Wi-Fi 6E prepares to expand next-gen wireless connections to 6GHz band

From CNET: Months after FCC Chairman Ajit Pai reiterated his support for plans to allocate more than 1,200 megahertz of unlicensed spectrum on the 6GHz band for Wi-Fi usage, the Wi-Fi industry is moving to hit the ground running with the additional real estate in 2020. To start, the Wi-Fi Alliance, fresh off of rebranding the newest generation of Wi-Fi technology as "Wi-Fi 6," is now introducing new "Wi-Fi 6E" terminology to help identify products capable of taking advantage of the additional spectrum.

AMD's unannounced Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card leaked in full on XFX's website

From PC World: AMD’s blockbuster CES keynote doesn’t happen until next week, but it appears we already know one of the products ready to be announced: The Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics card. On Friday, Videocardz found a staging page for the XFX Radeon RX 5600 XT Thicc II Pro on XFX’s webpage, following an earlier leak of the ASRock RX 5600 XT Challenger over the holiday break.

CES 2020: Dell’s New UltraSharp U2520Q & U2720Q USB-C Monitors for Designers

From Anandtech: Dell has introduced its new 25-inch and 27-inch displays that are aimed at artists and designers with color-critical workloads. The new UltraSharp U2520Q and U2720Q monitors feature a 3H anti-glare coating and are factory calibrated to a Delta-E<2 accuracy to ensure correct reproduction of colors in different conditions.

Snapchat quietly acquired AI Factory, the company behind its new Cameos feature, for $166M

From TechCrunch: After acquiring Ukraine startup Looksery in 2015 to supercharge animated selfie lenses in Snapchat — arguably changing the filters game for all social video and photo apps — Snap has made another acquisition with roots in the country, co-founded by one of Looksery’s founders, to give a big boost to its video capabilities.

The company has acquired AI Factory, a computer vision startup that Snap had worked with to create Snapchat’s new Cameos animated selfie-based video feature, for a price believed to be in the region of $166 million.

TikTok’s revenue said to skyrocket over 300% in Q4

From TechCrunch: According to newly released third-party data, TikTok has reason to dance.

The famous, short-video application saw its in-app purchase revenue rise 310% on a year-over-year basis according to Apptopia, a startup that tracks mobile app revenue and usage. (The Boston-based startup has raised $8.2 million to date and competes with AppAnnie.)

LG Display promises to bring a host of new OLEDs to CES 2020

From CNET: LG's rollable OLED TV R was a big hit at last year's CES, even though it never quite hit the 2019 release window that was promised. That hasn't stopped LG Display from announcing Thursday that it will be bringing a host of new OLED displays to this year's CES next week.

As part of a host of new screens, LG Display says it will have OLEDs designed to cover walls of airplanes that it says are "enabling people to feel more openness in the narrow space of an enclosed cabin."

Trump Signs Anti-Robocall Law, Increases Max Fine to $10,000

From PC Mag: Lawmakers know how much we despise robocalls—nearly 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018—and a new bill just signed into law by President Trump increases possible fines up to $10,000.

The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act requires wireless carriers to authenticate calls and block robocalls at the discretion of their customers. Any violators can be fined up to $10,000 per call.

The Senate passed the bill in May, and the House approved it last month.

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