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Google to launch 180 low-orbit satellites that provide Internet access

November 28th, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

The billion-dollar project will complement Google’s balloons and drones. Google wants to deploy a fleet of satellites to extend internet access to areas around the world that do not have internet access. The fleet of satellites will cost Google $1 billion. Google “will start with 180 small, high-capacity satellites orbiting the earth at lower altitudes […]



Two-thirds of American consumers don’t know what a smart home is

November 26th, 2014 at 10:05 am » Comments Off

According to a new survey, two-thirds of the consumers in the U.S. with broadband are not very familiar with smart home services or products or where to buy them.    



Darkhotel tricks hotel Wi-Fi users into downloading malicious software

November 25th, 2014 at 5:56 pm » Comments Off

Business travelers beware of Darkhotel. There are a lot of reasons not to use Wi-Fi in a hotel. It’s often expensive, sluggish, and unreliable. Sometimes it seems like nobody knows the network password, and when trouble arises it’s hard to convince the front desk that there’s a problem with their network, not one with your devices. […]



Social media changes the way the news covers conflicts around the world

November 20th, 2014 at 5:04 pm » Comments Off

Web Summit conference in Dublin. Social media has changed the way news organizations cover conflicts around the world, but traditional journalistic values are still vital. These were the conclusions from a panel at the Web Summit conference in Dublin. The conference featured representatives from Time, Vice News and News Corporation-owned social curation service Storyful.   […]



Input from humans can make the Internet of Things smarter

November 16th, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Internet of Things (IoT) systems usually consist of a set of sensors that collect information, which is then transmitted between different devices without human intervention. At the same time, today’s mobile infrastructure — the devices, the apps — is typically all about human interaction.    



Why high schools should teach social media skills to students

November 15th, 2014 at 8:29 am » Comments Off

Social media is a very real and ongoing aspect of our everyday lives. Recently, there has been some discussion on what schools should be teaching students. The United Kingdom announced last month to add cybersecurity to its curriculum in response to a lack of education in the field and the rising industry skills gap.    



The growth of free Wi-Fi is transforming life in Africa

November 14th, 2014 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

Free hotspots are widespread in South Africa. 2014 is the “watershed year” for Wi-Fi, according to Ruckus Wireless. The company predicted the number of hotspots across the world would increase to 5.8 million by next year, an increase of 350 per cent from the number in 2011. (Video)    



Will we have any privacy when everyday objects are connected to the Internet of Things?

November 9th, 2014 at 8:48 am » Comments Off

Consumers who are wary of privacy can  take some comfort in the settings tab of our smartphones or browsers, which allow us to tell a device not to track our location or monitor what we are reading. But what can they do when the internet-connected device is inside their body or mounted on a city lamp-post? (Video)   […]



Where’s the profit in the Internet of Things?

November 5th, 2014 at 11:45 am » Comments Off

Where does the real revenue in the Internet of Things lie? It’s probably not in some sort of gizmo you have to sell. Surprisingly, the revenue is in ongoing services, not the “thing” itself. (Video)  



Huge 43% growth in online video watching in one year

October 31st, 2014 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

People on the Internet watched 38.2 billion free videos online in the second quarter of 2014. A new report from Adobe has found that we are wasting more time than ever watching video, and we are increasingly doing it online. What’s more, “online” no longer means “on a computer” — it increasingly means on a […]



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