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You Can Replace Your PC With a Smartphone. But Will You?

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sales of PCs continue to decline, and that’s forcing PC makers to get creative. The latest example is an attempt by Acer, currently the number four maker of PCs in the world by market share, to replace the PC forever—with the smartphone. Acer Extend prototype, which was unveiled this week...

What Hasn’t Leaked About the Next iPhone Is the Only Thing That Matters

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Sept. 10, Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone and a (rumored, but essentially confirmed) “cheap” iPhone 5C. The price of the forthcoming “iPhone 5C” will determine its success in both the US and China, and will tell us a great deal about which market Apple is prioritizing,...

The Wireless Network With a Mile Range That the 'Internet of Things' Could Be Built on

September 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robotics engineer Taylor Alexander needed to lift a nuclear cooling tower off its foundation using 19 high-strength steel cables, and the Android app that was supposed to accomplish it, for which he’d just paid a developer $20,000, was essentially worthless. Undaunted and on deadline—the tower needed a new foundation, and...

How New Zealand Banned Software Patents Without Violating International Law

August 29, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What do you do when you’re a small country with a technology industry convinced that innovation requires the banning of software patents, but you’ve signed an international treaty that in theory obliges you to make software patentable? If you’re New Zealand, you simply declare, in a historic and long-debated bit...

How the Syrian Electronic Army “Hacked” the New York Times, Twitter and the Huffington Post

August 28, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For a short time on Tuesday the website of the New York Times was inaccessible to many people. It’s apparently the victim of an attack by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), the group of hackers that supports Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and who started out by hacking their ideological foes...

Why the Market for 3D Printing Will Triple in Five Years

August 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wall Street is starting to wake up to the potential of 3D printing. This morning Citi analyst Kenneth Wong released a bullish note projecting that the market for 3D printing and related services will triple by 2018, citing the leading companies in this area, Stratasys and 3D Systems. (Granted, such...

Everything That’s Wrong With Microsoft, as Told by Veterans Who Abandoned the Company

August 27, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s possible, even likely, that Microsoft is about to enter the darkest period in the firm’s history. Darker, even, than July 2000, when it seemed the US government might dissolve the house that Bill built, and force the company to be split into two different companies. The revenue Microsoft earned...

Google Is Laying the Groundwork to Build its Own Self-Driving Car—Without a Major Auto Manufacturer as Partner

August 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Once again, Google is apparently working on its own version of hardware at the same time that it’s partnering with mainstream manufacturers of the same kind of device. But this time, it’s a car. A report by Amir Efrati includes details of Google’s exploration of what it would take to...

Steve Ballmer’s Retirement Could Unlock the Talent and Resources Now Dormant at Microsoft

August 26, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here’s the thing you’d never know about Microsoft under the 13-year reign of Steve Ballmer: Microsoft remains, just barely, an amazing company. Not “amazing” in the sense of ambitious or unique, which it is, or particularly well-run, which it isn’t. But “amazing” in the one sense that counts at a...

3D Scanners Are Getting Cheap so Fast, the Age of 3D Piracy Could Soon Be Upon Us

August 16, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just two weeks ago we wrote about the Fuel3D, a device for scanning 3D objects so you can replicate them on a 3D printer, with a proposed price tag of around $1,000. Now MakerBot, the leading maker of desktop 3D printers, is launching its own 3D scanner next week, and...

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