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Briefly: SXSW app to use iBeacons, Apple promotes security team

03/03, 5:13pm

Austin-based music fest app will rely on 1,000 iBeacons to offer location-based info

The official SXSW music fest app for iOS and Android, SXSW Go, will tie into a network of 1,000 iBeacons placed around the festival's various venues to help users connect to friends, ensure they are at the right location, and let them know what events are scheduled at the venue they are in now, among other helpful information. Non-attendees can also use the app to view video feeds from various events.

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Briefly: Google Fiber Austin sign-ups begin, NORAD Santa Tracker

12/02, 6:49am

Google accepts sign-ups for Fiber service in Austin

Google has started to accept sign-ups for the Google Fiber "fiberhoods" in Austin. Starting with areas in the south and south-east of the city, residential customers can sign up for plans offering Gigabit Internet and TV services for $130 per month, Gigabit Internet alone for $70 per month, or a 5Mbps connection for no monthly charge but a $300 construction fee, with a business plan providing Gigabit Internet for $100 per month. Other parts of the city will be brought into the Google Fiber sign-up process in the future.

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Google Fiber launching in Austin in December following delays

10/16, 6:05am

Fiberhood sign-up system will be reused for deciding Austin construction priority

Residents of Austin won't have much longer to wait before they can start using Google Fiber. The search company revealed in a recent planning meeting at the Texas capitol that it would start to launch its delayed fiber network in the region from December, though not all areas will gain access to the high-speed Internet connection at first.

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Time Warner Cable rolls out TWC Maxx in Austin, future cities named

08/01, 12:13pm

Austin TWC Maxx upgrade includes connection speed increases, improved TV service

Time Warner Cable is expanding the TWC Maxx initiative it launched earlier this year in Los Angeles and New York City, by upgrading its network in Austin, Texas, along with seven other markets at a later time. Subscriber speed increases for its Internet service are touted, for both consumer and business customers, alongside an expansion of the TWC Wi-Fi network into the greater Austin area, and a new "all-digital" TV line-up.

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Briefly: RealPlayer Cloud goes international, Aereo launch in Austin

02/24, 12:45pm

RealPlayer Cloud now available for international users

RealNetworks has announced today that RealPlayer Cloud is now available for international users. RealPlayer Cloud provides users with 2GB of free cloud storage space, with additional storage available through subscription plans starting at $5 per month for 25GB of data. The app offers users moving, watching and sharing of videos with any user on any device, across platforms, supporting a wide variety of video formats.

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Apple moving personnel into new Austin operations center

02/07, 8:02pm

First two buildings now open, part of $282M overall expansion plan

The first portion of the planned expansion of Apple's existing Austin campus is complete, with certificates of occupancy now issued for the first two of six planned buildings on the expanded site, which will now be home to the company's "Americas Operations Center." Two parking garages and two additional buildings are also planned and in various stages of permitting. When the first phase is fully complete in 2015, the campus will double its present workforce.

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AT&T opens registrations for fiber Internet service in Austin

12/11, 4:02pm

Cheaper fiber plan requires monitoring of high-speed Internet connection

AT&T has started accepting registrations for its fiber-based Internet offering in Austin, as the company continues to fight against Google Fiber. U-Verse with GigaPower offers residents in the city TV services and Internet access at speeds of up to 300Mbps, which will be upgraded to gigabit speeds at no extra charge when it becomes available in 2014, though an option for a cheaper plan requires AT&T to monitor the connection's usage.

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Google Fiber registrations reopen for Kansas City, details expansion

11/21, 6:14am

Austin to go through same Fiberhood system as Kansas City

Google will be giving residents of Kansas City another chance to sign up for Google Fiber. The second chance to both the Kansas and Montana versions of Kansas City is accompanied by more details about the company's rollout to surrounding areas, as well as its fiber network construction project due to start in Austin, Texas.

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AT&T starts work on gigabit fiber Internet in Austin, Texas

10/01, 7:34am

Offering free upgrades to gigabit speeds for 300Mbps subscribers

AT&T is following through with its plans to spoil Google Fiber in Austin, as it starts to deploy its own fiber network in the city and surrounding area. The 100-percent fiber Internet from the carrier will be preceded by a deployment of its U-verse with GigaPower service, complete with "more advanced TV services and features," starting this December.

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Construction on Apple campus in Austin TX continues

04/22, 7:56pm

First office building nearly complete, part of first phase

Photos revealed on AppleInsider have shown that construction on the first phase of Apple's new Austin, Texas expansion campus is progressing smoothly. From outward appearances, the first of two planned office buildings and a parking garage in the first phase of the construction are already well along, with the former already having been painted hand having had its glass windows installed. When the first phase is complete in 2015, the project will double Apple's present Austin workforce to over 7,000 workers.

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Google Fiber officially expanding to Austin, Texas in 2014

04/09, 1:22pm

Austin Gigabit Internet likely to cost same as Kansas City project

Google has officially announced it will be building its fiber Internet service in Austin, Texas. The expansion, leaked over the last few days, will see Austin become the second city after Kansas City to get the Gigabit Internet and TV service through Google Fiber, with the company hoping to "start connecting homes" to the network by mid-2014.

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Austin Apple campus expanding, now adding second building

01/30, 7:47pm

Construction progressing to meet 2015 deadline

New construction on a second building as part of the expansion of the Apple campus in Austin TX is proceeding apace, alongside a not-yet-completed matching office building that together will provide 200,000 square feet of office space and cost $56.5 million. The construction is part of an overall plan to build facilities totalling a million square feet of new office and facility space towards the remaking of the campus into Apple's official "Americas Operation Center," serving both North and South America.

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