When it comes to Wi-Fi, we want to grab as much bandwidth as we can get. But with highly intensive activities such as simultaneous HD video streaming, we seem to push transmission limits to the edge. With the latest Wi-Fi standard 802.11ac using advanced modulation techniques and compacting more data into the digital bitstream we can now leave 802.11n in the dust, reaching throughputs of up to 1.3 Gbps, up to three times faster than 802.11n.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember there are more choices in smartphone operating systems than just iOS (which is installed on Apple’s iPhone) and Android. But if you’re looking for a more PC-like interface, you might want to check out a Windows phone. Up until recently, your best bet was Nokia’s Lumia line. But with the release of Windows Phone 8, that has changed. So if you’re not too keen on banking on a company, which financially speaking, is the Finnish equivalent of RIM, you might want to check out what HTC has to offer.
For the few North Koreans who have regular access to a computer, the country has recently launched an operating system that appears to be about ten years out-of-date. The OS, called “Red Star”, is based on Linux and incorporates knock-off versions of Microsoft Office applications.
Of course the operating system wouldn’t be complete without numerous programs that allow North Korean authorities to watch what users are doing and of keep outsiders from getting in.
At 2AM Sunday March 14th, a good chunk of the world will spring their clocks forward one hour and Daylight Saving Time will begin. (If you’re not sure whether you do or not, the Time and Date website can guide you along.
For more recent Windows and Mac OS based machines, if your system is configured to automatically set your time and elected to observe Daylight Saving Time, then most likely you should be ok. If your systems are not up to date then now might be a good time to do so as some of the time changing rules may have changed. Of course, the biggest change in the US came in 2007 with the new US Energy Policy Act of 2005 (and as polite Canadians, of course we followed suit), changing the time of the year from April and October to the 2nd Sunday in March – (March 8th), to the first Sunday in November – (November 7th), still at 2:00 AM.