Following the discovery of code strings in an OS X 10.8.4 beta revealing that Apple plans to bring gigabit-speed 802.11ac WiFi to future Macs, a new Broadcom chipset has been spotted to add even more evidence to the growing mount (via 9to5Mac). The chip appears to be a custom-designed chip intended for use in an as yet unreleased iMac. It is identical in form factor to the WiFi chip in Apple’s current iMacs and MacBooks, and combines both 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth on the same chip.
Additionally, the chip would make it possible for users to add 802.11ac WiFi to current-generation Macs that otherwise wouldn’t support it. It’s unclear when Apple is planning to release their next round of updated Macs, although rumors have suggested new models could launch in June, close around Apple’s WWDC event, or shortly thereafter.
802.11ac offers significant improvements over older WiFi standards, such as support for speeds in excess of 1Gbps – over twice as fast as the maximum 450Mbps supported by 802.11n. Like its predecessor, it also supports advanced WiFi features, such as those required for Apple’s AirPlay and AirDrop technologies.
New Macs are coming – and it seems practically a given that they will include 802.11ac at this point – it’s no longer a matter of if, but when!
Samsung is now ushering in a new era of 5G network technology that is scheduled to be publicly available in the year 2020. It is meant to topple over the 4G network that we’ve become acquainted with for several years now.
While there were others who have already started testing the 5G network, it seemed like Samsung will be the first to reach the advanced stage. Currently, the Galaxy maker was able to reach 1 Gbps of testing speeds with the potential to even reach 10Gbps as they move forward with the new technology. In order to get some hint, we should take note that the Google Fiber Internet Service is around 1Gbps which is enough to cause a commotion among its excited users. Therefore, we can just imagine how it would be like to have the same or even faster speed working in our favorite handsets.
Of course, it’s but natural for everyone to desire faster data speeds. This can be useful for someone who downloads a lot. With such speed, you can easily download movies, software, apps, and other types of media with just a blink of an eye. At present, the 4G network that has become a US staple and has just started to kick in the UK is said to have 75 megabits for every second.
The 5G network is indeed a very desirable advancement in technology that it’s no wonder if more companies would be interested to have a piece of its popularity. In fact, China and EU have already started investing to do their own research making the world of 5G network technology more colorful and exciting as ever to the consumers.
To give a clearer picture of just how much we can benefit from the new 5G network, we should consider several transfer rates possible such as download speeds of 10Gbps and upload speeds of 75Mbps.
5G is actually the wireless network system in the 5th generation. This term is used by researchers to refer to the next major standard in mobile telecommunications after the dawn of 4G LTE standards which we’re currently using.
Aside from releasing its own tablet line online retail giant Amazon is also eyeing on the smartphone industry. Rumor has it that the internet company is currently working on two handsets, one of which is said to equip 3D screen capability.
The latest Amazon scuttlebutt describes the new smartphone utilizing a glasses-free 3D technology. In addition, a retina-tracking system will be included in the handset allowing users to navigate by only using their eyes. If you could remember, this eye-scrolling technology was previously rumored on the Galaxy S IV. Will Amazon be the first to launch a handset that supports it?
Amazon has yet to comment on these smartphone rumors but it is good to note that the company had confirmed that indeed it has plans to expand its hardware offerings; aiming to reach new heights above its Kindle slates. In fact, the company has been reported to be working on the smartphone concept since 2010 under Project A, B, C and D or collectively known as the “Alphabet Projects”.
Meanwhile, aside from its 3D phone project Amazon is rumored to offer a a set-top box and an audio-only streaming device. We will certainly hear more about Amazon’s upcoming devices in the following months. Stay tuned.
The latest Office for Mac 2011 version 14.3.4 includes a variety of feature additions that brings the application suite somewhat up to spec with its Windows counterpart, and includes bug fixes for compatibility issues that hindered interoperability between PC and Mac versions of Word, Outlook and other titles.
In what could be the most important update, Microsoft added the ability for existing Office for Mac 2011 users to integrate with Office 365, the subscription service that gives users access to the latest and greatest software updates, SkyDrive cloud storage, and SharePoint access for Word.
Fixes included in the new version:
Coauthoring session with Microsoft PowerPoint Web App and Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
After token expires, does not prompt for credentials in Microsoft Outlook for Mac
Calibri Light font not included in Office for Mac
SetupUI is shown to user on start after Office for Mac is already activated
Saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word for Mac
Folder contains excess white space: Error 1025 in Outlook for Mac
XLIST command that is used by Gmail is deprecated in Outlook for Mac
Local group mail cannot be sent in Outlook for Mac
Remote devices lose control while in Presentation Mode in Microsoft PowerPoint for Mac
File format extension support in PowerPoint for Mac
Searching continues after user cancels in Outlook for Mac
Items go into Junk Mail in Outlook for Mac
Blocked Senders List under Junk Email Protection in Outlook for Mac
Tuesdays update will allow Office 2011 users to sign up for Microsoft Office 365 if they’d like. A subscription to the Home Premium edition runs $ 99.99 per year, or $ 9.99 per month. The subscription allows the use of Office on up to five computers.
The update is available through Auto Update or Microsoft’s website.