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Jul 3, 2020

SpaceX nails second Falcon nosecone recovery in one month

Posted by in categories: internet, military, satellites

SpaceX has successfully recovered two pairs of Falcon 9 payload fairings (nosecones) – one twice-flown – in one month after twin ships GO Ms. Tree and GO Ms. Chief returned to port on July 2nd.

Around 45 minutes after Falcon 9 B1060 lifted off for the first time with the US military’s third upgraded GPS III satellite in tow and around 40 minutes after the rocket’s payload fairing deployed, both fairing halves gently splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean just a few miles apart. Lacking their main recovery nets in an odd configuration, Ms. Tree and Ms. Chief both fished one half out of the ocean with smaller secondary nets before placing the fairings on their decks for technicians to secure them.

A little more than two weeks prior, both ships were in the midst of recovering the Starlink-8 mission’s twice-flown fairings from the ocean, safely returning them – intact – to shore for the first time since SpaceX began fairing reuse. As SpaceX itself noted at the tail end of its GPS III SV03 webcast, the intact recovery of the mission’s fairing halves all but guarantees that they’ll be reused in the near future.

Jul 2, 2020

The Key Device Needed for a Quantum Internet

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics

As researchers worldwide work toward a potential quantum internet, a major roadblock remains: How to build a device called a quantum repeater.

Jul 2, 2020

Musk Reads: How SpaceX could reach Mars before 2030

Posted by in categories: internet, space

Crew Dragon offers views of Earth and Robert Zubrin calls for developing the asteroid belt. Could Starlink work with an RV? It’s Musk Reads: SpaceX Edition #181.

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Jul 1, 2020

India TikTok Ban Threatens China’s Rise as Global Tech Power

Posted by in categories: government, internet

India’s unprecedented decision to ban 59 of China’s largest apps is a warning to the country’s tech giants, who for years thrived behind a government-imposed Great Firewall that kept out many of America’s best-known internet names. If India finds a way to carry out that threat, it may present a model for other countries from Europe to Southeast Asia that seek to curtail the pervasiveness of apps like ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok while safeguarding their citizens’ valuable data.


China over the past decade built an alternate online reality where Google and Facebook barely exist. Now its own tech corporations, from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Tencent Holdings Ltd., are getting a taste of what a shutout feels like.

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Jul 1, 2020

Nanosatellites could beam ‘quantum internet’ to Earth

Posted by in categories: internet, quantum physics, satellites

Tiny satellites could be the key to a global quantum internet network. That could mean internet from space on Earth, and communication between spacecraft.

Jun 29, 2020

How Chinese tech giants are disrupting insurance industry with pooled funds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, finance, health, information science, internet, mobile phones

However, the situation has been improving as Chinese tech giants including e-commerce company Alibaba, search engine Baidu, on-demand delivery company Meituan Dianping, ride-hailing operator Didi Chuxing and smartphone maker Xiaomi now offer more affordable health care plans via mutual aid platforms, which operate as a collective claim-sharing mechanism.


China’s online mutual aid platforms are disrupting old school insurance companies by leveraging big data and internet finance technologies to offer low cost medical coverage.

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Jun 28, 2020

Scientists Have Demonstrated Quantum Entanglement on a Tiny Satellite Orbiting Earth

Posted by in categories: internet, particle physics, quantum physics, space

In the strange field of quantum physics, quantum entanglement – what Einstein called “spooky action at a distance” – stands out as one of the most intriguing phenomena. And now scientists just managed to successfully demonstrate it again, this time onboard a CubeSat satellite orbiting Earth.

Quantum entanglement is where two particles become inextricably linked across a distance, so that one serves as an indicator of the other in a certain aspect. That unbreakable link might one day form the basis of a super-fast, super-secure quantum internet.

While a quantum internet is still some way off, if we want to make it work, it’s going to require something other than optical fibres.

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Jun 27, 2020

SpaceX to Offer High-Speed Internet from Space to Rural Canada

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, internet, space travel

Elon Musk’s company, SpaceX, has applied to offer high-speed internet to people living in rural parts of Canada, the offer has yet to be accepted by the Canadian telecom company.

Jun 27, 2020

Why an integrated analytics platform is the right choice

Posted by in categories: business, internet, robotics/AI

The lifecycle starts when data is collected or ingested from any source. With the advent of 5G, this includes ever more data that’s streamed and generated in real-time.


Companies realize that in order to grow, connect products and services, or protect their business, they need to become data-driven. In selecting the tools to realize these goals, organizations effectively have two choices: a self-selected combination of analytics tools and applications or a unified platform that handles all. In this blog we will discuss the challenges of the former choice that will provide justification for the latter. Let’s take a step back and ask: what do organizations need in terms of analytics to realize their data-driven goals? What is needed to combat customer churn, provide a predictive maintenance service or identify fraud as it happens? One thing is clear: it is not one single analytical capability. Implementing innovative and differentiating business use cases is not simply selecting the perfect data warehouse solution and calling it good. Today’s solutions require more than a better individually functional tool. Going from data to insight to action demands a complete range of capabilities that spans the data life cycle from the edge to AI.

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Jun 27, 2020

The Rise Of Connected Manufacturing And How Data Is Driving Innovation

Posted by in categories: business, internet, robotics/AI

Is Industry 4.0 applicable to only machines or is there scope for businesses to leverage the concept of ‘Connected Workers’?


The shift towards Industry 4.0 is improving manufacturing efficiency and the factory of the future will increasingly be driven by technology like the Internet of Things (IoT), Automation, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cloud Computing.

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