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2014 Will Be the Year You Actually Want a Smart Watch

January 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 2014 will probably be the year of the smart watch. Apple is expected to unveil one, which might do better than the disappointments from Samsung and Sony. Google will come out with one too (paywall), reports the Wall Street Journal. It could be unlike any other on the market, with...

2013 Was a Lost Year for Tech Innovation

December 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow All in, 2013 was an embarrassment for the entire tech industry and the engine that powers it—Silicon Valley. Innovation was replaced by financial engineering, mergers and acquisitions, and evasion of regulations. Not a single breakthrough product was unveiled—and for reasons outlined below, Google Glass doesn’t count.If it’s in the nature...

This Needs to Be Invented Before the Internet of Things Can Take Off

December 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As Quartz has already reported, the Internet of Things is already here, and in the not too distant future it will replace the Web. Many enabling technologies have arrived which will make the Internet of things ubiquitous, and thanks to smartphones, the public is finally ready to accept that it...

How the 'Internet of Things' Will Replace the Web

December 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We’ve already written about why 2014 is really, finally the year that the “Internet of things”—that effort to remotely control every object on earth—becomes visible in our everyday lives. But most of us don’t recognize just how far the internet of things will go, from souped-up gadgets that track our...

Most Americans Don’t Know What Bitcoin Is

December 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Bloomberg surveyed a bunch of Americans and discovered that only 42% could correctly identify what bitcoin is. A small minority (12%) thought bitcoin was either an Xbox game or an iPhone app. (Scroll to the bottom of this Bloomberg page for an unintentionally hilarious pie chart depicting the results.) However,...

Who Actually Uses Google+? Techs

December 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A new survey of Google+ users reveals that the earnest social media also-ran is inhabited by people who work in IT, people who are self-employed, and people who like to describe themselves as “decision makers.” In other words, if Facebook is for moms and Twitter is for journalists, Google+ is...

Now Your iPhone Can Pester You to Buy Whatever You’re Standing Next to

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you own any iPhone more recent than the 4, walk into any US Apple retail store today and you’ll get a taste of the possibly-dystopian future of retail and the internet of things. That’s because Apple just rolled out a technology called iBeacon in all 254 of its US...

America’s Outer-Space Spy Program Has a New Mascot: a World-Eating Octopus

December 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Reconnaissance Office, which is responsible for America’s prodigious fleet of spy satellites, launched a secret satellite into orbit on December 5, and this is its mission logo. The official twitter account of James Clapper, principle advisor to President Obama on intelligence and national security, dropped it in public...

UPS and Fedex Are Also Working on Drone Delivery Systems

December 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon’s next-day shipping miracle is possible only because it relies on companies like UPS to deliver its goods. So the news that UPS is experimenting with its own drone delivery system, reported today by The Verge, is an implicit endorsement of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s announcement at the weekend of...

Cisco’s Bad Quarter Shows How NSA Spying Could Freeze American Companies Out of a Trillion-dollar Opportunity

November 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cisco announced two important things in today’s earnings report: The first is that the company is aggressively moving into the Internet of Things—the effort to connect just about every object on earth to the internet—by rolling out new technologies. The second is that Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in...

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