As the old adage says, "what goes up must come down," and that's literally what's happening to Project Loon. Alphabet's X subsidiary (formerly Google X) was responsible for the idea of beaming internet to rural areas with the help of balloons, but CEO Astro Teller has announced that Loon will be winding down operations in the coming months. Read More
Google's Project Loon isn't on our radar much here in the US because we have expansive high-speed internet access. That's not the case everywhere, though, and it's a problem Project Loon aims to solve. According to Google, a single balloon can apparently provide LTE service to a region the size of Rhode Island. I could have baited you with "a whole state" in the headline, but this is still pretty impressive.
Feel free to file this one under amusing. You know those balloons Google started releasing into the stratosphere several years ago in an experimental attempt to expand Internet access? Apparently a certain Android app is able to pick them up. A reader submitted these screenshots of Flightradar24 tracking one of Google's Project Loon balloons.
In this case, the helium balloon was spotted hovering somewhere off the coast of Brazil at an altitude of 53,600 feet. Read More