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Content tagged with Government posted in February 2014
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Chicago, Detroit To Host Manufacturing Tech Hubs
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
Obama announces Defense Department-led initiative that aims to boost manufacturing, add jobs.
Why Smart Cities Need Cloud Services
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
As municipal needs get more sophisticated, more cities turn to cloud services.
Driving While Mapping: California Case Sets Smartphone Precedent
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
California case says drivers can use smartphone maps in cars without fear of getting a ticket.
25 Most Lucrative Internships: Tech's Big Spenders
News  |  2/28/2014  | 
Almost $7,000 in pay per month for interns? Yes, at companies like VMware and Twitter, according to a Glassdoor survey on 25 best-paid internships.
For Public Schools, Mobility Is A Minefield
Commentary  |  2/28/2014  | 
Today's education IT pros, admins, and parents must navigate a rocky road to BYOD responsibility.
Boeing Unveils Self Destructing Smartphone
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Rugged and super-secure Boeing Black smartphone targets government agencies involved with defense and homeland security.
British Spies Capture Yahoo Webcam Images
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
UK agency's effort to collect facial images via Yahoo chat sessions brings in too many other body parts.
IBM Confirms Layoffs Amid Hiring
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
IBM cuts workers even as it hires for cloud computing and Watson initiatives.
Workday Beats Forecasts, Buys Analytics Startup
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Workday wraps up fiscal 2014 with 71% gain, buys HR-oriented predictive analytics company.
DataStax Brings In-Memory To NoSQL
News  |  2/27/2014  | 
Apache Cassandra vendor DataStax joins Microsoft, Oracle, and others adding in-memory features to their database management systems.
Solar-Powered Wearable Tech Lightens Marines' Loads
Slideshows  |  2/27/2014  | 
US Marines use backpack-mounted solar panels developed by the Office of Naval Research to fuel battery-powered gear in the battlefield.
NSA Too Focused On Perimeter Defense, Clarke Says
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
The Former White House cybersecurity adviser says the NSA's focus on perimeter security made it vulnerable to insider Edward Snowden.
Gartner BI Magic Quadrant: Winners & Losers
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Tableau and QlikTech move up. See who moves down in Gartner's ranking of business intelligence vendors.
NSA Scandal Darkens Cloud Discussions At RSA
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
From Europe's efforts to create regulations for data localization to worries over the security of the cloud, the leaks of the past eight months have cast a shadow over cloud providers.
Federal IT Reform Bill Passes House
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act contains far-reaching changes to the IT procurement system. It would grant greater authority to agency CIOs.
Government Cybersecurity Guidance Wanted By Private Sector
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
Nearly 90% of IT leaders worldwide believe government needs to be involved in helping private sector firms set cyber defense strategies, Dell study finds.
Google Glass Prompts Attack, Woman Claims
News  |  2/26/2014  | 
Alleged assault appears to have arisen from a desire not to be videotaped.
Why We Should All Hope Bitcoins Go Mainstream
Commentary  |  2/26/2014  | 
Cryptocurrencies aren't problem-free, as Mt. Gox's travails show. But I want the concept to survive, thrive -- and eventually break credit card processors' stranglehold.
BlackBerry Courts Keyboard Loyalists
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
BlackBerry aims to please its old school business customers with a new traditional-style phone plus revamped enterprise software.
IBM Buys Cloudant, Eyes Amazon's Turf
Commentary  |  2/25/2014  | 
IBM's planned Cloudant buy will advance cloud-based database services, but can the underlying database compete against Amazon DynamoDB, MongoDB, Couchbase, and DataStax?
DARPA Targets Counterfeit Electronics
News  |  2/25/2014  | 
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's SHIELD program aims to develop a method to authenticate electronic components.
Netflix Deal With Comcast: Net Neutrality Domino?
News  |  2/24/2014  | 
Netflix pays cable provider for fast, reliable service. Consumer advocates fear it's the first of many deals to come.
Government IT: 5 Ways To Measure Value
Commentary  |  2/24/2014  | 
Federal CIOs must do a better job of creating and using metrics if IT is to earn the respect it deserves as a value generator instead of a money drain.
Windows 8 Devices Get Cheap
News  |  2/22/2014  | 
Microsoft will reportedly cut Windows license fees to encourage production of sub-$250 Windows 8 devices, including non-touch PCs.
Google Powers Forest Protection Effort
News  |  2/22/2014  | 
Using Google's map technology and cloud platform, Global Forest Watch can track tree use, abuse, and regrowth.
CMS Reverses Course On ICD-10 Tests
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Medicare bows to pressure from healthcare industry and political heavyweights, agrees to implement end-to-end testing before ICD-10 deadline.
Digital Civic Engagement: US Lags
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
A 10-nation study finds Singapore, Norway, and the United Arab Emirates do a better job of providing citizens with online and mobile services.
White House Targets Patent Trolls
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Obama administration reports progress, announces three new executive actions, to promote patent reform.
Google's Project Tango Sees All
News  |  2/21/2014  | 
Using an experimental Android prototype, Google wants developers to write apps that do something interesting with real-time awareness of users' surroundings.
DHS Cancels Plan For License-Plate Tracking System
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Amid rising privacy concerns, senior Homeland Security leaders say they didn't know about proposal to develop new database system.
When BYOD Equals Bring Your Own Malware
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Lookout's analysis of the mobile threat landscape suggests businesses should focus on curbing risky online behavior.
FCC: We're Not Done With Net Neutrality
News  |  2/20/2014  | 
Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler challenges last month's court ruling, moves forward with plans to create a new version of rules promoting an open Internet.
DHS Pursues License Plate Tracking Service
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
Department of Homeland Security seeks private company to run national tracking service. DHS cites immigration applications; privacy advocates raise questions.
Defense Dept. Inks $40.5M Deal For Adobe Software
News  |  2/19/2014  | 
The DOD expects to save $16.6 million under a three-year contract with CDW-G giving the Army, Air Force, and DISA access to Adobe technologies.
Kill Switches: Phones Just The Start
Commentary  |  2/19/2014  | 
Mandatory phone kill switches will hasten the arrival of the Surveillance of Everything. Consider these 11 technologies that come with strings attached.
How FedRAMP Can Accelerate Cloud Adoption
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
Federal IT leaders can foster cloud adoption by incorporating automated, repeatable security processes.
Healthcare IT In The Obamacare Era
News  |  2/18/2014  | 
Modern technology created the opportunity to restructure the healthcare industry around accountable care organizations, but IT priorities are also being driven by the shift.
2014 State of Storage Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  2/18/2014  | 
If you look at vendor financials, the enterprise storage business seems stuck in neutral. But those flat revenue numbers mask a scorching pace of technical innovation, ongoing double-digit capacity growth in enterprises, and dramatic changes in how and where businesses store data.
Big Data Platform Comparisons: 3 Key Points
Commentary  |  2/18/2014  | 
Are you about to choose a big data platform? Remember that SQL is not the best use of Hadoop.
IBM Develops Self-Destructing Chips For DARPA
News  |  2/18/2014  | 
DARPA seeks technology that would trigger electronics on the battlefield to self-destruct. The goal: Electronics that last only as long as needed.
Smartphone Kill Switch Could Become Federal Law
News  |  2/15/2014  | 
Smartphone Theft Protection Act would require mobile phone makers to include a way to disable communications devices remotely to deter theft.
Microsoft Sells 200M Win 8 Licenses: Yawn
News  |  2/14/2014  | 
Microsoft touts sales of more than 200 million Win 8 licenses. Here are 5 reasons not to be impressed.
Google's Android Contract: Not Very Open
News  |  2/14/2014  | 
Google's rules for Android partners are unlawful, says Harvard professor.
Why Businesses Canít Ignore US Cybersecurity Framework
Commentary  |  2/14/2014  | 
Industry leaders and President Obama call the framework just a first step in creating a cybersecurity playbook for 16 US critical infrastructure sectors. But this is more than just a reference manual.
9 Key Big Data Developments From Strata
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
We analyze the important news from SAS, Hortonworks, MetaScale, and others at the Strata conference, as big data seeks a productive next chapter.
How APIs Accelerate Business
Commentary  |  2/13/2014  | 
CIOs should foster the development of application programming interfaces to connect corporate IT systems with mobile apps -- and help CEOs reach business goals.
Feds Launch Cyber Security Guidelines For US Infrastructure Providers
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
The White House on Wednesday released the first version of its cyber security framework for protecting critical infrastructure. Critics say these voluntary guidelines enshrine the status quo.
Federal Workers Lax On Mobile Security
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
Nearly half of federal workers surveyed admit to poor mobile security practices, putting agencies and data at risk.
Is Your Waterway Polluted? EPA App For That
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
EPA's plain-language app on waterways pollution cited as example of innovative information tools from government.
TSA Baggage Scanners Hackable
News  |  2/12/2014  | 
Researchers reveal weak security that could allow malicious insiders or attackers to spoof the contents of carry-on baggage.
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