How Apple Augmented Reality Could Shape All Future Computers

After headsets would be glasses and contact lenses.

By Rick Richardson

A respected Apple analyst recently made a startling prediction about mixed reality/augmented reality: “We believe that MR/AR products could replace all display-equipped electronics in the long term,” said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He expects Apple to play a big part in taking these emerging technologies mainstream.

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He predicted that Apple will build several MR/AR products, eventually leading to augmented reality contact lenses. Because of these predictions, he believes that MR/AR could be the default human-machine interface in the future.
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The Real Key to 5G and How It Works

Radio components have a role. Yes, radio.

By Rick Richardson

Have you ever wondered what makes 5G so unique relative to the other “G’s”? The answer, in a word, is latency. And even if you don’t know what that is yet, it makes a big difference in the way you use your phone, whether that’s hailing a rideshare like Uber, unlocking a scooter rental or streaming a favorite show or movie.

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Here’s

  • why 5G is fundamentally different from all the other G’s,
  • how critical cellular networking elements make it work and
  • all you need to know about the role that licensed spectrum plays in making it all a reality.

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How to Secure Your Wi-Fi Network

Technology Security with Internet Digital Signature as ArtDo you know your router’s encryption status?

By Rick Richardson

Given how much valuable information we entrust to computers these days, it’s more important than ever to ensure that your work and home networks are safe. All it takes is one chink in your Wi-Fi’s armor to compromise your system, leading to ransomware, invasion of privacy and the loss of invaluable personal data. Learn how to secure your Wi-Fi network today, and rest easier knowing you’ve prevented future outages.

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Wi-Fi works by broadcasting the signal from your modem via a wireless router up to several hundred feet away, allowing any compatible device to connect to the internet. While this is undoubtedly a major convenience for both work and home networks, it also raises the unpleasant possibility that a cybercriminal could compromise the network and access your devices and information. Should any crime be committed using your PC, such as spamming or harassment, the investigation would lead back to your computer, potentially putting you at legal risk.
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Flexible Film Converts Any Light into Clean Energy

film covering office windowsApplications range from semi-trucks to outdoor furniture.

By Rick Richardson

The Biden administration is calling for action to stem climate change for a wide range of sectors, including buildings and transport, as major emitters. It’s going to require the rapid implementation of innovative new ideas and products.

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Enter ready-to-roll – literally – “organic energy company” GO-OPV, which manufactures a thin film called ORENgE that can capture any light and convert it to clean energy in a more efficient way than traditional solar panels. The panels are thin, flexible, ultra-lightweight, and can be used both vertically and horizontally.
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Five Top Tech Trends for 2021

Buzzwords that took a back seat to the pandemic are returning.

By Rick Richardson

2020 was a disruptive year for the tech industry – accelerating developments that may have taken three to five years to implement to everyday use almost overnight.

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Given these developments, here are five tech industry trends we’ll see within the next 11 months:
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Satellite Internet Takes a Promising Step Forward

satellite illustrationBetter transceivers are key.

By Rick Richardson

Some of the world’s biggest companies, like Amazon and SpaceX, are looking toward space for the future of the internet. Satellite-based internet is a nascent enterprise, but analysts believe that broadband internet beamed to Earth from orbit could be a massive business within the next 20 years, earning hundreds of billions of dollars.

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Attention has focused on the “space” part of “space internet,” with news stories focused on the rocket launches getting SpaceX’s Starlink satellites into space and how Amazon plans to catch up with satellites of its own. But all of these satellites will need transceivers on Earth to send and receive data. Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Socionext Inc. have built a new one that works with the next generation of internet satellites.
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FireEye Network Audit Tool Targets SolarWinds Hackers

FireEye exhibit backdropHacking techniques described as “detectable and defensible.”

By Rick Richardson

Cybersecurity firm FireEye has released a report detailing the techniques used by the SolarWinds hackers inside the networks of companies they breached.

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With the report, FireEye researchers have also released a free tool on GitHub named Azure AD Investigator that they say can help companies determine if the SolarWinds hackers (also known as UNC2452) used any of these techniques inside their networks.
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Space Factories! DARPA Launches New Program

artist's concept of building in spaceCheck out the webinar this Friday.

By Rick Richardson

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the semisecret Pentagon outfit that brought you the internet, wants to invest in new materials and processes that could enable manufacturing in space and on the moon’s surface.

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To that end, the agency is launching the Novel Orbital and Moon Manufacturing, Materials and Mass-efficient Design program, or NOM4D.
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Digital Era Drives Brick-and-Mortar Boom in Data Centers

REITs are the proof.

By Rick Richardson

The shift to digital work and play from home, hastened by the pandemic, has wreaked havoc on commercial real estate. But experts say it has also generated one surprising bright spot for the industry: data centers.

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The growing reliance on cloud-based technology – and the huge, blocky buildings that house its hardware – has created greater opportunities for developers and investors as businesses and consumers gobble up more data in a world that has become increasingly connected.
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