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Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Wi-Fi 6E defined: Up to 6GHz to compliment 5G

Today the official Wi-Fi Alliance introduced the term Wi-Fi 6E as a differentiator from the original Wi-Fi 6. With Wi-Fi 6E, users will know that a device will have access to 6Ghz wi-fi spectrum. Devices out right now with Wi-Fi 6 have access to 5Ghz operation. In the near future, some new devices will be capable of Wi-Fi 6 and beyond - into 6Ghz - so the Wi-Fi Alliance created a slightly more elite term, Wi-Fi 6E.

Wi-Fi 6E vs 6: What's the difference?

Wi-Fi 6E has access to all the benefits given to devices with the Wi-Fi 6 designation. Wi-Fi 6E ALSO has access to 6Ghz operation, or what the Wi-Fi Alliance defines as "an important portion of unlicensed spectrum that may soon by made available by regulators around the world."

Wi-Fi 5 was another name for the 802.11ac parameter, while Wi-Fi 6 is aka 802.11ax. Wi-Fi 5 had access to 5Ghz Frequency, while Wi-Fi 6 has access to 2.5 and 5Ghz frequency. The max data rate of Wi-Fi 5 is 3.5 Gb/s, and Wi-Fi 6 goes up to 9.6Gb/s. Wi-Fi 6E is the same as Wi-Fi 6, except that it ALSO has access to 6Ghz spectrum frequency.

This is sort of separate from 5G, but it compliments the near future of the internet data market. Once 5G gets rolling across the world, we'll see apps and networks that depend on 5G-speed data. To make sure Wi-Fi is ready to meed that demand, 6Ghz spectrum and all the benefits of Wi-Fi 6 (and 6E) are defined by the Wi-Fi Alliance.

Why should I care?

If you're reading this in early 2020, you probably don't need to care about Wi-Fi 6E at all. If the marketplace evolves at an immense speed, we might see 6Ghz released for use by governments around the world for use by everyday average citizens.

"6 GHz will help address the growing need for Wi-Fi spectrum capacity to ensure Wi-Fi users continue to receive the same great user experience with their devices," said Edgar Figueroa, president and CEO, Wi-Fi Alliance. "Wi-Fi Alliance is introducing Wi-Fi 6E now to ensure the industry aligns on common terminology, allowing Wi-Fi users to identify devices that support 6 GHz operation as the spectrum becomes available."

The Wi-Fi Alliance wants to get out ahead of the industry here with a term they can all use. If they were late on this particular point, we'd see a variety of terms used for Wi-Fi 6 (plus 6Ghz!) and so forth - and that's just messy.

Once 6GHz spectrum is made available by regulators, you'll likely see "Wi-Fi 6E" appear on promotions for new routers and smartphones in short order. The difference between Wi-Fi 6 devices and Wi-Fi 6E devices won't be massive right out the gate. Unless you depend on the absolute cutting-edge speeds and lack of latency and so forth, you can probably just choose Wi-Fi 6 devices if you have the choice between 6 and 6E, unless the prices between those two devices are quite similar.

The overarching story here has us all benefit from the opening up of 6Ghz spectrum because we'll all have more mobile data elbow room, so to speak - and faster data, and and lower latency.

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T-Mobile security breach exposes customer data: Why only prepaid?

T-Mobile security breach exposes customer data: Why only prepaid?

If you're a T-Mobile prepaid user, then we've got some sour news to kick off your weekend. T-Mobile announced today that a number of its prepaid subscribers have had their personal information compromised in a data breach. The good news is that none of the financial data, social security numbers, or passwords associated with these accounts were compromised.

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Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Venice Time Machine project temporarily sunk

Over a thousand years of history in physical paper documents were in the process of being digitized by a state project called the Venice Time Machine Project. These state archives of Venice would have collected massive numbers of documents through the most modern means, allowing waves of ancient data to be interpreted with machine learning algorithms and utilized by data scientists aplenty. Unfortunately, a few mistakes were made between the start of the project and now. That's effectively a half-decade of scanning data that might be dead in the water.

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Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Mind Your Own Business Act could drop a bomb on US privacy laws

Amid all the privacy debates we've seen in recent years, one consistent complaint is that companies don't face harsh enough punishments to discourage the misuse of user data. Today, US Senator Ron Wyden from Oregon introduced new legislation that could change that. Dubbed the "Mind Your Own Business Act," this bill would empower the FTC to levy harsher punishments for privacy violations and give end users more power when it comes to determining what happens with their data.

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LastPass security bug: Check you’re on the new fixed version

LastPass security bug: Check you’re on the new fixed version

Security flaws are never a good thing to encounter, but when those flaws can potentially compromise a password manager, that's when things get particularly alarming. LastPass has notified users of a flaw with some of its browser extensions which may have allowed certain passwords to be revealed. The good news is that the flaw has already been patched out and that users would have needed to carry out a specific set of actions for their passwords to be compromised.

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Which phones let me connect to 5G in 2019?

Which phones let me connect to 5G in 2019?

New 5G network service was connected in several countries around the world in recent months before all brands had their own 5G smartphone. Some manufacturers have a single smartphone capable of connecting to 5G data speed, while other have no 5G devices whatsoever. Today we're taking a peek at the very few 5G smartphones on the market today - and we look ahead to the future, when 5G covers a much more comprehensive portion of the world.

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Verizon 5G starts filling the gaps with clever Boingo deal

Verizon 5G starts filling the gaps with clever Boingo deal

Verizon is expanding its 5G service to a number of high-traffic areas by partnering with Boingo Wireless. Boingo Wireless has services in distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells, and Wi-Fi - which allows them to make cash selling internet access to people in airports. The last time you saw the brand Boingo, it was likely at a location where you'd otherwise have issues getting internet access - now they're working with Verizon to spread 5G internet access to those same arenas.

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Facebook cuts off Microsoft and Sony data access, blames self for newest privacy flub

Facebook cuts off Microsoft and Sony data access, blames self for newest privacy flub

Today Facebook made several announcements as their agreement for unprecedented penalty with the FTC was made public. Here we're taking a look at how they'll be cutting off access to Facebook 'friends data' from groups like Microsoft and Sony. Facebook's Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships, used language like "a fundamental shift in the way we work" and "action that impacts dozens of partners who had access to data... that should have been wound down." So they left the doggy door open for partner companies to access your data - whoops!

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Become a data hoarder or become a dependent

Become a data hoarder or become a dependent

Your grandpa and grandma were right about keeping all those buffalo nickels in a big glass jar - they were just a few decades too early. Today I'd like to direct your attention to your photo collection. You've taken hundreds or thousands of photos in the last few years, right? Do you know where all those photos ended up? If you wanted to see the first photos you ever captured using a smartphone, could you do it right now?

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EA Origin vulnerability could have risked 300 million users

EA Origin vulnerability could have risked 300 million users

Security breaches and vulnerabilities in gaming services are nothing new, and today, researchers with Check Point Research and CyberInt are detailing the discovery of a particularly nasty one in EA's Origin service. Origin, of course, is EA's digital distribution platform similar to Steam, and since it's the only way to get newly-released EA games on PC, it's built up a userbase of millions of people over the years.

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PCIe 6.0 promises super-fast speeds in 2021

PCIe 6.0 promises super-fast speeds in 2021

USB and to a lesser Thunderbolt often get the lion's share of attention when it comes to data transfer speeds between devices. But when it comes to ferrying data between a computer's internal components, PCI Express, more popular in marketing by its abbreviated "PCIe" name, is the name of the game. In order to catch up with growing demands for faster transfer of large files, the PCI Special Interest Group (PCI-SIG) announced that, in two years, the spec will double its data rate up to 64 GT/s.

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Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Google and pharma company Sanofi team up for big data processing

Although tech companies like Google and Apple have dabbled in medical tech, they have mostly been limited to things like wearables or storing data in apps. At times, they even work on experimental devices like smart contact lenses. Now Google is putting another foot in the medical field, this time in the pharmaceutical field. It has partnered with drugmaker Sanofi in a new healthcare Innovation Lab to harness "emerging data technologies" to better understand diseases and, of course, patients.

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