Computer technologies are the fastest growing and changing branch of the industry, and almost everyday there are good and groundbreaking news coming from all over the world. It’s hard keeping track of the changes and staying up to date with today’s standards as they are surpassed and changed all the time. We bring you news from the tech industry so you don’t have to look to far and these were the most interesting ones from past few weeks.
Broadband standard changes
American Federal Communication Commission has voted on changing the present standard for broadband connection speed. So far, the standard was 4Mbit for download and 1Mbit for upload speed. New proposal would bring the standard up to 25Mbit download and 3Mbit upload speed. This is clearly showing how fast the technology is advancing and how new demands are shaping new standards for the industry. One of the main reasons for such a plan seems to be the streaming of 4K streaming television, an ultra high definition type of image quality. This proposition is being debated as a lot of Americans are having lower Internet speeds and they are yet to catch up to the standards, as well as the attitude of internet providers that are still reluctant to make the change.
You may have heard about graphene before: the super conducting, stable and strong material pitched as the future of microprocessors and one of the rocks that will start the great wave in the computer industry, and technology as we know it. Why you might not have heard about it is due to the fact that scientists mostly abandoned it as it has no magnetic properties needed for the concept to actually work. We sad mostly, not totally. What happened is that a team of science researchers based in California succeeded to make the first magnetic sheet of graphene! And this one seems to be able to keep its conducting abilities together with magnetic ones. There is a lot of science behind it, but what will be interesting to follow is a story of how this event is going to play out in the future.
Remember the gloomy futuristic Matrix scenario, where humans are turned into chargers for supercomputers that rule the world? Well, future is here! in a way. Scientists from University of Singapore are developing a chip that will allow smaller mobile devices to be charged with electricity produced by your body movement. They presented the device that can produce electricity from a patch-like chip attached to the skin and used it to charge a wearable motion tracker! While this doesn’t mean you can say goodbye to charging cables, this is certainly a big step in the evolution of computer science and technology and we may see a lot of results based on this concept, as possible application concepts are numerous!