Cable-Free Internet Could Spark New Tech Growth in India
A cable-free internet project launched by Alphabet could be the key to bringing India into the global tech market. With 70% of the 1.2 billion population living in rural areas, much of the country is lacking in terms of electricity and internet, leaving behind a largely untapped market. Alphabet will try and counter this with a new system called Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC). FSOC boxes will be placed on roofs and towers to beam internet down into various regions, circumventing the trouble caused by cables in the past.
Chinese Facial-Recognition Sunglasses Newest Tech Security Advance
Facial recognition technology isn’t just useful for unlocking phones. At a railway station in Zhengzhou, Chinese police now sport sunglasses that can use biometric data to pinpoint suspects in a crowd. A camera on the glasses is used to photograph suspicious individuals and match them to a police database. So far, 7 criminals and 26 fake ids have been caught. The new system exemplifies the technological progress of a country lenient in human right regulations and privacy concerns.
Instagram Announces Updates to Favour Business Advertisements
The popular picture-sharing app, Instagram, is growing as a global advertisement tool. With over 800 million active monthly users, 80% come from outside the US and follow at least one business. Now, the company, owned by Facebook, has announced changes to make advertising easier. The editions include a contact button on business profiles, analytical data for posts that include demographic breakdowns, and a promote button that can boost your posts reach towards specific audiences.