ViaSat Plans Terabit Cabable Internet Satellites

High-speed internet is becoming more and more accessible to the world, from brand new fibre networks to expanding coverage of mobile data network. Some places on the planet are still denied these high-speed connections. Many companies are planning to eliminate these internet blackspots by making use of internet satellites, but few can offer the capabilities of ViaSat’s newly announced ViaSat-3, each being able to deliver bandwidth of over 1 terabit per second.

The planned deployment of the ViaSat-3 come as part of ViaSat’s team-up with established aerospace giant Boeing. Between the two, they currently plan to launch three of the new satellites, which together will be able to deliver twice the total capacity of all network satellites already in orbit. Two out of the three planned ViaSat-3 units are already in development too, with ViaSat to design and develop the payload and Boeing to produce the “associated satellite bus platforms” with the first planned to be launched as soon as 2019.

When deployed, the ViaSat network aims to provide internet connectivity up to 100Mbs to residential properties and gigabit bandwidth available to commercial companies including the maritime and oceanic sector as well as oil and gas platforms. This effort will deliver affordable internet to the millions of people living in remote parts of the world that leave them beyond the reach of traditional networks. The first two of the three satellites will cover the Americas and Europe, Middle East and Africa with the third dedicated to serving Asia.

They are far from the only way to provide the internet to isolated locations, with other companies pitching drones and balloons as other methods of delivering connectivity, all of which (including satellites) are subject to the whims of nature. But internet providing satellites are nothing new, especially for ViaSat, whose existing 140 gigabit serves over half a million subscribers in the US. Regardless of who achieves it and by how it is certain that the world of the future will allow everyone to be more connected than ever.

Li-Fi Networks 100 Times Faster Than WiFi in Real World Tests

Thanks to Estonian startup Velmenni, Li-Fi is making the leap out of the labs and into the real world. Velmenni have announced that they have been going ahead with trials of the technology in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, in some of the city’s offices and industrial areas.

Velmenni reports that the LiFi technology that they have been testing is able to send data at as much as 1Gbps, outstripping common WiFi setups 100 times over and 10 times faster than most common 100Mb/s fiber internet connections. The CEO of Velmenni, Deepak Solanki spoke to the International Business Times on the topic, giving more insight into the company’s projects on the technology: “Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the internet in their office space.”

This is where the key difference between WiFi and LiFi come to light. While LiFi may be faster than WiFi, it has the limitation of relying on light. This means that, Li-Fi is unusable through walls and other opaque objects. However this limitation on access could also allow LiFi networks to be more secure than current WiFi networks, as anyone wishing to access the system would need to be directly in the light of the Li-Fi node.

One thing that Solanki and Professor Harald Haas, the inventor of Li-Fi, have in common is that Li-Fi has the potential to become ubiquitous that WiFi, as every light emitting device could theoretically be fitted with a Li-Fi chip allowing it to serve dual purposes as both lighting and as a network connectivity point. And it could be sooner than we think, with Solanki estimating a rollout could begin within 3 or 4 years, and begin with retrofitting our current lighting infrastructure with Li-Fi support.

I don’t think the sun will start providing the internet to us any time soon, but mass adoption of Li-Fi could at least bring the nerds out of their darkened rooms and into well-lit ones.

Bolt Electric Motorbikes Arrives With Connectivity

In theory, the notion of an electric motorbike is a good idea and brings benefits which include easy charging, being cheap to run and eco-friendly. The problem lies with both choice and also the life and charge time of the battery; this is where a start-up by the name of Bolt Motorbikes comes to the fore.

The Bolt M-1 is designed with two driving modes which are helpfully named Economy and Sport mode. Firstly Economy mode, this is the setting which will go up to a speed of 20 mph while utilizing far less of the battery, this means that an average consumer can travel further without needing to stop for a charge. The second setting is the sports mode; this is designed to be used for off-road purposes, i.e. similar to a mountain bike.

The Bolt M-1 can go as far as 50 miles on a single charge, which is quite impressive considering an average petrol powered car is around the same in distance. The charge time depending on how you use it, is between 90 minutes and 5 hours, which is pretty good considering it’s an improvement on earlier generations of electric-powered motorbikes.

That’s not all; the bike also comes with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, which means that it’s possible to connect a phone to your bike, it’s going to be a surreal moment when scrolling through the connect options for it to then say, “connecting with motorbike” Images are below of what it intends to look like.

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Sony Announced That PSN Europe Is Going to Get Its Service Status Indicator Soon

Up until now, Sony had no feature that would allow users to check if the PSN network is up and running in Europe. Whether you had trouble connecting to the store or accessing online functions, you wouldn’t have known if your Internet connection was at fault or Sony’s PSN was down.

However, this is about to change very soon. Sony has just announced that it would add a service status indicator for PSN in Europe, giving users the option to check whether the servers for PSN are up or down. The company has also launched a similar service indicator in America recently, so it would have made sense to launch a similar service in Europe as well.

Sony seems to have been moving slow in terms of providing users with a service indicator, having Nintendo already providing a similar service to its users long before Sony even added its feature in America. Also, Sony’s PSN is known to go down often either by DDoS attacks, hacking, maintenance or even unexpected outages. Therefore, the service indicator seems to be quite useful for the majority of players using PSN.

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Add Wi-Fi to Anything for $19

A company that goes by the name of Spark has announced it’s Photon board, a $19 device that makes adding Wi-Fi connectivity to electronics easier.

The board is being marketed to people making their own gadgets who want a much more efficient and less technically demaning way to get them connected to the internet. The little board contributes to the idea of “the internet of things”, making anything and everything connected. The company, that grew out of successful Kickstarter campaign, is calling the device “the next Raspberry Pi”, as it believes it will be used by the same sorts of people – educators, artists, designers, children and tinkerers.

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Maps Shows Every Single Device Connected to the Internet

This wonderful map was created by John Matherly, the founder of Shodan, a search engine that searches for connections between devices. It took just five hours to ping every IP address on the internet and store every positive response, then another 12 hours to plot the responses on a heat map. The bright orange areas show densely connected areas while the blue and black areas show sparsely connected areas.

The results are pretty predictable, but also pretty humbling too. As someone who lives in a heavily connected part of the globe and feeling “connected” to everyone around me, it can be easy to forget that large sections of the world still struggle for connection to the rest of us.

Some people have also pointed out a few odd areas on the map, with small islands of ping results in the middle of nowhere, such as the one smack bang in the middle of Greenland, although this is now suspected to be a NOAA observatory. What colour is the area you live in? Let us know in the comments section below.

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US Government Wants To Create Experimental Wireless-Tech City

The US Government are looking to push forward with their experimental city / town ideas. While building something isn’t completely out of the questions, they’re really looking for a couple of towns or cities to volunteer some of their land to test theories on “spectrum sharing.”

With much of the airwaves held by the US military and private TV broadcasters, they want to run experiments where more of the bandwidth is shared for individuals, this can be used for things like Wi-Fi connections and other connectivity applications and could pave the way for future wireless technology and internet applications, that are generally much faster than what is available today.

The FCC and the NTIA want to test “one of more” cities with support for “rapid experimentation and development of policies, underlying technologies, and system capabilities.” The only thing that remains to be worked out is who will run these model cities, the FCC, the NTIA, the city itself, private companies or local government.

If it goes ahead it could prove vital for future technology deployment to more parts of the country, much like Google did when they first rolled out Fibre to small areas.

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First Intel Core i3 Powered Chromebook Launched by Acer

Acer has just announced its release of the first 4th Generation Intel Core i3 CPU-powered chromebook, having it be the first company to release a chromebook device with similar performance ratios. The company has stated that the Acer C720, powered by the latter processor, is available in two models in order to provide customers with even faster and more responsive performance in multi-tasking workflows, while also providing a long battery life of up to 8.5 hours.

“Acer has been a leader in the Chromebook space and the new C720 based on 4th generation Intel Core i3 processors marks a new class of Chromebook with enhanced performance and battery life,” said Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of Intel Mobile Client Platforms Group. “As one of the most powerful Chromebooks on the market, the additional performance of Core i3 enables an extremely responsive experience while surfing multiple tabs of web pages. Students, families and business users will recognize the difference in how snappy the new Acer C720 is with Intel Core i3.”

The chromebooks are said to be ideal for families and students, as well as anyone requiring a simple and secure computer to work with. Having the devices running on Chrome OS, updates are said to roll in regularly, this making the latest features available right away to customers, including various layers of security such as data encryption and verified boot.

In terms of specs, both C720 models are said to have a 11.6-inch ComfyView HD screen with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, providing a clear and enjoyable image quality. The 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi antenna along with the integrated HD webcam and microphone are said to provide the best quality for video calls and connectivity features. Breaking the series down, the first C720-3404 model is said to boast Intel’s Core i3 Processor, 4 GB of memory and will be priced at $379.99.

The second one, the C720-3871, is said to boast the same Intel Core i3 CPU, while providing less memory, having it come with only 2 GB. However, while the specs are a bit low, the price is set to match it, having the tag set at $349.99. The latter chromebooks are currently available in North America, having other regions receiving the chromebooks later on.

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New Chip To Promise Internet 400 Times Faster Than Fiber?

For those people who have bad internet connections or suffer from bad download speeds and lag never fear because IBM researchers in Switzerland have unveiled their prototype for an energy-efficient analogue-to-digital converter that will be able to support connections as fast as 400 gigabits per second. For those thinking wow that’s fast here is a comparison, the new ADC or analogue-to-digital converter is 400 times faster than Google Fibre and roughly about 5000 times faster than your average connection.

This means at the speeds available to this new ADC you could download TV shows and movies in the blink of an eye, however just to show how quick speeds would be with this device you could download a full 4K ultra high-definition movies in under 60 seconds. Now that’s fast however the ADC chip wasn’t actually designed for your common internet needs. It is designed and on its way to the Square Kilometer Array in Australia and South Africa.

What is the Square Kilometer Array? Well it is an international coordination designed to build the worlds largest radio telescope, with the goal of hopefully giving us an idea of what happened during the Big Bang and what events took place after. With the world largest radio telescope sending us all this data it will need a high-speed connection to receive this data and with expectations of over an exabyte a day, which is over 100 billion gigabytes this new chip will definitely come in handy.

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‘Movie in a split second’ Downloads Expected In Upcoming 5G Network Connection

South Korea is reportedly working on delivering 5G network connection by 2020. This comes as a $1.5 billion dollar project from the South Korean science ministry, which is said that users will be able to download a movie in a split second through the 5G connection.

“We helped fuel national growth with 2G services in the 1990s, 3G in the 2000s and 4G around 2010. Now it is time to take pre-emptive action to develop 5G,” the ministry said in a statement.

The science ministry also admits that there will be “fierce” competition between nations, including the EU, US and China to develop this new technology. If all things go to plan, they are going to launch a trial in 2017, followed by the full commercial release estimated to be somewhere around December 2020. The priority is said to be given to Ultra-HD and hologram transmissions, though the ministry here is clearly going way ahead of themselves since we don’t even have a prototype hologram-capable device at the moment.

Things are moving quite fast, only a few years ago we saw the launch of 4G and some countries don’t even have 3G coverage, yet alone 4G. Even so, most users are still operating on the 3G network and few have switched to 4G. And we now hear of 5G connectivity in the works. First of all, the 4G connectivity should still be given a chance to evolve and be more appreciated by users, and secondly, given the 5G connectivity announcement, we are now looking into seeing 5G capable handsets in the near future as well.

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