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Netgear Nighthawk AX8 and Nighthawk AX12 Launched, Its First Wi-Fi 6 Routers

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Netgear has launched its first routers that support the next-generation of Wi-Fi standard. The Netgear Nighthawk AX8 and Nighthawk AX12 are premium routers that are capable of high-speed connectivity, but the key highlight of them is the support for the next Wi-Fi standard, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, or as per the new naming scheme, Wi-Fi 6. The new routers from Netgear come with upgraded specifications and entirely new designs. Replacing the multi-antenna routers that recently became popular, the Nighthawk AX8 and Nighthawk AX12 feature a very futuristic design where the antennas remain upright. While the Nighthawk AX8 is currently available for pre-order, the Nighthawk AX12 will make it to retail next year.

As mentioned, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 (RAX80) 8-Stream Wi-Fi router supports the new Wi-Fi 802.11ax (also known as Wi-Fi 6) standard, with speeds up to 6Gbps. The company is touting that the router can deliver up to four times more data capacity than previous standards. Wi-Fi 6 supports technologies like OFDMA, MU-MIMO, 160MHz channel support, and 1024 QAM. Notably, the Nighthawk AX8 is powered by a 64-bit 1.8GHz quad-core processor that is claimed to transfer gigabytes of data with “almost zero CPU load”. Also, its 160MHz channel support is said to double the speed offered by 80MHz channels to provide Gigabit speed to compatible devices. Netgear says that the Nighthawk AX8 is the world’s first home router with Multi-Gig Internet support that it achieved by aggregating two gigabit Ethernet ports. The router is claimed to be ready for the Multi-Gig Internet wave coming in Docsis 3.1.

The Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream Wi-Fi router also supports Wi-Fi 6. It is claimed to provide combined Wi-Fi speeds up to 6Gbps. It is powered by an AX optimised 64-bit 2.2GHz quad-core processor, for high-speed connectivity required for smart home applications, 4K UHD streaming, online gaming, and more. It comes with eight high-performance antennas to amplify Wi-Fi signals for maximised range and reliable coverage. The Nighthawk AX12 is also Netgear’s first home router with a 5Gig port, the company claims.

 

The Nighthawk AX8 comes with two 4×4 antenna arrays, one for 5GHz Wi-Fi and another for 2.4GHz. It has five Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports a total of 6GHz of wireless throughput. The Nighthawk AX12 comes with a similar set of features but includes an 8×8 antenna array for its 5GHz network.

In terms of pricing and availability, the Netgear Nighthawk AX8 costs $399.99 (roughly Rs. 28,900) and available for pre-order via Amazon. The Netgear Nighthawk AX12, however, will come sometime in 2019 and the pricing is still unannounced. Netgear has also introduced a subscription-based ‘Wi-Fi as a Service’ programme with the Nighthawk AX12. It is a beta-testing programme that allows users to try the device for 90 days, and pay if they light the device.


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Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.

 

“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.

 

The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.

 

Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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