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The number of connected Internet of Things devices will exceed 30 billion by 2020.
The number of Google searches per day has doubled since 2014, exceeding 3,000,000,000.
The Falkland Islands have the highest Internet penetration rate in the world - 97%.
Over two billion Facebook users log into their social media accounts each month.
More than 50% of surveyed people would be inclined to ride in a self-driving vehicle.
The global augmented and virtual reality market size will reach $200 billion by 2020.
Welcome to Global Observer Board.
My name is Donald Villa, and I work as a hardware engineer for a company in Pompano Beach, Florida. I lead a small team of specialists who build exciting Internet of Things devices from scratch. Most of these IoT projects are used in the healthcare industry, helping people improve the quality of their lives.
When I'm not working, I enjoy scuba diving and spending time with my girls.
The Global Observer Board is a project that I take care of in my spare time. So, it may not get updated as often as I'd like to. However, I promise to post high-quality stuff every time I update the website. By the way, if you want to get involved in this project, feel free to drop me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!
The Android-based Opera browser will include a built-in VPN
Opera has recently launched an improved version of its browser for Android devices, which includes an unlimited, no-log Virtual Private Network feature. This allows mobile device users to have greater control over their online data, helping more people keep web browsing activities private.
Firefox gives its users more control over their privacy
Mozilla has redesigned Firefox's "Content Blocking" section, allowing its users to choose the desired level of privacy protection. While most people will probably choose the "set it and forget it" standard option, others will prefer either the "strict" or the "custom" modes, which provide greater control.
Automatic Conversion of 3D Models to CSG Trees
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have devised a method that helps reverse-engineer the process by which 3D models are created. The tests were ran using 50 Computer-Aided Design (CAD) models of varying complexity; the most complex one had over 100 surface primitives.
BetterCloud helps secure entire SaaS application ecosystems
The system helps companies who utilize "Software as a service" applications to implement granular policies which address specific issues, rather than applying blanket rules which may have a significant impact on the end users. Onboarding and offboarding can be automated this way, for example.
Wi-Fi 6: the next generation of wireless networks
The most recent wireless standard has been recently renamed from 802.11ax to Wi-Fi 6. It's a wise decision, because it makes it easy for non-techies to figure out if their devices support the latest Wi-Fi technology or not.
Here are the most important benefits that arise from setting up, and then using a Wi-Fi 6 network, according to Wi-Fi Alliance: higher data transfer rates, increased capacity, better performance in areas with many connected devices and improved power efficiency.
According to a Data Alliance study, Wi-Fi 6 certified routers and access points provide real-life data transfer speeds that are about 30% bigger in comparison with Wi-Fi 5/802.11ac. However, end users will greatly benefit from the increased throughput, which has been increased by 300% due to a much more efficient spectrum utilization.
Understanding the technologies that power self-driving cars
Who would have ever thought that self-driving vehicles will roam our highways so quickly? And yet, it is very surprising that most automakers invest a lot of resources into autonomous driving cars, imho. Why? Because very few people will want to purchase a vehicle if they can get a comfy ride from point A to point B anytime they want to, without ever having to bother with car maintenance issues, etc. On the other hand, it is not a surprise that companies such as Uber, who operate successful taxi cab hailing services, are already testing their own self-driving cars on public roads.
So, it looks like automakers want to invest in self-driving cars because they have the potential to bring in a lot of profit. But let's be honest and admit that driverless vehicles are also much safer. Yes, I am aware of the fact that some self-driving cars misbehave, but humans err more often.
Beginner's guide to the Internet of Things (IoT)
Let's start with a quick definition: IoT refers to a collection of devices which are connected to the Internet and can exchange data with their users and/or with each other. So, your refrigerator isn't an Internet of Things device, but your smart fridge, which is able to email you the minute you run out of milk, is part of the global IoT network.
Your smartphone is an IoT gadget as well. But people also use Internet of Things devices to monitor their babies, track their athletic performance, improve the quality of their sleep, and more. Governments all over the world use IoT technologies to build smart cities. Companies improve industrial processes by making use of intelligent IoT-based systems, which can track shipments and inventory, to give you an idea. So, we can safely say that Internet of Things is here to stay.
Smart homes, which can be controlled using a standard smartphone and/or through voice commands, make heavy use of IoT devices.