Google Fiber gives wireless gigabit plan a boost with Webpass ISP buyout

It looks like Google is serious about this wireless gigabit internet thing. While they continue to expand the wired version of Google Fiber – there are reportedly 18 more cities on their expansion list – it’s Google’s buyout of wireless internet provider Webpass that has tech insiders’ attention. Webpass operates in the Silicon Valley corridor and provides both wired and wireless internet access for about $60 a month.

In April, a Google Fiber exec said the company was looking into providing wireless Fiber service where it would be too expensive to run a physical line to homes. Looks like they just snapped up their first major player in that effort.

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If you were watching C-SPAN yesterday, you may have witnessed a bit of tech and political history as Democrats staged a sit-in protest on the House floor over gun control measures.

As the sit-in wore on, Republican leaders ordered the House into recess – and since the House controls C-SPAN camera activity, they ordered the cameras to be shut off, even though speeches and protests continued on the floor. Those are the rules. Or, at least, those were the rules. But yesterday, some tech-savvy politicians got out their cell phones and began live-streaming the events back to C-SPAN using Facebook live video and Periscope video apps.

Suddenly, C-SPAN was back on the air live, and in a way not possible in years before. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan called the tech workaround “a publicity stunt” but C-SPAN spokesman Howard Mortmann told Politico that the livestream rebellion was “a milestone event.” Politicians always seem to be a bit behind when it comes to new technology, but now that the power of live video streaming has been ably demonstrated, expect to see a lot more of it.

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We hope you checked out our coverage of the top cars of 2016 with Marshawn Lynch, but one car we missed out on driving was this wee electric roadster, which we’re pretty sure Mr. Lynch would struggle to slip into. Not a struggle? Getting it to accelerate from zero to 60 miles an hour in just a smidge over 1.5 seconds. Oh yeah, that’s a record all right, and it crushes the likes of the Henessy Venom GT, Bugatti Veyron and all those other multi-million dollar cars.

So who built this tiny speed machine? Some big car company’s R&D team? Elon Musks oldest son? Nope – it was 30 students with the Academic Motorsports Club Zurich. And best of all, they made this very entertaining video about how they did it, so check it all out at this link.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Hi-viz bike reflectors and a tiny flashlight

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
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From tables to porches, Ring's Stick Up Cam watches wherever you want

Ring’s latest home security camera offers more versatility than ever before, with the ability to mount it, set it on a table, or put it inside or outside. We got a chance to test it out. Here’s how it went.
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'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
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Stay inside this winter with the best shows on Hulu, including 'Legion'

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Original ‘Shark Tank’ star Kevin Harrington on what he loves about CES

Broadcasting from CES, the hosts of Digital Trends Live had a chance to talk to entrepreneur and original Shark Tank star Kevin Harrington about his love of trade shows and how he invests.
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Digital Trends Live: Highlights from day 2 of CES 2019 outline future of tech

In our second day of coverage for the annual tech conference in Las Vegas, Greg Nibler and Maude Garrett welcomed guests from industry leaders like Verizon, Intel, and Microsoft and we went out on the floor to discover new tech.
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On the last day of CES, Digital Trends Live hands out awards and more

On the third and final day of CES, the annual tech trade show in Las Vegas, the Digital Trends Live team interviewed guests, dissected all the trends on display at the show, and gave awards to the very best tech.
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Digital Trends Live: New Motorola flip phone, ads in space, smart umbrella

On this episode of Digital Trends Live we discussed trending headlines like foldable smartphones and advertising in space. We also sat down with Caleb Denison and Ronan Glon to talk about the world of tech post CES 2019.
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Digital Trends Live: Netflix price hike, Starsona’s celeb connections, and more

On episode 48 of Digital Trends Live, hosts Greg Nibler, Adrien Warner, and Drew Prindle explored the tech news of the day, including Netflix’s controversial price hike, and an interview with Digital Domain’s Darren Hendler.
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Digital Trends Live: The dark age of streaming, booze delivery, and more

On the latest episode of Digital Trends Live, DT's daily morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Nicole Raney explored the biggest news from the tech world. On this week's episode: A massive data breach, the dark age of streaming, and more.
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Digital Trends Live: Oscar nominations, the future of blockchain, and more

From Oscar nominations, to the latest Spotify and Uber features, there was a lot to discuss on this episode of Digital Trends Live. Journalist Rachel Wolfson also joined the show to talk about the future of cryptocurrency.
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Digital Trends Live: Double-folding phones, the best gaming laptops, and more

AirPod rumors and the latest news about foldable phones highlight Wednesday's episode of Digital Trends Live. We also sat down with Calvin Iverson to talk about how to travel on a budget and how millennials are changing the travel industry.
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Digital Trends Live: Amazon Scout, Soraya Darabi, and Joey Ricard

On episode 53 of Digital Trends Live, DT's live morning show, hosts Greg Nibler and Drew Prindle discussed the latest in tech news, including Amazon's new delivery drone, CRISPR babies, and more.