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February 26th, 2019:

Mobile Phones – Cleaning awareness article

An excellent awareness article by USA Today … Bacteria, viruses, and other germs can accumulate over time for smartphones, as noted in this awareness article on need to clean items where there is constant daily contact

Apple advises against using liquids or disinfectants on its devices. Instead, the iPhone maker offers a detailed list of how to clean your phone depending on the model that you have.  Motorola suggests using a microfiber cloth — the kind you might clean your glasses with — with a little water.

There are other ways you can safely clean your device depending on the type of phone you have. You may need the following materials:

  1. Microfiber cloth
  2. Isopropyl rubbing alcohol
  3. Water
  4. Cotton swabs
  5. Cleaning gloves

Wireless 6G – 1st conference in MAR-2019 for 2030 technologies

The next generation of wireless connectivity should be arriving around 2030, and bright minds in northern Finland are looking for ideas.


BARCELONA—At MWC19 on Tuesday, academics from Oulu in northern Finland said they’re having the first 6G conference, and they’re taking requests.

MWC 2019 Bug (alt)”We expect to see a future where the phone you’re carrying around now will either disappear, or its role will be dismissed, and there will be new ways a human can consume data,” the 6G flagship collaborative projects leader, Ari Pouttu of the University of Oulu, said. “Your user device might be on your table at your home, or it could be in the window of your car.”

5G still has several releases to go, but it’s time to start building a wish list for the next generation, University of Oulu 5G test network director Olli Liinamaa said. He described a process of about five years of kicking around academic papers, probably turning into standards-setting attempts around 2025 or 2026, for a target 2030 launch. “If you want to be a big player in your industry in the 2030s, you should start looking at 6G research quite soon,” Antti Aumo, executive director of Invest in Finland, said.

Google Docs – New Artificial Intelligence Grammar Checker

Google Docs adds new AI-based Grammar checking

Using machine translation techniques, Docs can now catch tricky grammatical errors it wouldn’t have been able to detect in the past and offer suggested corrections.  Don’t know the difference between “affect” and “effect”? How about “there” and “their”? Google Docs has your back. Google on Tuesday announced that an artificial intelligence-powered grammar suggestion feature it first introduced at July’s Cloud Next conference is now generally available to all G Suite customers.

The web giant first introduced spelling and grammar check in Docs seven years ago, but this new feature takes things a step further.  Not sure whether to use “a” or “an” in a sentence? Can’t remember how to use subordinate clauses correctly? This new feature can help.

MWC 2019 Barcelona – FEB 26th video highlights

Some of key product presentations noted below for MWC 2019 Barcelona :

Micron and SanDisk – New 1TB Micro SD cards

Micron and Western Digital’s SanDisk brand have high capacity micro SD storage cards at Mobile World Congress

The inexorable march of increasing storage capacities continues today with the announcement of the world’s first 1-terabyte microSD cards. Micron and Western Digital’s SanDisk brand have both launched UHS-I microSDXC products today at Mobile World Congress, which will be good news for anyone looking at Samsung’s new 1TB Galaxy S10 Plus and thinking “what if that, but doubled?”

Of the two cards, Western Digital is claiming a performance advantage by citing up to 160MB/s read speed versus 100MB/s for Micron’s. The Micron card’s max write performance is 5MB/s faster at up to 95MB/s, however.

The SanDisk card will be available from April for $449.99, which is a pretty high convenience premium considering the new 512GB card in the same line will sell for $199.99. Pricing for the Micron card hasn’t yet been announced, but a spokesperson tells us it’ll be “priced competitively” when it’s released in the second quarter of this year.