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I am upgrading my WiFi card on my Laptop, currently it is a Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3160 Plus Bluetooth 4.0, 1x1, M.2 2230 format, which is giving me signal problems as it cuts out in the furthest room in my house from the router which happens to be the office. I have opened my laptop to look and currently the card has a black and white cable attached to it, which I've googled to understand are a main cable and an auxilary cable. I have also found a manual for my laptop which shows the antenna's in diagrams.
My new one I am looking to upgrade to is Intel Dual Band WiFi 6 AX200 802.11ax, 2x2, M.2 2230 which I've researched and think would work fine with my laptop.
The only thing I don't understand is whether the antenna's in your laptop need to be upgraded as well or not as my old card was 1x1 and new one is 2x2 and supports technologies such as MIMO. I think taking the whole laptop apart will be too much for me to do to replace the antennas if that's what I need to do. However I've also read on google as there are two cables, it should work fine as 2x2. Can someone offer some insight into this for me please and whether antennas will need upgrading so I know if there is any point in buying the 802.11ax card?
Thank you in advance, much appreciated, been away from the Neowin community for some time
By Timi Cantisano
SiriusXM purchases Pandora for $3.5 billion
by Timi Cantisano
Despite being one of the first music streaming services available, over the past decade, Pandora has lost its luster, being overshadowed by the likes of Spotify and Apple Music. While it has added features to its service to compete, it still hasn't regained its former glory. Although it will be an uphill battle, it looks like Pandora won't have to do it alone, as the company has now been purchased by SiriusXM.
SiriusXM has been operating for a decade and is known for providing satellite radio services to its customers. The firm also offers streaming radio services over the internet. The new deal will see Pandora join SiriusXM for $3.5 billion in an all-stock transaction. The press release states that despite the change, there will be no immediate changes in its offerings.
SiriusXM has detailed the points above as goals for the new partnership. As stated earlier, Pandora has not been doing so well, so it will be important that the company leverages its SiriusXM content and reach to make the brand stronger.
Source: Pandora via The Verge
By Timi Cantisano
You can now listen to FM radio on your unlocked Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+
by Timi Cantisano
If you're a person who loves FM radio and owns an unlocked variant of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+, you'll be happy to know the handsets are now enabling support for FM radio reception after their most recent updates.
There was a bit of confusion earlier in the year when Samsung debuted its Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The firm advertised that FM reception was indeed a feature on both devices but failed to give details that it was only going to be available on carrier-branded units. This left those that purchased the unlocked model without the ability to tune in to the radio. While it probably wasn't a huge issue, it is good to see that Samsung has finally resolved the problem after three months.
Although streaming services have dominated for the past few years, there are still some programs that can only be enjoyed through the radio. If you are one of those people that wants to take advantage and has an unlocked model, be sure to plug in a set of headphones and download the NextRadio app.
Source: Reddit via The Verge
FreqLength is just a very simple little tool I wrote for myself partly just as a hobby/project, and also so I'd have a portable wavelength calculator. I just posted a new version of it yesterday and thought I would share in case any of you are interested in it or might find it useful. It takes a given frequency as input and then spits out the wavelength of that frequency. You can get wavelengths either in open space, or if you provide the velocity factor, it will give you those same wavelengths in a cable with that velocity factor. This might come in handy for people such as Ham/CB radio operators, or others who deal with radio transmissions and make their own cables.
It's just written in Python, so if you don't trust me (I don't blame you for not trusting some noob on the internet), you can just download and extract the tar archive and then read the "freqlength.py" file with your favorite text/code editor. The Windows executable is just the python version compiled against Python 3.4 with py2exe, then bundled into an installer with InnoSetup. Since it's just Python, the version in the tar archive should run on any system with Python installed; Linux, Mac OS, etc. There is a Linux installation batch script that you can use if you'd like, although it's not necessary to use it; all it does is move the files into /opt/freqlength and stick some icons on the desktop and in your applications menu. The source files are also installed as part of the Windows installation process, so if you install the Windows version with the .exe but still want to see the source code, just browse to the installation directory and you should see the freqlength.py file in there.
I no longer own any 32 bit machines to compile on (and haven't bothered setting up a 32 bit VM), so the Windows executable version will only run on 64 bit machines, so if you're running a 32 bit version of Windows, you'll have to have Python 3 installed and use the tarball version. If you're running 64 bit Windows and you don't care about reading the source code, all you need is the Windows executable.
by Razvan Serea
Tapin Radio is a simple internet radio streaming and recording tool with thousands of free online radio stations you can tune in to. Includes quick search, smooth switching between stations, and sleep timer to shutdown TapinRadio or even your computer. There's also a Pro (paid) version which offers cover art, lyrics support, recordings schedule and other useful features.
Main features are:
Plenty of stations to choose from Supports most of the internet radio formats – mp3, wma, ogg vorbis, aac+ and so on Quick and reliable search Smooth switching between stations Record what you are listening to – including separate song files Automatic checking for software and stations Show your favorites in groups Sleep timer to shutdown TapinRadio or even your computer Portable installation available (Choose portable during installation) Changes in TapinRadio 2.05:
Added: Online search Fixed: Minor bugs Download: TapinRadio 2.05 | 14.5 MB (Freeware, paid upgrade available)
View: TapinRadio Homepage