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Twitter: We’re Not Going to Ban Donald Trump

January 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter released a short statement on its blog today (Jan. 5), seemingly in response to calls for the social network to ban Donald Trump for his incendiary posts. Reaffirming its somewhat unclear terms of service, Twitter said that world leaders are effectively above being blocked from the service because their...

Everything You Need to Know About CES 2018

January 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The largest consumer electronics trade show, once called the Consumer Electronics Show and now simply CES, is set to take place once again in Las Vegas, Nevada, next week. Officially, the convention gets underway on Jan. 9, but press events and previews begin rather mercilessly on Sunday, Jan. 7. The...

Most Processors Produced Since 1995 Have a Flaw That Could Let Hackers Steal Sensitive Information

January 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Researchers have discovered two security flaws in the vast majority of computer chips produced in recent years, including one that could theoretically affect just about every personal computer, mobile device, and cloud server. The flaws, nicknamed Meltdown and Spectre, are related to how the chips are designed and are detailed...

There’s a Reason Why iPhones Get Slower After Every iOS Update

December 26, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Have you ever noticed that after a year or so, it feels like your iPhone is just a bit … slower? You might not have downloaded any new apps or even been using your phone significantly more, but everything feels more sluggish. It’s an anecdotal story that you’ve likely experienced...

Massive Robot-Powered Drones May Solve Everything Wrong with Package Delivery

December 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It won’t be much help for this year’s holiday orders, but we may soon be getting our packages delivered to us a lot quicker. San Francisco-based startup Elroy Air announced Dec. 22 that it’s secured $4.6 million in seed funding to build large, autonomous drones, capable of carrying loads of...

Everything Apple Will Be Working on in 2018

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple released a boatload of things in 2017, and in typical Apple fashion, it made a lot of money doing so. Most of these things weren’t surprises. We got a new Apple Watch and Apple TV that look and generally act like the previous models; a differently sized iPad Pro;...

Think Twice About Buying Internet-Connected Devices Off eBay

December 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The holiday season is the perfect time to shell out for the latest and greatest smart-home and internet-connected gadgets, like game consoles, drones, smart lightbulbs and switches. But if you’re thinking about taking advantage of the deals that can be had buying from second-hand and auction sites like eBay, first...

Scientists Have Connected 3D-Printed Objects to the Internet Without Electronics

December 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Rejoice! We have finally connected a laundry detergent bottle to the internet. A group of researchers at the University of Washington have created a method for 3D-printing and detecting information from plastic objects that aren’t connected to the internet themselves. The researchers’ innovation is twofold: First, they print objects with...

To Charge Your iPhone X as Quickly as Possible, You Need to Spend Another $94

November 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s as if $1,000 wasn’t enough to begin with. Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone X, has drawn criticism for costing as much as a 1996 Honda Accord, but it turns out that one of its features isn’t even available out of the box. The iPhone X (and iPhone 8s) support...

The Future of Computing Is Holograms

November 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Right next to the canal that separates Brooklyn from Queens in New York, is a massive brick building that used to be a glass factory. Now it houses artists, metalworkers, and a company called Looking Glass. The latter could upend how we use computers every day. Looking Glass today (Nov....