Qualcomm Claims 5G Data Connection

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Qualcomm manages a first 5G data connection on a 5G modem chipset for mobile devices-- specifically the Snapdragon X50, a mobile device modem first announced last year.

Qualcomm 5g announceThe test took place at the Qualcomm San Diego laboratories, and involved data connections via the 28GHz millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum) using several 100MHz 5G carriers. The modem managed gigabit speeds, but should be capable of full 5Gbps speeds once 5G deployments are complete.

“Achieving the world’s first announced 5G data connection with the Snapdragon X50 5G modem chipset on 28GHz mmWave spectrum is truly a testament to Qualcomm Technologies’ leadership in 5G and extensive expertise in mobile connectivity,” the company says. "This major milestone and our 5G smartphone reference design showcase how Qualcomm Technologies is driving 5G NR in mobile devices to enhance mobile broadband experiences for consumers around the world.”

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KRACK Attack Affects Wifi!

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Researchers warn of a serious flaw in the WPA2 protocol securing all wifi networks-- one allowing attackers to steal passwords, emails and other supposedly encrypted data!

Kracks Dubbed Key Reinstallation Attacks (or KRACKs), such attacks even allow those with malicious intent to inject ransomware and malware into a website a user is visiting, all while simply being in range of a vulnerable device. These can be any wifi-capable device, although the flaw is "particularly devastating" in the case of Linux and Android 6.0.

How does KRACK works? As the researchers put it, attackers can duplicate a vulnerable WPA2 network, impersonate the MAC address and change the wifi channel. The fake network acts as a "man in the middle," forcing devices to connect to the rogue network instead of the protected original.

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DxO One Camera Arrives on Android

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Camera software developer DxO announces an Android-compatible version of the One, a detachable camera accessory customers plug into their smartphones via USB-C port.

DxO OneFirst released back in June 2015, the original DxO One was iPhone-only, since it made use of the Lightning connector. The Android version should remain essentially identical. It features a 1-inch 20MP sensor (similar to the one found in the Sony RX100) paired with a f/1.8 maximum aperture lens and small mono OLED display, and can snap photos when used as a standalone device or paired with a smartphone and companion app.

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The Standalone Oculus Go Headset

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Oculus presents what Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims is "the most accessible VR headset yet"-- the Oculus Go, a lower-cost headset positioned somewhere between the Rift and Gear VR.

Oculus GoThe Go is a standalone VR device, meaning it does not require a smartphone or tethering to a PC. It is built out of a lightweight mesh fabric, held together with a soft elastic fabric and carries a next-generation version of the optics found in the Rift.

The lenses feature the same wide field of view as the Rift, while the display is a "fast-switch LCD" with 2560 x 1440 resolution. Oculus claims the display has a higher pixel fill factor than OLEDs, with a "dramatic effect on visual clarity." Audio is also improved, with built-in drivers promising an integrated spatial audio experience with no headphones required.

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Amazon Adds Waterproofing With Kindle Oasis

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After 10 years of making eReaders Amazon presents a first waterproof version-- the Kindle Oasis, an update on the 2016 model featuring a larger display and an IPX8 water-resistance rating.

Kindle OasisThe Kindle Oasis has a 300ppi 7inch display equipped with 12 LEDs for more uniform front lighting. Ambient light sensors tweak the lighting according to the environment, and the display is covered with a proprietary glass Amazon says is its toughest yet. A built-in accelerometer automatically switches page orientation according to how the eReader is held.

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