17 June 2013

Google Internet Balloon Project

 "the top-secret project was announced Saturday in New Zealand, where up to 50 volunteer households are already beginning to receive the Internet briefly on their home computers via translucent helium balloons that sail by on the wind 12 miles above Earth." (source infra)

Google's Internet Balloon Project Could Create "Enormous Benefits," Says Prof ...
DePauw University
"Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online," notes an internationally distributed Associated Press story. Martha Mendoza and Nick Perry ...

Google Launches 'Loon' to Deliver Internet Access With Balloons
Wall Street Journal (blog)
But Google seems serious, or at least mostly serious. “The idea may sound a bit crazy–and that's part of the reason we're calling it Project Loon–but there's solid science behind it,” the Internet giant wrote on its blog late Friday. And there's a ...

Microsoft Paying Developers for Windows Phone Apps isn't New
PC Magazine
Bloomberg Businessweek's Ashlee Vance let slip in an article this past week that Microsoft is paying developers "$100,000 or more" to build apps for its Windows Phone platform – a lovely incentive, sure, for those whose budgets are too constrained or ...

Scientists Moving 15-Ton Magnet From NY to Chicago
ABC News
New York to Chicago, in five weeks? Scientists on Long Island are preparing to move a 50-foot-wide electromagnet 3,200 miles over land and sea to its new home at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. The trip is ...

AT&T Rolls Out Emergency Alerts Update to iPhone Users
PC Magazine
AT&T has started to push out a carrier update that will now allow owners of various versions of Apple's iPhone to receive important Wireless Emergency Alerts. The update itself is mandatory, in that users have no way to decline it once they get the message ...

How whales are able to hold their breath underwater
How come some mammals — like whales — can hold their breath underwater for up to an hour, while others — like you — can't? British biologists have figured it out. Scientists at the University of Liverpool have found that deep sea diving mammals have ...

Deals: dozens of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro Retina configs at lowest ...
Apple Insider
As promised, AppleInsider's Mac Price Guides were expanded over this past week to include 19 configurations of Apple's new MacBook Air (both with and without AppleCare) at the lowest prices anywhere, in addition to several MacBook Pro with Retina ...

A third of American adults now own tablet computers
Summary: If you thought you were seeing tablet computers everywhere, you were right. Over a third of Americans now own a tablet and more are buying them every day. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Networking | June 16, ...

Teenager 'hitches ride' with whale shark
The video shows Florida teenager Chris Kreis jumping off a boat into the water in the Gulf of Mexico and grabbing hold of the fin of a 30ft long whale shark. The whale shark swims along for a few seconds with the 19-year-old on its back before Kreis lets go ...

Saudi Arabia may block WhatsApp within weeks
Popular mobile chat app warned of possible blockage after voice and messaging app Viber was blocked last week. Saudi Arabia plans to block WhatsApp in coming weeks if ...

Changing Perspectives Propel Chimp Protections
New York Times (blog)
More than 50 years ago, Jane Goodall, then a young researcher at what would become the Gombe National Park in Tanzania, began introducing the public to the “fantastic beings” she had studied and lived with. In her book “In the Shadow of Man” and in ...

Climate talks shift from curbing emissions to adapting
CTV News
WASHINGTON-- Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise. The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It's becoming more about how to save ourselves from the ...

Google and Twitter Take a Pass on new FISA Disclosure Deal Adopted by ...
Maximum PC
Privacy concerns are front and center in the online world these days, and a deal taken by Facebook and Microsoft on government transparency doesn't pass the Google sniff test. Google claims the offer comes with strings attached they can't live with, and they ...

Xbox Music Windows 8 app gets a slick redesign
While plenty of attention is being given to Apple's newly unveiled iTunes Radio and Google's Google Play All Access subscription, not much has been said about Microsoft's own service Xbox Music. Well yesterday, the company leaked screenshots of a Xbox ...

Climate-Proofing Cities Is A Hot Topic At Bonn Conference
Huffington Post
BONN, Germany -- From Bangkok to Miami, cities and coastal areas across the globe are already building or planning defenses to protect millions of people and key infrastructure from more powerful storm surges and other effects of global warming. Some are ...

Women In Space: 50 Years Of Female Astronauts, Cosmonauts (PHOTOS)
Huffington Post
The history of women in space is about to turn 50 years old. Sunday (June 16) marks the 50th anniversary of Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova's landmark 1963 flight, which launched her into history as the first woman to fly to space — only two years ...

Controversy surrounds efforts to solve bee deaths
Columbia Missourian
ST. LOUIS — One of every three bites of food we consume depends on pollination by honeybees, but these overlooked contributors to our food system are continuing to die in stubbornly perplexing ways. Beekeeping groups have held exhaustive conferences ...

Sexism lingers in gaming world
Cherry Hill Courier Post
LOS ANGELES — When it comes to video games, it still felt like a ...

Six Things You Didn't Know About Twitter's Vine App
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey was reportedly heartbroken when Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold Instagram to Facebook for $1 billion in cash and stock in April 2012. Less than a year and a reported $970 million later, Twitter ...

The beautiful new Apple computer most people won't buy
The Keene Sentinel
The big hardware unveil at a recent Apple press event was the new Mac Pro, a sleek, cylindrical desktop computer and the most powerful machine Apple has ever built. It also costs thousands of dollars and is way more machine than most people will ever ...

Cheetah's acceleration power better than most entry level cars
Northern Voices Online
Scientists have concluded that Cheetah's acceleration power better than most entry level cars. Usain Bolt, the fastest man is not even half as fast as a cheetah. Olympian Usain Bolt has a stiff competition from none other Cheetah, the fastest running animal.

Robots take a pounding for Ford test drivers
Self-driving cars seem like they'll be on our roads any day now, but what about self-testing cars that can drive themselves around insanely destructive tracks? Engineers at Ford's Michigan Proving Grounds in Romeo, Michigan, say that they've come up with ...

NASA funds development of 3D pizza printer
Science Recorder
NASA funds development of 3D pizza printer. It might seem like science fiction, but real food has already been printed from 3D printers. NASA funds development of 3D pizza printer....

HTC One Mini will rock an HD display, UA Profile confirms!
Good news for all of you waiting to get the upcoming HTC One Mini aka HTC M4 – it will come with a 720p HD screen, its leaked UA Profile confirms. This and the fact that it has an aluminum body will put it ahead of Samsung's Galaxy S4 Mini which has a ...

Hands-Free Texting and Calling Are Not Risk-Free
CIO Today
The increasingly popular voice-activated, in-car technologies that allow drivers to text, talk on the phone or even use Facebook while driving still allow for dangerous mental distraction, according to a study. In the most comprehensive study of its kind to look at ...

Study: Antarctic ice melting from below
Inland Empire News
Ice loss in Antarctica is largely driven by warm ocean currents, a discovery that could lead to more accurate predictions of sea level rise. Most of Antarctica's ice loss is from the bottom up, new research finds. In what represents the first comprehensive study of ...

UN Climate Change Talks End in Germany After Decision Making Spat
Science World Report
The United Nations have been discussing everything from carbon dioxide emissions to more violent weather patterns as they talk about climate change in Germany. Yet these talks have now been set back by six months after a decision making spat. (Photo ...

PS4 Pre-Order Launch Day Bundles at Amazon Dominate Movers and Shakers
PS4 Pre-Order Launch Day Bundles at Amazon Dominate Movers and Shakers PlayStation 4 pre-orders for the Launch Day edition sold out several days ago at online retailer Amazon.com, yet the guaranteed launch day console is still appearing in the top ...

E3 Preview - 'The Evil Within' takes horror back to its roots
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Pure horror games are making a comeback in the next year. With series like “Dead Space” and “Resident Evil” taking the action-heavy route, it's up to new IPs to take the horror genre back to its roots. Enter Bethesda and Tango Gamework's 'The Evil Within,” a ...

Fifth Alligator Spotted Lurking In Long Island River; Officials Attempt To Lure ...
A fifth alligator has been sighted on Long Island-- and authorities haven't been able to capture it. The alligators have been found all over Long Island recently. The latest gator is about four feet long and has been spotted lurking in the shrubbery and water of ...

Hideo Kojima Inspired By Ubisoft's Next-Gen Title “The Division”
Surprising as it may be, Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima was humbled by Ubisoft's next-gen MMO The Division, citing the degree of freedom given to players to accomplish their goals in an interview with Japanese site 4Gamer. Though Metal Gear Solid V ...

500000 New iTunes Accounts Are Added Every Day [Analyst]
At Worldwide Developers Conference 2013, Apple said that iTunes music store now touts more than 575 million users. Asymco's Horace Dediu believes that Apple adds roughly 500,000 or half a million new iTunes accounts every single day. It is believed that ...

New Nexus 7 Photo Spotted Online
A couple of days ago we reported that the FCC has approved a new Asus K009 tablet, some digging around revealed that it actually seems to be carrying the Nexus brand. It is believed that this tablet is the next generation Nexus 7 which Google might ...

Tesla's 2013 Model S Is a Game-Changer
Motley Fool
Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA ) has been a mind-boggling topic of late. From its seemingly overnight appearance in the auto industry, which no one believed a start-up company could break into, to its three-month price jump from less than $40 a share to more than ...

Sources: Facebook to launch RSS reader
Three months ago, Google announced that it was discontinuing their RSS reader, stating that the program had been losing users for awhile and indicating that the team responsible for the project wanted to look forward to other options. The announcement ...

The most surprising game at E3
There was no shortage of games at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles which ran from June 10 through June 13. Microsoft and Sony both had new consoles to sell and Nintendo is busy trying to beef up its library before a new wave of competition hits. Games like ...

10 reasons Android beats iOS 7
NBCNews.com (blog)
Six years after the first iPhone launched, Apple has finally made some major changes to the look and feel of its mobile operating system. Most of these improvements — including the new Notification Center, quick multitasking and Wi-Fi direct transfers — have ...

Glowing eel could detect liver disease in humans
Geek (blog)
What is that glowing, green thing gliding through the water? Scientists from the RIKEN research institute in Japan have spent the last few years figuring out how the eel Anguilla japonica glows so brightly. The mechanism turns out to be of huge interest in both ...

Gearbox Sued Over Duke Nukem Forever by Series Creators
If the overwhelmingly negative critical reception of Duke Nukem Forever wasn't punishment enough for developer Gearbox Software, they are now being taken to court over the game. 3D Realms was the first company to work on DNF in the game's sordid ...

Is SRT Already Taking Over for Dodge?
CarBuzz - Car News and Reviews
The end of the Dodge brand could be near as Chrysler may believe that a combined SRT-Fiat model is the better way to go. Last week there was a report going around that Chrysler may opt to kill off its Dodge brand in 2016 in an effort to consolidate models.

Radio operators plan hurricane season drill
Houston Chronicle
WESTLAKE, La. (AP) — Amateur radio operators in southwest Louisiana will prepare for emergency work during a hurricane season drill June 22-23. The Southwest Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/17CX5D2) the operators, known as "hams," will gather at ...

Motorcyclists Statewide Participating in Worldwide Ride to Work Day on Monday
Mesquite Local News
Motorcyclists throughout Nevada will be participating Monday, June 17, in the worldwide Ride to Work Day. Held annually, 'Ride to Work Day' advocates and supports motorcycle transportation, and encourages safe riding and sharing the road by both ...

Lego Will Make a Mars Curiosity Rover Set
Rejoice fellow space and brick nutters, because Lego is going to release an official Mars Curiosity set! The original model was designed by Stephen Pakbaz, an actual NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's mechanical engineer who worked in the mission.

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