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Facebook Is Hiring 3,000 More People to Monitor Facebook Live for Murders, Suicides, Other Horrific Video

May 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine putting up with your commute, heading into work, and sitting in a cubicle watching murders, child abuse, drug use and suicides all day, then returning home. Earlier today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page the company will employ an additional 3,000 people (on top of the 4,500...

Tomorrow’s Office Furniture Will Be Rapidly 3-D-Printed in Pools of Goo

April 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3-D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created. 3-D printing has struggled to take off in any meaningful way in the...

There’s No Such Thing As a Flying Car

April 22, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the few things that Peter Thiel has said in recent years that pretty much everyone can agree upon was about the current state of innovation: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” Some companies believe they’re about to change that. Today, a company called AeroMobil unveiled...

It’s Getting Harder And Harder to Tell a Self-Driving Car From a Regular One

April 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the near future, when you see a car out on the road—perhaps driving a little slower than you’d like—it’ll be pretty difficult to tell whether a human or a robot is driving it. It’s relatively easy to spot which cars are self-driving now: Most of the technology that helps...

Facebook Really Wants Developers to Make VR a Thing

April 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Last year was supposed to be the year of virtual reality. Facebook, HTC and Sony each released major pieces of VR hardware, all vying to be the platform that turned the dream of home virtual reality into, well, actual reality. But outside of a few interesting games and some short...

This Response to a Complaint About an IoT Garage Door Shows Why We Shouldn’t Connect Everything

April 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There are so many reasons why we shouldn’t connect random electric devices to the internet. There are security fears. Software could malfunction. The devices may not really add to your life in any meaningful way. Or the company that makes your internet-of-things device could just decide they don’t like your...

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...