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Google Fiber is ‘the most consistently fast ISP in America’

Source: http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/11/netflix-isp-ranking-google-fiber-streaming/

Netflix's ISP rankings confirm the expected Google Fiber is 'the most consistently fast ISP in America'

Like there was ever any doubt, right? Netflix — which serves up over one billion hours of video streaming to some 30 million members per month — owes it to itself to keep track of which ISPs are killing it, and which simply need to be killed. Now, the outfit’s finally ready to begin publishing its findings, ranking America’s major Internet Service Providers based upon “actual performance across all Netflix streams.” The shocker to end all shockers? “Google Fiber is now the most consistently fast ISP in America, according to actual user experience on Netflix streams in November.”

Of note, however, Verizon’s fiber-based FiOS offering came mighty close. Of course, Google’s Fiber isn’t available outside of the Kansas Cities region, while Verizon has (loosely) confirmed that it has no plans to expand the existing FiOS infrastructure beyond the 13 states that were lucky enough to get it. Broadly, cable shows better than DSL, while AT&T’s U-verse — dubbed a “hybrid fiber-DSL service” — ranked quite poorly compared to both Google Fiber and FiOS. Head on over to the source for the full rundown, and feel free to begin the relocation process to Kansas. Good internet, good barbecue, Collin Klein — what’s not to love?

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 news No Comments

Meat, Cheese, Salt, And Candy

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-next-big-thing-in-tech-meat-cheese-salt-and-candy-2012-9

Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

Hamburger is a $100 billion market just waiting for technology to disrupt it.

So says top venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, who is funding a stealth startup working on just that.

He’s investing in a company that turns protein, fat, and fiber from plant sources into a juicy, beefy-tasting patty.

“There are no cows involved, but you can’t taste the difference,” he promised during a talk at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco today.

“When you put in on the grill it browns like a burger,” said Khosla. “I’ve tried it. It’s not quite there yet, but this is R&D, high-risk stuff.”

Khosla promised that the product tastes “a lot better than any soy burger.”

He’s also working on fake cheese, which is further along: “I had a couple of people taste the cheese. They couldn’t taste the difference.”

 It takes 33 pounds of corn, plus water, to produce one kilo of beef, he says. So ultimately, if tech could solve this, it would go a long way to feed the masses more affordably.

Khosla also mentioned investing in a startup which is working on less-salty salt.

As well, he’s backed Unreal, a candymaker which promises healthier sweets.

“Innovation driven by tech is altering every area,” said Khosla. “Who would have thought [we could disrupt] beef?”

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Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 news No Comments

Vapor4 May Be the First Bumper Worthy of the iPhone 4

The ecosystem for the iPhone4 has begun in earnest.

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5576923/vapor4-may-be-the-first-bumper-worthy-of-the-iphone-4

Vapor4 May Be the First Bumper Worthy of the iPhone 4The iPhone 4 shatters easily, and its tiny plastic bezel offers no protection. On top of that, touching its metal rim causes interferences. The Vapor4 bumper—made of aluminum—may solve most of these design problems. And it looks great:

Of course, nothing looks as cool as the iPhone 4 on its own, but if you want to avoid the antenna problems and the shattering, you are going to need one of these. They are made of aluminum, and they have an interior liner that separates the metal from the antenna, insulating it. The manufacturer—the same who makes the beautiful Joule iPad stand—told me that their tests showed no interference whatsoever across all models of iPhone:

We basically wrapped it in an inch thick of anodized aluminum all around with our special secret liner inside, nothing impacted the reception.

We will have to test this, but it definitely is the first bumper that actually looks cool. Especially the way you put it together, with those hex screws.

Vapor4 May Be the First Bumper Worthy of the iPhone 4

The Vapor4 is not cheap, although not as expensive as the beautiful exotic wood back replacement: The Vapor4 is $80. For $100 you also get the V4Carbon, a carbon fiber back plate that will further protect the iPhone 4 fragile glass back. [Elementcase]

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Thursday, July 1st, 2010 news No Comments

Who Wants In Google’s Experimental Fiber Network? (Map)

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5504381/who-wants-in-googles-experimental-fiber-network-map

Who Wants In Google's Experimental Fiber Network? (Map)The short answer? Everyone wants in Google’s experimental 1Gbps fiber optic network(s). The company received “1,100 community responses and more than 194,000 responses from individuals” after announcing their plans. And these requests span the entire US.

(Each small dot you see on this map represents the response from local government. Each big dot represents communities with over 1,000 respondents.)

Some may see this map as people hungry for fiber; I just see it as people hungry for Google. How many communities would beg big businesses like Walmart to set up shop, not just in some lot, but in their very infrastructure—especially knowing that whatever service there is will be in beta? [Google]

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