The best mesh networking gear 2020 for faster speeds and wider range

There’s nothing like a Wi-Fi dropout to hit you off your stride. Whether you’re midway through a marathon on Netflix, or you work from home and can’t afford to lose connectivity with your office, there’s no good time for your network to have a wobble.

We’ve looked at routers that you might be able to replace your bog-standard one with elsewhere, as a way of getting some extra range and stability, but if you’re serious about making a home network that can expand to cover big areas, and doesn’t risk flakey connections depending on where you stand, you’ll probably want to invest in a mesh Wi-Fi system. 

These systems effectively extend and strengthen your home Wi-Fi network, to make sure that it can reach even your most remote corners and provide even coverage throughout your home. Better yet, they’re no longer the preserve of IT experts and techies. There are

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5G’s rollout speeds along faster than expected, even with the coronavirus pandemic raging

The world may be grappling with a widespread pandemic, but that’s sure not slowing down 5G’s rollout. The super-fast technology reached more customers this year than expected and will cover about 60% of the global population by 2026, according to a new report from Ericsson. That makes 5G the fastest deployed mobile network ever, the Swedish networking giant said.



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By the end of this year, there will be 218 million 5G subscriptions around the world, up from Ericsson’s forecast in June for 190 million — which itself was an increase from an earlier estimate. 

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“5G coverage will be built out to the extent that 1 billion people will live in 5G coverage areas by the end of 2020 worldwide,” Patrick Cerwall, head of strategic marketing insights at Ericsson, said in

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Walmart Continues Amazon Rivalry With Faster Holiday Shipping

Move over Amazon. Walmart is ramping up its shipping speed.

Walmart (WMT) is preparing for an onslaught of orders on its e-commerce site this holiday season by changing the way it handles fulfilling purchases. The retail giant is shifting some of its fulfillment directly to its more than 2,800 stores in an effort to get orders to customers without delays.

In a blog post, Tom Ward, Senior Vice President of Customer Product at Walmart, said, “We’ve created a program that routes some Walmart.com orders to be fulfilled straight from our stores. We’ll use our existing local delivery capabilities to get orders to customers faster, while reducing the load on our online fulfillment centers.”

The change in strategy comes as Walmart has seen more customers shop online as talk of “shipping woes” during the holidays surface. Delays in shipping are expected during the holiday season as consumers stay away from brick-and-mortar

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Massive Computer Chip Could Process Simulations “Faster Than Real-Time”

As smartphones and computers have got smaller, the pressure is on technology companies to keep up and produce computer chips that are faster than before, but the same size or smaller than their predecessors. However, one company still believes that bigger is better.

Cerebras systems have designed a goliath computer chip that may be capable of sailing past the competition in specific tasks, claims a collaboration between Cerebras and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) in a preprint paper (not yet peer-reviewed) published on arXIV and presented to the SC20 conference this week. Designed to “revolutionize deep learning,” the CS-1 measures 8.5 inches (21.6 centimeters) across, packs in 1.2 trillion transistors, and, according to the company, is 200 times faster than rival supercomputer Joule 2.0 (the 82nd fastest supercomputer in the world) in a combustion simulation.

In fact, this chip could be so fast that it could simulate an event

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KIOXIA Updates KumoScale for Faster NVMe-oF Container Storage

The data storage and protection company formerly known as Toshiba Memory America, Inc.–now called KIOXIA (phonetically kee-oh-sha) America, Inc.–has introduced a new set of functions in its home-built KumoScale storage software. 

The new features bring a next-gen networked storage approach to applications managed by the Kubernetes framework while delivering the speed of NVMe flash. KumoScale software can now serve as a container host, providing managed NVMe volumes to storage applications such as distributed file systems and object stores, running locally on KumoScale storage nodes. 

Additionally, these new capabilities and applications, along with other KumoScale control-plane services, are deployed and managed via what the company calls a Kubernetes “micro-cluster.” This results in a flexible infrastructure that can serve block, file and object storage simultaneously to Kubernetes, OpenStack, and bare metal clients.

Designed to improve the performance of client, server and storage systems, the NVMe-oF specification is driving new performance levels for

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World’s biggest computer chip can simulate the future ‘faster than the laws of physics’, creators claim

A recent test of the biggest computer chip in the world found that it can predict what is going to happen in the future “faster than the laws of physics produce the same result”, researchers have said.



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The Cerebras CS-1 chip, which contains 1.2 trillion transistors, performed 200-times faster than a supercomputer when simulating combustion within a powerplant.

The 462 cm2 chip proved so powerful in analysing over a million variables – from fluctuating temperatures to 3D air movement – that it was able to show what would happen faster than real-time.

Developed in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory, the Cerebras CS-1 is described as “the world’s most powerful AI compute system”. The number of transistors is 22-times that of the recently announced Nvidia A100 80GB chip, designed for state-of-the-art supercomputers.

“This work opens the door for major

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KIOXIA’s KumoScale Software Brings Faster NVMe-oF Storage to Containers

New Features for Kubernetes Deployments Highlighted at KubeCon

KIOXIA America, Inc. (formerly Toshiba Memory America, Inc.) has introduced a broad new set of capabilities in its KumoScale™ storage software. The new features bring the rich functionality and durability of networked storage to applications managed by the Kubernetes® framework, while delivering the exceptional performance of NVMe® flash. KumoScale software can now serve as a container host, providing managed NVMe volumes to storage applications such as distributed file systems and object stores, running locally on KumoScale storage nodes. Additionally, these new capabilities and applications, along with other KumoScale control-plane services, are deployed and managed via a Kubernetes “micro-cluster”. This results in a flexible infrastructure that can serve block, file, and object storage simultaneously to Kubernetes, OpenStack®, and bare metal clients. KIOXIA will demonstrate KumoScale software’s new Kubernetes storage features at the virtual KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America 2020

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This new Microsoft technology will make your web apps run a lot faster

With Project Nucleus, Microsoft aims to improve the performance and reliability of intranet-focused web apps, starting with Lists.

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Despite all the improvements Microsoft has made to it over the years, most people continue to think of SharePoint as a rather stodgy content storage system — a more formal, managed version of OneDrive with a workflow engine, as it were. But as Microsoft 365 CVP Jeff Teper is fond of pointing out, SharePoint is both an application and a platform: organisations can build apps on SharePoint that include workflow and approvals, and they can use the SharePoint Framework (SPFx, JavaScript controls that work with any of the JavaScript frameworks like React or Angular) to build intranet sites. 

OneDrive is now powered by SharePoint, and the new Lists application is actually using the SharePoint Graph API underneath. Microsoft Teams is in many ways a friendly way to access SharePoint resources:

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Apple’s new M1 chip will make apps run faster and smoother

At a virtual event on TuesdayApple unveiled new Macs that run on its new M1 chip for Macs, which will bring major improvements to app performance on its new operating system, MacOS Big Sur



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With MacOS Big Sur running on Macs with the new Apple silicon-based M1 chip, launching apps is nearly instantaneous, Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, said during the event. With Safari, the OS will run JavaScript one and a half times faster, and the entire system will be almost twice as responsive — so apps that require strong performance to render 3D animations or edit raw video footage will run more smoothly. 

“We’ve optimized all of our apps for M1,” Federighi said.

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The M1 chip will also bring increased

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