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Google Earth gets a facelift

With its mapping and imaging tools, Google has offered a highly useful window into many corners of the globe, and now it is bringing our humble little home into even sharper focus. The company has just introduced an updated version of Google Earth that taps sharp new imagery from Landsat 8 satellite to give the planet's surface an impressive makeover.Read More

New NASA network poised to bring internet to entire solar system

NASA has made significant progress toward establishing a more reliable, and potentially solar-system-spanning communication system with the installation of a new breed of data network aboard the International Space Station. As its name suggests, the Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) service allows for the storage of partial pieces of information in the nodes along a communication path, which will allow for faster and more stable transmissions.Read More

Microsoft and Facebook to lay a huge subsea cable across the Atlantic

Microsoft and Facebook have announced plans to build "MAREA", a huge subsea cable connecting North America and Europe to improve the companies online services infrastructure. Utilizing eight fiber pairs, the cable's initial capacity is estimated to be 160 terabits per second, which will make it the highest capacity cable crossing the Atlantic.Read More

Samsung rolling out a dedicated Internet of Things network across South Korea

South Korea is already one of the most wired countries on Earth, and the latest effort by Samsung and SK Telecom won't do anything to hurt that fact. The two have paired up to roll out a commercial network dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT) across the country. The wireless network will serve as infrastructure for various public services and businesses, allowing devices to gather, share and make use of data like weather and traffic conditions.Read More

New record for wireless data transmission set at 6 Gbps

A project in Germany has set a new world record for wireless data transmission of 6 Gigabits per second, or the equivalent of the entire contents of a conventional DVD in under 10 seconds. Not only is that better than the current state of the art tech by a full order of magnitude, but it was also achieved over a distance of 37 kilometers.Read More

LandCruisers to become roving communications hotspots in the Australian Outback

Over five million square kilometers (1.9 million sq mi) of the Australian Outback has no mobile signal, but it does have more than a few Toyota LandCruisers. A plan has now been hatched to take advantage of this fact, which would see vehicles kitted out with Wi-Fi, UHF and other technologies to form a roving network for emergency communications.Read More

Wi-Fi that finds you

There's a lot of buzz around "smart home" products and the convenience of advanced automation and mobile connectivity. However, new research may soon be able to add extra emphasis on "smart" by enhancing wireless technology with greater awareness. A team at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has developed a system that enables a single wireless access point to accurately locate users down to a tenth of a meter, without any added sensors.
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