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Microsoft Breaking Barriers – Internet Without Wifi – Greater Distance and same High Speed!

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

 

Many people these days don’t go running towards Wifi unless they are still using regular phone plans to where they have a limited amount of data and have to connect to Wifi. With cell phone plans now going with “Unlimited” data, cable providers giving greater data usage to their customers, and “free” hotspots popping up in most public places, it is clear the data usage war is going to Unlimited access.  Most carriers are offering greater service areas and even more service quality as the ways to capture and keep customers. Outside of using your cell phone’s unlimited access which slows down after a certain amount of data is consumed, the “home”, “work”, or “public” wifi is the next best option to get work done on your computer and stay connected.

Most people when disconnecting from their wifi tend to try to get as much done and downloaded as possible in order to rely lightly on the cell phone data usage.  This is typical due to the lack of range for wifi signals inbetween locations such as work to home, home to public places, etc. In between location A and location B, there is a limitation of range for the wifi signal to travel. Most people are thinking that cell phone signals with their hotspots can make up for the disadvantage. Well even in that aspect, there are cell phone towers which are either not close enough or are not in existence that allow cell phone coverage to be choppy in certain areas or slow in connection speed.  Its always a rule of thumb that people in the city get more coverage with both their wifi signal and their cell phone signal. Rural areas tend to suffer are subject to satellite wifi or cell phone hotspots as coverage is limited outside cities.

Well Microsoft has an answer which could change the way how people receive their data stream by increasing coverage while maintaining speed. Microsoft has been testing the usage of tv signals in order to spread wifi signals. This plan would get rid of cables and introduce a truly wireless network that would travel to the farthest reaches of the continent without building extra towers or harnessing an overload on current towers. This plan uses what is called “white space” television bandwidth. In case you are wondering what is “white space”, well we have you covered.  White space are what tv networks had created years ago which operate below 700 Mhz. These white spaces serve as a buffer between the high traffic channels to give them the extra bandwidth to communicate on.  To expound upon the reach, these bands can stretch over 6 miles away and are not altered or disrupted by buildings or vegetation.

Microsoft has been promoting this technology for years and conducting tests in the Philippines, England, Colombia, and Kenya. By 2018 Microsoft is driving to have the project launched within 12 states. The end goal of the project is to extend this feature in 12 states across the US and connect over 2 million Americans in rural areas by July 4th, 2022.  Microsoft estimates that the project will take between 10-15 billion in order to extend the reach to all of rural America.

 

Even though the project deems to show endless possibilities, there are sceptics that believe the interference of  the “white air” will affect television networks from broadcasting by clogging their network.  Surprisingly enough Microsoft asked the FCC to use this spectrum back in 2010, but have not pressed forward with advancing the space or technology until now. Microsoft has beefed up its campaigns by now advertising in rural parts of Virginia and allowing them to connect via white space internet in 1,000 homes. This technology is proving to be cutting edge and will clearly blur the lines of “digital divide” and change the way how people use and interact with the internet by giving more access. Stay tuned as this white space internet will be expanding and coming to a location near you!

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iPhone 10 Year Anniversary – iPhone 8 Expectations

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

With a whole 10 years since it was first introduced, the iPhone has catapulted into a category of its own and has surpassed the standards of even Steve Jobs himself. Originally the iPhone was depicted from the iPod, to make it more mobile and enhance features such as calling, multi-tasking, and the capability to play games and more, the iPhone is simply not just a gadget to be had, it is now an enhancement to a lifestyle.

 

The key features of the iPhone when it first came out were the ability to expand the screen by zooming into objects that other phones have encompassed. Music on demand and the storage capacity has since grown to proportions unthought of that makes this original device, one of the “must-haves” of this time. Surprisingly enough the first iPhone did not have 3G, or LTE, but was on a 2G network that compared to modern times is a slug in comparison to whats on the market today by cell phone giants. The original iPhone brought in numerous users into the At&t stores as this was the only carrier to have the iPhone. At&t stocks soared as a result and Steve Jobs was the helm of the one of the most massive changes to society with this new technology.

Apple has since made numerous enhancements since the time of Steve Job’s original introduction of the device by allowing breathtaking photos, increasing the built in capacity eliminating the need for storage cards, integrating cutting edge speeds of LTE, and an interface which is still an amazing experience. The iPhone was definitely ahead of its time by many accounts and to this day is still improving. The ability to go through multiple challenges, competition, and market changes show that the iPhone is a device which is not in decline, but in a constant incline with no level in sight.

 

Apple is a constantly evolving company which has flag shipped its iPhone to be its premier device that has changed the way how the technology uses mobile devices today. With this year celebrating their 10th year anniversary, Apple is gearing up to push a major change in their flag ship device. The whole world and especially avid Apple followers have been trolling through blogs and news in order to get a glimpse of what Apple has cooking up for their 10th year anniversary.

The iPhone 8 which is being dubbed as the best work that Apple has created is being kept tight-lipped as with all Apple products before the day of release. The release date for the iPhone 8 is September 2017 which is where Apple will reveal a line of phones to correspond with the iPhone 8. Big changes and major expectations is what looms over Apple as the world is prepared for this cutting piece of technology to be revealed. Many look forward to long lines and online ordering to be backed up for months as it was with the iPhone 7, but many have held on to their iPhone 5 and 6 to not use their precious upgrade with their carrier until this 10th year edition.

 

 

 

 

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