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First Commercial Flight to Moon in 2018– Tesla, SpaceX, and Elon Musk

Monday, September 4th, 2017

The tech world is a buzz today as news about new space suits, NASA, reusable rockets, and more manned missions. In the mix with all of this you might hear of a company called Space X. Space X, many people may think they are associated with Xbox or some super cool sounding product line that’s for electronics. To the surprise of many, Space X is one of the contractors that NASA awarded 1.6 billion dollars for contractual projects in 2008. Space X is one of the largest contractors in North America to service NASA. SpaceX over the next few years, and since 2008 has been contracted to provide 12 cargo transport missions including produce rocket systems for ISS (International Space Station).

Elon Musk – SpaceX – NASA

Elon Musk, who is the CEO and founder of Space X, has been tasked by NASA to have his company create space suits, rocket propulsion systems, and rockets.  Musk’s personal mission for this company has been to have humans occupy a self-sustaining city on Mars and our civilization to be a multi-planet species.  Since embarking on this massive contract from NASA, SpaceX has not only become the first contractor to launch and recover a spacecraft from earth’s orbit, then return it to earth safely.  SpaceX’s specialty which has given them the industry boost that peaked the interest of NASA which is what earned them the award. SpaceX’s industry niche is that they produce fully reusable rockets and spacecrafts. This not only saves NASA billions of dollars, but also allows for production of these rockets and spacecraft to be done quickly and efficiently by reusing the same rockets.

SpaceX and Tesla – Hyperloop

Mr. Musk’s popularity has peaked by him also being the CEO, Co-Founder, and product Architect of Tesla. Yes, that’s right, Tesla. Not too many car enthusiasts have not already heard of Tesla which is leading the way in electrical car innovation and design. By being the CEO of Tesla, he has partnered both companies to do some very extraordinary things. Earlier this year, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA depicted “Hyperloop One’s” hyperloop test which tapped out at 192 MPH to give life into the hyperloop. Who says being the CEO of two multi-billion-dollar companies doesn’t have its perks? Well its does when you are trying to push the technology standards and expectations to new levels. By pushing the standards to new levels, what we mean is that there is a Tesla/SpaceX Hyperloop which is making waves. This hyperloop has already tested down SpaceX’s Hyperloop test track at speeds of 220 MPH which beats Hyperloop One’s test just a few months prior. This being their initial test of their Hyperloop, they are anticipating its next leap will be to achieve the speed of sound which is at 500 MPH.  By having students to compete through a competition, SpaceX and Tesla have brought around friendly competition, and its competition without a price tag being attached.

 

Falcon 9 and Dragon Spacecraft

Falcon 9 is what SpaceX used to makes its debut with NASA being the first commercial company to enter earth’s orbit and contact the ISS (International Space Station). Most contacts with the station have been strictly government based and 100% through NASA as the conduit. Most rockets that have been used in the past were one-time use based which the parts dissipated over the ocean, went into the solar orbit of the sun, or dropped on the moon. Now what sets SpaceX’s Falcon 9 different form the rest is that it is completely reusable. Falcon 9 has only two stages of separation unlike previous rockets, and all parts land back at the location from which they originally took off successfully. This ability for the rocket to be used repeatedly cuts the cost of production for the rocket including increases the amount of missions the rocket can accomplish. Dragon is cargo capsule which Falcon 9 has been using to transport cargo and supplies to the crew aboard the ISS (International Space Station). So far Falcon 9 and Dragon have completed 11 missions for 2017, which is more than the 9 which were completed last year and year still isn’t over.

SpaceX Private Crew on Dragon Spacecraft to Go Past Moon 2018

Two private citizens have paid to be a part of the manned crew that the Dragon 2 Spacecraft will take around the moon next year. The two individuals will be accompanied by a commercial crew which is currently being tested extensively through fitness and health tests. This effort is part of the deal that SpaceX sparked with NASA and they are dubbing it their Commercial Crew Program.  The first part of the program will include an “automatic” mode which will have the entire Spacecraft automatically launch and link with the ISS (International Space Station) and is slated for first quarter of 2018. The second phase of the program includes having a crew going up to the ISS (International Space Station).  The second phase is scheduled to take place in the 2nd quarter of 2018.  This historical liftoff will take place at Kennedy Space Center’s historic Pad 39A near Cape Canaveral.  This moment is marked since humans have not returned to deep space in the last 45 years. After these trips around the moon become more frequent, the next phase in the project is to get humans to make regular trips to Mars.

The SpaceX Space Suit

Mr. Mock has decided to unveil even more goodies to the IT world as he has taken the dream further by showing off their SpaceX space suits. No longer the bulky images of the past astronauts, but now a sleeker design which does more to protect the person wearing it than previous bulky designs.  The suits offer more agility and flexibility when the wearers are looking to move around the ship. Bear in mind that these are not replacements for the suits used to walk in outer space as they do very little to protect against the harsh atmosphere that outer space has.  The suits will be used during space travel into outer space and back. This is designed in case cabin pressure is lost then the suits will compensate to protect the wearer. The first manned missions which the astronauts will wear these all white suits is scheduled to take place on May 2018.

 

 

 

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How to charge your phone

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Take stock of your life. You’re obviously going to want to charge at home, but you also need to charge-proof your world. I keep a Lightning cable at work, for example, that I plug into my work station’s USB charging port. I also keep an adapter and cable plugged in at home. This is the easiest way to stay constantly juiced: have cables everywhere you go. You might also consider a charger in the car. Or in every room of the house. Or in your winter home. Or on your boat. Seriously, put charging cables in every place you frequent. Try to keep an external battery in your bag, too, and charge that immediately after you use it. A thorough charging routine requires a lot of stuff. You’ll need cables, USB adapters, external batteries, and, perhaps, new wall outlets. Generally speaking, a decent rule of thumb seems to be at least one power cable and adapter for every person living in your house. You also need a car charger / cable and a cable for your workplace. Yes, you could keep your phone alive with just one cord, but that’s a huge pain. No one wants to carry their cable around all the time.

How long should you charge? I don’t know where this myth started, but it’s a common idea that you shouldn’t leave your phone plugged in after it’s reached full charge. It’ll further depreciate the battery, that thinking goes. An interviewer talked to an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University, about whether this is true. No, he says. In fact, “the easy thing to do is to keep your phone plugged in all the time, as much as you can.” Modern smartphones do a pretty good job of battery management, he says. Once a phone battery reaches 100 percent, extra energy isn’t flowing into it. The battery remains constant.

Most phones have low power, eco, or battery-saving modes. On an iPhone, you can access low power mode through your battery settings. It’ll limit background app refreshes and automatic downloads. It’ll also limit visual effects and turn your auto-lock to 30 seconds. Samsung has a similar power-saving mode on its phones. Take advantage of these settings when you’re running low or need to conserve battery. Airplane mode will charge your phone slightly faster, too, if you’re in desperate need and are willing to part ways with your device. I always switch to airplane mode if I’m charging my phone at a bar. This gives me a slightly faster charge but also prevents any texts or calls from coming in, which is ideal when my phone is out of my hands.

All batteries are going to die eventually. Over time, they get worse at holding a charge. It’s just reality. I’m sorry to have to be the one to break it to you. You also don’t really get a choice over your battery provider. Smartphones ship with batteries inside, and these days, most aren’t removable. You get what you’re given. Phones are meant to be used and appreciated. The worst-case scenario is that you will have to eventually buy a new battery and get it installed.

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Apple iPhone 8

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The anticipation is rising and the peak is nowhere near in sight yet. We are less than a month away from the launching the new flag ship from Apple. After many rumors and reported leaks over the 10th year anniversary device, the truth about what Apple has been doctoring up has finally surfaced. To the delight of many Apple fans, they can see that it is worth the wait. This flag ship phone from Apple is designed to change the way how people use this device for years to come, not just from a technology standpoint but also from the ability to gain access to information with the least effort.

 

This new roll out of the iPhone is not just one phone but a flag ship of the iPhone 8 accompanied by 3 other phones from Apple. The first of which is the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus. All phones are not only an upgrade to the existing line of Apple iPhone, but also a demonstration of the latest in technology from Apple. Many carriers have already primed up their users to utilize their “upgrade every year” plans to accommodate the new technology being rolled out by Apple.

 

Security Features Integrated

The iPhone 8 has cutting edge design features that are never before seen by Apple or any of their product lines. Starting from the edge to edge feature of the display which no longer encompasses a hardware based “home” button. The home button is now built into the display with the fingerprint touch integrated into the screen.  Combining this feature along with the new integrated facial recognition enhances the security features of this new product.

Wireless Charging

No more cords to require the phones to connect to electrical outlets. Now simply place the phone on top of a wireless charging station and the phone will charge the same way it would with the fast charging of the cord charger.  This new charging feature which has already been utilized by Android devices is called inductive charging. The compatibility of Apple’s wireless charger is yet to be depicted as with most Apple products, Apple has ensured that their products are limited on their compatibility with other manufacturers.

Body Style and Design

The new body style of the iPhone encompasses a new stainless-steel design which has a glass body. This means that the back of the phone where the Apple symbol is located, it is encompassed in the stainless-steel body. The display is constructed of the hard guerrilla glass making it transparent, but still yet durable against normal wear and tear.  This new body is going to be available in multiple colors with a reflective mirror-like finish to add sleekness to the design.

Waterproof and Water resistance

The current iPhone 7 has waterproof and water resistance capabilities that have astonished Apple users by allowing them the ability to get their phone’s wet without the stress. This also comes with the ability for the phones to be submerged under water for up to 30 minutes. Apple has new improved features for this capability that is said to be game changing for the entire industry. The current iPhone 7 has an IP rating of IP67, but the new iPhone will have a rating of IP68.

Augmented Reality or Virtual Reality Technology

Apple has stepped up their game with the ability to integrate VR games and technology with their AR capabilities. One of the key features to take note of is the rear-facing 3D laser that allows the user to experience a better depth perception.  Depth perception is a key feature with VR as that is how a person can tell how big, tall, wide, short, deep, or shallow an object is. The better the depth effect is the more real the experience is for the user.

Increase in Memory

The current Apple line of iPhones supports the minimal memory of 32 GB, but the new iPhone 8 will support a minimum memory of 64GB, meaning that the new line of iPhones will have a much larger memory capacity than the current capacity of 256GB on the high end. The new line of Apple iPhones will have a much larger capacity which has not been revealed yet.

 

While the rest of the world is gearing up for this much-anticipated release from Apple for their coveted anniversary, IT GURUS OF ATLANTA preps for the release date on September 22nd, 2017, that we can deep dive into the specs as we take a part the phone from screen to CPU detailing all the specs that are currently listed.

 

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Smart Watch

Monday, August 28th, 2017

There’s no doubt that with the popularity of smartphones that can manage virtually every aspect of our lives, the trend in technology is to get more and more “connectivity” into smaller and smaller packages. Simultaneously, wrist watches have become a lesson in technological redundancy for many people. Ask a friend for the time of day and they’re just as likely to glance at their smartphone as they are to look at an actual wrist-bound timepiece. The newest wave of smart watches aims to change all that.

Smart watches are digital watches that do more – a lot more – that your old analog time tracking device. We’re not talking about that once-amazing calculator watch that you had in elementary school. These are full-fledged digital tools. Smart watches can run apps and play back all sorts of digital media, like audio tracks or radio streamed to Bluetooth headphones. Many of these watches have touchscreens, which allow you to access functions like a thermometer, calculator, compass and more.

Most of the current iterations of smart watches aren’t wholly standalone devices, simply because they lack an Internet connection. So many of the watches are designed to link directly with other devices that do have Internet connectivity, namely your smartphone. Just as with your smartphone, Internet access enables a smart watch with whole world of potential capabilities, like message notifications, GPS navigation and calendar synchronization. And of course, a Bluetooth connection to your phone means the watch can help you place calls or send and receive messages. Some smart watches are made specifically for athletics purposes, letting you track your lap times, distance and route. They may work in tandem with accessories such as a heart rate monitor or cadence sensor. There are specialty smart watches built especially for sailing enthusiasts, helping them track variables such as speed, wind direction and wind speed.

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Technology helped blind students experience the solar eclipse

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

The American Printing House for the Blind, or APH, has been a Louisville institution since 1858. Not only does the non-profit organization provide braille textbooks and other educational aids through the act to promote the education of the blind, its research department also develops new technologies. One such device, a prototype called Graphiti, helped students and adults who are blind or visually impaired experience Monday’s solar eclipse in near real time. According to APH, that’s never been done before. Graphiti put simply, is a large-ish square tablet with a black finish and a series of buttons lined up in two tidy rows toward the bottom. Unlike your iPad at home, Graphiti’s screen is made up of a 40 by 60 grid of movable pins. It looks vaguely like a Lite Brite.

Graphiti’s integrated pins are much smaller and they’re capable of displaying all sorts of information tactility… everything from charts to drawings and even images of a solar eclipse. Since the pins can adjust to various heights, Graphiti can also convey topographical data like maps, as well as shading and colors. While Graphiti is still a concept, APH sees a number of applications for its use, particularly for students who are blind or visually impaired. The biggest issue in education for any blind kid out there is being able to deliver real time graphical information as their sighted peers received it in the classroom.

As part of its efforts to bring awareness to Graphiti, APH invited about 30 students and adults who are blind or visually impaired to experience the solar eclipse. A photographer captured one image of the eclipse every 30 seconds, shared the file with Graphiti and its screen refreshed accordingly, with an updated tactile representation. People don’t realize it, but this is such a big deal because a blind person has never had access to something interactive where you can actually zoom in on an image or rotate it, or move around and see different parts of it, the students were amazed.

Despite being a revolutionary product for blind and visually impaired people, Graphiti still has a long way to go to get from concept to retail. If it were sold today, it would cost roughly $5,000. That doesn’t include the laptop, software and any other accessories required for full functionality. There’s also the challenge of familiarizing people with this technology. Skutchan believes Graphiti’s ultimate success will come from the gaming industry and augmented and virtual reality.

 

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Google previews videos to search results on phones

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Google is beginning to add what it calls “video previews” to search results. They’ll start out on Android, where they’ll appear for searches made in Chrome and the Google app. At first, they’ll only be in English and in the US, but Google plans to expand the feature globally and in all languages in the future. A spokesperson says Google also hopes to expand video previews to other platforms, so presumably iOS and perhaps the desktop are coming. You’ll now have an idea of what’s in a clip before you bother playing it. Now, if you do a Google search on your phone in either the app or Chrome, results in the video section will show not a static thumbnail image, but a snippet of the clip. The idea is to help you decide if you should click to the video or not. After all, more and more of the content we ingest online is taking the form of short film clips.

That video there on your screen, the one demanding to be watched — is it basically just gonna eat a few minutes of your life for no good reason? That’s the question Google wants to help you answer with a new search feature announced on Friday for its mobile app on Android and its Chrome browser on Android.

Google started rolling out the change on Friday and said the feature would be available more widely next week. The snippets play only if you’re on a Wi-Fi connection, so they shouldn’t affect data fees from your phone company. What’s that you say? Auto-play videos make you wanna scream? Relax; Google says you can simply turn off this feature by way of the settings menu in the Google app or in Chrome.

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IPhone 8 Facial Recognition

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Regardless of whether or not the iPhone 8 will feature Touch ID, it’s all but guaranteed that the device will feature facial recognition technology. Over the past few weeks and months, word that the iPhone 8 will incorporate facial recognition has been corroborated by a number of credible sources, not to mention an endless stream of iPhone 8 parts leaks featuring discernible cutouts for additional camera sensors on the front panel of the device. While Apple tends to keep upcoming technologies and features under lock and key, its upcoming facial recognition software will likely be based on technology it acquired when it purchased an Israeli machine learning company called Realface earlier this year. Consequently, a close examination of Realface’s cutting edge technology can provide us with a number of significant clues as to what we can expect out of the highly anticipated iPhone 8.

Now what happens when a person’s appearance changes over time? After all, individuals routinely alter their appearance in a myriad of ways. Impressively, this is where the machine learning aspect of the software comes into play. Another design consideration is the fact that face recognition in the authentication context, you only need to keep track of one individual; but you need to keep track of changes in his appearance over time. People shave, wear makeup, wear their hair differently. So, we designed a new learning method that’s called personalized recognition that enables the system to evolve over time and essentially get to know you. All that being said, Realface’s facial recognition technology is said to be so advanced that it can reliably be used for bio-metric authentication and even as a means to authorize secure financial transactions. Indeed, Littwin during the aforementioned lecture made a point of noting that the technology was designed with the intention of meeting the stringent security requirements of financial institutions.

All in all, this sounds like a great feature, but it’s still hard to envision facial recognition replacing Touch ID entirely given certain use-case scenarios where a user isn’t looking directly at the screen. Replacing Touch ID would also make using Apple Pay decidedly more awkward. The good news is that we won’t have to wait too much longer to see what the iPhone 8 has in store for us. If all goes according to plan, we can expect Apple to unveil the iPhone 8 at a special media event in just about two months.

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AIRLINES WILL SAVE BILLIONS WITH PILOTLESS PLANES

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

A move to pilot less planes would boost industry profitability. Alternatively, if the cost savings were entirely passed to consumers, tickets could cost much less (11% cheaper in the U.S.). That would be about $40 a ticket based on a average of round trips est cost of $370. A survey of 8,000 people found that 54% of respondents were unlikely to take a pilot less flight. Just 17% of respondents, who were from the U.S., U.K., France, Germany and Australia, said they would buy the ticket. Air traffic laws in most of the world require “four-eye-rule” in the cockpit. Two pilots should be present at all times, and if one of them needs to take a break, another member of the crew has to take his or her spot.

The technologies in development today will enable the aircraft to assist and back up the pilot in all the flight phases, removing the pilot from manual control and systems operations in all types of situations. Commercial flights already land with the assistance of on-board computers, and pilots manually fly the aircraft for only a few minutes on average. However, contrary to popular belief, airliners do not fly themselves, even when they’re on autopilot. Pilots are continually monitoring and adjusting aircraft navigation and systems, communicating with air traffic control and preparing for the next phase of the flight. Analysts said the transition to pilot less planes is likely to happen over many years. Cargo planes would likely be first to incorporate the new technology, with commercial flights being the last to go pilot less. The number of pilots needed for each flight could be reduced along the way.

The shift has the potential to save the aviation industry huge amounts of money. Airlines typically employ 10 pilots per aircraft, and reducing their number would result in less spending on training, salaries and other staffing costs. It could also help alleviate an expected pilot shortage over the coming decades. An annual forecast released by Boeing last month said passenger and cargo airlines around the world are expected to buy 41,000 new airliners between 2017 and 2036.

The aviation industry could save $35 billion a year by moving to pilot less planes, according to a new report. Just one problem: The same report warns that only 17% of travelers are willing to fly without a pilot. The technology required to operate remote-controlled planes could appear by 2025. Further advances beyond 2030 might result in automated business jets and helicopters, and finally commercial aircraft without pilots.

 

 

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Walmart Futuristic Delivery Truck

Monday, August 7th, 2017

Walmart and Peterbilt have collaborated on aerodynamic, hybrid, electrification and alternative fuel projects in the past, each with incremental gains in fuel efficiency and emission reductions. The Walmart Advanced Vehicle Experience tractor combines many of these projects in a single vehicle. “Peterbilt’s goals of producing the most fuel-efficient, aerodynamic, and lightweight trucks in the industry mirror those of Walmart,” said Landon Sproull, chief engineer at Peterbilt. “Our combined efforts help build a business case for these technologies in the future, as well as support one of our best customers.”

Designers used extensive computational fluid dynamics analysis to optimize the truck’s styling. The truck’s shape represents a 20 percent reduction in aerodynamic drag over Walmart’s current Peterbilt Model 386. By placing the cab over the engine, the truck’s wheelbase is greatly shortened, resulting in reduced weight and better maneuverability. Walmart relied on product development supplier to carry out the vehicle’s construction with these detailed design specifications.

 

The truck features a micro turbine Range Extender generator developed by Capstone Turbine Corporation. The company also engineered the truck’s integrated hybrid drivetrain solution. The use of a hybrid powertrain allows the turbine to remain at optimum operating revolutions per minute (RPM), while the electric motor/energy storage handles acceleration and deceleration. A longer-range version of this powertrain would feature a larger turbine and smaller energy storage system.

 

When keyed on, the truck automatically detects the state of charge of the batteries and starts charging them, if needed, using the turbine engine. Charge mode can be manually selected if an operator wishes to “top off” the batteries prior to shutting down. For use in urban areas, the truck will run on electric power alone until the battery state of charge hits 50 percent. At that time the turbine will automatically start and begin charging the batteries.

Innovation is key to improvement, and the project aims to demonstrate a wide range of cutting edge technologies and designs Walmart is considering in an effort to improve the overall fuel efficiency of its fleet and lower the company’s carbon footprint. Although the prototype currently runs on diesel, its turbine is fuel neutral and can run on compressed or liquid natural gas, biofuels or other fuels. The prototype is the result of collaboration between Walmart and many vendors, including Peterbilt, Roush Engineering, Great Dane Trailers and Capstone Turbine. Almost every component on this vehicle is cutting edge and showcases innovations of the future that will drive increased efficiency.

 

 

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Microsoft Breaking Barriers – Internet Without Wifi – Greater Distance and same High Speed!

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

 

Many people these days don’t go running towards Wifi unless they are still using regular phone plans to where they have a limited amount of data and have to connect to Wifi. With cell phone plans now going with “Unlimited” data, cable providers giving greater data usage to their customers, and “free” hotspots popping up in most public places, it is clear the data usage war is going to Unlimited access.  Most carriers are offering greater service areas and even more service quality as the ways to capture and keep customers. Outside of using your cell phone’s unlimited access which slows down after a certain amount of data is consumed, the “home”, “work”, or “public” wifi is the next best option to get work done on your computer and stay connected.

Most people when disconnecting from their wifi tend to try to get as much done and downloaded as possible in order to rely lightly on the cell phone data usage.  This is typical due to the lack of range for wifi signals inbetween locations such as work to home, home to public places, etc. In between location A and location B, there is a limitation of range for the wifi signal to travel. Most people are thinking that cell phone signals with their hotspots can make up for the disadvantage. Well even in that aspect, there are cell phone towers which are either not close enough or are not in existence that allow cell phone coverage to be choppy in certain areas or slow in connection speed.  Its always a rule of thumb that people in the city get more coverage with both their wifi signal and their cell phone signal. Rural areas tend to suffer are subject to satellite wifi or cell phone hotspots as coverage is limited outside cities.

Well Microsoft has an answer which could change the way how people receive their data stream by increasing coverage while maintaining speed. Microsoft has been testing the usage of tv signals in order to spread wifi signals. This plan would get rid of cables and introduce a truly wireless network that would travel to the farthest reaches of the continent without building extra towers or harnessing an overload on current towers. This plan uses what is called “white space” television bandwidth. In case you are wondering what is “white space”, well we have you covered.  White space are what tv networks had created years ago which operate below 700 Mhz. These white spaces serve as a buffer between the high traffic channels to give them the extra bandwidth to communicate on.  To expound upon the reach, these bands can stretch over 6 miles away and are not altered or disrupted by buildings or vegetation.

Microsoft has been promoting this technology for years and conducting tests in the Philippines, England, Colombia, and Kenya. By 2018 Microsoft is driving to have the project launched within 12 states. The end goal of the project is to extend this feature in 12 states across the US and connect over 2 million Americans in rural areas by July 4th, 2022.  Microsoft estimates that the project will take between 10-15 billion in order to extend the reach to all of rural America.

 

Even though the project deems to show endless possibilities, there are sceptics that believe the interference of  the “white air” will affect television networks from broadcasting by clogging their network.  Surprisingly enough Microsoft asked the FCC to use this spectrum back in 2010, but have not pressed forward with advancing the space or technology until now. Microsoft has beefed up its campaigns by now advertising in rural parts of Virginia and allowing them to connect via white space internet in 1,000 homes. This technology is proving to be cutting edge and will clearly blur the lines of “digital divide” and change the way how people use and interact with the internet by giving more access. Stay tuned as this white space internet will be expanding and coming to a location near you!

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