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3 big differences with Apple's new iPad

It's not called the "iPad 3," but it features some significant upgrades under the hood and on the screen.

Oklahoma saves $40M on IT consolidation

In the last two years Oklahoma has saved nearly $40 million from consolidating technology projects and systems in 120 different agencies.

20 years ago: The birth of e-mail as we know it

The MIME standard for e-mail content, launched in March 1992, changed Internet communications from plain-text messaging to a multimedia workhorse.

NIST fills some gaps in smart-grid standards

Updated roadmap adds 22 technical standards to the first release from two years ago, which FERC said wasn’t ready for adoption.

GOP's alternative cyber bill sets up 'classic Washington duel'

The bill, introduced in opposition to legislation proposed by Sen. Joe Lieberman, places no requirements on the private sector for securing critical infrastructure.

Can NSA be trusted to oversee public networks?

A lack of transparent oversight of the agency charged with snooping on foreign communications makes it a poor choice for handling domestic security.

ATF to drop BlackBerrys and switch to iPhones

The agency joins the march away from RIM products, which were once ubiquitous in government.

CIA wants big data, petascale computing to speed info analysis

The agency is looking at new information processing and networking technologies to dramatically reduce the time it takes to analyze data.

Smart-grid security delayed by questions of government regulation

With billions of dollars being invested a smart electric grid, its security still is being debated by a Congress divided politically over the role of government in securing critical infrastructure.

IPv6 security: Difficult but doable, panelists say

The need to adopt the next generation of Internet Protocols in networks has made IPv6 a hot topic for the first time at this premier security conference.

2012 outlook for mobile data traffic

This year, the number of mobile-connected devices will exceed the world's population, according to a new forecast, continuing a trend that will help push global mobile data traffic to 10 exabytes by 2016.

DOD wants in on protecting civilian infrastructure

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton B. Carter calls for support of greater info sharing between government and the private sector at the 2012 RSA Conference.

May it please the court, FBI turns off 3,000 GPS trackers

The agency disabled thousands of Global Positioning Tracking devices to comply with a recent Supreme Court ruling that such searches require a warrant.

Conflicting laws undercut global cloud's promise, study warns

Governments need to harmonize their policies on privacy, cybersecurity and five other areas to support the flow of data across borders, according to a BSA study that ranks 24 countries' preparedness.

DARPA wants high-bandwidth communications without infrastructure

The Defense Department's research arm is developing new methods to provide cell tower-grade communications to warfighters, even in remote and rugged areas.

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