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TSA adopts Coast Guard's emergency alert system

AWS allows the organization to send notifications and alerts to all of its personnel and facilities via voice, text and e-mail.

Users: We want a federal app store

A mobile app store and common mobile acquisition practices were among suggestions received from a call for comments by federal CIO Steven VanRoekel.

Wikipedia, others staging anti-SOPA blackout; White House weighs in

The online encyclopedia, Reddit and other sites will go dark Jan. 18 in protest, and the Obama administration agrees with their concerns over freedom of speech, Internet commerce and DNS security.

Survey: Nearly half of federal IT staffers use mobile for work

A research firm found 45 percent of federal IT employees said they were using mobile devices for work every day, mainly for e-mail, project management and social media.

County uses TV spectrum to expand Wi-Fi outdoors

New Hanover County, N.C., is expanding its municipal Wi-Fi network to 'Super Wi-Fi' using unlicensed space on the broadcast spectrum.

Ultrabooks and smart TVs are fine, but holographic talking windshields?

From ultra notebooks, smart TVs and windshields that let you know you're passing your favorite Tex-Mex place, CES was filled with gadgets that are becoming all-too-human.

SOPA undercuts Internet security, experts say; lawmakers float alternative

The OPEN Act, being floated online, would treat online piracy as a foreign trade issue, but not include the DNS blocking provisions of SOPA or the Protect IP Act.

NEC breaks long-range speed record with terabit transmission

The company combined four superchannels to simultaneously transmit 4 terabits/sec over 6,213 miles.

Motorola's encrypted smart phone meets FIPS, NSA standards

The AME 1000 Secure Mobile Telephony System combines a hardware-based encryption and certification module with a software-based secure voice system.

Internet set for 'most significant' domain expansion in history

Despite fears of trademark infringement, ICANN says its process for new generic Top Level Domains, which opens the evening of Jan. 12 on the East Coast, has enough intellectual property protections.

Sandia's free tool makes Internet domain security easier

A computer scientist at Sandia National Laboratories has developed a visualization tool that can help admins with the task of deploying DNS Security Extensions.

New public printer: In shift to digital, GPO must 'do everything'

Davita Vance-Cooks, the newly-appointed acting public printer and the first woman in that position, says supporting customers' move from paper to digital is "critical to our survival at GPO."

Industry needs government help to protect infrastructure, GAO study says

There is no lack of guidance for protecting the nation's critical infrastructure, but a study found that government could do a better job of providing advice and assistance to non-regulated industries.

AT&T shows off Windows Phone-powered HTC Titan II at CES

According to AT&T, the phone carrier will carry the HTC Titan II with the Windows Phone operating system in the next few months.

Army to march with Androids, and other feds could follow

The Army's mobile device efforts are gaining momentum, and the effort could potentially reach across the entire federal government.

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