Telstra switches on 5G for the Gold Coast, but wider availability remains murky

Telstra has taken gold in the race to switch on 5G technology, with Australia’s largest telco announcing that it has turned on its 5G network in some parts of the Gold Coast.

Telstra CEO Andy Penn said that switching on 5G-enabled sites at the Gold Coast will “enable us to test 5G pre-commercial devices in real-world conditions and use unique innovations like our connected car to test our 5G footprint.”

“It also means we can connect compatible commercial 5G devices for customers in 5G areas as they become available,” he added. “Over the coming months we will continue expanding our 5G coverage with plans to roll out to more capital cities, regional centres and other high demand areas.”

By the end of the year, Telstra promises to have 500 such “5G-capable” mobile sites up and running.

The speed bumps along the way

While Australia’s other big telcos are also in the race to switch on their own 5G networks, Optus and Vodafone have admitted that the move to a faster mobile network won’t be an easy task.

According to Vodafone’s general manager of access networks, Tom Joynson, and Optus’ head of mobile network deployment, Lambo Kanagaratnam, 5G coverage won’t be as extensive as customers expect.

The rollout would initially begin in areas where the demand is high – so the bigger cities to begin with – while regional areas would be excluded in the first few years of the switch.

They also agree that availability of 5G-enabled handsets might be an issue. With all three major telcos ready to make the switch to 5G technology next year, there’s no guarantee that phone makers will have handsets capable of supporting high speeds in 2019. (The ACCC says that 5G has a maximum speed of a blazing 10,000Mbps, nearly 300 times faster than the average home network.)

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Diablo 3 set to drag the Nintendo Switch to Hell this year

Although the news wasn’t quite meant to surface yet, a premature Forbes post has confirmed that Diablo 3 will be landing on Nintendo Switch before the year is out.

The 2018 Diablo release on Nintendo’s latest console will be called the Diablo 3 Eternal Collection and will include the full base game with all current updates, along with the Reaper of Souls and Rise of the Necromancer expansion packs.

As a special treat for Switch players, you’ll be able to kit yourself out with Ganandorf’s armor from the popular Nintendo franchise Legend of Zelda – the company has offered similar bonuses to games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and Skyrim on Switch.

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The Switch version of Diablo 3 will allow for four player local co-op, either on the same console or with four separate consoles via a wireless connection (internet not required).

Naturally, you can also play with your friends via Nintendo’s online services when that launches in September.

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WEF warns: AI could lead to collapse in the global financial system

There’s little doubt that artificial intelligence will reshape the world as we know it. It’ll revolutionize the way we do business, communicate, and even raise our kids. Presumably, the benefits of AI will outweigh the bad, but a new report from the World Economic Forum (WEF) shows we might just have to weather a global crisis before we ever get the chance to find out. The problem, according to the WEF, stems from the way global financial markets are incorporating machine learning and AI. “The dynamics of machine learning create a strong incentive to network the back office,” says the…

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New sponge for cleaning harbor oil leaks has a successful real world test

Enlarge / “Seth Darling, Jeff Elam, Ed Barry conduct research experiments with the Oleo Sponge in Santa Barbara, California.” (credit: Argonne National Laboratory)

In March 2017, Ars wrote about a new material that could soak up oil like a sponge. The so-called Oleo Sponge could be wrung out, the oil could be collected, and the sponge could be used again. The material had just been developed at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) outside of Chicago, so it was still being tested in controlled environments.

Now, Argonne has announced a successful real-world test of the Oleo Sponge at an oil seep in a channel near Goleta, California.

The test, conducted in April, involved immersing the Oleo Sponge in the Coal Oil Point Seep Field in the Santa Barbara Channel. The oil seep field is natural and one of the largest in the known world (PDF). Not only does it release lots of methane every day, but it also releases oil into the channel water. A press release from ANL notes, “the seeps have been active for at least 500,000 years and release roughly 40 tons of methane, 19 tons of other organic gases, and more than 100 barrels of liquid petroleum daily.”

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