Tag Archives: Internet

What do you know about Linux?


While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don’t know how it’s actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized. Based on the annual report “Who Writes Linux,” this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a community-driven phenomenon

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Facebook’s Quest to Beam the Internet


A WIRED’s exclusive look at how Facebook will beam the internet with Aquila, a stratospheric solar-powered drone equipped with millimeter wave communications technology

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Microsoft HoloLens: is Ready!


Mixed reality with Microsoft HoloLens blends 3D holographic content into your physical world, giving your holograms real-world context and scale. Interact with both digital content and the world around you as you explore 3D in 3D.


And now this concept object is here! The first developer edition is ready for you! Alex Kipman and Kudo Tsunoda welcome developers to the team. They share an overview of what’s included in the box with the HoloLens Development Edition and invite developers to imagine the possibilities by checking out apps and games that have been curated to inspire.

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Project Loon: Scaling Up


Since launching a handful of balloons in New Zealand at the Project launch in 2013 they have flown millions of test kilometers around the world trying to learn what it will take to provide connectivity to everyone, anywhere, with balloons. In this video, Project Lead Mike Cassidy talks us through the progress the team has made towards creating and managing a balloon network at scale and making balloon-powered Internet for all a reality.

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Make it Wearable


Wearables are the latest technology trend out there (together with the Internet of Things) and almost all the companies are trying to jump into this market somehow. Some of them are creating technology for it while some others are imagining the future that a technology like that will enable. I am not sure if everyone is following the correct path that will bring us all the amazing goodies (that are going to improve our lives) but who am I to judge this! Intel is one of those companies and is looking for the innovators who will design the next big wearable technology. Enter the Make It Wearable Challenge to find out here

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Just Twitter!


This an interesting video from Twitter! Jack Dorsey, Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Dick Costolo describe how Twitter developed as people discover and use it to share real-time events, news, opinions and fun. Honesty, I am loving it! It’s simple, clean, professionally made and with way less distracting-boring advertising all around it (yes, facebook I am talking to you right now). Of course, they published this video on this specific time as their introduction to the IPO road show. And as I am hearing… is going really well!

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Project Loon: The story through videos


You know Google’s Project Loon? If not then this post will solve a lot of your questions that you may have. Basically it’s a concept/research project that aims to put WiFi signal into areas that are not accessible from the available infrastructure. And all of those using balloons! Yes, balloons! So, how did Project Loon begin? Google set up an Ask Away series that answers some of the most common questions, with the first one to answer exactly on that. Flight systems engineer Cliff describes building Project Loon from the ground up and says that “sometimes the best way to go about proving that something is possible is by disproving that it’s impossible”


But how exactly this project will actually work? Google engineers answer on that as well: “We believe it’s possible to create a ring of balloons that fly around the globe on the stratospheric winds and provide Internet access to the earth below. Balloons present some really hard science problems, but we’re excited about the progress so far”.


In order for the project to work you have to navigate the balloons around. Otherwise you will end up having a lot of flying WiFi antennas in on place and non on the other. The easiest way to do that is by moving the flying antennas up and down. Do to the balloons operation level, the winds are sort of predictable and moving in specific directions depending on the altitude. In this video two engineers, Keegan and Dan, discuss the ins and outs of ups and downs of this operation


Of course, the most critical part of the system is the antenna system. This piece of equipment will transmit and receive all the client signals. It has to be powerful enough and simultaneously make use of as low energy as possible. On top of that the transmission graph must be wide enough to cover a wide area of user on the ground. Cyrus, Loon’s Network Engineering Lead, takes us inside the Loon antenna and describes some of the unique design considerations of balloon-based antenna systems


And in case you wondering how the cases are made there is a video for that as well. Almost every other week Project Loon YouTube channel uploads a new video answering a new question. Have a look here if you don’t want to miss anything

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