Google Fiber Phone Now Part of Alphabet’s Gigabit Service

As the nationwide expansion of Google Fiber continues at a deliberate pace, the technology giant recently introduced Fiber Phone, a digital phone service option. While Google’s reasons for Fiber seem as much altruistic as competitive, enabling customers to bundle digital phone service along with Internet and TV makes perfect sense. Look no further than AT&T and Comcast, […]

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San Francisco Considering Municipal Gigabit Service

As many municipalities wait to be chosen as a Google Fiber city or get AT&T’s GigaPower service, some are actually going into the ISP business themselves. We talked about Chattanooga’s public gigabit service a while back, and now a similar initiative is on the drawing board in San Francisco. Local governments increasingly feel fiber-optic Internet […]

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The HTC 10 Smartphone — Android Finally Supporting Apple

Given the dominance of Samsung when it comes to Android smartphones, it’s hard for any other manufacturers to stand out. There’s no denying that Samsung and the iPhone are the preeminent mobile devices on their respective platforms. But the latest iteration of HTC’s smartphone line — the HTC 10 — is earning accolades for its […]

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5G Wireless — Latency vs. Speed

The mainstream introduction of 5G wireless service looks to be around two years away. Many of the top players in technology — both from a mobile device and networking equipment standpoint — are involved in research and testing of new 5G product designs. We’ve been talking about this latest tier in mobile communications for nearly […]

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Can YouTube Accelerator Lessen Video Buffering?

The leading Internet video company, YouTube is testing a new product, called Accelerator, which hopes to improve the performance of their website. YouTube Accelerator recently began a testing period in the Philippines before a potential worldwide rollout with hopes of improving everyone’s streaming experience. When you are traveling outside of the friendly confines of your […]

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The Eero Internet Router Hits the Market

We talked about mesh network routers previously at Bandwidth Place. At the time, examples of this nascent technology weren’t yet available for purchase. Now the Eero Internet router has hit the market, and early reviews are trending positive. In short, if you live in a large house or typically have a lot of devices connected […]

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A Closer Look at the Amazon Tap

Last year’s introduction of the Amazon Echo garnered some buzz in the consumer tech industry. Essentially a voice-activated, Internet-connected wireless speaker, the Echo tries to create its own niche as a net appliance suitable for your kitchen or bedroom. The increasing availability of voice-activated smart TVs lessens the need for the device in your home’s […]

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Verizon Wireless Buying XO Communications’ Fiber Optic Network

While many technology pundits feel future Internet access will be primarily delivered over wireless networks, there’s no denying the extra bandwidth provided by fiber optic cable. It remains the primary reason why many cities hope Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower come to their town soon. One gig Internet service is simply the current gold standard […]

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Smaller iPad Pro and iPhone SE Highlight Latest Apple Event

The big theme from March’s Apple marketing and press event focused on going smaller. A new 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the shrunken-sized iPhone SE were the highlights from Cupertino’s latest shindig. Technology early adopters will have to wait for news about the upcoming iPhone 7. This time out Apple focused on more evolutionary changes to […]

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Comcast One Gig Internet Service Coming to Atlanta

As AT&T steps up the pace with its rollout of their GigaPower 1 Gbps Internet service across the country, another giant service provider — Comcast — is dipping their toes into this highest tier of consumer-level broadband.  Atlanta is slated to be the first city for Comcast’s new “One Gig” service, with a catchy brand […]

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