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13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Burger King teases mysterious PS5 collaboration with PlayStation

  • Burger King tweeted a video of its mascot opening a paper food bag – and the contents played what could be the new PlayStation 5 start-up noise.
  • The bag shone a blue light into the Burger King’s face that looked similar to the blue glow PlayStation consoles emit.
  • The video teased more details on October 15.
  • Twitter users joked that the chain could be launching its own video games. It could also be a teaser for an upcoming competition, some said.
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Burger King teased a mysterious tie-up with PlayStation in a cryptic tweet, ahead of an apparent official announcement on Thursday, October 15.

Burger King tweeted a video of its mascot opening one of the fast food chain’s paper bags. The contents of the bag shone a blue light into the King’s face, not unlike the glow PlayStation consoles emit.

The bag also played a short sound as soon as the bag was opened, leading to speculation this could be the upcoming PlayStation 5 (PS5) console’s start-up sound.

The sound was previously heard at the official PS5 reveal event, per IGN.

Burger King captioned the Tweet: “do Whopper sandwiches normally do this?” It was immediately retweeted by PlayStation, whose retweet now has more than 50,000 likes.

As The Burger King walked off screen, “10/15” flashed up.

One Twitter user joked that PlayStation may be selling the PS5 for the price of a Whopper.

Others suggested that Burger King may be reviving King Games. The fast food outlet launched a series of three Xbox games in 2006 which have since gained cult status.

The October 15 date could also just be a teaser for a competition to win a console by buying food from Burger King, others have pointed

11
Oct
2020
Posted in internet

Washington state’s broadband guru on an internet moonshot and being a metaphorical prom king

Russ Elliott in his man-cave COVID-19 workspace. (Photo courtesy of Russ Elliott)

When a buddy of Russ Elliott‘s asked if he’d join him in starting a telecom company, he flat out said no. While his friend had been a great help building a website he needed, the venture didn’t have any financial backing and Elliott wasn’t versed in internet connectivity.

But when his friend took the unusual step of sending him a motivational postcard — something with an iceberg and a corny message about not knowing what’s out there unless you took a risk — it played on his mind. Elliott had an MBA. He had drive. He decided to embrace the inspirational cliché.

With that, some 20 years ago Elliott helped launch what became a successful business in Colorado called Brainstorm Internet, serving as its president for 13 years.

“We were nimble and quick and had smart people on our team and started DSL in our area,” Elliott said. They applied scrappy, creative solutions to deliver connectivity to rural areas in parts of Colorado and New Mexico.

 It certainly is a moonshot, but it is not unattainable.

There were other ventures mixed in, but the job with Brainstorm Internet wound up prepping him for his current role as the first director of the recently created Washington State Broadband Office, an organization within the state’s Department of Commerce. Elliott has the challenge of providing high-speed internet connectivity — 150 megabits per second for both downloading and uploading data — to all residents and businesses in the state by 2028.

“That really does set us on a different path. It is the most aggressive goal in the country today,” Elliott said. “It certainly is a moonshot, but it is not unattainable.”

He estimates that half of Washington’s population currently lacks fast,