UN chief appeals for global solidarity at General Assembly, warns coronavirus is ‘dress rehearsal’ for challenges ahead

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 (APP): UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday appealed for global solidarity to overcome coronavirus, and again call for a global ceasefire during the pandemic, by the end of the year.

In his centerpiece address to the historic 75th session of the UN General Assembly, Guterres characterized the pandemic from the podium as “not only a wake-up call” but “a dress rehearsal” for challenges to come.

“In an interconnected world, it is high time to recognize a simple truth: solidarity is self-interest. If we fail to grasp that fact, everyone loses”, he said, delivering his annual report on the work of the Organization in a largely empty hall of the 193-member Assembly where social distancing was maintained because of the ongoing pandemic.

The Secretary-General underscored the need for solidarity at this moment, particularly as countries least capable to address COVID-19 have received far too little assistance. He

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Smart Home Market Worth $144 Billion by 2025| Growing Significance of Internet of Things (IoT) to Promote the market

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Sep 16, 2020 (Heraldkeepers) —
Smart home is a suitable home system where appliances and devices can be controlled remotely from any internet-connected place in the world using a smartphone or any other networked devices. The smart home system requires an interface application or web portal to interact with the automated system. The growth of the smart homes market is primarily driven by factors, such as perpetually growing internet users, increased adoption of smart devices, awareness of fit and healthy lifestyles, and rising sense of home safety and security.

Rapid proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) has certainly encouraged the concept of using smart devices across different end-use sectors including residential, industrial, and commercial sectors from past few years. However, the concept of smart home is not just a technological wave topass without making much impact on

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Colorado spending $2M to provide internet access to students | Govt-and-politics

DENVER (AP) — Colorado will spend $2 million in federal pandemic relief funding to provide internet access to students who lack service as part of an overall effort to close the digital divide in both rural and urban parts of the state as the pandemic has forced many to rely on online learning.

State education commissioner Kathy Anthes announced the plan on Wednesday, joined by Gov. Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser. School districts will be able to apply for grants to pay for hotspots to provide internet access to households as well as things like mobile hotspot trucks that may work better in rural areas, she said.

“Broadband access is now an essential school supply. It’s a non negotiable,” she said at the Fort Logan Northgate School in the Sheridan School District 2 in Denver.

Weiser also announced that T-Mobile would provide up to 34,000 low-income student households

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Internet of Things Platform Market Analysis, Evolving Opportunities Studied For The Period Until 2023 | Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

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Sep 02, 2020 (AmericaNewsHour) —
IoT is a multi-layer technology that manages, processes, and transfers information through connected devices with the help of the Internet. It can provide connectivity to various IoT-compatible hardware devices such as mobiles, laptops, wearable fitness devices, industrial control systems, automotive telematics units, and drone units. The hardware components in the environment are connected to the cloud through flexible connectivity options, data processing components, and secure network.The global Internet of Things platform market is expected to reach approximately USD 74.74 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 28.5% during the forecast period.

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The market has been divided into various segments based on platform, deployment, application, and end-user. By platform, the market has been segmented into connectivity/ M2M platform, IaaS backend, hardware-specific software platforms, consumer/enterprise software extensions.

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Colorado schools get $2 million to support internet access

The state also partnered with T-Mobile to provide 34,000 WiFi hotspots and up to 100 gigabytes of data a year to low-income families who qualify.

DENVER, Colorado — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that $2 million from the CARES Act will be sent to districts to address the 65,000 students the state’s Department of Education (CDE) estimates who don’t have access to internet at home.

“They’re more likely to disengage and they’re more likely to fall behind,” Polis said at a news conference at the Sheridan School District.

While low COVID-19 cases in the state will push more students back into the classroom, families have to be prepared to go remote. Some won’t want to send students back right away and others might have no choice if a school experiences a virus outbreak.

The state also partnered with T-Mobile to provide 34,000 WiFi hotspots and up to 100 gigabytes

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Thousands still without internet 3 weeks after derecho

Mitchell Levin hadn’t missed making a daily blog post in 16 years before the Aug. 10 derecho blew a tree down on his roof and knocked out his internet service.

Now, three weeks later, Levin still hasn’t been able to update the “This Day … In Jewish History” blog or write a monthly column he contributes to an Israeli magazine because Mediacom hasn’t been able to get a technician out to restore services, he said.

Still, Mediacom’s automatic bill-paying service withdrew money from his account Saturday.

“I do not know what to do to get anybody to move anything along,” said Levin, 75. “I’m paying for this. There’s nobody to appeal to.”

Frustrations are growing in the Corridor about delays in restoring internet service now three weeks after the Aug. 10 storm, especially with students doing remote learning and many employees still working from home because of COVID-19. Several customers

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Viasat, BCN Sign Agreement; Enables Multi-Location Businesses to Have Reliable Connectivity using Viasat Satellite Internet

CARLSBAD Calif., Sept. 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), a global communications company, today announced it signed a reseller agreement with BCN, a technology solutions provider specializing in meeting the requirements of multi-location clients. This agreement will expand BCN’s connectivity portfolio by providing multi-location businesses the option to purchase Viasat’s proven business internet services as part of a total BCN solution.

BCN serves thousands of business customers throughout North America with enterprise-wide communication technology solutions using the latest in voice, data, cloud, and wireless services and technologies. Viasat will be the first and only satellite internet partner in BCN’s portfolio, helping BCN fill in coverage gaps for businesses that have locations lacking high-speed connectivity. BCN will also leverage Viasat business internet as a backup connection for multi-site customers who require high-availability networks and cannot afford downtime.

The Viasat business internet service reaches 96% of the U.S. population,

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Shares His Rules For Social Media And The Internet Loves It

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a message for internet skeptics and all those “didn’t happen” naysayers out there.

Arnold Schwarzenegger et al. taking a selfie: Arnold Schwarzenegger attends during a press conference for 'Terminator: Dark Fate' on October 21, 2019, in Seoul, South Korea. Schwarzenegger advised his followers on social media to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger attends during a press conference for ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ on October 21, 2019, in Seoul, South Korea. Schwarzenegger advised his followers on social media to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak.

“Not believing anything you read is just as lazy and dumb as believing anything you read,” the Hollywood actor said on Reddit after a spat about a Terminator pipe broke out—bear with us.

A Schwarzenegger fan honored his idol this week by carving a pipe into the likeness of the Terminator himself.

The 73-year-old action star found out about the one-of-a-kind piece on Reddit, where the artist under the username RadonLab posted a photo of it.

Schwarzenegger himself responded to the artist asking to buy the pipe, saying: “Wow. This is fantastic. It is beautiful. Would you

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Closing NV Schools ‘Digital Divide’ Means Better Internet Access

This is the fourth in a series of stories examining how school districts around the country are coping with the coronavirus pandemic. You can read the whole series here.

By Jackie Valley and Jazmin Orozco/The Nevada Independent

On weekdays in the spring, Angela McVicars began her mornings as a pseudo-information technology specialist. She would log onto the internet, rousing the connection from its slumber, and try to solve any problems before the clock struck 9 a.m.

That’s when her oldest daughter logged onto Zoom for a virtual class. A half hour later, her younger daughter did the same.

Even if McVicars had successfully launched the internet, a sense of foreboding clouded their remote learning. They knew it was a matter of when, not if, the internet connection would suddenly freeze and require a manual reboot — a process that could take a handful of minutes or close to an hour

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Pennsylvania Senate Passes Internet Expansion Bill

(TNS) — The rural internet expansion bill, sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr., R-Richland Township, was passed by the Pennsylvania Senate Tuesday.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into view what we in rural Pennsylvania have known for some time – broadband is essential to connectivity, education, safety and productivity,” Langerholc said in a release.

“The time is now to ensure all state residents are afforded the same opportunities.”

Senate Bill 835 creates a government grant program for high-speed broadband internet providers to expand into rural areas of the state that don’t already have access to reliable networks.

High-speed boradband is defined as 25 megabits-per-second download speeds and three megabits-per-second upload.

Those companies are responsible for 20% of the funding for any project, and that portion cannot include other state or federal grants, according to the bill.

Any unused amount of the grant must be returned to the authority after

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