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How Google’s Project Loon Works

How Google’s Project Loon Works

Most people don’t realize, but there are still countless people who have no access to the Internet. Google wants to help fix this problem with their latest project, Project Loon

The concept is to create a network of high altitude balloons for data sharing in areas that fiber optic cables just aren’t cost effective. Using the Stratosphere’s consistent wind patterns, the balloons can be ‘steered’ per say into the the correct positioning. 

Users simply use a special Internet antenna to connect and ‘talk’ to the balloons in the sky, which in turn talk to other balloons, which talk to an Internet service provider. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/06/16/how-googles-project-loon-works/

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21 Things You Googled When You Moved To LA

21 Things You Googled When You Moved To LA

Juice cleanses still don’t make sense though.

1. Because everyone wouldn’t shut up about making everything “animal style”:

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2. Because the one yesterday scared THE SHIT OUT OF YOU:

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3. Because a co-worker told you they lived there:

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4. Because of the Instagram opportunities:

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5. Because you could finally stalk everywhere she went:

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6. Because you thought it was some indie band everyone loved:

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7. Because the signs were impossible for you to decipher:

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8. Because you gave up on parking all together:

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9. Because you kept getting charged 10 cents:

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10. Because you wanted to find out if such a mystical thing existed:

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11. Because you couldn’t afford a full time gym membership:

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12. And because you didn’t know better:

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But you learned.

13. Because you didn’t understand why people would do such a thing:

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14. Because you were told you should go there one weekend:

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15. Because of the traffic EVERYWHERE:

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16. Because they were machine operated where you’re from:

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17. Because you started dating someone who said they were in the industry:

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18. Because you were just in a “limbo period” of your life:

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And still might be.

19. Because apparently LA cops have nothing better to do:

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20. Because you didn’t realize what you were doing until it was already too late:

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21. And because you just wanted to fit in:

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Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/christianzamora/things-you-googled-when-moved-to-la

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New York City Launches Digital Toolkit for Small Businesses

New York City Launches Digital Toolkit for Small Businesses

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday announced the city’s first Digital Toolkit for small businesses, a new education program aimed at helping the small businesses of New York City develop their online presence and social media strategies. The program will be administered by the city’s Small Business Services department at their local education centers throughout the five boroughs.

NYC’s Digital Toolkit is of a series of courses that will explain how a small business can incorporate technology and social media into their business strategy for marketing, sales and customer service. It will also include an online component with best practices and website design templates.

“The digital toolkit will help New York City’s entrepreneurs with the resources they need to engage more consumers online,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “The web can open up worlds of opportunities for these businesses, but many of them presently lack even their own website, let alone a social media campaign.”

The program was created in partnership with Mashable, Google, Tumblr and Weebly.

“Mashable is proud to work with Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York to create this program that will help the small businesses that run the city that never sleeps,” said Stacy Green, Mashable‘s head of marketing and communications. “We’re happy to share our digital expertise to give back to the city where our company is headquartered.”

Tumblr and Weebly provided customized website templates and Google provided information and best practices for search engine optimization and search engine marketing.

New York City’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne will launch the Digital Toolkit and teach the program’s first course on Thursday, September 20th.

The Digital Toolkit grew out of a survey done by Small Business Services which found that the city’s small businesses were most interested in learning how to incorporate social media and website design into their business strategies.

This program is part of New York City’s effort to bring a digital focus to all New Yorkers through The Digital Roadmap. Other recent initiatives include turning payphones into WiFi hotspots and rolling out a map of all the tech companies headquartered in New York last June.

For more information go to: http://www.nyc.gov/html/index.html

Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/08/23/nyc-digital-toolkit-smbs/