Drones (also referred to as unmanned aerial vehicles - UAS) have been used for military applications for decades - even centuries -  if you count the pilotless balloons used to drop bombs during the U.S. civil war.  By the beginning of the 20th century, these pilotless aircraft were being fitted with cameras to perform aerial surveillance and used to test and train combat pilots and anti-aircraft gunners.  In today’s world, military drones play a key role in combat ...
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Posted by Dean Anthony Gratton on February 23, 2015

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Perhaps I should start by explaining the premise of TV here in the UK, for my non-UK readers. First and foremost, any viewer of TV in the UK needs to pay for a TV license, although there's a lesser known caveat to that: Any viewer of live TV needs to pay for a TV license. So, in other words, if you regularly tune in and watch a live broadcast from any channel, irrespective of platform, that is, a TV, tablet or mobile device, you must pay for a TV license. In my household, the wife and I do not watch live TV but, instead, we create our own channel by streaming the programmes we wish to watch, when we want to watch them ...
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Optical networking used to be easy. It wasn’t long ago that most applications could predict how much static bandwidth they would need for the coming year, over-provision that amount just to be safe, and then take a few weeks to deploy the resulting network.  While other aspects of the data center were experimenting with innovative new approaches, the data network was a reliable, if uninteresting, part of the corporate infrastructure. That was before workloads became mobile and dynamic, before data became big and social, and before the economics of cloud computing completely disrupted the industry across practically all market verticals ...
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A couple of years ago, I was invited to a dinner organized by Google in France. The occasion was the coming of Vint Cerf, and the teams at Google wanted to give him the opportunity to meet with a variety of people in the French scene, a mix of start-uppers, movers and shakers and (for lack of a better terminology), agitators. I (barely) count myself in that last category, and believe me when I say that I felt honored to be there ...
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The need for fiber-optic transmission is rapidly expanding to cope with the ever increasing bandwidth requirement driven by new applications such as video related services and cloud applications. Fiber access infrastructure is a must in competitive environments and also a key enabler for the next-generation all-optical IP network. Bringing the optical fiber as close to the user as possible is critical for network performance and user experience. This drives fiber deployment further out in existing access networks and at the same time opens up new business opportunities to connect public buildings and enterprises ...
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