Google Inc. Free Computer Program hits 5 Million – Mountain View, CA, April 17 2011

May 15 2008 / by Cronos / In association with Future
Category: Economics   Year: 2011   Rating: 13 Hot

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Google Inc, the uncontested leader in Internet services announced it has shipped its 5 millionth “free” computer, only 14 months after starting up the “Free Computer Program”. The Google Product Manager, Pierre Lindsely, stated he is overwhelmed by the success of his project and they are trying very hard to keep up with demand.

People now have to wait more than three weeks to get their “G-Tops”, as they have become known as, instead of the three days when the program started. Pierre Lindsely: “People will wait for anything if it’s free, so I am not worried that this will impact the enthusiasm for this product. We are attracting some new suppliers and we will see the waiting time decrease gradually.” The free Google computers come with a free broadband connection that connects only to Google WI-FI hubs (aka as G-Spots). (cont.)

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Google Once Again Lobbying for National Wi-Fi

March 25 2008 / by Marisa Vitols / In association with Future
Category: Government   Year: 2009   Rating: 12

Wouldn’t it be nice to have cheap, high-speed wifi blanketing the entire United States? You’d be able to access the internet from anywhere, which would allow you to stream entertainment during long road trips, keep up-to-date on mass transit arrivals and departures, fall back on google maps when you become lost, or just not be tethered to an ethernet cord when you really just want to watch your kids play in the backyard while doing a bit of home-work.

Sound appealing? Google thinks so too. And they’ve proposed yet another solution to make this high-speed internet dream a reality.

Here’s the plan: The February 2009 conversion of all U.S. televisions from analog to digital will free-up an extraordinary amount of white space (basically, gaps of bandwidth in the previously saturated television spectrum), that could be used to project wireless internet signals throughout every home in America relatively risk-free.

Google’s ex parte filing with the FCC states that “[t]he unique qualities of the TV white space – unused spectrum, large amounts of bandwidth, and excellent propagation characteristics – offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide ubiquitous wireless broadband access to all Americans. In particular, this spectrum can provide robust infrastructure to serve the needs of underdeployed rural areas, as well as first responders and others in the public safety community. Moreover, use of this spectrum will enable much-needed competition to the incumbent broadband service providers.”

Sound like a win-win for everyone. So what’s the problem? TV broadcasters, wireless phone manufacturers, and even the NFL are worried that utilizing this white space will interfere with their programming, service or wireless devices. Google argues that this would not be a problem due to low-cost “spectrum sensing” which would prevent signals from being crossed.


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German Wireless Communication Breakthrough, Terahertz Frequency Tapped

March 21 2008 / by memebox / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 7

New Scientist has posted a great vid detailing a major breakthrough in wireless information transfer that could dramatically increase download times and the overall speed of internet communication.

Using off the shelf components German researchers made the first wireless video transmission in the terahertz range – potentially 1000 times faster than existing wireless technologies.

Such a breakthrough seems totally necessary if exponential growth in technology and information is to continue, as those are both dependent on faster human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication.

(via New Scientist )

Turning Smartphones into Wi-Fi Hotspots

March 27 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future
Category: Communication   Year: 2008   Rating: 7

National Wi-Fi is a hot topic lately. We’ve recently reported on Google’s plan to make it happen and Intel’s new wi-fi platform. Now, a new product has launched that may satisfy our need for around the clock connectivity.

TapRoot Systems announced it’s WalkingHotSpot software yesterday, which offers a new way to get connected using your handheld device. If you own a Wi-Fi and mobile broadband-enabled cellphone, the software turns it into a Wi-Fi router, effectively transforming your phone into a hotspot.

There are a few kinks to be worked out before this can be widely adopted. The service will be sold to carriers, not directly to consumers, so we’ll have to wait and see who picks it up. Also, only phones based on AT&T Wireless’ service would allow internet access and phone calls to be made simultaneously. To narrow it further, only phones using Symbian S60 or Windows Mobile operating systems are currently supported.

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In-Flight Internet Access Finally Taking Off

March 12 2008 / by Venessa Posavec / In association with Future
Category: The Web   Year: 2008   Rating: 5

Tired of those boring, cramped 4-hour flights? Wish you could be more productive or at least distracted? You’ll be glad to know that the in-flight internet connections that have been hyped over the past year are finally on the verge of reality.

Several companies are locked in a race to be first to offer the service with airlines. In a matter of months, we’ll be able to surf the web from land or sky.

Panasonic Avionics is on the verge of penning a deal with a yet-to-be-disclosed airline to offer wireless service via satellite. Their rates are a bit steep at $5.95 per half-hour of access, but because they connect to satellites instead of towers on the ground, internet would be available during trips across the ocean.

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