Nintendo releasing a special limited-time $35 eShop card/Switch bundle

Nintendo releasing a special limited-time $35 eShop card/Switch bundle 1

Want a Nintendo Switch? You can now grab one with a free $35 eShop card download. With the Switch being one of the best-selling consoles right now and easily beating out the competition over the holidays, right now is the perfect opportunity to snag up this deal and get the game you actually want with this … Read more Nintendo releasing a special limited-time $35 eShop card/Switch bundle

Black Ops 4: 50% discount on everything in the Black Market

Black Ops 4: 50% discount on everything in the Black Market 2

Treyarch announced a new sale for their Black Market in-game shop. This is probably aimed at players who just picked up Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for Christmas. But whether or not you’re new to the game, all players will benefit from being able to purchase anything from the shop for 50% off. This … Read more Black Ops 4: 50% discount on everything in the Black Market

Project Loon signs its first commercial deal with Telkom Kenya

Project Loon signs its first commercial deal with Telkom Kenya 3

Project Loon, an internet-delivery ballon system has announced its first commercial deal. It’s a system that spawned from Alphabet’s Project X division where recent Project X will partner with Telkom Kenya to increase internet connectivity in the country. Public details of the deal are still sparse. There’s no timeframe for deployment, financial details, nor press. BBC notes that Telkom Kenya will provide the signal for internet, and Loon will distribute across the country in remote areas.

The project started in 2011. The idea is that instead of building permanent structures to distribute signals with limited range, balloons with antennas could fly 60,000 feet in the air and follow wind patterns to cover about 2,000 square miles at once. The company has simulated over 30 million kilometers of navigation paths every day to understand how weather conditions will affect the predetermined balloon routes.

Loon’s solar-powered air structures have been improved a lot over time. Project Loon started off with just 3G-levels of connectivity but then provided 4G instead in 2015 across an area as big as Rhode Island. The project was recently toured by Wired as Loon showed off its factory and smoother launch with powerful signals. Testing areas including New Zealand, Central California, Brazil, Peru, and Puerto Rico. Loon works with local governments and provided internet access to over 200,000 people in Puerto Rico after Hurrican Maria.

They plan to improve connectivity for large areas of Kenya currently not covered by mobile providers rather than building structures due to the difficulty of erecting such towers. Some local experts expressed concerns stating that dependency on a foreign company may be an issue. Regardless, Project Loon is an amazing idea coming to reality in the world.

Photo: Project Loon.