Emerging Tech

A battery that lasts 10 times longer, charges 10 times faster?

A team at Northwestern University discovers a great leap forward in lithium-ion technology.

The 11 best products of 2011

The GCN Lab picks the top 10 IT products of the year, plus one overall winner.

Steve Jobs' government legacy: Citizen-centric computing

Jobs' ability to craft tools for intensely personal computing helped spark direct citizen-to-government computing.

What's in your closet: The electronic clutter that surrounds us

While moving to a new office, the Lab uncovers long-forgotten, even mysterious, devices. Don't you have them in your office, too?

Cybersecurity

How to close the security gaps in Bluetooth

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

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.

Emerging Tech

A tablet with a no-touch touch screen

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

State & Local

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.

Cybersecurity

The missing iPhone 5: Hoax or happenstance?

Another iPhone goes missing from Apple, but did it really?

TouchPad frenzy holds a lesson; should Apple be worried?

The $99 price is no business model, but cracking the artificial $499 barrier could be the HP tablet's real legacy.

Cybersecurity

When calls must be private, app creates a cellular cone of silence

The Cellcrypt software will use a data channel instead of the voice network to make a call and encrypt its contents so nobody can snoop.

A government tablet from the ground up

Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook is an adequate tablet for consumers, but it really shines in government circles.

TouchPad is a tombstone — and feds should be mad as hell

Hewlett-Packard's unfortunate decisions caused the death-on-arrival of a tablet that could have been a great enterprise tool.

Apple vs. Samsung: a space odyssey

Apple and Samsung take their patent fight back to the future.

State & Local

Dual-use phones: the legal tangles

West Virginia must work out some legal problems before people can use their personal devices at work.

In Motorola, Google gets mobility testing lab

The move gives Google the potential to compete better against Apple, which controls software and hardware for all Apple OS devices.

Is your choice of smart phone political?

A study seems to show that red and blue states prefer different mobile platforms.

Wireless access-point tracker cures headaches for network admins

The AirCheck Wi-Fi Tester from Fluke Networks will locate all your access points and help solve user support and security snafus.

Will smart phones replace your Internet connection?

A new study by the Pew Internet Project finds that not only are smart phones multiplying like Tribbles, but that a growing number of people use the phones as their primary access devices to the Internet.

20 years after first call, GSM rules the mobile world

Twenty years ago this month, the first mobile phone call via the Global System for Mobile Communications was made in Finland. It was a call heard 'round the world.

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