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Google Fiber shows speeds 100 times faster than regular a cable Internet,has Free broadband plan too

(CBS/AP) Google unveiled its long-awaited, ultra-fast Internet service in Kansas City Thursday for an affordable price of $70 per month.

The service is intended as a showcase for what's technically possible. Bypassing the local cable and phone companies, Google has spent months and an unknown amount of money pulling its own optical fiber through the two-state Kansas City region.

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(an Internet speed test shows that Google Fiber clocks in at over 900 megabits per second versus an average broadband connection, which gets about 5 megabits per second in this demonstration.)

more here
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57480836-501465/google-fiber-shows-speeds-100-times-faster-than-regular-a-cable-internet/




Google just kicked its Google Fiber efforts into overdrive. The company's Kansas City effort is getting a full launch and now includes Google Fiber TV -- a "real" TV service with recognizable channels and its own, fully searchable interface that mixes DVR results with Netflix and YouTube. As many as 500 shows can be stored in full 1080p HD, and several TVs within the home can tune in at the same time.. Not surprisingly, there's also a major mobile component taking advantage of that 1Gbps fiber link, as users will have the option of browsing, sharing and eventually watching live TV directly from tablet apps. The company is also promising an ever-evolving service that includes Google+ video hangouts. For hardware, Google has its own dedicated Network Box with a four-port gigabit Ethernet router and 802.11n WiFi, a TV Box with live viewing and a WiFi access point as well as a Storage Box DVR with 2TB of data and the ability to record eight shows at once. Your remote control? A free, bundled Nexus 7 tablet, naturally.

The overall service will come with 1TB of Google Drive space, although it's expensive to get started: there's a $300 "construction fee" (currently being waived) to wire a home for the fiber optics. Three packages will be on offer, starting with a Gigabit + TV package that includes the essentials, all major channels and "hundreds" of fiber channels (plus on-demand content) for $120 a month. Skip traditional TV and it costs $70 a month -- and if you're a local resident willing to pony up the construction free, you can get 5Mbps internet access for free for "at least" seven years. Key institutions are getting the full gigabit access for free, as well. Only small slices of Kansas City in both Missouri and Kansas state should have access at first, but Google is conducting a six-week "rally" where the most people paying a $10 pre-registration fee dictate where Google Fiber goes next. Now if only other cities would go the same route.

http://www.engadget.com/2012/07/26/google-fiber-gets-formal-launch-adds-google-fiber-tv/#disqus_thread



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I love this. The ISP's are now charging insane prices for internet/cable tv.


In the bay area Comcast charges about 70$ for 25Mb/s internet(with like 1MB/s upload). For cable tv +internet the price goes up above 100 (around 130).Other ISP's Cable providers do the same, even though storage and internet service costs have dropped exponentially over the years.

I cant wait for Google Fiber to spread to other states/cities. I would guess that they would provide this first to areas with denser populations, like East Coast cities, and the bigger cities on the west coast before moving out to the rural areas.

And the best option? Free internet of 5mb/s speed for 7 years(after construction cost of 300) at least. Believe me...5Mb/s is more than enough for most people!

Additional benefits i can see

Free 1Tb cloud storage for those to sign up for tv
Free Set top box with 2TB storage at home.
Free Nexus 7 Tablet for them, which doubles as wireless remote.
Free DVR capability with the ability to record 8 shows at once

And full 1080p streaming video (not the 720p streaming others provide)


The only winner I see in this is the consumer. If this service comes to my city I'm switching for sure (for example, businesses that need high speed internet have to pay 299$ per month for Comcast for its 300mb/s speeds...Google fiber would provide 3 times the speed for 1/4rth the cost). ISP's have been pretty much ripping the consumers off with their insane prices for internet/Cable tv.

Remember when Gmail first came out? till then Yahoo and Hotmail were giving only pretty low storage...and soon they all raised the storage allocations to match. Unless there is some challenger who is going to drastically change the game, most companies will not make any changes....right now we are all cash cows for the ISP's and phone carriers.

This is a welcome shakeup to the ISP and Cable industry which was long overdue.


Related links
https://fiber.google.com/about/

PS: pardon me if I sound over-enthusiastic...I'm addicted to tech

PPS: Schools and libraries will get Google Fiber connection Free of charge(No 300$ Fiber construction fee either)

The interactive story of Ramayana in Google Chrome

cross posted from Du lounge


The story of Ramayana is a timeless Sanskrit narrative cherished by Indian culture, but what does it have to do with Google Chrome? As one of Google's newest Chrome Experiments, The Story of Ramayana is an interactive tech demo that lets you to play your way through the narrative using mini-games, draggable windows, and even Google Talk chat rooms. Divided into seven parts, this collaborative effort between Google, Fantasy Interactive, and OgilvyOne demonstrates the versatility of Chromes' developer tools. To follow Prince Rama's journey through a world made of HTML5 and JavaScript give Google's take on the story of Ramayana a try.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/13/3157554/google-chrome-story-of-ramayana


Link: http://ramayana.sites.f-i.com/

password: LwGvPj ( This passwords expires today, but you can always get a new password emailed from the site)

^^ PS: Link Only works in Google Chrome Browser.

I found this interactive demo to be pretty awesome. Ramayana is the second largest literary work in the world (Second only to the other Indian epic, the Mahabharata) and has influenced South Asian as well as East/South East Asian cultures for millenia. The version of the Ramayan in this demo is the Indonesian one, thus Sita becomes Shinta and Ravana becomes Rahwhana.


A screenshot from my play-through

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For an in depth-look at the technologies used to create this fascinating interactive experience, check the developer's web site.
http://www.f-i.com/google/ramayana/



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Watch this: the interactive story of Ramayana in Google Chrome


The story of Ramayana is a timeless Sanskrit narrative cherished by Indian culture, but what does it have to do with Google Chrome? As one of Google's newest Chrome Experiments, The Story of Ramayana is an interactive tech demo that lets you to play your way through the narrative using mini-games, draggable windows, and even Google Talk chat rooms. Divided into seven parts, this collaborative effort between Google, Fantasy Interactive, and OgilvyOne demonstrates the versatility of Chromes' developer tools. To follow Prince Rama's journey through a world made of HTML5 and JavaScript give Google's take on the story of Ramayana a try.

http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/13/3157554/google-chrome-story-of-ramayana


Link: http://ramayana.sites.f-i.com/

password: LwGvPj ( This passwords expires today, but you can always get a new password emailed from the site)

^^ PS: Link Only works in Google Chrome Browser.

I found this interactive demo to be pretty awesome. Ramayana is the second largest literary work in the world (Second only to the other Indian epic, the Mahabharata) and has influenced South Asian as well as East/South East Asian cultures for millenia. The version of the Ramayan in this demo is the Indonesian one, thus Sita becomes Shinta and Ravana becomes Rahwhana.


A screenshot from my play-through

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For an in depth-look at the technologies used to create this fascinating interactive experience, check the developer's web site.
http://www.f-i.com/google/ramayana/



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Google Announces Worldwide Campaign To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage



Today, Google has announced an ambitious effort to legalize same-sex marriage across the globe. The project, called “Legalize Love,” was annouced earlier today at an event in London focusing on LGBT issues in the workplace.

Dot429.com has the details:

The “Legalize Love” campaign officially launches in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist.

Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the initiative at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London earlier today. “We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.
Their strategy involves developing partnerships between companies and organizations to support grass-roots campaigns.


The project will initially focus on Poland and Singapore before expanding to other countries. Palmer-Edgecumbe explained that Google will impress on these countries that “being a global center and a world leader means you have to treat all people the same, irrespective of their sexual orientation.”

more here
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/07/07/512554/google-announces-worldwide-campaign-to-legalize-same-sex-marriage/?mobile=nc



on related news

Google has indicated its support of the issue before. In 2008, the company published a blog post opposing a California amendment that would ban same-sex marriage (the amendment passed).

And on Valentine's Day of this year, the company ran a gay-marriage themed Google Doodle.







It's impressive that such a huge company would take a pro same-sex rights position knowing that it will alienate a considerable segment of its customers.(the fundie group)
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