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Backed to business: Crypto wallets, smart desks, and wireless modems

ZDNet

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting how many people think about how they work, connect, and transact. Recent crowdfunding campaigns have offered a peek at products that take on those staples of digital life. As always, exercise caution when backing a crowdfunding campaign and don't pledge what you can't afford to lose. HashWallet As the global health crisis has shaken some people's faith in the stability of the current world order and that has resulted in greater interest in cryptocurrency. But crypto has its own challenges, including vulnerability to hacking both at the exchange and client level.


Netgear jumps into 5G with AT&T-compatible mobile hotspot

Engadget

Netgear is focused on the future of connectivity at CES 2019 with new products it believes can keep you online at home and on the go. The California-based networking company is showing off two new additions to its Orbi mesh router family designed to bring internet to the regions of your home that have been dead zones and the Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot that to provide high-speed connections while you're away from the house. Netgear is getting into the 5G game with the Nighthawk mobile hotspot. The Nighthawk uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon X50 5G modem, and Netgear claims its the commercially available 5G modem to feature standards-based millimeter-wave spectrum -- a higher frequency spectrum that can carry larger amounts of data at higher speeds. The 5G mobile hotspot will available exclusively on AT&T's mobile 5G network, which the company has started launching in major cities across the US.


Analysis: Apple To Drop Qualcomm Modems From Next iPhones For Intel, Samsung Wireless Chips

Forbes - Tech

Intel will be the exclusive supplier of wireless modem chips for the next generation iPhone X (far left) and iPhone X Plus (middle) that will debut this fall.Atherton Research In Qualcomm's earnings call today, CFO George Davis finally admitted what was considered a sure thing by most industry observers, including ourselves: Apple will scrap Qualcomm's wireless modem chips from all of its new iPhone models (X, X Plus...) that will debut this fall. "We believe Apple intends to solely use our competitors' modems rather than our modems in its next iPhone release. We will continue to provide modems for Apple legacy devices," said Davis after Apple most likely didn't renew its contract with the chipmaker last month. Qualcomm was Apple's exclusive supplier of wireless modems until 2 years ago, with the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, when Intel began supplying chips for some iPhones that were not compatible with Verizon and Sprint CDMA networks. We believe that Qualcomm currently holds about 50% of the global standalone wireless modem chip market, followed by MediaTek (25%) and Intel (6%), with Samsung, Huawei, and Spreadtrum taking the remainder.


How to choose between Comcast and Verizon for Internet service

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Rob Pegoraro walks a reader through the process of choosing between Comcast and Verizon fios for high-speed Internet service. I can use Verizon Fios or Comcast for my home Internet. Which one should I go with if I'm going to stream all the TV I watch? A. This reader in a Philadelphia suburb is blessed with a choice of high-speed Internet providers. Most Americans don't have that such flexibility: Only 46% can pick from two or more providers offering downloads of 25 million bits per second (Mbps), according to a Dec. 2014 report from the Department of Commerce. The two obvious factors to consider are speed and price, but what should be a simple comparison often gets complicated by contract terms and expiring promotional discounts.


To hotspot or not? New tethering alternatives promise speed and security

ZDNet

PCs with integrated wireless connectivity still represent a small sliver of the market, and Wi-Fi is still poised to deliver the advantages of Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E, so getting online often requires alternatives. Historically, this has been a greater need in scenarios such as being in some sparse area where there is no Wi-Fi. But in the age of prevalent working from where your presentation upload may be competing with a round of Fortnite, the proposition of a dedicated wireless connection has changed more to one of control if not an outright speed advantage. As tech extends to personal finance, CNET's experts share news, advice and recommendations for making the best financial decisions. Nowadays, the de facto way laptop users access cellular data is via their phone's personal hotspot, a function that subsumed dedicated personal hotspots such as Novatel Wireless' pioneering Mi-Fi device; similar devices are still sold by carriers.