AUTHOR ARCHIVES

Results 31-40 of 247

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...

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...