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Microsoft Is Putting Slack On Notice

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft announced that it’s launching a free version of its Teams software today, July 12. The company first introduced Teams last year as its answer to the communication tool Slack that has swept workplaces across the U.S., and raised reams of cash in its short history. Slack currently has around...

It Looks Like the Next iPhone Will Have a New Type of Charging Cable

July 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’ve had Apple products since the early days of the iPod, you’re probably used to hoarding cables and then having to just put them in a box in the back of your closet every time you get a new device. First there was FireWire, then Apple’s 30-pin connector, and...

The Best Part of iMessage Is Coming to Android Phones

June 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of the best features of messaging on Apple products is finally being replicated on Android. Google announced June 18 that the latest version of its Android Messages app—the default messaging app on Android devices—will now support the ability to continue text conversations on the web. Much like iMessages on...

There’s About to Be A Lot More Creepy Boston Dynamics Robots in the World

June 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At a technology conference in Hannover, Germany, Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, outlined how his company may soon begin to turn its decades-long robotics research into an actual business. Boston Dynamics was sold to SoftBank by Alphabet last year following concerns around its ability to generate revenue. Since...

Privacy Is a Luxury, Just Like a $1,000 iPhone

June 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At Apple’s annual developer conference in California on June 4, executives unveiled a range of new services intended to make us more mindful of how we use our devices, and the information third parties have access to while we use them. The world’s most valuable company wanted you to know...

Here’s How to Check If Facebook Accidentally Set All Your Posts to Public in May

June 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook announced today that a software glitch mistakenly made 14 million users’ posts public over a period of 10 days in May, even if the users had intended those posts to be private. During the period, any post an affected user published on Facebook would have automatically been posted publicly....

Microsoft Has Agreed to Buy GitHub for $7.5 billion

June 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft will purchase GitHub, an online code repository used by developers around the world, for $7.5 billion worth of company stock, it announced June 4. Github co-founder Chris Wanstrath will join Microsoft as a technical fellow, and the company will operate as an independent unit within Microsoft. Nat Friedman, former...

Apple Is Reportedly Opening Its Second Campus in North Carolina

May 17, 2018 Apple is coming to The Triangle. Local news station WRAL reported May 16 that Apple is set to open its second headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. The company announced in January that it planned to establish a second headquarters, away from its Cupertino, California, base, employing up to an additional...

Boston Dynamics Is Going to Start Selling its Creepy Robots in 2019

May 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The robot apocalypse has been tentatively scheduled for late 2019. Boston Dynamics, the SoftBank-owned robotics firm (that was once Alphabet’s headache), will begin to commercialize its research next year. Marc Raibert, the company’s founder, announced onstage at a TechCrunch robotics conference May 11 that Boston Dynamics will begin selling its...

Here’s How to Make Alexa the Default Assistant on an Android Phone

May 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you miss barking orders at your home Alexa device while you’re on the move, you’re now in luck. That is, if you have an Android phone. Many core parts of the Android operating system can be customized, from what app you use for messages down to the program you...