Project Fi becomes Google Fi

After years of being “Project Fi”, a service geared toward techies and beta testers, Google recently evolved this project into “Google Fi”.
Along with the redesign, we can expect better service, better coverage, and better rates as Google Fi competes on a bigger scale. Signing up for Google Fi? Use this referral code for a service credit!

Introducing Google Fi
After 3 years of growing with you, our Project Fi community, we’re excited to announce some big news: Project Fi is now Google Fi. Your service and billing won’t be impacted, but you’ll notice a new name, logo, and look-and-feel in places like your Google Fi app and your
Google Fi account.

You can now also bring most Android phones and iPhones to Google Fi. While these phones get most of the Google Fi features you know and love, only phones designed for Fi, like the Pixel you have, unlock all of Google Fi‘s unique features, including seamless switching between cellular networks and automatic connection to secure Wi-Fi hotspots. Since you’re already on the best Google Fi experience, you don’t need to take any action for your own account. Feel free to share the news with friends or family who might be interested in bringing a phone to Google Fi.

Finally, if you’re looking for a new phone, we’re celebrating our big day with one-day offers on all phones designed for Fi, from the Pixel 3 to the Moto G6. Everyone is eligible for these offers—whether you’re looking for a phone for yourself or know someone you’d like to refer to Google Fi.

Today’s update is just the start, and we can’t wait to bring you more from Google Fi. As always, please reach out if you have any questions—we’re here for you 24/7.

Currently, Google Fi has several compatible phones promoted in their online store including:

TP-Link Kasa Smart Spot WiFi Camera KC100

The Kasa Smart Spot is a Nest-like security camera made by TP-Link. With the Kasa Smart Spot connected to your home network, you can see what happens in your home even when you’re away. This keeps your home safe and give yourself a little peace of mind — all while seeing every detail on your phone.
You can set up and use your Kasa Smart Spot alone, or use it together with other smart home devices including plugs, bulbs, switches and more. All
these can be achieved on the Kasa app, which provides:
  • Simple Setup
    • Easily connects your camera to your home network and place it almost anywhere.
  •  Live Video and Two-Way Audio
    • View 1080P full HD video and connect with your family instantly from anywhere at any time with your phone
  •  Free Cloud Storage
    • Record up to two days of video activity per camera at no cost and save favorite moments to your phone. Upgrade options available
  • Activity Detection
    • – Immediately alert you whenever it detects motion, keeping you and your family aware of what’s going on

Pros: Great camera at an affordable price and less expensive then the Nest camera

Cons: 2.4 GHz WiFi Only, indoor-only camera.

Here’s a diagram of the buttons and light functions on the device (click to enlarge).

 

Setup Instructions:

Step 1. Download Kasa
Get the Kasa for Mobile app  from the Apple App Store or Google Play, or by scanning the QR code below
Step 2. Log In
Open the app, and log in with your TP-Link ID. If you don’t have an account, create one first
Tap the +  button in the Kasa app and select Kasa Smart Spot. Follow app instructions
to configure your camera and add it to your home network.

ANATEL — Brazil’s National Telcom Agency

ANATEL Wireless Certification

Brazil’s Agency of National Telecommunication is a very active institute which keeps working hard to make sure that all devices are registered and there are no or least possible cybercrimes. This is what has made them develop ANATEL identifiers which analyze the devices and then certify them to give them a green signal. ANATEL wireless certification is modern, well put together and highly technological, so it covers most aspects, making sure that the certified consumer products have a high quality and the longest possible life. For this, ANTEL identifiers have many manuals, SAR levels, test reports, and user manuals. Now let’s see what ANATEL wireless certification is all about in detail.

ANATEL certifies many devices which are of use to people in their daily life matters. From a simple phone to complex signal generators, ANATEL has applications and software to certify and identify most devices which we have to use very often. Here are some of the devices that ANATEL deals with:

  • Cellphones of all kinds including the smartphones.
  • ANATEL includes the radio devices which are around for a while, including transceivers, cordless phones, and
  • Mobile and other devices’ accessories to ensure that even the smaller but important device accessories are all good to use as well. These accessories include connectors, cables, battery chargers, antenna, batteries, and wireless cards etc.
  • Fixed telecommunication channel creating and mediating devices.
  • Networking equipment like modems which catch and then further provide signals to your devices.
  • IP Phones are identified and certified by ANATEL. There use is increasing day by day.

The basic job that ANATEL performs is that it as to look into the details and functioning of devices very closely. This way ANATEL analyzes the products of consumer use and other devices in depth and then it can provide certification and documents for the devices in a more reliable and efficient manner. ANATEL has to review all the documents which come with a device and then it provides a certificate of homologation to ensure that the telecommunications are as effective and foolproof as they can be. There is no intervention from other companies, institutes or people in power in ANATEL’s wireless certification proceedings which makes the process even quicker, reliable and within your immediate access.

ANATEL keeps checking on medically related wireless as well since they are a major part of life too. For that, they have brought in a project named ANVISA which keeps a vigilant eye on the manufacturing, running, and maintenance of medical regulatory devices. ANATEL also has webinars to let people into the loop and describe things to them so that they know how their devices are regulated and monitored. The device developers are also taken into consideration as they need to know what requirements they have to meet. This makes sure that all parties concerned are well aware of the way that things progress. The authorities at ANATEL are highly functional and vigilant, which is why they have such effective control over things.

EMC Test for SDDPI Approval in Indonesia

The talks about mandatory EMC certification for various wireless products has been going on in Indonesia since September of 2018. In fact, as the new regulations came from SDDPI in August the issue of EMC certification was in circulation. However, because of lack of proper clarification from SDDPI the issue has been very confusing with respect to the type of devices that need EMC certifications and those that don’t. In September a notification from SDDPI somewhat cleared the confusion and a list of products was releases according to which wireless products such as mobile phones and tablets had to submit an ERC test report while they were applying for SDDPI certification. But this list was still not cleared and it was not clearly mentioned which products needed this test and which did not.

After some time, another notification came from the SDDPI officers that stated that EMC test results will be mandatory for only the devices which require EMC tests within their local regulatory bodies. For example, if any device based on Bluetooth technology requires an EMC test to pass the local regulatory body then that product must submit an EMC test report to SDDPI for certification. But even after that when the SDDPI regulations were checked we found out that it was very ambiguous and with a lot of concrete information missing. There was no mention of any specific EMC standard. The only thing that was mentioned was that the measurement results from the EMC test should exceed the level where they become electromagnetically harming for the human body. So once again the regulations were not clear and a lot of confusion was in the minds of people who were looking to get their devices certified by SDDPI in Indonesia.

In the middle of all this confusion, another notification came from SDDPI which stated that any electronic wireless device that is being used in close proximity had to go through the obligatory EMC testing to get the SDDPI certificate. These devices include mobile phones, laptops, tablets, mobile computers, watches, wearable devices, earphones etc. These are all the devices that if they have a high electromagnetic rating, they can harm the human body. As soon as this notification came people thought that they have a clearer vision now about the whole certification fiasco but once again they were proved wrong by the SDDPI officers. The information was changed suddenly before any confirmation of the previous news. This is the latest information that has been communicated by the SDDPI officers and is considered to be the final form of regulation of EMC testing for wireless devices for SDDPI certification. According to the latest information that was released in October, EMC testing was applied mandatory on all the wireless devices except Module, Base Station Transceiver (BTS) and Microwave Antenna. Other than the three devices mentioned before any other wireless device that is planning to apply to SDDPI for certification has to go through the mandatory EMC testing.

 

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission

BTRC known as Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (Bengali: বাংলাদেশ টেলিযোগাযোগ নিয়ন্ত্রণ কমিশন) is responsible for establishing, operating, regulating, maintaining telecommunication establishments and providing various telecom services and keeping all the telecommunication systems in Bangladesh in check. It was started although it was criticized by Human rights in March 2013 for blocking various atheist website and blog posts.

They give license to the companies who are willing to do business using Telecommunication, Broadband Internet and Wireless Transmission sectors.

The BTRC was formed on 31st January of 2002, under the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Act 2001 with the vision “At least 10 telephones per 100 inhabitants by 2010”. Apart from all these administrative roles in telecommunication they also play a key role in the satellite department as the latest satellite Bangabandhu-1 that is the first state owned satellite in Bangladesh.

Types of the Existing wireless broadcasting system in Bangladesh:

There are several methods used for broadcasting in electronic media. The methods supported by BTRC are :

  1.  Terrestrial Television Broadcasting
  2. Satellite Television Broadcasting
  3. FM Radio Broadcasting
  4. Community Radio Broadcasting

For Terrestrial Television Broadcasting, Bangladesh Television(BTV) holds the only access and it is protected by Bangladeshi Law. BTV is using 174-230 MHz spectrum in VHF band although VHF band I requested to be turned off. It may be transferred to NFAP, 522-698 MHz spectrums in future.

Satellite Television broadcasting: is regulated by the Minister of Information(MoI) but the spectrum is assigned from BTRC after they are good to go with rules and regulation. So far They have given spectrum to 28 channels and they are using 6,9 or 12 MHz frequency.

FM Radio Broadcasting: FM Radio Broadcasting permission also given by the Ministry of Information(MoI). According to the list of 2015, there are 28 radio stations that have been given permission by the ministry of information and 25 of them excluding the state-owned radio station (Bangladesh Betar) has been assigned spectrum by BTRC.

Bangladesh Betar has its headquarter in Sher e Bangla Nagar, Agargaon

Here is the list of privately owned radio stations and their description:

Community Radio Broadcasting Its good to know that community radio station are also growing now in Bangladesh after the initiative of BNNRC with the ministry of information. Under the policy of Broadcasting and operation policy 2008, Sixteen(16) community radio has been approved. To ensure the free flow of information to the people, the government enacted the Right to Information Act 2009.Currently, the output power of community radio transmitter is 100 WATT and it covers roughly 17 Kilometer but it going to be developed to 250 WATT very soon. Also a there is a plan to cover the whole country under the spectrum, which are 98.40MHz, 98.80MHz and 99.20MHz.

Here is the list of community radios in Bangladesh:

How Companies and people can get a license?

For all of these 4 type of broadcasting license is given by the Ministry of information (Mol).

After getting awarded license from Ministry of information (Mol).

The licensee has to apply for assigning frequency and import Earth Station and SNG/DSNG equipment and after getting the frequency they can use, for broadcast and transmission they are on the next step to set up their situation with radio equipment for that they have to import the equipment which they can do easily after the grant of frequency from BTRC

What types of Band Assigned by BTRC?

Band Assigned by BTRC:

  • For Satellite Television: According to NFAP, the frequency is assigned from BTRC to the licensee, 6/9/12 MHz uplink frequency from 5.85-6.425 GHz band.
  • FM/Community Radio: According to NFAP, the frequency is assigned from BTRC to the licensee from 87.5 to 108 MHz

What Documents needed to be submitted for the process and application?

Documents to be submitted with the application:

Applicant(s) shall furnish the following information/documents as is applicable:

  1. Letter of application (in letterhead pad and application to the

Chairman of BTRC and attention to the Director, Spectrum Division)

  1. Application Form (duly filled in, furnished, signed and sealed)

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  1. Copy of License from MoI. (Attested)
  2. Copy of Brochure (General Specification) of requested radio equipment (Attested)
  3. Copy of Trade License (Attested)
  4. For limited Company: Copy of Memorandum of Association and Article of Association (Attested)
  5. For public owner: Copy of Proprietorship Certificate (Attested)

What do after application submission?

After getting the application with the proper documents, the Commission will place the application to the Spectrum Management Committee (SMC) for their opinion. The SMC recommends the proposal to the Commission. It is worth mentioning that the sole responsibility of assigning spectrum belongs to the commission. According to the decision of the commission, the spectrum is assigned to the applicant.

Test Transmission Report:

After getting the prior permission from the Commission to use the assigned frequency for 7 days test. The licensee shall have to submit the test transmission report to the Commission. The Inspection team of BTRC will inspect the broadcast method of the organization. The Commission, upon inspection report, will award the License to Operate Radio Communications Equipment to the licensee.

The licensee(s) have to renew the license yearly,

 

 

Intel 5G Chip Testing 2019, Expected for 2020 iPhone

On the morning of November 13, news from foreign media said that Intel’s 5G chip is expected to be
used for iPhone testing next year, if it will be assembled to iPhone products in 2020.

Intel issued a press release to some foreign media, detailing that the company’s first 5G modem XMM
8160 will come faster than originally expected. In the next six months, Apple and other smartphone
manufacturers will be able to test the official products they launched in 2020.

Intel has advanced the release date of this modem for more than half a year. The XMM 8160 5G will
support peak speeds of up to 6gb per second, three to six times faster than the current LTE 4G, and will
be available in the second half of 2019.

However, Intel is also working hard to advance the production plan of this chip, which is very important
for future iPhone testing.

In addition to Apple, almost all mobile phone manufacturers are using Qualcomm’s 5G chips. At least 18
major companies – including Samsung, Nokia (HMD), Sony, Xiaomi, oppo, vivo, HTC, LG, Asus, ZTE, Sharp,
Fujitsu and One Plus – are working with Qualcomm and its Snapdragon X50 5G NR modem Cooperation.

In addition, Huawei and Samsung are also developing their own 5G modems.

Intel (Intel) pointed out that the first smartphone with the new XMM 8160 5G modem will be available
in the first half of 2020, but Apple may have to wait for the next version, 8161. This is in line with the
release of the new iPhone in the second half of 2020.

It is said that Apple is still in contact with MediaTek, which is also the cooperation of 5G chips.

Earlier we reported that Apple was “not very satisfied” with Intel because Intel failed to solve the heat
dissipation problem of the 8060 modem chip. But even so, Apple did not consider negotiating with
Qualcomm to restart the 5G chip.

Wireless Device Licensing in Africa

Device licensing is the process of allowing many users in one computer system without any authenticity needed to login in. Licensing wireless device comes with a load of benefits the biggest one being the ability to control your end product. Licensing also gives security to your data and information. It also helps combine technology with your products hence giving you the ability to meet the needs of your customers with ease.

There are various bodies that are given the responsibility of controlling electronic device licensing in Africa. The federal communications have been since 1934 the body that is in charge of telecommunication. The FCC was initially formed to be in charge of regulating government monopolies in radios and televisions (Mbarika 2006). Since then the FCC has been developed to be in charge of device licensing in electronics and also controlling interstate and international communications in various continents in the world. The FCC controls communication in terms of devices like radio, television, satellites, wires, and cables.

Electronic and wireless licensing has been established in Africa and it has been of great advantage to many Africans. Through the collaboration of various countries like China, Africa has greatly developed in terms of telecommunication in more than fifty countries on the continent (Johns B 2011). Modern telecommunication, one of them being the electronic and wireless device licensing has made many countries grow in terms of raising people’s standards of living and also easy access to modern methods of communication. This eventually leads to the growth of the economy and local business.

Africa has some countries that have some good and developed programs that are able to handle the licensing of devices and also approval and certification of products. Such countries include South Africa and Egypt. In Egypt, for example, the fact that it is the leading country in terms of exporting petroleum products and crude oil makes it an attractive market for consumer electronic products. Egypt also has a large number of populations in terms of those who use mobile phones and also those who use the internet. The national telecommunication regulatory authority is the main agency in Egypt that enhances certification, and sets the compliance criteria in various sectors like health, security, wireless and telecommunication (Mbarika 2006). A major advantage of NRTA is that it does not produce certificates that expire after a while unless there are critical components in the products that need change. With this, the modified product is supposed to be submitted to the agency for approval and also evaluation.

South Africa is the sixth most populated country in Africa has been ranked 19th globally in terms of cell phone users and also 52nd globally in terms of individuals who access the internet. South Africa has a body that is in charge of electronic and wireless compliance. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa regulates communications, broadcasting and also postal services in the country (Johns B 2011). It is also responsible for TTE and also certification of wireless products. ICASA has a local representative whose role is to regulate the marking of products. ICASA has certificates that do not expire and the certificates are only updated in case the product is modified.

In Africa, wireless device licensing has challenges caused by poverty and infrastructure problems. Regulatory and licensing in Africa does not include radio bands. Regulatory bodies in Africa have challenges getting into the market because of range, power service restrictions, and certification requirements. Infrastructure and alternative regulatory bodies can easily promote connectivity (Johns B 2011). The countries that are affected by the political instability change of regime and economic factors are not able to initiate electronic and wireless processing programs.

The electronic and wireless device licensing has been of great impact in Africa in terms of improving the standards of living and growth of technology. However, there are various issues like poor infrastructure, political instability, and power and services restrictions.

REFERENCES

Johns, B. (2011). An introduction to the Wireless Power Consortium standard and TI’s compliant solutions. Analog Applications Journal Q, 1, 2011.

Mbarika, V. W., & Mbarika, I. (2006). Africa calling [African wireless connection]. IEEE Spectrum, 43(5),

Skullcandy Push Bluetooth Headphones

Skullcandy made their name by offering their brand of uniquely adorned, high-quality earbuds at a fair price. They have had tremendous success in this arena, and are consistently among the top-selling headphone manufacturers in the United States. The new line of Skullcandy Push headphones is their foray into the wireless headset market.

Bluetooth headphones have existed for over a decade, but widespread adoption of wireless headphones really took off after the release of the Apple Airpods. Smartphone manufacturers, led by Apple, have begun to do away with the standard 3.5mm headset jacks, which was another likely contributing factor in Skullcandy’s release of the new Push.

Skullcandy Push Specifications

True Wireless

Skullcandy’s current wireless offering, the Jib series, is not fully wireless. That model line features a wired connection between the two buds that wraps around the back of one’s head. The Push earbuds are entirely wireless. These headphones pair up with smartphones, laptops, tablets and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. Each bud can be independently charged using the included case, which features LED lights that let you know when the units are charged and ready to use. The included charger acts as a portable battery and does not need to be plugged into a power source to charge the buds.

Fitfin Secure In-Ear Technology

The visual appearance of the earbuds differs considerably from other popular choices in the wireless earbud world. Instead of being as small and discrete as possible, the Skullcandy Push earbuds feature Fitfin secure-ear technology which wraps around the outside of your ear to keep the buds in place. This feature is likely a response to the numerous complaints Airpod users had about their earbuds falling out during runs or other physical activities.

Voice-Assistant Enabled

One of the biggest draws for the Airpods was the built-in ease of using digital assistants like Siri and Cortana with the press of a button. Skullcandy offers this functionality with the Push as well. Users can interact with their voice assistant, take phone calls, and adjust call/headset volume with dedicated buttons on the side of the earbuds. There is a slight lag in the responsivity of these compared to similar models that feature Apple’s W1 and W2 Bluetooth chips.

Battery Life

The Skullcandy Push Headphones themselves store 6 hours of juice while their portable charging case will allow you to get another 6 hours of use out of the headphones.

 

The Bottom Line.

The Skullcandy Push wireless headphones fill an urgent need in the headphone market for a durable, activity-friendly set of headphones that won’t break the bank. While they may not be “Airpod Killers” they play their role admirably and fit in well with Skullcandy’s commitment to quality products at a reasonable price point.

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