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Coronavirus upended the trillion-dollar events business. Here’s how it can come back

April 9th, 2020 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

The global events industry generates more than $1 trillion in economic activity. Needless to say, it has been decimated by the coronavirus. After the lockdowns end and our health authorities tell us it’s safe to gather in groups, we need a plan to ease people back into real events. Virtual events won’t cut it in […]



Elon Musk’s SpaceX: Now 1 million Starlink user terminals OKed for US internet service

April 3rd, 2020 at 11:52 am » Comments Off

The Federal Communications Commission has approved SpaceX’s application to roll out a million user terminals in the US to connect with its growing Starlink satellite broadband network. The approval gives SpaceX a 15-year “blanket license for the operation of up to 1,000,000 fixed earth stations that will communicate with its non-geostationary orbit satellite system”.



Cloud data speeds set to soar with aid of laser mini-magnets

March 15th, 2020 at 1:06 am » Comments Off

Model of a single-molecule magnet Tiny, laser-activated magnets could enable cloud computing systems to process data up to 100 times faster than current technologies, a study suggests. Chemists have studied a new magnetic material that could boost the storage capacity and processing speed of hard drives used in cloud-based servers. This could enable people using […]



These ‘smart clothes’ conduct Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to link all your gadgets at once, and can boost your battery life by 1,000 times

February 23rd, 2020 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

The clothes can be washed, dried and ironed as with regular garments. In recent years, wearable devices like smartwatches have become increasingly popular among those who want to keep track of their personal health and fitness. Researchers from the National University of Singapore invented clothing that conducts Bluetooth and WiFi to connect all your different […]



AI can automatically rewrite outdated text in Wikipedia articles

February 23rd, 2020 at 12:22 pm » Comments Off

It’s good to be skeptical of Wikipedia articles for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the possibility of outdated info — human editors can only do so much. And while there are bots that can edit Wikipedia, they’re usually limited to updated canned templates or fighting vandalism. MIT might have a […]



SpaceX launches 60 new Starlink satellites, sticks rocket landing at sea

February 2nd, 2020 at 2:20 am » Comments Off

Watch: SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches 60 satellites into orbit Following the successful launch, the rocket’s first stage gently touched down on a SpaceX drone ship landing platform. CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX successfully launched its fourth batch of Starlink satellites into orbit and landed a rocket landing Wednesday following days of weather delays for […]



Amazon’s AI automatically dubs videos into other languages

January 28th, 2020 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Ever wish you could automatically dub foreign film dialogue into another tongue? Amazon is on the case. In a paper published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers from the tech giant detailed a novel “speech-to-speech” pipeline that taps AI to align translated speech with original speech and fine-tune speech duration before adding background […]



Wi-Fi 6 will double your network’s range and triple its speed — once you upgrade your router, phone, PC, and everything else

January 17th, 2020 at 9:56 pm » Comments Off

Wi-Fi 6 will upgrade your workhorse wireless network 5G is great, but it’s a big Wi-Fi upgrade that’ll likely help you out sooner with faster speeds and longer range at home, school and work. We get it. 5G is a big deal. But honestly, you likely use Wi-Fi networks as much or more with your […]



What you need to know about 5G

January 5th, 2020 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

5G, the fifth generation of mobile communications that enables global connectivity, is predicted to contribute $13.2 trillion to the global economy by 2035. To date, there are 50 commercial 5G network deployments in 27 countries. An additional 328 operators across 109 countries have said they are investing in 5G.



Chinese scientists develop portable quantum satellite communication device

January 4th, 2020 at 1:17 am » Comments Off

Weighing in at just 80kg, the machine can connect to China’s quantum satellite and receive encryption keys in the form of entangled light particles Breakthrough was made by team at University of Science and Technology of China Chinese scientists have developed a quantum satellite ground station that is not only capable of sending ultra-secure messages […]



Colleges are turning students’ phones into surveillance machines, tracking the locations of hundreds of thousands

December 30th, 2019 at 12:14 pm » Comments Off

Syracuse University is among the dozens of schools in the United States that use tracking systems to monitor students’ academic performance, analyze their conduct or assess their mental health. When Syracuse University freshmen walk into professor Jeff Rubin’s Introduction to Information Technologies class, seven small Bluetooth beacons hidden around the Grant Auditorium lecture hall connect […]



Smart intersections could cut autonomous car congestion

December 26th, 2019 at 12:50 pm » Comments Off

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind model to control traffic and intersections in order to increase autonomous car capacity on urban streets of the future, reduce congestion and minimize accidents. In the not-so-distant future, city streets could be flooded with autonomous vehicles. Self-driving cars can move faster and travel closer together, allowing more of them to […]



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