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Facebook Buying Drone Company

Posted by Sam Churchill on March 4th, 2014

TechCrunch has heard that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones. They can fly for five years without needing to land and Facebook may use these high-flying drones to blanket parts of the world without Internet access, beginning with Africa. Facebook apparently has plans to use 11,000 of these unmanned aerial vehicles […]

Solar-powered Wireless ISPs

Posted by Sam Churchill on October 20th, 2013

Solar-powered Wireless ISPs are springing up like mushrooms thanks to cheaper solar panels, more efficient gear, and better monitoring. The WISP conference last week had sessions on power backup, solar, and wind. Ubiquiti has a helpful overview on planning a wisp solar powered tower. While a simple WISP tower might consume 20 watts per hour […]

MinnowBoard: Embedded Atom Processing

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 20th, 2013

Cheap, tiny computers, including the Raspberry Pi, Arduino Due, and BeagleBone, can be used by creative developers for all sorts of things. One thing these platforms have in common is an ARM processor. Now they have some competition from Intel’s MinnowBoard. This $199 computer is only 4.2″ x 4.2″ board and runs an Intel Atom […]

Inside Google’s Loon Project

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 14th, 2013

At AUVSI‚Äôs Unmanned Systems 2013 is the center of the universe for drones this week in Washington, D.C. It offers more than 100 technical sessions, panels and workshops with top speakers and leading experts. Raven Aerostar will be featuring their lighter-than-air, persistent surveillance, military and radar technologies at the show. The company has been working […]

Car Sharing Apps

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 14th, 2013

RelayRides has acquired Wheelz, says TechCrunch, making it the leading, peer-to-peer car sharing marketplace. San Francisco-based RelayRides was launched about five years ago, and connects people who need a car with vehicle owners whose rides would otherwise be sitting idle. Car owners set the price and availability, and RelayRides provides the technology infrastructure and a […]

Hughes Wins Mexican 11,000 Site Net

Posted by Sam Churchill on November 19th, 2012

Hughes Network Systems announced today that it has signed a contract with the Mexican Ministry of Communications (pdf) to supply and build an 11,000-site broadband satellite network that will span the entire country and bring high-speed Internet and voice connectivity to previously unserved regions. The new $24 million network will connect schools, hospitals, government locations, […]