#MobileMonday: Technological advances sprout in the Amazon while Google fights fake news

By Joe Hewitson

Have you ever wondered how hard it is to stream Netflix in the Amazon rain forest? Well, if the Brazilian army has its way, technological advances in the area may just make it faster than you think. Read all about their plans, along with Google’s fake news alerts and the decline of the data center as we know it in this week’s #MobileMonday.

Google to share fake news alerts with search results

Fake news has quickly become the scourge of the web. The phenomena recently made waves as less-than-legitimate news sources sprouted equally questionable material through prominent social media outlets. Not to stand idly by, Google has joined the crackdown with a new system for labeling fake news in its search results.

Google’s fact-checking campaign will rely on content publishers to conform with Schema.org’s ClaimReview markup for proper labeling. Content from sources that use ClaimReview or integrate the “Share the Facts” widget (created in partnership with Google’s own Jigsaw group) will then be “algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information.”

Data center numbers shrinking due to cloud storage

Is it better to own or rent? It’s a question we all ask ourselves when it comes to cars, homes and now servers. A new report shows that the number of data centers is shrinking as enterprises are increasingly turning to cloud solutions for their storage needs.

In 2015, the report claims, the number of data centers climbed to 8.55 million worldwide. However, it’s never reached that peak since. In fact, by 2021, that figure is predicted to fall to 7.2 million, a 15 percent decrease.

If anything, this news reveals a paradigm shift in the way enterprise IT operates. Instead of building out massive data centers to facilitate company growth, these organizations are now turning to the cloud for efficient scaling.

Amazon rain forest connection project gets green light

The Amazon rain forest, with lush tropical fauna and exotic wildlife, has proven surprisingly resistant to technological advances. The Brazilian army hopes to bring high-speed internet to some 52 municipalities currently calling the jungle home.

Despite a lack of funding, the project is forging ahead, with a plan to connect nearly 8,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cable by the end of April. As it stands now, the army has only $9.5 million to $12 million of the required $22 million to finish the entire project.

Tune in next week for more #MobileMonday news!

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Joe Hewitson

IT Developer, Total Benchmark Solution

With a degree in Applied Computing Technology and over a decade of service in the IT and Software Development industries, Joe Hewitson has acquired a keen ability to write about emerging technologies and the impact they have on a wide range of industries. Accompanying his love for…

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