Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring Internet access to everyone. Late Tuesday he announced the launch of Internet.org, an initiative to bring Internet access to the two-thirds of the world's population that can't get online. Only 2.7 billion people have Internet access, with Internet adoption growing by less than 9% annually. See also: How to See When Someone Unfriends You on Facebook The founding members of Internet.org are Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung. Their goals? Efficient use of data, making Internet access affordable, and helping businesses create new business models and services that will drive Internet access. Some potential projects of Internet.org include development of lower-cost, higher-quality smartphones that could help deploy Internet access in underserved areas, data compression tools and data caching systems as well as localization of mobile devices. " There are huge barriers in developing … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg Wants to Bring the Whole Planet Internet Access
In the early 19th century, Austrian astronomer Joseph Johann Von Littrow earnestly proposed that humans dig trenches configured in vast geometric patterns in the Sahara desert , fill them with kerosene and light them ablaze. The idea was to send a clear message to alien civilizations living elsewhere in the solar system: We are here. Von Littrow never saw his idea come to fruition. Still, long after he proposed his ambitious plan, we haven't stopped our attempts to contact extraterrestrial life. So, what messages have we sent to aliens? Related: Are aliens ignoring us? Radio actualized the quest to declare Earth's existence. In 1962, Soviet scientists aimed a radio transmitter at Venus and saluted the planet in Morse code. This introduction, the first of its kind, included three words: Mir (Russian for "peace" or "world"), Lenin and SSSR (the Latin alphabet acronym for the Cyrillic name of the Soviet Union). The message was considered largely symbolic, … [Read more...] about What messages have we sent to aliens?
For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO website . After a long year of pandemic lockdowns , closures and empty streets at rush hour, normality is clawing its way back into our lives in the US. Restaurants and schools are kind of reopening, movies are showing in cinemas and foot traffic has returned to the streets of Manhattan. With the rollout of three vaccines designed to prevent the worst effects of COVID-19 , returning to life as usual is possible within a year , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's the dream, yet in some countries life actually appears weirdly normal right now. In Australia and New Zealand, people are going to concerts, the cinema and restaurants with no mask in sight. While these island nations haven't been immune to COVID, by clamping down on overseas visitors, enforcing strict lockdowns and conducting extensive contract tracing they've practically … [Read more...] about Fear and COVID in hotel quarantine: What it’s like flying overseas right now
It's official: Dami Im is Australia's choice to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest, set to take the stage in Stockholm, Sweden, when the competition kicks off in May this year. The announcement took place Thursday night at the Sydney Opera House, alongside 2014 winner Conchita Wurst, who delivered the news to a raucous crowd. SEE ALSO: Street artist turns dwindling Australian town into tourist attraction Im follows in the footsteps of the country's debut entry, Guy Sebastian, who came a very respectable fifth place for his song "Tonight Again" at the 2015 contest in Vienna, Austria. Watch the moment Dami Im was announced as Australia's 2016 Eurovision artist on stage with Conchita Wurst and Guy Sebastian! #SBSEurovision Posted by SBS Australia on Thursday, 3 March 2016 There were rumours that more well-known names would be Australia's second-ever representative, such as Tina Arena, who enjoys immense popularity in France; or Delta … [Read more...] about Meet Dami Im: Australia’s next Eurovision representative
Searching for a new show to spend a lot of time with on Netflix ? Welcome to another list of best shows you might have missed (or might be inspired to re-binge). Netflix periodically changes up its line-up of programs, but its excellent originals stick around. Hopefully you'll find a hidden gem or two here to keep you entertained at home. Now playing: Watch this: What's new to stream for March 2021 2:09 Read more : Bridgerton: That ending explained and all your questions answered CNET Culture Entertain your brain with the coolest news from space to superheroes, memes to robots. Call My Agent! Netflix Thinking about dipping your toe into more of Netflix's international content? French comedy Call My Agent! hosts an ever-growing list of famous actors playing themselves, from French stars to Americans like Sigourney Weaver (!) in the … [Read more...] about The 56 best shows to watch on Netflix