Hardware


Are BlackBerry faithful losing their religion?

RIM is offering free apps and tech support to make up for last week's outage, but some users are already heading for the door.

Establishing comms for Army brigade was a team effort

A tiger team made up of personnel from the Communications Automated Information System Interface network met the urgent communications needs of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade.

Army looks to troops for smart-phone tech advice

In a departure from the military's use-it-and-like-it mindset, the Defense Department is studying the human factors involved in outfitting warfighters with smart phones.

Military mission: Avoiding geospatial overload

Improved tagging and better standards are making it simpler to merge an overwhelming amount of geospatial images, maps and related data.

Secure Android kernel could make for 'classified' smart phones

A public/private research team develops a hardened kernel for Android 3.0, which could lead to widespread use of smart phones in military and emergency operations.

BlackBerry disruptions spread to North America

Outages that began over the weekend in Europe, the Middle East and Africa spread to the Americas Oct. 12.

Android a likely target once mobile crime pays

The technology and malware exist to exploit mobile devices, but so far the payoff hasn't been worth it for criminals to go after smart phones, Symantec researchers say.

NOAA app delivers aerial, satellite imagery to mobile devices

A new Web application allows first responders to access disaster images directly on their smart phones and tablets.

Agencies publish data center consolidation plans

Agencies, now in their year second year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, have published refined plans on CIO.gov as they move forward with the consolidation and optimization of government data centers

Paul McCloskey

Steve Jobs' government legacy: Citizen-centric computing

Jobs' ability to craft tools for intensely personal computing helped spark direct citizen-to-government computing.

OMB accelerates plan to shutter data centers

Feds now looking to close 472 data centers by end of 2011; 962 by 2015.

What's in your closet: The electronic clutter that surrounds us

While moving to a new office, the Lab uncovers long-forgotten, even mysterious, devices. Don't you have them in your office, too?

In hard times, state CIOs gain clout, survey finds

State CIOs' influence is on the rise as state governments turn to them to help bring order during a time of economic upheaval, according to a survey released by NASCIO.

FCC to tighten local accuracy requirements for mobile phones

The Federal Communications Commission wants to improve locational accuracy as part of its efforts toward enhanced 911 services.

Apple iPhone 4S gets smart, talks back

New smart phone features the artificial intelligence-powered Siri, a talking, learning personal assistant.