1. Netflix Drains up to 40% of the Global Bandwidth
Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, has certainly revolutionized the streaming media industry. Recent analysis has revealed that Netflix consumes 15% of the market of global internet traffic. Despite the fact that they compress their content and work effectively to optimize, there are no other services that come close to putting this strain on our internet plumbing. According to one source, during peak watching times, a number closer to 40% would be more accurate when describing Netflix’s share of internet traffic at that given time.
2. Boston to New York Hyperflight
On a regular basis, a flight from Boston to New York takes about three hours travel time, considering travel to the airport, taxiing (before and after) and ground transportation to the heart of downtown. Factoring in unexpected delays from traffic, you will have total transport time upwards of four hours. Boston-based aviation company, Transcend Air, has recently made a prototype of an aircraft that will transport you on time to the city in a total of 36 minutes. Like a helicopter, the idea is to take off and land vertically, eliminating the need for runways and extra space. While the company is still working out the kinks, anticipated release is 2024.
3. Juul Surprise Inspection
Forget traditional cigarettes, that trend has been on the decline in recent years. The “new now” is Juul, an e-cigarette option targeted toward millennials. Last week, the FDA agency surprised the San Francisco-based company with an inspection visit. Products such as Juul are controversial because they contain higher levels of nicotine than regular cigarettes and e-cigarettes. According to certain reports, usage in high schools is at an all time high of 75%. It’s too soon to tell what outcomes resulted from the visit, but it is clear that the FDA and other government-related agencies are doing their best to combat this overuse.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)