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Facebook to launch huge solar-powered Internet drones

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: March 27, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook will soon launch a huge unmanned aircraft that can beam internet access down to people from the sky. Facebook's Internet drone, codenamed Aquila, will have a wingspan greater than a Boeing 737 but will weigh less than a car. Solar panels will be installed on its wings allowing it to fly at an altitude of more than 60,000 feet for a month. "Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10% of the world's population that live in remote communities without existing internet infrastructure." said Zuckerberg. The…

Microsoft rolls out update for Xbox 360 Dashboard

Relevance: 98%      Posted on: October 19, 2012

After a period of beta testing, the software giant started seeding the update for an improved version of the Xbox 360 Dashboard. This update is said to bring in new features to the gaming console's UI for a more immersive experience. Some of the new things that this update brings to the table besides the new Dashboard layout are Internet Explorer integration and Film ratings and recommendations courtesy of Rotten Tomatoes. The company also promised to bring Xbox SmartGlass functionality to the console, but it’ll be a separate update which will come after the Windows 8 release. Here's a sneak…

Google Loon – the balloon-powered Internet

Relevance: 89%      Posted on: June 24, 2013

Google seems to be really pushing reliable internet access to everyone. From the promising Google Fiber which gives users 1Gbps of download and upload speeds to this, the Google Loon. As far as we know, Google Loon is one of the project of Google X, the “secret” division of Google that handles the not-so publicly announced and also the most advance projects by the company. Among these are the Project Glass (now Google Glass) and the Google Driverless Car. This project has the potential to provide internet access for developing nations that can’t afford to lay fiber cables or places…

Smart Teams Up with Internet.org to Bring Free Internet to Filipinos

Relevance: 74%      Posted on: March 18, 2015

In an effort to bring internet access to more people around the world, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg launched a global initiative called Internet.org some two years ago and partnered with the who’s who of the tech industry to achieve that goal. Today that initiative officially launched in the Philippines in partnership with Smart Communication, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular. There are two ways Smart, Sun Cellular and TNT subscribers can browse the web without paying for data or using up their data allocation. Users can go directly to Internet.org’s website and browse through the current selection of websites and…

Satellite Internet on the Island costs Php9k

Relevance: 70%      Posted on: October 31, 2011

One of my biggest problems when going on vacation in one of the smaller islands in Palawan is lack of internet connectivity. The one we're staying right now (Coral Bay, Coron) doesn't even have electricity 24/7 and we're only able to charge our gadgets in the evening (6pm to 6am). The most common combo around here is a gas-powered electric generator and satellite internet. And it's an effective combo and a really expensive one. The satellite internet alone costs no less than Php9,000 per month for an entry-level plan. The owner of the resort forgot what was the promised speed…

Nepal gets Battery-Powered Cars

Relevance: 67%      Posted on: May 27, 2008

Shree Eco Visionary (SEV) of Nepal has developed battery-powered vehicles from ordinary car batteries. All the more we should be convinced that high-tech innovations can be developed via low-tech means. Their 3-wheeler electric vehicles have been plying the streets of Kathmandu on AC power since 2004. The vehicles run on 2 packs of 6 batteries -- one on the front and another at the back side. The charger can be hooked up on regular house sockets (15 amps) for around 7 to 8 hours. Speed can reach up to 70 kmph. Power consumption costs about $2.50 per 60 km. Equivalent…

APCN2 fixed, Philippines to expect faster Internet

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: April 7, 2014

We've previously reported that the country's Internet connection has been affected due to faulty submarine cables. Today, PLDT has announced that the APCN2 has already been fixed and that normal speeds are now restored. "The consortium operating the Asia-Pacific Cable Network (APCN) which includes the Philippines has fully repaired the two breaks in its fiber optic undersea cable network in China-Korea and Taiwan-Japan. Thus, PLDT services affected by this fiber cable cuts are now fully restored," PLDT Home posted on their Facebook page. Since the submerged cables are now fixed, not only PLDT subscribers should be experiencing faster connection speeds,…

Sony launches world’s fastest internet service in Japan

Relevance: 64%      Posted on: April 16, 2013

Thought Google Fiber is the fastest internet service money can afford? Well, think again because So-Net Entertainment Corporation, a local ISP in Japan and a subsidiary of Sony Corporation has recently unveiled NURO, the world’s fastest home internet that’s twice the speed of what Google has to offer. NURO runs on Japan’s GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optics Network) which is capable of handling top DL speed of up to 2.49Gbps. From the network, it is distributed to offices and households through optical fiber which then passes through a device called ONU (Optical Network Unit) that converts the signal to broadband internet.…

Sen. Aquino invites public for Senate Hearing on Slow, Expensive Internet

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: August 16, 2015

Last week, Sen. Bam Aquino called out on the NTC to explain the delay of the memorandum for internet standards in the Philippines. Another Senate Hearing regarding the "Slow and Expensive Internet" in the Philippines is scheduled on August 18, 2015 at the Senate of the Philippines and the public is invited to attend the sessions. The call to investigate the state of internet in the Philippines started out around April of 2014 when Sen. Aquino voice out his concerns. Several other legislators have voiced out similar complaints. Interested parties or individuals may contact the office of Sen. Aquino (@bamaquino)…

Internet Penetration in the Philippines

Relevance: 62%      Posted on: April 22, 2007

According to a friend of mine, ACNielsen doesn't have any relevant internet-usage research studies in the Philippines. This is the same topic I brought up during the iBlog3 -- no extensive public study has been made in recent years about internet penetration and online usage behavior in the country. So, when the issue of Internet Usage in the Philippines was tackled, everyone had their own numbers to throw out. Some would say 20% while others maintain the slow growth rate of 12%. While digging a little deeper into this topic, I found several statistics and research studies from the Internet