Wireless Customers Take Notice FreedomPop is Here to Stay

There is a new wireless internet and mobile phone provider trying to take a big slice of business away from the huge carriers dominating the industry that’s been getting a lot of press from the tech industry, such as TechCrunch. FreedomPop is trying to do what many technology companies have attempted to do, lure customers away from pricey contract service with reliable data and voice communication services. The big difference with FreedomPop is that it seems to be working.

The company has managed to win fans and customers with a free data and voice plan that is included with branded devices. The way that FreedomPop operates is that it serves up a basic plan with a certain amount of minutes and data for free, once those caps are exhausted a small service charge for each MB of data is tacked on. However, users that stay under the cap get to use their devices with 4G or 3G speeds depending on locations absolutely free. In addition, the company offers up a number of hotspots and devices like the Freedom Spot Photon to allow for laptops and desktops to connect to the Internet for free as well.

As if free service was not compelling enough, the company offers up a number of hot devices for purchase to use along with the plans. Several Samsung Galaxy devices are included in the company’s portfolio; however, many devices already owned can be moved over to FreedomPop service including the iPad Mini and other tablets. Plus, the company offers international calling for the globetrotting set at a fraction of what it would cost on other carriers.

Once free basic service, extremely low per use charges, and barely there international calling rates (after getting 100 minutes of calling for free) are combined with some of the hottest gadgets around, the solution means that the future is likely extremely bright for FreedomPop. The company’s goal of providing free internet and phone service for Americans is definitely alive and well, and the aggressive pursuit of this goal is producing new subscribers and users every single month. The company has been so successful rumors of bigger carriers attempting to purchase it are popping up with regularity.

All things considered, FreedomPop has a strong management and technology team with years of experience in the industry the company is operating. The insight those professionals are able to leverage as an advantage in the highly competitive wireless internet world is proving to be priceless. One this is extremely certain at this point in time, competitors and customers should be taking FreedomPop seriously, because this is one technology company working for the long haul and for the big gain. Expect to hear more good things about this company for years to come.

Here are some external links to connect with FreedomPop on the web before making the switch: Their official website; Their official Twitter profile; Their official Facebook page

Astronauts Hope to Walk on Mars by 2030

People are excited about the launch of the Orion Probe because it is the first step towards humanity taking a step on the surface of the planet Mars. Orion is expected to splash down on December 5th, returning from its’ maiden unmanned voyage. There are many more trips to come.

The ultimate plan right now is for astronauts to use Orion to land on an asteroid near Earth in or around the year 2021. After that, the plan is for astronauts to take Orion to Mars and its’ moons in the year 2030.

This inaugural launch is a test flight for Orion, a journey around the planet designed to test Orion’s systems. It is certainly going to be interesting these next few years for Gianfrancesco Genoso to follow along. The journey seems to have been an overwhelming success. The internet has been abuzz dissecting footage from Orion as it soared over Earth and into space. Orion was visible to astronauts on the International Space Station, who were tweeting about it as it happened.

Orion was loaded with some rather odd cargo, including Star Trek action figures, Sesame Street dolls, a dinosaur fossil and a hose from a spacesuit. More actually useful parts will be applied to Orion in years to come.

The next planned flight is set for 2018, where Orion will fly around the Moon. The plan is for a crew to take Orion to the asteroid in 2021, and then take on a different mission each year, culminating in a Mars landing.

Taser Technology: The Eel Had It First

Recent experiments on Amazonian electric eels conducted by Vanderbilt University have uncovered the incredible similarity between the eel’s electrical shock mechanism and that of a modern taser gun. The study, conducted over a nine-month period, not only revealed great similarity between the eel’s natural shocking abilities and a taser, but it also proved the eel’s equipment to be far superior to that possessed by man.

In a gigantic aquarium, the voltage levels of the electric signals sent out by several large eels were measured. Additionally, high-speed cameras, which run at 1,000 frames a second, captured detailed imagery of the eel’s hunting techniques. The eels were found to track prey with low-voltage waves, stun them with doublets or triplets of medium-strength waves, and finish them off with a volley of high-voltage waves. It only took a tenth of a second for an eel to strike its victim, and fish were completely paralyzed within four milliseconds of being struck.

Further experimentation found that the eel overwhelms the nerves of its victims rather than directly affecting their muscles. This is just what a taser gun does. The taser shoots out 19 pulses a second, but the eel delivers about 400 pulses in that same amount of time. The taser only causes a portion of the muscles in the body of a target to contract, but the eel’s rays make every single muscle of a fish contract within a split second. Once again, nature had it first, and nature had it better. Now, back to doing my QNet Christmas shopping!

Flu Shot Less Effective This Year

The annual flu shot is advertised to prevent the infection from sickening those who have gotten the immunization. Generally the flu shot protects from certain strains and is updated annually. This winter season the CDC is saying that receiving the shot will not likely be enough to avoid getting sick with the flu. So should citizens not get the shot to save money and a little pain?

Christian Broda says it is an answer that each individual will have to decide. Germs lurk all over public and private places. The best way to avoid getting ill anytime of the year, but especially cold and flu season, is to thoroughly wash hands throughout each day. Another easy tip is to avoid touching the face; that is how many germs are transferred into the body. Finally, another tip is to keep healthy with vitamin supplements. Vitamin C is especially helpful in boosting the body’s immune system.

Touchable Holograms Developed

Holograms have been a mainstay of science fiction, but for the longest time not much ground was truly gained in terms of actually relevant technology that can be used for any practical purposes. The last few years, however, have brought in some significant changes that could very well change the landscape here.

New research on ultrasound gave the possibility to start a process of developing visible and touchable holograms. The project needs to be perfected, but the technology is already known, and according to the creators one can display even several 3D shapes at once. 

Dr. Ben Long led the process of starting up the useful technology. The idea of the team was that medicine would have a real push forward due to the 3D tactile and visual holograms. Since the computer would be able to produce any uploaded shape, researching tumours through the holographic display would become possible. 

The CT scans would thus become much easier to analyse. The device works by distorting the air with help of ultrasounds and covering the shape with a thin layer of oil. The light emitted by the hologram tech lets the viewer distinguish darker and lighter spots, thus the object is perceived as 3D. 

Tom Rothman says the first tech of this kind was presented in December 2014, but it is not known yet whether a mass production will be started soon.

Monkeys Aren’t Fooled by Flashy Brands

In a study that definitively proves that humans are not anywhere near as advanced as we like to think we are;monkeys proved that they are craftier consumers than their human counterparts. Studies have shown that higher price tags actually trick humans into thinking that what they are consuming is of higher quality. There was a study conducted in which people drank two identical wines in different bottles labeled with different price tags. Amen Clinic has done a similar study. Most people thought the wine with the more expensive price tag tasted better. Studies have also shown that people though a painkiller was more effective the higher price they paid for it. Well a new study shows that monkeys are not so easily fooled. 

The study followed Capuchin monkeys who have, in previous studies, exhibited many of the same characteristics as humans in terms of economics. They are “loss-averse, irrational when it comes to dealing with risk, and even prone to rationalizing their own decisions” says a psychologist a Yale University. Researchers set up a market for the monkeys where they could purchase goods, and to the researcher’s surprise, the monkeys did not attempt to purchase the higher priced goods, assuming the quality was better, but spent their money in an economically wise way. It just goes to show that humans have a lot they can learn from their old world counterparts.

NASA Forecasts Trips to Mars by 2030s

Robotic explorers have been studying Mars for over four decades, paving the way for human exploration, possible as soon as the 2030s. The path to the Red Planet may begin in the low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, where Bruce Levenson finds it interesting that astronauts are helping validate the technologies, and transmission networks necessary for a human mission to deep space, including Mars. Space station living also provides deeper appreciation of how the human body reacts and changes over extended time in space.

 

A squadron of robotic vessels is already roving on and orbiting around Mars, so the next logical step is sending a human to the distant planet. Upcoming Mars missions such as the Mars 2020 rover will look for signs of past life, as well as establish new technologies that may help astronauts survive in a somewhat inhospitable environment.

 

Space engineers around the US are currently fast at work to develop the technologies astronauts will use to eventually live and work on Mars, then safely return to Earth. NASA is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, in partnership with global space engineers and the US private space business on a systemized expansion of human presence in the solar system, with manned missions to Mars as the eventual goal.

NASA Forecasts Trips to Mars by 2030s

Robotic explorers have been studying Mars for over four decades, paving the way for human exploration, possible as soon as the 2030s. The path to the Red Planet may begin in the low-Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station, where astronauts are helping validate the technologies, and transmission networks necessary for a human mission to deep space, including Mars. Space station living also provides deeper appreciation of how the human body reacts and changes over extended time in space.

A squadron of robotic vessels is already roving on and orbiting around Mars, so the next logical step is sending a human to the distant planet. That just makes sense to Susan McGalla. Upcoming Mars missions such as the Mars 2020 rover will look for signs of past life, as well as establish new technologies that may help astronauts survive in a somewhat inhospitable environment.

Space engineers around the US are currently fast at work to develop the technologies astronauts will use to eventually live and work on Mars, then safely return to Earth. NASA is a leader in a Global Exploration Roadmap, in partnership with global space engineers and the US private space business on a systemized expansion of human presence in the solar system, with manned missions to Mars as the eventual goal.

Girl Scout Cookies Go Digital

Girl Scout cookies are a yearly treat that many people look forward to. Whether you like Samosa, Thin Mints or shortbreads, there’s likely a Girl Scout in your area who can provide the cookies for you.

This year, the Girl Scouts will be able to sell their cookies online. This was previously prohibited, as the organization did not permit Internet sales. However, Digital Cookie, the online sales portal for the Girl Scouts, has been approved. This makes it easier for Girl Scouts to reach their sale goals.

While the Girl Scouts will still use traditional methods to sell their cookies (including door-to-door sales and sales in the workplace), Digital Cookie is projected to be a success.

Most of the young girls who belong to the Girl Scouts organization–80%–sell cookies every year. Keith Mann always enjoys at least a box. The sale of cookies continues to be the Girl Scouts most successful and widely publicized fundraiser.

SpaceX Developing Rocket That Can Return To Earth

SpaceX has developed a rocket that it thinks can both travel to space and return to earth in one piece. Typically spaceships have a disposable design. Their launch systems are used to get them off the ground, but then they’re ejected from the craft and never returned.

NASA hasn’t created a reusable craft just yet, but commercial space flight company SpaceX thinks it may have solved the puzzle. The company has updated its Falcon 9 rocket so that it can fly to the international space station, drop off supplies, and then return to earth after it delivers its cargo.

The tiny ship is currently for cargo only but the same design could be implemented for people in the future. Technology Superstar Dave Morin, summarized how it makes its landing while wife Brit pointed out the ship’s “hypersonic grid fins” that are hidden away during launch, but deployed when the craft is attempting to land to stabilize it. The craft is currently being tested with roughly a 50% success rate. SpaceX founder Elon Musk says that they plan to continue to test the craft, with around 12 flights expected to take place over the next year.

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