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Google last year announced a new project: to provide a community with Internet access more than 100 times faster than what most Americans have today. Insane, right? Well, they're following through with that wish. Google, after going through 1, 100 requests from cities around America chosen Kansas City, Kansas as the city to be upgraded.
Google will be working closely with local organizations, businesses and universities to bring next-generation web experience to the community. Obviously over the last decade, the massive increases in required bandwidth have changed - now more and more people are using more and more high-end services like streaming online video, video conferencing, etc.
Rumor has it that Apple are set to use the new connector technology on their upcoming MacBook Pro update which is rumored to happen on February 24. Even if the MacBook Pro refresh doesn't include Light Peak, Apple are expected to use the technology in the future - but most likely under a different name.
Intel themselves have said that the first Light Peak products should pop up in the first half of 2011. If Apple have included it on their upcoming refresh of the MacBook Pro it would be a huge coup - as it's faster than USB 3.0, being capable of 10 gigabits per second in both directions, simultaneously.
I don't travel much these days, but the worst thing about traveling when I have to is that for several hours while in the air, I am typically without access to the web and I get bored easily. I am sure that lots of geeks are the same way. You can only read or play video games or so long before you need to get online to check email or work. Google has announced that it is offering holiday season travelers a free gift.
Google is offering travelers on all domestic flights with AirTran, Delta, and Virgin American free Gogo WiFi while in the sky. Gogo is an inflight WiFi service that allows you to surf the web, work, and check email or anything else you can think of while in the air. Having web service will make it much easier to put up with long flights. Farmville fans won't have to worry about crops withering and connected types can IM and Tweet from 35,000 feet.
We now may have more reasoning behind Steve Jobs' inference that Apple products will not be supporting USB 3.0 anytime soon. According to CNET's report from an industry source, Apple may be jumping past USB 3.0 to become an early adopter of Light Peak technology which is "now on track to appear in products in the first half of 2011-and likely earlier in the year than later."
Light Peak, a high speed connection capable on 10 gigabit per second data transfer, is currently in development by Intel with possible help from Apple themselves, who may have had the original idea in the first place. With Intel chipsets not expected to natively support USB 3.0 until 2012, Apple jump into a faster standard may be a shrewd move.
When it comes to interfaces on computers we all want more speed. USB 2.0 was great as an upgrade to USB 1.0 ports with more speed and better performance. Now that USB 2.0 is old, the new USB 3.0 port is what most people want on their computers. The catch is that USB 3.0 it not widely supported. The reason is that Intel doesn't have USB 3.0 on its platforms and may not until 2012.
It looks that Intel's own speedy connectivity specification Light Peak will be supported before USB 3.0. An industry insider claims that support for Light Peak is coming in early 2011. Light Peak is faster than USB 3.0 with bandwidth of 10Gbps making it a very speedy connection. The scuttlebutt says that Apple may be one of the first companies to offer Light Peak on its computers.
The days of DisplayPort are finally upon us - but it's getting a polish, a WiFi polish. WiGig and VESA are teaming up to bring us wireless DisplayPort.
WiGig's 60GHz multi-gigabyte tech has already begun rolling out in the higher end AV market - mostly in devices that shoot in 1080p from source-to-display sans cabling.
When it comes to charging the gadgets we all live with on a daily basis, none of us really want to mess with wires. There are several chargers on the market today that will charge smartphones using magnetic induction technology, but those chargers require the device to physically sit on the charger plate.
Fujitsu is talking up new tech that it is working on to allow the easy design of chargers that can recharge multiple devices at the same time without having to have a specific position to the power transmitter. The new tech was developed at Fujitsu Laboratories and the intention is to offer a dev kit of sorts to speed getting wireless charging products onto the market.
With the HTC EVO dual-mode 3G/4G handset launching this summer (and nearly ready for pre-order) with built-in hotspot capability, we've got a pretty good idea what all you Americans are wondering: is WiMAX available in my city? Well, buried inside the Clearwire financials is mention of the 19 additional cities scheduled for WiMAXing this summer, joining the 32 markets (pictured above) and 41 million people already served by its 4G network offering 3Mbps to 6Mbps average downloads with an occasional 10Mbps peak.
Clearwire also today announced plans to launch 4G mobile broadband service in 19 additional cities this summer, including previously announced markets Kansas City, KS; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT, and the core area of Washington, D.C. Newly announced markets are Nashville, TN; Daytona, Orlando and Tampa, FL; Rochester and Syracuse, NY; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, CA; Wilmington, DE; Grand Rapids, MI; Eugene, OR; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, WA.
Things will get really interesting later in 2010 when Clearwire and Sprint take their 4G mobile broadband network to New York City, Los Angeles, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Pittsburgh for a 120 million person strong data footprint. LTE who?
Many people out there are expecting the iPhone to land on Verizon Wireless netbook this year. One analyst that has been predicting this has now changed his mind and said it won't happen.
The reasoning for the mind change is that the analyst believes that the iPad 3G data plans that AT&T offered came with an extension for a year on the iPhone exclusive. I can see that being possible considering what a deal the data plans are and how badly AT&T wants the iPhone exclusive.
That is bad news for consumers hoping to get the iPhone on Verizon this summer. I wish exclusives on phones would die a quick death.
I mentioned just a bit ago that there would be 4G WiMax coverage for 120M in the US by the end of the year. There are reports coming in that Clearwire has changed the terms of its agreement with Intel.
Intel is one of the major investors in Clearwire. The change came in the agreement between the two firms that would allow one of them out of WiMax support. Clearwire has reportedly changed from the agreement that required it to support WiMax until November 28 of 2011 to needing only a 30-day notice from either party to change.
The scuttlebutt is that this move could be in preparation for possible moving from WiMax to LTE in the future. Both of the 4G technologies are said to use similar underlying technology so such a move would be possible.