Ultimate Guide to Drought Safety | Angie’s List


Almost every region of the United States occasionally experiences drought conditions and the consequences that come along with them. In the short term, the lack of rain can damage crops, stir up dust storms, and dry up small streams. In the long term, reduced rainfall can cause food shortages, deter tourists, and lead to wildfires.

Like with any other weather-related disaster, it is important for individuals and families everywhere to protect themselves and the people they love from drought-related hardships. The water conservation measures put in place in a time of drought may seem like an inconvenience, and it may be tempting to ignore them because they are hard to enforce.

However, these rules are necessary to keep communities healthy and safe.

Source: Ultimate Guide to Drought Safety | Angie’s List

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Why CenturyLink Bought Streamroot | Light Reading

The OTT landscape is now global.

Rather than containing themselves to North America and western Europe, streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ and Disney+ have worldly ambitions.

However, network quality and capacity isn’t equal in all parts of the world, leaving some markets exposed to buffering events and other performance problems that rear their ugly heads during peak traffic hours.

CenturyLink is trying to bridge that gap with this week’s acquisition of Streamroot, a Paris-based company that has developed a peer-assisted mechanism that taps into capacity found at the far edge of the network, namely in the end user’s connected smartphones, tablets, set-tops, TVs and PCs. Streamroot’s platform also uses telemetry data obtained inside the ISP network to help optimize OTT traffic.

Source: Why CenturyLink Bought Streamroot | Light Reading

Motors Are As Important As Batteries In The World Of EVs | Design News

As electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular, most attention has been focused on the different designs of the lithium ion battery packs that store the electrical energy used to power the vehicle. But there is more to an EV than a big battery and the electric traction motor, or motors, are actually what provide the driving force that turns the wheels.

At  The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo 2019, in Novi, Michigan, Cory Steuben, account director at Munro & Associates presented a talk titled “Tesla Model 3 vs. Jaguar I-PACE Motor Insights.”

Munro has dissembled almost 400 of the presently available EVs and the evolution of these electric machines and the variety of different engineering designs has been at least as important as the improvements in EV performance that have come from progress on the lithium ion battery front.

Source: Motors Are As Important As Batteries In The World Of EVs | Design News

US hands back Huawei equipment it seized two years ago


Huawei has dropped a court action against the US after US authorities returned equipment that was seized two years ago.

The Chinese company started legal action three months ago against the US Department of Commerce (DoC) and other agencies – but that has now been dropped.

Song Liuping (pictured), Huawei’s chief legal officer, said: “Arbitrary and unlawful government actions like this – detaining property without cause or explanation – should serve as a cautionary tale for all companies doing normal business in the US, and should be subject to legal constraints.”

Source: US hands back Huawei equipment it seized two years ago

4 Reasons Why Someone Would Hack Your Car | Design News

If hackers are going to break into our cars they’ll most likely be motivated by profit over anything else.

Autonomous vehicles haven’t even hit public roads in any kind of widespread deployment yet, but Hollywood is already painting frightening scenarios on the potential of car hacking.

Hackers have demonstrated for years now that it is possible to remotely access vehicles’ braking and other crucial systems. A recent study by Georgia Tech’s School of Physics found that if hackers were able to hack only 20 percent of the vehicles in Manhattan they could grind New York City to a halt.

Such a hack would not only freeze commuter traffic, but also prevent important services and emergency vehicles from getting around the city.

Source: 4 Reasons Why Someone Would Hack Your Car | Design News

Add Sub-Prime 5G to the UK’s Broadband Woes | Light Reading


Britain just can’t catch a break.

As Brexit enthusiasts in government work on disemboweling the constitution, and hastening the break-up of the United Kingdom, telecom experts have been weighing in with chastening assessments of its 21st century communications infrastructure.

First it was the FTTH Council Europe, a lobby group for the fiber access broadband industry, which continues to bandy about a chart showing the UK at the bottom of a ranking of countries on all-fiber take-up.

Now analysts at OpenSignal have joined in on 5G. Commercial services have barely arrived, but the UK is already bringing up the rear, trailing 11 other countries on maximum connection speeds, according to OpenSignal’s analysis.

Source: Add Sub-Prime 5G to the UK’s Broadband Woes | Light Reading

Customers in four countries get more than 1Gbps on 5G


Customers in Germany, Romania, Finland and Kuwait all now get speeds higher than 1Gbps on 5G mobile networks, according to research this month.

The is that the top of the table, compiled by research company Opensignal, with a maximum download speed of 1.8Gbps, but is now joined by Australia, Switzerland and South Korea where users also experience speeds over 1 Gigabit per second (see chart).

Source: Customers in four countries get more than 1Gbps on 5G

Digital Realty Launches Digital Docklands Data Centre


Digital Realty has officially opened Cloud House, the latest facility in its Digital Docklands campus of highly-connected data centres in London’s Docklands area.

The facility’s opening will support the growth of London’s technology ecosystem, which is set to experience a multi-billion-pound technology boom, according to a new study by Development Economics.

“Cities around the world are on the cusp of a technology revolution that could drive substantial economic growth,” said Jeff Tapley, EMEA managing director at Digital Realty.

Source: Digital Realty Launches Digital Docklands Data Centre

AI Chip Market to More than Double in 5 Years | EE Times


The opportunity for AI accelerator chips is much-hyped, but how big is the market, and which companies are actually selling chips today?

Two new reports from ABI Research detail the state of play for today’s AI chipset market. EETimes spoke to the reports’ author, Principal Analyst Lian Jye Su, to gain some insight into which companies and technologies are making inroads into this potentially lucrative market.

Source: AI Chip Market to More than Double in 5 Years | EE Times

Airlines Get Connected via Satellite and Talk an AI Future | Via Satellite


A number of airlines at the World Aviation Festival in London last week talked about an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered future. Given that airlines are a major customer for satellite operators, their insight into AI is particularly intriguing.

One of the main speakers was Daniel Engberg, head of AI and IT at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), who spoke of SAS’ approach towards AI.

SAS works with Viasat and has been one the pioneers in connecting its aircraft. He said the airline sees huge potential for Machine Learning (ML) in the future.

“AI has not scaled yet. We have to be honest about that. We talk a lot about AI, but it is not mature. We believe it will come in three to five years. We have started this initiative and believe it will continue to scale upwards. However, there is also value to be derived in the here and now.”

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