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Microsoft’s underwater server experiment resurfaces after two years

September 24th, 2020 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

Turns out, dunking data centers is a great idea Back in 2018, Microsoft sunk an entire data center to the bottom of the Scottish sea, plunging 864 servers and 27.6 petabytes of storage 117 feet deep in the ocean. Today, the company has reported that its latest experiment was a success, revealing findings that show […]



Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them

September 16th, 2020 at 3:12 pm » Comments Off

Most open-access journals lack the technical means and plans to preserve their articles, despite a mandate from some funders that they do so. Eighty-four online-only, open-access (OA) journals in the sciences, and nearly 100 more in the social sciences and humanities, have disappeared from the internet over the past 2 decades as publishers stopped maintaining […]



Physna aims to be Google of 3D search with geometry-based AI

August 30th, 2020 at 1:14 pm » Comments Off

Physna, a midwestern U.S. startup founded in 2015, is trying to do for physical object (3D model) search what Google did for text and image search. Using geometric deep-learning technology and proprietary algorithms, Physna is able to understand, map and compare 3D models and index them based on their geometry. While it has been possible […]



Sky Drone & China Mobile partner to create 5G drone network

August 29th, 2020 at 1:26 pm » Comments Off

Sky Drone and China Mobile HK have partnered to explore the advantages 5G can have on drone networks by signing a memorandum of understanding earlier this week. China Mobile HK (CMHK) has already set up up a 5G innovation center that is supporting industries transferring from 4G to 5G as smoothly as possible. The company’s […]



Elons Musk’s Space X’s road to the fastest internet from orbit: Here’s what latest stats say

August 27th, 2020 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Rocket SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has been dreaming of creating a constellation of broadband satellites surrounding the Earth. He vowed to provide the fastest broadband internet service to anyone in the world, and he seems to be on his way to fulfilling his promise. With the new data from Speedtest.net, Starlink […]



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 internet.org, 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 […]



Elon Musk’s SpaceX: We now want to bring Starlink internet from space to 5 million in US

August 16th, 2020 at 10:25 am » Comments Off

The rise of Elon Musk and SpaceX  SpaceX asks to operate 5 million end-user terminals after the US approves Amazon’s rival satellite broadband plan. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has applied for a license to roll out five million ‘UFO on a stick’ end-user terminals, after 700,000 US residents signed up to be updated about the service’s […]



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 […]



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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