This week we found out that Google plans to bring Google Fiber to Austin, Texas. But it won’t be the only provider of blazing fast internet over a fiber-optic network. AT&T wants to build a network there too.
While the rest of the US is lucky to get download speeds up to 50MB/s, Austin will be one of the few places redefining the meaning of broadband with speeds as high as 1GB/s.
Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s tech news.
- AT&T is also planning to build gigabit internet in Austin, Texas
Google isn’t the only company building a gigabit fiber-optic network in Austin. Today AT&T announced it was planning to build its own super-fast network. [GigaOm]
- Amazon applies for patent on a stylus that could be used with an upcoming tablet… maybe
I’m not quite sure how you apply for a patent on a stylus these days… they’ve been around for a while. But Amazon thinks it has some new and unique ideas which could eventually show up in a Kindle tablet. But having a patent and releasing a product are two very different things. [Numerama]
- Google fights spam in the Play Store, removes record 60,000 apps in February
Google’s grip on the Play Store might not be quite as iron-fisted as Apple’s hold on the App Store. But the company tries to keep spam out, and it looks like Google might be stepping up the pace. [TechCrunch]
- Official Imgur app for Android hits beta, only available in Australia (for now)
Imgur might be one of the world’s most popular image sharing sites (or at least Reddit’s), but the official app is only available to Android users in Australia right now. [Google Play]
- Google releases Chrome for iOS update
Now you can use Google Cloud Print and Air Print, plus full screen mode in the Chrome web browser on an iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. [Chrome Releases]
- Engadget reviews the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.0
It’s not a bad tablet… but unless you really need a dual digitizer, it sounds like it might be tough to justify the $400 price tag when you can get an iPad mini for $329 or a Google Nexus 7 for $199. [Engadget]