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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....

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...