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Has John McAffee really escaped now?

December 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With the help of a double, John McAfee has made it out of Belize, though "not out of the woods," he claims on his blog. His entertaining (and at times seemingly delusional) blog is not exactly the most reliable source of information, given McAfee's paranoia, and general desire for media...

Meet Apple's Steve Jobs 2.0 (sort of)

November 29, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Since Steve Jobs left Apple, iTunes guy Eddy Cue has achieved more than rising star status: He's the next Steve Jobs, kind of. The company doesn't really have a replacement visionary with CEO Tim Cook taking on more of a "business executive" than "creative leader" kind of role. And it's...

Marissa Mayer hints at plans for a Yahoo magic app

November 28, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In her first public interview since taking over as Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Mayer gave a little insight into the company's plans going forward, and her strategy sounds like that of a lot of other tech companies these days: mobile first. "We have a terrific set of assets on the web--all...

Your stolen cellphone's records are going straight to the cops

November 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Without court orders of any sort, the New York City police have gotten access to "a trove of telephone logs," reports The New York Times's Joseph Goldstein. In a somewhat frightening twist, it takes more paperwork to get a thief's cell records than it takes to get the victim's. Here's...

Could Siri change the way America drives?

November 27, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite doubts that Apple's favorite personal assistant would be hitting the road anytime soon, General Motors has unveiled a Siri button of sorts for its upcoming Chevrolet line-up. And while she might make driving in this country a lot safer, Siri's still a step away from the ultimate driving gadget....

Yes, the government can still spy on your digital life (for now)

November 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ahead of a controversial Senate debate on digital privacy this week, the battle over warrantless cell-phone and Internet searches is beginning to take shape — even as law-enforcement agencies continue to carry out the searches anyway. Judges across the country have thrown out cases that used tracked digital American lives...

It's not just Google Glasses that will make us all cyborgs

November 26, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google Glass now has a glasses-of-the-future competitor called the Vuzix smart glasses M100, which look about as cyborg-ish as Google's wearable computer invention, giving us pretty much no hope for a non-robotic version of these things, ever. If either of these products catch on, it looks like we're destined to...

No, the Senate will not be voting to spy on your email

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The senate proposal set for next week that "now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail," as CNET's Declan McCullagh exclaimed, doesn't actually do that, according to the Senator actually writing the bill. McCullagh cites an older version of the bill that would, in the words of The Drudge Report today,...

Nokia's Map app even more annoying than Apple Maps, old Google Maps

November 20, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nokia's HERE maps are now available for the iPhone in the Apple store today, so it's time to see how the app stands up to both Apple's much-maligned native Maps and Google Maps for iPhone. We know, we know: Google Maps for iPhone doesn't exist, you say — not for...

Debunked Facebook-Yahoo search rumor begets a Facebook-Yahoo-Microsoft search rumor

November 19, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One would think that sources ROFLOLzing in the face of a possible joint Yahoo-Facebook search venture would quiet the rumors that the two companies are thinking about working together, but it has only led to further rumoring. On Sunday, The Telegraph's Katherine Rushton started it all, when she cited sources...

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