We don't really have in-flight wi-fi in Australia yet, although both Virgin and Qantas are working on it. It's far more common throughout Europe and the US, but a consortium of European companies is taking a different approach to the new network it's building: instead of satellites dozens of kilometres above the Earth bouncing signals from ground stations to planes and back, the European Aviation Network uses 4G LTE beamed directly upwards from mobile phone towers.
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Much like the venerable technology of the floppy drive, Europe's hair metal classic "The Final Countdown" just won't die. After floating into laughable obscurity, the synth-heavy anthem was reborn when a magician named Gob made it his theme song. Now, hobbyist Paweł Zadrożniak has fed the tune through the hardware harmonics of his "Floppotron."
Earlier this month, Leoni AG, one of the world's largest manufacturers of wires and electrical cables, informed investors that the German company lost almost 40 million euros (or about $59.3 million) to online scammers. Today, we finally know how: According to investigators, the thieves simply spoofed emails to look like official payment requests, a tactic known as "CEO fraud".
Video: When you combine an unhappy group of people with a leader who is more than willing to feed and exploit their fear with wild speeches and rhetoric, things can go bad. When people in business and intellectuals want to be on the favourable side of public opinion, so they start doing things they don't believe are right, things can get worse. But how can it ever be so bad that someone like Hitler can rise to power and do worse? Ted-Ed explains in this haunting video.
Video: Sorry, I still have a Game of Thrones hangover, so when I watch this beautiful drone footage that gives sweeping views of castles across Europe, I see the map of Westeros in the opening credits come alive. Some of these castles are in ruins, some are near rivers, some are on islets, some are embedded on the mountain side but all are impressive strongholds that hold so much history.
Video: Budget airlines like Jetstar and Tiger Airways in Australia, JetBlue and Southwest in the United States, and Ryanair and Easy Jet in Europe, are often significantly cheaper to fly compared to legacy airlines like Qantas and Virgin. How is this possible? Flying is expensive! The simple answer is that budget airlines simplify as many costs as possible.
Apple, like many other companies, is infamous for funelling money through its European headquarters in Ireland and benefitting from a lower tax rate. Well, Italy's had enough of it, and Apple just agreed to pay the boot-shaped country $US348 million in back taxes. Tim Cook must be pissed.
I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I'm in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month's tragic shooting.
The internet is a global network. That means if one part of the world decides to start pulling the wrong levers, we could be dealing with the consequences. And the European parliament just pulled a very big lever by voting down amendments to net neutrality rules that include dangerous loopholes.