Facebook’s solar powered airplane

Facebook has been busy trying to bring internet to rural areas, much like how Google is with its internet powered balloons. Today Facebook announced their fleet of solar-powered airplanes. Aquila is the name chosen for the fleet. Aquila is a high powered, high endurance plane that intends to bring internet to people rural areas.

Aquila has a massive V-shaped wingspan. The aircraft is said to weigh roughly 880-1000 pounds with all equipment onboard. The plane can stay afloat for 3 months shooting data down to ground levels from 60,000-90,000 feet. This ideal elevation will help it steer away from commercial aircrafts and from severe weather conditions.

The process of how the aircraft will beam down data to people according to Facebook is, lasers will be installed on ground level where they can then shoot up to the airplane for relay of internet back to the ground for communication with other planes in the vicinity. 10 gigabits of data will be delivered from the planes but if severe weather is present on ground level, this could slow down the speeds for users.

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Facebook’s Solar-Powered Airplane Video

Source: Facebook Newsroom

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The Team:on Mission

Often we become overwhelmed with the amount of notifications we get from clients, our coworkers, bosses, and outside contacts. It’s not that the multiple notifications break us down, but the amount of different apps used by those individuals that you have to keep track of.
Our focus is to bring an one application that is capable of organizing and managing your work with your team. One app should be all for project planning. You shouldn’t have to chase one app to the next communicating with clients and your team.

A streamlined UI where you don’t have to dig through multiple menus and tabs to find information quickly. Management apps like Cybozu, Groupware and Slack work great, but have a slight learning curve. When you look at the first page after signing up, do you know where to go, what to click first, how to get started in less than 5-10 seconds? We certainly didn’t. During our initial run, we were guided through several steps to create a simple group or project.

More visuals, less text. But what does that mean to you?
Throughout the world, everyone understands visuals. Because we cater to several different countries, the easiest way to have a universal understanding is through visuals, familiar visuals to be precise. Throughout Team:on app you’ll find familiar icons which the user can recognize and instantly know what to do next. One to two clicks is all it takes to initiate and jump into your work with Team:on. Chatting between person A and person B, both can transition from a normal chat to a video chat for better clarification without needing to switch applications.

We experimented with two screens and found that some things can be managed with two screens but somethings couldn’t. Using four screens next, we found it to be a bit messy, so that didn’t work. Next up we tried three screens and that seemed to be the ideal amount. With three screens you have all the tools and space to get your work done with your team. No hidden menus or settings, everything is right where you need it.

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Google Translate app now has 20 additional languages

Google Translate is seeing the biggest update to its app since…since…well, since it launched. Google Translate originally had 7 languages that could be instantly translated by placing your phone over the text. Previously you were able to take a picture of foreign text, highlight the text by sliding your finger, and then having it translated. But today’s update adds 20 more languages (Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Hindi, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian) to the instant translation feature, making the total to 27 now.

Also an update to voice conversation mode is included. Voice conversations become more natural and in real-time. You can set the language translation from English to Spanish and when you speak English to your phone, it will spit back out the Spanish equivalent by voice the moment you finish. This can come in handy when traveling the world and needing a quick translation for the person on the other side.

Check out the video below to see the feature in action and go out and explore the world with Google Translate!

Speaking of updates, we’ve updated Team:on Android app. Navigation buttons are no longer hidden! Grab the latest here: Team:on Android

Source: Google Blog

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Windows 10 is out! And it’s FREE!

It’s July 29th and you know what that means…Windows 10 gets pushed out to users running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7!
This update is free and costs you NOTHING. There are some confusing articles out there stating that you shouldn’t upgrade because you’ll lose your license for current Windows 7 or 8.1, present bugs on Windows 10 make it impossible to use, unfinished product, you will have to pay for the Windows 10 upgrade after one year, etc.

Let’s get a few things straight. This is a FREE upgrade to users running legitimate copies of Windows 7 or 8.1. If you used a pirate copy, then you’ll have to deal with the consequences it brings. The FREE upgrade is valid for one year. After July 29th 2016 you will have to pay to upgrade, but for the tie being it’s FREE for the life of your laptop, no strings attached. I’ve been luck to have bought a US region laptop and to receive the upgrade yesterday. It’s been a solid 8 hours running it and from my experience, I can say it runs smoother than Windows 8.1, my keyboard doesn’t glitch out, its fast, apps open fast without lag, and it looks beautiful.

I did however run into a problem installing it the first time. I didn’t install some recommended update so it had to revert back to Windows 8.1 on my latop half way through the install. After the second attempt, it went through and it looks gorgeous.

 

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Google Search app shows busiest times for places and more hands free messaging

An update from the server side is being pushed to Android users using the Google Search app. This new update allows you to send hands-free messages to your contacts beyond email, hangouts and SMS. Some of the few apps to already take advantage of this are, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, NextPlus, and a few others. After the devs push an update to their messaging apps, you will be able to send hands-free messages with that app. This comes in handy while driving or if your hands are occupied.

The Google Search app will also see an update to its places and business searches. When you search for a specific place or business, Google Search app will tell you the busiest times for it. If you are like me and hate standing in long lines, then this will ultimately benefit you in every way. You can also scroll through the days to see when it is less crowded to plan your trip there.

I personally haven’t received this feature but some of my android colleagues have and they already love it.

 

Source: Phandroid

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How to make your Chrome and Firefox faster

We love having multiple tabs open on our favorite browsers. It’s convenient for us to refer back to them later in the day and it’s faster than bookmarking them. Our laptops and desktops can become pretty sluggish with all those tabs open. But not all of us are running powerhouses at our work or homes. The best solution would be to close all those tabs, but who wants to do that?!

The other solution to this would be to install OneTab. OneTab is an an add-on extension for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. What it does is consolidate all your tabs into one tab with just one click. To see all your tabs again, just click the OneTab extension icon and all your tabs will reappear.

This improves on the system performance without needing to upgrade your laptop or desktop.

OneTab extension can be downloaded here: OneTab

Let us know your thoughts and if it works for you!

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Amazon grocery stores coming to Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting that Amazon has taken the initiative to place brick and mortar grocery stores, the first being in the silicon valley. An Amazon grocery store could provide convenience to people that prefer to pick up their produce rather than wait for it at home.

Amazon provides Amazon Fresh delivery, but only to select densely populated cities. For less densely populated cities, this wouldn’t make any sense. Ideally, Amazon wants this to be a drive up store concept where people order online and then go to the store to pick up after work. Amazon might also have a smaller local store for those that want to go and shop produce themselves.

Amazon has submitted plans for a 11,600-square-foot building with a real estate developer in Sunnyvale. No confirmation was made by the real estate developer or Amazon. If this comes to fruition, this could be an expanded version of Amazon locker where customers go to pick up their items at 7-eleven stores and such. The drive up model gives people more options rather than just patiently waiting at home for their deliveries or accidentally miss their deliveries. It also makes sure that Amazon gets the customers products into their hands no matter what.

 

Source Silicon Valley Business Journal

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Google Map update shows where you’ve been

Let’s face it, there’s places we’ve been to but can’t recall the name or the approximate location of it. Today, Google Map wants to solve that. A new update to Google Maps for Android and Desktop version enables “Your Timeline” in Maps setting. The Your Timeline setting allows you to view your daily routes, places you’ve been to on certain days/times, and if you use Google Photos, you can see the pictures you’ve taken in those locations.

Now we know what you’re thinking, this is super creepy and invades our privacy. But if you already use Google Now and have your location history turned on for traffic updates, nearby information, where you parked your car, etc, then you’ll feel right at home. Those wanting privacy can opt out by turning location history off in the settings. Your locations are visible only to you and you choose what to keep. You can delete them all or delete a certain day. You can also rename that secret spot you often visit to, “the gym” or “my favorite restaurant”.

Here are a few screenshots of the new Maps on our Sony phone. Some parts are blanked out for privacy purposes.

We hope this helps you to go out and venture your world more!

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Source: Google Maps Blog

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Lexus makes a car with a heartbeat

We usually don’t associate cars with living things, but one car manufacture just might change that.
Lexus has used their Lexus RC-f coupe for the project. M&C Saatchi of Australia’s Creative Tech division and Lexus Australia. The purpose of this project was to create a connection between the car and the driver.

This of it as an extension to the driver. It’s like a wearable smartwatch but on a bigger scale and having more value. The car is fitted with a circuit board that is wired to both the cars doors and to the driver. On the outside, the door panels have electroluminescent paint that glows when hit with an electric charge. If the driver’s pulse goes faster, the outside paint will glow and represent that pulse motion. What we can gather from this is that it will better help manage the car if the driver is feeling tense in traffic or is on the verge of sleeping. The car could take over or slow down the speed depending on the driver’s emotions. Lexus doesn’t have any plans to implement this into its current lineup.

Below is a video representing the car in action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3N7BOLDR5w

Source: Wired U.K.

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