Microsoft Surface Pro

Tablets for government: Surface Pro from Microsoft

The Surface Pro from Microsoft could be a popular choice among government IT administrators, given its large, clear display and processing power. But its larger size and weight might make it less popular among some end users.

Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Tablets for government: Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2

Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet with good battery performance well-suited to the agency user who needs a near-desktop experience while operating remotely. But its prior-version USB port might be a hindrance to those using many newer peripherals.

Crittercism Fathom Mobile Command Center

How's your app performing? Fathom does a deep dive

Crittercism's Fathom Mobile Command Center offers a way for agencies to track the performance of increasingly complex mobile applications.

Monroe Mobile app for disaster assessment

App provides disaster assessment on the fly with ArcGIS Online

A Michigan county is using WebMapSolutions to build a mobile app that provides faster, more complete damage assessments.

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.