Virgin Media in fast lane with 2.2Gbps broadband trial | Infrastructure | News

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Virgin Media has successfully delivered next-generation 2.2Gbps broadband speeds using its UK cable network.
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The cableco conducted the trial in Thatcham, Berkshire using DOCSIS 3.1 technology, which brings faster, more reliable broadband speeds to customers’ homes. The multi-gigabit speeds are 34 times faster than the UK’s average broadband speeds.

Virgin Media’s proof-of-concept trial was aimed at showcasing the ultra fast broadband speeds which can be delivered via its existing network, without the need for additional infrastructure or civil engineering works, such as laying new fibre cables.

It comes as Virgin Media has already rolled out its Gig1 broadband speeds (1,140Mbps) to seven areas across the UK – a total of 3.7 million homes – making it the UK’s largest gigabit broadband provider. By the end of 2021, more than 15 million premises across Virgin Media’s network will have access to gigabit speeds.

The ultra fast speeds have been independently verified

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Gatsby and Contentstack Announce Partnership to Help Modern Enterprises Build Lightning Fast, MACH-Enabled Websites

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Contentstack, the leading Content Experience Platform (CXP), and Gatsby, a modern web framework for creating high-performance websites and applications, today announced a strategic partnership. This alliance will allow enterprises to accelerate digital experience innovation by creating modern high-performance websites that are optimized for speed, security and scalability. Combining Contentstack’s headless CMS with Gatsby’s web framework enables businesses to deliver the digital content, sites and apps to bring new personalized, omnichannel experiences to life.

“In today’s digital world speed matters — losing customers to a slow, low-performing website is not acceptable,” said Peter Fogelsanger, Global Head of Partnerships at Contentstack. “Ensuring that the storytelling from the content creators is delivered to customers quickly and seamlessly is critical to every company’s success. This partnership with Gatsby makes it possible. Businesses can bring together their marketing and development teams to deliver blazing

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Precision Technologies Corp. Named to the America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies- Inc. 5000 and the Fast 100 Asian American Businesses

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MONMOUTH JUNCTION, N.J., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Precision Technologies Corp., a leading full stack IT Company, announced today that it has been named to the annual America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – Inc. 5000 and to the Fast 100 Asian American Business. Precision Technologies Corp is ranked for its 71% growth, on annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Additionally, it has been named by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC) as one of the “Fast 100 Asian American Businesses” – joining the country’s fastest-growing Asian American-owned companies, based on percentage of revenue growth over the immediate past two years. Precision’s diversified portfolio of technology solutions has yielded recognition from its clients, consultants, employees, and now the Inc. 5000 and USPAACC.

“I am so proud of the work our team has done to generate amazing results for

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Enabling Fast and Efficient Force Measurement Product Verification On-Demand, Interface Announces New Force Verification Frame | News

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Providing customers with a quick and easy way to conduct load cell verification in real-time, Interface today announced the launch of its new Interface Force Verification Frame.

The new Interface load frame is lightweight and can be customized with multiple adapters to fit a wide range of different load cells. It is being sold in three different models based on the capacity needs of the user; the IFVF-1K provides a capacity of 1,000 lbf, the IFVF-2.5K provides a capacity of 2,500 lbf and the IFVF-5K provides a capacity of 5,000 lbf. A demonstration of the verification process is available on Interface’s YouTube page here.

“Our customers need an easy-to-use test and measurement hardware apparatus that allows them to verify the accuracy and provide a quick check-up of their load cells fast, anywhere and at any time,” said Ted Larson, vice president,

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Abbott cleared for fast $5 COVID-19 test that avoids lab delay

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A 15-minute COVID-19 test from Abbott Laboratories that will be priced at just $5 has been granted emergency authorization for use in the U.S., a breakthrough that could ease the bottleneck that has crimped much of the nation’s testing capacity.

The product, dubbed BinaxNOW, works without relying on laboratory equipment at a time when labs can take as long as two weeks to produce results. It uses a nasal swab and a small reactive card, and it can be administered by a range of health care workers, including pharmacists, at almost any location.

Abbott will start shipping the test within two weeks and intends to manufacture 50 million tests a month by the end of October. The aim: Meet a surge in demand from Americans seeking to return to in-person schoolrooms and work.

The new test “can be used at a massive scale to help overcome the current waiting game

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Researchers develop a fast, accurate, low-cost COVID-19 test

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IMAGE: A new low-cost diagnostic test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly delivers accurate results without the need for sophisticated equipment, according to a study published August 27 2020 in the…
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A new low-cost diagnostic test for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly delivers accurate results without the need for sophisticated equipment, according to a study published August 27 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Teng Xu of the Vision Medicals Center for Infectious Diseases, Tieying Hou of the Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Bing Gu of the Affiliated Hospital of Xuzhou Medical University, Jianwei Wang of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, and colleagues.

The surging demand for rapid screening and identification of COVID-19 poses great diagnostic challenges. Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) and reverse-transcription PCR (RT-PCR) have been the most commonly used molecular methods for diagnosing

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Micron’s Sleek New Crucial X6 Portable SSD Delivers Fast, Instant Access to Digital Content

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Crucial’s Expanded Consumer Portable SSD Portfolio Features the Crucial X6 and X8, Providing Incredible Performance, Reliability and Value — Anytime, Anywhere

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All of Your Digital Content At Your Fingertips with the Sleek New Crucial X6 Portable SSD
All of Your Digital Content At Your Fingertips with the Sleek New Crucial X6 Portable SSD
All of Your Digital Content At Your Fingertips with the Sleek New Crucial X6 Portable SSD

Key Benefits:

  • Available in up to 2TB capacities to store all your important files, videos, photos and more

  • Read speed up to 540MB/s for 3.8 times faster access to data and files than traditional portable hard drives1

  • Ultra-compact, lightweight and portable design that works with your favorite devices

  • 6.5-foot [2-meter]2 drop proof, shock and extreme temperature resistant

BOISE, Idaho, Aug. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crucial, Micron’s global consumer brand of memory and storage, today announced the new Crucial

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Fast Broadband From Orbit? New Data Says SpaceX Can Do It

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Elon Musk wants to surround the Earth with a constellation of internet satellites, providing fast, low-latency broadband internet service to every person on Earth who wants it. New data from Speedtest.net suggests that he’s well on his way to doing just that. 

Earth surrounded by an image representing an Internet satellite network

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Musk has already made progress toward this goal. SpaceX’s 11th “Starlink” launch Tuesday put 58 more internet broadband satellites in orbit, growing the number of functioning satellites to probably 650 or 660 sats. (Each Starlink launch can carry 60 satellites, but the company has recently been giving up a few slots on each mission to customers seeking rideshares to orbit.) 

Tuesday’s launch marked SpaceX’s 98th launch, and its 95th Falcon 9 launch. After delivering its payload, the Falcon 9’s first stage landed back on Earth — SpaceX’s 57th such successful landing. (The specific booster that launched and landed has now made

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How fast is SpaceX’s satellite internet? Beta tests show it hitting up to 60Mbps.

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As SpaceX prepares to launch Starlink, a big question facing the satellite internet service is how fast it’ll operate in the real world. 

Well, there’s actually some speed test data that shows Starlink can deliver download speeds from 11Mbps to 60Mbps. Apparently, some lucky beta users have been trying out Starlink on Ookla’s Speedtest website. (Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis, PCMag.com’s parent company.)

As Ars Technica points out, users on Reddit have been crawling Ookla’s website and spotted about a dozen speed tests registered to Starlink. The tests, which were mostly conducted earlier this month,

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How to find out how fast your internet is using a free and accurate Google speed test

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a hand holding a cellphone in front of a laptop: It should only take a few moments to figure out how fast your internet is. Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images


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It should only take a few moments to figure out how fast your internet is. Kittichai Boonpong;EyeEm/Getty Images

  • You can see how fast your internet is by running a test that’s provided by Google, though your internet speed will vary based on several factors.
  • This Google test will measure your internet speed in megabits per second, or Mbps — the FCC’s standard for fast internet is 25 Mbps for downloads.
  • Your connection’s “Latency,” which is measured in milliseconds, will be measured as well.
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If you’re looking to change your internet provider, or are considering increasing your internet speed, it’s always a good idea to know where you currently stand. That way, you’ll be able to better understand what you want and need from a new internet plan.

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