At long last, users clamoring for 4G LTE broadband connectivity on a Surface 2 tablet are about to get their wish. Beginning tomorrow, Microsoft will begin offering a version of its Surface 2 slate with a built-in 4G LTE radio for $679. The tablet will be available to purchase from Microsoft's online and offline stores, as well as Best Buy (online, offline, and through Best Buy Mobile locations).
Lucky residents in Kansas City and Provo, Utah can already sign up for 1Gbps Google Fiber service, and Austin, Texas isn't far behind. That's 100 times faster than the average American speed of 9.8Mbps (based on Akamai's State of the Internet 3Q2013), and yet it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Apparently bitten by the speed bug, Google is currently working on speeds of 10Gbps.
Turned wired Internet into wireless with a wall socket
Trendnet announced the availability of its N150 Wireless Travel Router (TEW-714TRU), a compact device that makes it possible to share a single Internet connection with multiple users when away from home. It's an interesting concept considering that Wi-Fi is fairly ubiquitous these days, though you may run into an older hotel or visit a family member that's still rocking a wired connection. These are situations where the Travel Router would come into play.
We had the opportunity to check out Google Fiber in Kansas City, Missouri, and can sufficiently say that it.is.fast! How fast? We took a picture of Google Fiber running a speed test below. Suffice it to say, browsing websites and watching videos felt like loading cached pages. You'll also find more images of the Google Fiber headquarters in our gallery.
Honoring 20 years of the World Wide Web by looking forward at the future of broadband Internet
Broadband has evolved considerably over the last decade or so in the United States. Whereas just a few years ago, large parts of the country were relegated to pokey 56K dial-up connections over standard phone lines, now multi-megabit broadband connections are commonplace and speed increases are being introduced regularly. In fact, in some test markets, broadband at gigabit speeds is on the way. And yes, that’s gigabits with a “G,” as in roughly 17,800x more bandwidth than 56K dial-up.
Note: This article originally appeared in the February 2013 issue of the magazine.
The 13th most populated city in the United States is rumored to be getting the fastest Internet in North America.
Google has invited press and business leaders to a joint event in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, and all the rumors are pointing to a joint Google Fiber announcement. The service which made its debut in Kansas City to wide critical acclaim appears to be finally on the move once again, promising free Internet to casual users, and gigabit speeds for everyone else. The ability to download more in a data in a minute than the average user pulls down in a month is an awesome privilege, and it gives us hope that Google has aspirations of North American broadband domination beyond the borders of Missouri.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, meet your new spokesperson, Time Warner Cable.
Google's trying to pave the high-speed cyber highway with its Google Fiber Internet service, which is currently only available to the lucky residents of Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. Time Warner Cable could follow suit if it wanted to -- after all, it's already serving incredibly high-speed Internet service to businesses -- but the reason it isn't pursuing 1Gbps Internet service to consumers at this time is because, well, they don't want it.
The Tegra 4i processor, previously codenamed Project Grey, features 60 custom Nvidia GPU cores.
Nvidia's firing on all cylinders today. The GPU maker made waves early this morning by formally introducing the world to its GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, which is supposed to offer comparable performance to the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690 part for the same price, and now Nvidia is announcing its first fully integrated 4G LTE mobile processor, the Tegra 4i (codenamed Project Grey).
1Gb Internet service could be coming to a city near you.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski issued a nationwide "Gigabit City Challenge" to broadband providers and state and municipal community leaders to roll out 1Gb Internet service in all 50 states by 2015. Genachowki's hope is that establishing at least one gigabit community in each state will spur innovators to create new businesses and industries.
Verizon FiOS customers don’t have much to complain about in the speed department, unfortunately however, not everyone is so fortunate. According to a recent study conducted by video hosting company Wistia, almost one in five US Internet users are unable to reliably stream HD video over their connections. Even more depressing is the bar Wistia used to make the HD capable determination. Compression technologies allow for a 720p signal to squeeze down a 2 Mbps connection, and that’s something 18% of U.S. Internet users simply can’t do.