Alphabet’s Project to Restore Wireless Service in Puerto Rico With Balloons Gets FCC Approval

Project Loon has already proven its real-world usefulness once this year.

The FCC has approved an experimental license for Alphabet, Inc’s Project Loon to attempt to restore wireless service to storm-ravaged Puerto Rico using its high-altitude balloons, according to FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry.

Though the Loon technology is not entirely proven, it could help speed the restoration of vital communications as the U.S. territory works to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

It could also help prove the business case for Loon, one of the experimental “moonshots” debuted as part of Google, and now housed under Alphabet subsidiary X.

More than 80% of Puerto Rico’s cellular towers are still out of service more than two weeks after the arrival there of Hurricane Maria, and nearly one-third of the island’s counties have no service, according to the FCC. Rebuilding conventional cell towers will be “a long road,” T-Mobile told CNN, thanks to challenges including not just the cost of construction, but, according to some wireless companies, theft and crime against their operations.

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Loon balloons, which carry communications equipment as high as 20 kilometers into the atmosphere, would circumvent those earthbound hurdles — at least temporarily. Loon recently rolled out internet and LTE service in Peru after flooding there, reportedly providing coverage for an area roughly the size of Switzerland. The balloons that were deployed in Peru, in fact, were launched from Puerto Rico.

However, restoring communications to Puerto Rico may be more challenging. Loon requires local partners to work, and in the case of the Peru project, relationships with wireless providers and other players were already in place. But in earlier statements to Mashable, a Loon spokesman said the Puerto Rico effort would be “a little more complicated because we’re starting from scratch.”

Contracting with governments for deployment in disaster zones could eventually become a revenue stream for Loon, which debuted in 2013. Alphabet has begun ramping up pressure for moonshots to generate revenue, partly in hopes of diversifying beyond the search-driven advertising business that still makes up the overwhelming majority of its profits.


Microsoft will bring mixed reality to Xbox One and Project Scorpio in 2018

At the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco today, Microsoft announced a couple of important steps in its push toward mixing the real world with the virtual. First off, the company confirmed mixed reality experiences are coming to the Xbox family in 2018, including the next-gen Project Scorpio. If you’re confused about what “mixed reality” is, you’re not alone. Basically, it’s a term encompassing both virtual reality and augmented reality – really, any experience that mixes the real world with digital information. That means we don’t know if future Xbox experiences are coming in the form of a HoloLens-like transparent headset, or a…

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Marketo: All Customers Now Have Our New Engagement Platform (Project Orion)

Marketo: All Customers Now Have Our New Engagement Platform (Project Orion)

Marketo today took steps to address confusion surrounding the rollout of its major platform re-architecture project — but stopped short of resolving all of its customers’ questions about what was initially called Project Orion. As of today, the San Mateo, Calif.

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Google’s Project Ara Was Going to Offer a Tardigrade Aquarium Module

Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone was a weird concept that didn’t make it to market. The idea was to give users the option to change out custom modules for upgrades and odd individual features. A new report reveals that one of the most unusual modules would’ve featured a personal tardigrade aquarium.

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Project Lucky: Samsung Galaxy S7 details start to leak

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Timing is everything.

Apple unveiled the the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus yesterday. Today, the first details of the Samsung Galaxy S7 have leaked.

The early leak comes courtesy of SamMobile, which refers to a Samsung smartphone called “Lucky-LTE” that recently appeared on the Geekbench benchmark database. The report claims that this device is the Galaxy S7, which Samsung has codenamed Project Lucky internally (likely because many consider seven to be a lucky number).

While that’s easy to believe, it’s very possible that the specifications may still change. After all, the Galaxy S7 will likely be released in April 2016, if history will repeat itself.

With that said, here are the supposed specs:

  • Exynos 8890 chipset, possibly at 2.3GHz, with the Snapdragon 820 powering some variants
  • UFS 2.0 storage, which may or may not end up working with SD cards
  • 20-megapixel ISOCELL camera, along with a project called “all lens cover” though no details around that

The most interesting part of the report is the second point:

Our insiders tell us that the Galaxy S7 is being tested with Samsung’s screaming fast UFS 2.0 storage, but the company might have found a way to make it work with SD cards. As we explained earlier this year, the memory controller on SD cards and the UFS 2.0 storage aren’t compatible with each other, making it impossible for them to co-exist on the same device. Samsung probably is trying out interfacing techniques to get around the limitation, though it would be best to not get too hopeful that the final product will bring back expandable storage to Samsung’s flagship line.

Many Samsung fans were disappointed to learn that the Galaxy S6 doesn’t have a microSD slot, so it’s not out of the question for the South Korean company to consider bringing it back in next year’s model.

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Q&A: i am doing a final year project on the benefits of cloud computing , any help?

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Question by Ashley: i am doing a final year project on the benefits of cloud computing , any help?
can someone point me in a good direction as to where i could take this project ?

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Interesting topic you have choosen, A clue for you,
Towards Many-Core Processor Simulation on Cloud Computing Platforms ( )
Cloud Computing Evaluation: How it Differs to Traditional IT Outsourcing ( )
Cloud Computing with PHP – Using Amazon S3 with the Zend Framework ( )

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Q&A: Please suggest me some simple projects on cloud computing for my engineering final year project?

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