628 megabits per second: That’s how fast the first 5G network is
US provider Verizon has launched its first 5G networks in Chicago and Minneapolis this week, allegedly the world’s first commercial 5G residential access. Chris Velazco, a reporter from the US engineering magazine Engadget, has set off to Chicago to test 5G in practice. His first observation: “It was a citywide – and often futile – scavenger hunt to find stable high-speed connections.” For now Verizon only supplies parts of the city area with 5G. But where the new network was available, the pace was even higher than the Verizon promised initially 450 megabits per second. Record in the test: Spectacular 628 Mbit / s!
Prerequisite for use is currently the only available 5G smartphone, the Motorola Moto Z3 plus plugged 5G adapter Moto Mod and $ 10 monthly surcharge for the Verizon contract. On the battery, the 5G use was less dramatic than feared, after six hours were still 40 percent left. The game download of PUBG Mobile (1.81 GB) via 5G, however, still took four and a half minutes – “only” twice as fast as with LTE, and far from the few seconds with which 5G is advertised. And uploads continue to run on Verizon’s 5G network via LTE. Conclusion of the first test: The potential is enormous, but the providers still have a lot of homework to do.
Amazon divorce: $ 36 billion for MacKenzie Bezos
The divorce of Amazon boss Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie is now officially completed. According to a tweet from Amazon’s erstwhile First Lady, Jeff Bezos retains 75 percent of the common Amazon shares (and 100 percent of the voting rights) and all of the shares in the Washington Post and the space company Blue Origin. At MacKenzie Bezos go 25 percent of the Amazon shares of the now separate pair. That makes them the fourth richest woman in the world with an estimated fortune of nearly $ 36 billion. The 48-year-old would not have to work anymore – but she wants to. She is, according to her tweet, “enthusiastic about her future plans”. MacKenzie Bezos is considered a renowned author and received the 2006 American Book Award for her debut novel “The Testing of Luther Albright”.
The divorce from Jeff Bezos is finally over.
Amazon says it pleases everyone, who also loved the divorce of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
– Grantscherm (@Grantscheam) April 5, 2019
Snapchat now even more playful
After Google’s new game streaming “Stadia” and Apple’s “Arcade”, Snapchat now wants to use games to attract new users, retain old users and keep customers in their app for longer. The new platform is called “Snap Games” and relies on simple multiplayer games that run during chats. The first titles like “Bitmoji Party” are available since Thursday. Within the games are short commercials recorded, for watching there are, according to CNN rewards such as bonus items. At its first “Partner Summit” in Los Angeles, Snap announced new additions, including third-party stories, Apple’s built-in Shazam music search, and a Snapchat scanning feature. Users can scan real-world items or barcodes via the camera – and then see Amazon search results displayed.
Internet Archive saves 490,000 songs from MySpace
In March, the fallen internet giant MySpace had to admit that he has verschafelt all uploads from the years 2003 to 2015 in a server relocation, and that there is no backup. More than a decade of music history was lost. Now there is hope for former MySpace musicians and their fans. Because “The Internet Archive”, as it were the museum of the worldwide network, could save a huge collection of 490,000 pieces of music from the years 2008 to 2010, which it calls “MySpace Drachenhorst”. That’s not even 1 percent of the 53 million lost files – with early tracks by Katy Perry or Nicki Minaj, exciting MP3s have nevertheless surfaced, according to Engadget. The dragon’s nest can be searched here.
This is so cool! Donald Glover, 2 Chainz, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Jeffree Star, Rza, Pitbull and others.
There’s some that you could not find anywhere else, that would have been lost to the interwebs. This is amazing!
– Katrina (@pinkpushpop) April 4, 2019
Mief Jobs: New iPhones should be able to smell
Smell! Future models of iPhone and Apple Watch could get an odor detection. At least Apple has patented such a feature. According to CultofMac, “iNases” could sniff air pollution, chemical pollution, spoiled food, body odor or even the blood sugar levels of diabetics. Sensors would register chemicals that are then more accurately assigned by artificial intelligence. As always with Apple applies: A patent does not mean that it becomes a finished product. This message is interesting for Apple customers in the short term: The Smart HomePod speaker is now cheaper. In Germany, Apple has lowered the official price from 349 to 329 euros – an unusual measure, because Apple actually reduces its prices only when a successor is on the shelf. However, Media Markt and Saturn already sell the HomePod between 288 and 299 euros.
The end of the LEAD: the virtual Mario
Next Friday, the VR data glasses for Nintendo’s switch console will be released for 80 euros – a simple cardboard construction into which the switch is pushed. The most interesting thing about the virtual Nintendo reality are the numerous small VR games that the Japanese deliver. But in addition to mini games, according to The Verge also Nintendo’s absolute superstars virtual: “Super Mario Odyssey” gets a VR bonus mode, and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” can even gamble completely in VR.
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