Ateneo de Davao starts own satellite services to improve internet connectivity in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY – Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) has started its satellite services program in a bid to provide internet connectivity to remote areas in Mindanao.

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Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering of AdDU, said the AdDU Community Connectivity Empowered by Satellite Services for Mindanao Program (ACCESS Mindanao) “is an advocacy and research program of ADDU that aims to provide internet connectivity to remote and isolated areas of Mindanao through the use of satellite technology.”

“In light of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) pandemic, there was a surge in demand for connectivity to be put in place quickly in order to accommodate students and communities during their shift to online learning,” Sese, program leader of ACCESS Mindanao, told Manila Bulletin.

He said the project officially started in October, “but we have been working on pre-planning and

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Facebook’s WhatsApp starts payments service in India

DELHI (Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp will start its payments service in India on Friday, the messaging app said in a blog post, after it received approval from the country’s leading payments processor to roll out the much-delayed system.

WhatsApp, which counts India as its biggest market with more than 400 million users, had been running a peer-to-peer payments service with limited users for over two years, awaiting regulatory approvals.

“Payments is available now in 10 Indian regional language versions of WhatsApp,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in video statement.

WhatsApp said it had partnered with five Indian banks, including State Bank of India and Jio Payments Bank, for the service.

WhatsApp will initially begin scaling up the service with a maximum of 20 million users, the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) said on Thursday.

All major payments players in India use the UPI framework, built by NPCI, for

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SpaceX starts rolling out Starlink internet; some early users are in Washington state

SpaceX, having established a formidable reputation in rocket launches, is starting to roll out what it hopes will be an even more muscular arm of its business: broadband internet service.

The Elon Musk-led company has released pricing for a public beta test of its Starlink broadband internet service, which is beamed to users via small satellites built in Redmond. A Texas school district and other local-government entities are already using it; now the service is being offered to a select group of individual consumers. Eventually, customers might include entire countries.

Under the test, called the Better than Nothing Beta program, initial service for the U.S. and Canada is aimed to start this year, with “near global coverage of the populated world” set to occur in 2021, according to the official description of an app developed by SpaceX that’s intended to help users set up and monitor their Starlink service.

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SpaceX begins beta testing of Starlink satellite internet service; price starts at $99



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SpaceX begins beta testing of Starlink satellite internet service; price starts at $99

SpaceX is reportedly expanding its Starlink satellite internet service beta test and offering services starting at $99. The company, according to CNBC, sent out emails to people who expressed an interest in signing up for satellite internet service.

The company, co-founded by billionaire Elon Musk, is calling its beta test “Better Than Nothing Beta”, and will charge customers an upfront amount of $499 for the Starlink Kit.

Starlink satellite internet service is SpaceX’s plan to build an interconnected Internet network with nearly 12,000 satellites to deliver high-speed internet anywhere on the planet.

The report cites multiple screenshots of an email with the title “Better Than Nothing Beta” that were sent to people who had shown interest in signing up for the service.

“As you can tell from the title, we are trying to lower

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SpaceX starts rolling out Starlink internet, hoping it’ll fund Mars flights

SpaceX, having established a formidable reputation in rocket launches, is starting to roll out what it hopes will be an even more muscular arm of its business: broadband internet service.



a train on a track with smoke coming out of it: SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in January. (SpaceX via EPA-EFE)


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SpaceX launches 60 Starlink satellites from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in January. (SpaceX via EPA-EFE)

The Elon Musk-led company has released pricing for a public beta test of its Starlink broadband internet service, which is beamed to users via small satellites. A Texas school district and other local-government entities are already using it; now the service is being offered to a select group of individual consumers. Eventually, customers might include entire countries.

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Under the test, called the Better than Nothing Beta program, initial service for the U.S. and Canada is aimed to start this year, with “near global coverage of the populated world” set to occur in 2021, according

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SpaceX Starts Sending Invites for Starlink Public Beta, Satellite Internet Costlier Than Expected



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SpaceX Starts Sending Invites for Starlink Public Beta, Satellite Internet Costlier Than Expected

SpaceX has started its beta program for Starlink internet. A few Reddit users have reported to have received email invites for the ‘Better Than Nothing Beta’ program of the Starlink satellite internet service. The invites are being sent to those who have registered their interest in the internet services that will leverage the Starlink satellites placed in the lower-earth orbit. According to screenshots of the email invite shared on Reddit, SpaceX is claiming rather underwhelming data speeds ranging from 50mbps to 150mbps, with a latency of 20ms to 40ms.

The Starlink beta program costs $99 per month (roughly Rs. 7,300), along with ‘phased-arrayed’ satellite dish and Wi-Fi router which cost another $499 (roughly Rs. 35,000). The satellite dish will be installed on top of the beta tester’s house. Interested users can sign up

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Starlink starts $99 per month ‘Better than Nothing’ internet service beta

SpaceX is expanding its Starlink satellite internet beta to interested parties, requiring a $499 upfront purchase on top of a $99 per month fee.

SpaceX, one of the several projects from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has sent out emails to those who expressed interest in signing up for the Starlink internet service.

The service will cost $99 per month but requires a user to purchase a $499 Starlink Kit. The kit includes a user terminal, a mounting tripod, and a WiFi Router. An iOS app for the service has recently appeared on the App Store.

The company has told customers to temper their expectations, according to an email seen by CNBC. The company itself calls it the “better than nothing beta” and warns that data speeds will likely vary between 50-150Mbps, with latency of between 20ms to 40ms — as well as “brief” periods of no connectivity at

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8-year-old starts Youtube channel to help kids learn computer skills

When virtual school started up earlier this year, one 8-year-old helped her friends figure out how to do things like ZOOM and virtual learning. One Kingwood third grader is an online teacher of sorts, to get kids excited about computer technology.

Caroline Gross does something most kids dream about. She has her own YouTube Channel. Complete with an eye-catching unicorn rainbow logo, at the “Coding with Caroline” page kids learn how to do basic computer coding.

What is computer coding for kids?

“Coding is simply telling a computer how to do something,” explains dad and computer expert Adam Gross, “You give it instructions, like writing an instruction sheet for a computer to follow.”

Caroline and her dad work together to get the videos up on her channel.

“First I write down a script I think what I am going to say, my dad corrects it and then I just say

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Apple Starts Shipping iPhone 12 MagSafe Charger, Cases To Customers

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  • Apple accepted preorders for iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro but has not yet shipped them
  • The company, however, started shipping out accessories for the devices
  • The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro share accessories because of their similarities

Apple has yet to ship any iPhone 12 model unit to customers, but certain accessories, namely the new MagSafe charger and silicone case for the handsets, have begun arriving to some customers.

Some customers have shared images of the iPhone 12 accessories on Twitter, showing how they look like in real life. The accessories come in slim boxes with some interesting details printed on them.

Filip Chudzinski, developer of Apple Watch band app Bandbreite and editor of Apple Store-focused Twitter account Storeteller, posted images of the Deep Navy Silicone Case for the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro as well as the new MagSafe charger. The images

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