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Wi-Fi Alliance dumps 802.11 naming in favour of version numbers

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In a mysterious outbreak of common sense, the Wi-Fi Alliance has dumped the traditional 802.11 naming scheme for Wi-Fi technologies and is pushing ahead with a naming scheme based on numbers.

Under the scheme, 802.11ax becomes Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 5 represents 802.11ac, and Wi-Fi 4 is 802.11n.

Alliance president and CEO Edgar Figueria acknowledged that it had taken almost two decades to create easier monikers for consumers to understand wireless standards.

“The new naming system identifies Wi-Fi generations by a numerical sequence which correspond to major advancements in Wi-Fi,” the alliance said in a blog post.

“The generation names can be used by product vendors to identify the latest Wi-Fi technology a device supports, by OS vendors to identify the generation of Wi-Fi connection between a device and network, and by service providers to identify the capabilities of a Wi-Fi network to their customers.”

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The upcoming 802.11ax standard is expected to be 30 percent faster than 802.11ac, and is due for final approval next year.

Along with the renaming, Wi-Fi Alliance released a set of sample icons that showed how users could be notified of which standard their wireless connection is using.

Last month, Korea’s SK Telecom launched a Wi-Fi service based on Wi-Fi 6 and claimed speeds of up to 4.8Gbps were possible. However, flagship handsets with Wi-Fi 6 functionality are yet to be launched.

SK Telecom uses four antennas, spectrum bandwidth of 160MHz across the 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrum bands for its Wi-Fi.

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Bentley’s First Electric Car Will Be Sickeningly Fast

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Bentley’s CEO stressed that the brand will not build an electric vehicle that follows any of the current EV trends. “What we will not do is try and make them look like electric cars,” Hallmark said. He did not reveal what the exterior and body of the EV will be like but hinted at its shape as being “incremental to the current Bentley range of Continental GT coupe and convertible, Flying Spur sedan and Bentayga SUV.” Hallmark added that these models will eventually also switch to fully electric power.

When talking about price, Hallmark said the new EV would be in the range of the Mulsanne despite not being a limousine. Bentley discontinued the Mulsanne in 2020, with prices for models of that year listing as high as $348,000, per Car and Driver. Automotive News Europe reported that one of the versions of Bentley’s EV will cost about $260,000.

The engine will have 1400 horsepower, break 0 to 97 kilometers per hour in 1.5 seconds, and its main attribute will be “effortless overtaking performance from a huge amount of torque-on-demand,” Hallmark said. “If we are 650 hp now with GT Speed, we will be double that with the BEV,” Hallmark explained. The electric Bentley will go into production at the new “Bentley Dream Factory” in Crewe. The plant is part of a $3.4 billion investment for Bentley’s electric future.

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How To Back Up Your Mac To iCloud

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iCloud can come in clutch in a variety of situations. For example, you may not need to wrestle with Migration Assistant when setting up a new Mac if you’ve backed up all your important data to iCloud. However, there’s a reason Apple still puts Time Machine on every Mac the company sells: Time Machine backs up your Mac’s entire system, including all your apps and files. Not only that, but Time Machine also keeps a version history of every change you make to your Mac on an hourly and daily basis.

Depending on the sizes of both your Time Machine drive and your Mac’s internal storage drive, your Time Machine history could stretch back days, months, or even years. Time Machine can be a real lifesaver, too, if the developer of an app you use stops publishing it since you can always just reinstall it from your Time Machine backup. You almost can’t have too many backups of your important data, so there’s not much reason not to take advantage of both Time Machine and iCloud when protecting the files on your Mac. And since both options handle backups differently than the other, you’re not getting duplicate backups but rather a more expansive backup overall.

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Honda Prologue EV SUV Gets First Design Preview Ahead Of US Launch

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Honda has big ambitions for the Prologue, though we’ve expressed skepticism about the automaker’s projected sales targets in the past. Since then, of course, the world has changed considerable. The global fuel crisis — led in no small part by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — has seen prices spike worldwide, and the car market could have taken on a much different shape by the time Honda’s EV finally hits the ground in 2024. As reported by The Washington Post on May 18, 2022, United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen stated that the cost of gasoline has increased by $4 across the country, and there’s no expectation for that to change any time soon.

That requires actually building EVs to meet demand, however, something every automaker has experienced issues with in the past few years. The impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains has been considerable, and shows no signs of alleviating any time soon. Honda may have plenty of demand for the 2024 Prologue, then, but whether it can actually meet that remains uncertain. 

At least the dealerships themselves should be ready for the EV future, even if production lines aren’t necessarily at capacity. The early designs for the modular, charging station-equipped locations show a layout that Honda claims will scale according to the total number of EVs it actually sells. The automaker plans to roll out 30 different EV models by 2030, using not only Ultium but its own Honda e:Architecture, at which point it also expects to have sold a whopping 500,000 EVs overall.

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