Since Google announced the new expansion of it’s gigabit fiber service, many people have been asking about what 34 cities are getting Google Fiber? Is Google Fiber coming to a city near you? How do I get my city to get Google?
There are 9 centers of connectivity in the U.S., they are Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Raleigh-Durham. Within these centers the following cities are not merely candidates for Google Fiber, but already in talks with Google.
- Lake Oswego
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
- Palo Alto
- Mountain View
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- Chapel Hill
Samsung Chromebook 2
It is taking a while, but Google has done what it took Microsoft much longer to accomplish. The new Samsung Chromebook 2 is not just functional, but elegant and refined. The Chromebook 2 takes a middle-ground between the low, like the Acer C7 and the high, like the Chromebook Pixel.
The Samsung Chromebook 2 is nearly twice the price of most Chromebooks, but bears the burden of a very high resolution screen. At 1920×1080 and considering it’s mere $400 price tag, the Samsung Chromebook 2 is offering a bit more than you’d get with a laptop of similar price. The faux-leather external surface and exynos 2.0 GHz Octa core processor steps up the power and refinement of this mid-range device. And thanks to the lightweight cost (nothing) and regular updates of the Google Chrome OS, you know that you’re getting a good set of software to boot.
This may well be the in-between laptop that many have been looking for in the Business as well as consumer markets. I’m just waiting for the $600-800, touch-screen, 128GB model (fingers crossed).
Whether by accident or deliberately, Mercedes-Benz has dropped a hint that it will be heading toward the use of “Google Projected Mode” for every vehicle they manufacture. A job posting on one of M-B’s sites is requesting a software engineer with skills to implement Google’s in-Car OS.
It’s not all that obvious what is involved in Google Projected Mode, although we can infer. It would seem that there could be some integration with current Android devices and possibly that integration could be seen on a large monitor in the dash or center console. If this sounds like a Tesla S, you could be onto something. Another perspective would seem to compare Google Projected Mode to Pioneer’s MirrorLink where the interface is merely a mirror of whatever device is connected.
Google’s Open Automotive Alliance did not originally include Mercedes-Benz, but if this job-posting is to be believed, it could be a sign that that may have changed recently.
There are 34 cities under consideration by Google to install Fiber. One of these towns, local to Atlanta, is just such a place. But will Brookhaven, GA get Google Fiber?
Google has required that the terms of the deals between each of the 34 cities must remain confidential and so it is not always obvious as to the actual reasons that any one might not make it. But as there are a monstrous number of issues and terms to discuss in each city deal, it’s not always apparent how long it will take or why it may or may not work out.
City Councilman Bates Mattison did not make it obvious definitively clear as what would happen between the city and Google, but he seems to be certain that “the decision regarding which cities will receive Google Fiber will be announced by Google by the end of this year.”
In general it seems likely that these 34 cities are in the top of all the thousands of other cities that could have been considered. We’re not even sure how many have been considered. It’s not a “sure thing” yet, but we can keep our fingers crossed for the best.
Source: Brookhaven Post
Since Google I/O 2013, Google has been diligently working to debut the New Google Maps. If you were one of the lucky few who opted to use the new interface after Google I/O, then you are familiar with this view already. But now the whole world (at least those countries that can use it) has access to the New Google Maps.
The New Google Maps integrates with Google Now to enhance your experience. It will help you make more informed decisions if not lay out the whole idea before you ask. Granted this isn’t just about Google Now, but the New Google Maps, is just as smart thanks to it.
In the past, Google Maps did not offer multiple routes, but now, all the routes are listed when doing a point to point search. At your leisure you may choose which of the possibilities are listed on the map including public transit and bicycle options, where available. Google is interested in getting you to your destination as quickly and smoothly as possible, incorporating all factors (such as traffic, weather, and construction) into the result.
The new Google Maps goes further than just a directions and location program. They mean for you to explore the map. They expect that you may take a few extra minutes (if not hours) to check out the surrounding areas of your destination. You might just find the color photos interesting enough that your destination may change.
Check out the Tour of the New Google Maps in the video below.