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Apple’s Next iOS Will Make AR a Legitimately Cool Thing

1:27 PM ET FROM NEXTGOV arrow Later this year, Apple will release the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, for iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads, and it may well cause you to question the very nature of reality. The operating system features a software framework called ARKit, which allows iOS devices to see...

A Tiny Update to iOS 11 Will Make Apple’s AirPods So Much More Useful

July 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple’s next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, is due out later this year, and there’s a helpful addition for anyone who owns Apple’s wireless earbuds, or is considering picking up a pair. Currently, Apple’s AirPods aren’t particularly useful for controlling your music. By default, double-tapping on one...

No One Could’ve Guessed Just How Important the iPhone Would Be

June 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten years ago, thousands of regular people around the world listened to a stern man in a mock turtleneck talk about a phone and decided to wait outside for hours on end to buy one. That phone, along with its successors and competitors, eventually upended how we communicate. There are...

There’s Finally a Drone That Might be Simple Enough for Anyone to Fly

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who has two thumbs and can pilot a drone? You, probably. The Spark, a new pint-size drone from Chinese manufacturer DJI, was announced yesterday at an event in New York’s Grand Central station. It looks like a shrunken-down sibling of the Mavic Pro, a drone with foldable arms DJI announced...

Facebook Is Hiring 3,000 More People to Monitor Facebook Live for Murders, Suicides, Other Horrific Video

May 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine putting up with your commute, heading into work, and sitting in a cubicle watching murders, child abuse, drug use and suicides all day, then returning home. Earlier today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page the company will employ an additional 3,000 people (on top of the 4,500...

Tomorrow’s Office Furniture Will Be Rapidly 3-D-Printed in Pools of Goo

April 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3-D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created. 3-D printing has struggled to take off in any meaningful way in the...

There’s No Such Thing As a Flying Car

April 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the few things that Peter Thiel has said in recent years that pretty much everyone can agree upon was about the current state of innovation: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Some companies believe they’re about to change that. Today, a company called AeroMobil unveiled...

It’s Getting Harder And Harder to Tell a Self-Driving Car From a Regular One

April 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the near future, when you see a car out on the road—perhaps driving a little slower than you’d like—it’ll be pretty difficult to tell whether a human or a robot is driving it. It’s relatively easy to spot which cars are self-driving now: Most of the technology that helps...

Facebook Really Wants Developers to Make VR a Thing

April 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year was supposed to be the year of virtual reality. Facebook, HTC and Sony each released major pieces of VR hardware, all vying to be the platform that turned the dream of home virtual reality into, well, actual reality. But outside of a few interesting games and some short...

This Response to a Complaint About an IoT Garage Door Shows Why We Shouldn’t Connect Everything

April 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t connect random electric devices to the internet. There are security fears. Software could malfunction. The devices may not really add to your life in any meaningful way. Or the company that makes your internet-of-things device could just decide they don’t like your...