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Verizon, the last link of 3G in the US is disconnected from the primitive network

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The end of 3G has come to the United States. The last company that protected the users of this technology, Verizonclosed its services on December 31, 2022. For months it has been sending warnings to its customers and sending them new phones with capacity LTEbut they have maintained 3G until the end of the year.

In February it was AT&T who suppressed this service and in March did the same T Mobileso Verizon was the only carrier that still allowed data usage, calls, and texting over 3G technology in the US.

But Verizon has wanted be more flexible and allow its users to be able to call 911 and customer service until the day before their February billing cycle.

The disconnection of 3G is an aid for the main operators to move towards progress, such as the T-Mobile 5G technologywhich uses the spectrum that was once part of the 3G network.

The total blackout of 3G in the US has resulted in terrible effects like cars and trucks, or parking meters and old Kindles, being disconnected, creating chaos in certain sectors as their devices are affected and suffering irreparable damage.

3G, a revolutionary technology

The first 3G phones emerged in the early 2000sAlthough it is true that this network gained weight in the US after the appearance of smartphones. Thanks to them, it was possible to have a fast and efficient Internet connection, within everyone’s reach, allowing files or music to be shared simultaneously.

In addition, it also had a commercial function, because thanks to 3G telephones it was possible to promote LTE and other alternatives like WiMAX. Therefore, it is possible to ensure that 3G has revolutionized the mobile telephony sector.

The situation of 3G in Spain

In the last thirty years, the changes and progress experienced in mobile telephone networks have been constant until reaching the current 5G model. In Spain, 3G and 4G networks are still preserved, but for companies it is increasingly more expensive and less profitable keep them.

In addition, this space can be used for more efficient networks following the strategy of the refarming. And it is that the 900MHz and 2.1 GHz bands used by 3G will now provide greater speed in the case of crowds and certain buildings, generating a more rewarding experience for users.

For all these reasons, Vodafone has announced its commitment to definitively get rid of 3G in Spain during 2023. The process already began in some locations on November 7. Now 4G will become the main data network to which users can connect, since it represents 98% of the population.

Vodafone will maintain 2G to be able to make calls if you don’t have VOLTE, although they will not see the ‘H’ symbol for coverage or ‘3G’ when talking and browsing. Thus, it has been allowing its affected users to obtain a new SIM for free or change their smartphone with a special offer.

For other operators, such as Movistarthe goal is for the copper network to be replaced by fiber before 2025, date set for the shutdown of the 3G network. Thus, the dominant operator in Spain will not end 3G until it closes its ADSL exchanges and the fiber optic FTTH networks.

Regarding the shutdown of 2G, no decision has yet been made. date, although following the announcement of the arrival of the NB-loT network, customers are expected to migrate. However, many M2M connections depend on it, with Movistar being one of the most powerful operators in Spain in this regard.

Orange will close the cycle in a period of five years

The French operator has announced that 3G will be turned off in 2025, coinciding in date with Movistar. He has also ensured that the expiration date of 2G is set for 2030although each country will have a different calendar and may vary slightly depending on the connections and adaptation.

Technology does not stop advancing by leaps and bounds, therefore, given the limited radio frequency spectrumcompanies are forced to bet on 4G and 5G, suppressing the most obsolete networks.

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EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S, new 24.1-inch professional monitor

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The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is a monitor aimed at professionals that mounts a 24.1-inch panel and has, as you may have imagined, a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. Its maximum brightness is 410 cd/m2, it has a contrast of 1,350:1, it reproduces 1,070 million colors and it is capable of covering the 99% of the Adobe RGB color space.

This EIZO model brings a series of clear improvements over the previous generation. Among the most important changes we can highlight the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector, that offers up to 70 watts of charge, and that we can use to charge a laptop while we use it with said monitor (simultaneous data and power).

Another important addition to the EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S is that it comes with an adjustment report that measures the state of the screen at the time of shipment, a feature that previously it was only available on CG series professional monitors.

Maintaining its commitment to the environment, EIZO has eliminated any type of plastic from the packaging and materials that accompany the wiring. This monitor is also more efficient, as it It has a consumption of only 26 watts.

The rest of its specifications are completed with a response time of 19ms, it has DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, it has a USB Type-C connector, as we have already said, it has two USB 3.0 and it has two other USB 2.0 ports. we can use it both horizontally and verticallysomething that the most creative professionals will undoubtedly like.

This monitor is mainly aimed at content creators, designers, video and photo editors, illustrators and cartoonists. It is height, swivel and tilt adjustable, which translates into good ergonomics and great versatility when it comes to integrating into different work spaces.

The EIZO ColorEdge CS2400S comes with a 5-year warranty covering each and every component, and is also subject to the zero bad pixel policy, which is covered for six months from the launch date. Taking into account the investment that we have to make to buy this monitor, it is totally normal, since its price in Spain will be around 800 euro.

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Microsoft Extends ESU Support for Windows Server 2008 and R2

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When an operating system ends its life cycle, Microsoft usually considers the possibility of offering extended support, which usually ends up being paid, or may be subject to some type of special condition. The latter is what has happened with Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, two operating systems that have ended their life cycle and are no longer supported in 2020.

The thing is that Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 still have a significant user baseand for this reason Microsoft has decided an additional year of support of the ESU type, acronym for “extended security updates”. This is good news for companies that still use the operating system, but it has one important condition, and that is that it will only be available to those who are Microsoft Azure customers.

This extended period of security updates will be active until January 9, 2024. If you are wondering if this will be a free program, I can tell you that it is not, and that Microsoft will bill it as it normally does with extended support programs.

In case you are wondering why so many professionals are still using Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 the answer is very simple, because in more than one case upgrading to a new operating system requires significant expenses that can derive from a hardware renewal, from a prolonged period of inactivity, from updating and developing new applications if necessary or from a little of everything that we have just said.

Microsoft has confirmed all the versions of Windows Server 2008 that will be able to benefit from this year of extended support, and we have listed them as is:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and 2008 Service Pack 2 (SP2).
  • Windows Embedded POSReady 7.
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7.
  • All Azure virtual machines (VMs) running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 operating systems on Azure, Azure Stack, Azure VMWare Solutions, or Azure Nutanix Solution.

It does not seem that they are going to give more extensions once this is finished, so if your company is using any of those operating systems you should be clear that time is running out, and that in a matter of a year you will be tied to an operating system without support that could become a time bomb in terms of security.

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Apple will abolish the position of Head of Product Design

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The departure of Jonathan Ive from Apple was one of the most shocking news of 2019, not in vain are we talking about what was Head of Product Design in that company, responsible for some of its most successful products, and a professional who was part of the bitten apple company for more than 30 years.

It is true that at first there was no complete break between Ive and Applesince both continued to work together through an independent agency founded by the former executive, but in the end both parties decided to put an end to their adventure, and a final separation was confirmed last July.

The position that Ive left was filled by Evans Hankey, but we know that this executive also plans to leave the company in the coming months. What will happen then with the position of Head of Product Design? The normal thing would be to look for a new professional that lives up to that position, but according to a new report presented by Bloomberg it won’t be like that.

The apple company will abolish the position of Head of Product Design, and the product design team will report to and report directly to Apple’s COO, Jeff Williams. To avoid internal problems, Apple will give more important roles to the designers of key products for the apple company, but it seems that this has not been liked by everyone, and that some employees are upset with Apple’s decision.

The truth is that, if we analyze the situation that existed previously, it is not as important a change as it might seem at first glance. Evans Hankey acts as the liaison for the design team, but in the end it depended on Jeff Williams and had to answer to himso with this move Apple would be eliminating an intermediate position that in the end would not be “essential”, and would simplify the hierarchical structure of the product design team.

It is also important to note that this change reinforces the position of Jeff Williams, a high-profile executive at Apple who many see as Tim Cook’s possible successor. We’ll see how the situation evolves, and if Apple is really able to get on without a Head of Product Design.

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