Hardware


NIST issues guide to fixing the holes in Bluetooth

The updated special publication offers guidance on countering threats to devices using Bluetooth, some versions of which provide only limited security.

Google vs. Apple map wars: Who loses?

Apple's move to kick Google Maps off of the iPhone and replace it with its own Maps product could have an impact on agency mapping apps -- and spell doom for TomTom.

NASA: Moving to mobile is win-win

Agency's CTO says mobile devices can allow for better productivity, increased data sharing with the public, support for BYOD, and even crowdsourcing app development.

LinkRunner

LinkRunner hunts down network setup snafus

The LinkRunner AT 2000 Network Auto-Tester from Fluke Networks isolates potential network setup and change problems.

How BlackBerry holds onto government users

Despite growing competition from Android and Apple, RIM says its security, support for BYOD policies and cross-platform management services appeal to agencies.

Should domestic drone regs be loosened?

FAA regulations, including a requirement that UAS operators maintain a visual line of sight with the aircraft, are slowing scientific uses of technology, say developers.

DISA to begin pilot programs of DOD mobile network

The agency is building the architecture for the Defense Department's mobile network and expects to have it at least partly up and running by the end of the year.

Administration 'prematurely declaring victory' on IT reforms, GAO says

Despite improvements in the efficiency of federal IT spending, the Obama administration's reform program has a long way to go, an official told a Senate subcommittee.

How county sidestepped virtual desktop storage problems

Bartholomew County's IT staff found the point at which performance typically starts to suffer, and then found a way around it.

In the virtual enterprise, storage is the new highway – and speed bump

Virtual desktop environments can create I/O storms that clog performance, but new tools can keep traffic moving.

By land, by sea, by air: DOD looks to take mobile devices global

The Defense Department has launched a number of mobile device programs, but the devil is in the details when it comes to deploying handhelds past the wire.

Army lab speeds technology to round 3 of NIE

The Army's new lab at Aberdeen Proving Ground tests and evaluates software and electronics bound for Network Integration Evaluation 12.2.

Tougher road ahead for fed data-center consolidation

Many government departments and agencies have rid themselves of the most obvious efficiency offenders: small data centers, facilities previously marked for closure and IT resources deemed surplus to mission requirements.

DOD still has penchant for BlackBerry 7 devices

New Defense Department approval means personnel can now use the BlackBerry 7 line of products across the department's enterprise network.

IRS saves millions with server virtualization, IG says

Successfully virtualizing some of its servers helped the Internal Revenue Service save $10.2 million in equipment costs over two years.