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Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

Google patent app reveals Fiber installation plans

A Google patent application surfaced today, revealing the company's plans for lowering the cost and speeding up the deployment of its Google Fiber broadband network. The patent filing illustrates the use of a flat and flexible housing to carry the fiber-optic lines to houses. The idea also aims to reduce the environmental impact of installing the network.

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Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google Fiber breaks ground in Kansas City

Google announced that it will begin laying fiber today in Kansas City as part of its plans to build out a new high-speed broadband network that aims to bring speeds 100 times faster than what Americans have today. Kansas City was picked out of more than 1,100 companies bidding to receive Google's fiber network.

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Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Fiber Optics: Past Copper

Most of the active connections to this globe spanning network we all love to hate come in the form of cable or DSL. Modulated electric signals get transmitted over metal wires, coaxial or twisted pair respectively. These technologies transmit the internet as most experience it. Verizon has begun to break down this model with it's FiOS fiber optic lines, but they have been really slow to roll out. They've only managed to cover 10% of the households in the United States. AT&T isn't doing much better at getting Fiber to the people, U-Verse (where most AT&T fiber customers fall under) has even fewer subscribers than FiOS. Fiber-optics, while ten or a hundred times faster than the connection you're probably using, isn't available most places, yet. We wrote about Google's Fiber Project earlier today.

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Apple fiber-optic MagSafe cable patent tips potential Light Peak support

Apple fiber-optic MagSafe cable patent tips potential Light Peak support

Apple has patented [pdf link] a combination MagSafe power connector and fiber optic docking system, that could allow future MacBook notebooks - as well as other devices using the same next-gen port - to access an external dock or port array and minimize the number of on-device connections. The concept is reminiscent of rumors earlier in the week suggesting Apple was looking to Intel's Light Peak technology for a future MacBook Pro refresh, taking advantage of the connection technology's ability to replace USB, ethernet, display and other cable types simultaneously.

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Twilight Umbrellas keep you dry; brighten up the night

Twilight Umbrellas keep you dry; brighten up the night

While there are plenty of "fashion-minded" umbrellas out there, most people just buy a cheap umbrella that opens and closes without error and will keep them relatively dry on rainy days. But if you're looking for something that offers a bit more, the Twilight Umbrella might be more your style.

Twilight Umbrellas aren't new, but they have been updated a bit and the lights have been moved around a bit. There are three different umbrella styles now that serve up combinations of lighting outwards or lighting the underside of the umbrella to offer a more stylish way to keep out of the rain.

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