained that some components inside drones are vulnerable to certain frequencies, so with the right one, you can disable them.

One of the researchers stated that components such as gyroscopes have been made to resonate with sound above the audible spectrum, but some of them are still in the audible spectrum, which makes them vulnerable to interference. In an experiment, they used a speaker attached to a drone and connected to a laptop via Wi-Fi. When the right sound was played through the speaker, the drone dived down and crashed.

Of course, you won’t be able to physically attach a speaker to a drone in most cases if you want to make it crash, but this proves that sounds can be used to crash drones. Other experiments involved attaching a speaker to a police shield and making a sonic wall, but without the proper high-tech equipment to keep aim on the drone while it spirals out of control, it is useless.

The conclusion is that drone enthusiasts shouldn’t worry about it, unless your neighbour silently attached a speaker to your drone. Using high-tech sound disruptors, as far as I know, is illegal in most countries, so if you’re not piloting a high-tech military drone, you should be fine.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

The ZX Spectrum Revival is Here!

The ZX Spectrum is an iconic 8-bit home computer synonymous for its homebrew coding scene and library of quirky, vibrant games. Since the Spectrum’s launch, there has been over 24,000 titles created and retro collectors browse auction sites to acquire unusual classics from the past. In December 2013, Elite Systems launched a project to honor the Spectrum’s memory,in kilobytes of course and bring games such as Chucky Egg, Skool Daze and Dizzy to a new, younger audience. This idea culminated in a kickstarter project to recreate an exact replica of the ZX Spectrum keyboard to use alongside mobile devices and PCs. To clarify, the games will be available for purchase as a fully licensed version on iOS, Android and other stores and not included in the device as a basic emulation tool. The Kickstarter explains,

“The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently for Android and Windows phones and tablets (as well as for PCs and Macs), in the form-factor of a 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It will be known as the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. ZX Spectrum is a licensed trade mark.”

“By default, when used in conjunction with the simultaneously released and separately sold Bluetooth ZX Spectrum apps, available from the iTunes App Store and subsequently from the Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will provide authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment.”

Pricing is expected to be approximately between £39.99 and £49.99 plus delivery and the BBC reports that the final prototype has been verified and ready for release. Apparently, the keyboard should be dispatched within the next 6 weeks to the lucky 5000 who snapped up the first batch. Consumers should get a chance after the initial production line to purchase the item and I expect to see it in online retailers within a few months.

Hopefully, the ZX Spectrum keyboard will be highly regarded and not a damp squib like the Neo Geo X.

Thank you BBC for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Hallas.

Tesoro Excalibur Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Tesoro are back on eTeknix once again! While we looked at their gorgeous new Lobera Spectrum recently, today we take a look at something a little further up the range, the new Excalibur Spectrum. RGB keyboards are all the rage recently, they’re often still the same keyboard they were last year in terms of performance and features, with the new addition of some funky lighting effects; no bad thing for those who love to customise their setup.

As you can see from the spec, the Excalibur is a fairly standard size keyboard, it features multiple profiles, built-in memory, RGB lighting and more.

“Tesoro Excalibur is a mechanical keyboard with an advanced backlighting processor. Unlike the original Excalibur which is capable of recording and storing macros, Spectrum also has a number of stunning illumination modes. Using this keyboard is a lot of colorful fun. Excalibur is the first Tesoro keyboard to have a classic solid look. It can be used with a gaming rig as well as on an office desk due to its straight and strong lines. The supreme spectrum backlighting, however, adds more color to our guy. Each key’s color can be set individually, the illumination will react to keystrokes, change colors in different ways, and do other crazy things.”

The packaging for the Excalibur Spectrum is simple enough, giving us a nice and colourful image of the keyboard on the front of the box.

The Excalibur comes hard-wired and you’ll be happy to hear it features a durable braided cable with a gold-plated connector.

The general design of the keyboard is nothing revolutionary. We’ve got a fairly standard chassis size, black plastic trim and a standard key layout.

The key caps look nice and smart, with a custom laser etched font to allow for the built-in lighting effects.

Here you can see we have the Kailh Red switches; it is also available in blue and brown switch.

A full-size number pad, nothing particularly interesting, but it’s all there.

The Excalibur can be switched from 6-key to n-key rollover directly from the keyboards using Fn-Shift + Ins and Del keys

The arrow keys also double up as lighting controls, allowing you to tweak things such as brightness and contrast.

There’s five built-in profiles on the keyboard, which are great for storing lighting effects.

Windows lock, as well as master volume controls.

Plus a basic set of multimedia controls; perfect for flicking through some music while you’re working or gaming.

As I said before, the keyboard is hard-wired with a thick braided cable. The cable is mounted off-center, which should help reduce conflicts with your monitor stand.

The underside of the keyboard is relatively featureless, aside from four rubber grips that will help prevent it from sliding around your desk.

There are two kickstands on the base, although they’re pretty standard and that’s a real shame, as most mechanical keyboards has stronger ones with rubber grips of their own.

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

Introduction


Tesoro may not be the biggest gaming brand on the market, but they’ve proven time and time again that they can deliver competitive products, that are uniquely designed and for a competitive price; more than enough to get me interested! A few months back, I reviewed the gorgeous Tesoro Lobera Supreme mechanical keyboard, and it was fantastic, so I’m happy to see another Lobera keyboard sitting on my test bench this week.

The new version of the Lobera comes with one key feature, RGB lighting. Colour customisation is all the rage this year, with many manufacturers offering revisions and new models featuring RGB LED keys; the Lobera Spectrum RGB I have in the office today uses Kailh RGB Black Mechanical Switches. As you can see from the image below, it comes with a choice of red, black, blue and brown switches.

“Lobera Spectrum is a top-notch programmable gaming keyboard with advanced backlighting features. It has a number of stunning illumination modes including audiomode which makes the LEDs flash to the beat. Its highly customizable illumination processor even lets set individual key colors and turn the backlighting on and off for each key. Mechanical key design creates solid tactile feel and rapid response for extreme gamers. High speed USB 2.0 hub with audio jacks offers easy connection for user’s favourite portable peripherals. 5 profiles, up to 300 macro keys can be defined by the user. Tesoro Lobera Spectrum is the ultimate choice for gamers.”

In the box, you’ll find a small collection of documents in a cardboard wallet, as well as a USB power cable; this cable provides the rear-USB ports with additional power.

The keyboard is hard wired with a thick braided cable.

The cable is a little cumbersome, but that’s because it provides USB and audio pass-through to the back of the keyboard; handy for quickly connecting your headsets and peripherals without having to go behind your computer.

The chassis of the keyboard is a little oversized, giving you a built-in wrist rest and also giving the keyboard a funky industrial-type design.

The chassis is plastic, but it has been nicely textured to give it some added flair.

The key caps are of a good quality and feature bold laser-etched letting; perfect for letting all that RGB light through!

Under the keycaps, you can see we’ve got the Kailh Black switches, with the RGB LEDs. The chassis of the keyboard is white, which will help better reflect the lighting for a cool under-glow effect. Also, there was no key-cap pulling tool included in the box, fortunately I had my own, but all mechanical keyboard should come with on as standard in my opinion.

The 6-key and N-key rollover can be switched over directly from the keyboard using FN-Shift and either the Ins or Del keys.

A full-size number pad, fairly standard stuff, but you’ll be glad to hear that every key on the keyboard is mechanical.

The arrow keys feature LED lighting controls.

Built-in profiles allow you to toggle through lighting modes and more.

Windows lock, always a welcome feature on a gaming keyboard.

As well as basic multimedia controls, which are great for listening to music while gaming.

Down the left and right sides, there’s an LED light strip, allowing you to further customise the look of your keyboard.

Around the back, you can see the cable is mounted off to the right. This is better than central mountings, as that often causes the cable to conflict with your monitor stand.

A small warning label is pre-installed.

Behind which you’ll find the USB and audio pass-through ports.

The FCC Will Vote on Plan to Share Valuable 3.5GHz Specturm next Month

The FCC is said to be voting on a spectrum-sharing plan that could make its way to the military, mobile service providers and individuals alike on April 17th. The spectrum is said to open up a frequency from 3550 to 3700 MHz to three classes of users, including new mobile device owners who could use the service similar to Wi-Fi.

The current demand for wireless spectrum could benefit from auctioning off the new 3.5 GHz, leading to better wireless data performance for users in crowded places, provide better rural broadband services and even give a better spectrum for industries that do not use Wi-Fi and LTE services.

In order to keep track of existing radios and licensed services, the FCC also plans to implement a Spectrum Access System alongside the new spectrum in order to manage the interference. This is why it plans to seek proposals for both the Spectrum Access System and sensing service at the same time, but the new tech is not likely to be approved before 2016.

Thank you PC World for providing us with this information

Redesigned ZX Spectrum To Enter Production in February

The ZX Spectrum Vega, which we’ve previously reported on, is due to enter production in February. The new model of the console will include 1.000 pre-installed games. Unlike many of today’s computers, the new Spectrum will be manufactured in the UK by SMS Electronics in Nottinghamshire.

Sir Clive Sinclair is a backer of the project, as well as a shareholder in the company that designed the new model – Retro Computers. The machine will be capable of running the 14,000 titles designed for the system.

The Vega was the product of a successful Kickstarter campaign, the proceeds of which will fund the first run of 1000 Spectrums. The machine includes an ARM-based SOC, memory chip, and flash RAM which comes together to form a dedicated Spectrum emulator.

The ZX Spectrum was intensely popular in the UK back in the 1980s, introducing a whole generation to computing and video games. The console represents a very unique time in the British computer market – when many of the most popular machines in the country were British designed and made.

The new console will go on sale in February.

Source: BBC News

700MHz TV Spectrum to Be Used for Mobile Data in UK

Ofcom has announced that the 700MHz part of the digital TV spectrum is to be cleared for mobile data use. By 2022.

The new initiative means some digital TV signals will be moved to a new band, while mobile data will take over 700MHz, giving much more bandwidth to networks who are finding more and more people are using more and more mobile data.

The advent of 4G means mobile data is now a much more viable way to get your internet connection, whether that be via a mobile device or even for a PC. However, mobile data is incredibly constrained, with only limited amounts of bandwidth and not yet complete enough coverage.

This all means higher prices, and mobile data is easily the most expensive way to get an internet connection, with all its usage caps included.

This new plan, which should be ready by 2022, “will bring considerable benefits to citizens and consumers” according to Ofcom, hopefully making it easier and cheaper to get access to mobile data and its increased speeds.

Source: Gizmodo

US Government Wants To Create Experimental Wireless-Tech City

The US Government are looking to push forward with their experimental city / town ideas. While building something isn’t completely out of the questions, they’re really looking for a couple of towns or cities to volunteer some of their land to test theories on “spectrum sharing.”

With much of the airwaves held by the US military and private TV broadcasters, they want to run experiments where more of the bandwidth is shared for individuals, this can be used for things like Wi-Fi connections and other connectivity applications and could pave the way for future wireless technology and internet applications, that are generally much faster than what is available today.

The FCC and the NTIA want to test “one of more” cities with support for “rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities.” The only thing that remains to be worked out is who will run these model cities, the FCC, the NTIA, the city itself, private companies or local government.

If it goes ahead it could prove vital for future technology deployment to more parts of the country, much like Google did when they first rolled out Fibre to small areas.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Inferno Development.

Elite Announce Recreation Of Sinclair ZX Spectrum

The recreated Sinclair ZX Spectrum will be a Bluetooth keyboard, initially for iOS and subsequently for Android and Windows phones and tablets (as well as for PCs and Macs), in the form-factor of a 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum. It will be known as the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum. The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will connect wirelessly to, for example, an iPad and in turn to a TV via Apple Airplay.

This is a great way to relive some classic gaming and of course coding moments from back when things were less about DLC and more about awful loading noises, games on cartridges and tapes, typing our code from magazines for hours on end to get a free game and all that other crazy nonsense that the Spectrum was great at.

“By default, when used in conjunction with the simultaneously released and separately sold Bluetooth ZX Spectrum apps, available from the iTunes App Store and subsequently from the Google Play, Amazon App Store and Windows Store, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will provide authentic rubber-key play-control over a comprehensive catalogue of 100% original, officially licenced, paid-for Bluetooth ZX Spectrum games (and more) via a secure App Store environment. Either at launch or sometime later, the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will also be ‘backwardly compatible’ with the existing and separately sold, ‘ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection’ apps, either by default or perhaps via an in-app purchase from within those apps.”

You can read more about the existing ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection apps for iOS devices here and here. Meanwhile you can check out the just launched Kickstarter for the new Bluetooth ZX Spectrum here.

Thank you Elite for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Elite.

Sega: Spectrum, A New World Of Entertainment

 

Admit it, when you see the single word SEGA you can’t help but chime in with their sing-song of the name. Okay, you might be able to, but when I see it, I NEED TO DO IT! SEGA! Rumors are spreading, and like a California wildfire, Sega is going to bring us an announcement? A new game? A new console? Or are they going to do as they say and bring us “A New World of Entertainment.”

The image above appears to be from SEGA, a simple tease of an advertisement. At the top of the image there is Japanese lettering which gives us the words “A new world of entertainment.” Spectrum appears to be the name of the product that SEGA will be introducing to us, and they will be bringing us this announcement on June 12, 2013.

A post was found from shaowebb on Neogaf.com providing us with a simple image, which they commented

Searched and found nothing. Lock/mock if old.

Text translates to “A new world of entertainment.”

What is this thing? Arcade board maybe? Digital platform? I’m clueless here…

This could be anything really with no solid information we can only assume that they are going to bring us an announcement rather than releasing a new game, though they could be telling us about a new game.

Has SEGA been tight lipped and kept a huge secret for their next generation of console, I don’t think so. I believe that if SEGA were to be gearing up for a next generation console they would have been announcing it from the roof tops, then again, with the bust of Dreamcast maybe they are keeping shareholders in the dark. We will just have to wait and see.

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FCC Allows 5GHz Spectrum to be Used as Unlicensed Wi-Fi

Need Wi-Fi speeds to be much faster than what you get now? There’s a good chance we can see that happen!!

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said that they’ve announced plans to free up 195 MHz of spectrum in the 5GHz Band for ‘unlicensed use’. However this topic is something dripping with controversy as this frequency is used by many government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Even though these agencies have criticized the plan to free up 195MHz in the 5GHz band, FCC’s chairman Julius Genachowski has said that Wi-Fi congestion is a real and growing problem.

“Like licensed spectrum, demand for unlicensed spectrum threatens to outpace supply. The core challenge is the dramatically increased use of wireless devices, which require spectrum.

This additional spectrum will increase speeds and alleviate Wi-Fi congestion at major hubs, such as airports, convention centers and large conference gatherings. In addition, this would also increase speed and capacity for Wi-Fi in the home where multiple users and devices are often on the network at the same time. Because the 5GHz band is already used for other purposes by both federal and non-federal users, the effort will require significant consultation with stakeholders to enable non-interfering shared use of the spectrum. But consultation can’t be an excuse for inaction or delay.”

However, in another corner, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are currently working on a project to resolve the spectrum dispute between government agencies and companies by working on a modified framework to allow spectrum sharing.

The agency added,”Balancing national security requirements of radars and military networks with the growing bandwidth demands of commercial wireless data networks calls for innovative approaches to managing spectrum access.”

As of now, devices operate on the 555MHz spectrum in the 5GHz band which is usually used in short/local range.

On the same subject, the FCC also filed a formal approval for allowing wireless booster devices that are very useful in buildings, stadiums, airports, hospitals or tunnels where you wouldn’t normally get strong signals on your devices.

Source: Network World