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Facebook Is Changing the Way it Handles Your Data—Here’s How

April 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook released a lengthy update today explaining the ways it plans to change its data practices, in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where it believes at least 87 million users’ data was improperly shared with the analytics firm that consulted on the Trump election campaign. The company’s chief...

Here’s How to Check Which Apps Have Access to Your Facebook Account—And Delete Them

March 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’ve been on Facebook for a while, you’ve probably installed games or given sites permission to log into your Facebook account. You may even use Facebook to log into services like Spotify, Netflix, or Tinder. But if you’ve been following the news around Cambridge Analytica, the data consultancy firm...

Apple’s Next Product Launch Will Take Place at a Public School in Chicago

March 16, 2018 Today, March 16, Apple sent journalists an invite to an event March 27, likely to show off some new products. But instead of hosting at its brand-new campus, or at any venue in the Bay Area as it tends to do, the forthcoming event will be held at Lane Tech...

You Can Now 3D-Print a House in Under a Day

March 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the near future, building a new home may be as easy as printing out an airline boarding pass. At South By Southwest today, New Story, a Y Combinator-backed charity that works to build houses for people in developing nations, and Icon, a robotics construction company in Austin, Texas, unveiled...

Your Next Work Computer Could Be Your Phone

March 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Chunky, black boxes, barely portable or lumped onto a desk, have been the standard design for corporate computers for decades. They’ve never been the fastest, or easiest to use devices in the world, and without jumping through some technical hoops, there’s often no easy way to access company files outside...

The Source Code for the iPhone Leaked Online

February 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An older version of the software for the iPhone and iPad’s operating system was posted on the code-sharing site GitHub last night, Feb. 7. The source code is for a version of iOS 9, the operating system that debuted in 2015. But it contains information on how to load a...

Apple May Release Another Tiny Phone This Year

January 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For anyone who’s not a fan of how massive smartphones have become, Apple’s iPhone SE was a welcome entrant in 2016. The $400 phone had the same design as Apple’s iPhone 5, first released in 2012, but with modern innards and a fingerprint scanner. It’s thinner and cheaper than any...

Ford CEO Jim Hackett on the Future of Computing, Cities, and Self-Driving Cars

January 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In May 2017, Ford announced that it had replaced its CEO, Mark Fields, who had been with the company since 1989, with Jim Hackett. Despite being on Ford’s board since 2013, Hackett was probably best known for leading Steelcase, the large office-furniture company, for decades and turning around its fortunes,...

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...