Mexico tortilla shop provides free TV, internet access for school kids | Lifestyle

Elroy Mariano

MEXICO CITY — A tortilla shop has started giving free wifi and television access for kids in its Mexico City neighborhood whose homes don’t have them, or whose brothers and sisters are already using the services for remote learning during the pandemic.

Mexico’s government schools started at-distance classes Aug. 24 using televised lessons due to the coronavirus, because 94% of Mexican homes have TVs. But there are often many youngsters in a Mexican family and they all need to look up something online or watch classes at the same time.

That is where the “Rinconcito de Esperanza” — the Corner of Hope — comes in. The owners of Grandma’s Tortilla Shop in the southern borough of Tlalpan set up learning areas to offer free tutoring, TV and computer access.

The assemblage of space spills out of the store into a tent set up on the sidewalk outside, and continues into

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Our quantum internet breakthrough could help make hacking a thing of the past

Elroy Mariano

(MENAFN – The Conversation) The advent of mass working from home has made many people more aware of the security risks of sending sensitive information via the internet. The best we can do at the moment is make it difficult to intercept and hack your messages – but we can’t make it impossible.

What we need is a new type of internet: the quantum internet . In this version of the global network, data is secure, connections are private and your worries about information being intercepted are a thing of the past.

My colleagues and I have just made a breakthrough, published in Science Advances , that will make such a quantum internet possible by scaling up the concepts behind it using existing telecommunications infrastructure.

Our current way of protecting online data is to encrypt it using mathematical problems that are easy to solve if you have a digital ‘key’

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Liftoff! SpaceX launches 60 more Starlink internet satellites to orbit aboard the Falcon 9 rocket

Elroy Mariano

SpaceX’s Starlink satellite constellation grew a little larger Thursday morning, as the firm added 60 more devices to the network.

The Falcon 9 rocket took off at 8:46am ET from Launch Complex 39-A at Kennedy Space Center carrying the new batch of broadband satellites.

The mission was originally set for Sunday, but was unable to get off the ground due to poor weather plaguing the Florida coast.

Filled with one million pounds of kerosene, Falcon 9 took over the launch countdown with just 60 seconds on the clock and at 30 seconds, all systems were go for launch.

The rocket successfully soared into space, marking its 12th Starlink mission that brings the mega constellation to 713 internet-beaming devices.

SpaceX also revealed that its satellites have shown ‘super low latency and download speeds greater than 100 mbps,’ but the speeds are still off from what the firm had originally promised.


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Speedtest data: PH internet speeds returning to pre-pandemic levels

Elroy Mariano

MANILA, Philippines — Slow internet speeds in the country which drew the ire of the common folk up to the President have seen gradual improvement since the lockdowns started, and are actually returning to pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.

According to data shared by Speedtest by Ookla on its website, internet speeds plummeted as the health crisis forced the government to implement a stay-at-home policy.

As an example, average download speeds for fixed broadband was at 30.77 megabits per second (Mbps) and for mobile data, at 16.68 Mbps last February 24.  But after the enhanced community quarantine was placed over Luzon and other areas, it dipped to 20.40 Mbps for fixed broadband and 13.95 for mobile data.

Download speeds for this year were at its lowest from March 30 to April 6, when fixed broadband speeds were just at 20.52 Mbps to 20.47 Mbps; and mobile data at 11.93 Mbps to 11.95

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SpaceX’s Starlink internet speeds much slower than promised in first tests | The Independent

Elroy Mariano

Users of Elon Musk’s Starlink internet connection have found that its speeds are not as fast as SpaceX previously hyped.

The technology uses a cluster of satellites, in orbit around the Earth, to deliver internet connections to users.

According to tests conducted by Ookla, and collated by Reddit users, download speeds have ranged from 11 Mbps to 60 Mbps, while upload speeds have ranged from from 5Mbps to 18Mbps. Latency tests show a range between from 31ms to 94ms.

SpaceX has previously claimed that download speeds will reach 1Gbps, with a latency ranging between 25 to 35 milliseconds – much faster than that which has been shown from the tests.

The company is yet to put its full fleet of satellites into orbit, and speeds are likely to increase as they do so. There are currently 540 Starlink satellites in orbit, with the company aiming to eventually form a 12,000-strong

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The pandemic is putting a strain on Internet speeds. Here’s what you can do for the best connection

Elroy Mariano

CHICAGO: Nothing kills work-from-home motivation like slow Internet. It’s an issue some are facing for the first time as the Covid-19 pandemic sent them out of the office and into remote workspaces at home.

With many school districts opting for some degree of e-learning, a torrent of video calls and downloads from multiple family members could test the mettle of even the hardiest Internet connections. And for families with limited income, it can seem like high-speed Internet is out of reach financially.

For those looking for ways to improve their connection or get their homes hooked up for the first time, here’s some advice.

Make sure your router is in the right place

Jack Segal, regional vice president of communications at Comcast, said your router’s effectiveness relies on where it is in the home. Keeping the router in an open, central location can offer the best coverage so you don’t

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Jio to offer free internet, voice calls and more for a month to all new JioFiber broadband customers

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The 30-day free trial is not restricted to new customers only.

New JioFiber customers activating from September 1 will get a 30-day free trial of the broadband service, Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited announced on Monday. This means, all potential customers will be able to “test drive” JioFiber free of cost for a period of 30 days and “if you don’t like the service, we will take it back, no questions asked,” according to a statement released by Jio.

The 30-day free trial is not restricted to new customers only. Existing JioFiber customers who onboarded the service between August 15 and August 31 will also get the 30-day free trial benefit as a voucher in the MyJio app. Speaking of which, Jio is offering some really attractive benefits to rope in more customers to its home broadband service (as also, trying to retain existing ones) in addition to “free” internet.


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London scientists achieve fastest ever internet speed

Elroy Mariano

The massive speed increases were made possible by building customized amplifiers to boost signal power

Researchers in London have created the fastest-ever internet connection, much quicker than any ever successfully tried before.

The team at University College London (UCL) used amplifiers to enhance the way light carries digital data through fiber-optic broadband to achieve a record 178 terabits per second which are approximately three million times faster than the average UK home connection.

The connection is so fast that it would be able to download the entire Netflix library in just one second.

Dr Lidia Galdino, lecturer in electrical engineering and also a Royal Academy of Engineering research fellow has led the research team at a lab in Bloomsbury.

Galdino says that such “ultra-broadband” will be able to support the next generation of internet, while also back mobile 5G networks used by data-draining applications such as driverless cars and smart

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Scott County works to expand internet access in preparation for virtual learning

Elroy Mariano

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) – Scott County’s judge-executive, Joe Covington, told WKYT the county was already working on a plan to expand internet access, and then the pandemic hit.

“We were working on it. But what COVID has done is magnified the situation. And it’s really uncovered how badly we need it. It’s evident that we need to work now,” Covington said.

Covington says he only lives about three miles out of town, but relies on his phone to go online.

“There are so many people that I’ve talked to that are in the same boat as I am, or have none, they don’t even have good cell service,” Covington.

They’re asking everyone in the county to take a broadband speed test and working with a company that will compile that information into the best way to connect the maximum number of homes.

“So if we could get our analysis together,

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How fast is SpaceX’s satellite internet? Beta tests show it hitting up to 60Mbps.

Elroy Mariano

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As SpaceX prepares to launch Starlink, a big question facing the satellite internet service is how fast it’ll operate in the real world. 

Well, there’s actually some speed test data that shows Starlink can deliver download speeds from 11Mbps to 60Mbps. Apparently, some lucky beta users have been trying out Starlink on Ookla’s Speedtest website. (Note: Ookla is owned by Ziff Davis,’s parent company.)

As Ars Technica points out, users on Reddit have been crawling Ookla’s website and spotted about a dozen speed tests registered to Starlink. The tests, which were mostly conducted earlier this month,

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