How These Balloons Brought Emergency Cell Service to Peru After an 8.0 Magnitude Earthquake

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Loon has helped over 20,000 people connect with each other following a recent quake. Over the weekend, a powerful 8.0 earthquake struck Peru and neighboring Ecuador. The quake—felt in rural areas and major population centers like Lima, Quito, and even Caracas, Venezuela—killed one person, injured 18 between the countries, and damaged numerous buildings. But the disaster, which was Peru's strongest earthquake in over a decade, had one notable difference from others: Within 48 hours, people in affected regions had working cell phones. Loon, a company owned by Alphabet, deployed its signature LTE balloons, which were able to provide service amidst a broken network. By sheer chance, Loon was testing its balloons in nearby Puerto Rico. The company worked with both the Peruvian government and cell service provider Telefonica to establish…
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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services

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Why you should consider converting to externally managed IT services   Using an external service provider to assist with your business’s IT needs is something that has grown in popularity over the years, thanks to a number of benefits which directly translate into cost savings. Defined as ‘managed services’, an external provider monitors and looks after a business’s IT and technology needs, improving productivity, reducing expenses and streamlining processes. “With South Africa’s economy in a slump, businesses are looking to get real value for money from their IT & tech providers,” says Mark Parsons, Technical Director at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape. “For smaller companies, having an in-house IT technician or department is usually expensive, and often unnecessary. SMEs’ IT requirements are generally not as complex or extensive as those of…
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Botnets of Things

Botnets of Things

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The relentless push to add connectivity to home gadgets is creating dangerous side effects that figure to get even worse. Botnets have existed for at least a decade. As early as 2000, hackers were breaking into computers over the Internet and controlling them en masse from centralized systems. Among other things, the hackers used the combined computing power of these botnets to launch distributed denial-of-service attacks, which flood websites with traffic to take them down. But now the problem is getting worse, thanks to a flood of cheap webcams, digital video recorders, and other gadgets in the “Internet of things.” Because these devices typically have little or no security, hackers can take them over with little effort. And that makes it easier than ever to build huge botnets that take…
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Top 10 Technology Predictions For 2017 From IDC

Top 10 Technology Predictions For 2017 From IDC

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Shutterstock IDC released today its 10 IT industry predictions for 2017 in a webcast with Frank Gens, IDC’s senior vice president and chief analyst. The predictions covered many trends driving success today and in the future, from how the entire global economy will be re-shaped by digital transformation, the transition of all enterprises from being “digital immigrants” to being “digital natives,” the scaling up of innovation accelerators, the emergence of “the 4th platform” (a new set of technologies that will become mainstream in ten years), drastic changes in how enterprises connect to their customers, and the ecosystem becoming as important for business success as IP. Here are IDC’s ten predictions: By 2020, 50% of the G2000 will see the majority of their business depend on their ability to create digitally-enhanced…
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Technology Industry Outlook 2017

Technology Industry Outlook 2017

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In-depth insight on growth opportunities and challenges in technology ​Technology companies are continually on the leading-edge, considering unconventional and innovative ways to meet the demands of the savvy consumer. What will 2017 have in store? Explore the latest technology industry trends and perspectives on growth opportunities and factors to be mindful of along the way. The technology space is changing at warp speed Anticipating new developments can be challenging. While we do not have a crystal ball, the industry’s tremendous investment in research is a strong indicator that we will soon be witnessing the emergence of ecosystems and platforms that deliver a whole new level of value and opportunities for technology professionals. In Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Outlook, Paul Sallomi, Global Technology, Media & Telecommunications industry leader and the US and…
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