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Gogo migrates to AWS, eyes real-time data processing

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In-flight WiFi provider Gogo is shedding its data centers and migrating its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. Gogo said the total cloud migration will allow the company to scale all aspects of its business, from the number of airlines it can support to how fast it can process stream data. 

The majority of Gogo’s infrastructure migration is already completed, the company said, with all business-critical databases, including payments, orders, user management, and backend services, shifting from Oracle databases to Amazon Aurora. Gogo said its last data center was shut down two weeks ago and that it’s already using a bevy of AWS services, including analytics, serverless, database, and storage.

“Our AWS story is tightly aligned with our business trajectory,” said Ravi Balwada, SVP of software development at Gogo. “We have been consuming AWS products for commercial offerings for three years. Over the last 12 months we accelerated our migration to AWS. The reason and the timing are in lock step with how business is growing.” 

In addition to providing in-flight entertainment and WiFi service to passengers, Gogo also gathers information about passengers using its services, applies analytics to the data, and churns out insights that help airlines improve experiences. But as in-flight connectivity improves — largely through Gogo’s 2Ku technology, which hit peak antenna speeds of 70 Mbps — Gogo said airlines are increasingly eager to leverage that connectivity to manage ancillary systems on planes and bolster safety and maintenance operations.  

“We provide link in the chain that allows for a richer volume to be transmitted and AWS allows us to have a secure landing spot for that data, to do edge processing, and to have systems that can handle the volatility of our needs and take advantage of serverless technology,” said Balwada. 

On the security side, Balwada said Gogo is also using the migration as a way to improve security and understand consumer behaviors.  

“We are rigorous about making sure only authorized, recognized devices can connect to the internet,” he said. “To do that we have built controls and have required us to enhance our security analytics platform, not only for ground systems but those on the aircraft.”

Looking ahead, Gogo is hoping to leverage the AWS migration to process data streams in near real time — a feat the company expects will open new business and growth opportunities as connectivity continues to improve.

“We are heavily focused on the data and being able to process the streams of information coming from an aircraft and having those available for the first time for businesses on the ground,” said Balwada. 

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The 12 Cheapest Productions Cars Ever Made

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Nobody said that a cheap car must be a terrible one, and the Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle is proof. Created before WWII and put into production under British management after the war, the VW Beetle went on to be one of the best-selling cars of all time, according to Autoweek. They are basic, small, and austere, but dependable, capable, and enjoyable cars to many.

The genesis of the car was in the idea of producing a “people’s car” for the German public, something the average German could afford to buy and use on the newly laid Autobahn highways. With plans interrupted by the war, German industry had been decimated and also needed economic activity to rebuild. Volkswagen commenced production to get its people behind the wheel, but also exported the cars to increase much-needed trade, and it became a success (via Hemmings).

In developed markets where the VW sold, it was often the cheapest car available. Thanks to its simple design and robust engine, people took millions of them home, even creating subcultures of fanatical drivers, and it continued to be made in 2003 in Mexico.

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Elon Musk Made This Video Game When He Was 12 Years Old. Here’s How You Can Play It

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In 1995, Musk was on his second day at Stanford University when he and his brother abruptly dropped out, dove into Silicon Valley’s emerging Internet boom, and started Zip2. This company provided city travel guide information to prominent online newspapers. Four years later, Compaq Computer Corporation bought that company for $307 million in cold hard cash and another $34 million worth of stock options (via Biography).

He immediately took that money and co-founded the online bank X.com, which later consolidated with Confinity to become PayPal (via Business Insider). In 2002, eBay bought PayPal for $1.5 billion. Musk pocketed around $175 million from that venture, turned around, and created SpaceX. See the pattern?

Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1971. When he was young, his parents feared that he had a hearing problem (via Biography), but it wasn’t that he was intentionally ignoring them. Instead, he was getting so utterly wrapped up and focused on his own thoughts that he wasn’t aware they were calling out to him. He was later diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder known as Asperger’s syndrome. Symptoms include not responding to their name and obsessive interest in certain subjects, both of which were present in Musk.

In 1979, when Elon was around eight years old, his parents divorced. He and his siblings went to live with his mother because, according to Musk, his father was a “terrible human being.” However, he also calls his dad a “brilliant engineer,” and believes he got his computer and engineering skills from him.

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The Best Cyber Monday Laptop Deals 2022

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The ASUS TUF Gaming F15 laptop was awarded as one of our preferred affordable gaming laptops of 2022, and Cyber Monday deals from Best Buy slash the price even further. Through the online retailer, this ASUS model falls from $1,079.99 to $699.99. Something about the removal of the comma makes anything seem like a much more reasonable investment! Another ASUS deal at Best Buy brings us the ROG Zephyrus 144Hz 14-inch gaming laptop with 16 gigabytes of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics chip for $500 off — that’s $899.99 rather than $1,399.99.

Directly through Lenovo, there are a few some impressive laptop deals. You can save a whopping $2,010.00 on the ThinkPad T14s Gen 2 14-inch in storm gray color for a grand total of $849. There’s over $2,200 to be saved on the same model,  but in black. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 6 14-inch is 65% off — that pitches the price by $2,350.00 to $1,259.00.

Target’s only Cyber Monday specific deal is for the HP Victus 15.6-inch 144Hz gaming laptop, which was originally listed for $829.99 but has fallen to $589.99. That’s another gaming laptop that earned a spot on our best affordable gaming laptop rank. However, there are a number of unspecified sales and clearance deals that slash laptop prices by as much as $500 at Target, such as the Acer Aspire 3 15.6-inch laptop with 8 gigabytes of RAM for $249.99. 

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