Alphabet eyes Project Loon to connect Puerto Rico

first_imgHome Alphabet eyes Project Loon to connect Puerto Rico How it worksProject Loon refers to a network of high-altitude helium balloons which fly twice as high as aeroplanes and beam connectivity where it is needed via receivers suspended from the bottom of the balloons. To provide connectivity, Project Loon’s balloons are integrated into a telecommunications partner’s network to access and share the operator’s cellular spectrum.One of the first real-world uses of the balloons took place in Peru in January, when the country was hit by floods while the Loon team was testing the system.Alastair Westgarth, head of Project Loon, recently told Mobile World Live the team activated a live network spanning an area the size of Switzerland. The company collaborated with Telefonica on spectrum and coverage, he said.Alphabet’s X team did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether or not it contacted US operators, which are already at work trying to restore connectivity on the island. Company representatives for T-Mobile and Sprint could not immediately be reached for comment.A Verizon representative noted the company does not operate its own wireless network in Puerto Rico, instead relying on roaming partners on the island to provide service. The representative said Verizon offered support to its partners, but is unaware of any aerial efforts like Project Loon which may be underway. However, the Verizon Foundation pledged $5 million to support long term recovery efforts on the island.Rival AT&T sent four cargo planes loaded with supplies and personnel to the island. A company representative was unable to confirm if the operator is working with Project Loon, but told Mobile World Live it deployed more than 50 generators to power wireless and wireline equipment. AT&T also established temporary cell sites in the cities of Ponce, Arecibo, Humacao and Aguadilla.Those cell sites processed more than 100,000 calls in the last 24 hours, the representative said. AT&T is planning to deploy additional temporary cell sites in Mayaguez, Rio Grande, Fajardo, and Guavate. Related Diana Goovaerts Loon deploys self-learning navigation AI Author Alphabet’s X lab revealed it is working to determine whether its Project Loon balloons can be used to provide emergency connectivity to hurricane battered Puerto Rico.The island is currently dealing with a near total lack of electricity and nearly 89 per cent of cell sites remained out of service by the morning of 1 October. In the days immediately following the storm in late September, the FCC reported outages across 95 per cent of cell sites. Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more center_img SoftBank targets low-cost HAPSMobile services Alphabet Loon project yet to fly in Kenya connectivityProject Loon Previous ArticleFrench operators move away from consolidation talkNext ArticleDigital sirens first step on road to autonomous cars Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 02 OCT 2017 last_img read more

5 things we learned from Reddit’s obsession with Mauricio Umansky

first_imgMauricio Umansky (Credit: Getty Images)Is any press really good press? Kyle Richards and Mauricio Umansky might respond with a resounding “no” these days.The couple’s presence on Bravo TV’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” has, for nine years, served to give Umansky’s Los Angeles brokerage, The Agency, a national profile while also allowing him to show off his flashiest luxury home listings.But all is not well at the Beverly Hills-based brokerage, which has seen a fair share of heavy-hitting brokers depart, either disgruntled by the firm’s practices or in fear of fallout from a major lawsuit Umansky faces from the vice president of Equatorial Guinea. Umansky allegedly misrepresented the value of the vice president’s mansion in Malibu when he sold it in 2015.In The Real Deal’s summer cover story, associate web editor Natalie Hoberman reported on the struggles The Agency is facing as it continues to rapidly expand beyond California.ADVERTISEMENTAnd when Kyle Richards was questioned about Umansky’s suit during this week’s reunion episode of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” — and she responded that “your question from, whoever the fuck Monty in Magootville, saying my husband is scamming people $36 million… that’s a misleading question” — fans of the show went looking for answers and found our story.As Redditors on the /BravoRealHousewives board opined on the couple, the suit, and our story, we learned a few things. And we’re here to share them with you.1. The Agency’s model of having co-founders like Umansky on most listings sparked comparisons to Keller Williams and virtual brokerage eXp.“I started at KW [Keller Williams] but personally [have] no experience working at EXP. However I know people that have and they say it’s a very similar model to ‘profit share’ at KW,” one user said. “Also when you pass your board test, KW and EXP called me non-stop. The more agents paying monthly fees before selling anything the better.”2. One reader defended The Agency against an accusation that it paid out a commission unfairly.“My guess is, it was in their contract. As a newer agent, they might not have the funds or resources to market a luxury listing, and the contract probably said it’s a 50/50 split and we will front you the money to market but you pay it back out of your 50 percent,” one Redditor said. They added that “if the [gross commission income] was 100k the agent would have gotten 50k, and the agency 50k. But if the agent owed the agency 45k for marketing and office fees, then the Agency took it. Totally guessing, but that wouldn’t be unheard of as far as an arrangement when partnering with a senior broker on a luxury sale.”3. Some people are finally getting the Hilton & Hyland connection to the Agency.One thing you’ll regularly be reminded of while watching RHBH is that Kyle Richards is Paris Hilton’s aunt. Paris’ mother Kathy Hilton has made appearances on the show and is rumored to be a cast-member next season. Her husband, Rick Hilton, co-founded Hilton & Hyland in 1993 with Jeff Hyland. Umansky was a broker there before starting his own brokerage and currently directly competes with his former employer for listings.One redditor says: “Somewhere in LA, Kathy Hilton cackles.” Another responded: “Thought the same thing about Kathy, especially since it said some of their top guys went to Hilton & Hyland. That had to sting.” Another added: “This will create good tension to make a storyline if Kathy Hilton joins the cast next season as she is rumored.”4. Some think Umansky’s problems might be enough to make Richards leave the Bravo show.“Here’s something what if all this leads Kyle to walk away from BH ? she doesn’t want to talk about it and wouldn’t she rather save face and leave before this all gets worse ? I’m wishful thinking btw ?” one Redditor said.5. But others just want to see more of The Agency drama spill onto the screen.“I wonder if they will force Kyle to address this for the next season,” one commenter said. “This is definitely becoming harder and harder to ignore and I feel like RHBH already gets a lot of criticism for not sharing everything/confronting things happening in their [sic] life on the show.” And another Redditor is certainly out for on-screen catharsis: “The producers have got to find them a bone collector in this group. Someone who will actually bring this shit up on camera and demand answers and real conversations.” This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

EHF CL BEST 7 – ROUND 3: From Muller to Toskić…

first_imgRelated Items:ehf cl best 7, Velux EHF Champions League VELUX EHF CL 2018/2019 All Star team – Four RK Vardar, two Veszprem… PSG Handball beat PGE Vive Kielce Click to comment Recommended for you Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsEHF TV choose the BEST 7 of the VELUX EHF Champions League Round 3. On the list are some new names which haven’t be linked with this before…VELUX EHF CL BEST 7:Goalkeeper: Kevin Möller (Flensburg)Left wing: Angel Fernandez (La Rioja)Left back: Borut Mačkovšek (Montpellier) Playmaker: Aidenas Malasinskas (Zaporozhye)Right back: Dainis Krištopans (Brest)Right wing: Gašper Marguč (Veszprem)Line player: Alem Toskić (Vardar) ShareTweetShareShareEmail EHF CL BEST 7: Three Croats, Mem, Myrhol, Svan Hansen and Bodolast_img read more

Bowyer scores Busch Pole Award in Fontana

first_imgFONTANA, Calif. — It’s far too early to be thinking about Christmas, but Clint Bowyer was the Grinch whole stole the thunder from local favorite Jimmie Johnson during Saturday’s time trials at Auto Club Speedway.With a stronger run off Turn 4 on his qualifying lap, Bowyer edged Johnson by .007 seconds to earn the pole position for Sunday’s Auto Club 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).The last driver to turn a lap, Johnson had the edge at the exit from Turn 4, but in a comparison with FOX Sports’ “ghost car” (representing Bowyer), the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion ran wider off the final corner and lost the top starting spot by roughly two feet.RELATED: No. 19 misses qualifying after multiple inspection failures“I was freaking out that the sun kept coming out,” said Bowyer, who claimed his first Busch Pole Award at Fontana, his first of the season and the fourth of his career. “You know the track’s building temperature. Everybody — you could see the data — kept getting looser and looser down in (Turns) 1 and 2.“I knew coming to the green was important, tried to stay out high, try to get up through the gear box as good as you can, but that’s what it was. It stuck down there (in Turns 1 and 2), and everybody else had to kind of chase it up the track and lost speed and momentum.“Then (Johnson), I’m thinking, ‘Man, if it comes down and I get beat by the last car on the race track, I’m going to freak out.’ I got a pole, baby! Looking forward to tomorrow. It’s going to be a hell of a race.”Bowyer covered the two-mile distance in 40.086 seconds (179.614 mph) in his No. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.Johnson (179.582 mph) is facing his last race at Auto Club as a full-time driver, and his wife Chandra and daughters Genevieve and Lydia send him on his way from the flag stand above the start/finish line.“I wish we were one spot further ahead, and clearly, off of Turn 4 there, I ran a little more distance to the start/finish,” said Johnson, who grew up in El Cajon near San Diego. “Such a fine balance trying to understand how much you can open the wheel and let the engine run. Clearly, I did a little too much.“That’s just the competitor in me. But a very special weekend for me, and I can’t wait to see my girls up in the flag stand waving that green flag.”Alex Bowman, who led both Friday practices, qualified third, followed by Kurt Busch, as Chevrolets claimed the second, third and fourth starting spots for Sunday’s race. Kyle Busch was 17th in the fastest Toyota.Busch’s Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Martin Truex Jr., will start last (38th) on Sunday, having been barred from making a qualifying run after his No. 19 Camry failed inspection three times.Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Aric Almirola will line up fifth and sixth, respectively, for the third NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, followed by Joey Logano, Michael McDowell, Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.last_img read more

Homeland Security chief John Kelly: There will be ‘no mass deportations’

first_imgCARLOS BARRIA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Just hours after President Donald Trump described his new deportation policies as “a military operation,” Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly criticized the media for using that term and insisted there will be no “mass deportations.”Kelly, along with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, is in Mexico City for a brief trip, meeting with President Enrique Pena Nieto and his Cabinet amid heightened tensions over the U.S.’s new immigration policies, heated rhetoric and insistence that Mexico will pay for a border wall.“No, repeat, no, use of military force in immigration operations. None,” said Kelly in a brief press statement alongside his Mexican counterpart. “At least half of you try to get that right because it continually comes up in the reporting.”Earlier in the day, President Trump told reporters his administration was getting “gang members,” “drug lords,” and “really bad dudes out of this country” at a roundtable with manufacturing CEOs.“We’re getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody’s ever seen before. And they’re the bad ones. And it’s a military operation because what has been allowed to come into our country, when you see gang violence that you’ve read about like never before, and all of the things — much of that is people that are here illegally,” he said.White House press secretary Sean Spicer later clarified that Trump was using the description “as an adjective” and that the process is “happening with precision” and in a “streamlined manner.”Kelly also announced that there will be “no, repeat, no mass deportations” despite concerns that new DHS memos opened the door for law enforcement to deport anyone without legal documentation that they encounter.“Everything we do in DHS will be done legally and according to human rights and the legal justice system of the United States,” he said.“All of this will be done, as it always is, in close coordination with the government of Mexico,” he added.Before Kelly spoke, Tillerson made a rare public statement, saying he and Kelly had productive meetings with their Mexican counterparts and addressed those differences between the two neighbors.“During the course of our meetings, we discussed the breadth of challenges and opportunities in the U.S.-Mexico relationship,” he said, standing alongside Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Videgaray. “In our meetings, we jointly acknowledged that in a relationship filled with vibrant colors, two strong sovereign countries from time to time will have differences.”He added: “We listened closely and carefully to each other as we respectfully and patiently raised our respective concerns.”The amicable tone was shared by Videgaray, but he also made a point to highlight those differences.“In a moment where we have notorious differences, the best way to solve them is through dialogue,” he said.Tillerson has been notably quiet since he was sworn in last month. The former ExxonMobil CEO has not done an interview or held a press conference, and the department has not resumed its daily briefing for reporters — a fixture at Foggy Bottom that goes back to the Eisenhower administration — since he took office.The silence has generated headlines that Tillerson and the State Department have been sidelined by a White House that has centralized power, especially on foreign policy decisions. Tillerson did not participate in White House meetings with foreign leaders last week. And top posts at the State Department have still not been filled over a month after inauguration, including the secretary’s deputy.The trip abroad is the first for Kelly and the second for Tillerson, although it is his first one-on-one visit to a foreign country — a sign of how important the relationship is, according to the State Department. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more