Linksys WRT AC3200 Dual-Band Open Source Router

Linksys WRT AC3200 Dual-Band Open Source Router

Linksys WRT AC3200 Specification –
Brand Name: Linksys
Brand Origin: United States
Series: WRT
Model Number: WRT3200ACM
Router Type: Wi-Fi Router
Router Weight: 3.57 pounds
Router Dimensions: 9.68 x 2.04 x 7.63 inches ( Length x Weight x Height )
Internal Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer battery
Wireless Network standards: 802.11ac
Wireless Frequency: 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz
Possible Area Coverage: Unknown
Data transfer rate: 2.4 GHz 600 Mbps + 5 GHz 2600 Mbps
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 1
Number of USB 3.0 Ports: 1
Number Of Antenna: 4
LAN Port Interface: 4
WAN Port Interface: 1
Speed: 3.2 GBps
Network Protocol: IPv4 & IPv6
Security protocols:
Firewall protocols:
Buttons: 3
Operating Temperature: 32 to 104 F or 0 to 40 C
External Power Supply: DC 12v
Wireless Technology: Tri Stream, MU MIMO
Certified Operating Systems: MacOS (10.X or higher), Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Features: 1.8 GHz Processor for Handling Heavy Traffic
Price: 200 USD

Linksys WRT AC3200

Router description –
The WRT3200ACM MU MIMO Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is powered by Tri Stream 160 technology, which doubles the bandwidth on all spatial streams for the fastest dual band router on the market to power all your high bandwidth activities. Featuring MU MIMO technology, it’s like a dedicated router to multiple devices for Wi-Fi at the same time, same speed. Open source ready with OpenWrt and DD WRT for complete flexibility and customization of networking functions or to optimize your router for specific use cases. Upgraded Smart Wi-Fi app allows you to manage and monitor your home Wi-Fi from a mobile device, anytime, anywhere. It is the one and only WRT.

About Linksys –
Linksys is an American company selling data networking hardware products mainly to home users and small businesses. Linksys was founded in 1988 by Victor and Janie Tsao. Both were Taiwanese immigrants to the United States. The company was purchased by Cisco in 2003, and sold to Belkin in 2013 which are the current owner of the company. Its products were branded as Linksys by Cisco when it was part of Cisco. Belkin has kept the Linksys brand and released new products under its name since acquiring it.
Its products include wired and wireless routers, Ethernet switches, VoIP equipment, wireless Internet video cameras, audio visual products and network storage systems.
In 1988, the married couple Janie and Victor Tsao founded DEW International, later renamed Linksys, in the garage of their Irvine, California home. The company’s first products were printer sharers that connected multiple PCs to printers. From this, it expanded into Ethernet hubs, network cards, and cords. By 1994, it had grown to 55 employees with annual revenues of $6.5 million.
The company received a major boost in 1995, when Microsoft released Windows 95 with built-in networking functions that expanded the market for its products. Linksys established its first U.S. retail channels with Fry’s Electronics in 1995 and Best Buy in 1996. In 1999, the company announced the first Fast Ethernet PCMCIA Card for notebook PCs. In 2000 it introduced the first 8-port router with SNMP and QoS and in 2001 it shipped its millionth cable router. By 2003 when the company was acquired by Cisco it had 305 employees and revenues of more than $500 million. That was also the sum paid by Cisco for the company.
Cisco announced in January 2013 that it would sell its home networking division and Linksys to Belkin. Giving Belkin 30% of the home router market. Belkin pledged to continue support warranties for existing Linksys products.
As of March 2018, Belkin is pending approval from the U.S. government to be purchased by Foxconn, a Taiwanese multinational electronics firm, for $866 million.
Linksys products are sold to consumers off the shelf from consumer electronics stores, Internet retailers and big-box retail stores such as supermarkets. Significant competitors in the home and small business networking market segment include D-Link, TP-Link and Netgear.

Smart Phone

Kogan Agora XS

kogan agora xs

Kogan Agora XS Specifications
Launch Date: Feb 2019.
Body Dimensions: 148.4 x 71.4 x 8.3 mm
Body Weight: 180 g
Body Material: Aluminium frame
SIM: Dual NANO SIM or NANO SIM + MicroSD, Dual stand-by
Display Screen Type: IPS capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Display Screen Size: 5.7 inches edge-to-edge display (~90% screen-to-body ratio)
Display Screen Resolution: 720 x 1520 px, 19:9 ratio (~287ppi )
Display Screen Protection: Yes
OS: Android OS v8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset: Mediatek Helio P23 MT6763
CPU: 16nm Octa-core, Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU: ARM Mali G71 MP2 700MHz
Memory: 4 GB RAM
SD Card Slot: microSD up to 128GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB
Rear Facing Camera: duel Setup, 12 + 5 MP
Features: 4032 x 3024 px, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR,
Video: Yes
Front Facing Camera: Single Setup, 16 MP
Features: Auto-HDR, Unlock with facial recognition
Video: Yes
Loudspeaker: Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio quality: Active noise cancellation with dedicated Microphones
3.5mm Headphone Jack: Yes
Network: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 / B1/3/5/7/8/28A or 2G / 3G / 4G
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth: v4.1, A2DP
NFC: Yes
Infrared port: No
Radio: Yes
USB: Type-C reversible connector
Fingerprint Sensor: Yes
Other Features: accelerometer, compass, fingerprint, gyroscope, light, proximity, Wireless charging
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3250 mAh battery
Charging: Fast battery charging with 18W
Colours Available: Carbon Black
In The Box: Kogan Agora XS (64GB, Carbon Black), Fast Charger, Kogan Earbuds, Quick Start Guide
Price: 359 USD

kogan agora

About Kogan is an Australian portfolio of retail and services businesses including Kogan Retail, Kogan Marketplace, Kogan Mobile, Kogan Internet, Kogan Insurance, Kogan Health, Kogan Pet Insurance, Kogan Life Insurance and Kogan Travel. The company was founded in 2006 by Ruslan Kogan. The Wall Street Journal speculates Kogan is worth over $400M. was established in 2006 by Ruslan Kogan in his parent’s garage. He started with a website offering LCD televisions that would be assembled in Chinese factories. In October 2010, Ruslan Kogan announced that Kogan would expand to the UK. The company officially entered the UK market on 15 November with a range of LED TVs and GPS units. The expansion makes Kogan the only Australian-owned international consumer electronics brand. On 7 July 2016 Kogan floated on the Australian Stock Exchange. Kogan Mobile was re-launched on 19 October 2015 with unlimited standard national calls and text and heaps of data in Australia at great prices. The service is powered by Vodafone over the Vodafone 2G and 3G networks. All customers of Kogan Mobile were upgraded to 4G in early 2016. Kogan is using the Vodafone network, and Vodafone is handling all customer service.
In August 2011 Kogan announced his desire for online retailers to be viewed separately from traditional retail by economists, stating that “If we have been grouped with traditional retailers, then we want a divorce” and arguing that all of the innovation and growth is in online, rather than bricks-and-mortar, retail. Business Magazine BRW noted the similarity of the “divorce” to a campaign by NAB. In March 2016, Kogan acquired Dick Smith Holdings online business. The physical retail stores have been shut down with the Dick Smith brand transitioned to an online-only consumer electronics store.

Smart Phone

The iPod touch is back in 2019.

ipod touch 2019

Apple has updated the iPod touch with a new processor and higher storage while keeping the rest unchanged.

The iPod touch now comes with the A10 Fusion chipset, same as the one found on the iPhone 7.
iOS 12 Operating System with 1 GB of ram.
It’s not quite the latest and greatest but it’s a decent step-up from the A8 found on the previous model.
The new chipset enables additional features. You can now make Group FaceTime calls, which can include up to 32 people. It also enables the use of AR features in apps that use Apple’s ARKit framework.

Apart from the chipset, the new model also comes with a 256 GB storage, which joins the previous 128 GB and 32 GB options.

The rest of the product has been left untouched. This means you are still getting the same 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Retina display with Multi-Touch IPS technology 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi 800:1 contrast ratio with Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating.
8MP camera on the back with Autofocus, ƒ/2.4 aperture, Five-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Backside illumination, Auto image stabilization, HDR for photos, Exposure control, Panorama (up to 43 MP), Burst mode, Tap to focus, Photo geo tagging over Wi-Fi, Timer mode, Image formats captured: HEIF and JPEG.
Video Recording with 1080p HD video recording (30 fps), Tap to focus while recording, Slow-mo video (120 fps), Time-lapse video, Cinematic video stabilization, 3x zoom, Video geo tagging over Wi-Fi, Video formats recorded: HEVC and H.264.
And 1.2MP camera on the front with ƒ/2.2 aperture, 720p HD video recording, Backside illumination sensor, Auto HDR for videos, Burst mode, Exposure control, Timer mode.
Wireless: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi‑Fi, Bluetooth: 4.1 wireless technology, A single loudspeaker, Lightning Connector, no Face ID or even Touch ID, 3D Touch or haptic feedback. Fortunately it does have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Up to 40 hours Music playback time and 8 hours of Video playback time.

Supported Language: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Slovak, Swedish, Hungarian, Russian, Ukrainian, Chinese, Hong Kong, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Catalan, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Malay, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
The new iPod touch starts at $199 for the 32 GB model, $299 for the 128 GB and $399 for the 256 GB model. It comes in six colours Such as Product Red, Blue, Pink, Silver, Gold, Space Gray.
In the Box it comes with iPod touch, Apple Ear Pods, Lightning to USB Cable, Quick Start guide.

A short brief of iPod touch 1st generation : The original iPod touch launched in 2007 with 8 GB/16 GB memory, 128 MB dynamic RAM, 480 x 320 pixels 165 ppi 3.5 inches multi-touch display screen, 412 MHz ARM CPU, PowerVR Lite GPU, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, Built-in rechargeable 580 mAh Li-Po battery and the 32 GB model was added in Feb 2008. In 2010 finally iPod touch got a camera not just on the front but on the back as well.

Currently Apple has released iPod Touch 7th generation and will available during fall 2019.

red ipod touch
Operating System

Huawei Ark OS

huawei ark os

Huawei Ark OS
Huawei had confirmed quite recently that it is working on its own operating system as an alternative to Android and thanks to several trademarks that Huawei submitted we may know the name of that operating system.
The company has trademarked three names with EUIPO that includes HUAWEI ARK OS, HUAWEI ARK, ARK, and ARK OS. All of these trademarks were filed on May 24, so not so many days ago.
These trademarks do not confirm that this is Huawei’s upcoming alternative to Android but considering that the company confirmed that it is working on that OS and that its development had to be accelerated due to recent US and Google-related issues. Chances are that the OS will be called “Ark OS”.
Huawei actually confirmed way back in November that it is developing an Android alternative though back then the news was not as important as it is now. If you have not been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks you know that the US basically banned Huawei from doing business with US companies. Which prompted Google to cut ties with the company as well.
When the company said it developed its own operating system in case of any circumstances that it can face from the US. The possible name was ( a Chinese name, which could be different for the global users ) Huawei OS – “Hongmeng“.
Following all that, a number of other companies cancelled on Huawei. Creating a huge issue for one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Based on the latest numbers Huawei is the second largest smartphone manufacturer in the world after Samsung and the company was aiming to trump Samsung next year but this prohibition will affect those plans quite a bit.
According to recent reports Huawei’s sales dropped following recent US-related issues. Huawei’s smartphones are based on Android, and even though Huawei was granted a three-month grace period to keep its license. That won’t mean much for the company if it doesn’t manage to turn things around.
Huawei’s CEO said that the company is ready for the change and ensured its users that everything will be okay but there are a ton of obstacles for the company if the situation doesn’t get ironed out. Switching to a completely new OS is one thing but Huawei is now having issues on the hardware side as well.
Many of its components either come from US companies or are provided by companies that have direct ties to those US companies. As various patents are into play which may render Huawei illegible to use those parts. Its Kirin chips may be affected by the whole situation as well.
Now, this may be only a political maneuver initialized by the US President Donald Trump. As he did say recently that Huawei may be included in the US-China trade deal. If that ends up happening all of Huawei’s issues may be resolved but the longer this period lasts the more damage will be done to the company. It would be a real hit for the tech community to see Huawei fall down the ladder. As it would have a considerable impact on competition and basically leave the vast majority of the market for Samsung and Apple to control.
Huawei’s first-ever self-developed operating system will soon be launched this fall.
As a Chinese tech giant Huawei will find its way around this. We all just hope that Huawei’s OS will be stable and will come with wide range of app support and doesn’t end up like Fire phone, Windows phone or other OS that came in the market but couldn’t fill the market demands. These days new OS just come and go, Time will tell if Huawei can make a permanent mark.

Smart Phone

Honor 20 Pro

honor 20 pro

Specs and more
Launch Date: Announced 2019 May. Release 2019 June.
Body Dimensions: 154.6 x 74 x 8.4 mm (6.09 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
Body Weight: 182 g or 6.42 oz
Body Material: Front/back glass, aluminium frame
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Screen Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours
Display Screen Size: 6.26 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~84.1% screen-to-body ratio)
Display Screen Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~412 ppi density)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), Magic 2.1
Chipset: Hi-Silicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
CPU: Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPU: Mali-G76 MP10 Graphics
Memory: 8 GB RAM
SD Card Slot: No
Internal Storage: 256 GB
Rear Facing Camera: Quad Setup
48 MP, f/1.4, 28mm (wide), 1/2″, 0.8µm, Laser/PDAF, OIS
8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4.4″, Laser/PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (Ultra wide), 1/3.1″
2 MP, f/2.4, 27mm (wide) dedicated macro camera
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; gyro-EIS
Front Facing Camera: Single 32 MP, f/2.0, 0.8µm
Features: HDR
Video: 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS
Loudspeaker: Yes, Voice 68dB / Noise 72dB / Ring 87dB
Audio quality: Noise -92.9dB / Crosstalk -46.8dB with Active noise cancellation with dedicated Microphones and 32-bit/192kHz audio.
3.5mm Headphone Jack: No
Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE or 2G/3G/4G
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE
NFC: Yes (market/region dependent)
Infrared port: Yes
Radio: No
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go
Other Features: Fingerprint Sensor (side-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Charging: Fast charging with 22.5W (50% in just 30 min)
Colours Available: Phantom Blue, Phantom Black
Price: Around 580 USD

honor 20 pro

About Honor 20 Pro:
HONOR is a smartphone brand owned by Huawei Technologies. As part of the Huawei Consumer Business Group’s dual-brand strategy. Honor provides smartphone handsets targeting young consumers but has released tablet computers and wearable technology as well. Founded in 2013 Honor line of cost-effective smartphones allows Huawei to compete with mid-range online smartphone brands in China and global Market. Honor began its international expansion in April 2014 with launching the Honor 3C in Malaysia, followed by the release of the Honor 6 in Europe in October. By June 2015 the brand had expanded into 74 countries, including in Europe, India, and Japan. The Honor 8X and Honor 8X Max were released in September 2018 in China. That same month, The Honor Play was named “Best of IFA 2018” by Top Tier Global Media, praising the device for its GPU Turbo and smart gaming features. In August 2016, Recode reported that Honor had sold over 60 million products, generating over $8.4 billion in revenue.
In December 2018, The Honor View 20 was announced with three new technologies such as a 48 megapixel rear camera, All-View Display and Link Turbo. Huawei EMUI is used on Honor and Huawei branded phones. Honor MagicOS is being used on the Honor Magic 2 and the Honor View 20.
In May 2019, The Honor 20 Series has released, which won three awards from Android Authority, Android Police and Android Headline with the Verge describing the Honor 20 Pro as ‘flagship specs with a mid-range price.

Social Media



BlackBerry Messenger
BlackBerry Messenger is a proprietary mobile instant messenger and video communication application included on BlackBerry devices that allows messaging and voice calls between BlackBerry OS, BlackBerry 10, iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile users.
BlackBerry Messenger was launched on August 1, 2005 by BlackBerry Limited.
The consumer edition for iOS and Android or BBM Consumer was developed by Indonesian company Emtek (formerly known as Research In Motion) under license from BlackBerry Limited. Messages sent via BBM are sent over the Internet and use the BlackBerry PIN system. In the past many service providers allowed sign-in to BBM using a dedicated BlackBerry data plan. BBM also allows users to send pictures, audio recordings, files, share real time location on a map, stickers and a wide selection of emojis. With the release of BlackBerry Messenger 5.0, BlackBerry allows users to use a QR Code to add each other to their respective friend’s lists rather than using only numeric PIN identification or an email address associated with the user’s BBM. The release of BlackBerry Messenger 6.0 introduced additional traits. This update is focused on social communication mediums including ‘BBM Connected Apps’ which allow the user to invite friends to share their favourite BlackBerry Applications. With the release of BlackBerry Messenger 7.0 in December 2012, voice chat or BBM Voice Call was introduced.

Communication was only possible between BlackBerry devices until late 2013 when BBM was released on iOS and Android systems. 300 million Stickers have been shared. Daily 150,000 BBM Voice Calls are placed. There are more than 190 million BBM users worldwide as of 2015. BBM was the original “mobile-first” messaging service and highly popular until it started to lose out to rivals. On November 4, 2014, BBM scored 1 out of 7 points on the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s “Secure Messaging Scorecard”. It lost points because communications are not encrypted with a key the provider doesn’t have access, users can’t verify contacts’ identities, past messages are not secure if the encryption keys are stolen, the code is not open to independent review, the security design is not properly documented, and there has not been a recent independent code audit.
As of April 2016, Indonesia was the only country where BBM was the most popular messaging app installed on 87.5% of Android devices in the country.

The consumer version of BBM is officially discontinued at the end of May 2019. Emtek has announced that it will end support for the messaging app on May 31st 2019.
Saying “We are proud of what we have built to date… The technology industry however is very fluid and in spite of our substantial efforts users have moved on to other platforms. While new users proved difficult to sign on,” since users has moved on Emtek wrote in a blog, “Though we are sad to say goodbye, the time has come to sunset the BBM consumer service, and for us to move on.”

Those using the enterprise version of the app called BBM Enterprise or BBMe will continue operations as normal but there is a $2.50 subscription fee for every six months. BBMe does offer end-to-end encryption and message editing / unsending where the consumer version didn’t. So it may be worth the dollars if you’re still a BBM user.
BBM Enterprise (formerly known as BBM Protected) was developed fully by BlackBerry Limited.

You can download the enterprise version on Android, iOS, Windows, MacOS, BlackBerryOS for free.

Operating System

A brief history of macOS

mac os x

A brief history of macOS
The heritage of what would become macOS had originated at NeXT, a company founded by Steve Jobs following his departure from Apple in 1985. There the Unix-like NeXTSTEP operating system was developed, and then launched in 1989. The kernel of NeXTSTEP is based upon the Mach kernel, which was originally developed at Carnegie Mellon University. With additional kernel layers and low-level user space code derived from parts of BSD. Its graphical user interface was built on top of an object-oriented GUI toolkit using the Objective-C programming language.

Throughout the early 1990s, Apple had tried to create a “next-generation” OS to succeed its classic Mac OS through the Taligent, Copland and Gershwin projects, but all of them were eventually abandoned. This led Apple to purchase NeXT in 1996, allowing NeXTSTEP, then called OPENSTEP, to serve as the basis for Apple’s next generation operating system.
macOS (previously Mac OS X and later OS X) is a series of graphical operating systems developed and marketed by Apple Inc. since 2001. It is the primary operating system for Apple’s Mac family of computers. Within the market of desktop, laptop and home computers, and by web usage, it is the second most widely used desktop OS after Microsoft Windows.
macOS is the second major series of Macintosh operating systems. The first is colloquially called the “classic” Mac OS which was introduced in 1984, and the final release of which was Mac OS 9 in 1999. The first desktop version, Mac OS X 10.0, was released in March 2001, with its first update, 10.1, arriving later that year. After this, Apple began naming its releases after big cats, which lasted until OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Since OS X 10.9 Mavericks, releases have been named after locations in California.
Apple shortened the name to “OS X” in 2012 and then changed it to “macOS” in 2016. Adopting the nomenclature that they were using for their other operating systems, iOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The latest version is macOS Catalina, which will be publicly released in September 2019.
Mac OS X was originally presented as the tenth major version of Apple’s operating system for Macintosh computers; current versions of macOS retain the major version number “10”. Previous Macintosh operating systems (versions of the classic Mac OS) were named using Arabic numerals, as with Mac OS 8 and Mac OS 9. The letter “X” in Mac OS X’s name refers to the number 10, a Roman numeral. It is therefore correctly pronounced “ten” in this context. However, it is also commonly pronounced like the letter “X”.
OS X versions:

  1. Mac OS 10.0 “Cheetah”
  2. Mac OS 10.1 “Puma”
  3. Mac OS 10.2 “Jaguar”
  4. Mac OS 10.3 “Panther”
  5. Mac OS 10.4 “Tiger”
  6. Mac OS 10.5 “Leopard”
  7. Mac OS 10.6 “Snow Leopard”
  8. Mac OS 10.7 “Lion”
  9. Mac OS 10.8 “Mountain Lion”
  10. Mac OS 10.9 “Mavericks”
  11. Mac OS 10.10 “Yosemite”
  12. Mac OS 10.11 “El Capitan”
  13. Mac OS 10.12 “Sierra”
  14. Mac OS 10.13 “High Sierra”
  15. Mac OS 10.14 “Mojave”
  16. Mac OS 10.15 “Catalina”