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?

Software in some FDA laptops tracks employees’ activities

Reportedly concerned about unauthorized disclosures, FDA officials installed monitoring software on some scientists’ laptops. The scientists say the action is in retaliation for blowing the whistle.

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.

TSA mulls use of 'courteous' avatars to speed airport check-ins

The agency is exploring a new way of handling large numbers of air travelers possibly through hologram imaging.

Will money be printed at 100,000 dpi?

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

Former wartime blimp refitted for border surveillance

Customs and Border Protection is testing an aerostat used in Afghanistan along the Arizona-Mexico border.

VA forecasts $3.5M in early energy savings from new system

Environmental Management System collects and reports 3,000 energy data points every 10 seconds, including main electrical and water services.

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.

Shawn P. McCarthy

Why rebuilding your architecture from scratch could be the best bet

Cloud computing, virtualized IT, an information-consuming public and demands from to do more with less are forcing agency IT shops to rethink their approach.

Avatar screens border-crossers in Arizona

CBP is testing a system that uses speech recognition and voice anomaly-detection software to detect signs that a traveler might be lying.

Air Force wants to eliminate radar interference from wind turbines

The proliferation of wind turbines especially near military installations has created risks to radar systems.


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