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The analysts estimate the reactor may be one-to-two months away from restarting but note that a supply of fresh fuel rods is needed for North Korea to resume production of plutonium for bombs. It’s not clear if North Korea has a sufficient supply of fuel rods.

Silicon Valley-based startup, Skybox, is developing a system of imaging satellites to provide real-time information about activity on Earth. Real-time access to data can be used to upend industries, transform economies, and predict the future. Having raised $91 million, Skybox wants to launch numerous microsatellites into space to provide high-resolution images of any spot on Earth, multiple times per day. The website lists services that can be provided to 15 industries ranging from aid emergency responses for relief efforts to species monitoring.

Remember how dazzled we were when Google Earth first let us explore one high-definition image of the planet?… Many of the most economically and environmentally significant actions that individuals and businesses carry out every day, from shipping goods to shopping at big-box retail outlets to cutting down trees to turning out our lights at night, register in one way or another on images taken from space. While Big Data companies scour the Internet and transaction records and other online sources to glean insight into consumer behavior and economic production around the world, an almost entirely untapped source of data – information that companies and governments sometimes try to keep secret – is hanging in the air right above us.

The company has mentioned that the beta version of the Maps is specifically designed for smartphones without GPS, but is in a starting stage. Though there is no information on when would the Maps be taken out of the beta phase, Nokia has assured to soon update the public transit lines and satellite images in the beta version, and improve the overall experience over a period of time.

DMCii specialises in the fast delivery of images for time-critical applications such as monitoring crop growth and monitoring disasters where imagery has a shelf life of about 24 hours, after which it ceases to be useful. Operating a multi-satellite constellation means that DMCii has more ‘eyes in the sky’, acquiring huge volumes of data every day. The company has already increased the speed of delivery with its direct downlink service that downlinks data directly to the user, and is planning an ‘always on’ service will cut delivery times for satellite imaging by continuously imaging the Earth without the need to command the satellite and wait for the image to be acquired.

Nokia Asha 501 is the first and the only phone to run on the new Asha platform, which features a revamped user interface and comes with a number of new feature additions. The initiative of bringing Here maps will be an attraction to its users, and might also push the phone’s sales in the market.

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