Mobile Operating Systems

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.

Targeted attacks, mobile vulnerabilities on the rise, report states

Criminals continue to exploit old vulnerabilities as enterprises, and users fail to keep up with the flood of security updates, the latest Symantec report states.

Hackers own today's free-love PC architecture, and it's time to move on

With the coming post-PC architecture, sensor, device and cloud components will form a new multi-machine OS with built-in solutions for security and ID management.

Microsoft aims for integrated management of mobile technology

Microsoft is trying to merge the flexibility mobile technology gives agencies with the need for management and security, company executives said at the Public Sector CIO Summit in Redmond, Washington.

Legitimate file-hosting sites next target for malware

A malware attack on SendSpace raises concerns about security for file-hosting sites.

BlackBerry 7 OS gets FIPS 140-2 certification

Smart phones running the OS now meet the cryptographic standard required by government.

DISA office to manage mobile devices, online app store

The Defense Information Systems Agency opens program office to offer mobile device management services as well as an online store for apps.

Cities double as labs for mobile innovation

Some of the most original mobile software development is often found in the ranks of local government, such as in Lincoln, Neb., and Corpus Christi, Texas.

For government, cost-cutting is mobile's real killer app

The demand for agencies to lower their operating costs is driving the government's acceleration toward mobile; user convenience is second.

Mobile conflict: What users want vs. what agency needs

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

Acer's tablet is fast-acting -- and long-lasting

The small form factor of Acer's Iconia Tab A501 belies its widescreen multi-touch display, and its weight would have you underestimate what's packed inside.