Scientists Achieve a 5G Record Connection Speed

Researchers at the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) achieved a speed of one terabit per second, which is significantly faster than current data connections. It was announced earlier this year by Ofcom that they would expect 5G to be available in Britain by 2020.

The 1Tbps speed could potentially see an individual download a file 100 times the size of a feature film in about three seconds, but obviously it remains to be seen whether the speed can be replicated in real world conditions. As yet, there is no accurate timescale of when 5G will be rolled out, and many people are still not satisfied with 4G coverage so there is a long way to go. This does show, however, that 5G can be extremely fast, and we’re sure the record will be broken numerous times before it’s available throughout the whole of the UK.

WhatsApp On Desktop?

Good news for all WhatsApp fans! The popular messenger app is now available to use via desktop for the first time in its existence.

The service which debuted in 2009, has always been a mobile-only app but now can be accessed via the Google Chrome browser.

To connect your WhatsApp service to your desktop, you need to visit the WhatsApp website and scan a QR code using the most recent version of the app on your smartphone. Messages will then sync between the mobile and desktop device.

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One downside to this news is that iPhone users have been excluded from this extension.

“Unfortunately for now, we will not be able to provide web client to our iOS users due to Apple platform limitations.” (WhatsApp)

Samsung Launching New Speakers At CES 2015?

South Korean electronic giants Samsung have announced that they’re launching a new range of audio products ahead of the CES 2015 showcase next week.

One of the most anticipated speakers is a futuristic-looking set with 360-degree output and a variety of curved soundbars. Known as the WAM6500 and WAM7500 speakers, they also use ‘ring-radiator’ technology which projects audio in all directions. The WAM7500 speaker is also moveable and comes with a rechargeable battery, so perfect for portable use.

Samsung have also announced three new soundbars including the 8500 model which will offer improved audio quality, 9.1 channel sound and additional speakers on either end.

The CES 2015 showcase is in Las Vegas and starts on January 6th so not long left till we find out everything else about these exciting products.

Sony To Provide Refunds Following ‘Misleading’ Ads

Electronics giant Sony has been told that it will need to provide consumer refunds thanks to ‘misleading’ advertisements for its PlayStation Vita in the US.

FTC targeted a particular advert which claimed that PS Vita users could PS3 games at any time and then continue where they left off on the PS Vita. FTC said;

“This feature, however, was only available for a few PS3 games, and the pause-and-save capability described in the ads varied significantly from game to game. As we enter the year’s biggest shopping period, companies need to be reminded that if they make product promises to consumers – as Sony did with the ‘game changing’ features of its PS Vita – they must deliver on those pledges. The FTC will not hesitate to act on behalf of consumers when companies or advertisers make false product claims.”

Sony will now have to provide consumers who purchase the PS Vita before June 1st 2012, a $25 cash/credit refund or a $50 merchandise voucher.

 

Nintendo Reveals Rise In Wii U Sales

Nintendo have announced their financial results for the second quarter of the financial year, and there’s some good news with Wii U sales rising.

The console has been slow in popularity but figures reveal that over 610,000 Wii U consoles were sold within the second quarter, which is double the figure from the previous 12 months. Although the rise in sales are good news, Nintendo are still way off their sales targets. The company will now be hoping that the impending release of Super Smash Bros will boost figures even higher.

In other news the Nintendo 3DS saw its sales fall from 2.49 million last year, to 1.27 million. This isn’t too much of a surprise with a stagnated market and also smartphone gaming becoming much more popular.

PES 2015 To Have A Higher Resolution On PS4?

Sure to disappoint Xbox One gamers, publishing giants Konami have revealed that the PlayStation 4 version of PES 2015 will render at 1080p. Why is this annoying to the Xbox user you ask? Well that’s because Konami have stated that the One version will only display at 720p.

This information was disclosed on the official webpage of Konami, so seems pretty legit. The information also revealed that both versions of the game will run at sixty frames per second.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, as Konami associate Hideo Kojima revealed that the PlayStation 4 had better hardware for developers.

“I think, between the home consoles available in the domestic market, the PS4 is the best. It’s also excellent for graphics, being able to render 1080p at 60fps with room to spare. Since it does it a little better than other hardware, the image quality of the PS4 is the most beautiful. It’s the closest to the photorealistic quality we are aiming at.”

Xbox One Getting New Features Update?

Microsoft have announce a bunch of new features coming to their console – the Xbox One, within the next few months.

The main updates are;

A new media player app – which allows you to play media files from a USB device or home media server which supports DLNA. The preview version will be USB only, but the DLNA version is coming soon.

Xbox One digital TV tuner – as said in description, a tv tuner for the Xbox, which is scheduled for release this October in Europe.

Boot-to-TV – Xbox One users will now be able to set their system up to boot directly to TV, when coming out of standby mode.

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The Flakiness of 4G

Mobile broadband is crucial in society today, and without it we’re unable to browse the internet, use online apps or read our emails, and 4G promised to be significantly better than 3G, but that’s not quite happened yet.

4G is flaky throughout towns and cities and even when you’re connected you may struggle to see the difference between 4G or 3G, but that said there’s already talk about 5G and 6G. First, it would probably be more apt to improve 4G coverage. When you do hit a good spot and you get the 4G icon appear on your mobile phone or tablet, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the fast results, but it’s quite a rare instance.

Many people feel as though 3G is suffering as well as 4G, and it may take time before these are corrected, so for now many mobile users will have to wait for fast speeds across all towns and cities.

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Mobile Banking increase scare

Mobile Banking transactions have doubled in the past year. It seems a mobile banking “revolution” is underway in the UK as 5.7 million transactions are made per day via mobile devices.Mobile banking is a system that allows customers of a bank to conduct a number of financial transactions through a mobile device such as a smart phone. These transactions include: checking your balance, asking for loans and paying the bills. Consequently this “revolution” has led to the closure of some branches as there is now a decline in the use of day-to-day banking.

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But is mobile banking a good thing? Mobile banking is much more flexible than day-to-day banking and you can do it on the move. Mobile banking offers many advantages, such as easy access and plentiful applications for smart phones. It gives you more control over your money. However, since 1989, the UK has lost over 40% of its bank’s branches partly due to the increase of mobile phone banking. Furthermore, hackers mainly focus on stealing money from mobile bankers. Twice as many malicious programs were found to be targeting smartphones and other mobile devices with mobile banking apps installed on them in 2012.

LG 55EA980V review

Anyone who sees an OLED TV inside the flesh is wowed by its technology. It combines the brightness advantages of LED screens with the deep black levels and rich contrast of plasma displays. It then squeezes them into an unbelievably thin panel. The frustrating thing, however, is that OLED panels have proved tricky to fabricate on the larger screen sizes had to create big tellies.

LG’s 55EA980V won’t have a mainstream price — it costs a whopping £5,000 — however it does prove that it’s possible to provide real OLED TVs that may be sold within the shops instead of only one-off prototypes for showing off at tradeshows. So, when it’s actually sitting in an ordinary front room, does it look and perform in addition to we were expecting?

2D picture quality

It’s obvious immediately once you activate the EA980V that it’s something special. Its black levels are only so deep and rich that they surpass anything I’ve seen before on a TV. If you end up watching it with the lights off, the image actually seems to drift in front of you. The dark areas are so perfectly black which you can’t see where the black bars on a Blu-ray movie start and the sides of the screen ends.

It’s actually slightly disconcerting at the start, as even on exceptionally good plasma screens, corresponding to Panasonic’s ZT65, the black areas of the screen glow so that you can quite easily see the perimeters of the display. Here though, they simply blend into the encompassing darkness. The self illuminating nature of OLED screens mean that there is not one of the horrible blotchiness in backlighting you get on LED screens. In this display, each individual pixel is its own light source — there isn’t any backlight — so darker areas of the image really do look properly dark.

Also, since it doesn’t should dim the screen in blocks within the way that LEDs with local dimming do, you’ll have areas of utmost brightness right next to areas of total blackness. This implies it’s going to reproduce pictures with huge levels of contrast, making its images look exceptionally punchy. It was also a good performer in the case of colour, because it delivers an extremely natural colour balance with beautifully vivid hues when called for and more subtle tones where needed.

The 55EA980V produces perfect black levels, but does be afflicted by some motion blur.

The display isn’t totally perfect though, as unfortunately it does be afflicted by motion blur and a few judder. Basically, with all processing turned off it has pretty similar levels of blur to most LED displays. On our video motion blur test it had native motion resolution of 300 to 400 lines. While you activate processing you may improve things substantially to around 600 to 700 lines. Within the real world this reduces the blur on quick movement in video. As an instance, it gives a cleaner looking image on camera pans in footy matches.

Thankfully, it was possible to put off lots of the worst of the blur and judder as a result of less aggressive motion-processing settings. Inside the motion-processing menu, adjusting both the deblur and dejudder settings to one gave the impression to work quite well. Really, though, i assumed these issues were relatively minor in comparison to the total performance of the television.

What’s also interesting about this TV is its curved screen. LG has decided to bend the screen mainly since it can. I wasn’t initially a tremendous fan of the curve, however the arc is extremely gentle and consequently reasonably subtle when you are watching the television. After an afternoon I’d grown quite used to it. My main problem with it was that I just didn’t see much benefit to it. It didn’t make me feel just like the picture was any longer enveloping or engaging, it just makes the set harder to place comfortably in a room if there are various people watching it, or to wall mount it.

But let’s not get hung up at the negatives, because this TV really is incredibly engaging to monitor. Movies just look mind-blowingly good way to its excellent colour and contrast performance. Last year saw the discharge of a few really great plasma screens, reminiscent of Panasonic’s ZT65 and Samsung’s F8500, but I’d take the EA980V over either one of them any day of the week.

3D picture quality

LG invented passive 3D so it’s no surprise that this set uses the passive instead of active system. It comes with two pairs of designer glasses in addition to two pairs of clip-ons should you already wear specs. As with every passive glasses these will not be powered, so they’re very light to wear — just like putting on a couple of sun shades.

The disadvantage to using passive 3D on a 1080p set is that it halves the horizontal resolution of 3D pictures. Still, as a result of way our brains process visual information it looks more just like the image has around two thirds the resolution instead of half. Up close you’ll discover horizontal black lines within the image at the EA980V, but from a regular viewing distance they beautiful much disappear and the one time you may tell the picture isn’t Full HD is on circles or diagonal sharp lines, which may show about a jaggies.

The 55EA980V uses passive 3D technology, so it’s less tiring in your eyes than active systems.

Other than that, the EA980V is a pleasure to look at for 3D viewing. The shortcoming of flicker form the passive glasses makes for a miles less tiring 3D experience and helps the 3D images to feel that bit more solid and real. Plus the panel’s high brightness levels and deep black levels made even Prometheus look pretty special in 3D. i discovered that there has been marginally an excessive amount of judder in 3D with Motion Flow turned off, so it was best to make use of it on its lower settings to smooth a number of this out.

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