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Google Ready To Unleash Thousands of Balloons In Project Loon

jfruh writes Google has figured out how to produce an Internet-broadcast balloon in a few hours, and is on the verge of unleashing Project Loon onto the world. The project, which will work with ISPs to beam LTE cellular signals to remote regions that don’t have Internet access, will be working with local ISPs rather than selling broadband directly to customers.

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Apple Watch sales to stay online for now

SAN JOSE, California — Don’t expect to walk into an Apple Store and walk out with an Apple Watch anytime soon. Apple expects to sell the timepiece exclusively online through May, according to an internal memo from retail chief Angela Ahrendts that was obtained by French Apple news site iGen.fr. …

Bill Arhos, founder of ‘Austin City Limits’ music program, dies at 80

AUSTIN, Texas — Bill Arhos, whose long career at Austin public television station KLRU included founding the landmark music program “Austin City Limits,” died April 11, the station announced in a press release Monday morning. He was 80. Born Nov. 3, 1934, and raised in Bryan, Texas, Arhos began working …

Arrest of Connecticut man, 78, tied to Boston art heist

MILFORD, Connecticut — Police in Connecticut on Friday arrested a 78-year-old man with a long criminal history on a gun charge, but the man’s lawyer claimed the arrest was a ruse intended to pressure him to talk about the biggest art heist in U.S. history. Robert Gentile appeared in federal …

Adventures in Florida with the McKay brothers: Day one

It all started with a message from my boss, “You can have the next two weeks off.” This was March 20th. So, I immediately started looking at the cost for plane tickets for my boys and I. I had already asked my wife to notify the schools that they would …

TV Radio schedule for April 18-19, 2015

SATURDAY AUTO RACING NASCAR, Sprint Cup Series: Food City 500, Practice, 8:30 a.m., Final Practice, 11:30 a.m., FS1-TV NASCAR, XFINITY Series: Bristol, Qualifying, 9:30 a.m., Race, 1:30 p.m., FS1-TV; WNZS Veazie (1340 AM) radio Formula One, Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying, 11 a.m., CNBC-TV BASEBALL, COLLEGE HARTFORD at MAINE, …

US regulators may recommend testing food for glyphosate residues

Amid rising public concern over possible links to disease, U.S. regulators may start testing food products for residues of the world’s most widely used herbicide, the Environmental Protection Agency told Reuters on Friday. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has come under intense scrutiny since a research unit of …

6 types of glasses that do more than correct your blurry vision

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The days of being called “four-eyes” are long gone. There are some new cool kids on the glasses scene

Eyeglasses are an old invention — we can trace the simple but vital accessory back as early as the 13th century in Italy, according to the Museum of Vision. The true inventor of glasses is unknown, and early models were held by hand or balanced on noses by monks and scholars

But we’ve come a long way in terms of eyewear technology (cough, Google Glass). Eyeglasses have evolved from their original function into totally new and innovative ones, and we don’t mean high-tech virtual reality glasses. Read more…

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Young Maine couple give up city life, take on challenge at Monroe farm

Editor’s Note: This is the first in an occasional series about a young couple beginning a farming life in Monroe. Sign up for the weekly Homestead newsletter to never miss an update.  Sign up here. MONROE, Maine — On a mild March day, Noami Brautigam struggled to work a broadfork …

Cultivating a new way of life

Noami Brautigam and her fiance, James Gagne, move their belongings from their one-bedroom apartment in Portland to a farm in Monroe to start an organic vegetable farm with small-scale livestock.