Google Fiber services headed to Salt Lake City

Google_Fiber_Truck_01Google Fiber hasn’t exactly gotten off to a hot start, as it’s only available in a handful of cities. Google has been working on expanding their ISP footprint, though, and the next city on that list is Salt Lake City, Utah.

Google announced today that they’ll be partnering with the city to figure out the best way to lay out their fiber network to get customers connected. Salt Lake City was likely picked due to its large technology sector, since those kinds of cities and areas are prime targets for Google’s gigabit internet service.
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Cyanogen and BLU to release Google-less phone later this year

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Amongst the hoopla of Cyanogen’s announcement that they had secured $80 million in new financing to help fund development of its operating system, we are discovering that Cyanogen is partnering with BLU to produce a smartphone that does not use any Google services or apps. Connections between BLU and Cyanogen have been noted in the past when Cyanogen CEO Kirt McMaster has talked about toppling Samsung and Apple in the smartphone market.
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Google files for patent on cancer-killing wearable

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Google X, the company’s “moon shot” research lab, is known to be involved in a lot of projects in a wide variety of fields. Last fall one of those projects was revealed to be a pill that could be used to detect cancer and other diseases. Now the company is back with a patent application for a wearable device that may be able to capitalize on that pill research to do something about the bad cells that it finds in a person’s body.
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Google starts testing new ad-targeting service for Fiber TV in Kansas City

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In a press release published earlier today, Google announced that it’s now testing local ads with mobile-like ad-targeting for its Fiber TV service in Kansas City.

This ad delivery process pretty much resembles the manner in which ads are targeted for mobile devices, by way of enabling publishers to set specific requirements for their ads; for example, not being displayed on the same device more than once, or only being shown on units that have viewed technology-related content.


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Google launches Places API so we can finally share locations by name instead of coordinates

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Doesn’t it make sense that when sharing your location with someone, you actually share the name of the place that you’re at rather than the latitude and longitude? In other words, if I am at Joe’s Bar and Grill, it’s easier to understand that I am Joe’s Bar and Grill vs 26.78545419, -75.15212959.

Google’s Places API will solve this issue by bringing Google’s global database of 100 million places into your app. The Places API is not only released on Android, but Google also released a beta version for iOS.


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Google releases extended version of Wear What You Want (Party On) Android Wear commercial

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Last week, Google released a short commercial promoting Android Wear and how you can” Wear What You Want”, as in circular or round. That spot was only about 15 seconds long, but today they are treating us with the full 60 second spot.

The theme is exactly the same, but you get a few more dances and you get to hear a little more of “On The Regular” by Shamir. Check out the full video after the break.


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