Google is in the early stages of another Google Fiber expansion that could potentially triple the number of cities with access to the ultra-high-speed Internet service. In a blog post Wednesday, Milo Medin, VP of Google Access Services, named the Atlanta, Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham metropolitan areas, and the 34 cities that they contain, as targets. Through 2014, Google will work with these cities to see if the fiber integration is feasible. We’re going to work on a detailed study of local factors that could affect construction, like topography (e.g., hills, flood zones), housing density and the condition of local infrastructure. Meanwhile, cities will complete a checklist of items that will help them get ready for a project of this scale and speed. For example, they’ll provide us with maps of existing conduit, water, gas and electricity lines so that we can plan where to place fiber. Medin admits … [Read more...] about Google Fiber Wants To Expand Into 34 New Cities
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Nikita Rau is a high school senior and, at this moment, drinking applekiwi-strawberry juice out of a plastic cup. We’re in the cafeteria of Bronx High School of Science, in New York. The noise level is high–too high for older ears–but the kids seem excited. Or maybe frenzied would be a better word. advertisement advertisement It’s around 3:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the new school year, otherwise known as club-fair day. Sipping her juice, Rau moves to straighten a pile of brochures for XX Hackers, the computer-coding club she started last year. The group is modeled on Girls Who Code (hence the XX), the tech-friendly startup summer program that got Rau excited about computer science in the first place. A skeptical-looking girl approaches, and Rau launches into her pitch. When Rau wants something, or wants to convince somebody of something, the intensity of her focus is almost intimidating. Five-foot-four with long limbs and wavy hair pulled into a … [Read more...] about A Girl Who Codes
The U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned an existing ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus smartphone. It is the second ruling this month to find in favor of the Korean technology nabob in its ongoing war with Apple, stating that California’s district court had “abused its discretion in entering an injunction.” Last week a judge lifted the injunction on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The firm is pushing for a retrial after the original verdict in San Jose, where Apple was awarded just over a billion dollars in damages over what it saw as copyright infringement by Samsung. Apple, who yesterday won a delay on a sales ban on some of its products in South Korea, can, however, take some comfort from the fact that it has stolen one of its rival’s most prominent chip designers. Jim Mergard is swapping Austin, where Samsung’s chip team resides–and where Apple’s chips are manufactured, ironically enough–for a parking space at Cupertino. … [Read more...] about Samsung Wins Latest Round In Its Patent Spat With Apple
One of the most well-known employees at the Orchard Supply Hardware store in downtown San Jose, California, is a 5-foot-tall autonomous robot. OSHbot, as he’s called, just recently celebrated his one-year anniversary at the store, which is owned by Lowe’s. His job is twofold: to help customers find items they need, and help store managers with inventory tracking. When I approached OSHbot, his facial-recognition technology identified me as a human customer and he cordially introduced himself. “Hi, I’m OSHbot,” he said in a monotone voice. “I can help you find things in the store. What are you looking for?” advertisement advertisement Technically I wasn’t looking for anything, but for the sake of research, I made something up. “LED lights,” I declared. On a screen, a list of LED bulbs appeared. I scanned and picked one at random. A map of the store appeared on the screen, with a green dot indicating our current … [Read more...] about What The Lowe’s Robot Will Do For You–And The Future Of Retail
photograph by Nigel Parry advertisement Not content with bringing socialism to its boardroom, Flip cams to the family room, and comedic product placements to the nation’s TV screens, Cisco has just unveiled a set of Web-based communication products that could put the San Jose company into direct competition with both Google and Microsoft. Its entry into two new markets–hosted email and enterprise social software–is, says Cisco, part of a push to make business more people-centric than document-centric. This move signals a major shift for a company that is best known as the Internet’s plumber (the Internet’s backbone if you prefer). Along with a cloud-based mail system, WebEx Mail, the company is introducing a social video system, called Cisco Show and Share. According to the PR blurb, it “helps organizations create and manage highly secure video communities to share ideas and expertise, optimize global video collaboration, and personalize the … [Read more...] about Cisco’s Collaboration Platform: Facebook for Business?