A new report from telecommunications research firm Analysys Mason judges the United States to be in third place for the race to establish a nationwide 5G wireless network, lagging behind China and South Korea but just ahead of Japan. Analysys Mason sees a tight race, with each of the leading competitors bringing different advantages to the table. China is ahead by a nose thanks to “proactive government policies and industry momentum,” while the United States has the leading private wireless industry in the world, and is close to commercial deployment of 5G networking.Meredith Attwell Baker, president and CEO of U.S. wireless industry group CTIA, expressed confidence that America would “leapfrog China because key leaders in the Administration, on Capitol Hill, and at the FCC are focused on the reforms needed to win the race.” However, Baker warned that the U.S. “will not get a second chance to win the global 5G race.” China-watchers had an interesting … [Read more...] about U.S. Takes Third Place in Race for 5G Wireless, China in the Lead
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People often describe investing in cryptocurrency as a "rollercoaster". Makes sense right? The price goes click-click-click all the way to $19,000 and then wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee... all the way down to $12,500. Oh! Wait a minute! The ride's not over. We're creeping up to $17,000...WHEEE! Back down to $7,000.Now imagine a video game. A video game where you ride those price charts. Where those peaks and troughs become literal peaks and troughs and you must drive up through those sweet gains, before riding the terrifying fall of a cryptocurrency crash. Welcome to Crypto Rider.Crypto Rider is a game that takes cryptocurrency, the digital decentralised currency, and transforms it into a video game. Part Unirally, part Tiny Wings, Crypto Rider is a game that makes perfect sense and I'm glad it exists. For piss-take game at the expense of crypto, it's remarkably polished.There are tracks for all your favourite cryptocurrencies. Ethereum is there, upstart newbie NEO is there, even the … [Read more...] about A video game where you ride bitcoin price charts to the moon!
I feel genuinely bad for CNet’s Dan Ackerman. Earlier this week, he wrote a sad breakup note to VR, explaining that his huge investment (including day one purchases of Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PSVR headsets, plus optional accessories) hadn’t produced enough enjoyment over two years to keep him happy. If you haven’t been keeping track of VR prices, that was at least $2,000 in hardware. Emphasis on “was.” If you haven’t purchased a VR headset yet, congratulations: You missed the early adopter phase. Since then, these headsets have dropped by hundreds of dollars, new controllers have been released, and software has become more abundant — better yet, it’s cheaper. As is always the case, the earliest adopters subsidized VR’s lengthy R&D period, in some cases heavily. Above: Shop right and you could build a fantastic VR game catalog for under $150 As I’ve suggested in VR pieces over the past two weeks, the winner … [Read more...] about VR’s biggest reason to jump in now: price drops
Just when you were starting to come to terms with $1,000 smartphones, Huawei is here to offer something significantly more expensive. The latest Mate 10 variant borrows some camera tech from the company's other flagship and tosses in a few new goodies. The result is the Porsche Design Mate 10 RS, a smartphone that will set you back a whopping €1,695 or more. That's $2,103. The Mate 10 RS (which stands for Race Sport) has a Kirin 970, 6GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage. So, nothing too surprising. The 18:9 OLED display has been bumped up to 1440p, and it's curved. This phone also includes wireless charging, which the Mate 10 Pro doesn't have. The battery is 4,000mAh like Huawei's other flagship phones. Around back, the Mate 10 RS has the triple camera setup from the P20 Pro. That consists of a 40MP RGB sensor, 20MP monochrome, and an 8MP telephoto sensor. There's a 24MP selfie camera on the front. Oddly, this phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back. that wouldn't … [Read more...] about Huawei announces the Porsche Design Mate 10 RS with an in-display fingerprint sensor, the P20 Pro’s cameras, and a €1,695 price tag
(Reuters) — Apple, the world’s most valuable publicly listed company, is in danger of being beaten by Amazon.com to the $1 trillion mark. Wall Street’s optimism about last year’s 10th anniversary iPhone had propelled Apple’s stock 24 percent higher over the past 12 months, giving it a market capitalization of $893 billion. That is $141 billion more than the $752 billion market value of Amazon, the world’s second most valuable publicly listed company, but Amazon has been closing the gap. Amazon’s stock has surged 83 percent over the past year, bolstered by scorchingly fast revenue growth as more shopping moves online and businesses shift their computing operations to the cloud, where Amazon Web Services leads the market. In January, Amazon announced that it, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase & Co would form a company to cut health care costs for their employees, which was widely seen as a threat to the existing U.S. health care … [Read more...] about Amazon closes in on Apple in race to $1 trillion market cap