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Free Mango update going into global distribution

Windows Phone 7.5, code-named "Mango," is now being distributed worldwide by mobile service providers, though it may take a few weeks before users can get their hands on it.

How to close the security gaps in Bluetooth

Bluetooth personal area networks provide only limited security; NIST offers new guidance on countering threats.

HP Touchpad tablet

The HP TouchPad up close: What might have been

It's a powerful tablet with a unique and security-conscious operating system that could have been great if HP had given it enough time to mature.

Amazon unveils Kindle Fire tablet with unique Silk browser

The Fire's new features include a "split browser," called Silk, which resides both on the device and in Amazon's cloud.

True Blue Crime Fighting App

Slick iPad app helps detectives become super sleuths

The Accurint Mobile for Law Enforcement tool from LexisNexis resides on an Apple iPad and can act as a force multiplier for local detectives or federal investigators.

Will Kundra's 5 top initiatives survive?

The ambitious and sometimes controversial former federal CIO had no shortage of big ideas for reforming government IT. But can they succeed without him?

A tablet with a no-touch touch screen

Portico uses cameras to let the tablet interact with surrounding objects and movements.

FCC aims to add text, images, video to 911 services

Move to IP-based services would keep up with how people communicate, and could be cheaper than maintaining the current system.

Solar-powered processor raises new possibilities

An experimental Intel processor requires such low levels of energy that it can run on nothing but sunlight.

Which OS will users choose for their next smart phone?

Sixty-three percent of smart phone owners said they're next phone would likely be an Android. And although 44 percent said they'd consider Windows Phone 7, just as many said they'd never heard of it.

Personal mobile devices give agencies an IT headache

Employees are using their own mobile devices, and agency IT shops are suffering from the strain.

Windows 8 will have to play catch-up in tablet market

Google's Android and Apple's iOS will be the dominant tablet operating systems in the market through 2015, with Microsoft's Windows 8 OS trailing at a distant third, according to the latest Gartner projections.

For police, wearable cameras are the new blue

Police around the country are using body cams to record encounters with the public, collect evidence and, in some cases, protect themselves against claims of misconduct.

In emergency, university students can send video to dispatchers

Campus safety got a boost this week at the University of Maryland with the introduction of a new smart-phone app that allows instantaneous communication with campus police.

PCs, websites top list of ways public talks to agencies

In a new survey by IDC Government Insights, the public chose computers and websites as their preferred mode of interaction with federal agencies, though that will likely change as mobile communications grow.


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