White House will pick innovators to fast track IT game-changers

The Presidential Innovation Fellowship aims to pair public- and private-sector experts to help complete five core IT projects in six months.

GPO expands its e-books to the Nook reader

Making its publications available for the Barnes & Noble e-reader adds to Government Printing Office's small but growing catalog of electronic books.

Army wants to train on its own private Internet

The portal would mimic the look and functionality of the Web, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other sites for scenario-based training.

High-def videoconferencing to any device, even on low bandwidth

An NCI pilot program to study VOIP led to a platform that can transmit high-definition video to almost any networked device anywhere and promises to "catapult" research.

The next big social media thing? Here are the likely winners.

Want to be in front of the pack when the next major trend in social media hits? Think moving pictures.

Canada plans to replace cash with digital MintChips -- can this work?

The Canadian Mint is holding a contest to find a secure chip that can replace bills and coins, but can it be unhackable and untraceable?

Tablets with PC power: The Microsoft vs. Apple debate

Apple's CEO doesn't think people want powerful PC/tablet hybrids, but we think they do.

High-speed wireless via...laser pointers?

Researchers in Taiwan use tricked-out laser pointers to get 500 megabits/sec. data feeds in places where radio transmissions dare not go.

Why Google's SPDY is none too swift

Google wants to replace the venerable Hypertext Transfer Protocol with the more efficient SPDY standard, but corporate rivalries may slow things down.

DARPA wants gamers to design medical training software

DARPA is looking at the gaming industry to help it design medical training and education software for use on mobile devices.

Image of Earth taken by NOAAs Rapid Refresh modeling software

Rapid Refresh sharpens NOAA's weather forecasts

New software for modeling complex weather patterns lets the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration update near-term forecasts hourly, with greater precision.

Gmail adds own version of 'Star Trek' Universal Translator

You can now write to and receive e-mail from people speaking almost any language.

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