5G – Do We Actually Need It?

On Episode 508 of the Waves of Tech, we are here to share the tech news and stories that matter to you! NASA handed out another round of million dollar contracts related to battery life, cryogenic fueling systems, and power supply. With Apple making a big splash with 5G enabled phones, the question we are asking consumers is – do we actually need 5G in our life? The United States government indicted six military officers within the Russian government for their involvement and role in the world’s worst cyber attacks since 2015. Amazon is reporting another record dollar amount in sales as a result of Prime Day, netting a cool $10.4 billion in sales.

$370 Million Handed out by NASA

NASA is making headlines again with their continued contract funding of new and innovative technologies. As part of their Tipping Point Technologies program, they handed out another $370 million. Projects to be developed are heavily focused on fuel transfer, power, battery supply, solar panel usage, and robotic mechanics.

  • As travel is destined beyond the moon and ISS, fueling and power are front and center
  • Technologies include the development of 4G on the lunar surface for communication
  • Cryogenic applications make up the bulk of the funding at roughly $254 million
  • One company is developing a hydrogen fuel cell system with a 10,000-hour battery life

5G – Do We Actually Need It?

Last week, we dove into the Apple event and the eventuality of the iPhone dominating the 5G enabled smartphone space. However, consumers are not the ones driving the 5G demand. The telecommunication companies, phone manufacturers, and suppliers are pushing it down the necks of customers. This demands the question of – do we as customers need or want 5G?

  • “There is no demand for 5G phones, only push from operators and vendors,” says one
  • Infrastructure is still needed and many 5G home systems are not established yet
  • It becomes the job of the industry to prove to consumers that they need 5G in life
  • Developers may be the key to unlocking 5G potential and adaptation for users

Russian Military Hackers Indicted

With no surprise in reporting this story, the United States government has indicted six Russian military hackers connected to several of the world’s biggest cyber hacks and attacks. Since Russian does not work collectively via extradition orders, there is likely nothing that will come of the charges. However, identification of these hackers is essential for global safety.

  • The Department of Justice have evident pointed back to 2015 showing attacks
  • Interference with political campaigns, the Olympics, the Ukrainian power outages, etc.
  • One US official called the attacks “small tactical advantages to pursue” fits of spite
  • Ransomware attack FedEx, Maersk, and hospitals cost companies billions

Amazon Prime Day Shines Again

Well, well, well. Another Prime Day. Another successful 48-hour event. Another $10.4 billion of revenue in the bank for the e-commerce megagiant. This year’s event was shifted to October due to the health pandemic. As usual, Prime members take advantage of the sales sellers and Amazon provided. Since the launch in 2015, the sales event continues to impress.

  • Amazon continues to release new products and gadgets that fit customer needs
  • The event is hands down the biggest shopping day for Amazon each year
  • Each year we ask, where can Amazon go from here and the continue to answer the call
  • Questions swirled around the timing of Prime Day and slowing election ballot returns

Resources & Links

NASA Tech Contracts

Tipping Point Technologies

Do We Need 5G?

Russian Hackers indictments

Amazon Prime Day sales

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