internet http://kut.org en Google Fiber's Slow Start to High-Speed Internet in Austin http://kut.org/post/google-fibers-slow-start-high-speed-internet-austin <p>“We hope to have services to our first customers by the middle of 2014.”</p><p>As recently as May 17, this message was posted on the&nbsp;<a href="https://fiber.google.com/cities/austin/support/">Google Fiber website for Austin</a>, according to the <a href="https://archive.org/web/">Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine</a>.</p><p>Well, July 2 marked the middle of 2014, and&nbsp;beside the&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/googlefiber/status/476054649636528130">announcement of a new employee</a>, Austinites hungry for the tech giant’s ultra-fast Internet service – first promised in April 2013 – have received nary an update. Except for a vague update to the website, that is: “We hope to have services to our first customers later this year.”</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158283464&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:41:08 +0000 Ryan Kailath & Joy Diaz 10744 at http://kut.org Google Fiber's Slow Start to High-Speed Internet in Austin FCC Gives Initial OK To New Internet Traffic Rules http://kut.org/post/fcc-gives-initial-ok-new-internet-rules-comment-period-opens New rules for how Internet traffic is governed were officially unveiled and approved for public comment <a href="http://www.fcc.gov/events/open-commission-meeting-may-2014" target="_blank">following a 3-2 vote Thursday</a> by members of the Federal Communications Commission.<p><a href="http://www.newser.com/article/7826a63cda1f403cad45194c277c3bc8/fcc-pushes-forward-new-net-neutrality-rules-that-would-set-standards-for-internet-fast-lanes.html" target="_blank">The Associated Press </a>notes that the new rules "could set standards for Internet providers who wish to create paid priority fast lan Thu, 15 May 2014 16:06:22 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10424 at http://kut.org FCC Gives Initial OK To New Internet Traffic Rules In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch http://kut.org/post/austin-fiber-wars-little-guy-beats-google-att-punch <p><em>For KUT&nbsp;News and <a href="http://reportingtexas.com/">Reporting Texas</a>:&nbsp;</em></p><p>Another competitor is joining the fiber arms race in Austin.</p><p>San Marcos-based <a href="http://mygrande.com/">Grande Communications</a> says it will begin rolling out its own super-fast Internet service – offering speeds up to 1 gigabits per second (Gbps) – in select Austin neighborhoods starting next week. The service, which Grande is calling “Power 1000,” would cost $65 per month, with no contract or activity monitoring.</p><p>As a comparison, Internet speeds of 1 Gbps allow a user to download a full-length film in about 10 seconds, compared to over two minutes with a 50 megabits per second (Mbps), which is generally the top-tier speed offered to consumers by most Internet service providers.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 19:29:38 +0000 Andrew Huygen 9816 at http://kut.org In Austin Fiber Wars, the Little Guy Beats Google & AT&T to the Punch Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet http://kut.org/post/obama-secures-funding-help-connect-students-internet President Obama on Tuesday announced that technology companies had pledged $750 million in equipment and services that would help connect students to the Internet.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/02/04/obama-schools-high-speed-internet-adelphi-maryland/5203225/"><em>USA Today</em> reports</a>:<p><blockquote><p>"Money from Apple, Microsoft, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and other companies, combined with $2 billion from the Federal Communications Commission, will help connect up to 15,000 schools and 20 million students.<p>"These businesses 'want educated customers,' Obama t Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:43:40 +0000 9717 at http://kut.org Obama Secures Funding To Help Connect Students To Internet Firefighters' Dog Rescue Goes Viral, But Pets Still Lost After Austin Flood http://kut.org/post/firefighters-dog-rescue-goes-viral-pets-still-lost-after-austin-flood <p>More than 120 pets have been brought in to the <a href="http://www.austinhumanesociety.org">Austin Humane Society</a> since the city's <a href="http://kut.org/post/austin-travis-county-works-rebuild-devastating-halloween-floods">Halloween floods</a>.</p><p>Some were rescued from the water – as seen in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=601433459924130&amp;set=a.367761156624696.87068.356844321049713&amp;type=1&amp;theater">this photo</a> of a dog rescue that’s been <a href="http://now.msn.com/austin-fire-department-rescues-dog-from-flood-in-viral-pic">shared 7,700 times on Facebook</a>. Others were dropped off by their owners, who need a safe place for their animals to stay while they get back on their feet.</p><p>Humane Society spokesperson Kelly Hanes says dozens of animals have been reunited with loved ones. But many others remain unclaimed – including Panda, the German Shepherd-type dog seen hugging an Austin firefighter as he carried her from the flood waters.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:30:02 +0000 Laura Rice 9144 at http://kut.org Firefighters' Dog Rescue Goes Viral, But Pets Still Lost After Austin Flood Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers? http://kut.org/post/can-texas-supreme-court-force-google-unmask-anonymous-bloggers <p>Let's say you're angry with your boss. &nbsp;You go online and vent in an anonymous post. It's therapeutic,&nbsp;sure. But now your boss wants to sue for defamation. &nbsp;</p><p>In Texas, courts haven't settled on guidelines for online defamation. But a little-discussed case before the Texas Supreme Court could help determine if the state can force companies like Google to identify anonymous bloggers.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 16:38:25 +0000 David Brown 9097 at http://kut.org Can Texas' Supreme Court Force Google to Unmask Anonymous Bloggers? Who Benefits From UT's Massive Open Online Courses? http://kut.org/post/who-benefits-uts-massive-open-online-courses <p><em>This is the first of a two-part look at the University of Texas' Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), now halfway through their initial semester. <strong><a href="http://kut.org/post/are-uts-massive-online-courses-making-grade">Read Part One here</a></strong>.</em></p><p>So what it UT getting <a href="http://kut.org/post/ut-system-offers-free-online-courses-college-credit-still-costs-you">for its $5 million investment</a> in edX?&nbsp;</p><p>UT Psychology department chair James Pennebaker describes the money spent on edX as a "great investment." He isn't certain how education will look in the near future – but he said no one has that answer.&nbsp;</p><p>"UT and any serious university has to be revolutionary in its thinking,” Pennebaker says. “We have to look forward to new technologies and teaching strategies.”</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 20:22:48 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Roy Varney 9022 at http://kut.org Who Benefits From UT's Massive Open Online Courses? Are UT's Massive Online Courses Making the Grade? http://kut.org/post/are-uts-massive-online-courses-making-grade <p><em>This is the first of a two-part look at the University of Texas' Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), now halfway through their initial semester. </em></p><p>The University of Texas’ grand entry into Massive Open Online Courses is underway. The courses, better known as MOOCs, are offered as free ways for the general public to access high quality education.</p><p>By any traditional college metric, UT's MOOCs, offered for the first time this fall, would be performing terribly: The majority of students who signed up have dropped out, there is no way to detect cheating, and the grading systems are automated. But halfway through the semester, education experts view UT's MOOCs as a success – and a necessity for building the future of its education network. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:53:08 +0000 Roy Varney 9006 at http://kut.org Are UT's Massive Online Courses Making the Grade? Alleged Mastermind of Deep Web's Hidden Drug Marketplace Has Austin Ties http://kut.org/post/alleged-mastermind-deep-webs-hidden-drug-marketplace-has-austin-ties <p>The man behind Silk Road &ndash; a site on the hidden &ldquo;deep web&rdquo; where users can buy drugs &ndash; has been arrested. And he appears to have Austin ties.</p><p>The FBI arrested Ross William Ulbricht this morning, accusing him of multiple offenses in connection with running Silk Road.</p><p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 21:20:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8842 at http://kut.org Alleged Mastermind of Deep Web's Hidden Drug Marketplace Has Austin Ties Meme Mix-Up: 'Unhelpful High School Teacher' in Austin School Guide http://kut.org/post/meme-mix-unhelpful-high-school-teacher-austin-school-guide <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the dangers in using a stock photo? You never know who else has used it.</span></p><p>That’s the situation the Austin School District is finding itself in. As <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/1ldgi4/aisd_uses_the_stock_photo_from_the_unhelpful/">a post</a> on the Austin Reddit page points out, the stock photo gracing the cover of AISD’s guide for new hires is the same photo used in a popular, unfortunately named meme: <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/unhelpful-high-school-teacher">Unhelpful High School Teacher</a>.</p><p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:23:52 +0000 Wells Dunbar 8575 at http://kut.org Meme Mix-Up: 'Unhelpful High School Teacher' in Austin School Guide 15,000 Already Registered for UT Austin's edX Classes (Update) http://kut.org/post/15000-already-registered-ut-austins-edx-classes-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>The University of Texas System says nearly 15,000 people from around the world have signed up for free, online classes offered by the University of Texas at Austin in just the first three days of enrollment.</p><p>The most popular edX class offered by UT so far is Energy 101&nbsp; –&nbsp; with more than 5,000 registrants. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 13:10:15 +0000 Bobby Blanchard & Laura Rice 7167 at http://kut.org 15,000 Already Registered for UT Austin's edX Classes (Update) The (Mis)Pronunciations That Keep Austin Weird http://kut.org/post/mispronunciations-keep-austin-weird <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure – Austin’s weird.</span></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:13:32 +0000 Andrew Weber 6714 at http://kut.org The (Mis)Pronunciations That Keep Austin Weird Watch: 'Harlem Shake' Rattles UT Austin http://kut.org/post/watch-harlem-shake-rattles-ut-austin <p>It looks like the 40 Acres can’t get enough of the Harlem Shake.&nbsp;Today, a local filmmaker set up at the University of Texas to film the third Harlem Shake video set on campus.</p><p>In case the meme’s passed you by, here’s the scoop: Harlem Shake is an instrumental track from American DJ and producer <a href="https://soundcloud.com/baauer">Baauer</a>. Featuring <a href="http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/13635-harlem-shake/">what Pitchfork Media calls</a> a “menacing, world-smashing bassline that would cause even&nbsp;<a href="http://moviechutzpah.files.wordpress.com/2008/07/hasbro_cloverfield_monster_toy_1.jpg">the&nbsp;<em>Cloverfield</em>&nbsp;monster</a>&nbsp;to shudder in his gills,” the track provides the ideal soundtrack for viral videos. Know Your Meme <a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/harlem-shake">has a comprehensive timeline</a> detailing the dance’s proliferation.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:47:17 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues & Wells Dunbar 6640 at http://kut.org Watch: 'Harlem Shake' Rattles UT Austin UT Announces Free Online Classes http://kut.org/post/ut-announces-free-online-classes <p>Beginning this fall, the University of Texas<a href="https://www.edx.org/university_profile/UTx"> will start offering free online courses</a> through the non-profit organization EdX.</p><p>The UT Board of Regents <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/ut-system-offers-free-online-courses-college-credit-still-costs-you">authorized a partnership with EdX</a> last fall. As KUT News wrote at the time, classes offered through EdX&nbsp;are not for college credit; instead, participants can earn a "certificate of mastery." The university says its also exploring the expansion of online learning for enrolled students.</p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:41:33 +0000 Wells Dunbar 6543 at http://kut.org UT Announces Free Online Classes In Rapid-Fire 2012, Memes' Half-Life Fell To A Quarter http://kut.org/post/rapid-fire-2012-memes-half-life-fell-quarter <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBlgSz8sSM</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MnpzG5Sqc</p> Thu, 27 Dec 2012 14:17:37 +0000 Neda Ulaby 5980 at http://kut.org In Rapid-Fire 2012, Memes' Half-Life Fell To A Quarter Group Of Internet Trolls Claims Thousands Of Tumblr Blogs Infected By Worm http://kut.org/post/group-internet-trolls-claims-thousands-tumblr-blogs-infected-worm A notorious group of Internet trolls says it has unleashed a worm that has littered Tumblr blogs with inflammatory and racist posts.<p><a href="http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/3/3722112/tumblr-hack-gnaa">According to the technology site The Verge</a>, GNNA, whose full name we can't print in a family blog, says the worm has infected more than 8,000 accounts. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:33:39 +0000 5805 at http://kut.org Group Of Internet Trolls Claims Thousands Of Tumblr Blogs Infected By Worm UT System Offers Free Online Courses - But College Credit Still Costs You http://kut.org/post/ut-system-offers-free-online-courses-college-credit-still-costs-you <p>The University of Texas System Board of regents <a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/news/2012/10/15/university-texas-system-joins-edx" target="_blank">voted unanimously this morning </a>to join an initiative to provide free online courses to anyone through a non-profit organization called edX.</p><p>Right now, <a href="https://www.edx.org/" target="_blank">classes offered through edX</a> are not for college credit. Instead, participants can earn a "certificate of mastery." But the UT System has plans to change that in order to help enrolled students take the classes they need.</p><p>UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa says that option <em>would</em> have a cost associated with it.</p><p>“What that tuition might be is going to have to be a decision made by the campus and, ultimately, by the board of regents," Cigarroa says. "So I can envision a multi-tiered approach. But, fundamentally, all the content that we provide in this massively open online course, you can have access for free, I can have access for free, our alumni can have access for free. But there’s also an opportunity for a multi-tiered approach.”</p><p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:52:36 +0000 Laura Rice 5338 at http://kut.org UT System Offers Free Online Courses - But College Credit Still Costs You The End of Trivia App 'Qrank,' One Tweet at a Time http://kut.org/post/end-trivia-app-qrank-one-tweet-time <p>The social trivia game Qrank (pronounced "crank") is no more.</p><p>Co-founders and Austinites Rodney Gibbs and Michael Baird <a href="http://qrankthegame.com/news">posted a &nbsp;message titled “Goodbye”</a> on the game’s website on Monday, and announced that that morning’s edition would be the last of the daily quiz.</p><p>Qrank had been voraciously consumed by a legion of loyal players since 2010. As explained on the game’s website, the goal was to “choose 15 of the 20 possible questions and answer them quickly and accurately to beat your friends and earn achievements.” The game was available on Facebook and as a mobile app.</p><p>But while&nbsp;Qrank&nbsp;maintained close to 25,000 “likes” on Facebook and more than 8,500 Twitter followers, interaction with all of those fans waned over the last several months. Wed, 10 Oct 2012 13:32:24 +0000 Laura Rice 5290 at http://kut.org The End of Trivia App 'Qrank,' One Tweet at a Time How an Austin Marriage Proposal Exploded Across the Internet http://kut.org/post/how-austin-marriage-proposal-exploded-across-internet <p>Imagine a private wedding proposal. Now imagine that private moment hurtling across the Internet to untold thousands of people.</p><p>That was the position Austinite Joel Bush found himself in, when <a href="http://www.patlu.com/blog/in-my-moment-of-fame/">photographer Patrick Lu</a> snapped a beautiful photo of Bush&rsquo;s proposal to his girlfriend, at dusk on the Texas Capitol grounds.</p><p>The photo was posted to <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/austin">the Austin page</a> of social-sharing website Reddit, with the caption, &ldquo;<a href="http://imgur.com/6NPFR">Did any of you propose at the capital last night?</a>&rdquo;</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:52:37 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4819 at http://kut.org How an Austin Marriage Proposal Exploded Across the Internet Bridging the Digital Divide: Conference Aims to Bring Broadband Internet to All Texans http://kut.org/post/bridging-digital-divide-conference-aims-bring-broadband-internet-all-texans <p>In Texas, nearly&nbsp;one million households still are not using the Internet. More than 38 percent of Texans are still not connected to high-speed Internet at home, even though they could be.&nbsp;And with 11 percent of the Texas population completely unconnected, a lack of digital literacy is a real issue.</p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.connectedtx.org/broadband-summit">Connected Texas Broadband Summit</a>, being held today in Dallas, is for anyone who wants to address those issues.&nbsp;<br /><br /> &ldquo;We want to help plan to create initiatives and momentum behind expanding broadband in areas where it remains gapped, and in areas where digital literacy and broadband adoption lag behind,&rdquo; explained&nbsp;<a href="mailto:jditto@connectednation.org">Jessica Ditto</a>, Director of Communications for Connected Nations. Tue, 05 Jun 2012 20:05:51 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4401 at http://kut.org Bridging the Digital Divide: Conference Aims to Bring Broadband Internet to All Texans