5G mobile networks, the next generation of internet networks, is all set to hit the market. While this network isn’t entirely going to replace the market right away, 5G is becoming famous for its speed, deliverability, increased capacity and lower latency. Before your smartphones become activated with this network, here is everything you need to know about this new spectrum:
What does 5G stand for?
Simply put, 5G stands for the fifth generation of wireless technology. While the first generation was launched in the year 1983, the multiple variants through the years have become faster and more user friendly. For the average user, the biggest change from 4G to 5G will be an improvement in the speed and in the kind of response you can expect from this network.
Smaller cell ‘phones are one of the key features to be expected as a result of the unveiling of the 5G network. Unlike its predecessor, this new spectrum would provide an increase in data capacity. One of the major advantages of this could be an increase of internet connections not just in the large cities, but in the smaller ones as well. With the addition of smaller cells, users could expect an improved performance not just in terms of internet speed, but in terms of battery life, as less power would be required.
Everything the 5G can do
With 5G flying on the wings of speed, the primary thing users could expect from this new network, is quick transfer of data. Apart from transferring photos, videos and files at lightning speed, this new network can also open up room for new technologies based on data. In fact, Verizon has already been working with companies which are likely to use 5G. So far, it has teamed up with companies which enables doctors to perform surgeries remotely, let people make calls through holograms and augmented reality enabled for movies!
The launch of 5G
While 5G has been made available by companies like Qatar’s Ooredoo and Verizon, the official version isn’t expected to roll out until the 1st of June. AT&T, which placed its first 5G call in September 2018, plans to launch the service across 12 cities by the end of the year.
Although 5G is not going to be available as an upgrade, it will be made available for new phones. Stay tuned for more updates about the 5G network!
Snapchat Facts You Probably Did Not Know
Snapchat is one among the most used apps in the world, second only to Facebook. When it first launched, people thought of it as a photo sharing revolution. The app, which originally started off as a person to person photo sharing app, now evolved to feature “Stories” which last for 24 hours and even discover where brands and influencers can showcase their content. Started by Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown, this app currently has up to 190 million active daily users. Apart from the cool filters and stories, about what else is this app? Keep reading to find out some interesting facts about Snapchat which you probably did not know.
1) Originally called Picaboo
When it first launched in 2011, Snapchat was called Picaboo and was exclusive only for iOS users. Later, in 2012, the app was renamed to Snapchat and was made available to Android users as well.
2) Try till you succeed
The founders, Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown tried and failed at 34 projects before coming up with the idea of Snapchat. Spiegel, in an interview, mentioned, the idea of Snapchat came up they were working on a college project at Stanford University.
3) 3.5 billion pictures and videos per day
As of 2017, approximately 3.5 billion pictures and videos were shared and viewed every single day on Snapchat. Yes, everyone loves Snapchat!
4) Drinks are the most shared pictures
Recent stats show, a large number of Snapchat users share photos of their drinks with their friends. A shocking 93 % of people have used Snapchat for this.
5) Women form the majority users
As of April 2019, women account for approximately 61 % Snapchat users, with men forming only 38 % of the user base.
Most of the users belong to the age group of 18-20 years.
6) Zuckerberg wants Snapchat
Mark Zuckerberg has been trying to acquire Snapchat for a while now, but in vain. Zuckerberg first offered a billion dollars for Snapchat and when he was rejected, came back with $ 3 billion dollars, only to face rejection again. His final offer of $ 4 billion was also rejected by Snapchat. Till date, Evan Spiegel remains adamant about selling Snapchat.
Which of these facts about Snapchat surprised you the most? Comment below and let us know.
WiFi Unknown Facts
The year is 2019 and today, every household has at least 3 devices connected to the WiFi. While WiFi is widely used all over the world today, Nikola Tesla actually theorized its possibility way back in 1929. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about WiFi, think again. Check out some cool facts about WiFi here:
1. WiFi doesn’t mean what you think it does
Despite common belief, WiFi doesn’t expand to mean Wireless Fidelity. When the word was first made public, it was designed as a logo by Wi-Fi Alliance in the year 1999. The moment WiFi came to everyone’s notice, people started drawing parallels to the similar sounding acronym hi-fi, which means high fidelity. Annoyed with the comparison, Alliance wanted the term to be dropped, but by 2000, Wireless Fidelity became so widely used, it was unwillingly accepted as WiFi’s expansion!
2. Strange devices used as WiFi hotspots
With WiFi being used by people all over the world with increasing frequency, records say, by the end of 2017, there would be close to 9 billion WiFi devices all over the world! Did you know, there is a strange list of devices which are used as hotspots across the globe? Ranking on the first position on this list is the Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua. This active volcano is commonly called Mouth of Hell and is the first of its kind to double up as a hotspot because close to 80 sensors were installed inside the volcano. Your phones really aren’t the only things which could be used as a hotspot, clearly!
3. You are the biggest WiFi blocker
Since WiFi runs by using radio waves, it comes as no surprise water doesn’t promote this software, right? If you expand that thought process a bit more, you are also a WiFi blocker because of the very same reason. Didn’t get this? Think again. Since 75 % of our body is made of water, the above theory stands tested, don’t you think? If you still don’t believe us, then sit between your router and computer. The moment you experience weak signals, you will know we are right!
4. Singapore has the fastest Wi-Fi connection
According to the 2018 World Broadband Speed League, Singapore has the fastest WiFi connection in the world. At 60.39 megabytes per second (Mbps,) the WiFi connection in Singapore is five times stronger than the global average of 9.1 Mbps. Yemen, on the other hand, is ranked 200th on the list and has the slowest Wi-Fi connection at 0.31 Mbps. You know where you should go for the fastest wireless connection in the world.
5. WiFi was created in Hawaii
While people still dispute this fact, Hawaii is said to be the birthplace of WiFi. Originally called AlohaNET, a computer networking system developed the initial wireless network at the University of Hawaii. However, this wasn’t given as much credit as it should have been because two decades later, NCR Corporation and AT&T Corporation invented WaveLAN, which is considered the true precursor to WiFi. In 1997, the first version of the IEEE 802.11 wireless protocol was released. If only the world accepted AlohaNET as the original WiFi. Sigh.
If you think we missed out on any other facts about Wi-Fi, comment and let us know!
Tech Hacks To Make Your Life Productive
Every year, technology becomes more simplified and makes your life easier. Getting more done in less time seems to be the order of the day and with every gadget and tool coming with more hacks than you thought were available, life really is simpler. Check out these cheats and tricks to make your life more productive this year!
1. Move over texting, voice commands are the new thing
Today, the technology is so advanced, both Mac and iOS now come with built in voice recognition tools. Not only are your laptops programmed with the recognition tool, applications like Google Docs also come with this facility. Click on Tools, then Voice Typing and see if you can speak out your documents faster than you can type them.
2. Get more room by expanding your desktops
Ever thought your desktop screen was too small and wasn’t large enough to accommodate all your data? Then this cheat is for you. Today, both MAC and Windows come with a feature which enables you to work in a way which feels like you have multiple desktops at the same time. For Macs, the expansion software is called Spaces and on laptops with Windows, the tool is found in the Task View tab.
3. Turn on the Magnifier on your iPhone
While the iPhone’s flashlight is a handy tool, it only helps you read every little detail in dimly lit areas. Give up not, sweet ones, because there is hope built into your phone! Called the Magnifier, this tool helps you everytime you need to read things which the naked eye can’t easily see. To turn this tool on, go to Settings, General, Accessibility and then finally, to Magnifier. Once you activate it, tap the Home button thrice and bingo. You can now see even without the annoying flashlight!
4. How to lock your Android phone without too much effort
While tools like facial recognition and screen locks are being used to protect your phone from prying eyes, it is still important to have an automatic lock on it, right? To keep your Android phone perpetually safe and protected, we discovered a cool new trick. When you are at a trusted location (like your home or office,) the phone automatically unlocks itself and only turns back on when you are back at the trusted location or when you use your phone. To activate this feature, all you have to do is to go to Settings > Security or Lock Screen and Security > Smart Lock. Once you reach the Smart Lock feature, a list of options appear on the screen. Pick the one with which you are the most comfortable and use that. The moment you figure that out, your phone is completely protected!
When technology is used the right way, not only can you simplify your tasks, you can also have quite a lot of fun. Try these cheats and tricks and tell us whether they work, in the comments below!
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