According to local reports, the balloon had Google [X} markings on it.
Virgin Atlantic will become the first European carrier to retrofit its entire fleet with Gogo connectivity — and, thankfully for the passengers, it will use Gogo’s satellite-based 2Ku system.
Finland’s Pryte developed technology that lets carriers charge for mobile data on a per-app, short-term-pass basis. Is this the way forward for Facebook’s Internet.org initiative?
The web giant’s plans reportedly involve sending at least 180 small satellites into the skies to enable connectivity using Ku-band spectrum. However, as with Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, it’s not clear who would pick up the bill down the line.
Kenya’s Ushahidi is best known for its pioneering crowdmapping efforts, but right now the company is busy finishing off its BRCK router,…
Akamai’s Q3 State of the Internet Report shows a surprising rebound in connectivity in the U.S., motivated by high broadband adoption. Meanwhile, IPv6 uptake remains slow.
Facebook(s fb) may soon buy a Bangalore startup, called Little Eye Labs, that provides performance analysis and optimization tools for Android(s goog)…
As the internet of things gathers steam, Cisco creates a new business unit to tackle the opportunity. It plans to do so in traditional Cisco style.
Akamai’s State of the Internet report for the second quarter of 2013 has promising news for the world, but less so for the United States.
The United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union has added something new to its annual report on worldwide broadband penetration: gender inequality. According to the…
America has seen a steady increase in broadband connection, but one in five Americans still live without faster internet speeds.
Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung are launching an initiative called internet.org that aims to connect the whole world with internet access via cheaper devices, better business models and better infrastructure.
Many technologies and challenges will shape what we know as “the internet of things” over the next few years. In the latest GigaOM Research podcast, we sit down with analyst Jon Collins to discuss what the technology is (and isn’t) and why it matters for our connected future.
Virgin America was the first U.S. airline to add in-flight Wi-Fi. Now the tech-savvy Bay Area–based airline is taking it up a notch by announcing it plans to make some Wi-Fi connectivity available through its soon-to-be-upgraded seat-back entertainment system, starting sometime in 2012.
Lately, we’re read a lot about the end of the computer age. It isn’t over. The computer is simply hiding in the clouds behind commonplace devices. As it should – and should have long ago, had we been able to figure how sooner.
It wasn’t that long ago when “convergence” was the buzzword du jour. Everywhere I turned, I heard about the features from two or more devices melding into a single unit. I remember when cameras started appearing in mobile handsets; I scoffed at the low-resolution sensors back then. In fact, they epitomized my personal feelings on the convergence matter. “What’s the point?” I kept saying to myself. “Why should I purchase a converged device when the added feature can’t compete with the same function of a dedicated device?”
Fast-forward to present day, and it’s easy to find phones with a higher sensor resolution than that camera I had a few years back. And cameras aren’t the only example here — the convergence trend of the past several years has finally delivered. But now, I’m sensing a new trend about to emerge that in some ways is a direct reversal of that convergence trend we’ve witnessed as of late; devices are becoming dedicated, single-purpose and standalone again. What’s the main driver for this trend reversal? In a word: connectivity.