Google's Internet-Everywhere via Weather Balloon "Project Loon" May Get Its First Test in the U.S.

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At a certain point, one begins to wonder when internet access will just be a common ‘thing’ in our American lives, like electricity and access to clean water. (I know not everybody, even in the U.S., has all that, but go with me here.) And large tech companies are doing their best to get us to that point.

While Facebook is busy trying out a drone strategy to provide internet access to poor and/or far flung communities, Google is going the way of the weather balloon, and there are hints that they are ready to test things out in the U.S.

Via Project Loon Video

According to reports from multiple websites including Android Authority and Business Insider, Google’s “Project Loon” is getting ready to start its U.S. run. Project Loon is a moonshot” under the Google X banner designed to provide internet access to rural and remote areas through a 4G-LTE wireless network emanating from a series of high-altitude (11 miles in the stratosphere) weather balloons.

Papers filed with the Federal Communications Commission by Google request a license to “test experimental radios” in the United States and Puerto Rico. The request was filed by Astro Teller, head of Google X Labs.

Although the plan for Project Loon is for rural and poor areas without internet access, the request for the U.S. license makes sense in that the new internet-weather-balloon business needs to partner with telecommunications companies to start making money and become a feasible business model.

The project has already been tested in New Zealand, with Indonesia and Sri Lanka on the list of places where more testing will occur.

The tests in the U.S. will start January 1st, and last up to 24 months, so while Google’s efforts at widespread internet access may be exciting, their plans coming to fruition is still a long ways off.

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Hints for Working in Hot Weather

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shutterstock_274592699Unfortunately, it is very hard to concentrate and work efficiently during summer. Although many offices have an air condition, still this may not be enough to cool us especially in some parts of the US. Also, some people do not like the unnatural cold weather the a/c creates and prefer other cooling alternatives. Therefore, I have put together the below hints for you so you can keep working in hot weather.

  • Find the Coolest Corner in the Office: If you don’t feel cool enough in your own cube, go to a conference room or exchange cubes with a coworker for a few weeks. Try to find the corner in the office you feel most comfortable working at. On the other hand, some offices feel so cold due to a/c that you may need to do the opposite and find the warmest place in the office so your body can feel at the right temperature.
  • Drink as much Water as You Can: Due to dehydration, you can easily lose your concentration and not able to fully focus on the task that you are working on. Therefore, you need to drink at least a liter of water during the day. By the way, you cannot replace water with an energy drink or a soft drink like cola.
  • Work Outside: Okay, outside is very hot but if you have the opportunity, you can go to a park or a seaside and work in the shade. Of course, it is not recommended to stay outside between the hours of 11:30am and 3:30pm but other than this timeframe, working outside will help you enjoy the summer even in the work hours and get some fresh air.
  • Use Curtains and Window Blinds: If you don’t like to use the a/c, you can open the windows but close the curtains so that you are not subject to extreme sunlight but still when the wind blows, you can feel cooler. In addition, you can get some fresh air.
  • Try Using a Fan: You can get a mini fan which you can place on top of your desk next to your computer screen. In this way, you don’t need to use the a/c but still feel cool. Plus, using a fan is much cheaper compared to using the a/c. If you are a business owner, you can save money with this option.


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