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Facebook has announced that it’s teaming up with French-based satellite provider Eutelsat Communications to beam free internet to 14 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The deal will see the companies use “the entire broadband payload on the future AMOS-6 [geostationary]satellite” along with gateways and terminals on the ground, providing high gain spot beams of data that will cover large parts of West, East and Southern Africa.

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Logitech today announced its entry into the home security and monitoring market with the Circle Portable Home Connection Camera, which is debuting under its new Logi brand. The palm-sized Circle is a connected camera that’s designed to let users monitor and interact with pets, children, and people at home while away.

Through a companion app, the Logi Circle streams HD video to an iPhone or iPad. It includes a two-way talk and listen feature that works using Wi-Fi, letting it go beyond simple monitoring. According to Logitech, the Circle includes “Scene Intuition” technology that sets it apart from other similar home camera systems. With Scene Intuition, the Logi Circle is able to learn home life patterns to send alerts only when interesting activity occurs to save people from having to sort through hours and hours of footage.


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If driverless cars deliver on their promise to eliminate the vast majority of fatal traffic accidents, the technology will rank among the most transformative public-health initiatives in human history. But how many lives, realistically, will be saved?

By the end of this century, there’s good reason to believe that tens of millions of traffic fatalities will be prevented around the world.

This is not merely theoretical. There’s already some precedent for change of this magnitude in the realms of car culture and automotive safety.

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Back in June, a Pew study showed that 15 percent of Americans don’t use the Internet. Compare that to 2000, when a full 48 percent of Americans told Pew they did not use the Internet.

The United Nations will likely fail to meet its goal of having 60 percent of the world plugging in by 2020. Among the reasons given for the remaining dearth of access is a lack of infrastructure outside of urban areas. In other words, ever since the Internet reached a saturation point in 2012, the rate of growth has been slowing down. According to the report, the same is also true of mobile cellular subscriptions, which are bringing new people to the Internet at a slower rate than before.

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Nextbit Robin is now live at Kickstarter awaiting for your support. The company employs brains from big manufacturers and intends to change how we use the smartphone and pave a new path for Android.

Nextbit Robin was designed not to be the pretty slippery phone like most of the flagships today are, but instead it takes a different approach for putting handling before looks. Indeed the Robin isn’t the typical smartphone we are used to see this year, but we have to admit it still looks pretty. The team assures all the controls have been thoughtfully placed for maximum user friendliness – but on the other hand – which phone maker doesn’t?

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Philips’ latest Hue kit gives you wireless light dimming

Dimmable lights can add an air of sophistication to your abode, but setting them up? Not fun — not unless you enjoy messing with home wiring or paying a lot of money. Philips might have a better way, though.

It’s trotting out a wireless dimming kit that turns any white Hue bulb (one is included in the box) into a dimmable light.

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LAS VEGAS, United States – Hackers’ arsenal on Sunday was beefed up with a drone armed with weapons to crack into wireless computer networks at close range, whether they be in skyscrapers or walled compounds.

David Jordan of US-based Aerial Assault was at an infamous Def Con hacker gathering showing off a drone that could be dispatched on missions to land atop buildings or hover outside walls and probe for cracks in computer networks.

“There has never been this capability before,” Jordan said as he showed the drone to AFP.

The drone was equipped with software tools used to perform the kind of “penetration testing” done by hackers or computer security professionals who seek vulnerabilities in computer networks.

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For several years, the business sector focused on small UAVs has grown to become extremely popular, especially in terms of video capture. It is increasingly common to see small drones in the air observing and recording our movements, whether at a music festival or on the streets of a busy city.

Thinking beyond fads and contemplating a transcendental use of this new technological tool, Sony has announced the creation of its own line of drones that will focus exclusively to the business sector.

The charge of this project will be the subsidiary Aero-sense, created by Sony in partnership with the Japanese startup ZMP, which designed drones able to meet corporate needs, such as inspecting infrastructure areas and surveying the difficult access and high risk areas.

There is no precise release date, but it is certainly a smart move from Sony which seeks to exploit other niches. Everything sounds perfect.