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How to Get Yourself Ready to Upgrade to the iPhone X

November 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Early tomorrow, on Nov. 3, scores of people will wait out in the chilly fall morning air to buy or pick up the iPhone X, Apple’s new $1,000-and-up flagship phone. If you’re one of those people, like me, who has decided to hand his life over to Apple by enrolling...

3D Printing Has Gone Metal

November 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The fourth industrial revolution may well be back on. 3D printing startup Markforged announced today that it has secured $30 million in funding from three partners (who are also customers) that see value in using its technology to speed up the prototyping and production of their products. The round was...

Facebook Thinks So Little of Us

October 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When you open Facebook—on a computer or a mobile device—the first thing you’re greeted with is your news feed. This comes from the river of content that your friends and family, the brands you follow, and Facebook’s advertisers have been posting. Facebook’s algorithms decide exactly what you need to see...

This Is How Much Google Is Spending on Cutting Edge AI Research

October 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google acquired the British artificial-intelligence startup DeepMind in 2014 for a reported £400 million (roughly $525 million), a company its cofounder Demis Hassabis once described as aiming at “solving intelligence, and then using that to solve everything else.” Since then, the company’s researchers have built a system that beat humans...

There’s Now a Robot You Can Eat

October 5, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robots: It’s what’s for dinner. Researchers from the Swiss federal polytechnic school in Lausanne presented a robot at last week’s International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in Canada that is made entirely of edible materials, IEEE Spectrum reported. The robot is based on similar soft robotics concepts being tested...

The Scariest Part of Facebook’s Safety Check in a Mass Shooting

October 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A shooter opened fire Oct. 1 on a music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing at least 58 people, and injuring hundreds more. It’s the deadliest mass shooting in US history, and Facebook has turned on its “safety check” function, which is activated when a group of people are in...

Apple Is Looking Into Reports That Some iPhone 8s Are Falling Apart

September 30, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The iPhone 8, Apple’s newest flagship phone—for now—went on sale last week, and reports are starting to trickle in that some users’ new phones are coming apart at the seams. Most of the reports have been from Taiwanese and Chinese media outlets, according to The Next Web, and show phones...

Apple Is Releasing New iPhone Software Today: Here’s How to Find Out if Your Apps Will Still Work

September 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Later today, Apple will release iOS 11, the latest iteration of the software on its iPhones and iPads. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s new, and what to look out for as you update: What’s new New control center. Apple completely redesigned the control center in iOS 11, which is...

New Phones, Apple Watches, and More: What to Expect at Apple’s iPhone 10th-Anniversary Event

September 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Next Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 10am US Pacific time (1pm US Eastern), the lights will rise for the first time in the new Steve Jobs Theater, nestled beside the giant metallic donut that is Apple’s new headquarters in Cupertino, California. We will be introduced, most likely, to the 10th installment...

Since the iPhone Launched, Apple Has Made as Much as Microsoft and Alphabet Combined

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow iPhones are a great business. Since its debut a decade ago, Apple has made as much money as Microsoft—a company against whom it fought for the hearts and minds of computer owners for decades—and Alphabet—who former Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched a “thermonuclear war” against after it launched a competing...