Tag Archive: Solution

Contact tracing: A guide to one possible pandemic solution

What is contact tracing? Should I be concerned about it? How does it work?

With the coronavirus pandemic perhaps showing signs of letting up in some countries throughout Europe and beyond, you might have heard a good deal of conversation around contact tracing. Particularly, in the context of reducing lockdown and stay at home measures as countries look toward life after COVID-19. But what is contact tracing? How does it work? What’s that thing Apple and Google  [Read More…]

Upcoming Nubia Red Magic 5G will have an air-cooled fast charging solution

The phone is expected to support 80W fast charging.

What you need to know Nubia President Ni Fei has hinted on Weibo that the company’s upcoming Red Magic 5G gaming phone will feature 16GB of RAM. In addition to a whopping 16GB of RAM, the phone will also come with a new “air-cooled fast charging solution.” The Nubia Red Magic 5G is expected to be the first phone to support 80W wired fast charging.

Nubia President and  [Read More…]

Pixel 4 users can finally use T-Mobile’s eSIM solution

You can also mimic dual-SIM functionality by using a physical SIM card at the same time.

What you need to know The December update for the Pixel 4 has enabled eSIM capability for T-Mobile’s network. Thanks to the phone’s dual-SIM dual-standby support, you can also have another network’s SIM in the physical SIM slot. Calls, text, and data from both carriers can then work simultaneously.

Better facial recognition isn’t the only convenience the Pixel 4 series is  [Read More…]

Is Google Wifi a good solution for a tall home?

Best answer: Yes, Google Wifi can broadcast Wi-Fi signal in all directions including to floors above and below. The connection to mesh points will be stronger with less distance to travel, so it’s recommended to put the next node directly above or below the primary router. Fewer walls or floors between access points will be better for your signal strength.

Set up your mesh network from scratch: Google Wifi 3-pack ($ 239 at Amazon) One more to  [Read More…]

Should you buy a Ubiquiti AmpliFi HD mesh router solution?

Best answer: If you want a mesh Wi-Fi system that also has extra-long range the Amplifi HD mesh router system from Ubiquiti will work great for you. Be warned the satellites are large and not at all kid-friendly though.

A great, big mesh solution: AmpliFi HD WiFi System ($ 340)

Cruising at 10,000 feet

Most of the time whenever the discussion is about mesh Wi-Fi systems, the focus is on pinpoint placement of low-power satellites that  [Read More…]

Eero vs. Plume: Which mesh router solution should you buy?

We’re tech professionals who work remotely and depend on great Wi-Fi every day. We’ve tried almost every product you can imagine and know which are worth recommending, and why.

Eero Home

Dynamic trio

$ 395 at Amazon

Pros Whole-house coverage Easy setup Small satellites Thread support Secure Cons Beacons not Tri-band Short range Beacons have no ports No backhaul channel on beacons

An Eero mesh system is simple to install and set up with beacons  [Read More…]

iMessage for Android is the messaging solution we need, not the one we want

This week, I received a new Android phone in the mail. I removed its plastic wrapping, opened the top, unfurled the hastily-placed screen protector and turned it on. When I booted it up, I logged in with my Google account, restored from a backup of my Pixel 3, and waited for the 80 or so apps I regularly use to restore some or all of their user data.

This is my routine for getting a new phone, and  [Read More…]

ProtonVPN launches on Android as a truly free VPN solution

A free VPN service that’s enjoyable (and safe) to use.

Thanks to the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability that reared its ugly head in October of last year, VPN services have become more valuable than ever before. A quick search on the Google Play Store will reveal a heap of VPN apps to choose from, and while there are legit options, there are also ones that spam you with ads, sell your data, and even install malware.

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HDHomeRun Connect DUO+ adds a hard-drive for an all-in-one cord-cutting solution

SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomeRun, unveiled a new product at CES that’ll make cord-cutting even easier.

The HDHomeRun Connect is a great product for folks wanting some freedom from cable subscriptions while keeping their entire household entertained with TV. At CES 2018 the latest product in the lineup has been announced, the Connect DUO+. And the big story here is that it comes with a built-in DVR.

The continued growth of cord cutting and shaving has  [Read More…]

The Big Four U.S. carriers are joining together to build a new mobile authentication solution

Your carrier wants to help keep your identity safer.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon have joined forces and created what they are calling the Mobile Authentication Taskforce.

Because hacking, identity theft, and phishing are becoming a bigger problem, especially with mobile devices, the carriers want to create a system to make sure you are who you claim to be when using your phone for things like banking or shopping. Going through the hassle of fixing any type of bank  [Read More…]