You could be forgiven for thinking this was already a thing, but Waymo's self-driving taxis are reportedly starting to be equipped with free Wi-Fi for passengers. Yes, the subsidiary of internet giant Alphabet apparently didn't already have the technology. This, despite Google's autonomous vehicles each requiring a huge data pipe to the cloud for self-driving purposes.That's according to Reuters, which reports that complimentary high-speed connectivity is being tested in the company's fleet of Waymo One AV taxis in metropolitan Phoenix, where the company counts around 1,000 participating users.Much of the promise of self-driving vehicles has been the idea that not needing to keep one's hands on the wheel will enable the recovery of personal time for enhanced leisure or work -- activities like streaming the latest episode of Stranger Things or working on next week's PowerPoint presentation. Therefore, it's rather surprising that Wi-Fi apparently hasn't been offered until now. … [Read more...] about Waymo driverless taxi service tests free Wi-Fi
They cut the Internet so that people cannot communicate, to prevent them from gathering Tweet Email Recommended Stories Sudan army rulers admit dispersing sit-inThe UN confirms the killing of 17 people and the burning of more than 100 houses in Deleij village in Darfur Sudan crisisIt is unfortunate that people in Sudan are suffering in such a horrible way in their struggle for democracySudan militia killed 9 people in Darfur village: doctorsThe doctors' committee accuse the Janjaweed for the massacre … [Read more...] about In Sudan, Internet users find ways to beat blackout
Consolidation in any sphere of business is not a new phenomenon. In many cases, it’s a natural evolution as industries and markets seize the opportunity to reduce competition, costs and make the most of economies of scale – and this is just as true online as any other market. However, as we explored in our 2019 Global Internet Report, consolidation in the Internet economy is a question of how new patterns of consolidating services, operations and functions impact the Internet and its use. These patterns produce a complex set of benefits along with concerns that we believe deserve closer attention.Today, a handful of actors play a significant role in our increasingly-connected societies. From the dominance of Facebook in social messaging, Google in search, and Amazon in online shopping, these companies are expanding beyond their initial service offerings. The largest Internet platforms are today dominating large parts of the Web and have become central to many of … [Read more...] about Does consolidation help or hinder the internet?
Imagine this; you want to watch the recently released series of Game of Thrones on Amazon Fire Stick. Unfortunately, you can't watch it because the content is geo-locked. This is not only frustrating but also annoying, and hinders maximum enjoyment on your screen. Many Amazon Fire Stick users experience this blockade because the content the device offers varies from one region to another. This means that content –movies, television shows, and games – available in one region may not be available in another country. Content is mainly blocked due to licensing agreements and exclusive broadcast rights.Luckily, this is not a death sentence, and there's a way to navigate the virtual content blockage. Virtual Private Network (VPN) is the ideal way to access blocked content due to its location-spoofing abilities. You simply add a VPN to your Amazon Fire Stick and enjoy the immense benefits of VPNs including:Concealing your online activities from hackers and other interested … [Read more...] about 6 VPNs that Work Best with Amazon Fire Stick
Broadband internet can be downright dismal in many households in the United States — pricey speed tiers and usage quotas tend to cripple the experience. On the other hand, cellular carriers are pouring in money towards speedy 5G and smartphone use is on the rise for a variety of other reasons. All of this to say that it's no surprise the Pew Research Center has come out with its latest Mobile Technology and Home Broadband survey findings which point a doubling over 6 years in the number of U.S. adults using the internet solely on smartphones. Pew found from a sample size of 1,502 participants that 96% owned a cellphone. Of them, 84% had a smartphone. When asked on which device do they "mostly" use the internet, 46% of all surveyed say it's with their phones while 30% responded with a computer, tablet, or other device — the last time this question was asked in 2013, only 34% primarily used the internet on their phones while 53% used another device. Age groupSmartphone … [Read more...] about Smartphone-only internet use in US has doubled in six years