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Googles Project Loon can now launch up to 20 balloons per day, and they fly 10 times

Submitted by: Hologram @ 10:28 AM | Saturday, November 22, 2014 | (url: http://venturebea...)

Thursday, Google shared an update from Project Loon, the company's initiative to bring high-speed Internet access to remote areas of the world via hot air balloons. Google says it now has the ability to launch up to 20 of these balloons per day. This is in part possible because the company has improved its autofill equipment to a point where it can fill a balloon in under five minutes. This is a major achievement, given that Google says filling a Project Loon balloon with enough air so that it is ready for flight is the equivalent of inflating 7,000 party balloons.

NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Submitted by: Hologram @ 08:12 PM | Monday, November 17, 2014 | (url: http://www.washin...)

The city announced Monday that it had selected a consortium of advertising, technology and telecom companies to deploy throughout the city thousands of modern-day pay phones that will offer 24-hour, free gigabit WiFi connections, free calls to anywhere in the U.S., touch-screen displays with direct access to city services, maps and directions for tourists, and charging stations (for the cellphones you'd rather use). The devices will also be capable of connecting people straight to emergency responders, and broadcasting alerts from the city during emergencies like Hurricane Sandy.

The whole system, city officials said, will constitute the largest free municipal WiFi network in the world.

All of it will be funded by what the providers say will be an astonishingly large revenue stream from sophisticated digital advertising picture different and constantly fine-tuned ads depending on the block that's projected to generate for the city $500 million over the next 12 years. Scott Goldsmith, the chief commercial officer at the advertising company Titan working on the contract, says the infrastructure will "revolutionize how advertising is delivered in the biggest media market in the world." Fifty percent of that revenue will go to the city.

ICANN set to approve web addresses using non-Latin characters

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 08:48 AM | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | (url: http://www.downlo...)

There are web pages written in virtually every living language. If you read Japanese, Korean, Arabic, or Hebrew, odds are you can find web sites written in your native tongue. But in order to find them, you'll probably have to enter a string of Western characters into your browser's address bar.

That's because up until now, the organization that oversees domain names has only accepted URLs with Latin characters. But this week the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is expected to approve a new rule allowing addresses to be written in different scripts, including Arabic, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, and Cyrillic (Russian).

While the change might not affect English speakers reading this web site all that much, this is huge news for the 1.6 billion internet users who speak languages that don't use Latin characters. So while we have no plans to change the web address for Download Squad, I did consult with Google Translate today to learn that the site would be called something like загрузка Сборная in Russian. Because, you never know.

The new rule could be adopted as soon as Friday, although we probably wouldn't see the new Internationaliised Domain names (IDNs) until mid 2010.

ICANN has been looking at the change for a few years. But there have been technical kinks to work out. Essentially, under the new system, users will be able to enter URLs in a variety of different scripts and the domain name system will apply some new translation techniques in order to ensure that users are taken to the correct web page.

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They're gone! After outcry, Time Warner uncaps the tubes

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:44 PM | Thursday, April 16, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

After a public outcry and the attention of several members of Congress, Time Warner Cable has stopped its trial of Internet data caps, but not before making "metered billing" a tough sell for all other American ISPs.

Time Warner Cable said repeatedly that it wanted to hear from the public as it expanded its Internet data caps, and the public has roared back its response: metered billing should exist in some non-obscene ratio to cost and to competitors' pricing. In response, TWC will shelve the trials "while the customer education process continues."

Streaming Traffic Up, P2P Down

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 11:26 PM | Tuesday, September 2, 2008 | (url: http://community....)

Streaming usage is now 168.9% higher per day than it was 1 year ago (3.1TB compared to 1.1TB). Total traffic is 26.5% higher per day than 1 year ago (37.2TB compared to 47TB).

P2P traffic is actually 8.75% lower per day than it was 1 year ago shrinking to 25.93% of total traffic from 35.95% one year ago (13.4TB reduced to 12.2TB).

I've personally been bittorrenting less and using hulu more.

Comcast will begin Bandwidth Capping October 1

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 07:21 PM | Thursday, August 28, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

Comcast has announced that it will in fact be introducing bandwidth caps to all residential customers. The cap, which will go into effect as of October 1, will be 250GB per month. Comcast justifies the decision by saying that it's "an extremely large amount of data," and that a very large majority of customers will never cross it.

2008 US Internet Speed Survey

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:58 PM | Wednesday, August 13, 2008 | (url: http://www.speedm...)

The second annual survey of actual Internet speeds of users nationwide shows that the United States has not made significant improvements in deploying high-speed broadband networks in the past year. Our nation continues to lag behind other industrial nations and currently is ranked 15th in the percentage of residents who have broadband access.

Comcast To Charge Overage Fees/Add Caps

Submitted by: Teratos @ 10:44 AM | Wednesday, May 7, 2008 | (url: http://www.dslrep...)

Not the first time a story like this has come out, but it has some comments from Comcast.

A Comcast insider tells me the company is considering implementing very clear monthly caps, and may begin charging overage fees for customers who cross them. While still in the early stages of development, the plan -- as it stands now -- would work like this: all users get a 250GB per month cap. Users would get one free "slip up" in a twelve month period, after which users would pay a $15 charge for each 10 GB over the cap they travel. According to the source, the plan has "a lot of momentum behind it," and initial testing is slated to begin in a month or two.

Now wtf is my TribalPress title.

Internet Full of 'Black Holes'

Submitted by: Shadow(of)Death @ 02:52 PM | Friday, April 11, 2008 | (url:

You're pounding the keyboard, double-clicking away, sighing and grumbling, but to no avail: That devilish little hourglass icon refuses to give way to the Web site you're trying to reach. Most Internet users have encountered trouble reaching online destinations, but they often attribute the problem to their wireless network cutting out or a server momentarily going down.

Sometimes, though, the problem is more mysterious. At any given moment, messages throughout the world are lost to cyber black holes, according to new computer science research.

Geeks Rejoice; CBS Puts Star Trek & Twilight Zone Online

Submitted by: Zengei @ 12:21 PM | Friday, February 22, 2008 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

CBS has started to embrace online video and has placed such shows as Star Trek and Twilight Zone online. CBS now joins the ranks of ABC, which was the first network to put full length episodes of their TV shows online, and NBC and FOX with the still private beta Hulu.

IBM Proposes to Run Entire Internet on One Computer

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 07:23 PM | Friday, February 8, 2008 | (url: http://www.dailyt...)

Dreaming big; IBM looks to host entire internet on a single modified Blue Gene supercomputer.

"While the software details descend quickly into the realm of the cerebral, one number that jumps off the page is the estimate for the number of cores and memory for the finished proposed system -- 67.1 million cores with 32PB of memory".

Internet ready to go into Outer Space

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:05 AM | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | (url: http://www.physor...)

After expanding across Earth, the Internet is now set to spread into outer space to reach parts no network has gone before, one of its co-creators predicted Wednesday.

ICANN, which manages domain names and addresses, is preparing to launch a new format accommodating 340 trillion trillion trillion addresses.

Internet2 Gets 10x Speed Boost

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 07:57 PM | Wednesday, October 10, 2007 | (url: http://www.physor...)

Until recently, the Internet2 had a theoretical limit of 10 gigabits per second, which is thousands of times faster than standard home broadband connections. By sending data using 10 different colors, or wavelengths, of light over a single cable, operators are boosting the network's capacity to 100 Gbps.

DirecTV to offer broadband over power lines this year

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 01:02 PM | Wednesday, August 15, 2007 | (url:

DirecTV,the El Segundo, Calif., provider of digital-television services, and Current Group are expected to announce an accord to offer high-speed Internet service over electric-power lines, The Wall Street Journal reported. Closely held Current Group, Germantown, Md., is a specialist in the technology, which delivers broadband communications over power lines. To access the service, a customer plugs a modem into an electric outlet and connects a cable from a computer, the Journal reported.

Comcast shows off Super Fast Modem

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:23 AM | Wednesday, May 9, 2007 | (url:

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian Roberts dazzled a cable industry audience Tuesday, showing off for the first time in public new technology that enabled a data download speed of 150 megabits per second, or roughly 25 times faster than today's standard cable modems.