Today Google announced that they are moving into the WiFi router market. The new router is produced through a partnership with TP-Link and it’s called OnHub. Google is marketing OnHub as a router that is simple to setup, effortless to maintain, and highly reliable. Much like Apple’s AirPort Extreme, the OnHub is a very tall router in order to integrate internal antennas, and it is managed via an app for your iOS or Android device. The mobile app will also allow you to see which devices are using bandwidth, and to apply QoS rules to limit devices from using too much. During setup it will automatically select the best channel for minimal interference, and can adjust on its own as necessary. Software updates are also automatically downloaded and applied, which makes it essentially self maintaining as long as Google’s promise of reliable connectivity is met.
As far as specifications go, OnHub is marketed as an AC 1900 router which really says it’s a 3×3 802.11ac router that which has a data rate of 1300Mbps on an 802.11ac link and 600Mbps on an 802.11n link. In addition to being a dead simple WiFi router, OnHub also comes with support for the major protocols which will be used by home automation devices, including Bluetooth Smart, Google Brillo/Weave, and IEEE 802.15.4. The OnHub router is available for preorder now from various retailers in the US, and both the blue and black versions cost $199
Source: Official Google Blog
In their original founders letters written 11 years ago, Larry Page and Sergey Brin wrote, “Google is not a conventional company. We do not intend to become one.” In the recent past, Google has been actively present in the areas other than search business, but this is the mother of all surprises. Google as we know doesn’t exist anymore. The company has decided to restructure itself under a new company called Alphabet Inc. and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin will be Alphabet’s CEO and president respectively.
So, Google is now part of Alphabet Inc. and the co-founders want to expand themselves to the spheres other than search business. In the announcement, Larry Page says that he and Sergey are seriously in the business of starting new things. Alphabet will be comprised of Google, Google X lab, Nest, Calico and other ventures. Alphabet will be acting as a parent entity and Google will be reporting to it with its new CEO Sundar Pichai.
Google (read Alphabet) is changing its corporate structure to reflect that it comprises of things other than Google and out of all the Alphabets, G stands for Google.
Alphabet’s CEO Larry Page said in his blog post:
Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable. So we are creating a new company, called Alphabet. I am really excited to be running Alphabet as CEO with help from my capable partner, Sergey, as President.
Alphabet will also be replacing Google as a publicly traded entity and all the shares of Google will be now under the name of Alphabet. Google will now be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alphabet.
Read more about Alphabet and Google here in Larry Page’s blog post and share your views in comments below.
The torrent pirates that keep hurting the million-dollar movie studios by uploading the data using their torrent clients are their biggest enemies of movie industry. To keep an eye on such activities, probably movie studios have some kind of system to scan for their movies on torrent. They collect these links and submit them to Google for take down request. As a result, sometimes you might have seen a small message at the bottom of some search results mentioning that some sites have been removed due to copyright infringement.
Recently, in a hilarious piece of mistake by the movie studios, it was noticed that they’ve been submitting their own own desktop computers’ addresses for content takedown request to Google. Studios have been repeatedly asking Google to take down files for “http://127.0.0.1″- the system’s very own ‘localhost address’ where a torrent client is uploading the files.
Universal Pictures France’s request to remove the files of Jurassic World hosted at the local address 127.0.0.1 is making all kinds of news over the internet.
It may be possible that the movie studios have some kind of automated system based on some flawed algorithm and submits removal requests to Google. Chilling Effects has published a long list of DMCA complaints that direct to 127.0.01. Another more ridiculous incident is related to the Trident Media Guard- a company working with the French government on some program to curb privacy.
It’s amusing to see people involved with anti-piracy programs and complaining against the piracy, are being ratted by their their own local host. Take a look at the list of copyright infringement issues being ridiculed by the studios themselves:
Did you find this incident of reporting their own localhost for piracy amusing? Tell us in comments below.