Gilas team ‘not one-dimensional,’ says Reyes

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gilas backer on Blatche: ‘I don’t think he was an asset to the team’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Philippine team gutted out a 77-71 victory over Japan in Tokyo last Friday, and followed it up with a 90-83 squeaker over Chinese Taipei at home on Monday to go 2-0 in Group B.Through those victories came positive development from the players he picked as Reyes’ expectations were matched.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAs always, Jayson Castro was the anchor of the team, bailing the squad out whenever the Philippines need a bucket. But also sharing the spotlight were a handful of his peers.June Mar Fajardo finally came into his own against Chinese Taipei and dominated the paint against naturalized player Quincy Davis. Calvin Abueva also proved that his gung-ho game has a place in the international stage, providing the energy Gilas badly needed. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments What it brings, though, is a chance to correct its miscues and prepare for the tall order of upsetting the reigning Fiba Asia champions on their home floor.“It arms us with a lot of knowledge about ourselves, on things to work on and to learn. We all know that Australia is a very, very tough team, so that’s gonna be a really, really tall order for us to play them, to compete with them at their home place. We’ll prepare as best we can against Australia, and we’ll go out, we’ll play our game and we’ll see what happens,” he said.But if there’s something Reyes saw from this Gilas team it’s that these players will no doubt lay it all on the line for flag and country.“The one thing I’ve learned about this team is never underestimate them and never count them out because they just keep on fighting and they just keep plugging away,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo from Fiba.comComing out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins, Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes is proud to see how versatile the team is with its current lineup.“We built this team so that we’re not one-dimensional,” Reyes said. “In the past, we live and die with the three, but that’s the reason why we have the players that we have.”ADVERTISEMENT Kiefer Ravena lived up to his hype and showed everyone a glimpse why he has long been coveted as one of the brightest young players in the country. Roger Pogoy emerged as a reliable three-and-D option for Reyes and earned his place in the starting five. And finally, Matthew Wright connected from distance and drilled three triples to finally put away the visitors on Monday.“You have to make sure you have a lot of weapons, but more importantly, you have to make sure that you can go to them at the right time. That’s just the way it is,” said Reyes.“We know that we have some players that we can go to inside the paint at the post. When we play the bigger teams, we have a big advantage in quickness. Obviously, that’s not going to be the same when we play the bigger teams like Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei because they’re just as quick as us, so we have to find another advantage,” said Reyes.“That’s just basketball. The good thing is even if we’re not shooting well from three-points, we found a way to grind out a W. Hopefully, that’s a sign of the progress and evolution of this team.”With Gilas going on a three-month breather before facing Australia and Japan in February, Reyes said that the 2-0 record doesn’t really give the team much momentum.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Moral Passion by Evolutionists Makes No Sense

first_img(Visited 393 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 One needs a timeless, universal standard to declare what people should do. Evolution has no such thing.The classic picture of the Scientist is a dispassionate person in a white lab coat looking at a test tube, then recording the data on a clipboard, which journals report in boring text. Real scientists are ordinary people with biases, passions and worldviews that color how they look at things. Quite often, they have strong feelings about what their fellow human beings should do. The word “should” implies moral standards.Philosophers try to see if ideas comport with each other. Incongruent ideas are illogical by nature. Consider the conundrum of the evolutionary biologist (or any secular scientist, for that matter). Are their propositions consistent?1. All things came into being without purpose or goal.2. People should change their behavior.There is no “should” word in the Stuff Happens Law of Darwinism. If the human race goes extinct, so be it. If the world heats up and we all die, tough luck. Stuff happens. Without a universal, timeless canon of right and wrong—a moral guide star—scientists’ opinions about what people should do have no force. They are just empty opinions that will evolve over time like everything else. Yet in spite of that foundational belief, scientists and journals frequently engage in “should-ing” everyone else. That makes no sense.Greta’s Hellfire SermonA case in point is the widely-publicized outburst by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish student partaker of the Students’ Climate Strike on September 20th. She spoke in urgent, tearful tones before the United Nations, demanding that the world fix climate change before we all die in 12 years, blaming adults for ruining the Earth and the future for her generation. Assuming she is an evolutionist, that makes no sense. Stuff happens. We all die. So what? Some conservative commentators judged her outburst a pathetic example of the results of indoctrination. Not so the left. Here we watch the major secular scientific establishments rush to follow her crusade, agreeing that human beings “should” fix the climate. Not to do so is a “moral failure,” they say.An ethicist weighs in on our moral failure to act on climate change (The Conversation). In this piece, Monique Deveaux, ethicist at the University of Guelph, jumps to Greta’s defense, speaking about “moral responsibility.” No foundation for morals is provided.Climate change: The girl inspired by Greta to help the planet (BBC News). Entranced by Greta’s outburst, the BBC featured another young girl doing her moral duty to “help the planet” in tangible, if not small, ways. It doesn’t matter if her efforts would not amount to a drop in the ocean; she means well. That’s a good moral thing, even if illogical.Hundreds of thousands join children’s climate strikes in Europe (Phys.org). A headline like this could, scientifically, lead to an unbiased recounting of statistics. There is a distinct flavor, however, of moral euphoria in the article. Everybody is happy about the strike. The reporter speaks to no one who represents a contrary opinion, or thinks the strike is misguided. It harks back to the Children’s Crusade of 1212 that ended in dismal failure, with children starving along the way or getting sold into slavery by Muslim pirates, despite the well-wishers who had cheered them on at the start. Note the similarities:It was easy for an hysterical boy to be infected with the idea that he too could be a preacher and could emulate Peter the Hermit, whose prowess had during the past century reached a legendary grandeur. Undismayed by the King’s indifference, he began to preach at the very entrance to the abbey of Saint-Denis and to announce that he would lead a band of children to the rescue of Christendom. The seas would dry up before them, and they would pass, like Moses through the Red Sea, safe to the Holy Land. He was gifted with an extraordinary eloquence. Older folk were impressed, and children came flocking to his call. After his first success he set out to journey round France summoning the children; and many of his converts went further afield to work on his behalf. They were all to meet together at Vendôme in about a month’s time and start out from there to the East….Neurologist explains why Greta Thunberg is so powerful (Phys.org). A dispassionate scientist could evaluate the Greta phenomenon in unbiased terms, explaining why her words were influential in the same way a crow’s caw might cause a reaction in the flock. But the piece is filled with morality words: moral intuitions, moral framing, moral conflict, moral sensitivities, moral narratives, and moral systems. But if such morals are only “moral systems humans have developed,” they are merely cultural conventions for the present time. As such, they could evolve into other moral systems, like bright shiny things that catch the attention of packrats. There’s no beef in such moral systems, no force that should cause people to change their ways.Are We Really Running Out of Time to Stop Climate Change? (Live Science). Rafi Letzter agrees that climate science is too complex to boil down to a 12-year deadline, but reasons that using the 12-year number is justifiable if it promotes action. Do those ideas comport with each other? Should governments and scientists use immorality (lying) to promote morality (saving the earth)? On what basis?Graphic by J. Beverly Greene.Other Moral Murmurings in ScienceWealthy Couple Gives UCLA $20 Million to Find the ‘Antidote’ to an Unkind World (Live Science). How did kindness evolve? Is it a timeless, universal principle in Darwinism? Certainly not. Evolution just as strongly promotes survival of the fittest, selfishness, and nature red in tooth and claw (listen to a reading from Matti Leisola’s book Heretic on ID the Future about how Darwinism, like phlogiston theory, explains opposite things). Oblivious to this incongruence, reporter Nicoletta Lanese embraces the touchy-feely view, rejoicing that the UCLA evolutionists are only so happy to take the money and spend it to support inconsistent ideas.The scholars have settled on a definition of kindness, according to the Los Angeles Times: Kindness is “an act that enhances the welfare of others as an end in itself.” Though performing acts of kindness reportedly benefits the do-gooder by reducing their stress levels and risk of succumbing to infection or serious illness, good deeds should be intended to benefit the recipient alone. Kindness requires selflessness, and humans require kindness to succeed as a species, said Daniel Fessler, UCLA anthropology professor and the institute’s inaugural director.Where does altruism come from? Discovery of ‘greenbeard’ genes could hold the answer (The Conversation). Here comes another attempt to explain away true selfless behavior using Darwinian storytelling. In this instance of that broken record, Laurence Belcher (U of Bath) belches out an old story plot by Richard Dawkins: the “greenbeard gene” theory. An individual that has a prominent or unusual trait like a green beard, the story goes, gives a signal that directs altruistic behavior to others in the population with the trait, and is therefore more likely to pass on its weird beard gene. (This plot works for algae as well as humans.) But as Belcher burps out at the end of his article, such a gene could just as easily have a dark side and promote selfish behavior. So what is the answer to “Where does altruism come from?” Belcher surely doesn’t know, nor do other Darwin storytellers.The study of greenbeard genes is still very much in its infancy, and we don’t truly know how widespread and important they are in nature. In general, kinship has a special place at the heart of the evolution of altruism, because it is through helping relatives that a gene can ensure it is helping copies of itself. Perhaps our focus on the enigmatic social lives of birds and mammals has driven this view, as the social lives of these groups tend to revolve around families. But the story could be very different for microbes and marine invertebrates.It all depends on the species, in other words. There is certainly no moral ‘content’ to whatever happens in algae, microbes, birds, mammals, or humans. Along that line, evolutionary altruism is a contradiction in terms: at its core, altruistic actions are mere manifestations of Darwinian selfishness.Ideological differences in the expanse of the moral circle (Nature Communications). Jonathan Haidt and three friends are still at it, trying to explain human morality in evolutionary terms. He’s been trying for a long time (2007, 2012). Here, he and his buddies decide that “liberals, relative to conservatives, express greater moral concern toward friends relative to family, and the world relative to the nation.” But of course he’s going to support that idea; he’s a liberal. He wants to look good. Nothing more needs to be considered in his empty claims, despite 103 instances of the word “moral” in the paper, because his ideas are incongruent from the get-go. If morality evolves, it is not moral. It’s cultural convention. What’s moral today could be immoral tomorrow, or in another culture. Nobody could judge either as better.Important book proving that Darwinism is not just amoral, but anti-moral.Don’t waste time on elitist gobbledegook. The Bible provides a timeless, universal moral compass. Some Bible followers will make moral mistakes, but it’s not the compass’s fault. But if someone talking morality has no timeless, universal, certain moral compass, nothing but nonsense will come of it. When a secularist does act consistent with Bible morality, it’s only due to the conscience that was put into all human hearts by the Creator, who implanted His image in all humans. That conscience is defiled and corrupted, and sometimes can be seared beyond repair. Its presence, however, is the only thing that explains the universal recognition that some things are inherently right, and other things are inherently wrong. In evolution, morality makes no sense at all.last_img read more

Under the robotic knife

first_imgThe functionality of the da Vinci surgical robot is improved by the different heads that can be attached to the flexible arms.(Image: da Vinci Surgery)MEDIA CONTACTS • Craig DoonanAccount Manager: Leap Communications+27 21 785 3683.RELATED ARTICLES∙ South Africa lead in mHealth∙ Low-cost ultrasound for moms, babies∙ R13.8m surgical centre for South AfricaSulaiman PhilipSurgeons have a saying; ‘If you cut you cry.’ It’s an exhortation to them to take special care and time, especially when performing procedures where space is restricted.Over the past 15 years robotic surgery has developed and evolved as a surgical tool to improve surgical technique in procedures where precision is of the utmost importance. Technology now makes colorectal, gynaecological, urological, cardiac and thoracic procedures less invasive, reducing the risk of complication and speeding up healing time.Until now South African patients were deprived of these benefits, but with the unveiling of the first da Vinci robotic surgery system in South Africa, surgery has taken a giant leap forward.At the unveiling at Pretoria’s Urology Hospital on Wednesday, 2 October, Dr Lance Coetzee, senior consultant urologist and chairperson of the Hospitals Research Committee, acknowledged the cutting-edge innovation of the system by joking, “Robotic surgery is not surgery by robot.”In robotically assisted surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and operates robotic arms that manipulate miniaturised tools inserted into the patient’s body through small incisions. For surgeons, whose expertise is based as much in practice and touch as in training, sitting at a console remotely operating robotic arms is an unfamiliar feeling that requires getting used to. Hence, the R17-million cost of the surgical system covers not just the equipment but the specialist training by skilled surgeons certified in its use.Dr Coetzee, who is one of just four South African surgeons qualified to use the system, says an added advantage is that it can be used as a training tool. A miniature lighted camera is able to stream the procedure to multiple monitors, allowing the system to be used to up skill surgeons.“We consider ourselves to be a centre of excellence on the continent; the strict grading system for surgeons was an important consideration for us before we decided to adopt and introduce robotic surgery to South Africa.”BenefitsRobotic surgery benefits include less scarring, pain and blood loss; fewer complications, shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery. In tighter spaces the flexible robotic arms can work more precisely than a surgeon so the traditional large incision is no longer necessary.“The arm mimics the movement of the human wrist so it’s like having a miniature hand inside the abdominal cavity,” Coetzee explained.For his colleagues, it is the precision of the instruments that makes the system popular.“For a prostate surgeon working with delicate male organs the precision you can achieve is the system’s major advantage.”Thomas Dunbar, managing director of medical supply company Earth Medical, says the future of robotic surgery will see medicine moving beyond the limitations of the human hand and eye.“One day a surgeon will be able to perform surgery without even touching the patient.”Sarel van der Walt, managing director of the hospital, believed his doctors when they said that robotic surgery would be a godsend but his concerns were costs. Scepticism from medical aids over the technology did not help make his decision easier.“In the end it came down to this; the technology costs slightly more than conventional surgery but the benefits to patients are multiplied.”The robot in Pretoria has been christened Mthombo – meaning “pure drinking place by a river” in Zulu. The da Vinci surgery system has been used in over a million operations since it first came on the market 13 years ago and will be used in South Africa for the first time on 21 October.last_img read more

Sri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep ruled out of India Test series

first_imgSri Lanka pacer Nuwan Pradeep was on Saturday ruled out of the ongoing series against India after suffering a hamstring injury in the second Test at the Sinhalese Sports Club here.According to ESPNCricinfo, Sri Lanka manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed a grade-one hamstring tear adding that Pradeep will be out of action for a minimum of two weeks.Pradeep was forced to return to the dressing room during the first day of the ongoing second Test on Thursday due to the injury, leaving his 17th over incomplete. Left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara later completed the remaining two balls in the over.Earlier, Sri Lanka lost the services of batting all-rounder Asela Gunaratne, who was ruled out of the series after shattering his thumb during the first Test.last_img read more

Live Streaming India vs England 2nd Test Day 3: When and where to watch IND v ENG Test match?

first_imgWhat time is the Test match between England and India?Day 3 of the second Test between India and England will start at 3.30pm IST.Where can I watch the England vs India Test match live?You can watch the Test match live on the following TV channels – Sony Six, Sony Six HD, Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD from 2.29pm IST.Live Streaming will be available on SonyLiv app and website – sonyliv.comWhen is the England vs India Test match?The second Test between India and England will be played from August 9-13.Where will the England vs India Test match be played?The second Test between India and England will be played at Lord’s, London.Where can I check the online live updates of the England vs India Test match?You can get all the latest updates, reactions, news of the Test match at www.indiatoday.in/sportsWhat are the team squads for England vs India Test match?England’s playing XI: Keaton Jennings, Alastair Cook, Joe Root (C), Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow (W), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.India’s playing XI: Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik (W), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav.India vs England, Lord’s Test: Weather forecast for today and next 2 daysPlay was called off for on Day 1 without a ball being bowled in the second cricket Test match between England and India at Lord’s on Thursday.advertisementShowers rarely relented in north-west London on the opening day, with the umpires making their final decision at 4:50 p.m. (1550 GMT) local time.Lord’s Test: India fold for 107 after Anderson 5 for 20 on rain-truncated Day 2Both teams returned to the ground on Friday but rain played spoilsport once again and only 35.2 overs were possible in the entire day which saw multiple rain interruptions.The wet conditions forced a delayed start with England captain Joe Root eventually winning the toss and putting India into bat.England paceman James Anderson showed he remains a deadly proposition in home conditions taking 5/20 as the hosts bowled out India for a miserly 107.Chris Woakes replaced all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is standing trial in Bristol on a charge of affray.Twenty-year-old batsman Ollie Pope was handed his England debut at number four after replacing Dawid Malan in the squad.After India’s struggles with the bat in the series opener, Cheteshwar Pujara was recalled to the team to provide greater solidity at the top of the order.Thursday was the first time a full day’s play has been lost at Lord’s since the opening day of the first test against Pakistan in 2001.England lead the five-match series 1-0 after completing a thrilling 31-run victory at Edgbaston last week in Birmingham.last_img read more

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GLASS TIGER SURPRISES ALBERTA SENIOR WITH PRIVATE SERENADE

first_imgGlass Tiger (Handout) Advertisement MAYERTHORPE, Alta. — Alan Frew and his ’80s band Glass Tiger surprised one of their biggest fans with an impromptu serenade at an Alberta seniors’ home.Staff at the Pleasant View Lodge, in Mayerthorpe, Alta., say the Canadian hitmakers stopped by after learning that 95-year-old Jean Savage regularly listened to a CD of their music.Frew posted a video of Friday’s encounter on his Facebook page, in which he can be seen singing “Someday” mere feet from Savage, who claps intermittently in appreciation. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Accompanied by a piano and backing vocalist, Frew steps forward at one point to hold both of Savage’s hands while she beams.Chief administrative officer Dena Krysik says it was an “amazing” performance and that Savage is still talking about it days later.Krysik says a staff member contacted the band when she learned they were set to perform in the nearby town of Whitecourt, and told them about a very special fan at the seniors’ home.Frew says on his Facebook page that he couldn’t resist the opportunity to meet “this dear, sweet, lady.”“Her face when I approached her was beyond priceless and we shared the biggest hug,” says Frew says in a Facebook post.“Thank you Jean, you probably think we gave a gift to you…. believe me, nothing could be farther from the truth…..You are the gift.”Krysik says the brief visit came just as Savage was about to head to a bingo game. While staff knew the band was considering the favour, they weren’t sure if they’d actually come by, or when. Krysik says they ended up spending about 20 minutes at the facility that afternoon.“It was so great of them to actually do that for her,” Krysik said Monday when reached by phone.“It was just a great experience (and) watching the joy that she got from it was unexplainable, really.”The Canadian Press Twitterlast_img read more

WiFi 6 Better faster and kind of like Goro from Mortal Kombat

first_imgLook for this logo to identify Wi-Fi 6-certified devices.Wi-Fi 6 is making its big debut this year, but summing up the potential impact is a bit more complicated than saying it will make your Wi-Fi network faster. Yes, things are going to be speedier than before — but beyond basics like speed and range, what’s really key about Wi-Fi 6 is how it will reshape the way routers handle the growing number of internet-connected devices in our homes and lives.If you’re looking for some basic answers about how that’ll work, and perhaps a semi-convoluted comparison or two to help you wrap your head around all of it, then you’ve come to right post.Let’s start with the basics — what is Wi-Fi 6?Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax if you want to be technical about it, is the newest version of the 802.11 standard for wireless network transmissions that people commonly call Wi-Fi. It’s a backwards-compatible upgrade over the previous version of the Wi-Fi standard, which is called 802.11ac.Wi-Fi 6 isn’t a new means of connecting to the internet like fiber — rather, it’s an upgraded standard that compatible devices, particularly routers, can take advantage of to transmit Wi-Fi signals more efficiently.Wi-Fi 6? Did I miss the other 5?No, the names were just clunky, and more or less meaningless to most people who don’t work with wireless networks for a living. That’s why the Wi-Fi Alliance is now transitioning to a simpler, more user-friendly way of talking about the standard. The new version, 802.11ax, is the 6th version of 802.11, so they’re calling it Wi-Fi 6. The previous couple of generations will get the same treatment retroactively, too. For instance, the existing standard I mentioned before, 802.11ac? That’s called Wi-Fi 5 now.wi-fi-6-mcu-infographic-landscapeEnlarge Image Ry Crist/CNET How fast is Wi-Fi 6?That’s a topic of some debate, and we won’t have a definitive answer until we’ve had the chance to fully test the hardware out for ourselves, but the overall refrain from industry experts is that Wi-Fi 6 will offer speeds that are roughly 30% faster than Wi-Fi 5, with theoretical maximum transfer speeds up around 10 Gbps. That figure held up in our first round of Wi-Fi 6 speed tests, where we clocked Wi-Fi 6 transfer speeds at 1,320 Mbps. That’s about 40% faster than the fastest Wi-Fi 5 speed we’ve ever measured, which is 938 Mbps. And I’d add that our Wi-Fi 6 speed test was about 1,000% faster than the current average download speed in the US, which is 119 Mbps.The actual number you ultimately experience will really depend on context, though, because it’s a lot more speed than you’re likely to ever need from a single device. In environments with lots and lots of devices that need to connect, Wi-Fi 6 might make a huge difference. In small homes with only a few devices on the network, the difference might be harder to notice.The other important thing to keep in mind is that the speed from your internet service provider (ISP) is like a speed limit for your local network — a Wi-Fi 6 router won’t magically speed it up. In my home, I’m lucky enough to have a direct fiber connection, and my entry-level plan allows for speeds of up to 300 Mbps, but that’s only 25% of what a Wi-Fi 6 router can offer. If I wanted to take full advantage of a Wi-Fi 6 router’s extra speed, I’d need a faster plan from my ISP to match it. And right now, most plans don’t go nearly that high.In other words, ISPs still have a lot of work to do with fiber rollouts and such in order to really capitalize on next-gen router technology, and that might take years. But when those faster ISP speeds get here, it appears that the hardware will be ready to go. Meet the Wi-Fi 6 routers that support 802.11ax $899 $899 Tags Wi-Fi 6 may be more life-changing than 5G Review • Galaxy S10 review: As good as the S10 Plus, in a smaller package How To • How to take badass car photos with your Galaxy S10 Plus 11 ways to make your Wi-Fi faster 12 Photos News • Samsung Galaxy S10: The 7 best deals right now Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy S10 (128GB, prism black) 4:25 $899 13 See It When will Wi-Fi 6 get here?Wi-Fi 6 is already technically a thing — it’s a new, certified standard that newly-made wireless devices can put to use. It’ll be a while before you have a ton of options, but Wi-Fi 6 routers from brands like Cisco, Netgear, Asus and TP-Link are already rolling out, including mesh options for the Netgear Orbi and TP-Link Deco lineups with release dates set for the second half of the year. Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is the first phone to support Wi-Fi 6, and other devices are certain to follow suit. For instance, it’s a pretty sure bet that the next iPhone and the next generation of laptops and Wi-Fi smart home devices will all support it, too.archer-ax11000-1New Wi-Fi 6 routers, like the TP-Link Archer AX6000 here, are available for purchase now or will be in the coming months. They won’t come cheap, though. TP-Link Read more: When will we start seeing Wi-Fi 6 smart home gadgets?You’ll need both a Wi-Fi 6 router and Wi-Fi 6 devices like those in order to reap the full benefits of 802.11ax, but if you go ahead and get that fancy new router, your older devices will still work like normal. The rub is that they won’t be much faster, if at all — Wi-Fi 6 supports previous-gen 802.11 devices, but it can’t do much to speed them up.Who made Wi-Fi 6?Wi-Fi 6 was developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest association of technical professionals. Along with a lot of other functions (its stated mission is “to advance technology for the benefit of humanity”), the IEEE is basically the keeper of Wi-Fi, with committees responsible for developing it and establishing industry standards.So how is Wi-Fi 6 better than before?Analogy time!gororendermkxWho’s thirsty? NetherRealm Studios Imagine a bar with lots of patrons trying to order drinks and just one bartender on duty. He’s good at his job and capable of multitasking to an extent to speed up service, but it’s still a pretty congested scene, and some patrons are going to have to wait.That bartender is your router, and the patrons are all of the devices in your home that use Wi-Fi to communicate with it — your phone, your laptop, your smart home devices, etc. All of them need the bartender’s attention, but there’s only so much to go around, and he’s only so good at his job.Replacing your router with a Wi-Fi 6 router is sort of like replacing that bartender with Goro from Mortal Kombat. He’s a large, terrifying Shokan warrior if you aren’t familiar, but the important part as far as this analogy is concerned is that he’s got four arms. Suddenly, bartender Goro is serving up drinks to multiple wide-eyed patrons at once. Along with the four arms speeding things up, it turns out he has a knack for the job, too. He’s using each of his humongous hands to drop off multiple drinks in front of multiple customers in a single pass, then grabbing empty glasses on the way back to keep the bar clear. The customers are confused but impressed. Guy’s a pro!OK… But what does that mean on a technical level?Fine, analogy over. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to allow network access points like routers to communicate more efficiently with more users and devices at once, and in a way that helps them use less power.For starters, Wi-Fi 6 routers will be able to pack more information into each signal they send, which means they’ll be able to communicate with devices faster and more efficiently. In addition, Wi-Fi 6 access points will be able to divy up each individual signal between multiple recipient devices, servicing all of them with a single transmission like a delivery truck driver with multiple stops on her route (or, you know, like Goro serving multiple drinks at once with his enormous, three-fingered hands). $899 Samsung Galaxy S10 See It Sprint 20 Photos Abt Electronics QAM FTWLike I said, Wi-Fi 6 routers will be able to send more information with each signal — bigger pours from Goro as he slings drinks. To understand how, know that Wi-Fi works using radios. Devices that want to send a Wi-Fi transmission modulate the signal of a frequency on a specific radio channel. To the device receiving the transmission, those specific modulations signify specific bits of binary code — the ones and zeroes that make up every piece of digital information you’ve ever consumed.This approach is called quadrature amplitude modulation, or QAM. The better your router is at QAM, the more binary code it can send with each transmission. For instance, a 2-QAM access point would only be able to modulate the Wi-Fi radio waves in one of two ways, so each transmission could only be a 1 or a 0. A 4-QAM access point could modulate the radio waves in four distinct ways, which would allow it to send either 00, 01, 10, or 11 with each transmission. Two digits at once means more code at once — that’s better! These days, current-gen Wi-Fi 5 routers are 256-QAM, which lets them send eight digits of binary at once. That was a big jump from what came before, and it’s a big reason why after 2013 or so, when Wi-Fi 5 started rolling out, people started spending a lot less time waiting for videos to buffer.Wi-Fi 6 will raise things up to 1024-QAM, which lets devices send ten digits of binary with each transmission. The Wi-Fi Alliance claims that this will equate to speed boosts of up to 30% and increase throughput for “emerging, bandwidth-intensive use cases” — your 4K streams, your augmented reality apps, what have you. And again, our first batch of Wi-Fi 6 speed tests backs that claim up. Comments OFDMA makes your router a better multi-taskerRemember Goro’s four arms? Of course you do, it’s his defining characteristic (and I keep bringing it up — sorry not sorry!) Well, for the purpose of my bartending analogy, you can think of those four arms as something called orthagonal frequency division multiple access, or OFDMA. Yes, this will be on the test.Put simply, OFDMA is a new feature with Wi-Fi 6 that gives your router the ability to serve multiple clients at once within a single channel. Rather than giving your router four arms, what OFDMA does is allow your router to divide whatever channel it’s using to send its signals on the 2.4 or 5GHz frequency band into smaller frequency allocations called resource units, or RUs. Each one of these RUs is sort of like one of Goro’s extra arms — they give your router another avenue with which to dish out information, which in turn, reduces latency.So, as an example, if you’re sitting in your living room checking Twitter while streaming Game of Thrones, your Wi-Fi 6 router might allocate one RU to your streaming device and another to your phone, or divide the data each device requires between multiple RUs. Either way, they’ll both get service from the router simultaneously. OFDMA is flexible like that (cut to Goro cracking his knuckles).OFDMA will complement another feature worth mentioning that’s called multi-user, multiple input multiple output, or MU-MIMO for short. Like OFDMA, MU-MIMO lets your router communicate with multiple devices at once, but instead of dividing channels into resource units, MU-MIMO uses spatial differences between devices to divide attention between them.MU-MIMO was first introduced in 2015 as an upgrade for Wi-Fi 5, but it only worked for outgoing signals from the router. The Wi-Fi 6 version of MU-MIMO will fix that, and let your router handle incoming signals from multiple devices, too.Target Wake Time Wi-Fi 6 access points will also be smarter about scheduling when devices should wake up and request information. This helps those devices avoid interfering with each other, which, in turn, helps them spend more time in their battery-saving sleep modes. That means you might not have to swap out the batteries in things like smart locks and motion sensors quite as often.This is all thanks to a new feature called Target Wake Time that essentially lets your router act as a traffic cop. When a device like a temperature sensor or a smart lock on your network needs to periodically ping the router to report its status, Wi-Fi 6 will let the router put it on a schedule to keep it from colliding with another incoming signal and creating congestion. To bring our bartender Goro back into it, Target Wake Time is a little like giving him the ability to schedule when customers can place orders, which in turn means they’ll have to spend less energy talking over one another to get his attention.galaxy-s10-plus-7The Samsung Galaxy S10 is the first phone to support Wi-Fi 6, and more are certain to follow suit. Angela Lang/CNET When and where will Wi-Fi 6 make a difference for me?It’s still very early for Wi-Fi 6, and the Wi-Fi Alliance says that it won’t start offering Wi-Fi 6 certification for devices until the third quarter of 2019. A few manufacturers have already jumped in with Wi-Fi 6 routers of their own just the same — but there really isn’t much reason for most folks to rush out and buy one just yet. Even if they did, they wouldn’t really be able to take advantage of it until the majority of the devices in their home supported the standard, too. That’s still a long ways off.And remember, Wi-Fi 6 is an upgrade for routers and Wi-Fi devices, not an upgrade to your Wi-Fi service in general. If you have a slow connection from your service provider to start with, a Wi-Fi 6 router won’t fix that.Still, along with the earliest of adopters, expect to see businesses begin to buy in on the enterprise level by the end of this year. With improved capabilities for handling lots of devices at once being the key gist of the upgrade, you can expect Wi-Fi 6 to soon start making a noticeable difference in dense, crowded spaces like stadiums and airports, too.Incoming coverageWe’ll be testing out the first generation of Wi-Fi 6 routers later this year, so stay tuned for a lot more on that front. In the meantime, feel free to click the little envelope icon on my CNET profile page to send your questions my way. All of those submissions go straight to my inbox, and I make an effort to respond to all of them (just, you know, be at least somewhat nice).Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have the weirdest hankering to go and play Mortal Kombat at a dive bar. 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Quota protesters threaten fresh demo if gazette not published

first_imgThe leaders of General Students` Rights Protection Platform (Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkon Mancha) hold a press conference in front of the central library of Dhaka University. Photo: Saiful IslamThe leaders of the quota reform movement on Thursday threatened fresh agitation programmes if a gazette notification cancelling the quota system is not published within this month as per the prime minister’s announcement.At a press conference in front of Dhaka University’s central library, the protesters also demanded the withdrawal of the five cases filed against unidentified protesters in connection with the demonstrations.“We want publication of the gazette as per the prime minister’s speech. We want to go back to the table to study,” said Rashed Khan, joint convenor of General Students’ Rights Protection Platform (Sadharon Chhatra Odhikar Sangrokkhon Parishad).“We have been carrying out peaceful demonstrations demanding a reform in the existing quota system since 17 February this year. But, some of the media outlets have tried to make the movement controversial.”Hasan Al Mamun, the convenor, and Farukh Khan and Nurul Haque, joint convenors of the platform, alleged that detectives had picked up a third-year student recently and threatened him.They warned the authorities concerned not to harass students.On 12 April, prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced annulment of the quota system in the public services amid huge protests from job seekers and students.”Since no one wants the quota, I think, there should be no quota,” Sheikh Hasina said in parliament in reply to a supplementary question from Awami League MP Jahangir Kabir Nanak.last_img