Spreading the World Wide Web to cover all four corners of our world is no small challenge. Internet penetration has reached 60% of the world’s population in the last 2 decades but the first 60% was the easy bit. Low population density, infrastructure costs and the fact that the world is a really big place will conspire to make the last 40% far tougher than the first 60%.
Facebook this week revealed technology to help bridge the internet gap, the Aquila drone which is now completed and ready for testing. The carbon fibre flying wing is in essence a communications platform that will bring the internet to the hard to get to corners of the world.
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Television, in an entertainment hungry world TV is an endless stream of candy for the mind but the world is changing fast and so is TV. Not only what we watch but how we watch TV is experiencing a revolution. There are sign posts to the direction this revolution is taking, just as Napster predicated iTunes and the way we consume music XBMC is pointing us towards the next revolution and it may just lead to an incredibly entertaining future, if you can afford it.
The future of TV is global, with every channel and show available at the click of a button or swipe of hand. With multiple ways to consume every type of content; live or on demand video, radio and even video games, the future of global TV appears bright.
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Game developer Plarium has recently jammed Facebook full of gunpowder and lit the fuse with its new Facebook RTS action game Soldiers Inc. The year is 2019 and a modern land grab is taking place, countries and corporations battling for wealth of all kinds.
Soldiers Inc sees players led through missions by Mr Black, earning experience and money, expanding your base and recruiting more soldiers. Of course as your base expands more resources are required, and the cycle goes on. The tech tree is unlocked over time and expands as experience and research accumulates. In game payments can be used to accelerate all of these processes.
Presented for your viewing pleasure are the videos that introduce you to the latest browser based strategy game, Soldiers Inc. Time for a little base building army destroying action. Sit back, relax and let the invasion begin.
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Facebook declared a virtual reality war this week with the announcement that it has purchased Oculus and their Rift VR headset for $2 billion in cash and shares. With Sony recently announcing its Project Morpheus VR headset for the PS4 the scene has been set for the battle to control virtual reality.
Taking 3D to the extreme the latest generation VR headsets are able to immerse you in an experience so deeply that it will make you weak at the knees. Unlike 3D glasses the Rift and Morpheus fill your vision and are interactive, your movements and actions are also part of the virtual world it takes you too. Seriously this shit will make you fall over and reach for the barf bag it’s so intense.
Presented for your viewing pleasure is a specially prepared selection of VR videos. The reaction to Oculus videos are plain hilarious, while the game demo’s are just plain impressive. Sit back, relax and let the VR headset do all the work for you.
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Chumby our favourite internet gadget company has just released Chumby 8, an upgrade to the already excellent internet device. Chumby is a small gadget that allows you to load add-on applications to the screen turning the gadget into anything you want. More than just the ultimate bedside device, think clock radio or alarm clock with a Star Trek twist. Chumby was the first device to really fulfill the term Widget.
If your sick of plain old alarm clocks, bored by the latest MP3 playing picture frame or just want a device to do more then the Chumby is for you. With 1500 apps available, the Chumby can be many things to many people. Load the Flicker application to make Chumby into a picture frame, Alarm Clock, Weather, social media dating applications all turn Chumby into something different. Load the news feeds, sports updates and horoscopes onto your Chumby and you have a live news centre. Load the financials and world clocks to turn Chumby into a world-wide stock tracker. Internet radio, games, social and online video applications all expand the Chumby’s usefulness.
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Facebook prepares to add VOIP services to its expanding social networking empire.
All of the stories surrounding Facebook at the moment are small pieces of a puzzle, when you bring them all together an interesting picture develops..
The chatter started with your profile phone numbers being made public. While reports around the wobbly web concentrated on the privacy aspect of this action – which Facebook doesn’t give two whoots about – more important was the building of a facebook phonebook, an important part of any telephone system around the world, the Blue Pages.
The Inquirer reports a VOIP service being in testing. While the VOIP service is a logical extension to Facebook it’s importance is a little more obscure than that. For Facebook to really be aware of what we are doing it needs your phone to be routed through Facebook. That doesn’t mean they will be listening to your calls but they will have your call records in their database. At the moment your telephone company has all of your call records – you see a summary of it on your bill – all of this information will be in Facebook.
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