Google Unveils Internet With 1 Gigabit/second Connectivity Speeds

The internet has come a long way since the super slow dial-up speeds that were standard just a few short years ago. It seems that there is constantly a different company offering newer and faster internet options. Google is the newest company to add to the list, announcing a new internet service at the end of July.

Say Hello to 1 Gigabit per Second Internet Service

This service, which debuted in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri, is commonly known as Google Fiber. It uses fiber optics, allowing the service to provide download speeds of one gigabit per second. Yes, that is 1 Gigabit per second!

Pricing: Is it Affordable?

Google introduced the service in Kansas City, planning to begin installations in September with hopes of moving to other cities soon after. There is a $300 setup fee which Google said on Daily Mail’s website that homeowners should think of as a “home improvement cost.”

After the initial installation fee, a package including the high speed internet, more than 100 television channels, and 1 terabyte of cloud storage can find its way into your home for $120 a month.

Other Google Fiber Features

There are other perks offered by Google Fiber as well. The service offers a chance to record eight television programs at once, a huge jump from VCR recording that was the only option a few years ago. Smart phones or tablets can also be programmed and used as a remote control for the Google TV service.

While Google is still negotiating with several big name television networks, such as Disney, ESPN, and CNN, there are high hopes for this new service. Imagine a system where television channels, Netflix, YouTube, and recorded shows can all be easily flipped through – that’s what Google is trying to create with this new project.

Not interested in the television channels? Google Fiber also comes with an internet only plan which will likely be $70 per month. When many other internet plans, which are not nearly as fast, are priced just a little below that, there is potential for this service to take off rapidly as people realize the bliss of such amazingly fast internet.

If you lived in Kansas City, would you try Google Fiber?

How Is The Internet Changing Us?

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

For years now, there’s been constant discussion of how the Web is changing how we live. Communication is faster and simpler, it’s easier than ever to find information, we’re overloaded with information, and so on and so forth.

But what’s only beginning to be studied and discussed is how the Internet and digital technology are changing us. I mean us not in the sense of democracy, or we the people, or how we do our jobs – I mean our actual physical and chemical makeups, the way our brains work, the way we live and function every second of every day.

In the last few months, there’s been an enormous amount written on this subject, all by people much smarter than I. So, instead of weighing in on the subject, which would be me parroting the smartest things I’ve read in the last three months, I want to share with you a must-read list. It’s got information from (hopefully) all sides of the debate, and I’ll throw in a choice quote or two from each one.

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Fixing the Computer Reading Experience

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

A good bit of my day, every single day, is spent reading on screens. I’ll read news on my computer, and then save some interesting stuff to Instapaper to read while I’m on the subway.  I’ll read RSS feeds when I get to work, read blogs and news throughout the day, catch up on ESPN when I’m bored, and maybe end the day reading a book on my iPod Touch or my laptop while I’m sitting in bed.

All of that would be fine, except that computer reading is a nightmare. There’s the obvious problems, like “you’ll go blind,” as well as a host of other annoyances. Between blinking ads that pop up over the first nine paragraphs of the story, ads about some girl’s nasty yellow teeth I’d really rather not see, and the “hey there, want to subscribe to my newsletter?” notes that seem to be plastered all over most blogs, reading on your computer (or any screen) just sucks.

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What's in My Browser: Squealing Rat

logos(David’s note: We’re starting a new series here at the 2.0 Life, called “What’s in Your Browser?” The browser, it seems, is the new go-bag: everyone’s got it customized, right down to the nitty-gritty, to help them browse better, or faster, or more productively.

We all use browsers differently, and I get a kick out of seeing how other people have customized the “same” browser I use, sometimes to the point you can’t even tell it’s the same.

Our first submission comes from a regular contributor to The 2.0 Life, Squealing Rat.

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How To Win Me Over as a User

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

293237494_2981fe823aI have used a TON of different Web apps in the last ten months. Whether I hear about an app, read about it, or am pitched by a PR company, I have a lot of different applications coming across my various inboxes on a daily basis.

For the most part, I love trying these applications – they’re usually fun and useful, and I just enjoy getting to play around and test out a given site. But as I test drive more and more applications, I’ve noticed that there are a few features and issues that make the difference between me trying it, ceasing to care and moving on, and actually integrating a given app into my daily life.

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Want to See Dr. Horrible RickRolling LOLCats?

Post by David Pierce. Find me on Twitter.

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The Web is full of odd trends, and bizarre things that get incredibly popular for no particular reason. Some things are funny, some are just weird, and some feature small children coming home from the dentist and wondering, “is this real life?”

These trends and fads on the Web are called memes, for some reason completely beyond me. Whatever the reason, they explode, and are the thing everyone’s talking about – at least for a little while.

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Sunday Tips: Google Chrome

google-chrome The beta tag is gone, the use of extensions seems to be imminent, and Google Chrome looks poised to become the next big thing on the Web-browser market. I’ve been using it for a while, and grow to like it more and more every time I discover something new and excellent that Chrome can do to make my browsing even better.

And there sure are a lot of things that fall into that category. Chrome does neat things with your history, your searching, your most visited pages, and a number of other parts of the browsing experience.

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How The Economy is Changing the Web

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Over the last several months, the American and World economies have entered periods of significant downturn. The scale of these problems, as well as their duration, is still largely unknown. One thing is obvious, though- at least in the near future, money is going to be tight for just about everyone, offline and on.

The Web is feeling this crunch, especially those businesses either based or extended onto the Web. Venture capital is hard to come by, because there simply isn’t the amount of expendable cash there once was. Advertising is down, because it’s both unproven and expendable for most corporations. Companies are dying, there are fewer start-ups than before, and in many ways the industry is suffering.

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Welcome to the Joongel

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This is one of those sites you never really think about until you use it. Then, suddenly, you can’t live without it.

Joongel calls itself "Internet, the Easy Way." In reality, it’s a way to search a number of the most popular sites in any given category, and to do a lot of web-scouring all in one place.

When you search Joongel, you specify two things: the query (whatever you’re searching for) and the category (you choose from a drop-down menu). Once you click "search" you get results from 10 of the most highly regarded sites within the category you chose.

For instance: let’s say you’re searching videos for monkeys. Maybe you just love videos of monkeys. Type "Monkeys" into the bar, select "Videos" from the Category list, and hit search. You get to choose between videos about monkeys, and how-to monkey videos. (I’m not sure what those are…)

Joongel then loads searches for YouTube, AOL Video, MySpace, Yahoo Video, Google Video, MSN Video, Dailymotion, Veoh, Metacafe, and Blinkx. With one click, you can switch between all the different sites and find all the videos about monkeys that you could ever want or need.

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The categories are plentiful (everything from Shopping to Health to Q&A), the sites are smartly chosen, and the site generally works really well. I’m starting to use it as a research tool, because it allows me to search a bunch of different places all at once, and not have to deal with opening and closing tabs, navigating between engines, and all the other insanity.

One other nice touch- if you choose "general search" as the category for the search, you get a basic Google search returned to you. It’s a small thing, and definitely not what Joongel is for, but it’s a nice feature.

For Firefox and Internet Explorer users, Joongel provides plugins for the search bar. What this means is that you can add a shortcut to a Joongel search in a given category, and search there in one click.

Joongel is very Web 2.0, giving heavy emphasis to user-based sites. They’re crowdsourcing your search results, and it makes your  searches both more focused and more fruitful.

The 2008 Tech Legacy

What will we talk about when we think about the Internet in 2008? Google Chrome, Web 3.0, or something else?

Mashable has the answer. A little while ago, they came up with a list of the “6 Quirkiest Web Memes of 2008 (So Far),” and they’ve found the six things we’ll talk about when we talk about 2008. Continue reading