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Cyborg Accessories, Made by Google

July 19, 2013 There are fewer than 10,000 Google Glass headsets in the wild -- 2,000 in the hands of developers and another 8,000 trickling out to early adopters—but already, creative entrepreneurs are thinking ahead to what will be a brand new, multi-billion dollar industry: accessories for Glass and other face-based computers. Accessories ...

Forget 3D Printing—3D Subtraction Is Going to Arrive in Your Garage First

July 15, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A funny thing happened on the way to our supposedly 3D-printed future: A simpler, older, but no less revolutionary technology made its way into every automated factory on earth, and now it’s coming to a garage near you. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s mostly because it has a ...

Russia’s Solution to NSA Spying? Typewriters

July 12, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Russia’s government agencies are already big fans of typewriters, using them mostly for top-secret messages intended for the president or the minister of defense, reports The Moscow News. Now, in response to revelations of US electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency, Russia’s Federal Protection Service, which protects top state ...

Demand for Laptops Is so Weak That Analysts Have Declared All of 2013 a “Write-Off”

July 10, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Demand for laptop computers is so weak in the first half of 2013 that the analysts at IHS iSupply have declared it virtually impossible that the overall market for laptop and desktop PCs will grow in 2013 over 2012. It’s the same death-of-the-PC-story we’ve heard before, only now the infection ...

Why Your Next iPhone Should Probably Be the Budget One

July 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple has never been afraid to disrupt itself, and as the mass of budget iPhone rumors piles up, a picture of a device that will cannibalize existing iPhone sales but help guarantee Apple’s future is starting to emerge. First, the rumors: The following video, produced as an advertisement for an ...

Here’s the Building Where the PRISM of France Is Storing All its Citizens’ Data

July 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Why didn’t French president François Hollande join the storm of criticism from EU member countries when it was revealed that the United States’ PRISM electronic surveillance program was spying on all internet traffic passing through the US? Perhaps because he knew that France has a similar program, alleges French newspaper ...

Google Celebrates July 4 By Announcing the Most All-American Gizmo Since the Model T

July 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow What’s more all-American than an American company designing a smartphone for the US market, to be manufactured in a half-million square foot factory in Texas? Nothing, says Google’s new ad campaign for Motorola’s Moto X “superphone,” which will be released in October. Don’t let the image of two people jumping ...

The New Hot Commodities Market: The Cloud

July 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have some spare computing capacity in your data center, aka the “cloud”? Why not make some scratch by selling it on the open market? Or, if you’re so inclined, you could trade derivatives of cloud computing. In place of mortgage-backed securities, perhaps the world’s banks can pour their savings into ...

Apple’s Web-Based Office Software Will Force Google and Microsoft to Up Their Game

July 3, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Software developers who have early access to Apple’s competitor for office software programs like Google Drive and Microsoft Office are tripping over themselves to sing its praises. Apple’s solution, named (awkwardly) iWork for iCloud, was built with one goal in mind, apparently: to make a web-based app experience that’s as ...

Why Patent Trolls Will Laugh in the Face of the Government’s Attempts to Fight Them

June 5, 2013 The White House Tuesday introduced an executive order intended to combat “patent trolling,” in which companies buy up patents and use them to sue “infringing” companies that actually make things. Patent trolling is essentially a tax on innovation, and tech giants like Google hate it so much that they partner ...