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NASA may soon eliminate much of the uncertainty in predicting the paths of hurricanes and other giant storms. The agency is building CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System), a flock of eight microsatellites that should track hurricanes more effectively than any one full-size craft can...

August 19th 2015 at 8:35pm 0 Comments
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DirecTV only kinda-sorta launched 4K programming last year. You had to own both a specific DVR and a compatible Samsung TV to watch those extra-crispy documentaries and movies, which left many 4K TV owners 'stuck' with 1080p. It's going to be a lot easier after today, though -- the newly AT&...

August 19th 2015 at 3:18pm 0 Comments
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Facebook, Google and SpaceX aren't the only big names envisioning a world blanketed with satellite-based internet access. Samsung has published research proposing Earth-wide internet through a cloud of roughly 4,600 micro satellites. The vehicles would switch between multiple radio frequency bands...

August 17th 2015 at 3:13pm 0 Comments
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Every time I read an article about saving money by ditching cable or satellite TV, I wondered if doing so would be practical for me. After all, I'm not one of those outliers who rarely watches TV or stays silent when the conversation shifts to Sunday's episode of "The Good Wife." I was drawn to t...

August 12th 2015 at 3:28pm 0 Comments
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NASA's CubeSat is a (sort-of) adorable tiny satellite that makes space exploration a (relatively) low-cost prospect. Now, the space agency is looking to offer the cube's talents and exploration skills to even more NASA centers, educational institutions and non-profit organizations. Developers will...

August 11th 2015 at 9:31am 0 Comments
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AT&T isn't waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellphone and TV service at the same time. The offering...

August 3rd 2015 at 12:01am 0 Comments
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While the Voyager 1 probe, launched in 1977, cruises into interstellar space (the farthest man-made object from Earth) and missions like New Horizons capture snaps from the outskirts of the solar system, we've been keeping the heavy hitters close to home. Massive space telescopes that scan the cos...

July 25th 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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While there are plenty of TVs available with built-in Freesat, the satellite-based alternative to Freeview, set-top boxes aren't going anywhere soon. Freesat and hardware partner Humax haven't released a new model in several years, though, so it's time for a fresh box to attract new, subscription-...

July 15th 2015 at 8:15am 0 Comments
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Virgin America has announced that it's teaming up with satellite internet company ViaSat to provide the fastest in-flight WiFi of any commercial carrier. The new system uses a hybrid Ku-/Ka-band receiver to deliver an internet pipeline eight to 10 times faster than anything else on the market. The...

July 7th 2015 at 2:24pm 0 Comments
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Most of us use Facebook to show off a new car, an engagement or a particularly notable lunch, but Mark Zuckerberg does it a bit differently. In a Q&A session yesterday Zuckerberg referenced his company's plans for using lasers to connect more areas to the internet, and today he posted a few de...

July 1st 2015 at 7:02pm 0 Comments
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The days of staying offline during your international flights might be coming to an end. Honeywell and Inmarsat have successfully stress-tested their global Ka-band satellite internet access in mid-air, doing everything from streaming YouTube videos to holding conference calls. The dry run shows t...

June 17th 2015 at 2:40pm 0 Comments
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For most of the past two decades, a handful of climate change scientists have had the CIA's MEDEA (Measurement of Earth Data for Environmental Analysis) program as an ace in the hole: they could draw on classified info from spy satellites and subs to study global warming in extreme detail. Howeve...

May 23rd 2015 at 7:02pm 0 Comments