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Alphabet will use beams of light to deliver internet in Kenya

November 22nd, 2020 at 4:35 pm » Comments Off

The moonshot project has a new name, too.  It’s been a while since we’ve heard about Alphabet’s Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) project. If you’ve forgotten all about it, we don’t blame you: the acronym doesn’t stick in the mind quite like Google Fiber or Project Loon. To solve the problem, Alphabet’s ‘X’ division has […]

By 2024, 5G could be beamed to your phone using huge, hydrogen-powered aircraft

November 14th, 2020 at 12:19 pm » Comments Off

  A Stratospheric Platforms antenna, inside a testing chamber In the near future, your phone may take its 5G signal from the sky instead of a nearby mast on the ground. It’s an innovative way to solve the problem of increasing connectivity without relying on thousands of terrestrial cell towers. The concept is known as […]

New ‘A.I. lawyer’ analyzes your emails to find moneysaving loopholes

October 16th, 2020 at 11:18 am » Comments Off

Email systems have gotten smarter. Whether it’s filtering out spam, prioritizing the messages we need to respond to, reminding us when we’ve forgotten to include a mentioned attachment, or suggesting appropriate responses, 2020 email has come a long way from the basic inboxes of yesteryear. But there’s still further they can go — and Joshua […]

The quantum internet will blow your mind. Here’s what it will look like

October 12th, 2020 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

The next generation of the Internet will rely on revolutionary new tech — allowing for unhackable networks and information that travels faster than the speed of light. Call it the quantum Garden of Eden. Fifty or so miles east of New York City, on the campus of Brookhaven National Laboratory, Eden Figueroa is one of […]

New research advances U.S. Army’s quest for ultra-secure quantum networking

August 25th, 2020 at 11:49 am » Comments Off

Two U.S. Army research projects at the University of Chicago advance quantum networking, which will play a key role in future battlefield operations.  Quantum networks will potentially deliver multiple novel capabilities not achievable with classical networks, one of which is secure quantum communication. In quantum communication protocols, information is typically sent through entangled photon particles. […]

Inside Facebook’s new power grab

August 23rd, 2020 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Mark Zuckerberg is not a man used to failure. He has built a $600-billion empire, buying up or crushing most would-be competitors and brushing regulators aside. When, in 2015, he personally headed up an effort – first called, then “Free Basics” – to help 3.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to the […]

The big future of satellite internet just took a promising step forward

August 16th, 2020 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

As companies like SpaceX and Amazon scramble the satellites to build internet constellations, an old piece of tech gets an update. Some of the biggest companies in the world, like Amazon and SpaceX, are looking towards space for the future of the Internet. Satellite-based Internet is a nascent enterprise, but analysts believe that broadband Internet […]

Cambridge researchers create a touchscreen you don’t have to touch

August 5th, 2020 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

We’d assume at this point that every smartphone user knows that their touchscreen is one of the nastiest devices they own. The surface of a touchscreen can be packed with viruses and bacteria that have the potential to make people sick. This is a particularly significant issue in the current world climate with the coronavirus […]

How COVID-19 ended the Information Era and ushered in the Age of Insight

July 28th, 2020 at 8:35 am » Comments Off

Tech companies will play a crucial role in making the next wave of progress a reality. The COVID-19 crisis was the catalyst for rapid change and brought with it the opportunity to accelerate towards a brighter future; A new era that is defined by insights and discoveries that benefit all of society has arrived; Technology […]

Samsung: Expect 6G in 2028, enabling mobile holograms and digital twins

July 23rd, 2020 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

  Just as the earliest 5G networks began to go live two years ago, a handful of scientists were eager to publicize their initial work on the next-generation 6G standard, which was at best theoretical back then, and at worst an ill-timed distraction. But as 5G continues to roll out, 6G research continues, and today […]

Facebook built a new fiber-spinning robot to make internet service cheaper

July 22nd, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

  Facebook has designed a robot that can install fiber on traditional power lines, as shown in this rendering.  The robot’s code name is Bombyx, which is Latin for silkworm, and pilot tests with the machine begin next year. The robot rests delicately atop a power line, balanced high above the ground, almost as if […]

Alphabets Loon launches its balloon powered Kenyan internet service

July 18th, 2020 at 2:21 am » Comments Off

   Alphabet’s Loon has officially begun operating its commercial internet service in Kenya . This is the first large-scale commercial offering that makes use of Loon’s high-altitude balloons, which essentially work as cell service towers that drift on currents in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Loon’s Kenyan service is offered in partnership with local telecom provider […]

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