Loon launches floating balloon-powered internet service in Kenya

Loon launches floating balloon-powered internet service in Kenya

Google‘s sister company Loon is deploying a fleet of 35 solar-powered balloons that will provide internet service across more remote areas of Kenya by floating on stratospheric winds.

This is Loon’s first non-emergency, commercial internet service. Previously the company provided emergency-only internet access in response to disasters such as the 2017 Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the 2019 earthquake in Peru.

Loon launches floating balloon-powered internet service in Kenya

Loon – a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc and one of Google’s “moonshot” projects – is using a fleet of what will eventually be more than 35 balloons to provide a 4G wireless broadband service to Telkom Kenya subscribers across the country. Continue reading

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The Neon Museum’s ‘Lost Vegas’ Exhibit by Tim Burton Used VR to Visualise the Expansive Setup

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If you’re ever in Las Vegas and want to visit somewhere other than a casino then iconic The Neon Museum is a good place to stop off a see a little of the city’s history. A non-profit which collects and preserves Vegas signage, last year Tim Burton (Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) took over the location for a special exhibition called ‘Lost Vegas’. And to help make it a reality the designers used VR collaboration software.

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Burton brought in experiential designer Craig Winslow who had previously worked for clients like NikeLab and Adobe to help bring his ideas to life. As it happened Winslow had been experimenting with enterprise collaboration software The Wild. The app specialises in supporting architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) businesses, with tools allowing them to import most 3D file types. Continue reading

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Eighty-Four Photographers Band Together to Raise Money for Greater Chicago Food Depository

“Smiley” (2018) by Lyndon French. All images courtesy of Prints for Hunger, shared with permission

Food banks across the United States have been seeing an unprecedented uptick in usage since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and dozens of Chicago natives and current residents have joined together to provide local aid. Since June 25, Prints for Hunger has raised $20,000 for the Greater Chicago Food Depository through its online fundraiser selling 84 photographers’ most significant works from the past few decades. Continue reading

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Refraction Festival and Fact to stream sets from DJ Stingray, Nyege Nyege Tapes and more

Fact will be hosting sets throughout the festival, which takes place from July 16-31.

A new digital festival co-founded by the creator of Vancouver’s New Forms Festival called Refraction launches later this month with a two-week programme of streamed DJ sets, digital art and AV performances in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artists including object blue, Channel Tres, Omar-S, Amazondotcom, Yu Su, The 83rd and Hieroglyphic Being are among those playing sets, which will be streamed from July 16-31. Fact is partnering with Refraction to host sets from Tawiah + MYRRH, Marcellus Pittman, Hitmakerchinx, DJ Stingray and Venetta. Continue reading

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Fredro Starr – Punk MCs (Music Video) Taken Off: A Few Joints EP (iTunes/Spotify)

Queens, New York-based ONYX member Fredro Starr drops the visual to his track PUNK MCS, taken off his recent A FEW JOINTS EP, produced by the late Chyskillz

Fredro Starr the OG from ONYX recently released his ‘A Few Joints‘ EP entirely produced by the late Chyskillz who also was behind the boards for classics like ‘Slam’, ‘Throw Ya Gunz’ and ‘Shiftee’. ‘Punk MCs’ is the first video single from the project. Fredro Starr walks on the beach with his four-legged friend Cisco, reminiscing about the late Chyskillz and Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest.

Directed by Fredro Starr and Ben Madill, edited by Sam Madill, drone by Pen Point, mixed and mastered by Sam Madill, produced by Chyskillz. Continue reading

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