Facebook's Solar-Powered Internet Drone Giving Google's Project Loon Competition

The race has been on to extend internet connectivity to all corners of the world.  We’ve been keeping up with Google’s Project Loon’s progress for the past few years.  This past Thursday, Facebook announced that it had successfully completed a test flight of its unmanned solar-powered drone Aquila.

  • 22 July 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 776
Brazil: A Threatened Digital Generation Fights for the Open Web

​If you’ve been paying attention in the social media and tech world over the last few weeks, you may have heard that there is some conflict in Brazil.  Recently, a Brazilian judge shut down WhatsApp and it’s looking more and more like Brazil’s congress wants to shut down the social web next.  Currently, WhatsApp is the single most used app in Brazil, with about 93 million users, or 93% of the country’s internet population.  The court-ordered 48 hour blackout across Brazil was instated as a result of the app refusing to turn over data in an investigation.   It came back online 12 hours into the blackout after a second judge ruled that “it does not seem reasonable that millions of users are affected” and suggested a financial penalty instead.  The bigger question on people’s minds currently is –what’s next?

  • 1 January 2016
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1302
FCC Sets Regulations on Net Neutrality: What This Could Mean for the Future of Internet

In case you live under a rock, on Feb. 26th, 2015 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted in favor of new net neutrality regulations!  This is a big relief to those of us who have been avid supporters of net neutrality regulations and what that could mean for the freedom of the internet. You can read more about our thoughts and a little background: here. These new regulations, if fully implemented, would mean that the internet service providers could not discriminate which sites and services customers would get access to. Big deal.  Keeping the internet open and free.

  • 4 March 2015
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 1438
FCC Invites a Firestorm as they Open the Door to Net Neutrality Round Tables
Well everyone, the net neutrality debate isn’t over yet. There is another chapter to this story now that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has announced that it will host six “Open Internet Round Table” discussions on several topics that relate to net neutrality. These round table discussions will be live-streamed.
  • 12 August 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2098
Net Neutrality Set to Become Most-Discussed Issue in FCC History
We introduced you to the net neutrality debate back in May. Well, now that the deadline for public comments is coming to a close we’ve realized that the people aren’t just speaking –they’re yelling loud and clear. The FCC has received more than 677,000 comments on its proposed rules for how broadband providers can treat content traveling over their networks and into your homes. The majority of comments make it pretty clear that the public isn’t exactly pleased with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's net-neutrality proposal.
  • 15 July 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2217
Saving Net Neutrality & The Internet As We Know It
Using the internet has become so commonplace that people often take for granted the web access that we receive. The FCC’s proposed changes to Net Neutrality have the ability to change the internet as we know it. It has quite a few people in (and out) of the tech world pretty upset. If the FCC allows Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to implement pay to play techniques, then small businesses will never have equal footing on the internet and large companies with money will dominate the information that every one of us can receive on the internet. 
  • 27 May 2014
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2773
Creating a Website DVR
Are you ready for a new application for you entertainment pleasure? I think that a highly functional, socially interactive, Website DVR needs to be created. It should be able to record shows directly from various websites such as: ABC, NBC, CW, HBO, ESPN, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube channels, etc… There will be no buffering, no waiting, and no internet needed. Sound like a great idea? Keep reading…
  • 19 December 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2736
Project Loon Sets up Camp in California
When we last checked in with Project Loon here, they were in New Zealand working out some kinks and setting some records. Since getting back from New Zealand, the Project Loon team has set up shop in California's Central Valley. The team has been busy conducting a series of research flights. As it's been since the beginning, the purpose of their flights is to research various approaches for improving the technology that they are working with. They are working to improve the configuration and battery like of their solar panel power system, the balloon envelope design, their own radio configuration, etc. It seems like they're following a "what can go wrong and how can we fix it?" approach.With each test flight they are able to gather a little more information and use that new info to develop their technology from those results.
  • 3 September 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2486
Keeping Up With Project Loon
We introduced you to a little (huge!) project called Project Loon: here.  Now, we're going to start following their journey and reporting back you.  While I'm sure this project has been in the works for quite some time, Google just announced it's existence June 14th, 2013.  With a little over a month now under their belt in the public eye, let's catch up with Loon and see what's been happening over in their neck of the world.
  • 18 July 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 2466

Project Loon

A Balloon to Build a Dream on
In our hectic, half crazed, everything rushed and crammed-to-fit-in life we tend to glaze over some huge comforts that this modern world has provided us. Fact is, there are some things in life we take for granted. Nowadays, the internet is one of those overlooked luxuries. Although we may consider the internet to be a common place convenience, global even, two thirds of this world's population does not have access to the internet. Two thirds. Please, let that soak in for a moment.
  • 11 July 2013
  • Author: James Nagy
  • Number of views: 3219
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Consultants: The Importance of Being an Expert

​As a consultant, you’ll run into situations nearly daily where you are meeting new people who want to hear about what you do. I get questions regularly on topics that I consult on. Many times these conversations come up on the spot and out of a normal business environment.  So, what do you do when you’re approached, totally unprepared, and you have to talk about your business out of the blue? Do you know your business well enough that you can stop whatever you’re doing and come up with an intelligent informed conversation? As a consultant, this is a must.
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