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.
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.
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)
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.
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 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.