Today Google finally took the wraps off of its long-awaited Google Fiber service. Focusing on Kansas City, Google Fiber is both an Internet service and television service, and Google showed off just how awesome the service will be.
First, the Internet speeds. Google Fiber provides gigabit speeds both up and down the pipe. That's 1000/1000 Mbps (which makes our 35/35 connection look atrocious.) The company detailed how far behind the USA is in terms of speed and pricing, and is looking to invoke some major change. Google Fiber Internet will also come with 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage, and there will be no bandwidth caps or overage fees. But that's not all…
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Last week we reported that Verizon FiOS Internet users were about to receive a significant speed boost, and today it's been made official. Most impressive is that the download speed of the fastest tier has doubled to 300 Mbps, with a 65 Mbps upload speed alongside it. Here's a look at all the new speed tiers:
- 300/65 Mbps (previously 150/35)
- 150/65 Mbps (previously 50/20)
- 75/35 Mbps (previously 35/35)
- 50/25 Mbps (previously 25/25)
- 15/5 Mbps
On the fastest tier, you can download a 2-hour 1080p movie in less than 22 minutes. The new speeds take effect in June.
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If you’re the type that just loves to cheer people up when they’re down—or you’re just seriously dying for some attention—have we got something for you. Witness the Twilight Spectrum Umbrella. Press the button and over 200 fiber optic lights begin to sparkle in blue, green, purple and red! Perfect for lifting people’s moods when the sky is gray, or be considered a little daffy by passersby—you make the call. Oh, and don’t worry, the light show can be turned off, for those “under the radar” days. The push-button umbrella has a waterproof silver lining and require 3 AAA batteries. All jokes aside, we think it’s a great gift for the kiddies. Available for $39 USD.
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