Google adopts Boston Dynamics' animal robots Video
Google adopts Boston Dynamics' animal robots Video Transcript
Prepare yourselves. The Google bots are coming. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Google is very serious about building its own fleet of robots. It has acquired several robot-making companies and it most recently purchased Boston Dynamics. It's an engineering company that's gained fame for its animal-like robots such as the WildCat, which can run 16 miles an hour. Boston Dynamics has designed robots for the Pentagon and it also is working on a humanoid robot called Atlas. It can walk through rubble and handle many obstacles. Google told the New York Times that it will honor existing government contracts, but it's not out to become a military contractor on its own. You see, Google maybe working on robots that can help do work in a warehouse or a manufacturing plant or maybe these robots will eventually help humans in the home. Google does have big dreams, but it would take many years for that to happen. The guy in charge of this new robot department at Google used to be in charge of the Android operating system and Google isn't the only one with ambitious acquisitions. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is working on a bid to merge with T-Mobile next year. Sprint may be offering more than $20 billion, but according to the journal, Sprint hasn't decided yet if it'll actually move ahead with the bid to buy T-Mobile. In the meantime, Sprint expanded its 4G LTE coverage to 70 more cities. In total, Sprints fast service is now in 300 markets across the US and it's gonna play catch up to the other 3 carriers when it comes to rolling out 4G LTE. But Sprint has also been touting a new program called Sprint Spark. It uses new technology to ramp up 4G speeds to a possible 60 megabits a second, compare that to 4Gs average speed of 8 megabits per second. That means a one hour HD video would download in under 3 minutes. Sprint says the technology could go as fast as one gigabit per second, but right now. Sprint Spark is only in New York, LA, Chicago, Tampa, and Miami and you can only reach that speed with a tri-band device such as the Galaxy S4. Amazon is making a last minute holiday shopping push to sell more Kindle Tablets by offering an interest-free payment plan. For those that want the KindleFire HDX and the HDX 8.9, you can pay for the android tablets in 4 installments over the course of 9 months. So, if you want the 7-inch version, you just put down $58 and Amazon will automatically bill you the rest every 3 months. Amazon is offering that until December 24th. That's your tech news update you could find more details at cnet.com/update and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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