4G internet balloons take off over Kenya

A network of giant internet-enabled balloons from Google’s sister firm Loon is to provide internet access to remote areas of Kenya.

It will provide 4G coverage so people can make voice and video calls, browse the web, email, text and stream videos.

The project was announced two years ago but final sign-off from the Kenyan government has only just been given.

It is now being fast-tracked to help improve communications during the coronavirus pandemic.

The balloons’ 4G internet service has been tested with 35,000 customers and will initially cover a region spanning 50,000 sq km (31,000 sq miles).

Eventually 35 solar-powered balloons will be in constant motion in the stratosphere above eastern Africa. They are launched in the US and make their way to Kenya using wind currents.

One field test of the service showed download speeds of 18.9Mbps (megabits per second) and upload speeds of 4.7Mbps.

Loon began as

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Does Amazon Twitch’s Surge Ring the Alarms for Google & Others?

The gaming industry has seen a recent uptick, especially due to the coronavirus pandemic that has forced people to stay at home.

The game streaming industry is a great platform for gamers to show off their skills to sponsors and recruiting teams. The growing number of online gamers and streamers globally opens up significant prospects for technology giants like Amazon AMZN, Microsoft MSFT, Alphabet GOOGL and Facebook FB.

In fact, the teeming opportunities entice companies to foray and expand presence in the game streaming space.

We note that Amazon’s Twitch, Microsoft’s Mixer, Facebook Gaming and Alphabet’s YouTube Live are some notable live streaming platforms dedicated to gaming.

However, last month, Microsoft announced that it is set to close the operations side of its livestreaming gaming service — Mixer. Moreover, the company has teamed up with Facebook to aid the Mixer community’s transition to Facebook Gaming. Beginning Jul 22, Mixer websites

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10 things that are selling out everywhere this summer

10 things that are selling out everywhere this summer
10 things that are selling out everywhere this summer

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Summer is in full swing—but following months of quarantine due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it looks a little bit different this year. People have been spending more time in their own backyards, and outdoor recreation—like biking and roller skating—is more popular than ever. Here at Reviewed, we’ve spent the last few months tracking where to buy hard-to-find products, from hand sanitizer and toilet paper at the start of quarantine to bike helmets and loungewear more recently. 

While many of us have now adapted to the “new normal,” there are still some things that are in high demand (and low supply), including bikes, inflatable pools, and face masks. Below are 10 popular products that continue to sell out at retailers across the

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Casper’s massive mattress sale will save your aching back

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Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)
Casper has the mattress of your dreams, and it’s on sale for the 4th of July. (Photo: Casper)

How’s your back? If you’re like most of us, these last few months of less activity (and more staying in) have meant noticeable aches and pains. Add to that the stress of sleeping on an old mattress and you might find your back in a constant state of discomfort. 

While core exercises are never a bad idea, no amount of Zoom fitness will fix your back if your bed is the root of the problem. Of course now is not the time to visit mattress stores and plop down Goldilocks-style in search of a match. But it IS

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How to sell your smartphone

With an endless parade of new smartphones hitting the market every year, the temptation to upgrade is strong. And while the rate of smartphone replacement has lengthened to 33 months according to the Strategy Analytics, you may have some devices lurking around in your closet or drawer that others are willing to pay for.

Around 1.5 billion smartphones were sold last year, and that’s not including the amount that has been resold in third-party markets. At a time when smartphones can cost upwards of $1,000, more consumers are looking toward secondhand devices from resellers on eBay, Amazon, and Swappa. In this guide, we’re going to help you work out what your old phone might be worth, where to sell it, and how to prepare it for postage.

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I Got A Medical Tourist Visa To Give Birth In Another Country

The three of us at our temporary home in Bangkok just a few days after my daughter's birth. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Elen Turner)
The three of us at our temporary home in Bangkok just a few days after my daughter’s birth. (Photo: Photo Courtesy of Elen Turner)

The phrase “medical tourism” might make you think of getting dental surgery in Mexico or plastic surgery in the Dominican Republic, where the procedures are cheaper than at home. Traveling abroad to give birth? Probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But that’s exactly what I did.

Three years ago, armed with a medical tourist visa and a letter of clearance to fly from my doctor, I traveled from my home in Kathmandu, Nepal, to Bangkok at 36 weeks pregnant, to give birth.

Unlike some medical tourists, I wasn’t flying to another country to save money or to get an elective procedure unavailable at home. I chose to give birth in Thailand because, given my circumstances, it was the safest option.

I had been

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ICE says foreign students can’t take online-only fall classes while in U.S.

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled new fall semester rules for foreign students, including a requirement that they take in-person classes to remain in the U.S., a condition that raised concerns as certain colleges and universities are planning to use online instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new guidelines by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program, foreigners with F-1 or M-1 visas — which are for academic and vocational international students, respectively — will not be allowed to participate in an entirely online fall semester.

The State Department will not issue those visas to students planning to attend schools that will only offer remote learning and Customs and Border Protection officials will not allow such applicants to enter the country, according to a summary of the temporary rule, which ICE said will be published in the federal government’s journal of

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Big Tech Stocks Top Trillion-Dollar Each: ETFs to Bet On

In a booming technology sector, four of the five big names — Amazon AMZN, Microsoft MSFT, Apple AAPL and Alphabet GOOGL — surpassed a trillion-dollar market capitalization each for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. This is largely thanks to the shift in consumer habits to a purely digital world.

The strong performance indicates strong resilience of the tech sector in one of the worst economic environments that the United States has ever seen. In particular, Amazon has been the star performer with shares rising more than 60% in the year-to-date timeframe on booming demand for e-commerce and cloud computing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The stock topped $3,000 for the first time ever in the latest trading session (read: Top-Ranked Technology ETFs Soaring to All-Time Highs).

Microsoft shares have jumped more than 33% so far this year on growing demand for its Teams chat and online meeting app, and

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Find & Support Black-Owned Businesses With These Apps & Websites

Following the police killing of George Floyd in May, protests have broken out across the country. We encourage everyone to join the fight by marching in local protests, signing online petitions, donating, and calling your elected officials, but there’s another way to fight systemic racial inequality, and that’s by putting your money where your mouth is. Make a commitment to support Black-owned businesses in your area.

Right now, Twitter users are asking their friends and followers to share their own or their favorite Black-owned businesses. While sifting through social media responses is one way to find spots to support, there are a lot of tweets containing the phrase “Black-owned businesses.” So if you’re looking to find a Black-owned business quickly — perhaps in time for take-out dinner tonight — there are also many useful resources online and in the app store that can help.

Ahead are top-ranking websites

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10 things we learned when Camilla took over Radio 5

Camilla guest edited the Emma Barnett show on Radio 5. (Getty Images)
Camilla guest edited the Emma Barnett show on Radio 5. (Getty Images)

The Duchess of Cornwall has taken over the airwaves of Radio 5, turning her hand to editing a show on the station for the first time.

Camilla gave an interview for The Emma Barnett Show and then used the rest of the show to highlight charities and causes she is passionate about.

In particular, she raised issues of domestic violence and abuse, bringing up her fears that the true figure of the problem in lockdown would be high.

Speaking after the show, she said she was thrilled to hear so many of her charities talk about how COVID-19 had affected them.

She told Barnett they would “celebrate with a hobnob” after the show.

She booked Dame Judi Dench

Actor Dame Judi Dench made an appearance on the show, and the two women swapped stories of getting used to

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