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Google Is Preparing for Screenless Computers

August 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn’t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small—it also means we’ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. “It’s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my car or...

America’s Most Profitable Company Per Employee Makes Your Phone Work—and it’s Not Apple

August 14, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You’d be forgiven for not recognizing the name InterDigital, despite the fact that it has been around since 1972 and developed many of the technologies that are critical to our increasingly mobile, wireless world. As a result, per employee, InterDigital is the most profitable company in the US, with a...

Analysis: BlackBerry Is Where Motorola Once Was, and Has No Choice but To Sell

August 13, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow BlackBerry has been under pressure to sell before, but this time, as the board officially announces the that the company is for sale, it’s different. BlackBerry’s attempt to reinvent itself with a totally new operating system and high-end hardware has, as predicted, failed to reverse the company’s fortunes. The most...

Federal Agencies Want NSA Data to Help Nab Copyright Violators

August 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The primary defense of the necessity of the US National Security Agency’s broad spying powers—including, apparently, recording pretty much everything anyone anywhere is doing on the internet—is that its activities are necessary to protect against terrorists and violent criminals. But a report published Saturday in the New York Times indicates...

How Google’s New Moto X Will Transform the Smartphone Landscape—and Threaten Google’s Partners

August 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google has finally unveiled the Moto X “superphone” that the company has been teasing for months. As predicted by the many leaks that preceded today’s announcement, the Moto X is not an ultra high-end Android smartphone intended to go head-to-head with the top phones from Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony....

Google Is Taking a Profoundly New Direction, Says One of its Top Execs

August 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last week, after the Nexus 7 launch event in San Francisco, Sundar Pichai of Google, head of both the Android and Chrome teams, dropped a particularly interesting aside into one of his comments to the assembled press: “Our goal is to put computing everywhere.” That’s a subtle but important additional...

A Breakthrough in Cryptography Could Thwart a Favorite Attack of Hackers

July 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft, Apple, and every maker of mobile and desktop apps on the planet all have a problem: The moment they issue a security “patch,” or an update to their software designed to plug a hole that could be exploited by hackers, those same hackers work feverishly to reverse-engineer that patch...

All the Important and Surprising Trends in Mobile Web Browsing, in Seven Charts

July 24, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Adobe just issued its semi-regular State of Mobile Benchmark, part of its Digital Index. It’s a collection of charts showing how dynamic the market for mobile computing continues to be. This past quarter saw explosive growth in some categories, for instance, rates at which people are using mobile devices to...

If You’ve Ever Wanted Your Phone and Your PC to Merge, This Millionaire Has a Deal for You

July 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mark Shuttleworth, the South African-born, Isle of Man-based millionaire who was only the second person on earth to pay to have himself shot into space, has latched onto a vision that’s compelling in its simplicity, not its particulars: Shuttleworth contends that it’s time people stopped owning more than one computer....

The Biggest Opportunity in Mobile Right Now Isn’t on Smartphones

July 23, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has noticed something that other companies would do well to heed: The biggest opportunity right now isn’t in smartphones, where users are bombarded by the fruits of an ever-more-competitive market for apps and mobile services. Rather, the big play for some companies, especially any that wish to expand into...

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