April 2018 – Latin America: DTH Wrestles for Mindshare | Via Satellite

Carlos Miranda, CTO of Dish Mexico, told Via Satellite that he believes pay-TV penetration in Mexico is around 60 percent, which means all operators in the market can participate in growing the 40 percent of the rest of the market.

However, he concedes that pay-TV is not necessarily the preferred way to spend leisure time.

“Right now, the spare time that we all have is ‘distributed’ for things like gaming, social networks, watching videos, enjoying music, etc. There are many ways to spend your free time. What I am saying is that talking about pay-TV is talking about part of the way people entertain themselves in their spare time.

“They have many options and a lot of those activities are not separated anymore. When you think about the new way in which people access entertainment, you find devices like cell phones, tablets, computers, etc. The personal devices are a very important way to spend leisure time,” he says.

Source: April 2018 – Latin America: DTH Wrestles for Mindshare | Via Satellite

Lightweight Hyperspectral Imagers Bring Sophistocated Imaging Capability to Drones


Hyperspectral imagers produce images like a traditional color camera but detect several hundred colors instead of the three detected by normal cameras. Each pixel of a hyperspectral image contains information covering the entire visible spectrum, providing data that can be used, for example, to automatically detect and sort objects or measure ocean color to map harmful algae blooms. Traditional hyperspectral imagers can cost tens of thousands of dollars and are very bulky and heavy.

A desktop 3D printer greatly eased the process of making the custom optics holders needed for the imagers. “Making items in metal is time consuming and can be very expensive,” said research team leader Fred Sigernes of University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway.

“However, 3D printing with plastic is inexpensive and very effective for making even complex parts, such as the piece needed to hold the grating that disperses the light. I was able to print several versions and try them out.”

Source: Lightweight Hyperspectral Imagers Bring Sophistocated Imaging Capability to Drones

Climate Change: 70% of King Penguins Could ‘Abruptly Relocate or Disappear’ by 2100


If little is done to tackle climate change, up to 70 percent of king penguins could be forced to find new places to breed by 2100, the lead authors told Carbon Brief.

However, if these animals cannot find anywhere suitable to move to, they could be at risk of “disappearing” by the end of the century, the authors added.

Source: Climate Change: 70% of King Penguins Could ‘Abruptly Relocate or Disappear’ by 2100

Slow EV Rise Won’t Deter NXP’s GreenBox | EE Times


For all the talk and activity around electric vehicles, the number of pure-electric and plug-in hybrid cars represented barely 1 percent of the 17 million cars and light trucks sold in the United States last year.

Global momentum for vehicle electrification has motivated NXP Semiconductors to launch on Tuesday (Feb. 20th) its GreenBox development platform.

With GreenBox, “Car OEMs can start developing new hybrid and electric vehicle applications on NXP’s S32 automotive processing multicore platform,” noted Ray Cornyn, vice president and general manager for NXP’s vehicle dynamics and safety product line.

With the Greenbox launch, NXP is officially shifting its EV and hybrid EV development platform from Power architecture to Arm Cortex technology.

Source: Slow EV Rise Won’t Deter NXP’s GreenBox | EE Times

Birds in a Cage: The Indian Green Card Backlog | Seattle Weekly

“Every time you leave and apply for it, you’re at the mercy of the consulate or the officer of whether they want to give you the visa or not, even though nothing’s changed. Same job. Same position,” he said exasperatedly.

And then when he returns to the U.S. after stamping his visa, he’s inundated with a barrage of questions from U.S. Customs and Border Protection for an hour.

“Why do you keep renewing your visa? Why don’t you get a green card?” he said they ask him. “And then I have to explain to them that I’ve been waiting for one for nine years now.”

Source: Birds in a Cage: The Indian Green Card Backlog | Seattle Weekly

Ruling Party Votes To Recall South African President Jacob Zuma | NPR


The African National Congress, South Africa’s ruling party, has voted to “recall” President Jacob Zuma. The ANC has tried for weeks to get Zuma, whose term expires next year, to resign following allegations of corruption.

However, it was not immediately clear whether Zuma would relinquish power or try to hang on despite losing the backing of his party.

Source: Ruling Party Votes To Recall South African President Jacob Zuma : The Two-Way : NPR

History suggests strong economy can ward off bear market


The S&P confirmed it had entered correction territory last Thursday, when it closed down 10.2 percent from its Jan. 26 high. Stocks have rebounded sharply in the two sessions since then, posting their biggest two-day percentage gain since June 2016 and cutting the decline to 7.6 percent as of Monday close.

While not discounting the possibility that stocks could renew their slide, market strategists said the shaky economic conditions that tend to presage a bear market were absent.

Source: History suggests strong economy can ward off bear market

5G And The End Of Net Neutrality

Many 5G networks will rely on fiber-connected small cells to transmit large volumes of data over short distances using high-frequency spectrum. Service providers can’t deploy these small cells without the cooperation of city and state governments.

The densely populated areas that need small cells are typically controlled by multiple zoning and permitting requirements, and often the ideal spot for a small cell is within the public right-of-way.

Source: 5G And The End Of Net Neutrality

The Year That Software Bugs Ate The World


.. people have a tendency to write buggy software.

When it fails, it can be startling, alarming, irritating, or darkly funny—or, sometimes, all of the above.

Herewith, some, um, highlights from the year in bugs, all of which involve defects that were fixed, sooner or later …

Source: The Year That Software Bugs Ate The World

The case that humans are creating new species despite killing off so many | Vox

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We have created scores of entirely new creatures, such as the hundreds of breeds of domestic cats and dogs living alongside us. We have intentionally and unwittingly transported all sorts of organisms — bacteria, ants, rodents, cattle, crops, garden plants, and roadside weeds — across the globe, to places they could never have reached on their own.

We have formed numerous new environmental niches in our cities and suburbs, which many hardy critters have used to their advantage. And we have even spurred the hybridization of wild species, resulting in new chimeras, such as the Italian sparrow, yellow-flowered Yorkwort, and apple flies.

Ultimately, humans may be responsible for what Thomas calls a “sixth mass genesis” — a nearly unprecedented branching and blooming of life on this planet.

Source: The case that humans are creating new species despite killing off so many – Vox