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Vodafone plans to switch on its 5G network for businesses and consumers in seven UK cities in early July.

The mobile network said Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool and London will have some 5G coverage by 3 July. The 5G network will cover limited areas initially, with 5G added to more sites across the cities as the year goes on.

Vodafone said 5G coverage in Birkenhead, Blackpool, Bournemouth, Guildford, Newbury, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Reading, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Warrington and Wolverhampton will follow later this year. The company said it will price 5G at the same as 4G for both consumers and business customers.

SEE: IT pro’s guide to the evolution and impact of 5G technology (free PDF)

5G promises smartphone users data speeds up to ten times faster than 4G and supports many more devices connecting to mobile networks, which could be a big boost to emerging technologies like the Internet of Things. Eventually 5G could form the backbone for a whole range of services, from self-driving cars to smart cities, even if at first it will be mostly used to reduce the congestion on existing 4G networks.

All of the UK’s big mobile operators have promised some limited form of 5G network this year. Earlier this month, EE said it is to launch 5G “imminently”, with plans to expand coverage to 16 cities in 2019. The initial phase will be in the UK’s four capital cities plus Birmingham and Manchester, followed by the busiest areas of 10 more cities, on 1,500 existing 4G sites. O2 has said that Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will be getting 5G this year; other areas of the UK will see rollout from 2020 to coincide with the wider availability of 5G handsets it said. Three has also said it will launch 5G this year. Realistically it could be years before operators make 5G available across the entire country, however, and some places are still waiting for 4G.

Even with the 5G network up and running in limited areas, there won’t be many people using it, at least at first. EE will start selling the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G smartphone from later this month, and other early 5G phones like the Samsung S10 5G and Huawei Mate 20 X 5G aren’t available in the UK yet. Vodafone will also offer a 5G router for use in the home and office to give customers without a fixed line connection high-speed broadband access.

It’s likely to be the end of this year before 5G smartphones start becoming commonplace. One big unknown is when Apple will launch a 5G iPhone; only at that point will 5G networks really hit the mainstream.

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Intel Reveals Arc GPU Pricing As It Goes Head-To-Head With Nvidia

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At $329, the Intel Arc A770 doesn’t directly compete with the RTX 3070, but it’s vying for a spot among the affordable cards that can competently push a smooth 1440p gaming experience — to what effect is anyone’s guess right now. Early benchmarks suggest it should be able to manage under a decent load in most games. In fact, it’s expected to outpace even the 3060 Ti with enough optimization time, and may even come close to the 3070’s potential by the end of its lifecycle, all with less power draw.

Right now, the Arc A770 is the most powerful chip in Intel’s lineup, with equal amounts of both Ray-Tracing and Xe cores for a total of 32 each. It comes in 8GB and 16GB configurations with a 2.1GHz base clock and up to 560MB/s bus speed. Intel suggests it offers a 2x improvement there. We’re not sure which competing GPU it targeted to tout that figure, but we do know it handily beats the RTX 3060, at least according to Intel.

There’s also XeSS, Intel’s highly efficient supersampling technology that should offer sharper graphics and improved antialiasing without major performance hits. We’re said to be seeing up to a 65% performance improvement in that area, but we’re not sure which exact card Intel is judging against. There is a decent list of titles ready to support it at launch, and surely Intel is buttering the palms of its partners to attract more as time rolls on.

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LG’s Rollable Phone Is Dead, But Samsung Will Give You A Slidable Screen Instead

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Choi didn’t go into detail about the screen resolution figures and whether the slideable concept was an OLED panel or an IPS LCD screen. In May 2022, Samsung Display showcased a few screen innovation prototypes, and one among them was a slideable OLED panel. However, it was geared toward phones with an Android UI running on them instead of PCs. We also don’t know if Samsung only plans to sell slideable panels for PCs, or whether it will be the first brand to actually make one such PC. Unlike its foldable smartphones that come in clamshell and tablet hybrid form factors, Samsung has been playing it relatively safe with its lineup of Galaxy Book laptops.

But that’s not where the tale of uncertainty for innovative PC form factors ends. Microsoft hasn’t really been keen on optimizing Windows for crazy form factors like foldables, and now, slideable PCs. In fact, the company abandoned its own ambitious dual-screen foldable PC, the Surface Neo, after announcing it at the 2019 hardware launch event. In fact, Microsoft even dumped the Windows 10X project, which was set to power foldable touchscreen-first PCs like the Surface Neo. With such as shaky history, any OEM on the planet would think twice before burning millions of dollars to make a slideable PC with a poorly optimized operating system to boot.

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2023 Bentley Bentayga EWB First Drive: Living Like The Super-Rich

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Beyond the longer rear doors, what you don’t see are the mechanical changes. This is, Bentley is at pains to point out, no simple stretch of the regular SUV. There’s an entirely new underbody, unique to this Bentayga, and 2,500 or so new parts compared to the existing short wheelbase car. Enough that th automaker is insisting that this is effectively a new, standalone line, rather than just a derivative.

The 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is carried across, here tuned for 542 horsepower and 568 pound-foot of torque, along with all-wheel drive and an eight speed, dual-clutch transmission. 0-60 mph arrives in 4.5 seconds, Bentley says, just a tenth of a second slower than the standard wheelbase SUV with the same engine. Surging out of tunnels like a silicone-lubed lobster down a length of cast iron pipe, the Bentayga’s healthy torque feels like a happy precursor to the automaker’s all-electric evolution.

Right now there’s no sign of a hybrid Bentayga EWB, or one using Bentley’s mighty W12 engine. The latter propels the Bentayga Speed from 0-60 in a mere 3.8 seconds, and bests the EWB’s 180 miles per hour top speed by another 10 mph, but it’s a heavy powertrain. With the Bentayga EWB V8 already 13 pounds heftier than the Bentayga Speed W12, and a couple hundred pounds more than the regular Bentayga V8, it’s clear that pairing the longer SUV with the twelve-cylinder engine would result in a something even beefier.

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