08 October, 2017
Though the Loon technology is not entirely proven, it could help speed the restoration of vital communications as the US territory works to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria. It's dedicated to repairing damage caused by the entire season's slew of storms, but will focus on fixing the communications networks on the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, the latter of which was so damaged that nearly 90 percent of its cell towers were downed by Hurricane Maria.
Regulators have approved Google's application to provide emergency cell phone services to Puerto Rico using balloons in the wake of Hurriane Maria. "It is critical that we adopt a coordinated and comprehensive approach to support the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services".
Musk said he was diverting resources from a semi-truck project to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and "increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas".
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The incident left the perpetrator "with burns all over his body", Bruno Ataide Santos , director of the local hospital stated. Local media identified the guard as a 50-year-old man who helped with security at the daycare centre since 2008.
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The Assistant was first exclusive to Pixel devices but it, later on, was made available for other Android Nougat devices as well. You can still access your Assistant by pressing and holding down your home button or by simply saying, " Ok Google ".
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Wave heights along the shore will increase during the next few days, creating risky surf and increased chances of rip currents. Hyde County spokesman Donnie Shumate said in a statement that Ocracoke Island's evacuation order was lifted at 9:30 a.m.
Loon balloons, which carry communications equipment as high as 20 kilometers into the atmosphere, would circumvent those earthbound hurdles - at least temporarily. The tech company began sending battery installers to the island in late September, and announced it would be sending more as only nine percent of residents are reported to have power.
Most of the recovery news has rightly focused on the hard journey to get Puerto Rico's power grid back online. Now around 10 percent of residents on the island have power.
Alphabet launched Project Loon in 2013 in an effort to provide service to people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps and bring them back online after disasters.