Gadgets 360: Do buyers adequately understand the differences between standards such as Wi-Fi 802.11n, 802.11ac, and 802.11ax? What actually pushes buyers to look beyond basic Internet connectivity and explore expensive routers?Vinay Shetty: Modern buyers have to come understand the basic difference between Wi-Fi n and Wi-Fi ac/ax routers. For most users, what they objectively relate those terms with is the extent of connectivity throughout their homes, and they obtain this information from YouTube and other online platforms. The deciding factors users look for before switching from their existing routers to a better router that may or may not be expensive, is wide coverage, stable connectivity across devices, high security, and most importantly the ease of setting up. For example, we have a mobile app that uses a graphical user interface that makes it easy for any user to set up and control the router and give access to a new user.Gadgets 360: Has the shift to a number scheme, ie Wi-Fi 6, and retrospective branding for Wi-Fi 5/4/etc caused any confusion?Vinay Shetty: A very human understanding for any new technology has been the higher the number, the newer the technology. The branding collateral for this latest generation of Wi-Fi, like any new technology, indicates the leaps over the existing Wi-Fi 5/ 4 etc.Gadgets 360: What factors motivate people to upgrade their routers? Especially for those who get a free basic one from their ISP.Vinay Shetty: Basic routers provided by all ISPs only serve the purpose of having a functional Internet connection. Over the course of time, using these basic routers, people become aware of their limitations in terms of bandwidth distribution, coverage, and security against Internet attacks. Consumer routers, especially the feature-rich ones, are the unsung heroes of the tech ecosystem. The WFH situation has underlined this. Everyone with a router wants a stable Internet connection with consistent speed and good coverage throughout their home. People have also understood the importance of Internet security and protection against malware and internet fraud.Mesh routers can help extend your home Wi-Fi range to cover a large area Wi-Fi routers are a key gadget that many people don’t understand. As many of us have settled in to working from home, and have become heavily dependent on our Internet connections, we might need to consider upgrading the tools and infrastructure we need for working, learning, and staying in touch remotely. One often overlooked piece of hardware that could make a big difference is your home router – but what is the best one to buy, should you buy a mesh setup, and what’s the difference between the letters n, ac, and ax in the names? Routers come in various shapes and sizes, with capabilities differentiated in terms of speeds and frequency bands supported, range, number of antennas, and of course price.Gadgets 360 spoke with Vinay Shetty, Regional Director, Components Business, India and South Asia at Asus, to learn more about the market for home routers at present, and what the near future looks like.- Advertisement – Gadgets 360: What is the uptake of mesh router kits? Are potential buyers aware of how these work and what the benefits and tradeoffs are? Are the cost and perceived complexity serious deterrents?Vinay Shetty: Yes, people are becoming more and more aware of the concept and functionality of mesh networking technology. This helps to eliminate dead zones, lower your ping, and extend your connectivity range. Our digital media and social media platforms help us reach, inform, and educate our user base. As far as the cost is concerned, you can get a dedicated mesh or SOHO mesh system starting from Rs. 8,000, depending on the user requirement. Currently, we are the only manufacturer that offers the flexibility of using two or more ASUS AiMesh compatible models not belonging to the same series to form a comprehensive mesh system.Gadgets 360: What does the future of the market look like? What innovations or new tech can we look forward to in the home networking space?Vinay Shetty: We’ve already seen the integration of a Bluetooth speaker with Amazon Alexa in a router, then RGB LED lighting in our new ROG line of routers. Our product marketing team is working closely with our R&D team on a few exciting projects in the consumer and home networking space, which you will have the opportunity to see in late 2021. Gadgets 360: How has the market for home routers and networking products changed since the beginning of the lockdown? Has working from home driven upgrades?Vinay Shetty: The current “work from home” scenario has propelled the home router business not just globally but in India as well. Users now realise that it is important to not just have a strong Internet connection, but for its bandwidth to be equally distributed amongst users at home. Currently, on an average, a family of four has close to two devices per user; that’s already eight connected devices. In addition, if you consider a smart TV and other smart devices or appliances that are connected to the Wi-Fi at home, it makes the demand of connectivity very high. So, the need to a have a good networking device is imperative. We are seeing an encouraging shift in dual-band router purchases along with existing customers upgrading from a single-band router to a dual-band router.Gadgets 360: How price sensitive are most buyers of home routers? Which models are the most popular? – Advertisement – Vinay Shetty: Customers are largely price sensitive, but in the current scenario where a stable internet connection is a necessity while working or studying from home, customers are opting for quality and stability, even if it means paying a premium for it. Most of our dual-band range of routers in the price range of Rs. 1,500 to Rs. 5,000 have garnered the needed momentum, as well as our line of AiMesh routers that offer a wide array of features, making them a logical buy in the long run.The top-end Asus ROG Rapture router models are designed for gamers and power users- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Anteco is the power distributor in theprovince. SAN JOSE, Antique – The National GridCorporation of the Philippines (NGCP) recently assured Antiqueños that therewill be no scheduled power interruption this Christmas season. “Households should make sure that theyhave detached their appliances from their electric sockets,” she said. “The NGCP line personnel and engineerswill be working 24/7 so there will be no scheduled power shutdown during theholiday,” Michelle Viscera, corporate communications officer of the NGCP, saidduring the Antique Media Christmas Party here last week. She added power in this province istransmitted by the NGCP from its line in Santa Barbara, Iloilo to San Jose deBuenavista where the Antique Electric Cooperative (Anteco) substation islocated. Viscera also reminded consumers to uselight-emitting diode Christmas lights to conserve power. Michelle Viscera, corporate communications officer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, says line personnel and engineers will make sure there will be no power shutdown this Christmas season. Annabel Consuelo J. Petinglay Anteco general manager Luduvico Lim,meanwhile, requested private landowners to cooperate in the cutting of trees toensure continuous power distribution to their households. “As we could notice there is muchvegetation along the road that is also a reason why we have power interruptionsbecause of our line being affected by the fallen tree,” said Lim.(With a report from PNA/PN)
ANAHEIM — Julio Teheran has taken a big step toward taking his place in the Angels rotation.Teheran, who had been unavailable throughout the first two weeks of camp, has arrived in Anaheim and chatted with Manager Joe Maddon on Friday afternoon.Maddon said he’s still not sure how far into the intake process Teheran is, which would determine how quickly he’d be able to get on the field.“He’s here and I think that’s the big thing, as opposed to being out of town,” Maddon said. “Everything’s pointing in the right direction.” Canning is starting Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Dodgers, and Andriese and Patrick Sandoval will work in the final exhibition game Wednesday against the Padres at Angel Stadium.IMPROVED OHTANIAfter seeing Ohtani in two camps in 2020, Jeremy Reed thinks he knows more about what went wrong at the plate in 2019.“I think the knee was bothering him more than he let on,” the Angels hitting coach said Friday. “I think he’s really healthy (now).”Ohtani’s 2019 at the plate was, in some ways, a disappointment. His OPS dropped from .925 to .848, which was mostly because his launch angle dropped from 12.4 degrees to 6.7 degrees. Although his exit velocity was almost identical, those hard line drives were going for singles or doubles instead of flying over the fence.Ohtani hit 22 homers in 367 plate appearances in 2018, and 18 in 425 in 2019.Reed, who was in his first year as the Angels’ hitting coach last year, now believes that the issue may have been Ohtani’s knee. Ohtani was born with his kneecap split into two pieces, which he insisted had never bothered him until last year. When he had surgery to repair it in September, he said it was not an issue.After seeing Ohtani this year, Reed isn’t so sure.“Simply comparing ’19 to now and where I see his body and how it’s reacting, this is the best I’ve ever seen,” Reed said. “So I think the knee is healthy. I think there was some pains that he was going through last year, and (now) I don’t see any sort of grimace at all. The positions he’s getting into lead me to believe that, it’ll be as good as ’18 from a launch standpoint, or better.”INTRASQUAD INFOPatrick Sandoval, who arrived in camp late because of a bout with the coronavirus, pitched two innings in his first intrasquad appearance. He faced eight of the Angels’ regular hitters and gave up one hit and two walks. He struck out one.Matt Andriese, who is set to be the Angels’ fifth starter, worked parts of five innings, several of them with a runner starting at second base.Tommy La Stella homered, singled and walked.Brian Goodwin left the game after fouling a ball off his right leg. Goodwin was down on the field for a few minutes and then walked off under his own power, although gingerly.ALSOAnthony Rendon did not play in Friday night’s intrasquad game because of oblique tightness. He is day to day…Maddon said he is still planning to start Tommy La Stella at second against right-handers, with David Fletcher getting his starts against right-handers at other positions. Fletcher can play second, third, shortstop and the corner outfield spots. His most likely opportunities when he’s not playing second would seem to be in right field. …Maddon said he’s considering a lineup with Ohtani in the No. 3 hole, between Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon. He believes it could get more RBI opportunities for Rendon and also provide protection for Ohtani. Teheran is on the injured list, although the Angels have been unable to provide any detail on his condition. Teheran told ESPN Deportes last week that he was awaiting results of a coronavirus test.Teheran, who signed a one-year, $9 million contract with the Angels over the winter, was projected to be in the rotation.Until Teheran is ready, the Angels have a rotation of Andrew Heaney, Shohei Ohtani, Dylan Bundy, Griffin Canning and Matt Andriese, with Jaime Barria or Felix Peña as the most likely candidates for spot starts.Heaney is penciled in to start Opening Day next Friday in Oakland. Dylan Bundy, who will start Monday’s exhibition game in San Diego, appears lined up to start the second game against the A’s next Saturday.Ohtani, who will pitch once a week, is slated for his final intrasquad outing Sunday, so his first regular-season game would almost certainly be a week from Sunday in Oakland. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
CLEAR LAKE — North-central Iowa congressman Steve King was asked to address the topic of abortion during a town hall meeting in Clear Lake on Wednesday afternoon. Back in August during his Cerro Gordo County town hall meeting held in Rockwell, King fielded a question about whether an abortion should be allowed for a 10-year-old girl who had been raped by a family member and became pregnant. At the time, he said he had never heard of a case that extreme and that he’d rather deliberate and answer the question at a later time. King was asked on Wednesday if he now had an answer to the question. “What I said is that this is a specific case that the people in the neighborhood know, they know who you are talking about. When we deal with case work, we keep that very confidential, because otherwise we can’t get to the facts and truth. This is a topic that if I’m going to discuss it, I’d like to actually discuss it with the people that are actually the individuals, and I don’t want to say anything here or in front of the press that’s going to put any more stress on anyone and put them in a position like that. I understand you have a lot of passion for this.” King was hesitant about taking a stance where there would be certain exceptions where he’d support allowing abortions. “I believe that we are all created in God’s image and that our life begins at the instant of fertilization, I used to say the moment of conception, but now we have invitro fertilization. That life is precious and unique from that point forward. If we focus on these things that are exceptions, we end up widening exceptions.” King says he wouldn’t as a single member of the US House want to decide if there should be certain exceptions where abotions should be allowed, including to save the life of the mother. “When it gets to the life of the mother, r that’s not a decision I want to make. Let’s not address that. Let’s see if there is a requirement someplace down the line that it needs to be a subject matter. That’s way too tough a decision for a legislator or legislature to make. I don’t want to touch that one right now because there are very, very few cases.”King was criticized for comments made prior to his visit to Cerro Gordo County in August, saying there should be no exceptions in cases of rape or incest. About 30 people attended Wednesday’s town hall meeting.
Basel, Switzerland – Milus’ Tirion TriRetrograde Minute Repeater marks a milestone for the company and was newly unveiled at this year’s Baselworld Fair in a special preview for Elite Traveler. Limited to just 50 pieces worldwide, the timepiece, which took two years of development, contains a minute repeater, as well as date and signature tri-retrograde functions. When the minute repeater is activated, by pushing a push-piece at 9 o’clock engraved with a clef, the watch sounds chimes for the minutes, quarter-hours and hours. The 46mm case is available in two versions: red gold ($260,000) and white gold ($265,000).www.milus.com