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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...

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....