Mobile Devices

Will AT&T's phase-out of 2G service affect gov customers?

The company, a service provider under the GSA’s Networx telecom contract, will phase out 2G mobile service during the next five years to make room on its networks for more advanced services.

Md. governor's office trades paper, printers for iPads

One-man iPad pilot program now embraces 30 staffers and has reduced office paper use by 90 percent to 95 percent.

How one agency followed its users onto the mobile Web

The National Cancer Institute's website wasn't mobile friendly, but that didn't stop visits via mobile devices from increasing fivefold in six months.

NC police get smart-phone access to crime database

Officers on the street can access the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Automated Data Services database from their smart phones and tablets in seconds.

Cloud mapping tools to aid first responders during disasters

Esri's GIS public information maps will be made accessible on Microsoft's cloud-based disaster portal.

BYOD security: Are agencies doomed to a permanent game of catch-up?

Cybersecurity pros are running to keep up with emerging threats to mobile devices, yet most observers fear government and industry will always lag behind.

White House will pick innovators to fast track IT game-changers

The Presidential Innovation Fellowship aims to pair public- and private-sector experts to help complete five core IT projects in six months.

By land, by sea, by air: DOD looks to take mobile devices global

The Defense Department has launched a number of mobile device programs, but the devil is in the details when it comes to deploying handhelds past the wire.

'Cloud first' giving way to 'mobile first'

"Mobile first" has become the war cry of Web developers -- and agencies -- who want to take a standardized, enterprise approach to the explosion of smart phones and tablets.

New spec lets any mobile device swap biometrics

New protocols sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the FBI and the Homeland Security Department would make biometric technology interoperable and easier to use.

FAA mechanics, attorneys test-fly tablets

Like the VA, the FAA has a mobile tablet pilot program under way, now being tapped by the aviation agency's mechanics and attorneys.

Mobile tech, employee error blamed for rise in medical data breaches

More than a quarter of U.S. health care providers in a recent survey experienced a breach of patient data in the past year, continuing an upward trend.

Open doors with phones, and 4 other predictions for federal mobile access

CAC and PIV cards will move to smart phones in 2012, creating a new model for access control, according to observers' predictions.

FOSE 2012 serves up 5 courses of hot tech

FOSE offers five conferences in one: program slices on cloud computing, cybersecurity, mobile computing, defense innovation and records management.

All used up: Agency hardware recycling guideline lacks muscle

GSA guidelines don't carry the weight that mandates do with feds, and GAO believes that the rules for electronic waste disposal needs the backing of an agency with enforcement powers.

VA sets three-pronged approach to improving services

VA is continuing to modernize its IT infrastructure to provide improved customer service in the form of electronic health records, telemedicine and online apps.

NASA's new trajectory: Angry Birds in space

NASA is going into outer space again, but this time instead of launching a spaceship, it's sending some Angry Birds.