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This is Google's vision of the future

October 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google CEO Eric Schmidt told the world his vision of the Google-ified future at the company's Zeitgeist sales conference. Turns out it involves a lot of creepy products we already know about and others we aren't ready to welcome into our lives. Here's a day in the life, from The ...

The possible privacy violations of Verizon's cell phone tracking program

October 17, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Capitalizing on all the information we put into our cell phones, Verizon Wireless is selling all our app usage and location information to marketers, reports CNET's Declan McCullagh. Part of what it calls thePrecision Market Insights initiative, Verizon is not only tracking consumers, it is sharing that information with other ...

The Sprint sale will let it build more 4G LTE service

October 15, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Most of the $20.1 billion the Softbank paid to buy a 70 percent stake in Sprint will go to shareholders, but a least a little bit of it will get invested in the company's 4G LTE network. The $8 billion that will go Sprint's balance sheet, will go, at least ...

Sprint is considering selling itself

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sprint has confirmed it is in talks with Japanese telecommunications company Softbank for a "potential substantial investment" that could change control of the company, report Reuters' Taro Fuse and Sinead Carew. The Wall Street Journal's Daisuke Wakabayashi and Anton Troianovski reported the rumored talks this morning, citing a possible $12.8 ...

Your iPhone is tracking you again

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The iPhone 5 and any phone running iOS 6 not only by default tracks users for advertising purposes, but also makes it difficult to opt out. After Apple told developers to stop tracking users with the UDID system, basically eliminating this privacy breach completely, it has implemented a new targeting ...

Google's biggest innovation, according to Google, is its robot cars

October 11, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The biggest innovation coming out of Google these days is not Google Maps for the iPhone, nor those future-now Google Glass goggles, but Google's driverless cars, says Google chairman Eric Schmidt. "It’s really an error that we’re allowed to drive the car," he said in an interview with AllThingsD's Walt ...

Apple had plenty of warning about its bad maps

October 10, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Developers who played with Maps before its official debut told Apple that its software was awful. "I posted at least one doomsayer rant after each (developer) beta, and I wasn't alone," a developer with three iOS apps in the App Store told CNET's Josh Lowensohn. "The mood amongst the developers ...

Email Is getting harder because everything else is so much easier

October 3, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Data from the Buzzfeed network has found many fewer page views are coming from email than they used to, as other modes of sharing, like Facebook and Twitter have taken off. Since the beginning of this year, all the sites included in that network, including TMZ and the Daily Mail, ...

The most common iPhone 5 glitches and their fixes

October 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Now that some iPhone 5 owners have had their hands on the gadget for a little over a week the ravings have subsided and we're starting to hear more about the phone's flaws and glitches. Beyond the Maps app problems, which Apple continues to say will get better, and other ...

What Facebook is learning from your offline purchasing data

October 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In its first foray with Datalogix, that company that uses rewards card data to make advertising more effective, the social network has found that fewer than 1 percent of in-store sales could be tied to brand advertising campaigns on Facebook, reports Reuters's Alexei Oreskovic. Basically, just because someone clicked on ...