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Study: Americans Mostly OK With Government’s Online Snooping

March 16, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the most part, Americans seem to have greeted the revelations about government snooping from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden with a shrug. In a new report released today by the Pew Research Center, researchers found that 82% of Americans find it acceptable to monitor communications of suspected...

Economists Say Robots Will Have Dire Effect on US Economy

February 25, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow They clean our floors, assemble parts in our factories, beat us at chess and feed us tomatoes. Robots are becoming ubiquitous, and economists from Boston and Columbia Universities say they will have a dire effect on the US economy. A new study published this month by the US National Bureau...

Scientists Say All the World’s Data Can Fit on a DNA Hard Drive the Size of a Teaspoon

February 18, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but...

Why the Router Needs a Re-Think

February 3, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nest Labs took Apple’s user-friendly product model and turned the humble thermostat into a $3 billion sale to Google by making it easy to use and connecting it to the internet. A new startup, the San Francisco-based Eero, wants to do the same thing for the device that actually hooks...

The SpaceX Dragon Delivered Flatworms and Fruitflies to the International Space Station

January 14, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Jan. 12, and astronauts will be unloading more than 5,100 lbs (2,300kg) of cargo it brought up for NASA and other space agencies over the next month. Beyond the supplies, late Christmas presents, and replacement equipment that astronauts had...

NASA Just Sent Its Astronauts Some Weird Stuff

January 14, 2015 SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft successfully docked with the International Space Station on Jan. 12, and astronauts will be unloading more than 5,100 lbs (2,300kg) of cargo it brought up for NASA and other space agencies over the next month. Beyond the supplies, late Christmas presents, and replacement equipment that astronauts had...

The ‘Instant’ Internet of 2035: Virtual Worlds, Self-Driving Cars and Online Doctor’s Visits

January 7, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With smartphones and their touchscreens, we were given the ability to interact with the internet like never before—we could touch, pinch, and zoom in on webpages—but aside from occasional popups and notifications, we didn’t get much interaction in return. The next generation of wireless devices could change that. In perhaps...

We’re One Step Closer to a Totally Mobile Wallet

December 11, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Leaving the house without your wallet may no longer be the disaster it once was. Along with a slew of other wallet-oriented apps, a new program from the US state of Iowa promises to get you one step closer to a wallet-free life. The state’s department of transportation announced plans...

These Are the Best iPhone and iPad Apps of the Year, According to Apple

December 9, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple’s iOS App Store is frequently criticized as having mediocre discovery capabilities—people searching the store often only see the ‘top’ lists, which tend to favor apps that are already popular, regardless of their quality. So it’s helpful when Apple takes a critical approach, such as its annual list of the...

Google Wants to Replace Passwords With Fingerprints and Eyeballs

December 4, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Glass is due to receive an update in 2015, and if a Google patent submitted last month is any indication, it could include a new feature to let wearers use their fingerprints, or scans of their eyes, instead of passwords on websites. In November’s patent application, Google explored ways...