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The release of Windows 10 is just around the corner. The operating system will be available as a free update to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 users on July 29.There's a lot to be excited about with Windows 10. The update adds numerous improvements to the operating system, such as the Cortana voice assistant, DirectX 12, Xbox One game streaming and of course, the return of the Start button. Not to mention a handful of bug fixes and security enhancements, too.While these features may sound great, there are a few reasons why you may not want to hold off on upgrading right away. Here's why: Source: Three reasons to hold off on Windows 10 - CNET

In case there was any doubt, executives at in-flight connectivity provider Gogo made it clear during their analyst day that the design of their antenna makes a big difference in how the company will serve the aviation industry now and into the future.2Ku will use two low-profile, high efficiency Ku-band satellite antennas. (Image source: Gogo)To be sure, the company looks at several links in the communications chain--the satellites, the antenna, the modem--for opportunities to make the service perform better, but the antenna, contrary to what competitors may say, is an important element. After examining other solutions in the market, Gogo ended up developing its own antenna solution in-house for its future 2Ku deployment."We have a few years' advantage with that antenna," said CEO Michael Small in response to an analyst's question.Sign up for our FREE newsletter for more news like this sent to your inbox!There also was the question of why, if 2Ku is the future, was Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and JetBlue able to announce a month ago that they're going to deliver streaming video to seats on planes now using ViaSat technology? Currently, Gogo blocks most video, including YouTube and Netflix.Anand Chari, executive vice president and CTO at Gogo, said he considers what ViaSat is using to be second-generation technology with limited coverage on a few hundred planes. When 2Ku launches, it will outperform or perform as well and will offer global coverage, plus provide cost savings for airlines.Chari explained that similar to wired and wireless networks on the ground, Gogo's network for serving planes and passengers in the sky has evolved through multiple generations of technologies. Air to ground (ATG) technology allowed the company to get on some 5,000 planes, but it's too slow, and while 2Ku may someday prove to be too slow as well, it's the best technology for the job in Gogo's assessment. 2Ku, expected to be available the second half of 2015, will deliver 70 to 100 Mbps.Chari said Gogo's antenna is a more cost-efficient solution for the airlines because it is about 30 inches in diameter and cylindrical in shape, so it won't present the drag on aircraft that airlines want to avoid. The fact that 2Ku is future-proof is also key because airlines don't want to make frequent changes to aircraft.Gogo evaluates its solutions based on cost, coverage, capacity and reliability, and it has to fit on an aircraft. "We are really excited about this because it will disrupt global aviation. It is a true global solution" and excels in all the areas it needs to perform, Chari said. The solution also can do Internet and IPTV using the same antenna, plus it has some future-proof technology built in.Small also discussed the types of services Gogo is starting to enable, such as having flight attendants use tablets to reschedule a passenger's connecting flight if they are clearly not going to make their connection due to weather delays. Or, for pilots, NASA developed an app that combines real-time flight information with environmental conditions [...]

By Juliet Van Wagenen | July 1, 2015 | Feature, North America, Regional, Satellite TODAY News Feed, Telecom © Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on google Share on linkedin Share on email Share on print More Sharing Services Gogo 2Ku IFCGraphic of Gogo’s 2Ku solution. Photo: Gogo[Via Satellite 07-01-2015] Gogo is optimistic it will stay on top of the In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market with its satellite-enabled 2Ku capability raising the ante for global connectivity. Speaking at the Nasdaq Investor Program in London on June 30, Gogo Chief Executive Officer Michael Small was heavy handed about the company’s confidence in its upcoming satellite solution.“We developed [Air-to-Ground] ATG, that was clearly the winner in the U.S. and now we think 2Ku is going to be the winner on a global basis,” said Small. Gogo currently has more than 2,300 commercial aircraft equipped with its services on eight major airlines and 6,700 business aircraft flying with its solutions, including a deal with major bizjet operator NetJets.Gogo built its business in North America with primarily terrestrial ATG connectivity, but has come out backing satellite connectivity as the key to expanding the market worldwide. “In most of the world you don’t have a contiguous land mass where so much of the air traffic stays over the land like in the U.S., so there is going to be a relatively limited number of places where air to ground works. It may work in Europe, it may work in China, it may work in India, but almost for sure satellite will be the dominant technology globally,” Small reiterated.To feed into this global market, Gogo is in the process of launching 2Ku, which promises speeds of up 70 Mbps in flight through Ku-band wide and spot-beam satellites, according to the company. These speeds may increase even further as High Throughput Satellites [HTS] begin to launch in the next few years. “When High Throughput Satellites start being deployed in ’16, ’17 and ’18, that will take us to 100 Mbps per second, so we actually see this capability getting to 100 Mbps this decade,” said Small.Gogo also believes the technology, which will be flying on the company’s test plane soon and will make its way onto U.S. and Rest of World (ROW) launch customers by year end, will offer airlines a 50 percent cost savings over current Ku solutions.“The 2Ku solution will be installed this year on Aeromexico and Virgin Atlantic and we think it achieves globally what ATG did in the U.S.: it meets the cost, coverage, capacity and reliability requirements that are really going to make this business work,” said Small. “You haven’t really seen much in Europe or in the rest of the world in the way of connectivity because until now they really haven’t had a technical solution that’s done it — we think 2Ku will.”The company also believes that as the solution is deployed and installations pick up — with 500 aircraft already on back order for the 2Ku solution — that [...]

On July 29, Microsoft will release its newest operating system, Windows 10 (what happened to Windows 9?). To persuade people to upgrade, Microsoft is offering Windows 10 as a free upgrade if you have a computer running Windows 7 or 8.1. Windows 8.0 users will need to upgrade to 8.1 first, but that's also free.That free upgrade, plus Windows 10's promised fixes to the problems of Windows 8, has already persuaded some people to take the plunge. But plenty more are wondering if upgrading to Windows 10 is a smart move, and I don't blame them after the disasters of Windows 8 and Vista. Let's take a look at a few scenarios where you should and shouldn't upgrade.DO upgrade if you hate Windows 8OK, I know I'm starting this off with a negative one, but there are a lot of people who can't stand Windows 8. From the lack of a Start button to the confusing way apps work, it's a mess.Windows 10 fixes those problems with the return of the Start button and Start menu. Apps are going to run in "windowed" mode like regular programs. Control options are going to adjust automatically depending if you're on a computer or a tablet. Source: Is Windows 10 right for you and your PC? | Fox News

Google wants to bring free wifi to the world…. and it’s starting NOWMatt PaytonMatt Payton for 25 Jun 2015 12:57 pm41.2kGoogle wants to bring free wifi to the world.... and it's starting NOWGoogle are gonna make it happen, folks (Picture: AP)No longer will we have to buy an overpriced coffee to get a rubbish wireless internet connection. *Fist pump*Google is rolling out free wifi in New York as part of a trial the company hopes will eventually span across the whole of the world.MORE: Google will block ‘revenge porn’ searches on its browserThe internet giant has even gone as far as to set up a company specifically dedicated to the task, called Sidewalk Labs.How will they do this you ask – through turning 10,000 of the big apple’s old phone booths into ad-supported ‘Wi-Fi pylons’.Google wants to bring free wifi to the world.... and it's starting NOWNew York (Picture: Getty Images)MORE: Google computer creates crazy, trippy and colourful imagesThese converted booths are also intended to provide cell-phone charging, free domestic phone calls and a touch screen information hub about the city and transit directions.According to Bloomberg News, these ‘pylons’ will be rolled out across New York this autumn. Source: Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to cities – and it's starting now with Sidewalk Labs in New York | Metro News

Gogo Inflight is ramping up with new technologies as the demand for people being connected everywhere is becoming less of a novelty and more of an imperative. The fact that Gogo's "take rate" has been more or less stable for years represents a conundrum. Although the company may be growing its revenues, it's having trouble convincing more people to sign up. At best, what this means is that its existing customer base is buying longer and longer access periods in order to surf more. At worst, it suggests Gogo is wringing its growth out of the same people by jacking up prices.But soon in-flight WiFi will be reshaped by some of the same trends affecting Internet connectivity on the ground. People are shifting away from traditional, fixed broadband connections and toward wireless connections that allow them to surf the Web outside the home and office on their mobile devices. Cisco predicts that by 2019, Americans will consume 10 times more mobile data than they did last year.Those forecasts will undoubtedly affect how the industry provides in-flight WiFi. Upgraded communications satellites will soon allow not just faster airborne Internet, but also fancy video services such as live sports, music streaming and even in-flight mobile advertising, providing what the Wall Street Journal reports will be a "near-home type experience." New satellite technology promises speeds of 50 megabits per second, up from the 500 kilobits per second on older satellites, according to the Journal. Source: In-flight WiFi is about to become a thing people actually use - The Washington Post