Google launches internet-from-the-sky balloons over NZ

  Nice. Google launched Project Loon in Canterbury, New Zealand.  Loon is “a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people [to the internet] in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.” Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and …

How future computers were imagined in 1981

From 1981: “Imagine, if you will, sitting down to your morning coffee, turning on your home computer to read the day’s newspaper. Well, it’s not as far-fetched as it may seem.” “It takes over two hours to receive the entire text of the newspaper over the phone, and with an hourly use charge of $5 …