Check out this video of a satellite ground station also known as a teleport facility (short for telecommunications port facility) through the view of the Google Earth application. These ground stations are the crucial links between end users and the powerful satellites orbiting the earth. Without them, there is no use in launching communications satellites. The Adelaide teleport facility you see in the video is operated by the Australian satellite company, NewSat Ltd. They use this facility to uplink to a range of satellites in both the C band and Ku band and deliver services such as data, video, and voice conferences; wireless backhaul solutions and broadcast networks; and even internet on satellite solutions for remote locations. The NBN project, also in Australia, is already building their own network of satellite ground stations, ten to be exact, that would be spread across Australia and uplink to Ka band satellite also under construction. The ten teleport facilities will be a crucial link for the provision of broadband access across Australia.
According to Gartner Inc, sales of smartphone and tablet computers will surpass the one billion mark by 2013, as sales for 2012 are already making its way to 821 million. The technology research and advisory firm said that they expect sales of smart device to be around 1.2 billion by next year.
Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, explained that although these smart devices will not replace the desktop computers, more consumers especially businesses, will embrace the technology and look into strategies that will maximize the use of the said devices, making them even more ubiquitous.
The Stamford-based research firm also forecasted that “two-thirds of the mobile workforce” will own a smartphone by 2016. Milanesi notes that tablets will also be more pronounced as a business tool, with over 13 million already in used this year. By 2016, the numbers are expected to rise to 53 million.
Android-devices would still take a lion’s share of the smartphone market in the coming years. Gartner estimates that by 2016, 56% of smartphones used in Europe and North America will be Android-based. Google is challenging tech-giant Apple with its more open smartphone eco-system which is winning more customers.
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A new smartphone application goes beyond your usual call blocker, photo editor, or virtual game. This one actually saves lives.
The new IBG Star Blood Glucose Meter mobile application, developed by iBGstar, is a mobile application that can seamlessly integrate with an iPhone and help those who suffer from diabetes monitor their blood sugar levels anytime, anywhere, using simply their phones. The company behind the modern meter has been focusing their efforts into developing cutting-edge applications that allows for easier management of diabetes especially those with busy lifestyles.
The device, which costs less than a hundred dollars, has yet to gain approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But the US Government has already passed a bill to create a department solely focused on mobile health and the rise of mobile health applications.
The iBGStar uses the Dynamic Electrochemistry technology to analyze blood samples, and is equipped with a plasma equivalent calibration technology for more accurate readings. The device is combined with the mobile manager, and syncs the data to help someone suffering from diabetes keep track of blood sugar levels in real time, prompting the user, when to adjust his or her insulin. The data can also be shared with a patient’s physician through its connectivity capabilities.
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