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We’ve been watching Elon Musk’s new satellite-based internet service with interest.  SpaceX opened it up to more people last night, and if you are working remotely and live in an area where high speed internet isn’t available to you, you might want to get signed up.  People that sign up now are supposed to receive their equipment later this year.  Speeds are up to 150mb/sec with latency in the 40ms range, which is better than old DSL lines and most cellular-based services.

It is not a mobile solution – it is not intended for use while traveling, unfortunately.  Service is locked to the general area around the address you provide when signing up.  The satellite dish automatically aims itself, so installation is relatively straightforward.  Pre-orders are $99 (refundable), the equipment is $500, service is $99/mo, and you can sign up at  

This is an option for people who can’t get fast service over fiber or cable – perhaps those still limited to old copper lines.  Read more...

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Apr 1, 2020 

Portland, OR. – for immediate release 

In response to an uptick in demand for customers to work from home, SpireTech has developed some new technology to rapidly move legacy servers to the cloud.  For a quick demonstration video, please see our YouTube Channel: 

PS – This is meant to add a laugh to everyone’s day – even April fool’s day is not quite the same this year! Be safe, and let us know if we can be helpful to you.

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Small businesses can use AI to improve their bottom line

Chatbots cut business costs by $20 million last year. By 2022, that savings is expected to jump to $8 billion.[1] That’s an increase of about 75% in five years. Artificial intelligence (AI) allows customers to ask questions, compare products and pricing, and make purchases, without speaking to a sales representative. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2020, customers will manage 85% of their enterprise relationships without interacting with a human. Not only does this empower consumers, but it saves your business time and money with fewer personnel on the payroll.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

To understand what AI means today, it helps to go back in time. In the mid-19th century, when a person carried out a task that required thinking, problem solving, planning, learning, or reasoning, it was said that they had to “apply intelligence” to accomplish the job.  Read more...

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Robots as a service providers let customers use robots without spending the money to buy them.

Robotic systems can offer businesses a great many benefits: reducing costs, increasing productivity and freeing up humans to do less repetitive, more interesting tasks. But for many small to medium-sized businesses, buying, installing and maintaining them can also be quite pricey, especially if it means throwing out and revamping existing production systems.

That’s where “robots as a service”(RaaS) comes into play. Recently, a growing number of companies have started offering customers the option of leasing or renting robotic systems either by the hour or with a monthly subscription, instead of purchasing and installing them on their own.

The advantages are similar to outsourcing, according to Frank Tobe, editor of The Robot Report. On the one hand, customers don’t have to bear the cost of installing robots.  Read more...

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Ever think you’d need an olfactory alarm clock? With all the technological advances we’ve seen this year (e.g., reusable rockets, 2D materials, DIY super batteries), there were also some weird and wonderful items that found their way into our world. From coffee alarm clocks to window-cleaning robots, here are a few gadgets that spiced up our lives this year.

Wake up to the power of scent

When’s the last time your alarm clock woke you up pleasantly? Unlike traditional alarms that jolt you out of bed with loud sirens or vibrations, the Sensorwake olfactory alarm clock gently rouses you with pleasant aromas like espresso, peppermint, chocolate—even croissant. This clever contraption works by using dry-air diffusion, much like a plug-in air freshener. Each scent cartridge is 100% recyclable and lasts for 30 “awakenings.” The alarm clock should be able to wake you up within two minutes.  Read more...

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As you may have heard, 3D printers are going beyond the simple plastic creations we’re already familiar with. Way beyond. Scientists, engineers, doctors and creative makers are developing printers for advancements in health care, city planning and space travel. Oh, and now you can print sneakers and pizza, too. Here’s a roundup of the latest and greatest developments in the 3D printing world.

Medical treatments

A variety of 3D printing techniques are being used to create more customized medical care and treatment plans for patients.

  • The FDA has approved the first 3D-printed drug: Spiritam, which controls seizures brought on by epilepsy. The pill utilizes 3D printing to create a more porous structure that dissolves faster and allows patients to swallow high doses more quickly. It has opened the doors for additional 3D-printed drugs that can be packaged in precise doses that are custom-tailored to each patient.

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ipv6Are you ready for IPv6? With the Internet running out of IPv4 addresses, the time is now, ready or not. What is it and what do you have to do to make the transition.

2015 will go down in history as the year the Internet ran out of addresses. Again. Maybe. A little history is in order.

Long, long ago on a planet far, far away, which for our purposes means October, 1969, a message was sent from UCLA’s Network Measurement Center to the Stanford Research Institute. With this single connection between two hosts, the ARPANET was born. The rest, as they say, is history.

But all is not well in Internet land. On September 24, 2015, the American Registry for Internet Numbers announced it had no more assignable blocks of IPv4 addresses to hand out. It was the fourth of the five regional Internet registries to reach that state; Latin America and the Caribbean did so in June, 2014, Europe and the Middle East in September, 2012, and Asia-Pacific in April, 2011.  Read more...

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From the trucking industry to Uber, the automotive industry is alive with talk about letting robots take the wheel.


There’s a scene missing from all those flash auto ads parading across our screens. You get the open roads, the panoramic curves, the grip of tire on tarmac. But you don’t get to see the stressed driver trying to squeeze their shiny vehicle into a tight parking spot.

No surprise: parking is the part of driving that even the most hardened petrolhead detests. But if you lay your hands on a Tesla then you need not worry about it any longer. In January, the Californian carmaker announced a feature calledSummon, which allows the car to park itself.

Fully driverless cars are fast becoming a reality.The application comes on top of an already extensive array of autopilot features, including automatic steering, speed, and lane changing.  Read more...

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As 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to take a look at some of the innovative tech primed to make a splash in the New Year. While some of these tech trends have already begun to garner attention, what will really launch them into the public consciousness is the way each seeks to rewrite the rules for its industry in order to do something new—from improving bad cell phone reception to reinventing 3D printing for a new generation of businesses.

Multi-cell networks

Wireless providers traditionally operate in siloes. They have their own plans, their own defined networks, and sometimes even their own phones. As a result, reception in different locations can be inconsistent from network to network—as is evident in wireless providers’ coverage maps. Multi-cell networks seek to solve that problem by overlapping two or more networks to create a “network of networks”.  Read more...

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With things like Bluetooth, sensors, cameras and even satellite radio becoming commonplace in today’s modern car, our vehicles are already ultra connected. But what if cars themselves were connected to each other? That’s the idea behind technology referred to as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication.

The new technologies would enable cars to send drivers alerts for such things as a chain-reaction collision a few cars up the road, someone about to drive through a red light, braking vehicles ahead and vehicles in blind spots—real-time, anonymous, information about other cars and the environment around them.

Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced $42 million in federal money to pilot the next-generation technologies, specifically in three locations:  New York City, Wyoming and Tampa, Fl. Quoting U.S Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox from the DOT press release, “Through these types of smart investments, we are opening the door to a safer and cleaner network, and expanding how future generations will travel.”  Read more...

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