‘Solar powered drones which provide internet access to rural and remote areas have been trialled in UK for first time by Facebook. is the opening line, as the Telegraph finds ‘The Man’ who is going to light up the lives of the United Kingdom’s ‘not spots’ communities from 60,000 feet on high.

The final 10% – those who will never get to see a BT fibre cable down their country lane – will be linked to the rest of the world via a solar-powered drone. Chucking out wireless connectivity.

‘Facebook says this will bring online connectivity to remote locations, previously inaccessible, for the first time…

So a drone will park itself over that corner of the Lincolnshire Wolds, that bit of the North York Moors and that stretch of the Lake District to those communities left bereft by the combined might of BT and BDUK.

The Telegraph piece continues…

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First things first – the thank you.

Clearly to NESTA and all their ‘DestinationLocal’ works, but equally to the people of Loddon who – in pretty short time – rallied to the #21VC cause; helped in no small part by the fact that Ben Olive has bust his proverbials over the last two years to keep LoddonEye at the heart of that community’s affairs.

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As is the wont on these occasions, I always feel slightly beholden to ‘take away’ something from the various conference spaces you end up in.

Way back when it was even one of your own… #1000flowers (Nov, 2010).

Since then there’s been, in no particular order, StreetFightMag (Oct, 2011), SxSWi (March, 2012) and Collab2012 in Berkeley, Ca (April, 2012).

All the time – hopefully – looking and learning. Seeking out the wisdom of the crowds and, maybe, finding smarter people thinking local than – thus far – ol London town has managed to produce.

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As both regular readers of this blog will know, the subject of rural broadband has been something of a church-225x300favourite in these parts.

Partly because I think we *might* have a way of replicating the Starbucks-Yahoo tie in the US, with the coffee chain intending to offer free wifi in 4,000 of its outlets via a deal with Yahoo…

… in that Yahoo will deliver channels of content into the Starbucks log-in page, supported by Yahoo’s Local ads.

Funnily enough we can do that, too.

It is, for me, what the future of ‘Local TV’ in this country might look like, if its not the 60-strong ‘vision’ that hangs onto the nearest transmitter mast.

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I’m very wary of stealing some thunder out of a piece that WannabeHacks kindly asked me to write as part of their #Hyper-local week next week.saddleworthnews-300x240

So I shall try not to go too far down that road.

But this weekend has seen some decent conversations abound – not least with the BlogPreston people, Ed, Andy and Jo, in particular.

Because having built themselves an audience – a ‘brand’ – aroundhttp://blogpreston.co.uk/ their next *big* question is deciding just how much their advertising space is worth for engagement with that audience…

And they are not alone in this; and, in a sense, it’s none of our business Addiply-wise. All we ever do is dish out a piece of kit – a tool – that empowers the likes of Ed, Andy and Jo to ponder these questions for the first time.

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Few fields of drumming changed quite rapidly over the recent decades like that of the electronic kit.

Few years ago, the e-kit was sneered at sometimes, but these days, everyone from bedroom drummers to stadium-filling sticks man is beginning using electronics, if it was both in the hybrid setup and the full on rig.

And this is because of the large technological strides which have been produced in late decades, and when this is a clear boon for the top-level player, it has created more chances for those who are newbie, because the entry-level kit has dropped in cost. It is jaw-dropping things which some quid could get users speaking of the feature in the market these days. We will look at these reviews of the best budget electronic drum set.

Gear4Music DD400

We are not saying that it is perfect, yet full kits for just less than 200 dollars couldn’t be seriously sniffed at.

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There are a variety of reasons that can cause scratches on the car paint. car accidents, inappropriate youth behavior, bad parking and other mishaps in the parking lot, all these are common causes that may result in one or two scratches on paint finish. Although scratches detract from the look of your car, pay for a body shop that will apply a new coat of paint or will even make a small touch, it can be very costly. Follow these steps to remove small scratches without having to bear the costs of hiring a professional. Continue Reading


Let take a look at our detail double din review to find out the benefits as well as the disadvantages before owning one.

It is undeniable that all the benefits, or ease of use, these radios capable of doing everything, continue to make progress. Some of us have even terribly seduced by small quite pleasant features!

Let the result of our shopping is not exhaustive. For starters, most brands have several models. Then, some large manufacturers have not yet unveiled their new products. In this case, we are only interested in big brands and smaller known brands. We deliberately exclude Asian products found on the Internet at very low prices.

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MarthaI have, truth be told, not always been the biggest fan.

But last night I read this. A ‘Draft One’ manifesto for Martha Lane Fox’s DotEveryone initiative.

Or rather I read this…

‘Dot Everyone will be a digitally powered organisation that will be both an authoritative public voice on the new digital networked world and also deliver things, showing how to transform services from the bottom up  – sometimes prototyping and delivering new services…

And then I read it again. This bit…

…showing how to transform services from the bottom up  – sometimes prototyping and delivering new services…

And, just to be certain, I read this again.

…from the bottom up.’

In the autumn of 2007 I found myself on the revenue panel at NewsInnovation.com at the City University of New York talking about bottom up advertising models. Let’s just say its a subject dear to my heart. Particularly if you move that thinking into a mobile setting. Where 96% of us will come to live our lives.

So on the basis of someone twigging that fundamental digital enablement will not come from Whitehall down…

And that Martha is starting to embrace this sense that ‘…whats around us currently is the death of the old top down model of making things happen through hierarchies… And the growth of the bottom up model – collaborative people power (C Gallop)’ then in the spirit of collaborative people power might I suggest she hauls three women of note into a small room somewhere and sorts this.

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best studio monitors

  1. Product characteristics

This studio monitor is equipped with 4 woofers which are coated by polypropylene. The purpose of this is to help the bass to be tight and accurate. It has a cooling ferrofluidic silk cone speakers for clear sound and high. This is one of the best studio monitors under $200 for your studio because all of the following:

  • Opt Image lll tweeter wave guides and detailed images help senior.
  • This M-Audio AV 40 with 20-watts per channel amplifier with class A / B.
  • From shielded for use near computer monitors. AV40 9900-65140-00 unit is configured for 120V operation and will only work for the energy requirements of the US and not in any other area.
  • Dimensions: 7.3 x 6 x 8.8 inches.
  • Weight: 18 pounds.

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Go to a skate shop and ask for advice. An “online consultation” can never be as responsive to you as the expert can in the shop. There are usually also the option with most other boards, which are there to do a lap. However, one thing is not: Have yourself advice in the shop for the best longboards, then buy online and save 10 euros.

Similarly absurd to its Board in the US to buy because you think you can use it to save money is. Rather tug inches and wait at your nerves, and a customer, there is not.

That clearly is the ignorance of the cooking of the vote here, indicated by the fact that designated downhill or freeride boards of Jucker Hawaii, which also gives it not occur here in appearance. Just as actual downhill boards known international brands or even German brands. The price seems to have played a role.

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If I had a pound – or, indeed, a dollar – for every time I’ve written ‘Now, that’s interesting…’ on this blog over the last four years, I’d be on that beach and long gone.

But this is interesting.

Because it touches on conversations and thoughts that have been a-foot here for the last three or four months; it also *might* start to address one of the biggest challenges facing local media here, in Europe or in the US.

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