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What is Google Fiber?

For many Americans, there is little choice when it comes to time to select an Internet Service Provider (ISP). Comcast, Time Warner, these are just a few of the big names, but they severely lack competition. Companies like this receive some of the lowest Net Promoter Scores – a simple test which gauges general consumer satisfaction – and are likely to only get worse as they are removed from their Title II Regulations under the Communications Act or 1934 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996. One service has entered the market, and has extremely positive feedback from its subscribers is Google Fiber.
The Google ISP
Not to be confused with their Mobile Carrier service, Project Fi, Google Fiber is a high speed ISP provided maintained by Google. However it is so much more than that. This service has been around for a while, but it is even younger than Bitcoin is. It started providing service in February of 2010
Google Fiber’s connection is up to 1,000 megabits per second, which means blisteringly fast downloads. This is roughly 100 times faster than most Americans currently experience. Its service plans are rather affordable as well, considering the speed and scope of its support.
It also can include a television package, like what many of the other ISPs include in cable or satellite packages. It does not stop there even, as Fiber customers can have a house phone -I know what a novel idea- included for free in any of their plans, all with incredibly affordable international calling. Though if phone service is the main concern, I would still suggest Project Fi.
“Why have I not heard about this?”
Some of you may be thinking, “why have I not heard about this?” The answer to that, is that unless you live in a City where they have service then you are not even able to consider it as an alternative. Outside of these cities, it is just not an option for you as a consumer.
Google Fiber is limited to a very small number of American cities, and even some of those do not have the same kind of access that others do. Take for example, Kansas City. This was the first city to get Fiber access and enjoys all the aspects I outlined above. The city of Chicago also technically has Fiber, but it is serviced a company called “Webpass” which was bought by Fiber. Only certain apartments and residential complexes have access to Fiber through webpass, the rest of the city is out of luck. Service bundling also does not appear as comprehensive as full Fiber.
But those who do not have access to Fiber may not be out of luck forever. They are expanding, and may be coming to your city sooner than you think. I realize that I can be a bit of a fanboy for Google, so maybe take this with a grain of salt, but I think that these kinds of speeds at those kinds of prices along with all the services they bundle may change the way we think about ISPs. If I were a competing ISP, I would do my best to get on their level before Fiber comes into their turf.
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What is Google Lens?

Google Lens is the intelligent camera app that can actually read, understand and interact with the information within your photos. Your smartphone camera is about to get an awful lot more intelligent
By Marie Brewis | 18 May 2017

Google made a big deal out of Google Lens at its I/O 2017 opening keynote, and if it works as is claimed then it’s something with which we can all get onboard. Also see: Best phone cameras 2017
Google Lens is a smart camera app that can read and actually understand the information within your images. We’re not talking about the image metadata, but the places, names and even Wi-Fi passwords depicted in your photos. It can then offer up intelligent ways to deal with that information. Also see: How to reverse image search
What is Google Lens is perhaps best answered with some examples: take a photo of a router’s password sticker and you’ll automatically connect to that network; snap a picture of an unknown plant and automatically identify it in Google search results; photograph foreign text for a translation; take a photo of a theatre billboard and bring up the Google Assistant to book tickets; or take a screenshot of a phone number and quickly bring it up in the dialer to call it.
Integration with Google Photos means even more information is available after the event, for example it can match your image to online data to work out what is that landmark you photographed earlier.
There are also some clever context-aware editing tools: during the demo, Google showed how its new app could digitally remove the links of a chain fence to reveal a baseball player standing behind.
Google said its new Lens app will be available later this year. We’ll update this story when we know more.
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Android O Official Information – What We Know So Far?

Yes, we know, everybody is assuming that the next major update to Android, dubbed Android O, is the same thing as the Android 8.0. However, did we ever receive a confirmation of this? In fact, we did not receive any official confirmation, and this is visible if you have a look at the major online publications, where you can see that most of the information about this OS version are speculations.
What Is Google’s Stance on This?
Up until now, we could see that the tech giant talking about the future Android O. However, if you have a look at the previous version history, you can see that there is a possibility for the next version to be the 7.2 one. Honestly though, this seems highly implausible, but we can’t completely exclude the possibility. At the same time, there is no doubt that Android O will be the next major update, including API 26 on board, but you can’t really prove that it is also version 8.0.
More Official Information
At the Google I/O event this year, Google released various screenshots regarding this topic at 8:00. This could actually mean that they are simply teasing the upcoming version, with the hour at which they released it.
We all know that Google loves to create a certain hype around their products, especially by playing with speculations. For example, in the 4th developer preview released for Android N, the team included “Namey McNameFace” as an Easter Egg. After that, people started speculating about the desserts that could be used for the titles in Android O and Android P.
However, there is some sort of official confirmation of Android O being version 8.0. The last Google Photos and Google Keep APKs that were published contain some references to Android 8.0.0, so this might mean the speculations are true.