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UPS Is Testing Drones That Allow Its Delivery Trucks to Be in Two Places at Once

February 21, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Spending all day waiting for a package delivery may one day be a thing of the past. UPS announced today it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from one of its delivery trucks. The test is the first step in what the company...

UPS Tests Delivery Drone in Florida

February 21, 2017 Spending all day waiting for a package delivery may one day be a thing of the past. UPS announced today that it has successfully delivered a package in Florida using an autonomous drone that launched from one of its delivery trucks. The test is the first step in what the...

It’s Looking More Likely That the Next iPhone Will Have Wireless Charging

February 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the most annoying things about smartphones is that they never last as long as we need them to, which is so many of us have been forced to ask a bartender if we could “just charge this back there for a few minutes?” With the iPhone at least,...

This Startup Thinks Future of Deliveries Is an Ostrich-Shaped Robot

February 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a world where engineers are trying to disrupt delivery with drones and coolers on wheels, one company believes there’s another way: robots shaped like the world’s largest flightless birds. Agility Robotics, a startup spun out of Oregon State University, today unveiled Cassie, a two-legged robot with, as IEEE Spectrum...

You Might Want to Go Check Your House For an Old PC—It Could Be Worth Some Money

February 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Go rummage around your junk drawers, garages, or wherever else you put the old technology you haven’t thrown out because you don’t know how to dispose of it. Then come back here. If you bought a PC between 2003 and 2008, that old machine could be worth $10 today. CNET...

Companies Want to Make Drones Less Terrifying—Before They’re Flying Everywhere

February 6, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During last night’s Super Bowl, a bedazzled Lady Gaga sang atop the NRG stadium in Houston, Texas, as a backdrop of what seemed like stars suddenly formed the American flag. Unlike the opening to the Beijing Olympics, however, this wasn’t movie magic—a swarm of drones was flying behind Gaga, controlled...

Facebook Is Quickly Closing in on 2 Billion Users

February 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Soon, there won’t be any internet users left to join Mark Zuckerberg’s club. Facebook announced another set of strong earnings today, and updated its metrics on how many people use the world’s largest social network. Over 1.86 billion people now check Facebook at least once a month. That’s a greater...

Alphabet’s Boston Dynamics Is Working on a Robot Its Founder Calls 'Nightmare Inducing'

February 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Boston Dynamics now has a long history of viral videos showing off its latest terrifying robots. Apparently, its latest creation takes things even a step further. Onstage at the Abundance360 conference in Los Angeles yesterday, the company’s founder, Marc Raibert, showed the audience a video, prefacing it by saying: “This...

A Grocery Store Is Testing Squishy Robot Hands to Pack its Bags

January 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We’re getting really close to completely automated deliveries. Ocado Technology, the research division of Ocado, a large U.K. online grocery delivery company, today showed off a robot concept that it has been working on with a range of European universities and Disney Research’s Zurich office. The robot is essentially a...

Donald Trump Seems to Still Be Using His Unsecured Android Phone

January 26, 2017 President Donald Trump appears to still be using his personal smartphone. Even though Trump reportedly turned over the device after his swearing in, the New York Times reported today that he has been carrying his old “unsecured Android phone” around the White House, “to the protests of some of his...