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Since the iPhone Launched, Apple Has Made as Much as Microsoft and Alphabet Combined

August 3, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow iPhones are a great business. Since its debut a decade ago, Apple has made as much money as Microsoft—a company against whom it fought for the hearts and minds of computer owners for decades—and Alphabet—who former Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched a “thermonuclear war” against after it launched a competing...

Facebook Is Reportedly Working on Hardware to Take on the Amazon Echo and Google Home

August 2, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow “Hey Facebook, how many likes did my witty post about Trump get today?” Facebook is working on a video-chat device, similar to the Amazon Echo Show, Bloomberg reported today. The device would be the first piece of hardware developed by Facebook’s Building 8, its research and development arm. The division...

America’s Top Drone Company Just Teamed Up with a Chinese Industry Titan

August 1, 2017 It’s like the drone equivalent of IBM partnering with Apple . Today (Aug. 1), 3D Robotics announced a partnership with DJI, where the California-based company will integrate its site-scanning software with the Chinese firm’s drones. Once upon a time, all the way back in 2015 , 3D Robotics (3DR) was...

Apple Seems to Have Confirmed That Rumors About the Next iPhone’s New Design Are True

July 31, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple will very likely launch a new iPhone this year, as it’s done without fail every year for the last decade. The bigger question is whether the new model will be differentiated from any other high-end smartphone on the market. The iPhone’s design has stagnated over the last few years....

Apple’s Next iOS Will Make AR a Legitimately Cool Thing

July 27, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Later this year, Apple will release the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, for iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads, and it may well cause you to question the very nature of reality. The operating system features a software framework called ARKit, which allows iOS devices to see...

A Tiny Update to iOS 11 Will Make Apple’s AirPods So Much More Useful

July 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Apple’s next iteration of its mobile operating system, iOS 11, is due out later this year, and there’s a helpful addition for anyone who owns Apple’s wireless earbuds, or is considering picking up a pair. Currently, Apple’s AirPods aren’t particularly useful for controlling your music. By default, double-tapping on one...

No One Could’ve Guessed Just How Important the iPhone Would Be

June 29, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ten years ago, thousands of regular people around the world listened to a stern man in a mock turtleneck talk about a phone and decided to wait outside for hours on end to buy one. That phone, along with its successors and competitors, eventually upended how we communicate. There are...

There’s Finally a Drone That Might be Simple Enough for Anyone to Fly

May 25, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Who has two thumbs and can pilot a drone? You, probably. The Spark, a new pint-size drone from Chinese manufacturer DJI, was announced yesterday at an event in New York’s Grand Central station. It looks like a shrunken-down sibling of the Mavic Pro, a drone with foldable arms DJI announced...

Facebook Is Hiring 3,000 More People to Monitor Facebook Live for Murders, Suicides, Other Horrific Video

May 4, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Imagine putting up with your commute, heading into work, and sitting in a cubicle watching murders, child abuse, drug use and suicides all day, then returning home. Earlier today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on his Facebook page the company will employ an additional 3,000 people (on top of the 4,500...

Tomorrow’s Office Furniture Will Be Rapidly 3-D-Printed in Pools of Goo

April 24, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Steelcase, one of the largest office furniture firms in the world, has partnered with MIT to create a new form of 3-D printing that it believes could potentially change the way that furniture is designed and created. 3-D printing has struggled to take off in any meaningful way in the...