Alphabet bursts its balloon-powered internet plans

Alphabet’s moonshot idea of beaming internet connectivity from giant balloons is floating back down to earth. The Google parent company announced that it’s shutting down the Loon project because the business model is unsustainable. “The road to commercial viability has proven much longer and riskier than hoped,” said Astro Teller, who Read more…

The 6 best developer laptops for 2021

Computers, in particular laptops, are the essential tool for any developer. Sure, having a nice keyboard and mouse can boost productivity and comfort, but developers can’t do any work without a good computer. There are many types of developers out there – those who use the terminal for everything, even Read more…

The White House website reinstates Spanish version that Trump removed

Following President Joe Biden‘s inauguration, the White House‘s  official website has promptly re-instated a Spanish version of its website. ¡Por fin! For those wondering, @WhiteHouse already has a Spanish-language page up.https://t.co/veEo5k443Y pic.twitter.com/nbjx4PqJsl — Julio Ricardo Varela (@julito77) January 20, 2021 As noted by Julio Ricardo Varela of Latino Rebels the Spanish Read more…

New AI system counts endangered elephants from space

Scientists have unveiled a new tool for monitoring endangered wildlife: an AI system that automatically counts elephants from space. The tech combines satellite cameras with a convolutional neural network (CNN) to capture African elephants moving through forests and grasslands. In tests, the surveying technique detected elephants as accurately as human observers, Read more…