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Wi-Fi 6 is coming and older generations get simpler version numbers

A new naming approach by Wi-Fi Alliance

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You might not be aware, but there are different Wi-Fi versions available. This could be the reason while your new flagship phone has better reception than your friend’s older budget device. They are named with a mix of letters and numbers, but that changes now.

Wi-Fi Alliance, the group who oversees the development of Wi-Fi, figured out a new naming system that’s easy to understand, especially for the average consumers.

Wi-Fi versions are identified as “802.11” and it’s followed by version letters. You might think they’re alphabetical, but they’re not. The latest version is 802.11ac, but before that, we had 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11a, and 802.11b. Quite confusing, right?

All of those complex codenames are being changed. The latest 802.11ac standard will now be called Wi-Fi 5. Why? Because it’s the fifth version. The rest of the older standards will also adopt the new scheme:

Wi-Fi 1 — 802.11b (1999)
Wi-Fi 2 — 802.11a (1999)
Wi-Fi 3 — 802.11g (2003)
Wi-Fi 4 — 802.11n (2009)

So, instead of researching which one is better, you just have to look for the highest number. Obviously, Wi-Fi 5 is newer than Wi-Fi 4, Wi-Fi 4 is better than Wi-Fi 3, and so on.

Additionally, the next Wi-Fi generation which will be based on 802.11ax technology will be called Wi-Fi 6. Like before, the new version will offer faster speeds, increased throughput, and better experiences.

“Wi-Fi 6 will deliver an improved experience to address device and application needs in a range of consumer and enterprise environments,” Wi-Fi Alliance said in the press release.

You may read more about the technicalities of Wi-Fi 6 here.

Source: Wi-Fi Alliance

SEE ALSO: How to optimize your home’s Wi-Fi

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ASUSPRO D340MC is designed with budget-conscious workers in mind

Prioritizes security and endurance

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ASUSPRO is known for producing reliable laptops, but did you business-grade desktop computers are part of its portfolio, too?

The D340MC is an example of this, and it delivers on several fronts. It may seem like a standard boxy PC at first, but most of the features are on the inside.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves; this is how it looks:

It definitely has a strong presence on any desk

Check out that port selection and DVD drive

The keyboard and mouse are part of the package

There’s lots of ventilation for cooling

Here’s a closer look at its ports

It’s easy to upgrade as needed

This is certainly a no-frills, get-the-job-done type of PC. Fortunately, it comes with good specs to show off: an Intel Core i7-8700 processor, up to 32GB of memory, 1TB of HDD storage, and a simple GeForce GT 720 graphics card to get you going.

But should really interest you are the reliability and endurance. The company claims the unit goes through rigorous quality tests in diverse environments, uses solid capacitors to lengthen lifespan, and produces little noise thanks to the thermal design.

The ASUSPRO D340MC starts at around US$ 600, but with its upgradability, it’s easy to give it more power when needed.

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Microsoft says you need a real computer, not an iPad

‘Don’t run out and buy an iPad’

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You’re probably familiar with Samsung teasing Apple and its iPhones through humorous commercials. But did you know Microsoft does the same against iPads?

Like Sammy, Microsoft loves to promote its products while humiliating those of close competitors. The latest attempt comes with this short holiday ad for the Surface Go.

Check it out:

The very first line — “Grandma, don’t run out and buy an iPad” — is already a clear dig at Apple. The little girl’s lyrics continue with, “It was fine when I was six, but now I’m 10. My dreams are big so I need a real computer to do all the amazing things I know I can.”

Yes, a real computer. If you’ve been following Apple’s promotions for the recently launched iPad Pro, you’d know that they tout it as a laptop replacement in a sense. Consumers and techies have since been debating whether the claims are true or not.

Well, Microsoft doesn’t think so, and instead believes that you need a Surface Go to cater to all computing needs. It runs desktop-class Windows 10 and is quite flexible productivity-wise when used together with the stylus and keyboard.

It seems like Microsoft’s goal here is to take away some of Apple’s strong younger market for iPads. Kids traditionally choose an iPad because of its portability, ease of use, and strong library of apps.

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Samsung 860 QVO SSD offers up to 4TB storage for your laptop

Available beginning January 2019

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Solid-state drives (SSD) have always been the faster storage option compared to hard disk drives (HDD), but it was only recently when SSDs caught up in terms of storage capacity. Samsung in particular is pushing for more digital space in its latest model, the 860 QVO.

Using a high-density 4-bit multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash architecture, this SSD is able to go up to 4TB in capacity, which is great for a mainstream product.

Samsung claims 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write speeds for the 860 QVO, thanks in part to the integrated Intelligent TurboWrite technology and MJX controller.

Because of its 2.5-inch form, it’ll fit perfectly inside any laptop or desktop setup.

The Samsung 860 QVO will go on sale beginning January 2019 with a starting price of SG$ 299 for the 1TB variant. You may also spend SG$ 659 for the 2TB model or SG$ 999 for the top-end 4TB model.

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