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Environment
6:14 am
Mon October 27, 2014

Big Tech May Determine Fate Of Renewable Energy In NC

Apple's solar farm in Maiden, NC.
Credit Apple

When Apple makes an announcement – any announcement – the world stops and listens. And while it wasn’t a new product launch, when Apple CEO Tim Cook spoke last month ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, it was a big deal.

“We have a huge data center in Maiden North Carolina,” Cook said. “There were no options to buy renewable energy. Our only way to do that, was to build it.”

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The State Of Things
10:10 am
Thu February 27, 2014

The Triangle's Chances For Google Fiber

Google Fiber in Kansas City, MO
Credit UCFFool on Flickr

    

Google recently announced nine metro areas under consideration for its latest internet technology: Google Fiber.

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Politics & Government
2:02 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

What's It Like To Have Internet 100 Times Faster Than Broadband?

Yesterday we wrote about the possibility that Google Fiber might come to the Triangle. Google Fiber is new technology that delivers high speed Internet, 100 times faster than basic broadband. (Read our original story below for more about the announcement.)

Google Fiber first deployed in Kansas City. So we decided to call a resident and find out what it's like.

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The State of Things
11:46 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Artists Take On Surveillance State

"Surveying the Terrain" at CAM Raleigh. Artists: Maya Lin, David Maisel, Trevor Paglan
CAM Raleigh

Surveying the Terrain,” a new exhibition at Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum, CAM, uses surveillance and mapping tools towards artistic ends. 

The artists in the exhibition traded in their paintbrushes and canvases in favor of Google Earth, satellite images, and aerial photographs.  Brooklyn-based artist Matthew Jensen used Google Street view for his project 49 States, visiting every state except Hawaii.

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Science & Technology
5:27 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Google Glass Chooses Durham For First Stop

Reporter Leoneda Inge tests a tangerine pair of Google Glass.
Credit Leoneda Inge

Durham is the first stop on the national Google Glass tour.

No, these titanium framed wearable computers are not for sale yet.  The Google X Team says it will be sometime next year. These science fiction-like frames come in several colors – including Sky, which looks a lot like Carolina Blue.

“To talk to your Google Glass, you have to say Okay Glass," Reporter Leoneda Inge said while trying on a pair.

She'll need several more lessons.  Wilson White is Public Policy Counsel for Google Glass.  

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Business & Economy
5:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

"American Underground" Selected For Google Tech Hub

Smashing Boxes is one of several tech companies working out of The American Underground in Durham.
Credit Leoneda Inge

The American Underground in Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District has been selected by Google to be a part of its “Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network.”

The American Underground was launched three years ago – a home away from home for many young techies.  The "Terminator 2 Judgment Day" pinball machine gets a workout.

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Science & Technology
4:52 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Google Names Cary The Leading NC City For Online Business

Google named Cary the state's 2013 eCity for the strength of its online small business community.
Credit Google

Google has announced its first eCity awards, recognizing one city in every state for the strength of its online business community. In North Carolina, Google gave that distinction to Cary for the high percentage of small businesses that leverage the Internet to connect with customers. Being an eCity won’t earn Cary cash prizes or awards, but it does earn the mayor a congratulatory phone call from Google and some hefty bragging rights.

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