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Who Else is Joining Google on the Magic Leap adventure


(Oct-2014) Remember Magic Leap, the secretive “augmented reality” company, raising some $500 million from Google and others?

It’s a story that seems so preposterous, even by the bubbliest standards of tech investing  — a Florida-based company, run by an eccentric CEO, who promises he can deliver mind-blowing “cinematic reality” and is raising a giant funding round without unveiling a single product — that it’s tempting to dismiss it as a mirage.

But Magic Leap is real. And it is really getting huge checks from tech and media companies. And we gather that it will be showing itself off to the public soon.

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Retelit joins AAE-1 undersea cable consortium


(ROME Sep 2014) Italian telecoms infrastructure provider Retelit has joined the international consortium of international operators planning to build the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system which is scheduled to be completed in 2016.

The 25,000-kilometre undersea cable network will connect Hong Kong, Djibouti, UAE, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France with 100 Gbps technology and a 40 Tbps capacity. A landing station based in Bari will be the final inclusion in this system and will provide Retelit to the connectivity they need for Italy to the rest of Europe. Not surprisingly this will involve substantial investment from Retelit and will help expand the company’s fibre optic network in Italy and to European hubs such as Frankfurt, Marseille and London.

The AAE-1 system will be the first major high capacity submarine cable for a generation and it will link all major regional hubs in South Asia hubs to Africa and Europe.

(Sources: Telecoms News)

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World’s top universities 2014 according to Times Higher Education


The California Institute for Technology has been named the world’s best institution for the fourth consecutive year. How do other universities compare?

The California Institute for Technology (Caltech) has been named the world’s best institution for the fourth consecutive year in the Times Higher Education’s annual league table.

Harvard and Oxford follow in second and third place respectively. Stanford has retained its fourth place position while the University of Cambridge has climbed two places to fifth and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has dropped one place to sixth on the rankings.

Princeton University is up one place and the University of California, Berkeley remains eighth on the list, while Imperial College London and Yale now share ninth place.

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SME ICT services revenue will increase in the next 5 years

SME in emerging markets will become more analogous with those in developed markets during the next 5 years; they will rely much more on Internet connectivity, and will demand better and more-affordable options for both fixed and mobile broadband.

Analysys Mason’s recently published report ICT services for SMEs worldwide: forecasts and analysis 2013–2018 provides a 5-year forecast of ARPU, connections and revenue for ICT services for small and medium-sized enterprises. Our forecast shows that emerging markets will account for 47.6% of worldwide revenue in 2018, an increase from 44.4% in 2013. Total revenue will increase in both emerging and developed markets, but the CAGR increase in emerging markets (3.8%) will be greater than in developed regions (1.1%).

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