Tech 2.0 for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Contributor: Matt Davenport
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Updated: 4/10/2013 3:15 pm


Google announced that Austin, Texas will be the next city to get its ultra-high-speed fiber network. Google Fiber offers Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second, which Google says is 100 times faster than the average American Internet user's service. Austin is the third city to get access to Google fiber. Google launched the service last summer in select neighborhoods in Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri. It says it will begin connecting Austin homes by the middle of next year. But it will have some competition. Shortly after Google's news conference, AT&T announced it will also offer one gigabit connections in Austin. It's part of AT&T and it's "Project VIP," a bid to expand broadband access.

IDC says PC global shipments of PCs fell 14 percent in the first three months this year, the sharpest plunge seen since the research firm started tracking the industry in 1994. The firm says the appeal of tablets and smartphones is pulling money away from PC sales, but it also blames Microsoft's latest version of Windows, which has a new look and forces users to learn new ways to control their machines. Microsoft launched Windows 8 on Oct. 26, hoping to revitalize the PC industry and borrow some of the excitement that surrounds tablets. PC shipments were already falling, but the latest report suggests the decline is speeding up.

Panasonic is introducing the latest model in its series of compact, interchangeable lens digital cameras. The company says the GF6 has a new 16-megapixel sensor and image processing engine. Panasonic touts the new camera's fast operation and low light capability. There's a new wrinkle too in connectivity. The GF6 has both built-in WiFi and NFC. NFC will allow the camera to connect to smartphones that also use the wireless technology. The GF6 records HD video with full-time autofocus. No word yet though on price or availability.


Is Google Fiber set to make Austin the home of lightning-fast Internet? http://t.co/gvCu7lRkC9

Mere Hours After Google Announces Its Plans, AT&T Announces Its Own Plans For Gigabit Fiber In Austin http://t.co/Abojsx4zvh

Google Fiber’s Next Stop: Austin, Texas. Blog post: http://t.co/WQkOnCjoOj Google Fiber’s Next Stop: Austin, Texas. Blog post: http://t.co/WQkOnCjoOj, Video: http://t.co/eKnFvl2wCo

Global PC shipments declined 14% in first quarter, with 76.3 million units sent; worst drop since record keeping began in 1994: IDC

PC shipments post steepest decline ever in Q1 2013, down 13.9% year-over-year to 76.3m units http://t.co/xq2QTzDMHA

Research firm IDC: Global PC shipments plunge 14% in 1st quarter as Windows 8 flops - @AP http://t.co/jHFREuuWXF

Panasonic DMC-GF6 brings NFC to interchangeable lens cameras http://t.co/mhfhAV5UzM

Panasonic DMC-GF6 brings NFC to interchangeable lens cameras: Panasonic has revealed its latest GF Series came... http://t.co/D0V1FqZlKX
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