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Google marks Project Loon’s balloon birthday with LTE tests

Google marks Project Loon’s balloon birthday with LTE tests

Google's Project Loon has celebrated its first birthday by delivering internet access to a remote Brazilian school, floating a balloon-borne LTE connection as it demonstrates the system has wings rather than being full of hot air. Announced last year, Project Loon aims to use a network of high-altitude balloons circling the globe to fill in empty gaps in internet service, a scheme which although derided as ridiculous at first, is now looking increasingly practical.

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The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

Social networking is the next great bugaboo, being pegged as the sole source of this generation's seemingly inevitable (not to mention unfounded) decline into self-obsession and isolation. It has been called a great threat, a facilitator of narcissism. Critics say social networking in its many varied forms will lead to a sort of deconstruction of society, an ironic twist on its social-centric underpinnings. Is it all really so bad, this ever-present reality of social connections in an often solely-digital form?

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Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Comcast may have just made your home WiFi public

Houston Texas has just had about 150,000 Comcast routers activated with a new "xfinitywifi" initiative that effectively makes them wi-fi hotspots. Not just anyone can access these hotspots - you’ll have had to have logged in to Comcast’s system at some point as a customer - but you do not need a unique password for every router you come in contact with. These hotspots are new to Houston, but have been around for a while around the rest of the country.

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