Month: September 2020

We saw a glimpse of how 10G broadband could transform home life. Here’s how.

In a small, one-story house in Ames, central Iowa officials got a look at a futuristic living space powered by what Mediacom calls “the next generation of broadband technology.”

The company debuted its “smart home” on Thursday, touting it as the first field trial in the country for a new 10G platform and showing more than 70 smart devices including many “bandwidth intensive” ones at work at once.

The platform allows a ramp-up to 10 gigabits per second from the 1 gigabit speeds available today, Mediacom said. Such speeds allow devices in the house – smart kitchen appliances like a

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Everything you need to know about the OLED display rumored to be on the iPhone 12

Everything you need to know about the OLED display rumored to be on the iPhone 12
Everything you need to know about the OLED display rumored to be on the iPhone 12

In a normal year, Apple shows off its new line of iPhones in September. 2020 has been anything but normal, so naturally we didn’t get that. However, new iPhones are coming and some of the rumored new features require some explanation.

We don’t fully know what to expect from the iPhone this year, but one of the most interesting rumors suggests Apple will launch four new models, all with OLED displays. 

Wait, what kind of displays?

If you haven’t been keeping up with the

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Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread

Flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon in Montecito in 2017. Utilities are turning to computer modeling to predict where their equipment poses the greatest fire threat. <span class="copyright">(Mike Eliason / Associated Press)</span>
Flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon in Montecito in 2017. Utilities are turning to computer modeling to predict where their equipment poses the greatest fire threat. (Mike Eliason / Associated Press)

When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California’s wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the spread of what is now known as the LNU Lightning Complex fire.

Firefighters and technologists have long dreamed of a formula or device that would accurately predict the spread of

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How to handle technology issues with online school

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the U.S., the pandemic has forced students to attend virtual school to prevent spread of the coronavirus. But the more we rely on technology, the bigger the consequences when gadgets or internet service let us down.

Technology being technology, all sorts of things can go wrong. Your internet service may be inadequate for all-day videoconferencing or simply overstressed. Hardware and software can be confusing, can break, and sometimes just fails to work. There can be unanticipated consequences from turning on a new video camera in your home for school lessons.

Here are answers to some

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How ‘The Mandalorian’ Creators Reduced Production Footprint Through Technology

During the final episode of Variety‘s Sustainability in Hollywood event presented by Toyota Mirai, Rob Bredow, senior vice president and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic, and Janet Lewin, senior vice president and general manager at ILM and co-producer of “The Mandalorian,” talked to artisans editor Jazz Tangcay about how the virtual production of “The Mandalorian” has allowed the show to reduce its carbon footprint.

When Bredow and Lewin were first approached to sign on to “The Mandalorian,” producer Jon Favreau had just wrapped two virtual production-based films, including “The Lion King.” And with his upcoming project,

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