Showing posts with label Google New Project. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Google New Project. Show all posts

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Google launches Project Fi, its mobile network for US-based Nexus 6 users

The Google mobile network is at last official: The company has launched its Project Fi service in the United States exclusively for Nexus 6 owners.
Detailed in a blog post, Google said Project Fi will cost $20 a month for the basic plan (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries), with an additional $10 monthly fee for each 1GB of data you desire. If you don’t use all of your purchased data in a month, you’ll receive a pro-rated amount refunded back to the account.

Google is working with T-Mobile and Sprint to expand its coverage; at the moment, it offers 4G in most major metropolitan areas, with 3G servicing other parts of America (Montana seems to be the least covered).
Project Fi is currently invite-only – request to be added here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

This is how Google will control Project Loon balloons’ altitudes

 If you had any doubt about Google’s balloon-powered internet service getting off the ground, rest assured that it’s coming along nicely. The company has been granted a patent for its methods to control the altitude of its Project Loon balloons, which operate in the stratosphere over 12 miles (20 km) above sea level.
The balloons use LTE technology to provide connectivity, and move with the stratified winds in the stratosphere to arrange themselves to form a communications network. The new patent allows for ways to move the balloons between wind strata.
This video by PatentYogi describes how the balloons will navigate the stratosphere.

Each balloon is comprised of an inflatable envelope, a high-pressure gas storage chamber and a solar power system. The balloons can use solar power to move gas from the envelope to the storage chamber to reduce their buoyancy and descend, and reverse this method to ascend to higher strata.
Last week, Google landed a test balloon in Argentina after it spent 187 days aloft and circumnavigated the globe nine times.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Web Rangers - Google's new web safety campaign for Indian teens

Teens will be empowered to help others create awareness about online safety and how to keep each other safe online.

Google India has launched a new programme “Web Rangers” which is aimed at empowering teens to promote the safe use of the Internet among their peers. The new programme is part of Google's  India Digital Literacy and Internet Safety.
Web Rangers will be responsible for providing training to help teens create their cyber safety campaign to enable themselves and their peers think about their online behavior and how to keep each other safe online.  

The program will take young people aged between 14 -17, representing 50 schools in Hyderabad, Bangalore and New Delhi through training workshops that will equip them with knowledge in online safety. The New Delhi workshop is being held today, with the first workshop for students in Hyderabad already having been taken place on 27th November 2014 and in Bangalore on the 4th of February 2015.

In addition, the program will also introduce a contest where students across the country will be given twelve weeks to create and run their own online safety campaigns, encouraging young people in their schools and communities to consider issues such as the effects of cyberbullying, managing one’s own digital footprint and online tricks and scams.

These youth-created online or offline educational campaigns can take any form, including online videos and other social media content, sketches and in-school events.  The creators of the most creative and impactful internet safety campaign as chosen from this contest, will head to Delhi to present their work to a panel of judges.  The winners of the contest will be announced in May.

Sunita Mohanty, Director of Product Quality Operations at Google India says “Young people use the web for everything from connecting with friends to doing their homework. This puts them in the best position to share with their peers what’s acceptable and what’s not—in language that other young people will respect and understand.”

"Web Rangers have the ability to reach out to hundreds, if not thousands, of their peers. We hope that teens talking to teens about this important topic will make a meaningful impact”.

Web Rangers is a part of a global program that Google has run in countries including New Zealand, Israel, Turkey and the Czech Republic.