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Update Every Apple Device You Have As Soon as Possible

January 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’re reading this on an Apple device, stop. Go update it. Today, Apple released updates to the operating systems behind all its most popular devices—including the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV and Apple computers—and although the company often updates its operating systems with minor changes or fixes, these...

Donald Trump's First Tweets As U.S. President Are Here

January 20, 2017 Trump was sworn in as US president today, and received the keys to the presidential Twitter accounts. But instead of tweeting from the official accounts, Trump has chosen to keep on posting to his personal account, @realDonaldTrump: Given that Trump had to relinquish his personal smartphone in the interest of...

The EU Is Exploring Legal Personhood for Robots

January 19, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “We don’t serve their kind here.” For the time being, robots don’t need civil rights—they have a hard enough time walking, let alone marching—but the European Union doesn’t expect that to be the case forever. The European Parliament’s committee on legal affairs is considering a draft report, written by Luxembourg...

Apple Has Already Cornered Over 40% of the Wireless Headphone Market

January 11, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The wireless headphone market is starting to look a lot like the early smartphone market. Between Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones, and its subsidiary Beats Audio, the company has accumulated 41 percent of the wireless-headphones market, based on revenue, according to a report released today by market analysis firm Slice Intelligence....

If You’ve Been Stuck in an Airport Because of Delays Recently, You Already Know How Bad a Highly Automated Society Will Be

January 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We’re already in purgatory. Last month, I wrote about Amazon’s new concept for a grocery store, Amazon Go, where you would be able to walk in, pick up what you want and leave, as computers and sensors track you and your phone’s every move. I argued that it, combined with...

Everything You Need to Know About CES 2017 in Under 2 Minutes

January 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Let’s face it: A lot of stuff will come out of the Consumer Electronics Show this week, and most of it won’t leave the convention hall, let alone make it to market. But there is value in paying attention to the year’s first gadget reveals: The first reveals at CES...

Alphabet’s New Self-Driving Minivans Will be on Public Roads in 2017

December 19, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The future of automotive technology looks a lot like one of the most popular types of cars from the 1990s. Alphabet’s newest subsidiary, Waymo—the former self-driving car program within Alphabet’s X research lab—said today it will be rolling out 100 of its new autonomous minivans onto U.S. roads in 2017....

How Not to Get Hacked by Russians (or Anyone Else): Lessons From the DNC’s Disastrous Cyber Strategy

December 15, 2016 The US FBI told the Democratic National Committee in September of 2015 that its computer network had been breached by hackers linked to the Russian government. But nothing concrete happened about the cyber break-in for seven months, according to an exhaustive report on Dec. 13 in the New York Times...

First Amazon PrimeAir Drone Delivery Landed Today, 13 Minutes After Order Was Placed

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A future where we can press a button, or tell a 1-foot cylinder to order whatever we’re running low on, and have a flying robot deliver it faster than Domino’s can deliver a pizza is slowly coming into view. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced today the company had completed its...

Google Spins Out Self-Driving Car Project Into Own Company

December 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The koalas are growing up. Google’s parent company Alphabet announced yesterday its self-driving car project will be spun out into a new standalone business under the Alphabet umbrella, called Waymo. It had been gestating in X, the company’s “moonshot” lab, for the last few years. In a post on Medium,...