Lab Impressions


'Private cloud' just a phase? IBM would like you to think so

The zEnterprise EC-12 adds power, capacity and other features that could appeal to government.

The death of the PC: real or exaggerated?

PC sales have slowed and mobile mania continues to grow, which might make you think government PCs are heading the way of the typewriter. But maybe not.

Why 15 = 5x3 is a major quantum breakthrough

Researchers for the first time use a solid-state quantum processor in prime factoring (and get it right half the time), which could eventually have a big impact on security.

Can game technology rock the vote?

Microsoft's "Election 2012 on xBox LIVE" aims to lure gamers into the political discourse, but there are reasons why it might not work.

Flash memory in government data centers? The pros and cons.

IBM's purchase of Texas Memory Systems raises the possibility that we'll be seeing flash in government data centers before too long. What are the advantages?

DARPA's next big thing is … analog computing?

The key to mining those huge data sets collected from sensors and camera systems is to leave digital computing behind, the agency says.

Will money be printed at 100,000 dpi?

Researchers have found the point at which printing meets reality. What could government do with it?

Mobilescope warns you when apps are leaking data

Mobile apps often take liberties with your personal data; this tool lets you know what they're up to.

IBM's dancing electrons create spintronics breakthrough

Research could change the game for computing and storage.

Great mobile app: Census data you can actually use

The America's Economy app goes beyond being a window into a database, it provides a stream of important, regularly updated reports accompanied by graphs.

Microsoft’s Outlook.com an ideal tool for telecommuters

More than simply replacing Hotmail, the service puts just about every working function you need into one place.

If agencies could tap World of Warcraft

People have spent 6 million years of man-hours playing World of Warcraft. NOAA's Eric Hackathorn wonders: "What if we put that effort towards something real?"