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Apple’s Main iPhone Producer Posted Its First Drop in Sales in 26 Years

March 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s good news and bad news for Foxconn, the largest producer of iPhones in the word. Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s owner, announced its first drop in yearly sales since 1991, which it attributes to a fall in the global demand for the iPhone, according to The Wall Street Journal...

Apple Brought the iPhone’s Most Eye-Pleasing Feature to the Mac

March 28, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple released the latest version of its computer operating system today, MacOS 10.12.4. One the new features included in the update is called “Night Shift,” which first appeared on iOS mobile devices in 2016. It allows users to adjust the color temperature of their device’s display, turning down the amount...

Alexa Is Coming to the iPhone

March 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Siri has some competition. Amazon announced today that Alexa, its voice-controlled digital assistant that’s usually found in its own devices like Echo speakers and its Fire TV streaming device, will be making the jump to the iPhone. Starting next week, US users will be able to speak with Alexa in...

Someone Thought it Was a Good Idea to Blow up a $300 Drone With a Patriot Missile

March 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Talk about overkill. At a recent military conference in Washington, D.C., Gen. David Perkins told the audience a U.S. ally used a Patriot missile to shoot down a small consumer drone. These missiles are radar-controlled warheads designed by Raytheon, and cost up to $3 million apiece. Presumably out of deference...

Intel’s $15 Billion Bet That Its Future Lies in Self-Driving Cars

March 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Intel plans to purchase Mobileye, an Israeli-based company that builds vision systems for cars, for roughly $15 billion. The computer-chip giant says it will buy the outstanding shares of Mobileye for $63.54, a 34 percent bump on Friday’s closing price, according to The Wall Street Journal. Mobileye, founded in 1999...

IBM Has Figured Out How to Store Data on a Single Atom

March 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Big things really can come in small packages. IBM announced it has managed to successfully store data on a single atom for the first time. The research, carried out at the computing giant’s Almaden lab in Silicon Valley, was published in the scientific journal Nature March 8, and could have...

Update Twitter and Free Up a Lot of Space on Your iPhone

March 9, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Twitter updated its iPhone app today with a new feature that lets users do some spring cleaning. The social network now lets users see how much space is taken up by all the files, photos, videos and web data stored in the app. If you’re a heavy user, it’s likely...

MIT’s New Robot Reads Your Thoughts and Knows When It Made a Mistake

March 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Computers are exceedingly powerful machines, capable of instantly completing a litany of tasks that would take humans infinitely longer to carry out. But as useful as they may be, computers are often infuriatingly unable to understand us. If you don’t carry out every function—even the most basic—exactly as a computer...

IBM Thinks It’s Ready to Turn Quantum Computing Into an Actual Business

March 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today, IBM announced it is forming IBM Q, a new division around its quantum computing research. IBM has been working on quantum computing nearly as long as it’s been an area of study, but the new business unit is a bold indication it believes its research could be commercialized in...

Apple’s Upending the iPhone with a $1000 Model Featuring Curved Glass and—Wait for It—a USB Port

March 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple plans to release three new smartphones this year, ten years after the launch of the first device in 2007. The launch will include two “S” cycle devices, perhaps called the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus. According to The Wall Street Journal (paywall), it will also include a third, higher-end...