The technology that goes into smartphones

Smart phone: 30 years in the making

The technology behind smart phones can be traced back to GCN's beginnings, and further, into government research projects. Here's a brief look at what's behind a smart phone's key components.

Service member with an iPad

DOD building its own secure 4G wireless network

The Pentagon expects to have its own network up and running by next year, as part of its new push for better cybersecurity.

Man texting for help in front of a brush fire

Next steps in making text-to-911 a reality

Major wireless carriers already have committed to delivering text messages to 911 by May 2014, and the FCC is considering rules to expand the requirement to all carriers and third-party providers.

Mobile phone and tablets

Just what does NIST consider a mobile device?

Any guide to mobile technology is a work in progress.

A mobile phone that someone lost on the beach

Mobile security guide: Assume a device will fall into malicious hands

NIST has updated its guidance for securely managing mobile devices, addressing advances in the technology and the move toward BYOD since its original publication in 2008.

Peeking into phone metadata

NSA's intell gathering puts the spotlight on metadata

Metadata is valuable for extracting knowledge from smaller subsets of data for intelligence-gathering as well as for energy, weather and public safety research, experts say.

Back of police car with words emergency dial 911

Text-to-911: Call when you can, text when you must

As text-to-911 service begins appear around the country, the FCC, public safety agencies and carriers warn that it is a complement to and not a substitute for voice calls in an emergency.

Durham emergency communications center

When NextGen 911 services show up, cloud-based call centers will be ready

Durham, N.C., is one a handful of jurisdictions that have moved 911 call centers to the cloud, preparing to implement a full range of IP-based services as they become available.

Labor iPhone app can help employees keep the boss in check

Labor Department's smart phone application helps workers keep track of hours.

Ambulance rushing to emergency

App would give 911 operators control of callers' smart phones

The Android app being developed at the University of North Texas would let dispatchers use a smart phone's camera and sensors to get a better view of an emergency.

IPv6 use up at Virginia Tech

The switch to IPv6 is on: Who’s out in front?

A year after the global launch, traffic using IPv6 has doubled, with some mobile networks, university campuses and government agencies driving the switch.

Mobile data floating through hands

From an $8,150 laptop to disposable smart-phone satellites: A mobile timeline

Fueled by government research, advances in portable computers, untethered phones and wireless communication standards ushered in today's anytime, anyplace way of doing business.