Networks Communications

At Los Alamos Lab, mobile security gets picky

The Los Alamos National Lab takes a 'pick-and-choose' approach to securing mobile networks for its large, diverse user base.

Nokia Windows smart phones to debut in US

Nokia and partner T-mobile are banking on the 150 million people in the United States who haven't upgraded their cell phones as they gear up to release the first Nokia smart phone in the nation Jan. 11.

Expanded Internet domains: Boon or bane?

Opponents tell a House panel that expanding generic Top Level Domains threatens intellectual property and trademarks; supporters say it will increase competition, improve service and create jobs.

iPads coming soon to a cockpit near you

American Airlines has won approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for its pilots to use iPads in the cockpit beginning Dec. 16.

Can cell phones prevent distracted driving?

The NTSB, which wants states to ban all use of electronic devices by motorists, is asking cell phone-makers to help by installing blocking features.

Motorola unveils hardware-based security for mobile devices

Motorola is deploying a hardware-based security system for mobile devices that is intended to meet the needs of the secure government market.

Legislative alert app highlights hackathon

An app that would send out real-time alerts when a topic will be debated or voted on at a public meeting was a highlight of the CityCampSF Hackathon.

First test finds glitches in Emergency Alert System

Coverage of the Emergency Alert System, built on legacy broadcast radio technology, is incomplete and not completely reliable; FCC and FEMA are updating it with an Integrated Public Alert and Warning System.

Government IT trends for 2012

IDC analysts predict 2012 will see a greater focus on mobility and social media use in federal agencies.

Hacks of municipal water, power services prompts DHS warning

Hackers can use free search tools to find Internet-facing utility systems that operators might not even know are accessible online, ICS-CERT says. The FBI says power and water systems in three cities have been hit.

Mobile network could tie USDA's far-flung agencies together

"USDA Anywhere" is intended to be a single departmentwide mobile network flexible enough to let its 29 disparate agencies modify it to suit their needs.

Mobile conflict: What users want vs. what agency needs

Agencies going mobile must balance users' expectations with security and operational imperatives, industry experts say.

Amazon Kindle Fire

Kindle Fire: A great 2nd tablet, with good features for the job

The Kindle Fire isn't an iPad killer, but instead can complement it and many others. It's the tablet to have if you have more than one.

Why we're unfit to wage cyber war

When a water pump burned out in Illinois, everyone was ready to point the finger at Russian hackers, proving we don't know enough about cyberspace and our own systems to effectively engage in cyber warfare.

Sensors for drones? DARPA wants an app for that.

Mobile developers who have worked on apps to help people find restaurants and buy movie tickets could soon be working on smart-phone apps to help the military fly its drones.